Wed., Jan. 14, 1998

A ton of rumors poured in today and last nite:

Actually . . . Darth Vader is actually an anglicized Germanic version of darhth vater or something . . . which is in German or is "dark father" or something . . . Lucas read alot of Joseph Campbell when he was younger (Source: Dan)(Ed. Note: Let's all agree that George intended Vader to be the dark father and leave it at that . . . )

Zac returns to defend his Emperor as Twi'lek theory: A couple of days ago, I posed a rumour that the Emperor may be a Twi-Lek and that the title of Ep.2 is "The Clone Wars". Now you didn't believe me, so I will just have to prove it to you. I DID read the magazine with the interview with McCallum. Why would I make it up? Below is the reprint of the rumour as it appeared on another SW website (I cut and pasted it) . . . This rumour was posted in July . . . the same time as I read the article myself !

7/19/97 - Sansweet confirmed in San Diego today that NONE of the titles, not even 'Balance of the Force', is the real Episode 1 title. But we've been saying that all along, right? On another note, there was a British Magazine's Interview with Rick McCallum: "Ok, the magazine is called DreamWatch. It's a British Sci-Fi/Fantasy magazine, and has only recently become available in North America (hence its $7.99 price). This is the ... hmm ... May 1997 issue (Vol. 3, Number 9), although it's new to the shelves here. The magazine is monthly. The entire article is an interview with Rick McCallum, from March. Here is the exact quote in question: "I can say that Jabba the Hutt plays a part in the prequels, that is official! "'The Clone Wars' is actually the title of the second episode. The scale of the prequels will be huge...." One other interesting quote:

"Certainly by the end of May we will have picked the cast." So they've been merely keeping mum for a long time! Maybe if I find time, I'll send the rest of the article to you." SEE......McCallum DID say it. This doesn't necessarily mean that it will be the title, but that's what he said !!

Now, about the other rumour I posted. I said that Darth Maul kills Qui-Gon in a lightsabre fight, and that another web site posted this and then took it down after only one day (hence, hardly anyone saw it). The website in question was Red5. This website is now not there. It is one of the original and most famous prequel sites. This rumour was blackened out on the screen. The only way to reveal it was to hold down the mouse button and highlight it. The next day it was gone. Now WHY would it just disappear ? Perhaps he was asked to remove it out of courtesy. Ask him (Steve) by e-mail. If you go to, you can e-mail him, even though the actual site isn't there. I'm not making this stuff up . . . go ask him. I swear that this spoiler WAS there and then the next day it was gone . . . almost as though someone had asked to take it off. Maybe he took it off himself to avoid spoiling others. Who knows?

Anyway, how do you know that "The Clone Wars" isn't the title? It's better than those stupid false titles with the words "OF THE" in them. Also How do you know that the Emperor is not a twi-lek. It's supposed to be a surprise as to who the Emperor is remember. I mean, what kind of human has yellow eyes and white skin (like Bib Fortuna) and wears a hood that potentially could be covering his head-tails. Until you officially hear that it isn't so . . . NEVER discount it. Regards . . . (Source: Zac) (Ed. Note: Well, Zac, I guess it is possible that the Emperor is a Twi'lek . . . . Red5 (Steve) went "out of business" because his host was no longer able to host his 78+ megs of data for free. Steve has been unable to find anyone to host his site . . . )

Lucasfilm once asked Prequel Watch to remove prequel material, some major spoilers. They also asked Red5 to shut down. (Source: Sameer Ketkar)(Ed. Note: Lucasfilm has never made official contact with either Garindan's Prequel Watch or Steve's defunct Red5 . . . )

The Lucasarts/Lucasfilm Game Jedi Knight may hold some clues to Episode One. Take for example the wall carvings seen in the Game Loading Screen. A young Yoda is seen carved into the wall in the Valley of the Jedi. This Yoda appears powerful, muscular and quite threatening looking. The Yoda in Episode One will be younger, However, there will be flashbacks of Yoda as a youth when he was a great warrior. This was before Yoda learns that "Wars do not make one great" . . . Any recent or to be released Lucasfilm licensed Star Wars novels over the next 12 months will have numerous cryptic clues and references to Episode One. Pay particular attention to Timothy Zahn's next two novels. In Kristine Kathryn Ruschs' novel "The New Rebellion," Luke says to a character called Cole Fardreamer "he's more than just a droid" and "treat him as you would treat me." Luke refers to R2-D2. This suggests that Artoo is indeed more than just a droid. He is actually a major evolving character throughout all six Star Wars movies. Starting out as a naive droid and ending up as a hero of the rebellion with quite a personality and some unexplainable powers. In the official Star Wars site, there are several photos of Artoo, even George with Artoo. This little fellow will have many surprises for us. (Source:Glassagainstthewall)

In response to the comment about whether clones would have souls: Clones are defined as "a population sharing the exact same genetic information" (or something like that). Clones have existed on earth for thousands of years; we call them identical twins. (Ed. Note: That is an excellant point, S.B.) Do they have souls? As for the rumors involved with Ben being a clone; though it would be an interesting plot twist, I don't think so. The cloning of any sentient being would certainly not be morally accepted by Jedi (or other good guys) unless necessary for continuity of the species, etc. To bring another being into existence without allowing it to be an individual, as opposed to being just a "creation," would probably not be approved of by the Jedi. Cloning would likely be used mainly for "evil purposes" anyway. (Remember the Clone Wars?)

Also, one thing that has bugged me for years: when Luke goes to save his friends in "Empire," Ben and Yoda speak of how all may not be lost if Luke dies because "there is another." Thirty seconds before this, Yoda says that it is "difficult to see" whether or not Leia and Han will even LIVE. If they don't even know if she'll live, then why are they so sure that she will be there??? Can someone please explain this twisted logic to me???

Wouldn't it be . . . interesting if Luke and Leia's mother had a twin brother hiding somewhere in the existing trilogy? (Okay, corny, but it would make for an *interesting* recurring theme. . .) Thanks. (Source: S. B.) (Ed. Note: When George writes a story, he leaves himself as many avenues as possible open ended so that he can change the story at a later date, like what he is doing with the story line of Episode 1 right now . . . )

Kate Winslet (Titanic, Heavenly Angels) is being considered for a role in Ep.2 and Ep.3. Seems to hold some validity as Lucas is obsessed with casting new talents. (Source: THX1138) (Ed. Note: With the success of Titanic, Lucasfilm may not be able to afford her if she is not willing to take a pay cut . . . )

I was just wondering if anyone knew which direction George Lucas was taking the new trilogy in terms of an MPAA rating. I've read a lot about the new trilogy being much darker in tone than the original trilogy. (Ed. Note: That is correct for Ep 2 and 3) I am certainly hoping that despite this, it will maintain the PG territory of the original. The Star Wars saga was intended primarily for children and (even though it appeals to all ages - I'm 22 and a huge fan) younger children can follow along and enjoy it. I hope George doesn't take it in the direction of the PG-13 fare like the Batman films, the Indiana Jones sequels, the Jurassic Park movies, Independence Day and Men In Black. These are all fine films but the PG-13 movies have more graphic violence, casual profanity, and sometimes a hint of sexual innuendo. Just wondering?

The other thing I was curious about dealt with the new music by John Williams. I've read that other than the main theme at the opening, the rest of the new film would contain entirely oringinal compositions. So I was wondering that since existing themes exist for the Force, Yoda, and the Emperor, why would these be dropped? I particularly feel that the beautiful and unique theme representing the Force should be the common thread throughout the entire six episode saga. A Curious Fan . . . (Source: Bob) (Ed. Note: Episode I will definitely be rated "PG." However, due to the violent content of Episode 3, George may not be able to avoid a "PG-13" rating for that film . . . Good point about the soundtrack for Ep. 1. It seems unlikely that George will drop the familiar themes for the Force, Kenobi and Yoda in the prequels, but George may ask Williams to create new themes for the "younger" Kenobi and Yoda, etc.)

I have heard that Anakin Skywalker for the second flim "The Clone Wars" has been cast with an unknown actor by the name of Marcel Meason. (Source: TamTell) (Ed. Note: That is news to us . . . Lucasfilm is looking at actors to be cast for Ep 2 and 3, but no new actors have been cast that we know of . . . )

As for correcting an earlier post: The technician does not say do you want me to erase the droids memory?, he says "Do you want a new one?" (Source: Cloud)

Someone on your page was wondering about whether Hutts are included in the "swirl of the Force" . . . The answer is YES! I realize that "Planet of Twilight" is a fairly recent publication, so half the people wandering around the Web probably haven't had a chance to read it. Anyway, one of the main characters, Beldorion, is a Hutt as well as A FALLEN JEDI KNIGHT!!! (Source: M.El.C) (Ed. Note: Is it possible that Jabba is a fallen Jedi Knight, who learned how to prevent Jedi mind tricks from being used on him . . . and would be extremely cool to see Hutts, droids and many other strange creatures as Jedi Knights in the prequels . . . )

I have a strange suspicion that Jabba's palace (before it belonged to Jabba) is going to be in the prequels. Maybe that's why Artoo acts kind of weird when he and C-3PO go to Jabba's palace in ROTJ. Maybe Artoo has been there before? What do you think? (Source: Chris) (Ed. Note: There's something familiar about that palace, perhaps George has a surprise in store for us? Will we get to see the B'omarr Monks in the prequel(s)?)

My prequel scenario, all is good after Episode One, even Palpatine is a hero. But, in the background of Episode 2, Palpatine begins to implement his plan for taking over the Galaxy, but he is not alone, he is in on the plan with the Sith, who use him as a trusted, well liked figure head for their evil deed of taking the galaxy, he is promised great wealth and power when they succeed, but the Sith are the true force behind the Clone Wars, and Palpatine's rise to power, they work in the shadows to gain control of the galaxy through him (like the antichrist). The Sith even teach Palpatine their Force powers, so that he may further control the proceedings of the Republic in their behalf. However, he notices that Anakin, hot-shot hero, pilot and cocky rascal is being trained by Obi-Wan, (who is disobeying the Jedi (Yoda in particular) for whatever reason by training Anakin himself) is strong with the Force, but impatient. Palpatine, familiar with the way the Jedi work by being a Republic leader realizes that he has an opportunity to take matters into his own hands.

So, Palpatine steals Anakin out from under Kenobi, by tempting him with the instant powers of the dark side. Palpatine teaches him, in secret from both Kenobi and the Jedi who don't even know he is being taught (my opinion is that Yoda decided that Anakin was not fit to be taught, as he almost decides about Luke later, and Obi-Wan says, I saw this kid from the beginning, he has potential no matter what Yoda and the Council says. I am Obi-Wwan, and I can handle teaching him myself, in secret). Palpatine reveals the nature of the dark side, whether Anakin knows it is the dark side or not, and Anakin quickly agrees to join Palpatine and find the Force power he seeks. So Palpatine has Anakin, in secret, even Palpatine's Sith partners do not know. Obi-Wan learns of Anakin's decision to follow as the Emperor's personal soldier and gets scared because he messed up, he went against the will of the Council and Yoda and now he himself must make amends by confronting Anakin and changing his mind. He confronts him, but Anakin thinks Kenobi is just trying to keep control over him as Palpatine has told him he will, a light sabre battle ensues, Kenobi being a true Jedi doesn't fight until he absolutely must, but when he does, he overpowers Anakin, leaving him crippled.

So now, Anakin is crippled and he hates Kenobi for doing it, and he hates the Jedi for not accepting and teaching him, Palpatine nurtures this hate, equips him with the life support and continues with his own plans while acting like he is still on the side of both the Jedi AND the Sith. Palpatine does something to turn the people on the Jedi, frames them, and then uses Vader, bounty hunters, assassins, assassin droids, etc, to hunt down and kill BOTH the Jedi and the dark Jedi, so that now he is the only one who holds the balance of power, and Vader gets his revenge, Palpatine gets rid of his Sith partners and gains complete control of the galaxy, no sharing with the Sith. But, Vader has lost his wife and a child he has never seen, and his hatred seethed even more for Kenobi. Palpatine's promises to him are broken one by one and he doesn't share power with Palpatine, but rather becomes his servant, held by the life support system to obey the emperor. Thus, Vader searches far and wide for his son so that he may overthrow the emperor and his son and he could rule the galaxy. Palpatine searches for the son so that he may be destroyed for the very same reason. Write back and tell me that this doesn't make sense! I have a feeling Lucas may be calling me personally to see who I know on the inside. (Source: Doug Sluk) (Ed. Note: Maybe you are on the inside . . . Your e-mail has been forwarded to Mr. Lucas and the bounty hunters have been dispatched to fetch the hefty bounty that George has placed on your scalp . . . A couple of things to add to your story synopsis McCallum has already stated that Anakin becomes a Jedi Master prior to his fall to the dark side, the young Queen is probably also a Jedi, Kenobi convinces Anakin to join a foolish, idealistic crusade (The Clone Wars) against the wishes of Owen Lars, other sources state that Kenobi confronts Anakin in a futile attempt to stop the Jedi massacre (Kenobi is unsuccessful in stopping the slaughter of the Jedi and, instead, unwittingly "creates" the monster we all know as Darth Vader, Vader's identity remains a secret until he confronts his former master in a second light sabre duel near the end of Ep. 3 and Anakin and the young Queen are married at the end of Ep. 2 and Ep. 3 ends with the birth of the Skywalker twins . . . )

It is a fact that Owen and Ben are brothers. In the book by Del Rey Star Wars The Essential Guide to Characters, it cleary states in Owen's description that he is brother of Ben. (Source: Cloud) (Ed. Note: It is about 99.9% certain that Owen and Ben are brothers)

Special TV Show: MAKING OF EPISODE I may debut in December 1998 on E! or one of the major Movie Channels (i.e., HBO, Showtime, Starz) (Source: Jon Enigma)(Ed. Note: Survey says . . . NO. A making of the prequel special will not appear on TV until after the film makes its debut next year . . . and Lucasfilm will receive a hefty fee for these behind-the-scenes specials. Is there anything connected to Episode I that isn't going to make zillions of dollars for Lucasfilm?)

I read from Chris Fuller, the possibility of Mon Mothma being the mother of the twins.Well, sometime ago, I was surfing through the web, looking for her picture and I found something related. Since this is a quote from another site, and not my personal comments, I'll post the URL:

Here is what the author has to say: Reasons why Mon Mothma is Luke and Leia's mother: Mon in french is 'My" Mothma can be split into two parts 'moth' & 'ma' 'moth' is short for 'mother' 'ma' is synonomous with 'mom' Therefore: 'Mon Mothma' is 'My Mother'

Why this is pertinent: Darth Vader can be broken down similarly; Darth really means 'dark' Vader spelled with a 't' is 'Vater' which means 'Father' in German/Dutch This makes Darth Vader the 'Dark Father' Luke Skywalker can also be adapted this way: Luke Skywalker minus the 'kywalker' is just 'Luke S' The creator of Star Wars is Lucas Therefore: 'Luke S' = 'Lucas'

If Luke S. is Lucas and Darth Vader is the Dark Father then is Mon Mothma 'My Mother'?

Facts- a.. Mon Mothma is the only other female human character other than Leia to be mentioned by name. b.. Mon Mothma was a paramour of Palpatine, Bail Organa, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi . . . and, therefore, it is possible for her to be the twins mother. c.. Mon Mothma had to hate the Emperor a great deal for her to start the rebellion. d.. Wouldn't you be angry if the Emperor stole your husband and ruined your family? e.. While Leia insists that her mother died when she was very little, Luke thought that his father was the navagator on a spice freighter. The truths we cling to are usually from a certain point of view; in this case, the eyes of a child being cared for by a woman who she "thought" to be her mother.

Please notice the similarities between Vader and Luke: a.. Luke and Vader are both excellent pilots b.. Both are Jedi Knights. c.. Both were farmers from Tattoine who wanted more. d.. Both wore black. e.. Both lost their right hands and had cybernetic replacements. f.. Both were initially taught by Kenobi and passed on to new masters. g.. Beru even noted, "he's just not a farmer; there's too much of his father in him"

Now, note the similarities in Leia and Mon Mothma: a.. Both wear white. b.. Both are skilled politicians. c.. Both became senators at very young ages. d.. Both were raised like royalty by the governors of their respective worlds. e.. Both staunchly opposed the Empire. f. If Mon Mothma were to be Luke and Leia's mother, both would have fallen in love with rogue pilots. Lucas already knew who the mother of the twins was before he wrote Star Wars and, therefore, could have placed Mon Mothma there as foreshadowing . . . or would it be post-shadowing? Pretty interesting . . . (Source: Jagga_Hanna) (Ed. Note: This is by far the best rumor we have ever heard as to why Mon Mothma may be Luke and Leia's mother . . . )

Tues., Jan 13, 1998

"I had friends in the Senate on Alderaan who owed me a favor." When Ben talks about friends on Alderaan owing him a favor, therefore taking Leia you think he means just Bail Organa? I think that Leia's real mom is the young queen of Alderaan.....not Naboo. Bail Organa would have been in the Senate back then that would have requested help from the jedi knights. So Ben (Ewan McGregor) will possibly respond to the distress of the young queen on Alderaan instead of "Naboo" which is probably just a code name. Also, don't be surprised if Mon Mothma ends up being Luke and Leia's mom in hiding from the empire. (Source: Chris Fuller--The Jedi Academy)(Ed. Note: Mon Mothma as the Skywalker twins mom would be interesting . . . )

It is surmised that Mara Jade will hold a crucial role in Episode III as the Emperor's Hand. Mara Jade is presented in the Timothy Zahn book Trilogy and will be featured in the upcoming Jedi Knight add-on Mysteries of the Sith. (Source: Michel Doran)(Ed. Note: Just exactly how old is Mara?)

I'm a big fan of the King Arthur stories and the fact that the Prequels is some kind of variation of them seems cool. I was thinking perhaps the climax of Episode 2 is maybe a lightsabre duel between Anakin Skywalker (Dark Jedi) and Qui-Gon Jinn (Jedi Master, Liam Neeson, which I read in Entertainment Weekly that is the characters name) and Anakin kills him. (Source: Alan Skywalker)(Ed. Note: The fact that E.W. and Cinescape Magazine have both refered to Liam as Qui Gon Jinn does not make it fact . . . until the character names are posted on or are printed in the S.W. Insider. All the names are very much rumor . . . )

I have heard from Lucasfilm sources that Liam Neesom's character actually is Anakin's father, who is killed by Anakin when he has an affair with Anakan's wife. (Source: McMillion) (Ed. Note: Out of a scale of 1 to 10 that rumor gets an 8.5 for originality)

The prequel trailor will flash shots of the film against the John Williams theme, then it will say 5.25.99, get ready to be amazed again in a galaxy, far, far away. (Source: Jon Enigma)

Mon., Jan. 12, 1998

In "Star Wars, the R.P.G." its says that when Jedi die, especially if they're powerful, they become Force beings. That is, they exist after death as a kind of an imprint on the Force. So, according to the R.P.G. people don't necessarily have souls in the S.W. Universe, just Jedi. I don't know whether this is what Lucas intended, however . . . I just thought of something as far as the meaning of the Title of episode six. Now, tell me if this is just something you guys have known all along, and I've just missed the boat. But, Iv'e always taken Returnof the Jedi to mean the luke is fighting back against the emperor. However, maybe Return of the Jedi refers to the return of the Jedi Knights in General. The more I think about it, the more I think other people have just taken it to mean that the whole time. But hey, the title Is a little more epic in meaning when it is taken that way. Whatever... (Source: Megalodon) (Ed. Note: George personally approves important aspects of Star Wars canon that has been created in the novels, comics, games, CCG and RPG)

I am on a campaign against the Kiber crystal. If the Kiber crystal is real, then why hasn't Lucasfilm registered it as a link to their site like DarthMaul and Padme etc.? I have been reading alot of rumors that there are Prequel teaser posters being printed for shipping next month. No title on them only StarWars 1999 or something like that. (Source: Obi-Wan) (Ed. Note: No one has ever said the Kiber Chrystal (Force Orb) is actually in the prequels although the Palpatine statute in the closing scenes of ROTJ: SE is holding an "orb" in his right hand . . . As for the prequel teaser posters . . . yeah, sure, they exist, I've got 50 of them in the trunk of my Lamborghini Diablo and I'm selling them at $ 100 bucks each . . . also, the fact that those names link to the Official Site means nothing . . . )

It would be interesting for Luke and Leia to be born on Dagobah, and while they are being born, a Dark Jedi is hunting them. Ben and Yoda slay the Dark Jedi in the "Dark Side Cave" and a Prequel could end on Dagobah, with Luke and Leia born, and the Dark Side beaten--but not for long. (Source: Sameer Ketkar) (Ed. Note: That would be cool)

The Swordmaster speaks (again): There were many statements before about the "used cars salesman" style C-3PO. Before even that style, C-3PO was firstly designed as a much more feminine android by former NASA illustrator Ralph McQuarrie (source: Official 20th Anniversary Commemorative Souvenir (by Titan Books Ltd.)). A quote from the mag: "In McQuarrie's initial concepts, droid R2-D2 traveled on a large ball bearing which Lucas later changed to three sturdy legs. An early version of C-3PO was feminine-looking, reminiscent of the "robotrix" in Fritz Lang's 1926 'Metropolis' " (Source: Swordmaster) (Ed. Note: I expect that the "form" that 3PO has in Ep. 1 is going to be quite shocking and humorous)

Sun., Jan. 11, 1998

I noticed a debate about droids using the Force, and someone mentioned that there was not, anywhere in the Star Wars galaxy, word of this being possible. Being the over-corrective person I am, I have to tell you that someone Messed Up Big Time!!! In the anthology "Tales of the Bounty Hunters", edited by Kevin J.Anderson, the droid 4-LOM develops a rudimentary talent in the Force which is still strong enough for him to catch a brief glimpse of the future where he sees himself attending Luke's Jedi Academy. (Source: M.El.C)

It was always my personal belief that Artoo was never the property of Ben Kenobi in the prequels, but rather that Threepio mis-interprets R2 during the scene in Luke's home in ANH. I think Artoo does not claim to be looking for his former master, but instead a Jedi master. Therefore, Luke mistakes R2D2's search for Old Ben, as devotion to his ex-master. And it explains why Ben says, "I can't seem to remember owning a 'droid before". I imagine Obi Wan would probably have some ethical reason against owning a droid. (Source: Nick Lee)

It is rumored that in Episode 3, R2D2 will have a signifigant role in helping Obi Wan Kenobi "deliver" Luke to Tatooine. Also, notice the line towards the end of A New Hope where a technician asks Luke if he should erase the droid's memory. Luke responds "Not on your life, this little droid and I have been through a lot together." This will have new meaning for the movies. R2 will also go through a lot with Anakin in the prequels. (Source: Madge of The Jedi Academy)

What if George called the first prequel: Light Of The Force. This is the title of the track on the ROTJ SE soundtrack, it contains the music that is played at the moment Darth Vader is cremated. Which means that the title refers to the moment that Annakin is on the Light side of the Force again. Before Annakin fell to the Dark side he was ofcourse on the Light side. Maybe George deliberately named the track this way to connect it with the prequels. We know he liked continuity in the first trilogy, he wanted to connect all three movies together by putting Jabba and Boba Fett in ANH.

Lastly: I remember you had a discussion some time ago on this site about the name Vader. Somebody wrote "Vater" is German for father. But the Dutch word for father actually is "VADER" ! Greetings from: (Source: Frumentuviris)

Has anyone read Timothy Zahn's "Heir to the Empire"? (probably those 2 or 3 people who have been living in Antartica) Luke speculated on the origin of that cave in Dagobah that's "strong in the Dark Side of the Force, a domain of evil it is..." (etc, etc, etc). An evil Jedi Knight may have found Yoda (who at this time, EPISODE III, was with Ben Kenobi and baby Luke, and while Ben was keeping the baby safe) the Dark Jedi fought Yoda. I can only imagine it must have been (or it will be, depending on your POV) quite a spectacular fight.

Yoda, of course, vanquished the Dark Jedi. But who was this Dark Jedi??? Someone of great importance throughout EPISODES I & II, probably, and most likely, Palpatine's "former right hand man" who wants to redeem himself before the Emperor's eyes by bringing the head of Obi-wan Kenobi, and the "son of Skywalker" ready to be apprenticed by Palpatine himself. I am led to believe that this Dark Jedi did not expect Yoda to be with Ben. I think he was quite surprised by the diminute Jedi Master. He probably believed Yoda to have perished with the other Jedi Masters (who may have died when , say, the Jedi Council Tower was destroyed). Hoping the Earth still exists, or at least the Human Race, by May 1999, May the Force be with you. (Source: A.W.)

I believe strongly that the Millenium will appear in the prequels, but I doubt that Ben Kenobi will be in the pilot. I believe Boba Fett will be the pilot. Look at the way looks at the ship in ANH SE. (Source: Shaitor)

I may not be someone who is working for Lucasarts or any thing but put a little common sense into it. Owen's last name is Lars so Aunt Beru is probably Anakin's sister or the sister of Mrs. Skywalker (wife to Anakin). Or maybe even Owen is the brother of Mrs. Skywalker (wife to Anakin). So then Obi Wan is indirectly related to Anakin through Owen or Beru. (Source: Dan)

In ROTJ when Luke speaks with Jabba that Jabba is not influenced in the least by Lukes Jedi Mind tricks. Are Hutts in some way tolerant to mind tricks? Are they even included in the "SWIRL" of the force? Jabba is said to be in the prequels, correct? I think this may be a good part of the existing trilogy to examine for clues to the upcoming trilogy.(Source: Chris)

I have heard rumours that the Emperor may be a Twi-Lek. Remember, he has pale skin, like Bib Fortuna, a hood that covers his entire head (like Bib Fortuna), yellow/orange eyes (like Bib) etc. Remember, that it is apparently supposed to be a surprise as to who the Emperor is. Palpatine being an alien, would certainly be an unsuspecting surprise. I wouldn't worry too much about Palpatine's supposed racism. Perhaps he thinks he has got more of a chance of succeeding if everyone thinks he is a human. He also might not like his true self, and might want to be a human. Anyway, he is insane, remember. Lucasfilm can override anything Dark Horse comics has said about the Emperor.

*SPOILER* I have also heard that Qui-Gon Jinn dies in a light sabre battle with Darth Maul. This rumour was posted on another site some time ago and was taken off after only one day !!.........presumably for security reasons

I also want to speculate on Padme death. Aparently Episode's 2 and 3 are set 22 and 20 years before A New Hope. If this is the case, the twins would have to be born DURING Episode 3, because Luke is cetainly NOT 22 years old in A New Hope (I actually thought he was more like 18). He is obviously now 20 years old in A New Hope. Now if Padme was to die during the same episode as the twins were born, it would seem to be very hard for Leia to remember her. After all, Leia would only be a few days old ! Hence, there has been some speculation that Padme's death occurs AFTER Episode 3. However, something George Lucas said has made it occur to me that she will die IN Episode 3. He said:

"I actually debated whether or not to have Leia remember her mother in Return Of The Jedi. Since her mother was kind of a key character, I decided to let Leia remember her. But I really debated whether she would or not" This proves to me that Padme will die in Ep.3. The fact that George Lucas debated whether Leia should remember her mother, proves that Leia was very young..........perhaps too young to remember her mother. George Lucas certainly thought she could have been too young to remember her mother, that's why he was debating having Leia remember her. Notice how Leia said "I only remember images, feelings". This makes it seem more likely that Padme will die when Leia is an infant, and many of us will think, "she is way too young to remember her mother". George obviously thought this too, hence he debated whether Leia should have the memory or not. He decided she does have the memory (even though it is faint), and Padme will be killed off. What does everyone think ?

Alas, if that Twi-lek thing doesn't end up being true, don't be surprised if Darth Sidioius is REALLY the Emperor. He sounds an awful lot like the Emperor to me. The other possibility about the Emperor, is that he is actually a clone of the original man. We know Ian McDiarmid is in Episode 1. Now, it would initially appear logical that he would become the Emperor because he is portrayed by the same actor, hence he will look the same. The only problem is, it wouldn't be a is TOO obvious. Now I am betting that the person who eventually becomes the Emperor (a Twi-lek called Palpatine, Darth Sidious etc) will be played by Ian McDiarmid, simply because he WAS the Emperor in ROTJ. At the end of Episode 3, I don't think George Lucas wants the Emperor looking completely different to the Emperor in ROTJ. After all, he is the same person. I am betting that McDiarmids character gets cloned and the clone becomes the Emperor. After all, someone HAS to get cloned. With the clone wars happening in Episode 2, can you imagine a major character NOT getting cloned at some point? Of course a major character will be cloned.......obviously! And if it is the Emperor, it will keep everyone guessing as to the true identity. P.S. I was also reading an article in a magazine a while back which had an interview with Rick McCallum. He said that the title of Episode 2 was called "THE CLONE WARS" I can't remember the title of the mag, because I was flicking through it at the newsagents. (Source: Zac1) (Ed. Note: Palpatine is not a Twi'lek. McCallum has never stated that Ep. 2 is called The Clone Wars and Lucasfilm has never asked any fan-created Star Wars site to remove prequel rumors)

This first is I heard that the Rontos in SW:SE will definately be in EP.1. I think the best way they could be integrated in the storyline was if Anakin was to ride them with some other kids or siblings, and get into some trouble with some of the more hostile indigenous life on Tatooine? Sounds like pure Lucas to me. The second scene I thought of was Anakin's supposed death in lava. I thought that Ben and Anakin may have a duel aboard a ship that crashes into lava, because there was no one else but them to fly it. It's an interesting twist, don't you think, and is still in line with SW cannon. (Source: THX1138)

Refering to the Lucasfilm source who said that our view of the final duel in ROTJ would change after the prequels, this is what I heard... In Episode III of the prequels, Palpatine is electrocuting Obi Wan after he has been captured by Vader. The Queen comes to his aid, after abandoning Anakin to fall in love with Obi Wan, but is in turn electrocuted by Palpatine. As Vader watches, she is slowly murdered. This explains the power of the final scene in ROTJ. Vader can no longer live with the demons that Palpatine created by killing his only love and must stop him from taking her living memory away as well. (Source: Barcode)

I guess Obi-Wan takes cutody of, or becomes friends with R2 when Anakin falls to the dark side. (Source: Nick Lee)

I don't think Owen and Ben are related. It does sound possible that Uncle Owen and Lord Darth Vader could be brothers. It could be! Watch ANH. Listen to the way Ben tells the story of Anakin and Owen. I think the two brothers could have grew up together, and the older they got, the more distant they became. Anakin was just destined to be a whole lot more than Owen was. I think Owen is/was Vader's brother, but Vader being Vader, just didn't care about his old life. Owen IS Luke's uncle! (Source: Kodiac)

I heard that Liam neeson will be a jedi knight who is anakins father (Source: Dan) (Ed. Note: Liam is a venerable Jedi Knight, but it is only rumored that he is Anakin's father)

If those who post on this page would not go strictly on what is presented in the movies and read the books (as Star Wars was originally written) you will notice a few things:

In the book Return of the Jedi, Ben tells Luke the following story (paraphrased, a friend of mine has the book): Luke challenges [the spirit of] Ben as to why he didn't tell him that Darth Vader was his father. Ben explains: "When I first met your father, he was a brilliant pilot -- and I was amazed at how strong the force was with him. I took it upon myself to train him as Yoda trained me. I was wrong. I could not do it. A Senator named Palpatine caught his attention and began training him in the Dark ways of the Force. Your father and I met and after a long battle, he fell into a molten pit. I left him for dead. My friend. The emperor took your father's broken, burned and bruised body from that molten pit. He put him in the life support suit behind that terrible mask. The good man who was your father no longer existed. " Ben goes on the say... "Before Anakin left on the battle which he would never return (before meeting Palpatine) he left his wife to fight for the Republic. He did not know that she was pregnant with twins. I knew that if Palpatine found out that Anakin Skywalker had any offspring he would have you hunted down and killed. That is why I took it upon myself to separate you. I had friends in the Senate on Alderaan who owed me a favor. I took your sister there to live where she grew up into royalty. Her adoption was never questioned and she grew into the position of Senator to Alderaan. Their debt was repaid to me by taking Leia. I took you to live with my brother Owen on Tatooine." So, obviously Owen knew the history of the Skywalker clan. This not necessarily mean that Owen and Beru were Skywalkers, but possibly that they could have "adopted" that name or maybe Luke was just told that they were from his mother's side. Who knows? But, as the book states, Owen and Ben were brothers. So there. Take this information however you want. Best wishes (Source: Keith Hall)

Sat., Dec 10, 1998

Luke & Leia may not have exactly *borned* on Dagobah, maybe Leia never even visited there, but Luke could have been taken to Dagobah when Leia was taken to Alderaan, and after that Luke was taken to Tatooine. He must have been so little that he doesn't remember the planet well, just have some images of it. (Source: Swordmaster)(Ed. Note: Brief update today, sorry. Sunday we will post a giant update, posting all the rumors you have sent in and that's a promise . . . )