May the Force be with you, Explorers! In this episode, Duel of the Fates the gang reads (read in your best Yoda voice). The script, originally planned to close out the Skywalker saga, was written Colin Trevorrow (who was also hired as the director). However, due to creative differences and/or other claims, Disney scrapped the script, Colin Trevorrow either left the project or got fired, and we ended up with Rise of Skywalker as Episode IX. Around the beginning of 202, Trevorrow’s script and concept art from the abandoned movie began popping up online. Artist Andrew Winegarner, Ph.D. adapted Trevorrow’s script (and some of the concept art) into a web comic, which you can read by clicking here. Finally, Winegarner is a painter, educator, and a creator of comic books.
Johnny, Dennis, and guest host Jake discuss why the gang can look past the illustrations in some book but not in others. Next, they ask if it is worth putting interesting characters and story development in comics and novels to help with those sales? Finally, they look at the differences and similarities of Duel of the Fates and The Rise of Skywalker. Additional topics include the Knights of Ren; Mace Windu’s lightsaber; the unexpected romance in the comic; Rey’s parents; cleaning up Holodecks, and last, but not certainly not least, the storytelling and art of Duel of the Fates.
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