"Star Wars: Dark Empire" Is a graphic novel that takes place a few years after the events of the Star Wars movies. The alliance gained considerable power, but the empire is still fighting back. Leia and Hans Solo have twins and Luke is a full Jedi Master.
The story really takes off when shortly into it you discover that while the Emperor technically died in the events of the movies he has clones across the galaxy and he is able to use the power of the Dark Side to transfer into these bodies making him practically immortal.
With the force of the Emperor behind them the Empire again begins to grow quickly using a new super weapon they have created. These include ships with built in droid factories able to create unmanned fighters during combat and devastators that, while weaker than the Death Star are easier to mass produce.
Convinced that he will be unable to beat the empire Luke agrees to become his apprentice in order to learn his secrets and while for a short while he leads the armies of the Emperor he is never truly on the side of the empire and he becomes powerful enough to destroy the emperor's clones and defeat him again.
Made by Dark Horse comics Dark Empire was published in the early nineties and was remarkable both because it was the first comic books in the Star Wars universe made by Dark Horse as well as because they followed the events of Timothy Zahn's "Grand Admiral Thrawn" trilogy.
There is a great deal here that the fans of Star Wars will love. From seeing what happens to the characters to the visual representations of so many great ideas and inventions of the Star Wars movies. This is, in my opinion, the stories that the Star Wars fans wanted instead of the prequels.
That said there are some problems. Though in many places the art is great it is often difficult to truly see which character is which by the art. Luke and Hans often appear in monochrome and it is difficult to tell which is which. Luckily most of the characters are very easy to tell apart as they are seven foot tall Wookies or droids. In addition to this the story sometimes moves a bit to quickly. The choice of Luke to work with the emperor happens within panels.
Even with its few flaws this is a fantastic story with a true Star Wars feel and a considerable amount of extra materials and anyone who considers himself a fan of the Star Wars movies should pick up this graphic novel and give it a chance.
Clearly John Travolta is the superior actor, just look at their movie careers. Sure Harrison Ford was in Bladerunner, Indiana Jones, Patriot Games, Presumed Innocent, and American Graffiti... but John Travolta was in Face Off, Michael, Phenomenon and The Punisher.
9. No Jar Jar Binks in Battlefield Earth
8. The Scroll
Both have scrolling text before the movie starts, but Star wars text is at an angle making it difficult to read, and Star wars text is yellow while Battlefield’s earth is green. Everyone knows green is 27.3% better than yellow.
Get in on the ground floor now. Start your own fan club, become this movie’s number one fan. Dress up as Trel at the conventions and you’ll be the only one. Dress up as Darth Vader and you’ll end up standing in the six hour line for C3PO’s autograph with three other people in the same costume.
6. Great Scene Transitions
Does Star Wars have great scene transitions… no. But Battlefield Earth does. It says so right on the DVD cover.
5. Time Management
There are six star wars movies, not even counting the star wars Christmas special, and now there is an ongoing cartoon series. That’s a huge time sync. As a Battlefield Earth fan you’ll never have to worry about any of that. Not only that but the 2 hours of Battlefield Earth feels like 10 so if you only have 2 hours before work this is the perfect movie.
4. The Bar Scene
Obi-wan cutting off someone’s hand has nothing on watching John Travolta lovingly hug three tubes filled with green alcohol.
There are no rivalries between Battlefield earth fans and any other fans. Say you’re a Star Wars fan to a trekkie and you’re in for an argument, say you’re a Battlefield Earth fan and no one will ever argue with you. Heck, they’ll be so embarrassed they’ll probably never even talk to you again.
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1. Movie Appreciation
After watching Battlefield Earth Every movie you watch will seem better. You can’t say that about Star Wars.
“The reason you don’t like the new Star Wars movies is that you aren’t twelve,” or some variation is often the defense for the new movies. Whether they mean it or not the direct implication of this statement is that you only like the Star Wars movies because you were twelve the first time you watched them, and if you watched them now you would have a similar opinion of them as you do of the new movies.
I would like to say this is absurd on its face and move on, but there is a point here. I am bias towards the Star Wars movies. I enjoyed these movies when I was a kid and it is possible that has tainted my opinion of them. The solution of course is to have someone who is unbiased watch the movies and tell me, so if anyone knows an adult about the age of most Star Wars fan, who likes the genre of Science Fiction and hasn’t seen Star Wars let me know and we’ll run an experiment.
Since that solution seems unlikely so instead I go to comparisons. If Star Wars is just a kids movie I like now because I enjoyed it when I was a kid then this should be true of other movies. I am young enough that the cartoons and movies I watched were in the 80’s so I will list them. (Please no judgment I was a child)
The Smurfs- I loved this show as a kid. I’ve tried to watch it as an adult and the nostalgia wears off about the third time someone uses Smurf to replace a word. There are bits that are OK but I wouldn’t buy the DVD.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – I used to watch these cartoons all the time, and I watched the first movie when it came out. I just watched some clips on youtube and I have to wonder if the people making it meant it to be funny, I’m not sure how else you could explain using pizza as an analogy for everything, and horrible accents. If they did then I can’t say I got it, then or now. The nostalgia is pretty much limited to the music and that’s only a few beats long.
The Transformers Movie – I watched this as a kid and loved it. Watched it as an adult and I really can’t get past the scale issues. Things are constantly changing size in this movie for no reason. They are inside of
Orson Wells Unicron one minute and the next they are fighting him. Also , was the Matrix of Leadership in the movie for any reason at all? Finally, they killed Optimus Prime.
The Goonies – What can I say? I was 9 when this came out. Still there’s a decent cast here and I believe it may be the only time that Corey Feldman and Joe Pantoliano were on screen together so that has got to be worth something. I can still chuckle at moments in this movie and even understand why I enjoyed it as a kid but I wouldn’t put it on the level of Star Wars.
There is certainly room to argue that Star Wars is a superior film to any of these and I would agree, but that isn’t the argument which is being made when you say that I like Star Wars because I watched it as a kid.
None of this is saying that I hate the new Star Wars movies. I am mostly ambivalent. I do not feel that George Lucas did anything to my childhood by making them and if they are on I don’t run away screaming but give me the option of watching Ewoks or Jarjar and there isn’t much of a choice to be made.
What do you think, are the original Star Wars movies for kids?