Page 4 is now up!
In this issue, we meet a new character in the storyline: Gral Nedic – a Iridonian bounty hunter who’s got it out for Jedi and couriers. At least in this issue he does!
As I was working on this issue page, I couldn’t help but think about the violence I’m bringing to the storyline. If this was a Clone Wars based comic, the violence probably wouldn’t be here. But SWTOR?
I couldn’t find it sadly, but I remember watching a video interview in among all the fantastic #SWTOUR stuff where one of the fansites asked the question:
(anyone link it if they know the vid I’m talking about)
“Will lightsabers sever limbs?”
I know it’s been a topic of discussion for some time now, but the developers’ response was that Star Wars was never really a highly violent franchise other than the significant events when key characters (like Anakin and Luke) get their hands sliced off. So we shouldn’t get our hopes up in hacking off some limbs with lightsabers in-game.
Overall I’m in agreement with the developers, but I couldn’t help but think of all the violence there actually is in Star Wars. Think about it.
First we’ve got Darth Vader force-choking around 4-5 Imperial troops per movie, Boba Fett swallowed by a Sarlacc pit (I know he climbs out), a Rancor has a tasty snack, the wampa munching down on a Tauntaun, and many other violent situations. Not to mention the entire destruction of a civilization on Alderaan. What could be more violent than genocide?
Back when I was a kid watching these films, sure I gave a shudder sometimes, but frankly it didn’t bother me one bit. I knew these were movies and fantasy trumped any horror I would experience at watching these epic films. So when George Lucas decided to re-release the original trilogy back in 2004 with some changes, including the re-imagining of some of its more violent scenes, I had to wonder why?
I know. I know. George Lucas was aiming to get Star Wars more approachable with the younger kids and getting a younger rating with the censors. I do understand the method to the madness, but it still doesn’t mean I have to like it. Frankly, there are far worse films out there that young kids could have watched. Why mess with perfection, Mr. Lucas?
Makes me wonder if the Complete Saga on Blu-ray will have the revised scenes or will it give you the option to keep to the original films?
Oh yeah, and Han shot first.