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Luke and Mara
Posted on Saturday 27 January 2007 at 5:21 pm

Random Star Wars Pic Spam

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celtmama asked me for my opinion of a character in the Star Wars novels. Unbeknownst to her, the character is one of my favorites. So much so that I have been known to dress up as this character and attend science fiction conventions. For those of you who don't know the Star Wars novels, the character, Grand Admiral Thrawn, is a male, sophisticated, and extremely intelligent, high-ranking imperial officer who nearly defeats Luke, Leia, Han and co. a few years after the end of Return of the Jedi and the death of Darth Vader and the Emperor. He also happens to be non-human with pale blue skin and glowing red eyes. Just to keep life interesting.

As usual, click a pic for a larger image.
Me as Grand Admiral Thrawn

Me as Grand Admiral Thrawn with my plaque for first place in a costume contest.

Me as Thrawn, Timothy Zahn - the author who created Thrawn, and some random person as Mara Jade - another Zahn created character

Me as Thrawn, Timothy Zahn - the author who created Thrawn, and some random person as Mara Jade - a Zahn created character who initially wants to kill Luke Skywalker but instead ends up marrying him and having his son. Good plan.

Since I'm randomly scanning Star Wars photos, here's one for mrstater as well.

Me and Darth Tater

Me and a life-size Darth Tater, one of the coolest toys ever made.
Feeling: geeky


You gotta be crazy to be sane.
an_fhanai at 11:00 pm on 27 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Oh, woohooo!! Did you make that yourself? *blatant geekiness* Heeheehee...

Oh, I had such a crush on Thrawn. Stupid Timothy Zahn...the way he wrote Thrawn, especially in the fourth and fifth books, clearly showed that he wasn't really "evil" so much as dangerously single-minded. I think that a balance could have been struck. One of the COOLEST CHARACTERS EVER and he got whacked!! Gah!!!
bratty_jedi at 11:12 pm on 27 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
My super-amazingly-awesome aunt made the uniform for me. I think she took a pattern for a civil war officer's uniform and we modified it based on pictures of Thrawn. I used to compete in talent competitions and beauty pageants and she made quite a few of those costumes as well.

Thrawn is awesome. I do think he wasn't "evil" in the same sense as Vader and the Emperor, but he was rather authoritarian. I'm not certain the New Republic could have worked with him without one side having to violate too many of their bed-rock principles. And Zahn's completely correct: Thrawn was too good to live if he and the NR weren't on the same side. He would have won. At some point, he would have won. And you just can't have the Empire permanently defeat Luke, etc. in Star Wars. For the good of the rest of the series, Thrawn had to die.
You gotta be crazy to be sane.
an_fhanai at 11:17 pm on 27 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Even after he saw that the NR was winning the war? It seemed like he was willing to concede, as long as a strong front was achieved in order to counter the growing threat outside the Empire territories.
bratty_jedi at 11:26 pm on 27 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
But if he had lived, the NR wouldn't have been winning the war. He would have beaten the NR and turned the galaxy into an ordered and authoritarian society that would have pounded the Vong when they made their big move. Less dead people and less destruction to the galaxy, but at the expense of everything the original movie rebels believed in.

The only scenario I could imagine producing what you want would be for the knife wound to have put him in a coma for a decade or more. If he survived but was unable to influence galactic events, things would happen they way they do now in the novels with the NR winning. If he returned at that point, he would be willing to work within the NR, within its' value system, if that seemed to him the best way to protect the galaxy from the unknown threat, later revealed to be the Yuzzhan (sp?) Vong. But he would have to time his return just right or else it would be the same dilemma Luke and Mara faced with the clone: everyone would panic and no one would believe his stated intentions. He would have to return after the threat posed by the Vong was made clear to the NR but before galactic resources were so defeated that it would be near impossible to turn back the Vong.
kileaiya at 11:20 pm on 27 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Eheeheehee. That life-sized Darth Tater is awesome. :)
bratty_jedi at 11:29 pm on 27 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I know. I love the Darth Tater. I bought one as soon as they came out. There is also an Artoo-Potatoo and a Spud Trooper. I desperately want them both but didn't get around to buying them and now I'm not sure they're available on the regular retail market.

Want kind of genius decides to combine Darth Vader and Mr. Potato Head and then follows that up with an R2-D2 and a storm trooper? Sure brilliance! I want them to make more. They just need corny (potatoy?) names and they'll be all set.
kileaiya at 12:02 am on 28 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I want an Artoo-Potatoo, I might just have to look one up one eBay and I have long coveted the Darth Tater.

I know, that idea was pure, unfettered brilliance.

I need Star Wars icons.
bratty_jedi at 12:10 am on 28 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
The head of marketing or some such was at a convention I was at one time. He was giving a speech about all the exciting new things that had/would be coming out for Episode III. At one point, he was talking about his 20+ years in marketing, all the companies he'd worked for and things he'd done, etc. and then, somewhat ruefully, said "Who would have thought the highlight of my career would turn out to be a little guy named Darth Tater." He got a standing ovation at that line.
bratanimus at 12:01 am on 28 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Bwaa ha ha ha haaaaa! What's next - Leia Organic Potato? LOL

I feel very out of the loop. I need to read those Star Wars novels! :)
bratty_jedi at 12:06 am on 28 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
I tell Jordan all we needed was more corny (potatoy) names to get more awesome toys and here you come giving me some. How cool are you?

The Timothy Zahn trilogy in which he first introduces Mara Jade and Grand Admiral Thrawn are still the best of the Star Wars novels. They completely capture the feel of the movie universe and have their own well-constructed plot. You should definitely pick them up! They are:

Heir to the Empire
Dark Force Rising
The Last Command
bratanimus at 12:17 am on 28 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks for the recommendations! I've written them down and will pick them up the next time I'm at Barnes and Noble. Will I be able to follow the novels if I've only seen the films for I, IV, V, and VI? (After Episode I, I didn't have the heart to see II and III. I'm sure Anakin was better in the hands of Hayden Christensen, but I just never got around to it...)
bratanimus at 12:32 am on 28 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Hmm, for some reason that link didn't fully take. You may have to copy and paste it.

bratty_jedi at 12:46 am on 28 January 2007 (UTC) (Link)
's'all good.
Rainbow Haired Auror
auror_ithilien at 4:31 am on 01 February 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Very cool costume. You have inspired me to go finish "Outbound Flight" which I have had since July and STILL haven't finished.
bratty_jedi at 8:00 am on 01 February 2007 (UTC) (Link)
Thanks. Glad you like it :)

I liked Outbound Flight, overall. It has some really great meoments and some rather boring parts, IMO.

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