George Lucas,  The Clone Wars

George Lucas’ favourite episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars is “A Sunny Day in the Void”





After a comet damages their shuttle, R2-D2, Colonel Gascon, and the other droids crash on a desolate planet where they must make their way across a bewildering expanse of emptiness to carry out their mission.”

“In this installment of Clone Wars Download, writer Brent Friedman discusses the creative process behind “A Sunny Day in the Void.”


    • Alexrd

      I hope so too. I wonder what the screening was about.

      And speaking of this episode, I seem to recall Stephen Stanton saying something similar many years ago. That George was very found of it.

  • Cryogenic

    Nice tweet. And proof that not all tweets are created equal. “A Sunny Day In The Void” would seem to be Vintage Lucas — an idea he came up with, a break from the main action, droids, a large expanse of nothingness, abstract meanderings, existential angst, and sardonic humour; a playful digression if you will. Back when J.W. Rinzler was “blade running” for George with his blog series “The Rise And Fall Of Star Wars” in 2017, the year of Star Wars’ 40th Anniversary, right before Darth Disney shut him up, he published an entry recalling the time he got to stay behind in “C” theater as Lucas rewatched “THX-1138”, his first feature from 1971 (which, of course, bombed on release), prepping for the insertion of new shots in 2002 (the revised version of THX would ultimately arrive on DVD in 2004). He captured a remarkably unguarded and incisive comment from Lucas: “This is the movie most like me.” If you know where to look, it’s Blog #9. Bonus: Blog #10 details the day Rinzler had his head shaved and did a day’s shooting as an extra for various inserts designed to go into the tweaked version of THX. As Rinzler puts it: “It was a great experience to become a few pixels in that underrated movie.”

    • joe

      disney needs to get their sh*t together shutting down a blog like that is ignorant keep this up and more fans will abandon the franchise

      • Cryogenic

        Part 1/2

        Disney’s regrettable actions are not unlike the Catholic Church banning books; or the Nazis burning them outright. It’s not merely ignorant, but politically and/or commercially motivated. A famous saying (ironically spoken by a white nationalist Neo-Nazi) comes to mind: “To determine the true rulers of any society, all you must do is ask yourself this question: Who is it that I am not permitted to criticize?”

        * * *

        Disney obviously saw that Rinzler wasn’t going to pull too many punches. He seems to have been dismissed or forced out rather suddenly and lost his prestigious position as executive editor at Lucasfilm in 2015. In addition, he was evidently told or otherwise watched helplessly as his “making of” book on “The Force Awakens” was pulled from release. Note: A short “bio/about me” entry for him still exists on the official site:

        One can therefore surmise that his blog was his own way of getting back at them and throwing shade on the murky and troubled nature of the transition of Lucasfilm — from independent movie dream-house and open creative venture under founder George Lucas (relatively speaking), to corporate-owned battery farm under the three-headed hydra of Kathleen Kennedy, Bob Iger, and Alan Horn. Rinzler gave the game away from the start: “The Rise And Fall Of Star Wars”; as what is Star Wars if not Lucasfilm’s focal point, its prized property, its main money-making engine, and its raison d’etre?

      • Cryogenic

        You know what….

        I don’t know why I bother. So many gagging mechanisms.

        Can’t post my follow-on piece(s). Software won’t let me.

      • Cryogenic

        Part 2/2

        Also: See this page which collates two interviews with Rinzler published to the web on May 13th 2016 (interview on starwarsnewsnet) and August 16th 2016 (podcast interview on geekdad) respectively. On these occasions, Rinzler spoke about Disney cancelling (or indefinitely delaying) the release of his aforementioned “making of” book for TFA. Note: The slashfilm article links to a page on starwarsnewsnet dated May 17th; but the same source originally posted the same interview on May 13th. The slashfilm article also captures a pointed tweet from Rinzler’s personal Twitter account made on August 4th 2016. He definitely throws some shade their way!

        One of his predictions is also gradually coming true — especially after Lucas’ recent midi-chlorians (“microbiota”) revelation about his intended sequel trilogy that Disney discarded:

        “I think that something that big will come out eventually. I don’t know when or where but I just don’t see how it could not.”

        Feels like we’re in some kind of quasi-Mustafarian environment with big geysers bubbling up to the surface waiting to erupt.

      • Cryogenic


        On another note, it’s a little disheartening (to say the least) how dogmatic and intolerant and all-around “mindlocked” some fans are regarding Disney; and their hostile orientation toward people loyal to the original films and Lucas’ plans for the sequel trilogy. It’s clear that they’re in little mood to have anything critical said about the new films — much less Disney or their iron-fisted handling of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars property.

        Such criticism (and people mounting said criticism) has been ignominiously judged in advance as problematic, unwanted, inappropriate, disruptive, disharmonious; even destructive. Hence certain prominent message boards and blogs have recently changed their policies on the type of speech and feedback they allow — if they now even allow it at all. Fan communities and commentators have become strongly motivated to abridge the voices of others; and quick to label criticism of Disney as childish at best, hate speech at worst.

        In this regard, they are doing the dirty work of Disney for them. It was fine to criticize Lucas (an independent filmmaker and rebel to the system) for twenty solid years in all manner of ways; but absolutely no criticism must be thrown back, or in any way directed toward or about, billion-dollar corporations with considerable power and influence in the world — that seems to be the message in much of the online world at present. A sort of ad hoc fascism, closely mirroring the totalitarian madness cleanly and blisteringly laid out by George Orwell in “Animal Farm” and “1984”, is currently in effect — and growing.

        All that said…

        DISCLAIMER: It cannot be conclusively shown that Rinzler was gagged by Disney or anyone working for or legally representing Disney or any of its subsidiaries or holding companies. But if you believe that, I’ve got a preserved latex cast of Jabba to sell you, along with a bunch of broken-down (but perfectly fine) droids, a competition-ready podracer, five crates of death sticks, the Ark of the Covenant, a 1947 Roswell alien corpse, and a salubrious vacation spot in the Rishi Maze.

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