Thinking Aloud…

Along with finding the images of those two posters that I knew I’d seen long ago, I did some reading in regards to Star Wars/TRON crossovers, comparisons, etc.  Evidently I’m far from the first to point out similarities, but in a minority with those who weren’t bothered by said similarities.  Some folks were downright mean, particularly towards Legacy, in regards to having characteristics of Star Wars and The Matrix.

Hey, Star Tours is in the same location that TRON stuff used to reside at Disneyland, so it’s not like they haven’t been around each other before.  (That was before the People Movers turned into rockets, then turned into…”That platform up there used to be a ride.”)

Ah well, but even if I’m the hundredth fellow to invent the wheel, I think it’s quite a nice and useful shape.  It’s hard to take honest credit when you’re springing off of not one but two of the most popular stories of your generation, anyways.

Also on my mind…I like the good Captain as much as any hetero geek dude should and I definitely plan to explore him and his background more than the Skywalker line, but I think I want my overall, long term story to be bigger than just one person or family.  I want it to be really big and stand alongside the primary seven* movies and various TV shows, not be relegated to the land of one-offs like the Ewok movie or…Holiday Special?  I don’t even want to look that one up.

* – Seeing as Lucas is running strong with The Clone Wars, I’m including its movie along with the pair of trilogies, as core to the franchise.

Thus, today I’m rethinking the primary title.  Sorry, Han.  There may be a SW: Solo, but this won’t be it.  Wouldn’t be the same without Harrison Ford, anyway.  This may be the obvious choice, but what do people think about SW: Grid Wars?

So where is this leading?  There are a few things I will and will not be doing.  I will be exploring histories and I’m not sure how far back, yet.  Some of the story will happen before Anakin Skywalker was born…this may or may not be via flashback.  I will explore the earlier adventures of Han, Chewie and Yoda, among others we’re familiar with.  I will not focus on anyone named Skywalker and there will not be daddy issues or unforeseen incestuous snogging between siblings.  I may make my primary protagonist female.  There’s something that hasn’t happened in any major Star Wars production.  (Books and games that don’t get turned into movies aren’t major, in this franchise.)

I’m sorting details in my head about how to integrate Encom-like technology into the SW story, then integrate the protagonist into the tech, heheh.  More details to come.  There will probably be a side plot featuring the physical-world characters trying to sort out what happened to the nerd-iwan…but keep in mind how quickly computers process commands, leading to time distortion.  The kid will be in there for a while, with little time passing outside.

Nothing actually written yet, beyond the dummy title and an approximate date for the physical universe.  13 ABY (years After the Battle of Yavin,) which is nine years beyond the events in RotJ.  Other than typing this, most of this learning and planning is done while I’m doing other things.  One of the few benefits of having ADD…I was multitasking long before Win 95 ever came out.

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Side note:  Why do I get white text on white background with no font controls to fix this, while using Internet Explorer?

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4 responses to “Thinking Aloud…

  1. Okay, I get it in the regular window through Firefox, too. Evidently my only way to post and see what I type is to do so from the account page, not within the blog.

    Side-effect of using a color-reversed theme?

  2. Surfing the thesaurus branched off of “grid”…”matrix” — taken; “network” — better describes the galaxy than a planet or star; “web” — same as net, “tessellation” — good but way too long and too many people are too lazy to go find a dictionary. Meh!

    I see “mosaic” in the mix, now. Hasn’t already been combined with Wars to make some movie or cheesy game…the word was prominently used by Flash Forward, but half the people reading this may not remember that nice show from two or three years ago, much less the broad audience.

    “Mosaic Wars” is a thing but it’s old, public domain and only refers to web browser competition. It doesn’t really flow like a shorter word so I’m not sure I’d use it that way. I like the word, however.

    I’ve also thought about skipping “Wars” but going back to “Grid.” Light Grid would be pretty obvious as a callback to TRON, but Light is used too much in SW already, defining the good side of the Force. This needs to not be a biased name.

    Force…Grids of Force? Grids of the Force…no. I don’t want to infer a reference to RotJ or RotS and adding “the” makes it sound like it’s defining some existing characteristic of the Force within the physical universe. TRON had its grids of light…yeah, SW gets Grids of Force.

    Only 67 hits in the entire Googleverse…I think I have a winner.

    http://www.google.com/search?hl=en&q=%22grids+of+force%22&oq=%22grids+of+force%22

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