miércoles, 22 de diciembre de 2010

Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we follow the likes of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and, created for the series, Ahsoka Tano

The Star Wars films are bursting at the seams with characters and all of us who grew up loving the likes of Hammerhead (excuse me, Momaw Nadon), Dengar and Lobot are a testament to how even the most obscure character can come to have a fanbase - and eventually, plenty of backstory.

On Star Wars: The Clone Wars, we follow the likes of Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and, created for the series, Ahsoka Tano. But there have also been a lot of other characters from the movies who have been given roles on the series, getting much more to do than we ever saw in live-action.

On the heels of The Clone Wars introducing Quinlan Vos (who was, arguably, seen in the background of a scene in The Phantom Menace) we're spotlighting some of our other favorites here. Note that we're focusing on the truly peripheral characters: most of whom didn't even speak in the films. So the likes of Mon Mothma or Bail Organa, who may have briefly appeared in the movies but were fairly notable, aren't a part of this list.

One of those perfect examples of how someone can appear so briefly, and yet get such a notable reaction is Aurra Sing. The bounty hunter appeared in a single shot of The Phantom Menace, yet she instantly had fans intrigued, with her striking chalk white skin and array of weapons. In The Clone Wars, Aurra has proven to be an awesome and dangerous villain, who shoots prisoners without hesitation and can go toe-to-toe with Jedi in battle.

One of many peripheral Jedi from the prequels to get a much-expanded role in The Clone Wars, Plo Koon is a personal favorite of supervising director Dave Filoni. In the films, he was known for sitting on the Jedi Council and being shot down and killed during Order 66. On The Clone Wars, we've seen Plo Koon as a confident, level-headed Jedi, who has a special bond with Ahsoka Tano and can deliver a bad ass line to Aurra Sing like, "You've already lost and you don't even know it." Considering Filoni's fandom for the character, we're sure there's more to come.

The Rodian Senator made some background (and holographic) appearances in Attack of the Clones, but in The Clone Wars, we learned he had deep ties to Padme – who referred to him affectionately as "Uncle." This made it all the more notable when he betrayed Padme, allowing her to be captured by Nute Gunray, only to switch sides again when he realize Gunray intended to execute her. The conflicted senator would survive Cad Bane's hostage crisis in the Senate, but would eventually be assassinated in the episode "Senate Murder."

A true example of taking something of an Easter Egg character from the films (not by intent, but simply because it's easy to miss him or not single him out) and turning him into a pretty notable player in The Clone Wars has to be Admiral Yularen. Remember all those dudes on the Death Star who sat and watched Darth Vader Force choke Admiral Motti for his disturbing lack of faith? One of them was named Yularen. And as it turns out, this same guy once worked very closely with Anakin Skywalker during the Clone Wars – perturbed by his recklessness, but respectful of his skills and determination. And probably not guessing that he'd one day sit and silently watch some serious Force chokin' going on from the same Jedi.

Despite his minimal screen time, Kit Fisto made an impression in Attack of the Clones. The green skin and dreadlock-like tentacles certainly were hard to ignore, but it was the big grin on Kit's face in the midst of battle that made him so endearing – even after we saw him quickly dispatched by Palpatine in Episode III. In The Clone Wars, Kit is given an appealing Jamaican-influenced accent, and a warm and friendly demeanor. Outside of cameos, he's only really been given the spotlight once, in Season 1's creepy "Lair of Grievous", which saw his former apprentice killed in battle with the droid general. But based on his innate likability, no doubt Kit, and his million dollar smile, will be seen again.

Lott Dod is one of the rare characters on this list who actually did speak in the films, though it was a quick moment, where he was proclaiming things like, "I object! There is no proof! This is incredible!" as Amidala spoke to the Senate about the Trade Federation's invasion of Naboo in The Phantom Menace. In The Clone Wars, we see Lott Dod as an ongoing, nefarious figure – one who constantly lies and manipulates, attempting to make the Trade Federation look good, while masking their true intentions. And to show just how nasty he can be, he personally poisoned Padme, in a failed attempt to kill her. http://laguerradelasgalaxias-starwars.blogspot.com/

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