"Did you ever hear of the tragedy of Darth Plagueis the Wise?" Probably not, its not much of a story that Jedi would tell. However, James Luceno does an excellent telling of the tale of this great Dark Lord of the Sith, and links while also weaving the books Cloak of Deception, Darth Maul: Shadow Hunter, Labyrinth of Evil, the Darth Bane Trilogy and the films The Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones all together to create a rather compelling and intriguing story line in this book. Now, obviously this isn't going to win a Pulitzer prize or win critic's praise, but it is doggone good entertainment, and for us Star Wars fan very insightful, especially for those who prefer the Sith and the darker elements of the Force. Darth Plagueis as a character was awesome to say the least, until the end of the book was reached; he then was weak and useless pretty much, but that was how it was supposed to be so that Darth Sidious his apprentice could rise to power and become the emperor of the galaxy. The beginning was a little boring and took a while to get going, but after it did it was endlessly compelling and interesting, especially when a very young Palpatine (17 years old) was introduced and then trained by the Sith lord. Seeing Sidious grow and learn the ways of the Sith was cool; I mean after all, you have this big bad dude which is the epitome of evil within the Star Wars realm, and then you get to see essentially where it all comes from. According to the book (but probably not George Lucas' mind) Plagueis was alive and still the Sith lord up until the end of the events on The Phantom Menace; according to the book, Plagueis died about the same time as Darth Maul, which was Sidious' secret apprentice, but for his master Sidious called and referred to him as his assassin. Someone to do all of the dirty work basically and take all of the risks. It was a good Star Wars book and one that I would suggest to fans; I guess that other people could read it, but probably wouldn't get much out of it. I did get quite a bit of writing done today, and my witch story continues to grow. I don't know when I will be finished with it, but it is my hope that it will be done soon, that is if I can keep the pedal to the metal with my productivity. Finished watching Commander in Chief and I loved it. All 18 episodes of its first and only season were amazing, compelling, and kept me on edge. Geena Davis as the President and Donald Sutherland as Speaker of the House were perfect. It is a bloody, wretched, and irritating shame that it didn't get the green light for a second season; those people must have been nuts at the time. I guarantee that if the shows was airing now, it would be a huge success. An Independent running the White House that's a woman; heck ya that would do well no, especially with how fed up people are getting with the donkeys (Democrats) and elephants (Republicans). Clone Wars Tuesdays continues with Assajj Ventress as she flees Dathomir in search for other fulfilling work, which she finds in the company of some familiar bounty hunters; Bossk, Dengar, and Boba Fett. I like what they did with the bounty hunters in this episode, especially Dengar; his voice and attitude are perfect. Boba Fett continues to grow and get better at his work just like his father Jango, which was a pleasant surprise. It was a good episode, and it was nice not to see the same familiar faces for once. One can grow tired of all the Jedi, and how much they frequently win. The next episode Brothers promises to be something quite...quite, cool for lack of anything else. So far it was a good day, and I'm hoping the rest of the week turns out that way.
The Clone Wars "Brothers" Episode Preview
Sam Witwer on Voicing Darth Maul