April 16, 2015
That being said, this one gets me a lot more geeked up for the movie. "Chewie, we're home" indeed.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Thu Apr 16 22:57:48 2015 (jGQR+)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Fri Apr 17 01:46:34 2015 (+rSRq)
Before Disney nuked the EU, the storyline of the books went out 35-40 years. Luke had a son, and Leia and Han had three children, two of whom died.
Posted by: Rick C at Fri Apr 17 10:10:53 2015 (ECH2/)
Posted by: Steven Den Beste at Fri Apr 17 10:27:29 2015 (+rSRq)
Posted by: Pete Zaitcev at Fri Apr 17 11:01:01 2015 (RqRa5)
Steven, there were other TIE fighters in IV, V and VI. The TIE Advanced x1 was the type used by Darth Vader at the end of A New Hope. In the Extended Universe, with shields, a hyperdrive, and a vastly expanded sensor and electronics suite, it was hideously expensive and thus few were made.
The TIE/Interceptor was seen in Return of the Jedi. Much faster and heavily armed than the standard TIE fighter, it was still unshielded and unarmored. If the TIE was the MiG-17, a TIE/In would be the MiG-25.
The TIE Bomber was seen in The Empire Strikes Back. It was a strike craft, capable of carrying missiles, bombs or torpedoes, all of which were usable against either surface or space targets. If I remember correctly, in the TIE Fighter videogame a single bomb was capable of killing a Rebel Frigate.
Since the X-Wing seen in the trailers is an new version over the ones in the movies (check out how the wings split!), if nothing else I'm willing to bet that its safe to assume the basic TIE design has been upgraded in some way over the years.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Fri Apr 17 12:35:49 2015 (jGQR+)
Given that both craft were of relatively recent design (neither existed in the prequels, just a couple of decades before the original trilogy), it makes sense that they would get upgraded rather than replaced in that time frame. Especially if the Republic is spending it's resources fixing things, and the Empire has been isolated from it's main production and R&D facilities.
Posted by: David at Fri Apr 17 12:38:21 2015 (dr1tX)
I have to disagree. That shot of the crashed Imperial Star Destroyer on a desert planet was pretty darn amazing. Possibly the first time in the whole series where you get a proper sense of scale on those things.
Posted by: David at Fri Apr 17 12:46:38 2015 (dr1tX)
Posted by: Ben at Fri Apr 17 15:19:06 2015 (rIQuo)
Nobody said you had to agree with me. People disagree with me all the time. They're all just wrong.
Posted by: Wonderduck at Fri Apr 17 17:51:03 2015 (jGQR+)
Posted by: Siergen at Fri Apr 17 18:26:59 2015 (Cvfrl)
Posted by: Wonderduck at Fri Apr 17 21:14:39 2015 (jGQR+)
Posted by: David at Fri Apr 17 23:26:59 2015 (+TPAa)
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Sun Apr 19 09:58:20 2015 (ZJVQ5)
Also: Trigger Warning
Posted by: The Brickmuppet at Sun Apr 19 19:32:56 2015 (ohzj1)
But I see that I confabulated the lightsaber....
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Thu Apr 23 15:38:48 2015 (ZJVQ5)
Posted by: Suburbanbanshee at Thu Apr 23 15:42:48 2015 (ZJVQ5)
(And I never entirely understood the tagline on that comic).
Posted by: Mauser at Fri Apr 24 06:42:32 2015 (TJ7ih)
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