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Sitting in my inbox this morning was the latest edition of the newsletter, Homing Beacon. It’s a roundup of articles from the official Web site of the movies — and this time it kicks off with an introduction to the upcoming Clone Wars series penned by George Lucas himself.

An Introduction: Part I
By George Lucas

For a thousand years, the Old Republic prospered and grew under the wise rule of the Senate and the protection of the Jedi Knights. But as often happens when wealth and power grow beyond all reasonable proportion, an evil fueled by greed arose. The massive organs of commerce mushroomed in power, the Senate became corrupt, and an ambitious politician named Palpatine was voted Supreme Chancellor. Most disturbingly, the Dark Lords of the Sith reappeared, after a thousand years of seeming absence.

In the midst of this turmoil, a separatist movement was formed under the leadership of the charismatic former Jedi Count Dooku. By promising an alternative to the corruption and greed that was rotting the Republic from within, Dooku was able to persuade thousands of star systems to secede from the Republic. Unbeknownst to most of this followers, Dooku was himself a Dark Lord of the Sith, acting in collusion with his master, Darth Sidious, who, over the years, had struck an unholy alliance with the greater forces of commerce and their private droid armies.

The turning point came when Count Dooku lured the unsuspecting Jedi into a trap on the desolate planet of Geonosis. Having just discovered the existence of a clone army that had been secretly commissioned for the Republic ten years earlier, the Jedi were well prepared when they confronted the Separatists on Geonosis, but their victory in that heated battle was pyrrhic. It would prove to be merely the opening salvo in a war that would spread like fire across the galaxy and engulf thousands of star systems in the legendary Clone Wars….

This text should be familiar to many fans as it’s just a longer version of the prologue from the novelization of A New Hope.

lucasgreen.jpgYou can go deeper inside the mind of the Maker with this Q&A from a few weeks back.

By the way, it looks like actor and Robot Chicken co-creator Seth Green will be voicing a character in the series. He does voice work for Family Guy, which recently riffed on Star Wars for a full hour. And who can forget the Star Wars episode of Robot Chicken?


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