Has anyone gotten to read the new Star Wars Insider yet? Definitely a different take on the Mandalorians. Wary of putting spoilers on here yet, but there is one familiar name associated with the Death Watch. As for everything else, well, you know how it goes. I had heard on one of the other boards that this wasn't actually going to be the planet Mandalore itself, but a world in the Mandalore system. However, some of the pics in the new Insider mag are still showing artwork of the city of Sundari, which they're still saying is the "capital" city of Mandalore. So, I'm not holding out hopes that this is just a colony world, like Concord Dawn or something like that.
I couldn't help but laugh at one of the interview questions posed to Dave Filoni which read; Did you draw on any Expanded Universe sources when you were developing them (the Mandalorians) for the show? His answer: "Not particularly." I kept thinking to myself, "yeah, no kidding Matlock." Looks like they didn't even make an attempt to research any Expanded Universe info. Heck, even a cursory search of Wookieepedia would've helped if they didn't want to spend the time doing in-depth research on a particular subject.
He goes on to say; "There were only a few scant things that George and I actually used (from Expanded Universe sources) in the Clone Wars series itself. That's not to say that the other EU stuff is eliminated or gone. I know some people will say, "This isn't the way I pictured it," but we're showing a particular point in their history, which is a very interesting development point. When I play games like Knights of the Old Republic that have Mandalorians in them, all that history is still there. We're just looking at one slice of it at this particular moment. It's bound to be different from some people's ideas."
Again, I say, "well, no kidding Matlock." What I found amusing is that the article right before the interview is "A Brief History of the Mandalorians." It mainly touches on different highlights of comics, movies, and games with notations of the Fett's and Mandalorians. But it specifically has a couple entries referencing the Republic Commando game and novels and the Star Wars Insider #80 article "The History of the Mandalorians" which integrated the disparate sources of Expanded Universe Mandalorian lore into a single retro-active, cohesive continuity. A continuity that Filoni is screwing up at this "one slice at this particular moment" is Star Wars continuity.
I've enjoyed watching the cartoon, but with all the continuity errors this dude is creating you'd think he wrote for DC Comics or something. I'm half expecting a "Crisis on Infinite Coruscants" to fix everything back again. I think that's what sets people off and disappoints them the most with the Clone Wars series. It's been taking too many liberties when it comes to things that have already had a history or story done about them. Seems very disrespectful and rude to the original writer. I know Filoni has permission from Lucasfilm to write all this on the cartoon, but all the author's that have ever written Star Wars have also had to get Lucasfilm approval so that they don't screw up continuity or canon as well, so it's not like Lucasfilm doesn't know....you know?
It would be like Gene Roddenberry suddenly saying that the Klingon's aren't a warrior race anymore. They're more like thos space hippies that Checkov's girl fell in with. "Show me the way to Eden, brother." I mean, let's face it. I'm a big Star Trek fan, as well as a Star Wars fan. And you have to admit the Mandalorians are like the Klingons of the Star Wars universe. Code of honor, their own distinctive armor, warrior race, aggressive expansion period, and their own language. I mean, you've never experienced Shakespeare until you've read it in it's "original" Mando'a. Even the fanbase mirrors it. First came the Federation costumers, then the Klingon costumers insinuated their way into the Cons. First came the 501st boys, then finally the Mando costumers are coming into their own at the Cons.
It's kind of like Bizarro world.....Me Love you guys......