By happenstance, Galen became best friends with one Orson Krennic while studying the Futures Program on Brentaal in 40 BBY. Krennic would of course go on to later become the Director of the Imperial Military's Department of Advanced Weapons Research.
By the time of The Clone Wars, these two had lost touch and Galen, along with his wife, were captured and imprisoned by the Iron Gauntlet Legion. During a prisoner exchange, the now Director Krennic ‘rescued’ the couple. Unknown to Galen, Krennic’s true intentions were to put Galen in his debt in order to persuade him to use his knowledge of kyber crystals in the development of the Death Star’s superlaser.
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But what was the cause of the confusion in the first place? The change in shade to the naked eye (under most lighting conditions, even natural light) is so subtle that you’d be hard pressed to even discern it. Under most conditions it’s just a pinch more gold/yellow, but in an episode of Star Trek the shirt would turn decidedly gold. Why?
There were actually a number of different factors that led to this color shift. Stage lighting and optical color timing did their part to shift the color of the intended green to gold, but another factor had to do with the film stock The Original Series was shot on.
The Eastman Kodak 5251 negative film that was used for TOS had a color range that favored a warmer pallet. This tended to shift things more towards a yellow shade, and how we get a gold tunic from the green that William Ware Theiss intended for the show's "Unrestricted Line Officers."
Taking all that into account even regular photography can shift the color of the tunic to something more gold. I call this “The Camera Trick”, and if you saw us at conventions in the past you might have seen it.
Here I am in my tunic, pictured outdoors in natural daylight without a filter.
Let's take a look at one of our Premier Kirk Tunics. The same shirt, in two photos with different lighting.
Taken indoors, artificial light, no filter. One with the camera flash (left) and one with no flash (right).
I just hold my phone in camera mode over it and what happens is exactly what happened with TV cameras in 1969 – the Command Tunic turns gold!
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The military isn’t one entity, it’s made up of many moving parts and countless enlisted individuals. How does someone end up joining the bad guys? What’s the appeal? Over the next three articles we’re going to be taking a look at three separate paths that could lead someone to dedicate themselves to a lifetime of terror.
It goes without saying that the most likely place to look for less than willing participants would be the ranks of foot soldiers. The Imperial Army’s intentions aren’t the best and not many would be willing to die for the ever expanding power of their higher officers. That brings us to our first subject, FN-2187, later known as Finn.
Abducted as a child, Finn was forced into a First Order operation known as Project Resurrection.
Thousands of children were snatched from their homes, most of them too young to have formed any real memories of their birth parents, and molded into elite Stormtroopers.
Finn showed early promise as a cadet serving under Captain Phasma and was generally considered to be an ideal example of the success of the program.
However, Finn’s indoctrination wasn’t airtight.
The canon is careful to point out several moments in his youth where outside influences seem to have come through. He enjoyed reading the Kade Genti comics that his friend snuck in as well as other contraband. The Imperial Army failed to fully separate him from his humanity.
Ben Solo’s parents couldn't hide away from their extremely busy lives for long. Because she was an important politician, Leia didn't sit idly at home and often had to travel far and long. Finding himself the husband of someone so prestigious, Han fell into a sort of first-husband role, turning from his life of crime to a successful career as a sport race driver. He sponsored important races, raced for charity, and more.
Despite his best efforts, Han started to drift further and further from his son. Ben Solo was often left alone at home.
Making matters worse, the Solo’s worked hard to protect young Ben from the knowledge of his lineage. They worried how knowing the true identity of his grandfather would affect him. Once he did learn the truth, Ben’s trust in his parents was broken. The events that followed while training under Luke completely separated him from his family and sent him hurtling into the dark side.
Han was so dismayed by Ben’s downfall that he left Leia to return to the smuggler's life of crime. After many years on the straight and narrow, there’s no doubt that he did this as a form of punishment inflicted on himself. Perhaps he felt that he never truly deserved his loving family in the first place. He became just like his own father, a runaway. Han traveled the stars with his pain.
During the week between episodes I've found myself re-watching the first cartoon Star Trek ever produced, "The Animated Adventures of Gene Roddenberry's STAR TREK." Bit of a wordy title, yeah? We'll just call it STAR TREK: THE ANIMATED SERIES, or TAS for short. TAS was something I watched a lot in the '70s, and as a kid I didn't really separate it from "The Original Series", it was all just "Star Trek" to me. My friends and I would watch it alongside the syndicated reruns of TOS we got after school. Everyday there were episodes of our favorite show - "Real or cartoon", it didn't matter to us. We loved it all.
On Saturday mornings - right after The Animated Series aired we'd all "beam down" outside on the banks of the lake behind our houses. All of us (every one) wearing our "Star Trek Shirt."
In those days we were all wearing different colors of the same short sleeved Starfleet Uniform "Tunic." Our engineer was in red, our "Spock" (my friend "Tack" had his black hair cut into shape not unlike Mr. Spock's with bangs and all) wore blue, and I was always wearing gold or green. We carried a collection of different devices for our "landing party equipment", but most everyone had a Remco utility belt with a miniature phaser, communicator, and a tricorder. We would play for hours running around on the surface of some strange new world wearing our uniforms, and "being" the characters we had just been watching on TV. It was too much fun.
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After the events of “Solo”, Han and Chewbacca seemed to prefer to stick to relatively petty crime. He ran marked Sabbac decks to the casino of the planet Marquinn, smuggled spice all over the galaxy and dodged the empire all along the way. Make no mistake, the Imperial Army had every intention of recapturing Han and bringing him to justice. They never caught him. The duo quickly made a name for themselves as the best around.
Like all good pirates, Han had a place to stash all of his treasure.
After he and Chewie crash-landed on an unnamed planet in the Monsua Nebula, the duo fought through storms and cyclones to reveal a secret oasis. Finding the storms a suitable deterrent, they located a hidden cave and declared it their secret spot. Over the years they hide all manner of treasures and trinkets from their adventures there, including a nostalgic store of Corellian wine for Han.
Capt. Hernandez: "Commander, drop by the quartermaster's at the end of your shift."
Cmdr. Tucker: "Ma'am?"
Capt. Hernandez: "Might want to update your uniform."
::Indicating his sleeve with the "Enterprise" patch still attached::
Cmdr. Tucker: "Aye, Captain."
- Trip Tucker and Erika Hernandez aboard the NX-02 COLUMBIA.
When Trip Tucker transfers to Columbia from the Enterprise its for a number of reasons, mostly personal rather than professional. Headhunted by Captain Erika Hernandez to be Chief Engineer aboard her newly finished NX-02, Trip initially refused to leave Enterprise but later accepted the transfer.
For Trip it ended up being a relatively short assignment to Columbia, but for us it marked a fun block of episodes in the final season of STAR TREK: Enterprise. Those are some of our favorites from that series, and so we couldn't resist recreating Trip's assignment patch from his sojourn to Enterprise's sister-ship.
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The helmet had belonged to a Rebel pilot named Dosmit Raeh, and Rey used to wear it and pretend that she was flying for the Rebel Alliance against the evil Galactic Empire!
Rey’s childhood doll of Rebel Pilot, Dosmit Raeh.
As a little girl, Rey invented adventures to act out with a doll of Dosmit Raeh that she had made for herself out of the rags of an old flight suit she had found. And when she wasn't playing with her doll, she would escape the loneliness of her makeshift home to be "Raeh" - wearing her helmet & piloting her X-Wing against Imperial Tie Fighters far from the wastelands of Jakku.
Rey's (Raeh's?) X-Wing Helmet is one of my favorite pieces from STAR WARS' sequel trilogy. I think because it resonates with me, and reminds me of playing the way Rey must have. As an only child after STAR WARS came out in '77 (my brother didn't come along till I was thirteen), I can remember pretending that I was an X-Wing pilot, like Luke Skywalker. I recall the time I painted an old helmet to look like Luke's, and imagined I was in the cockpit taking on the whole Empire myself.
An excerpt by Rey about her X-Wing helmet from the canon tie-in book, “Rey's Survival Guide.”
Rey does the same thing in "The Force Awakens." She's grown up, but her doll & her helmet are still with her. They're not just possessions to her. They are among the very few constants in her life, like the drive to find her parents. I don't think it's any coincidence that she's wearing her helmet the moment before meeting BB-8, and starting on her own hero's journey.
Rey sitting all alone against the foot of her AT-AT with her helmet is to me every bit as moving as Luke watching a binary sunset.
Of course, we just got a fresh look at the U.S.S. DISCOVERY's Cmdr. Michael Burnham.
She's back in uniform and wearing the latest iteration of Starfleet insignia.
Side note - anybody else besides me wondering if that's just a combadge, or something way cooler?
Either way, we're in for a wild ride when Discovery returns. Nine hundred thirty or so years into the future what will the galaxy look like? Will friends still be friends? Enemies still be enemies? And what if anything remains of Starfleet and The United Federation of Planets?
I have theories of course. I wonder if there are any clues to be found in Michael Chabon's SHORT TREKS episode "Calypso?" Is Zora the result of The Sphere Data merging with Discovery's Computer? Has the ship Craft found been waiting a thousand years beyond when Burnham and the crew arrived in the year 3187? Is the enemy he fought in the war, which he called “The V'draysh” - all that's left of The Federation?
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Han’s Father makes an appearance in the films but remains unnamed. A worker at the Corellian Engineering Corporation Shipyards (Starships being the major industry of Corellia) he labors but never seems to make much headway and is eventually laid off. He expresses to his young son that his true desire is to escape the planet on one of the ships he works so tirelessly on. He never does make it but the sentiment must have had a profound effect on Han. Eventually, Han’s father abandons him. This influenced his life greatly.
Living as an orphan on the streets, a young Han turns to pickpocketing. In ‘Legends’, he’s picked up by Garris Shrike, a former bounty hunter turned con man and petty thief. Han spends most of his youngest years working for Garris, running various scams and learning the streets.
He befriends the cook of Shrike’s ship, Dewlanna, a Wookie who looks on him like a son and teaches him Shyriiwook, the Wookie language.
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