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Who is Darth Plagueis?

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Who is Darth Plagueis?

Darth Plagueis is a Sith apprentice that was trained by Darth Tenebrous. He is credited by Darth Sidious of mastering the powers of life and death.

Real Name:  Hego Damask

Alias:  Darth Plagueis the Wise

Species: Muun

Born: BBY

Death:

Apprentices: Darth Sidious

Canon: Plagueis is mentioned as a legend by Darth Sidious / Emperor Palpatine in Episode III making him canon.


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Early Years and Training:
Darth Plagueis's master is Darth Tenebrous.  Tenebrous planned and manipulated the parents of Hego Damask to fall in love and marry.  He chose he parent based off their sensitivity to the force and political connections.  Once Hego Damask reached the age of 5, Tenebrous came and manipulated his parents to allow him to be raised by him.  Hego Damask took immediately to using the force and to the ideology of the Sith taught to him by Darth Tenebous.  He took on the mantle of Darth Plagueis.

Hego Damask runs the company Damask Holdings while acting as Darth Plagueis in secret.

Tenebrous was fascinated with a plan to achieve immortality in a powerful body.  He also means of defeating the Jedi and recreating the Sith Empire.  Tenebrous was more scientific and less force imbued than Plagueis and came he came to rely on Plagueis to conduct his research.  Tenebrous however came to view Plagueis as too weak to carry on the Sith line.  He broke with the rule of two and behind Plagueis's back began training another apprentice Darth Venamis.  While Plagueis was taught about the force and how to control for scientific studies, Venamis was trained to be a fierce lightsaber duelist.  Plagueis began using his growing force powers to research other powers like levitation, telekinesis and force lightning.  This research was done behind Darth Tenebrous's back leaving the master clueless as to how powerful Plagueis was becoming.

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Eventually, Plagueis saw his chance to rid himself of his master.  The pair were attacked by Assassins and Plagueis walked up to his master and snapped his kneck.  Tenebrous had prepared a special virus that would infect Plagueis and move his mind into his.  The virus also acted to overtake and block the force power of prophesy.  While the virus was successful Tenebrous quickly rejected Plagueis's body because he foresaw his pupil's death would occur too quickly.  This rejection left Tenebrous without a viable body to live in and returned to its corpse.  The one lasting effect of effect of the virus is that it destroyed Plagueis's ability to see the future.

Darth Venamis:
After the death of his master Plagueis was confronted by Darth Venamis whom he defeated in battle.  Plagueis kept Venamis alive to experiment on.  He would kill Venamis and then bring the helpless Sith back to life.   Venamis had also located various other force sensitives to serve as pupils all of these were eliminated by Plagueis.

Master of Palpatine and Rise of the Empire:
Darth Plagueis begins to work to acquire valuable resources from the planet of Naboo.  His company along with the Trade Federation are being thwarted by isolationist forces on the planet.  The consortium finds an ally in the son of one of their opponents, a young man named Palpatine.

Palpatine begins to feed information to Hego Damask (Darth Plagueis) in exchange for political and financial powers of Damask Holdings.  The two have a growing father and son relationship which disturb's Palpatine's father, who attempts to intercede.  Palpatine begins to be trained by Darth Plagueis in ways of the dark side of the force.  Palpatine uses these new force powers to kill off his entire family.  With this action he is congratulated by Hego Damask and becomes the official apprentice of Darth Plagueis.  He takes on the name, Darth Sidious.

 Plagueis began to show his ability of bringing others back from death.  He was unable to do this for himself.  He showed Sidious this by killing Darth Venamis and bringing him back to life.  While powerful Darth Plagueis began to fear that the Force could strike back at him for using his life altering powers.   He became less interested in acquiring powers and more fearful about losing it.

Darth Plagueis sets in motion the cloning facilities that will lead to the Clone armies.  He also helps Palpatine rise the ranks of the Imperial Senate until he is appointed Chancellor. Darth Sidious (Palpatine) felt that Plagueis had used up his usefulness, lulled the old Sith master to sleep and killed him.
 
Star Wars Speculation: 

 Is Darth Plagueis really Supreme Leader Snoke?
Plagueis is a heavily rumored candidate to be Snoke.

The reasons to believe Plagueis is Snoke are numerous.
  • Snoke somewhat resembles Plagueis
  • Plagueis had gained control over life and death and may have pulled himself together
  • Plagueis was the last great Sith Lord before Palpatine so its more reasonable he would have survived than an older Sith.
  • Plagueis is still in the Star Wars film canon due to being mentioned by name by Palpatine in the film Revenge of the Sith.
  • As one of the most powerful and knowledgeable Sith it is possible he was able to trick Palpatine and elude being killed by him.

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Who is Darth Venamis?

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Who is Darth Venamis?

Darth Venamis is a Sith apprentice that was trained by Darth Tenebrous.  When Darth Plagueis killed his master Tenebraus he was then confronted by Venamis.  Venamis makes few appearances in Star Wars Extended Universe primarily in the Star Wars novel, Darth Plagueis by James Luceno.

Real Name:  Unknown

Species: Bith

Born: BBY

Death:  42 BBY resurrected and killed numerous times by Darth Plagueis and Darth Sidious.  Final death is unclear but the novel Darth Plagueis suggests he was finally killed.

Apprentices:  Naat Lare

Canon: It is unknown of Venamis is within the canon of the Star Wars ongoing continuity.  While Plagueis is mentioned in Episode III, Venamis is not.

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Darth Venamis Bio:
It is speculated that Venamis may be the biological offspring or relative of his master Darth Tenebrous.  Both Sith are of the Bith species.

At some point while training Darth Plagueis, his master Darth Tenebrous decided to break with Darth Bane's rule of 2 and a second Sith warrior.  It seemed that Tenebrous disagreed with the Rule of 2.  Tenebrous hoped to use the scientific mind of Plagueis to provide him with immortality and then kill and replace him with Venamis.

While Plagueis was barely trained in the use of Sith Martial combat, Venamis was highly trained in light saber combat by Tenebrous

Venamis began to search for other Force Sensitive candidates to train as his own apprentices.  He began to train one of these by the name of Naat Lare.  Naat was given the mission of culling a population of marsh haunts on the planet of Abraxin.  When word came to Venamis that Tenebrous had fallen he immediately left the pursuit of apprentices to kill Darth Plagueis.

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Battle between Venamis and Plagueis

Venamis introduced himself and battled Darth Plagueis on the moon Sojourn.  Venamis surprised Plagueis by being more trained in lightsaber combat than himself.  However, Plagueis had greatly studied other powers and after changing tactics defeats Venamis.  Plagueis forces Venamis to eat a Coma-Bloom a poisonous plant that puts those who ingest it in a coma like state.

Plagueis uses the coma weakened body of Venamis to study the dark side of the force and to find the means of immortality.  Eventually, Plagueis did allow Venamis to die but this was only so that he could be brought back again.  Venamis is killed and brought back numerous times.  Darth Sidious witnesses the killing and resurrection of Darth Venamis.



Star Wars Speculation: 

 Is Venamis really Supreme Leader Snoke?
Venamis while a seemingly obscure Sith is a possible candidate to be Snoke.  It is unknown if he ever completely died after all of the experimentation on him by Darth Plagueis.  He would have been heavily weakened and injured from the abuse inflicted on him by Plagueis and would not have been in a position to battle Darth Sidious.  However, after the death of Darth Sidious he would have been left as one of the most highly trained force users next to Luke Skywalker.  This would explain both Snoke's weakened state and his fear of Luke Skywalker.

While knowledgeable in the ways of the Force neither Tenebrous or Venamis were considered to be highly intune with it.  Both would have a far weaker connection than Luke Skywalker. Once again adding a reason for Skywalker to be feared.

Venamis was also never officially bestowed the title of Darth.  He was to take on that mantle only after killing Plagueis which he failed to do.  It could be that the reason why the Darth title has fallen out of use by Snoke and Kylo Ren is that Venamis is not a Darth.

One faulty aspect of this theory is that Venamis is a Bith and Snoke's hologram does not appear to be a Bith.

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Review of Star Wars: Force Awakens


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 Star Wars the Force Awakens review!

Facts:
A continuation of the saga created by George Lucas and set thirty years after Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983).

Director:  J.J. Abrams


Writers:   Lawrence Kasdan, J.J. Abrams,

Release Date:  Dec 2015


Financial Performance
Update: 12-21-2015 Star Wars the Force Awakens is set to have the biggest film opening ever and is expected to rake in over $517 million globally in its opening weekend.  The previous opening weekend record was Jurassic World which opened to $208.8 million.

Update:  12-28-2015  Star Wars the Force Awakens has become the fastest film to break a billion dollars in revenue.


Toylab Reviews:





More Reviews:
  • Rotten Tomatoes - Scored 97% (As of Dec 16th) - Critics Consensus: Packed with action and populated by both familiar faces and fresh blood, The Force Awakens successfully recalls the series' former glory while injecting it with renewed energy.
  • Hollywood Reporter -Todd McCarthy- 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' Review: A Blast of Energy For the Franchise 
  • Newark Star-Ledger - Stephen Whitty - The Force is strong in this one
  • Forbes - Mark Hughes - Star Wars has returned to us again, and it brings us a wonderful gift: a brand new chapter, mixing old and new elements, original and new cast, in [an] amazing picture.
  • Forbes - Scott Mendelson - It is not a little disheartening to see this new 'Star Wars' installment not blazing its own path but rather chasing its tail and rehashing its former glories for our approval.
  • Guardian - Jordan Hoffman - Its script is ludicrous, riddled with coincidences and a fealty to existing text that a less forgiving person might call lazy. Yet I can't wait to see it again.

Premiere Responses:









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Who is Finn in Star Wars: Force Awakens

Finn
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Glimpse of Finn from the Force Awakens trailer
Finn is a character in the Star Wars film the Force Awakens.  Finn is played by John Boyega.

Spoiler Warning: Star Wars: The Force Awakens Spoilers are below.

Species: Human


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Finn Bio (Spoilers):
Finn is taken from his family at a young age and raised to be a mindless stormtrooper of the First Order.  During a raid on the planet of Jakku, his unit is ordered by Kylo Ren to eliminate a village of unarmed villagers.  Finn finds himself unable to comply with the gruesome request and in a crisis of consciousness seeks to find a way of escaping the First Order.

30 years after the battle of Endor, Finn was a Stormtrooper of the First Order who deserted and stranded on the desert planet of Jakku after freeing Resistance Ace pilot Poe Dameron.  After the two escapees crash land a tie-fighter on Jakku, Finn presumes that Poe is dead.  Alone and being by the First Order, Finn begins to attempt to complete Poe's mission of locating the astromech BB-8.  In doing so he meets up with the scavenger Rey and the pair race to leave the planet before the First Order can catch them.  They locate and escape using the the star ship the Millennium Falcon.

The pair meet up with legendary pilot Han Solo and Chewbaca who bring them to Maz Kanata to learn where they should go next.  At Kanata's bar Rey finds the lightsaber of Annakin Skywalker that causes her to have various visions.  She runs from the castle just as the First Order attacks.  Finn is given the light saber by Maz Kanata and set out to rescue Rey from Kylo Ren.   There he uses the lightsaber to battle a melee armed stormtrooper TR-8R.  TR-8R nearly defeats Finn but is blasted away by Han Solo.  Han Solo and Finn watch in horror as Rey is loaded aboard a shuttle craft and taken away by the First Order.

Finn joins Han Solo and Chewbaca on a mission to destroy the Star Killer Base of the First Order and to rescue Rey.  They find that Rey has already managed to free herself and is sneaking around the base and causing mayhem.   After a dramatic battle to destroy a facility on the base Finn and Rey find themselves squaring off in a duel against Kylo Ren.  Finn is wounded in this battle but survives.  Rey leaves Finn in a medically induced coma to pursue a mission to find Luke Skywalker.  As she leaves Finn she promises him that the two will meet again.

Force Potential:
Unknown:  Seemingly high as he is able to wield a lightsaber.  Finn also suffers from a moral crisis on a mission to slaughter villagers by the First Order.  This crisis may be caused due to a deeper affinity to the Force.


Toylab Speculation:
One of the biggest mysteries of Finn is what causes his moral crisis?  He is raised in a program to create soldiers who simply follow orders.  Suddenly, during the slaughter of Jakku this programing seems to stop working.  General Hux looking over his history with the Order remarks that he sees no signs that would indicate these rebellious behaviors.  Kylo Ren also noticed Finn and seemed to feel something in the force about Finn.  This led Kylo to immediatly know which stormtrooper had defected.

One answer to this question is that Finn may be a Force Sensitive.  That he felt deeper into the Force and knew his actions were wrong even though morally he had never been taught such things.  This may also explain how he is able to use a lightsaber relatively well without any training.

Finn's Parents:
Finn's parents are unknown.   As a stormtrooper he was taken from his parents at a young age and raised to fight for the First Order.

Many assume that Finn could be related to one of the older characters due to the fact that his last name has been kept secret.  Many names have been thrown out.

Top surnames in forums are Calrisian and Windu as both were dark skinned characters.  However, it is perfectly possible he is related to Skywalker or perhaps .....Han Solo!

Han and Sana Solo's Son?
In the new Star Wars comics that have been released to help tie together the old films to the new movie a character is introduced named Sana Solo.  Sana Solo is woman bounty hunter who claims to be Han's wife.  It has not been revealed why she is attempting to hunt down Han but many assume it is because she is pregnant with a child.  Time wise this does not work out however as the child would work out to be older than Finn is.

To learn more about the new character Sana Solo see:
Who is Sana Solo


One way or the other, it does seem like here character is going to be in some way important to the new trilogy.

Pictures:
The lightsaber in use here appears to be that of Anakin Skywalker.  Used by Luke prior to making his own.


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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Gifs!

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Here are GIFS from the best moments of the Star Wars: The Force Awakens trailer.

A feast for your eyeballs!  Cover your eyes Padawans this is for Jedis only.
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5. BB-8, Pilot? (Trailer 3)

 7. The Falcon on Hyperdrive (Trailer 3)

15. Poe Takes Flight (Trailer 1)
13. Kylo Ren Works Over Poe (Trailer 3)
12. Cool-Hand Luke (Trailer 2)


11. Leia Gets Lightsaber (Trailer 2)
10. Finn and Poe Share a Moment (Trailer 3)
8. The Millennium Falcon Roars Back! (Trailer 1)


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Apocalypse from X-Men the Animated Series



Apocalypse is going to be huge news when X-Men Apocalypse hits theaters in March 2016.  There have been comparisons of the character to his comic looks.  After talking to several comic fans I have decided that the most popular version of the character is actually the one that appeared in the popular 90s X-Men cartoon series.


Clips:
This shows some of his famous quotes like "I am beyond mutants as you are beyond humans"



Pictures:
Here are some pictures  from Apocalypse's appearance










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Nova artwork by Adi Granov




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Nova art evolution from the 1970s through the 2000s.  You can see him grow and age as a character from a teenager to a leader of one of the most powerful groups in the Marvel Universe.

Some of the best Nova work is done by artist Adi Granov and I would like to highlight some of that here.  Granov's art work has a grainy, dark realism like quality that is justaposed against the energy and light from Nova.  The contract between the dark realism and the light effects make Granov's covers something behold.

Another thing to watch for in Granov's Nova work is Gamora.  I have a few of the covers in here.  Some of the most famous pre Guardians of the Galaxy artwork of Gamora came from her appearances with Nova in the Annihilation series, where Rider and her shared a brief romantic relationship.  Granov's Gamora has a wonderful balance between graceful beauty and deadliness.   

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You can feel the power rippling off this picture

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Nova and Gamora

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Nova 1 byAdi Granov one of my faves

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Another Adi Granov of Nova vs Pennance

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Another awesome work by Adi Granov of just the Nova gear

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Sam Alexander Nova by Adi Granov


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Human Rocket in a charge like pose


This may also be the most famous depiction of Gamora from Nova #6 Annihilation Conquest
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Nova #6: Gamora with Nova's skull






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Versus! Spider-Man vs Darth Maul

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Time for some fun Marvel vs Star War battles.

Up first in round one Marvel's golden boy vs Star War's bad boy......we bring you Spider-Man vs Darth Maul!

Each characters powers:


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Spider-Man
Spider-Man is a genius scientist with super strength, speed, agility and a precognitive mental warning ability call the Spider-Sense that alerts him to danger before it happens.  He also has the ability to fire webs from his hands.  Spider-Man also has an extensive experience in fighting super powered foes, finding their flaw and defeating them.

Darth Maul
Darth Maul is a Sithlord and as such has powers through his use of the Dark Side of the force.  These include telekinetic abilities that allow him to move objects and himself.  In his battle in the Phantom Menace he faces off against two Jedi at once.  He does not seem to possess a high level of mastery of the mental aspects of the Dark Side but is appears to be one of the best at the physical.  His light saber mastery seems to be unparallelled.  Darth Maul uses a fiercom looking double bladed light saber.

Toylab Take:
I think this would be a really good battle.  Spider-Man would be at a severe disadvantage in up close combat but with his spider sense, webbing and super agility should be able to keep at a safe distance and use his webs to keep Darth Maul off balance.  He might even be able to gunk up Darth Maul's light saber to the point where it no longer functions.

The difficulty here is that any false move for webhead would be absolutely fatal. Darth Maul will try to use force pulls or throwing objects to get the webslinger close and then slice.  Maul is also much faster than he looks and using this deception may be able to close the gap with Spider-Man.  Spider-Man's off the charts agility and spider-sense will protect him here to a degree but Maul is not likely to be frustrated for long.

In the end the sheer ruthlessness and lethality of Darth Maul leads me to believe that in most battles he would win.


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Star Wars Christmas ideas!

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With a new Star Wars movie coming out during the holiday season many are going to try to wrap in their love for the science fiction franchise with their holdiay.  Here are some ideas from my family to make your Christmas a Star Wars Christmas!


Darth Vader Yule Log:
Instead of having a normal crackling fire on your TV why not use this five hour video of Darth Vader's corpse roasting in a funeral pyre.



Star Wars Christmas Tree
I think a Star War Christmas tree is basically mandatory for a Star Wars Christmas.  There are tons of ornaments and decorations at stores as well as many fun craft ideas.  Some use Star Wars helments and even action figures as decorations for their trees.

Here are a few trees for inspiration.

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Star Wars Christmas Cocktails:

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Star Wars Treats:
Here are a couple of good ideas:

Use Molds for Star Wars Candy
There are Star Wars candy molds that you can use to make chocolate or ice cubes out of.

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Dipped Pretzel lightsabers
Buy chocolate wafers in the colors of light sabers.  Heat the wafers in a microwave and then simply dip Pretzels into them.
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