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Robbie Parry
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Posted: June 04 2018 at 6:31am | IP Logged | 1 post reply

Peter, it was a joke. ;-)

There's no way silent Emperor's Royal Guards could sustain a movie.
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Brian Hague
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Before Boba Fett appeared in Empire, he was introduced in an animated short shown during the much-derided Star Wars Holiday Special. In it, he converses with Luke, impersonates a good guy, and in general, makes a bit of an impression. If you'd seen the Special, (and I did) your perception of Fett as "cool" would not have been based on nothing, and you'd have been looking forward to more from the character.

Granted, Lucas seemed to go as far out of his way as possible to make Boba Fett a non-event and merchandising red herring (see also: Rian Johnson's approach to Star Wars), but Boba Fett still had potential there for about five minutes. More if you believe he crawled out of the Sarlacc pit at some point offscreen. Hey, Han had to be worried by the guy for some reason, right?

Robbie, I could see a Rosencrantz and Guilderstern Are Dead approach to an Emperor's Guards film where we either A.) Find out they're actually as loquacious as can be, exchanging bon mots and wry little observations every moment they're not on duty or B.) Behave as silent characters, ala' Charlie Chaplin's "Little Tramp,*" and interact with their environment with absolute, almost religious, sense of stillness and quiet. Establish a plot where the Emperor is headed for a planet to quell an uprising and sends a pair of Guards ahead to make the proper preparations for his arrival, and then have everything blow up before the Emperor gets there, meaning he's not coming, and our guys have no way home in the middle of a war zone. Tie the whole thing together with a soundtrack that includes Lordes' "Royals," and we are rolling in box office loot. 

* Yes, I know he sang once.

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Robbie Parry
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Posted: June 04 2018 at 6:41pm | IP Logged | 3 post reply

I could probably get on board with that, Brian. :)

I always liked the visual aspects of the Emperor's Royal Guards, they were my favourite toys, too. They probably do look more imposing whilst stationary rather than during movement, but I'll always be a fan!
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BOUNTY HUNTERS: A STAR WARS STORY

There you go. Also featuring Bossk, Dengar, IG-88, Zuckuss, 4-LOM... that I
would pay to see yesterday!
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I think that would sell quite a few tickets
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