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Star Wars 9’s Sith Troopers Assemble in New Rise of Skywalker Image

A recently released image from Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker features the First Order’s newest forces, the Sith Troopers. Courtesy of the fittingly named Empire, their latest Star Wars-themed issue includes a screenshot of the crimson-hued Sith Troopers among other images of the highly anticipated final chapter in the long-running Skywalker Saga.

These new troops are the main fighting force of the sinister First Order under the command of Sequel Trilogy antagonist, Kylo Ren, who took the lead of the army following Supreme Leader Snoke’s demise in The Last Jedi. Not much is known about how they differ from the regular, white-colored Stormtroopers of past installments, but online speculation is that they are a part of the returning Emperor Palpatine’s decade-spanning plot to rule the galaxy far, far, away, and that they may even be Force-sensitive themselves.

Related: Star Wars 9 Changes KOTOR’s Sith Troopers For New Canon

Inside the Empire issue, we see the troopers marching in what appears to be either a First Order base or ship, no doubt preparing for the final battle with the brave forces of the Resistance. The magazine also contains new images of the movie’s heroes, as well as interviews with stars like Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver and John Boyega alongside director J.J. Abrams and co-writer Chris Terrio. It also comes packed with a special bonus issue commemorating all nine installments of the long-running Star Wars franchise and an exclusive Dark Rey collector card with artwork by illustrator Rory Kurtz.

This is all part of the lead-up to The Rise Of Skywalker’s release next month, with fan debate and speculation running rampant with each new image or tidbit of information. The motive of the film’s villains remains especially buzzworthy, with news of the Emperor’s apparent resurrection and the full unveiling of the sinister Knights of Ren sending shockwaves throughout the fandom when announced.

Nonetheless, the Sith Troopers remain an interesting part of that speculation. Their red-tinted armor and sleek, angular design make for a striking visual, and the possibility of an evil army of Force users would no doubt pose the greatest threat for the heroes of the series in their final adventure. There is also their noted loyalty to Kylo Ren himself and not the First Order, which may make for an internal struggle among the conflicted members of the Imperial remnants. If nothing else, these new soldiers will certainly be a great source of material for cosplayers, especially the good people at the 501st Legion. In the meantime, you can pick up the Empire Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker issue on November 28 wherever magazines are sold.

More: Star Wars 9: How Kylo Ren’s Sith Troopers Connect To The Real Sith

Source: Empire


2019-11-23 02:11:43

J Shirey

10 Things That Make No Sense About Starship Troopers | ScreenRant

When it was released in 1997, no one knew what to make of Starship Troopers. Was it a big dumb summer popcorn movie or was that deception, and it was actually a brilliantly cutting satire about movies like that? Was it pro-military or actually anti-military? Was it pro-nationalism or highlighting its incompetence? In the years since, the movie about Earth’s soldiers going on an intergalactic bug hunt has become a cult classic and people have pretty much stopped debating its nuances (except on Reddit).

Still, for the sake of argument, looking analytically at the film, there’s a lot more that doesn’t make sense than just its message. Like why the military of the future still uses regular ammunition that comes in magazines that never run out or why Life-Size Ken doll Rico gets continuously promoted over the extremely competent Dizzy. Below you’ll find these and other things that make no sense about Starship Troopers.

10 THE STUDENTS DON’T WEAR GLOVES DURING DISSECTION

Before Rico, Diz, Carmen, and the gang figure out what they’re going to do with their lives, they’re just a bunch of high school kids doing some dissections in the lab and getting grossed out. They get to cut open a bug and see what makes it tick.

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For some reason, they decide to do this without any gloves. They reach all up insides its slimy innards, which could contain everything from a venom sack waiting to detonate or something to give you space rabies, and they just do it like it’s no big deal.

9 RICO’S ENLISTMENT

In the film, Captain Hair (Johnny Rico) wants to “join the military to travel.” Really? As though interstellar backpacking isn’t a thing? As though in the future, kids don’t still go off to Europe with a rucksack and some friends after graduation to find themselves?

Furthermore, Rico’s parents are well off and they hate that he’s enlisting. I’m sure if he just wanted to travel, they’d give him a wad of cash and the keys to the space convertible to see the rest of the universe. Especially because the alternative is gruesome death by bugs.

8 CARMEN AND DIZ

Carmen and Diz are the competent heroines of the film, who dutifully serve their planet, and who both share feelings for Rico. However, Carmen is in flight school for all of what seems like a few minutes and she’s already flying a giant ship? How does that work?

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Clearly, these women are capable because Diz is like Hermoine in space. She’s the most well-versed in all military tactics, performs the best in training and on missions, and somehow wastes her time pining after someone who will never love her and got someone killed during basic. We just don’t know where and when they learnt everything.

7 HOW PROMOTIONS WORK

Apparently, in the space military of the future, promotion works a little differently than in the real one. Rico can be responsible for the death of a man under his command during a routine training exercise, and yet still get promoted over Diz. And when he gets demoted, and Jake Busey takes over, Diz still doesn’t get promoted despite being the most capable leader.

Rico effectively gets promoted 3 times and made an officer with no additional training in what basically amounts to a day and a half. What exactly qualifies Rico for this sort of recognition? He’s just in the right place at the right time and everyone keeps dying around him.

6 THE COMPLETE LACK OF POWER ARMOR

In the book (which was written in the ’40s) there was mobile armor. As crazy as it sounds that something like that could be conceived of for the military far in advance of it actually having any, it seemed a logical defense mechanism against the bugs. So where was it in the film?

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The military is part of a futuristic society with loads of advanced technology. This armor is said to have inspired the Space Marines of the Warhammer 40k universe and would have not only saved lives in the movie, but it would also have looked damn cool.

5 UNLIMITED AMMO

Like in video games, where reloading is unnecessary because ammo is unlimited, the military in the film seems to hand out bullets like candy (literally, bullets are given to children on one of those jumbotron screens). Whenever a soldier goes after a bug, they can just spray bullets in their general direction.

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They don’t really need to aim, as the bullets seem to always find their targets (and bugs are big). Why do they even still have bullets at all in the future? Where’s the laser gatling guns and ion canons? Why go after bugs with puny 21st-century weapons?

4 HOW THE BUGS GET FROM PLANET TO PLANET

The drone bugs that seem to comprise their attack force seem relatively hive-minded, performing actions based on whatever the Brain Bug/Queen decides. The bugs don’t seem to have any intelligence more or less superior to humans, and they have a carnal need to destroy (something they also have in common with humans).

How is it that they travel from planet to planet attacking its inhabitants? Do they have ships? Are they also bug-like? Does one giant bug bus shuttle them across the universe and let them off at different stops? This isn’t really explained in the film.

3 THE TACTICS

The future looks bright in Starship Troopers. Everyone lives in a near Utopian society, and as long as you do your part in this society, you’ll be rewarded with certain benefits. Joining the military is a great way to get ahead in this society, and it seems to be patterned off of the US military albeit with some advancements in technology.

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However, the tactics of this military of the future leave something to be desired. They don’t even resemble real military tactics. It’s just grunts on the ground with puny assault rifles running and screaming in the general direction of bugs.

2 WHY DIDN’T THEY NUKE THE BUGS

We get it from the first ten minutes of the film, with all the government “Do you want to know more?” videos advocating extreme military action against other species that this is a film satirizing nationalism in First World militaries. How could it not with its, “If you don’t fight, I’ll kill you myself” message?

But why not go all in? Why mess around with throwing grunts on the front lines with primitive weaponry and no chance of survival? They took the fight to the bug homeworld, so to quote Ellen Ripley and in true gung-ho fashion why didn’t they nuke the suckers from orbit? Or was it because, like the Company, Earth scientists really wanted to study them…

1 NEIL PATRICK HARRIS

Having Doogie Houser all grown up on the screen is certainly a treat, and well before How I Met Your Mother. A big deal is made at the beginning of the film about all his crazy psychic powers, and yet that doesn’t amount to much of anything later in the film.

He becomes a walking talking mood ring that gets big snaps for declaring the Brain Bug “is afraid”. That’s it. Why couldn’t they have harnessed his power to start mind-controlling bugs or something and make them stop attacking? You know, something useful. Too bad he didn’t have the foresight to see where his powers would lead him.

NEXT: Where Are They Now? The Cast Of Starship Troopers


2019-08-30 03:08:22

Kayleena Pierce-Bohen

Star Wars 9 Changes KOTOR’s Sith Troopers For New Canon

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is completely changing Knights of the Old Republic‘s Sith troopers for Disney/Lucasfilm’s new Star Wars canon. Although practically all of the Expanded Universe (now Legends) was removed from canon shortly after Disney acquired Lucasfilm way back in 2012, bits and pieces of various comics, novels, and video games have found their way back into canon, especially in some of the recent films. And now, J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is introducing Sith troopers.

Interestingly, this is the first time that the term Sith will be used in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, aside from an off-hand remark from Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Bringing the Sith back into the Star Wars saga, along with the return of Palpatine nonetheless, has certainly captured fans’ imaginations. However, while the Sith troopers may be the first of more Sith-related characters to join the fold in The Rise of Skywalker, they are decidedly different from their Legends’ counterparts.

Related: Star Wars Theory: How The JEDI Created The Sith

Sith troopers first appeared in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and they were soldiers of the Sith Empire who followed Darth Revan during the Jedi Civil War. Furthermore, there were different classes of Sith troopers, such as Sith commandos and Sith grenadiers, and sometimes, they had different colored armor. But overall, the Sith troopers weren’t elite soldiers but rather bantha fodder for the Jedi and the Republic to kill, similar to the Stormtroopers that fought for the Galactic Empire and later the First Order.

While the Sith troopers from Knights of the Old Republic followed Revan (and Darth Malak) because they believed that the Sith would better rule the galaxy than the failing Jedi and Republic, the Sith troopers in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are noticeably different, in that they are considered the next evolution of the Imperial and First Order Stormtroopers. Whereas the Sith troopers from the games got their name because they represented the Sith Empire, which was led by two Dark Lords of the Sith, the movie’s Sith troopers are merely taking the Sith name and color.

Sure, the Sith troopers from The Rise of Skywalker are red in color and appear to carry a modified version of the F-11D blaster rifle, they are still Stormtroopers either working for the First Order or simply under Kylo Ren. Even though both versions of Sith troopers fight for the “bad guys” and follow a leader who practices the dark side of the Force, they are different in every other way – from their design and beliefs to their purpose and origin. It seems unlikely that Kylo Ren’s Sith troopers are former members of the Resistance, as Revan’s Sith troopers came from the Republic. All of these changes, however, are being done to represent Lucasfilm’s new version of Star Wars canon, one that fits in line with the First Order’s existence.

Next: How Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker Can Make Kylo Ren A TRUE Sith


2019-07-14 01:07:07

Mansoor Mithaiwala

Star Wars 9 Changes KOTOR’s Sith Troopers For New Canon

Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is completely changing Knights of the Old Republic‘s Sith troopers for Disney/Lucasfilm’s new Star Wars canon. Although practically all of the Expanded Universe (now Legends) was removed from canon shortly after Disney acquired Lucasfilm way back in 2012, bits and pieces of various comics, novels, and video games have found their way back into canon, especially in some of the recent films. And now, J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker is introducing Sith troopers.

Interestingly, this is the first time that the term Sith will be used in the Star Wars sequel trilogy, aside from an off-hand remark from Maz Kanata in Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Bringing the Sith back into the Star Wars saga, along with the return of Palpatine nonetheless, has certainly captured fans’ imaginations. However, while the Sith troopers may be the first of more Sith-related characters to join the fold in The Rise of Skywalker, they are decidedly different from their Legends’ counterparts.

Related: Star Wars Theory: How The JEDI Created The Sith

Sith troopers first appeared in Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, and they were soldiers of the Sith Empire who followed Darth Revan during the Jedi Civil War. Furthermore, there were different classes of Sith troopers, such as Sith commandos and Sith grenadiers, and sometimes, they had different colored armor. But overall, the Sith troopers weren’t elite soldiers but rather bantha fodder for the Jedi and the Republic to kill, similar to the Stormtroopers that fought for the Galactic Empire and later the First Order.

While the Sith troopers from Knights of the Old Republic followed Revan (and Darth Malak) because they believed that the Sith would better rule the galaxy than the failing Jedi and Republic, the Sith troopers in Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker are noticeably different, in that they are considered the next evolution of the Imperial and First Order Stormtroopers. Whereas the Sith troopers from the games got their name because they represented the Sith Empire, which was led by two Dark Lords of the Sith, the movie’s Sith troopers are merely taking the Sith name and color.

Sure, the Sith troopers from The Rise of Skywalker are red in color and appear to carry a modified version of the F-11D blaster rifle, they are still Stormtroopers either working for the First Order or simply under Kylo Ren. Even though both versions of Sith troopers fight for the “bad guys” and follow a leader who practices the dark side of the Force, they are different in every other way – from their design and beliefs to their purpose and origin. It seems unlikely that Kylo Ren’s Sith troopers are former members of the Resistance, as Revan’s Sith troopers came from the Republic. All of these changes, however, are being done to represent Lucasfilm’s new version of Star Wars canon, one that fits in line with the First Order’s existence.

Next: How Star Wars: Rise Of Skywalker Can Make Kylo Ren A TRUE Sith


2019-07-14 01:07:07

Mansoor Mithaiwala