This video seems to focus around two main characters: a dark Jedi and Grand Admiral Thrawn. The storyline continuity between Thrawn and the events unfolding in the story were very good - right down to the ysailimiri and preparation for the Battle of Bilbringi. I did find a few things unsettling, however, though as the story revolves around a few of them we can chalk it up to "artistic license".
On to the gripes. I'll start with the storyline quirks first before I get into technical stuff. First of all Thrawn's voice actor... I don't want to say he's horrible, because that would be untrue and might insult the actor. He doesn't match the character, however. At all. He does not sound like a tactician, or even an Imperial Officer. He does not have the sound of calculating precision in his voice, a trait Thrawn was well known for. So while the actor did a good job voicing the lines, he just didn't fit the role very well. Captain Pellaeon's voice actor, however, seemed quite good and fit the role of an aging Imperial officer very well. Another question I had was why Thrawn would be sitting in Darth Vader's pod... thingy. And why there would be a mysterious Super Star Destroyer that we've never heard of roaming the galaxy... and I won't even start with the smattering of random dark Jedi. During the meeting with the Imperial leaders, I found it strange that Rukh was weilding a blaster rifle. I seem to recall him favoring a knife, and he was not the type to even be standing out in front. He preferred to stay in the shadows and strike under the cloak of surprise. Oh, and did we notice that Thrawn was holding a lightsaber in one scene? :p
Anyway, all that stuff is really quite little, and if you're not an EU buff you probably wouldn't have noticed much of it anyway. On to the good. I already mentioned that Gilad Pellaeon's voice actor was quite good, but I was also impressed with the actual filming style. The director obviously knows what he's doing, and not only did he film the character sequences well, but he used several different games to get all the effects he wanted. Using the freecam in X-wing Alliance was a stroke of sheer genius, and I'm sure all of you will agree with me that it added a new dimension to the video. Some more pans in the Jedi Academy sequences would have been nice, but I know it's difficult to do, and it's better to leave them out than use them and risk messing them up. I think my favorite part in the video, in tems of technicalities, was the conversation with the Rodian. She was actually speaking Huttese! And yes, Rodians do speak Huttese instead of Rodese most of the time, so that's accurate. I couldn't sit down and translate all of it to see if it was perfectly accurate, but I can say it was probably close in certain areas. She said "478" instead of "178", but two out of three is good ;).
Overall a very excellently made story. A little large in size when compared to the actual resolution and quality, but well worth a download if you're looking for a good story. I'd recommend giving it a watch, especially for those who enjoy the Expanded Universe and the Thrawn trilogy in particular.
*********************************** Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy *********************************** TITLE: Star Wars: Episode II - The Darkness Consumes AUTHOR: Darth Angelus E-MAIL: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE: http://www.bathtub-productions.com FILENAME: tdc_xvid.pk3 FILESIZE: 170mb DATE RELEASED: 08 Feb 2006 DESCRIPTION: Four years have passed since the Battle of Penday and the Death of Grand Admiral Alderson. In that time, the galaxy has changed, a New Republic has formed and begun to spread throughout the galaxy. On the hidden world of Nirauan, the last of the Imperial Warlords is gathering his forces in order to face a threat to the galaxy and will soon take control of the Galactic Empire. The two DARK JEDI responsible for the death of Alderson have grown stronger in the force but a recent discovery has given Verrier cause for alarm and she has fled the planet.... CREDITS Written and Directed by Damien Valentine Music by John Williams Cast Worf Damien Valentine Verrier Elizabeth Cameron Grand Admiral Thrawn James "Doom Ihl Varia" Cross Captain Pellaeon David Houston Ry'li Osiri George Hulmes Kira Sain Michelle Ann Dunphy Keeik Michelle Ann Dunphy Imperial Officer Andrew Hookway Imperial Scout Andrew Hookway Characters Controlled by Damien Valentine Created With Jedi Academy Homeworld2 (Star Wars Warlords Mod) Freelancer (Freeworlds Mod) X-Wing Alliance Earth 2160 Jedi Academy Models Biker Scout by Monsoontide Jedi Academy Skins Worf Verrier Ry'Li Captain Pellaeon Keeik by Damien Valentine Jedi Academy Maps CTF Empires by Zod Living Dead Cantina by EniGmA Manaan Beta by PyroTechnics Rift Forums by Darth T-Bone Imperial Dreadnaught by Merrick Sith-J-Cull's Falcon by Sith-J-Cull The Sith Cathedral by Ion Additional Music from Knights of the Old Republic 2 Team America: World Police Special Thanks Kim Genly (For keeping me sane) Ingrid Moon George Lucas THIS VIDEO IS NOT MADE, DISTRIBUTED, OR SUPPORTED BY ACTIVISION, RAVEN, OR LUCASARTS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY LLC. ELEMENTS TM & © LUCASARTS ENTERTAINMENT COMPANY LLC AND/OR ITS LICENSORS.
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