Mara Jade is a fictional female character within the Star Wars franchise. She appears in the non-canon Legends series as the wife of Luke Skywalker and mother of Ben Skywalker, she has been voiced by Edie Mirman and Kath Soucie in various Star Wars video games. Mara Jade was introduced in the Star Wars Expanded Universe, which Lucasfilm branded as non-canonical to the Star Wars franchise, her first appearance was in Timothy Zahn's Heir to the Empire. Zahn imagined Jade as a strong, complex female character, somebody he thought lacking in the Star Wars universe. While competent, she is flawed; when The Thrawn Trilogy ended in 1993 with "The Last Command", Zahn thought it was the last book for which he would develop the character. Asked to write another novel, he established two goals: "to end the war between the New Republic and the Empire, to get Luke Skywalker and Mara together." Although Lucasfilm resisted the idea of Luke marrying Mara, they acquiesced. Compared to Star Wars' sole iconic female character, Princess Leia, Zahn said, "Mara has a sharper and sarcastic manner, of course, she had to go through the painful realization her service was to an evil cause.
But both women are strong without sacrificing their femininity, a balance which I think some authors have trouble writing. Bear in mind, Leia was one of the first people in the New Republic who decided Mara could be trusted, which says something about their understanding of each other."In a 1998 Star Wars Insider poll of fans' favorite Star Wars characters, Mara was the only expanded universe character to break the top 20. In 2006, Zahn called Mara and Grand Admiral Thrawn his favorite characters out of those he created, saying "Mara, with her attitude and her Jedi skills, is just plain fun to write in opposition—or in partnership—with Luke." In 2008, franchise creator George Lucas said that there would be no sequel trilogy and that plot elements from the Expanded Universe were not part of the overall story, including that "Luke doesn't get married". In 2018, Zahn said Lucasfilm gave him some creative control over the character of Mara Jade: any appearance of Mara in new works requires Zahn's approval.
Zahn explained the Lucasfilm Story Group had the authority to prevent him from incorporating Mara back into the canon, any appearance would have to be approved by both parties. Zahn said he would only allow her to appear if she plays an important role in the plot, he would block any kind of cameo; the character of Grand Admiral Thrawn, another Zahn creation, made the jump from Legends to canon, albeit with a slightly-reworked story. Subsequently, Zahn said he hoped to find a way to bring Mara into the canon, stating "If there was a generic, or organic, spot for her to fit into a story... I promise people, I will pitch it to the Lucasfilm story group, it's their decision whether to allow it or not." With the 2012 acquisition of Lucasfilm by The Walt Disney Company, most of the licensed Star Wars novels and comics produced since the originating 1977 film Star Wars were re-branded as Star Wars Legends and declared non-canon to the franchise in April 2014. Mara is introduced as smuggler Talon Karrde's second-in-command in Heir to the Empire.
The novel establishes she was an "Emperor's Hand"—a special agent—for Emperor Palpatine. Several stories depict Jade before the events in Heir to the Empire, showing her training under Palpatine and executing his orders; the Thrawn Trilogy depicts Mara's first confrontation with Luke Skywalker, whom she swears to kill to avenge Palpatine's death. This was re-inforced by the Emperor's final telepathic command to assassinate Luke, plaguing her thoughts since his death. Toward the end of the trilogy, she turns against the Empire, resolves her anger toward Luke, silences the command without killing him, instead killing Luke's clone — Luuke Skywalker — made by the Dark Jedi Joruus C'baoth to challenge Luke. In doing so, she took Anakin Skywalker's blue lightsaber, used it instead of Luke's green lightsaber to defeat C'baoth. At the close of The Last Command, Luke gives her Anakin's lightsaber because he believed she earned it, but because he wanted her to have it. Over the course of the series, Luke recognizes in Mara an underdeveloped affinity for the Force.
Luke and Mara develop a strong bond in Zahn's The Hand of Thrawn Duology. She delivers a son, during The New Jedi Order series. In the Legacy of the Force series, Mara is suspicious of her nephew, Jacen Solo, after he sends Ben on several ethically-dubious missions. Upon learning Jacen is a Sith apprentice, Mara vows to kill him, but Jacen kills her in Sacrifice, she appears as a Force ghost, first to Ben to Luke, in Revelation. She appears as a Force ghost to Cade Skywalker in the Legacy comics, set more than a century after the Star Wars films. Mara appears in the short story Sleight of Hand: The Tale of Mara Jade, by Timothy Zahn, in the anthology Tales from Jabba's Palace. In this story, she infiltrates Jabba the Hutt's palace as a dancing girl to assassinate Luke Skywalker under orders of the Emperor, but misses her chance after Jabba drops him into the Rancor's lair escapes. Mara was portrayed by model Shannon
"There's More Than One of Everything" is the finale of the first season of the American science fiction drama television series Fringe. The finale followed David Robert Jones' attempts to open a doorway to the parallel universe, while the Fringe team tries to stop him, it ends with FBI agent Olivia Dunham discovering a startling secret about Massive Dynamic founder William Bell. The episode's story was co-written by Akiva Goldsman and Bryan Burk, the teleplay was co-written by Jeff Pinkner and J. H. Wyman, while Brad Anderson directed; the episode marked the first appearance of guest actor Nimoy as William Bell. Co-creator J. J. Abrams, having worked with Nimoy on the 2009 film Star Trek, begged the actor to join the series through a series of phone conversations. Nimoy signed on for three episodes and found playing the character to be a "unique experience" after so many years portraying Spock; the episode first aired on May 12, 2009 in the United States, was watched by an estimated 9.28 million viewers.
"There's More Than One of Everything" received good reviews, with many critics praising the revelations concerning the parallel universe. Many critics offered opinions on the depiction of the Twin Towers, with most reactions being positive. While Nina Sharp recovers from the gunshot sustained in the previous episode, the Fringe team's investigation reveals that the man in white bandages is David Robert Jones. Olivia Dunham and Phillip Broyles discuss locating William Bell for questioning, whom they believe is behind all the fringe events that have been occurring all season. Meanwhile, Walter Bishop is at a graveyard. Olivia, Peter Bishop, Astrid Farnsworth begin searching for Walter. Nina tells Olivia that an energy cell was stolen from her mechanical arm by Jones, that he was a Massive Dynamic employee who had looked up to Bell as a "father figure" until they had a falling-out; when Olivia demands to speak to Bell, Nina explains that she does not know where he is, as Bell has been communicating these past few months "strictly electronically".
Nina believes Jones is trying to confront Bell, promises Olivia that if she stops Jones, Nina will arrange a meeting between her and Bell. On a busy New York City street and his team use the energy cell to open a doorway into a parallel universe and bring a truck through, but are unsuccessful, as Jones complains he used the "wrong coordinates". Having observed Walter at the graveyard, The Observer arrives with Walter at the Bishops' beach house, gives Walter a coin, telling him to remember what he has to find. Walter goes on alone into the house, while Olivia and Charlie interview witnesses who saw Jones extract the truck from the doorway, they discover that the truck's VIN numbers do not exist, which implies the "truck was never made". A further interview with Nina reveals to the Fringe team that the truck is from another universe, that Jones is using the stolen energy cell to travel to that universe. Peter finds Walter and chooses to meet his father alone, as he believes Walter is upset from the past several days.
Now at the beach house and Walter search for and retrieve a device that can seal shut the doorway into the other universe. Walter explains to Peter that he once lost something dear to him and that he had to go and bring it back from another reality. After Jones makes another unsuccessful attempt to open a doorway at a soccer field in Providence, Olivia searches through old case files related to science and unexplained phenomena, discovers a geographic connection between the soccer field, the city street, several of their past Fringe cases. Olivia and Walter come to the same conclusion, that Jones is going to use a site at Reiden Lake to reopen the doorway, the epicenter of these Fringe events. Olivia and Walter intercept Jones while he is opening another window and is halfway through it. Peter triggers Walter's device, killing Jones by sealing the doorway. At the end of the episode, Walter again goes alone to visit the graveyard. Nina Sharp calls Olivia and implies to her that she can meet William Bell in Manhattan.
On the way to the hotel she gets into a car crash, at which point she is transported to the parallel universe. After no one shows up at the hotel restaurant. Olivia leaves. However, when in an elevator to leave the building, Olivia is teleported to another location and is directed to an office. After reading a newspaper headline indicating that President Obama was preparing to move into the "new" White House, she is greeted by William Bell and inquires where she is; the final shot pans out the window revealing that they are standing inside the South Tower of the World Trade Center. The character of Massive Dynamic founder William Bell was meant to be revealed earlier in the first season, but the writers changed their minds as the show progressed. In early April 2009, Entertainment Weekly announced that Star Trek actor Leonard Nimoy had been cast as Bell, he and Fringe co-creator J. J. Abrams had a relationship after working together on the 2009 film Star Trek. Nimoy sounded interested but wanted to become more familiar with the show, so Abrams and the other producers sent him as much information as they could about Fringe, until Nimoy ag
The West Region of Singapore is one of the five regions in the city-state. The region is the largest in terms of land area and is the second most populous region after the Central Region. Jurong East is the regional centre of the region, with plans of developing the Jurong Lake District into a second CBD area. Jurong West is the most populous town in the region, with a population of 272,660 residents. Comprising 25,500 hectares of land area, it includes twelve planning areas and is home to about 903,010 residents. With a total land area of 201.3 km2, the region is situated on the western corner of Singapore Island, bordering the North Region to the north and east, Central Region to the south-east and the Straits of Johor to the west. The region is made up of residential towns and established industrial estates. Located at the southernmost part of the region, far away from the main residential and commercial areas, Jurong Island and Tuas house a majority of Singapore's heavy industries; the region is locally governed by two different Community Development Councils, namely the North West CDC and South West CDC, is divided into 12 planning areas.
Benoi Buona Vista Ghim Moh Gul Holland Village Pandan Gardens Jurong Island Kent Ridge Nanyang Pioneer Pasir Laba Teban Gardens Toh Tuck Tuas South West Coast The West Region is home to a majority of Singapore's heavy industries the petrochemical industry, with international oil and gas and chemicals companies, such as LANXESS, Afton Chemical, BASF, BP, Evonik, ExxonMobil, DuPont, Mitsui Chemicals, Chevron Oronite, Singapore Petroleum Company and Sumitomo Chemical operating facilities on Jurong Island and Pulau Bukom. The area makes up about 5% of Singapore's GDP and top three export refining centres in the world, with the world's seventh largest oil refinery. A second Central Business District is planned to be developed in the Jurong Lake District, with the upcoming Kuala Lumpur–Singapore High Speed Rail terminus located in the district. Residents of the area have access to different educational facilities ranging from preschools to primary and secondary schools, as these are located around the different towns in the West region.
The area is home to various tertiary institutions, such as APSN Delta Senior School, ITE College West, Jurong Junior College, Millennia Institute, Nanyang Technological University, National University of Singapore, Ngee Ann Polytechnic, NUS High School of Math and Science, Pioneer Junior College, River Valley High School, Singapore University of Social Sciences, School of Science and Technology, Singapore Polytechnic, Singapore Hotel and Tourism Education Centre, Canadian International School, Grace Orchard School. West Region, Singapore