Jan 16, 2008
The seventh (and thus far final, as of January 2008) episode of Star Wars: Anthology came in February 2004 with the release of To Overcome.
Once again, Steve Fluharty carried out mixing duties on the episode, while a second featured guest writer penned the episode. This new writer was Christopher Walker, who had previously played supporting roles in Rise of Nobility, Resurrection, and the Anthology episode The Mob.
The concept of the episode is perhaps best stated in the words of Walker himself on February 1, 2004:
To Overcome is a journey through the mind of one young man as he struggles with many of the deeper things of life: service to country; family; death.
Some people may be tempted to view this tale as allegorical to the situation in Iraq as it stands as of now, February 2004. But they would be mistaken as to the writer's intention. This is not a piece about the horrors of war, and makes no anti-war or pro-war statements except within the context of philosophy. Some wars must be fought. Period. And to make this audio drama representative of anything but would be an insult to those who made its release possible.
Rather, this tale is about the personal journey of one young man. Christopher originally wrote the piece that gave birth to this audio play to give himself an outlet to work through one of his worst fears, that of being drafted to serve in the military, and, through such service, possible death.
To a farmboy from Kansas, who would rather have nothing to do with any sort of violence at all, that can be a pretty scary thought. Vulnerabilities and personal insights are shared through the writing and Steve Fluharty's mixing that are not typically shared in today's society. And thus what you will find in this piece is a deeply personal tale that has led this writer to a sense of peace in the face of an uncertain future. Please enjoy To Overcome. Selah.
February 1, 2004
(To Overcome Release Day)
With this episode, Anthology went on indefinite hiatus, awaiting the next creative team to take up the series mantle. While other ideas emerged from time to time, only one, Matt Loewen's Runaway, saw production, but was later released as a standalone audio drama, rather than an episode in the series.
Thus, the first ongoing series in Star Wars fan audio faded into the background with this extraordinary, thought-provoking episode, but series creator Nathan P. Butler, second mixer Steve Fluharty, and many of its voice actors would certainly return . . .
STARRING: Krista Kolesar; Steve Mollmann; and others
WRITTEN by Christopher Walker
MIXED by Steve Fluharty
(Originally released by Rayzur's Edge Audio and Ear Candy in 2004)
More information: http://www.starwarsfanworks.com/toovercome.html