The final season kicked off with a bang or should I say clang as Sabine Wren is back and kicking Empire Ass with the help of her family and Mandalorian army! Star Wars Rebels has always been on a bit of a parallel path where I know it takes place somewhere before the original series but have never been sure when they would ‘catch up’. It seems that Dave and team have decided to tie up some loose ends and I am here for exploring how the Mandlorians switched sides. I’m hoping in the final season we’ll get more focus on each major character as we bid adieu. I have to say I probably know the characters a little better than some after reading how Hera & Kanan met in “Star Wars: A New Dawn” by John Jackson Miller (if you haven’t read go buy NOW).
The two episodes focus on Sabine trying to rescue her father from a rival clan and the civil war between two sides fighting for the Rebels and the Empire. Sabine is a young woman under incredible pressure trying to lead her people against such a major foe and despite all of her experiences fighting on the Ghost ground combat is a new kettle of fish especially when emotions can get in the way of thinking clearly. This was especially true when after finally succeeding and getting her father while her family is distracting stormtroopers. Sabine recognizes a sound and only warns her family (made me think a LOT less of her) to flee the new weapon unleashed by the Empire. It turns out when she was a student in a program to design weapons and one has bitten her in the bottom … well the armour since it’s been configured to ONLY kill Mandolorians. As she’s confronted by fellow rebels she explains that she never thought they’d be used and only thought of them as an abstract puzzle. Sabine (Tiya Sircar) is filled with guilt but also nerves of steel as she plots to figure out how to get the weapon away from the Empire. All the while this is going on she has to navigate her relationship with her father that seems loving but of course she followed in her mother’s footsteps not her artistic fathers. We got a major treat with seeing old fan favorite Bo-Katan from The Clone Wars, Ursa Wren and Sabine interact as they figure out their places in the echelon. If you’re a long time fan you can remember how differently all three women lead and strategize. We were reminded that because of civil war what was once a lush green planet is now a desert and you can’t help but wonder if the problem isn’t the Empire but the culture that doesn’t know how to compromise or be peaceful. Of course Clan Saxon with dreams of dictatorship is so villainous that at the end I was cheering for them to get what they deserve as well as thinking that maybe they should give up the armor! It seems to make them warriors first and last with a shoot first attitude that will lead to their annihilation. Ezra and Kanan offered not only a little comic relif, foils to explain history but also emotional growth as once again Ezra flirts with the
darkside. The two part premier was a great bridge to showing how the main characters have matured, hints to the paths they will walk as we hurtle to the finale and the reunion between Hera and Kanan. It feels that as the Ghost crew matures Hera is respecting them more and sharing her many secrets from Mon Mothma. We saw few glimpses that Ezra’s Jedi powers have grown but he’s still is learning from Kanan but he’s so drawn to anger that I think Darth Maul still has a hold of his heart. I love how Chopper gave the prisoners orders and was in CHARGE! It was a hoot and a reminder that Chopper can defend himself when it comes right down to it! Brains and Brawns is my type of computer friend!
Star Wars Rebels on MONDAY, OCTOBER 30 at 9pm ET/PT on Disney XD with TWO episodes. In “The Occupation,” Ezra and the Ghost crew are called back to Lothal when a new Imperial threat rises and “Flight of the Defender,” Ezra and Sabine steal an Imperial prototype TIE fighter but must rely on some unexpected help to escape from Thrawn.
Ezra and the Ghost crew return to Lothal on MONDAY, OCTOBER 30 (9:00 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney XD in a one-hour block of back-to-back episodes of “Star Wars Rebels.” The two new episodes – “The Occupation” and “Flight of the Defender” – will also be available MONDAY, OCTOBER 30 (12:01 a.m. PT)
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If you are getting confused about what time period the Disney XD series fits in the Star Wars film history it’s a prequel to the new film Rogue One. Forest will be voicing Saw Gerrera (from the film) in the debut episode “Star Wars Rebels: Ghosts of Genesis, Parts One & Two” that premiers Saturday, January 7th (8:30-9:30 PM EST).
It’s very exciting to hear from Dave and the team behind the animated series that is enriching the Star Wars mythology! Dave’s work on Clone Wars and Rebels is such a labor of love from a fanboy who grew up to work with George Lucas. Dave’s work on the series is a bridge for not only the films but also to fans young and old. What I love about the series is that they give us an opportunity to delve into characters and stories that can unfold as only a weekly series can as opposed to a film with a finite amount of time.
The character of Saw Gerrera was first introduced in the TV series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” (2008-2015) as a guerrilla fighter for his home planet. Created by George Lucas, Saw received training from the Jedi – Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Ahsoka Tano – and served as an early harbinger of the Rebel Alliance, an assortment of disparate groups coming together to fight for a common cause.
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Are you a Star Wars loving lego enthusiast? Well Disney XD’s new animated television show, LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures, is the show for you. It’s a 22 minute series voiced by Vanessa Lengies, Nicolas Cantu, Eugene Byrd, and Matthew Wood.
The Freemakers gives the audience a new story focused on a scavenger family, the Freemakers. They are a family of three, and the youngest member, Rowan, is extremely strong with the force. As many fans of the infamous series know, when a character is strong with the force the audience can expect multiple hi jinxes. It’s a new story, that doesn’t feature Leia and Luke Skywalker as the main protagonists. But original fan favorites are still featured; Luke and Leia made their first appearance in episode 5 and Darth Vader and Darth Sidious, formerly Palpatine, made their first appearance in episode 1.
The Freemakers salvage parts from destroyed or abandoned ships and use the parts to create new ones, that they then sale to earn a living. But when Rowan discovers an ancient artifact, the Kyber Saber, he discovers his connection to the force. He is then mentored by a seemingly good-intentioned jedi named Naare. This scavenger family is now in the middle of the battle between the Galactic Empire and Rebel Alliance. As there is a search for the Kyber Saber crystals where good and bad are compete to find the crystals. And all is not as it seems.
This show is very interesting and it captivates the audience’s attention from the first scene. All in episode one the viewer will discover so much, and there are multiple introductions of characters, ships, and themes. All in episode one the viewer will discover that Naare doesn’t have good intentions with Rowan and is actually with the Empire.
Overall this a great show and the visuals are what the audience should expect from a lego based television show. It stays true to what is expected from a show with such a strong fan base, it introduces new and old characters that viewers will come to love.
The next episode airs July 18 on Disney XD at 10:00 AM.
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I’ve gone to the dark side for the Star Wars Half Marathon on January 17th in Anaheim next weekend and am sharked that I’m all about Darth Vader! If you plan to do the run next weekend make sure that you check out the REVISED RunDisney rules as far as cosplay goes because (I’m sad to say) no super fun costumes this year . So to stay on the safe side I will not be going as a Jedi or as Endor (no Ewoks for YOU) and had looked at some running pants that were printed but I’m frugal so didn’t want to spend too much money for items that would be too distracting at the gym. I decided going all black would be a good compromise to my not being able to wear Jedi robes. I am a bit curious about rather anyone will try to wear a full outfit but I won’t take a chance. I am very disappointed since a big part of the fun is seeing all of the other fans dress up in cosplay as you run or walk (or in my case) around Disney in the dark with all the rides lit up. It’s quite the sight and is enough to make anyone’s tiny little grinch heart grow three times as you walk around the park!
What are you doing to comply with the new rules? Let me know!
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Calling all Star Wars fans you HAVE to go to the 2015 LA Auto Show for ONE reason! No not to look at cars (well you have to look at cars!) but no the the most important reason ever is to see the Fiat 500e Storm Trooper Concept car on display (sadly at this time Fiat does not plan to release it as a special edition <waahhh>) inspired by the new ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens‘ opening December 18. While you count down the days to see the most anticipated movie this year you can get your Star Wars fix drooling over this car a collaboration with Lucasfilm and FCA US as part of the promotional campaign of the film. I was very lucky to be able to briefly film the interior of the car and interview Bob Broderdorf, Fiat Brand Director North America!
From the first glance of the Fiat 500e you can see it’s inspired by the Empire’s First Order Stormtrooper’s new armor (tour of interior and exterior of car cherrylosangeles @youtube). The 500e is in black and white on the exterior from the tires to the hood with an attention to detail that is appealing to die hard and casual fans. But Fiat also kept it team Empire on the inside with custom front and rear seats upholstered in leather and Alcantara®. The entire interior has the ‘Star Wars’ logo and First Order insignia on the leather wrapped steering wheel, the black/white dashboard and that all of the Fiat emblems have been replaced with the Stormtrooper helmet. The Fiat 500e stormtrooper was created by Garage Italia Customs and they merged Italian style with Star Wars Geek Chic! Even Princess Leia wouldn’t mind being placed under ‘car arrest’ and driven around the death star <guffaw>.
About FIAT Brand
The FIAT brand stands for discovery through passionate self-expression. That philosophy is embodied by the iconic Fiat 500 or Cinquecento – a small car that lives big. Italian at heart and rooted in a rich heritage, the 500 is sold in more than 100 countries around the world and is synonymous with modern, simple design blending form, function, technology and a pride of ownership that is genuine.
In North America, the Fiat 500 was introduced in March 2011 and was soon followed by the Fiat 500c (Cabrio), the high-performance Fiat 500 Abarth and Abarth Cabrio, the fully electric Fiat 500e and the five-passenger Fiat 500L. The FIAT brand continues to expand with the introduction of the Fiat 500X, an all-new crossover that combines Italian style with functionality, performance and all-wheel drive confidence. The all-new Fiat 500X arrived at FIAT studios in the second quarter of 2015.
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Just in time for D23 (that I’m not able to attend) I saw that lucky parents can no introduce their children to Star Wars with Little Golden Books that (am sure) we all grew up reading. I remember being read a little golden book that had a little toy in it. I can’t recall the story but I remember being nestled in my dad’s arms as he would read to me. I must admit to being a little jealous of people with kids! I want to share my love of Jedi, Chewwie, Lando, Luke and even Darth with my little kids. Now Star Wars is trying to make me have a baby!
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