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Star Wars: The Last Jedi and the Curse of Change

Should Rian Johnson keep to the formula or gamble with change like George Lucas attempted in 1999?

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Graphic Novel Review | Star Wars: Jango Fett (Dark Horse)

Head back to Kamino for more Bounty Hunter Tales of the Unexpected…

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Star Wars Rebels Ghosts of Geonosis Part 2

Asking Questions

Welcome back everyone! Let’s get started with part two shall we? It obviously picks up where part one dropped off.

More spoilers ahead. You have been warned.

Saw has just released the Geonosian after aggressively questioning it. Shortly after, the newly named Klick-Klak draws what we know to be the infamous Death Star in the dirt, the one that orginally upped the anti. To me it was just funny how Saw, Rex and Ezra kept bringing up the different things that the circle inside a circle could be. First they think it could be the planet, then later in the episode the egg it was carrying and finally the gas canisters that they find. It was funny to me because obviously living outside this fictional world, I’m able to look down the line and realize what it actually is. Although it’s more of that, nervous kind of laughter.

Moving on, as much as I am a rebel through and through, I have to admit that it was nice to see a female in charge of an Imperial ship. It’s not something you see too often, although luckily that is changing. Yes her ship eventually gets destroyed (and her likely killed from the exploding gas canisters later in the episode), but it was still cool to see.

Now, following along with the episode, Zeb and Sabine arrive back at the Ghost with a military grade shield generator they managed to grab and Hera immediately calls for him. Upon hearing him groan, I couldn’t help but laugh in sympathy as the same thing has happened to me many more times than I bother counting at this point. Come through the door after a long hard day, only to hear my name called. Kriff! No rest for the weary as they say. Sorry Zeb, I really feel for you big guy.

Shortly after this, I am once more forced to laugh as Klick-Klack again draws what we know to be the Death Star. I laugh this time because I can only imagine Ezra and Rex’s face when they finally realize what he was really drawing in the dirt years ago, assuming they’re still alive of course. Well Rex may be, but Ezra…uh, yeah, sorry, you have no plot armor. May the force be with you though. *Nervously smiles and two thumbs up*

“Stupid sand. It gets everywhere.” Now you guys know why I don’t like the beach…well besides constantly getting sunbunt due to my light skin that is. As put off as I was by Hayden’s delivery of this line years ago, I also couldn’t help but internally laugh at how I was able to relate. Aside from Kayaking, running and the occasional bonfire, I don’t go there. You can try all you want to get me to go there for any other reason, but I wish you luck as it’s likely not happening. The difference this time around though, was I was able to let out a bigger and more appreciative laugh for two reasons. One, I liked the call back, no matter how much that movie utterly sucked, and two I still agree with it to this day.

Fast forwarding to further into the episode and we see Saw shocking the poor Geonosian. He did nothing wrong, he was just trying to protect the egg. I hated this for two reasons. One because it was just plain torture and two because it just comes out of nowhere. Yes we know Saw is an extremist and has all but admitted to this fact, but for me this torture seems to come out of nowhere. One minute he’s tolerating the bug and the next he’s torturing him. This part just didn’t work for me. This is only compounded by the fact that he threatens to shoot the egg, the last chance this species has of surviving after being denied use of the Phantom.

Speaking of the auxiliary ship, did he honestly think he could get away on it, with Klick-Klack as well? I thought he was supposed to be smart…apparently not. I couldn’t help but drop my head and think ‘dude, you’re an idiot’ at this part.

Luckily the next part cheered me back up: rocket troopers! Again, as much as I am a rebel, I have to admit I liked these guys, because how can you have good heroes without good villains? These guys are cool. Well that and like with the female in charge of the Star Destroyer, it’s not something you see everyday.

Speaking of rocket/jetpacks, it was nice to see that Sabine had fixed hers. Guess she finally has that jetpack that she’s always wanted. Since we weren’t given a chance to get a good look at it, I wonder how she designed the outside? My guess is maybe with her Starbird symbol. Either way, like Ezra, I want one. “I know.” -Sabine.

Then, watching the end of the episode where Hera takes off practically vertically out of the tunnel, I couldn’t help but laugh and think, ‘And I thought commercial airliners took off steep.’ They had to be feeling some G-forces during theirs. If this weren’t a science fiction show, I’d be surprised that the missiles left the tubes with how many G-forces were likely pushing against them.

If I’m wrong and this would actually work, someone please tell me in the comments as I’m honestly curious. Yes I know that’s what killed the cat, but it was satisfaction that brought it back. No, I don’t take credit for the second part of this saying, I just remember hearing it years ago and have been using it ever since.

Since the episodes ends shortly after this, I am going to end here and say thank you all for taking the time to read this. I greatly appreciate it and want to give a special shoutout to Phil Roberts for following me. It means so much and I hope you continue to like my work.

So until next time everyone, bye!

Star Wars Rebels Ghosts of Geonosis Part 1

Show opens as per usual, only this time with Bail

Before I get started reviewing this episode, please just let me take the time to say how extremely sorry I am for not updating this sooner. Due to a personal reason that some of you may have read about on my Twitter, this sadly had to keep taking a back seat. Please believe me when I say that even with my personal situation going on, I honestly felt back for every day that went by where I didn’t post for you guys. Due to that, I’m going to give you a double dose. Instead of posting my review on two consecutive days, I’m going to post them both today. Don’t worry. They will be in two separate, hopefully bite sized as usual, chunks. With that explained, I will now finally get on to my review.

Spoilers ahead. You have been warned.

So originally I watched this episode at eight in the morning after getting very little sleep due to being a night owl (and more than a little excitement about this coming back due to how built up it was). I’m still not sure what woke me up at that time, up I was up and decided to watch the new episode.

To start with, let me just say that while I have been hearing everyone singing the praises of this episode, I actually thought that was very…underwhelming. I thought that after I saw it the first time and I still think it now. I mean, I guess I can see why people would think it was great, but I just didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, there were things in it that I enjoyed, but overall it just didn’t impress me much.

Ok, so, what did I like about the episode? Well to go in order, it was nice to still see Kanan still attempting to guide himself with his hand. Shows that he hasn’t completely mastered using the Force as his new set of eyes. You can see him do this when he first enters the save with Rex and Ezra. It’s only a quick second, but still visable.

The second thing I liked was Chopper actually listening to someone other than Hera and demonstrating that he actually can be serious and more than everyone’s favorite grumpy cat. He does this on a few occasions throughout the episode. As much fun as it is to see him tease and torment (and kill) others, at the same time, it also gives him more depth to know that he is actually capable of following orders when needed.

Something else that was cool was getting the Geonosian’s point of view when Kanan was first looking…er listening for it. Sorry Kanan! Anyway, moving on, it was something I LOVED in the battle of Scarif in Rogue One and it was something I loved her. Outside of first person video games, it’s not something you see much, so it’s nice to get it every now and again.

One thing I actually loved in this episode though was Rex’s line, “He’s no Skywalker”, to which Kanan answered back, “I heard that”. It’s funny because while Rex is right, to me it’s not for the reason he thinks. He’s right because Kanan is no Skywalker, he’s better. I’d like to see Anakin make a leap like that blindfolded. Heck I’d like to him do even half the things Kanan does, blindfolded. It would definitely make a more interesting prequel story than we given, am I right?

Now, to briefly go over the things I didn’t like. In short, it was Ezra’s constant questions, Chopper not getting a vote and the code names. To start with, while I know the questions were natural and needed to help move the story along, it would have also been nice to have Kanan ask one or two so it wasn’t just coming from one character. Guess I’m just not a fan of one person asking so many obvious questions. Don’t know what caused it or why they did so, so let’s investigate.

Something else I didn’t like during the first part of this episode was Chopper not getting a vote when Rex, Kanan and Ezra were attempting to figure out whether or not to continue looking for Saw and his group without backup. The only reason I can think of is because depending on how Chopper voted, it could have been another deadlock. Either that or Ezra was just being a dick. Although that when then bring up the question of why Kanan allowed it in the first place. I thought Chopper was a part of the crew and as such was allowed a vote. Huh, guess not.

Now, on my final point of things I didn’t like in this episode was the use of the code name ‘Specter’, when they also use their real names on the same communication system. I thought that the point of code names was to cover one’s true identity, not give it away by saying it shortly after. Hey, what do I know? I have been known to be wrong from time to time.

In closing, while it does seem like there were more things about this episode that I liked than disliked, somehow it was still underwhelming for me. Might have just been because the stakes didn’t feel all that high in this episode, but who knows? From the look of the trailer though, it looks like this will eventually change.

So hope to see you in part 2! Bye!

Star Wars Rebels Mid-Season 3 Premiere

Star Wars Rebels Mid-Season 3 Premiere

Ezra finally in a Spacesuit

Hey guys. I’m back. Well we are little more 24 hours away from the mid-season 3 premiere of Star Wars Rebels. Although for some lucky people reading this, it’s even sooner. So, who’s excited? (Waits for a show of hands) Oh wait, I can’t see any of you. Oh well.

Spoilers ahead. If you have yet to see the trailer, please go to my previous post.

If you’re reading this, then I take it you are excited and looking for more information on it. Obviously you aren’t the only one. While I can’t provide anymore than what’s already been released in the previous days, what I can do is explain my initial reaction to the trailer to you. To keep this as short as possible, I’ll just talk about the main points that stood out to me.

First off, Ezra in what looks to be pajamas. Cool. Not something we’ve seen before. When we have seen him sleeping before, it has been in his standard orange jumpsuit which makes sense. When part of a rebellion, one always has to be dressed and ready to go at a moments notice. So to see Ezra in them is cool and interesting.

Tie Defenders. Cool. Haven’t really seen them before as I’m not much into video games (sadly no time). From what I have heard about them though, when the rebels go up against them, they’re basically dead. As such, I can’t wait to see how they get away from them.

Death troopers and Thrawn, awesome! The question is, where did they come from? Were they on loan to him from Krenic? If so, why did he give them to Thrawn?

Now, even though I am a rebel through and through, I can’t help but like these guys. After all, what good are heroes if they don’t have good villains to fight? After hearing what I have about them (that they are basically the Navy Seals Special Forces guys of this universe), I have to say that they are pretty terrifying. Not as much as Vader or Thrawn, but still up there.

As we thought, Thrawn knows who Fulcrum is, he’s just waiting for the right moment to reveal it and thus kill Kallus. I’ve already told other fans that my money says he’s either dead by season’s end or forced to betray the rebels for his life.

Thrawn getting hands on. Nice to see he’s more than just a tactician. Although for him to do so must mean something’s gone horribly wrong. Can’t wait to see what it is. Also, just putting this out there, but Thrawn training, hot. Still hate him, but hot none the less.

Kanan training Sabine with the Dark Saber, awesome as well. Didn’t think we’d get to see that. I thought that like Ezra learning to use his first saber, it would happen off screen. I don’t know why, but it’s just so cool to see one character training another in anything. Also, where did that whip that Sabine uses to retrieve her saber come from? It looks kind of like a light whip that was used during the Zygerian slave trading arc in The Clone Wars episodes.

Something else it looks like Sabine is using during the trailer is Ezra’s saber during her fight with Fenn Rau. Not sure how or why this happens, but it looks like that is what she is using for whatever reason.

Was that Admiral Yularen and Ezra in a space suit? Cool! Two more things I thought I wouldn’t see in this series.

Now to the grand finale, Obi-Wan “Old Ben” Kenobi. Before I go any further, please just let me say that unlike most, I went into this trailer knowing nothing. To me, him showing was a strong possibility, but not confirmed. After watching various other peoples’ reactions on youtube, I came to learn that apparently I was in the minority and that this information had previously been released. That left me to ask one question, where the heck was I when that happened?

Anyway, seeing him in the end of this trailer obviously confirmed it for me and caused me to really go nuts. It was at this point I was severely grateful I was home alone. My screams as I saw this part…let’s just say that it was a good thing I had something to stuff in my mouth to quiet my screams. Words could not explain how happy I was to see this.

So with that, I thank you all for reading this longer than usual post and AndrewinBelfast for recommending my last one. Thank you so much and I hope to see all of you in my next one with my review of the episode. Bye!

Peter Cushing is Resurrected in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story: Tarkin Things Too Far?

Talking Tarkin and the controversial technology used to resurrect him…masterstroke or ethical breach?

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Star Wars Rebels Mid-Season 3 Trailer

Spoilers for the mid season 3 trailer. If you have yet to watch it, please click the video on the left. You have been warned.

Ok wow. Ever since watching this earlier today, I cannot stop thinking about how good it was. From the music to James Arnold Taylor’s Kenobi continually saying “warning” through out the entire thing to actually seeing him at the end with Maul. Everything was just brilliantly done. There were a few parts where I was literally had to stuff part of my blanket into my mouth (as I woke up to see this had dropped), just to keep from screaming too loud. Although truthfully, even that didn’t help much.

So, where to start with this trailer? I’ll go with the part about Obi-Wan saying ‘warning’ throughout the entire thing. Being as it kept the beat of an alarm I’ll say that this could have been for one reason, to warn us as fans about the dark direction the rest of this season is going to go. If the trailer is anything to go by, it’s going to get crazy dark. In one shot, it looks like something big happens to Chopper, Sabine debuts her new Dark Saber that her people want to fight her for, Thrawn gets ‘hands on’ as opposed to directing from above, and we get to meet members of the alliance such as Mon Monthma and maybe even Cassian Anador whom we first saw in Rogue One.

Now, the reason why I specifically referred to James Arnold Taylor’s Obi-Wan in the opening is because shortly after watching this twice through (as I needed confirmation that I really just saw what I thought I saw), it was confirmed that Stephan Stanton, the voice of Admiral Raddus in Rogue One, along with Tarkin and AP-5 in this series is also voicing this new (or old depending on how you look at it) Obi-Wan. What I mean is, while James Arnold Taylor’s Obi-Wan can be seen and heard in the beginning of this trailer coming from Kanan’s malfunctioning holocron, it’s actually Stephan that is voicing him in this show. While I think he does an amazing job at voicing him, I still can’t help but miss JAT’s take on him. It’s just something I’ve grown so used to hearing.

Moving on, we have “formerly Darth” Maul. From the looks of the trailer, we’re finally going to be seeing him and Obi-Wan meet up (on Tatooine?) for their long awaited battle. Being as we only see the former in the Original Trilogy, I think it’s safe to say that the latter does not make it out of the battle. This is something I can’t wait to see, Obi-Wan finally killing Maul off for good. Then again, who’s to say that he does make it out alive and is just doing his own thing in another part of the galaxy? Eh, who am I kidding, smart money says we see Obi-Wan finally kill him once and for all.

So overall, what did I think of this? Well, now like this morning, there are no words to describe it. Sure I can talk about it as I did here, but to describe it would be difficult. Again, from the music to Obi-Wan continually saying “warning” throughout the entire thing like an alarm to actually seeing Kenobi more than likely facing off with and killing Maul….just wow. The places they’re able to go in this show that is supposedly for kids.

Well until next time everyone, bye!

Review | Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) Michael Giacchino

Michael Giacchino has a score to settle with his incredible score for Gareth Edwards’ standalone Star Wars movie…

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Star Wars & Paladone: These are the Mugs you’re looking for…

A closer look at Paladone’s incredible heat changing merchandise. Out of this world adventures in a Star Wars mug!

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Never Tell Him The Odds: The Star Wars Elite Series Han Solo

A closer look at the Disney Store exclusive die cast Harrison Ford/Han Solo action figure

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Star Wars Identities: Find Your Identity In The Galaxy Far, Far Away…

Who would you be in the Star Wars Universe?

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Star Wars Legends: The Return of the Outrider

The famous vessel from the Expanded Universe story Shadows Of The Empire returns in Star Wars Rebels

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Star Wars Rebels 3.4: The Antilles Extraction – Review

A cult hero from the Original Trilogy returns for another ride in the Star Wars Universe…

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Review | Star Wars: The Force Awakens 3D Collector’s Edition Blu-Ray

J.J Abrams Star Wars sequel Is rewarded with an out of this world Collectors Edition…

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From Clone Wars to Rebels: Transition Of A Star Wars Series

How Disney’s takeover of Lucasfilm facilitated the end of The Clone Wars and the uprising of Rebels

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Star Wars Celebration | C-3PO and Anthony Daniels: The Red Arm Protocol

A Star Wars Celebration panel with Anthony Daniels reveals the secret of the phantom limb!

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The Changing Face of Our Favourite Star Wars Heroes

Who Are Your Favourite Star Wars Characters and why do they inspire you?

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A Conversation With Star Wars Visual Effects Legend Dennis Muren

A rare appearance by Industrial Light & Magic at the BFI London Film Festival

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Star Wars: Force Friday Favourites “A Tale Of Two K-2SO’s”

A Bounty Of Rogue One Merchandise Awaits Us…

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