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My Favorite Scene: Star Wars Rebels Season 2 (2016) “Twilight of an Apprentice”

When Star Wars Clone Wars began way back when, one of the most annoying inclusions (and a seeming continuation of the kiddification that drove fans nuts with some of the prequels) was giving Anakin a whippersnapper of a padawan named Ahsoka Tano.  All credit to Dave Filoni and six seasons of Clone Wars and two of Rebels gradually grew Ahsoka into one of my favorite characters on the show, and her re-emergence in Rebels as an adult and a founder of the The Rebellion has been absolute brilliance.  But in that, there’s been a sense of dread, because it seemed inevitable when Ahsoka returned that there was going to be a reckoning and that it wasn’t going to go well for her.  SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS for season two of Rebels if you haven’t seen it…..probably should have lead with that. Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Star Wars Rebels Season 2 (2016) “Twilight of an Apprentice”

Star Wars: Rebels – 37 Episodes in 3 Minutes to Prep for Season 3!!!

If you’ve missed the first two seasons of Star Wars Rebels, you’ve missed a truly epic continuation of the Clone Wars series.  Rebels is laying out exactly how the Rebellion came to be, who were the players, and what happened to some of our favorite characters from the prequels (c’mon, you have some) whose fates were left unclear.  Season Two just hit blu ray, and if you don’t have time to catch up before tomorrow’s Season 3 premiere, here’s a rundown of what’s happened to Ezra & Co.  37 episodes boiled down to 3 minutes. For those Star Wars fans who have been in a coma since Celebration, this season will see the introduction into the new canon of one of (if not THE) favorite character from the old Star Wars EU: Grand Admiral Thrawn.  Season three of Star Wars Rebels will premiere tomorrow, September 24, 2016, on Disney XD.

Star Wars Rebels, Grand Admiral Thrawn

My Favorite Scene: Star Wars Clone Wars Season One (2008) “Kit Fisto vs. General Grevious”

Continuing Star Wars-mania, since we cannot get enough (and by “we” I mean “I”), we take a look at the first season of the six-season run of Star Wars: Clone Wars this week.  It’s certainly fair to say that the series got off to a bumpy start.  The movie that spawned it was not very good and Dave Filoni and company were definitely working out kinks in the first season.  One of the first episodes that showed the potential for the series was “The Lair of General Grievous”.

General Grievous, Star Wars: Clone Wars

The episode highlighted what the show did best: give you an exploration of the characters who received scant time in the Prequel Trilogy.  In this case, Kit Fisto and his padawan find the castle of General Grievous and clues to the mysterious cyborg’s origin.  There’s a great turn with Fisto’s Mon Cal apprentice trying to take on Grievous alone (guess how that goes), then Fisto faces him at the episode’s end.  This was one of the first episodes that showed what the series was going to do, and imagine how much more impactful Fisto’s death at Sidious’ hands would have been in Episode III if you’d gotten to know him beforehand.
Star Wars: Clone Wars, General Grievous, Kit Fisto


New Star Wars: Rebels Animated Series Coming 2014

Star Wars Rebels, Cartoon, Disney XD, Episode III, Episode IV, Clone Wars

Despite the leaked scripts and development documentation from Star Wars: Reclamation, an animated series that would bridge Episodes VI & VII, it looks like the first animated series that will attempt to staunch the bleeding wound in our hearts left by the cancellation of Star Wars Clone Wars will be Star Wars: Rebels.  The series will take place in the 20 year time frame between Episodes III and IV and will begin airing on the Disney Channel in fall 2014.

Production has begun on Star Wars Rebels, an exciting, all-new animated television series based on one of the greatest entertainment franchises of all time. Scheduled to premiere in fall 2014 as a one-hour special telecast on Disney Channel, it will be followed by a series on Disney XD channels around the world.

Leading the development of the series is a creative team of exceptional talent. Screenwriter/producer Simon Kinberg (X-Men: First Class, Sherlock Holmes, Mr. & Mrs. Smith) is an executive producer on Star Wars Rebels and will write the premiere episode. He is joined by Dave Filoni as executive producer, who served as supervising director of the Emmy nominated Star Wars: The Clone Wars since 2008. Executive producer Greg Weisman brings with him a wealth of animation experience with credits such as Young Justice, The Spectacular Spider-Man and Gargoyles.

Gary Marsh, president and chief creative officer, Disney Channels Worldwide, said, “The entire team at Lucasfilm has provided extraordinary creativity and innovation for over three decades, and we’re thrilled to be bringing the expansive and imaginative world of Star Wars to Disney XD’s viewers.”

“I couldn’t be more excited to explore new corners of the Star Wars universe,” said Kathleen Kennedy, president, Lucasfilm. “I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars.”