Hero Fan Productions makes some fantastic videos over on YouTube, including two of my favorite Star Wars videos ever in The Chosen One and The Last. While those videos highlighted the Skywalker clan, HFP has just released a tribute to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Using his initial meeting with Luke in A New Hope as the pivot point, the go through Obi-Wan’s entire life as we’ve seen it thus far from Episodes I, II, and III, Star Wars: Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels (SPOILER WARNINGS IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN REBELS).
Whether or not we’re going to get a Kenobi spin-off film starring McGregor that would cover Obi-Wan’s time between Episodes III and IV seems still up in the air. Director Stephen Daldry was attached to the project, but McGregor hadn’t been signed as of writing. No 2020 Star Wars film has been announced, and it is unlikely that Rian Johnson or the Game of Thrones creators will be ready with their new series of films by then. Kenobi seems to be the one spin-off most fans want, even the ones who don’t like the “Star Wars Story” concept. McGregor certainly has campaigned for returning to the role, and I think they could make a great film out of that mysterious time period in SW lore. In the meantime, check out HFP, and enjoy Kenobi’s story thus far.
So how bored are you at work this fine Monday? A YouTube user by the name of James has put together a 90-minute mash-up of all the lightsaber duels from the six seasons of Star Wars: Clone Wars and the first two seasons of Star Wars: Rebels. I’m kind of happy season three isn’t in here for people who haven’t caught up yet, because season three, for those not in the know, kills off probably the biggest character in SW canon that the animated series have been allowed to slay. The fight choreography for the duels just keeps getting better as the series age. My personal favorites are the duel between Maul, Savage Oppress and Emperor Palpatine, and-of course-the epic reunion duel between Ahsoka and Anakin (now Darth Vader) at the close of Rebels season two. Chill out, check for your boss, and burn the rest of the work day watching lightsaber duels. The Last Jedi is almost upon us!
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”.
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.
The best steward of the Star Wars banner during the time between the Original Trilogy and the Sequel Trilogy turned out to be Star Wars: Clone Wars. I certainly will grant the Prequels their moments and love Episode III, but as a whole they don’t match the body of work Dave Filoni and his team did in fleshing out The Clone Wars into the conflict we’d always wanted to see. It was a shame it couldn’t have one more season (season six was painfully truncated) to finish out storylines, but they are addressing them in their subsequent ongoing series Star Wars: Rebels
One of the best and most interesting storylines over the course of the show was the return of Darth Maul. Maul was the villain who should’ve gotten the screentime and films that it seems Kylo Ren will in the Sequel Trilogy. There’s no arguing that his epic duel with Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon in The Phantom Menace is one of the best moments in the saga, but cutting him in half at the end wasted a lot of potential for future encounters that The Clone Wars was happy to resurrect.
Outfitted with cybernetic legs and with his brother, Savage Opress (least subtle Star Wars name ever), Maul is faced with his former master, who is not terribly pleased his horned apprentice has been meddling in his affairs. What follows is one of the best duels of the series and pure Sith on Sith awesomeness.
I just finished the first season of Star Wars: Rebels, and was really happy with it. Like Clone Wars, it takes awhile to find its feet, but the time is a lot shorter and season one already gave us a lot of cool moments, a great villain in The Grand Inquisitor, a visit from Lando, a better idea of how the Rebellion started to coalesce and continued the story of Ahsoka Tano. When Ahsoka first showed up as Anakin’s padawan, she was freaking annoying. But, as The Clone Wars matured, and so did she, she grew into my favorite character on the show and that she’s instrumental in the beginning of the Rebellion is a fantastic addition to the mythos. With Darth Vader and seven other Inquisitors on their tail this season, the Lothal Rebel cell is in for a tough time. I see nothing but a really tragic end to Ahsoka’s story, but when said and done, I think it’s going to add a lot to Vader’s overall character arc. Look for season two of Star Wars: Rebels soon on Disney XD