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Rebels Review: Empire Day

Mitchell Stein: After much buildup, we finally arrived at the Rebels episode we’ve been waiting for. I think it’s safe to say that Empire Day was easily the most impressive Star Wars Rebels episode yet, from nearly every aspect. I was completely blown away at what was displayed throughout this episode. Something Rebels is great at doing is showing us the aftermath of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

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Fifteen years following the events of Episode III, the galaxy is celebrating yet another “Empire Day”, a forced celebration that the Imperials enforce. One of my favorite moments is after Minister Tua mentions Emperor Palpatine, and Imperial troops have to force audience members to start cheering for his name. It’s a perfect example of the darkness that ruled the galaxy during that time frame.

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But what was really special about this episode is what it’s setting up for the future. It explores stories with incredible potential. This episode is setting up a lot, and it’s the first of the series to have a direct continuation with the next episode which airs this Monday on Disney XD.

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All of the villains return in this one episode, including the diabolical Inquisitor. I’m absolutely loving the Inquisitor’s character on this show. He returns at the most unexpected of times, and acts as the vicious and mysterious villain that the show very much needs, and is very much in character to the era of the Star Wars canon that this show takes place in. I’m loving how they’re keeping the Inquisitor in this mysterious role for now, but the other villains, who are can be forgetful and one-dimensional so far need some time to develop. At this point they’re not memorable enough for me to remember their names yet. There’s Minister Tua, the guy with the beard, and long-face guy who seems to conveniently appear wherever the Rebels strike. That part doesn’t seem to make much sense, but perhaps we’ll figure out more about him soon.

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But really, this episode was a truly brilliant one, and something that I’ve been waiting for from this series from the beginning. I can hardly wait until part two of this episode, and all I can say is, we’re in for a pretty sweet ride!

Mitchell Stein is a major Star Wars/Disney/Muppet/Marvel fan. He co-operates the website The Mickey Mindset (link: mickeymindset.comwhere he celebrates all these and more, daily! Be sure to check it out and like them on Facebook! (facebook.com/TheMickeyMindset)

Peppermint Jawa Brownies Recipe

Hey all! Bethany here to introduce you to Kathleen Siegle! Kathleen does her own cooking site Yummy Crumble, focusing mainly on sweets and desserts. Kathleen is also a geek though, which shows in her cooking (as you may recall seeing her delicious (but kinda scary) Star Wars Sarlacc Bundt Cake). For your sweet tooth today, Kathleen brings us her peppermint jawa brownies recipe below!

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Kathleen describes these as: “Dark chocolate brownies cut into little Jawas and filled with peppermint dark chocolate ganache.  Don’t forget the cute candy eyes for these Peppermint Jawa Brownies!  These are irresistibly adorable and easy!”

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Review: Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight

Review: Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight by Tony DiTerlizzi (or, Sorry, I Just Drooled On Your Artwork)

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Oh boy. Oh baby. Oh lordy loo. How does one review a book with artwork of this caliber? This is the man who gave Star Wars its distinctive look. To look at a picture is to not only revel in the technical accomplishment, but to be overwhelmed by a flood of memories. Tony DiTerlizzi, the author of this book and the one who delivers us this children’s interpretation of the films, relays to us in the foreword of how, when he was seven years old, he first watched Star Wars on the big screen and became enamored with the masterpiece. I couldn’t help but be propelled to when I was of a similar age, first watching A New Hope. Although, technically, my first memory wasn’t of the movies. If you’re able to recall, when the Special Editions came out in 1997, they came in a large box set that housed the three movies, and when you put in the first tape (how old that word makes me feel) to the VCR it started with a short documentary on the special effects. I vaguely recall a bit of the Death Star miniature, and a car that kept on driving by it, for whatever reason. Though really my first clear memory was of making fart noises by opening the special edition box set. What? Don’t tell me you never did it. I know you did. For you see, I was watching you. Continue reading

Rebels Review: Out of Darkness

Mitchell Stein: Star Wars Rebels just can’t stop getting better and better!

Although not really that much happened story-wise in this episode, it still stands as a really superb piece of Star Wars action and story-telling. It raises a minor question which of course is on its way to be answered in a future episode, and it finally shines some light on Sabine and Hera, the two characters who never nearly got enough screen-time. This episode packed a whole lot of awesomeness into twenty-two jam packed minutes.

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I don’t think this series has the ability to pick up as easy as The Clone Wars did, and these episodes are a fine proof of that. Regardless of the fact, the writers are working with brand-new characters in this series, and they must create new character situations and development to make these characters shine, and this episode was by far the most impressive in that aspect.

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Fans have been waiting to learn a little more about Sabine, other than the small bits of screen-time she made in the other episodes. This episode was clearly about Sabine, and her relationship with the group, and specifically Hera. Sabine feels she isn’t trusted when she discovers Kanan and Hera are being provided with info from a mysterious individual named Fulcrum, who we have yet to find out about.

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Sabine allows us some information about her past in the Empire, which wasn’t that much to be honest, but will hopefully build to a fuller story. Regardless of her previous life before joining the Rebel team, I’m just really excited this character is being built up on, and we’re finally seeing some more of these awesome characters. Now that everything has been set up, the writers should be moving forward pretty quickly from here on in.

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If I were to describe what exactly happened in this episode, it wouldn’t end up being a very long explanation. To be honest, not that much happened in this episode, but this episode was anything but boring. This week was a wonderful blend of great character development and mystery, combined with some seriously exciting action. Rebels is getting better and better every week… can’t wait to see which direction they’ll be heading in next!

Mitchell Stein is a major Star Wars/Disney/Muppet/Marvel fan. He co-operates the website The Mickey Mindset (link: mickeymindset.comwhere he celebrates all these and more, daily! Be sure to check it out and like them on Facebook! (facebook.com/TheMickeyMindset)

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

The Force Awakens
By Joseph Tavano

It’s time to wake up.

The Force has been sleeping, and you didn’t even know it. This entire time, all that’s happened has been under the guise of a dream. The energy field that binds the universe together is about to rise from its slumber, and what happens next is the contents of a new era in Star Wars.

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Wait—how can the Force sleep?

Star Wars: The Force Awakens has the makings of the most evocative title this movie franchise has ever presented. There’s a tonal departure here that can’t be ignored. The early sci-fi, pulp-styled titles seen in the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy have shifted to something quite different. Where in the first six films, the titles have described actual characters or groups of characters, the seventh movie is decidedly taking its name from the present state of the universe and a natural phenomenon that will affect everyone. Continue reading