Author Archives: Bethany Blanton

Rebels Review: How Spark of Rebellion is Similar to the Original Trilogy

Why Star Wars Rebels is the Closest Production to the Original Trilogy in Many Years

SparkofRebellionDisney XD’s latest show Star Wars Rebels officially aired last week, and fans tuned into the show not really knowing what to expect from this new chapter of Star Wars. With a completely new cast of characters and stories, we were uncertain of the outcome of this show. I think it’s safe to say that most fans were pretty blown away with what was witnessed on-screen.

Setting up a new chapter in the ever expanding Star Wars universe was a bold and dangerous move, one that Disney executed wonderfully with this new series. This new adventure takes place in a dark period of Jedi history, following the attacks of the Jedi council and the rise of Darth Vader. These unlikely Rebels come together to rebel against the Imperial army and fight for justice and freedom. Even though Darth Vader and the Emperor exist in this timeline, there have been no sightings of either of them yet, but they have left their mark on the galaxy at large, and this new show shows the effect that it had on a much wider spectrum, and on a larger scale. It’s not quite as dark as The Revenge of the Sith set out to be, and it’s been toned to appeal to more of a family audience, but it still gets the message across well enough. These Star Wars television series are so fantastic, it makes me wonder why Lucas didn’t move from the original trilogy straight to the television series.

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Star Wars Scrapbook: Star Wars Kid

Greetings Bothans! What follows is a post about the Star Wars memories of a long time fan, Stuart Tullis. Reminisce about battles set in a galaxy far, far away, at a time that we have long passed, with characters, creatures, and stories we shall always love. Many of you will know Stuart, a fan of RebelForce Radio, but he is also a podcaster over at TechnoRetro Dads, so be sure to check that out! With that, I’ll let Stuart take us a long time ago, to a galaxy far, far away…. ~ Bethany Blanton

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On a warm night in northeastern Kentucky, three kids sat atop hood of the family car, captivated by the characters on the screen at the drive-in movie.  Although the sound came from a small speaker on the pole beside the car and the picture on the screen paled in comparison to today’s high definition resolution, the sights and sounds they saw that night would be forever imprinted on their minds as well as the minds of hundreds of millions of both children and adults since 1977.  And though I don’t remember whether I was four or five at the time (my age is dependent on whether my mother’s recollection that we saw it in 1977 is correct or my brother’s insistence that it was 1978 is the year), what I do remember is that I wanted to see more of that “galaxy far, far away”.

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I am a Star Wars kid.  Everyone was a Star Wars kid in the late ‘70s.  We reenacted that movie in the basement, in the backyard, at school, at our friends’ homes, in the park, at the camp, and at the playground.  Before we had any official Star Wars toys, we shot stormtroopers with tree-branch blasters and had lightsaber duels with sticks, tubes, and vuvuzelas.  We quoted lines (and probably misquoted lines), pretended we were on the run from the Empire’s sinister agents, and jumped off walls into homemade trash compactors.  We wondered about the Clone Wars, imagining a younger Obi-Wan Kenobi with the father of Luke Skywalker flying their spaceships on missions as directed by their commander Bail Organa.  When we played dodgeball at school, we thought we could hear the voice of Obi-Wan telling us to “use the Force” as we prepared to throw the ball.  Car rides were especially exciting, since the car behind us was most certainly a TIE fighter in disguise, waiting for the right moment to fire at us.  Star Wars was everywhere because we took it with us in our minds. Continue reading

Star Wars Reads Day: The Empire Invades!

Greetings Bothans! What follows is a post about some adventures had at this past weekend’s Star Wars Reads Day! Many of you will already be familiar with Paul DePaola who writes for a number of Star Wars fan sites and is also a podcaster, but be sure to check out his geek site Fanboys Talking! With that, I’ll let Paul take it away! ~ Bethany Blanton

The third annual Star Wars Reads event was held on Saturday, October 12th.  Troopers from all over the Empire showed up at their local book stores and libraries to celebrate literacy and reading.  I attended the event as a member of the 501st Legion, “trooping” my local Barnes & Noble as a Sandtrooper.

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Crystal Crisis: A Legacy Refracted

Greetings Bothans! What follows is a post about the recent Star Wars: The Clone Wars Crystal Crisis arc by friend of the Star Wars Report, Joseph Tavano! Be sure to check out Joseph’s new website RetroZap, a pop culture and narrative art site which currently has some of his thoughts on Star Wars Rebels. Without further ado, I’ll turn it over to Joseph! ~ Bethany Blanton

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In 1985, there existed a fully formed concept for The Clone Wars. It was conceived entirely in my five-year-old mind. I envisioned the Jedi overrun by scores of doppelgangers sent forth by their Dark Side enemies, invading the universe and attacking the true Jedi from within. I imagined the Clone Wars to be a hall-of-mirrors nightmare across the galaxy where nothing could be trusted and danger was omnipresent.

When The Clone Wars was finally realized on screen, I was way off the mark. And yet, that’s an aspect of Star Wars I love more and more as the Galaxy Far, Far Away grows and matures. One of the best things that Lucasfilm has managed to do is to keep Star Wars moving in new directions virtually no one would have predicted. With every new installment, audiences get to cast off preconceived notions and fastidious theories for an inspired, radically unique story that is not afraid to go down roads less traveled.

Dave Filoni and the writing team of The Clone Wars kept this trailblazing spirit alive for over six seasons, chronicling the events of a three-year war that transpired in a way no one would have ever predicted. Ten years ago, we were left to assume that the wars were going to be a nonstop conflict similar to the battle on Geonosis in Attack of the Clones. Clone troopers versus battle droids. Blaster fire everywhere. Lightsabers leading the way through the fog of war. And, in their tour of duty, Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan Kenobi would become brothers-in-arms, inseparable throughout their legendary adventures across the galaxy.

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Book Reviews for Star Wars Reads Day

Greetings Bothans!

What follows is a set of short reviews of Star Wars books from Mitchell Stein over at MickeyMindset.com! He prepped these in preparation of the upcoming Star Wars Reads Day.
Be sure to check out your local libraries, bookstores, etc. for Star Wars Reads Day events!
With that, I’ll turn it over to Mitchell! ~ Bethany

Mitchell Stein- Greetings Star Wars fans! In honor of Star Wars Reads Day this weekend, I am reviewing three awesome new books from Disney/Lucasfilm and DK Publishing! Today I am taking a look at Star Wars Rebels: The Visual GuideStar Wars Blueprintsand Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded. All of these books follow in DK’s line of encyclopedias, which also includes other franchises such as Disney, Pixar, Muppets, Lego, Doctor Who, and a whole lot more! Be sure to check out some of DK’s other Star Wars books as well.

Without any further ado, let’s cut to the review shall we?

Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide

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Based off the Star Wars Rebels television show on Disney XD, this guide gives a look at every character and location based in the series with a break-down analysis of pretty much every object and weapon that’s included in the show. I’ve given this book a re-read after watching the premiere episode of Rebels, and I find myself appreciating this book far more than before I viewed the episode. It also includes some behind-the-scenes look at how the series is made from story-boards to animation and an introduction by series creator Dave Filoni. It’s a must have for any Star Wars Rebels fans.

Star Wars Blueprints

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There’s a whole bunch of books in this series, but the book I am specifically talking about features Darth Vader on it’s cover, and to be honest isn’t actually much of a book. Inside this box of Darth Vader, it includes five awesome posters of blueprints on the creation of the characters and vehicles including R2-D2 and C3PO, the Death Star, Darth Vader, The Millennium Falcon, and various other weapons and vehicles. I probably would have preferred an actual book with photos of blue-prints, but this one is pretty cool too. I would definitely suggest checking this one out as well.

Star Wars: The Ultimate Visual Guide: Updated and Expanded

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This is by far the largest and most in-depth book on the Star Wars franchise. The book is split into two parts, the original classic trilogy and the prequels and everything is categorized alphabetically and by it’s significance in story. It breaks down every subject in every possible way with multiple photos, break-down analysis and quotes which makes it one of my favorite Star Wars books to date!

Be sure to check out these books and more this weekend during Star Wars Reads! There is no try, only read!

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)