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Gender and the Star Wars Rebels Marketing – SWR #122

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On this week’s podcast, Teresa Delgado joins me to talk about gender representation in the Star Wars Rebels marketing.

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A December Release for Episode VII is a Good Thing

I realize that many Star Wars fans were not exactly thrilled that the release date for Episode VII was pushed back to Dec. 2015, but I, for one, actually find quite a few reasons to be pleased with the new release date.

1. The family oriented nature of the release date. I really like the idea of families making a holiday tradition out of seeing a new Star Wars movie on the big screen. The very idea of mere weeks before Christmas, getting together with family, and traveling to the movie theater to escape to that galaxy far far away is very appealing to me.

2. There’s no longer is this “Avengers cloud.” I’ll be honest. I always thought that Avengers 2 and Star Wars had to be released in separate time periods, but now that Disney has made the announcement, I do find some kind of relief, now that there is no kind of overlap. This will make for full Financial competition with other franchises outside of the Disney umbrella and prevent from Disney competing against their own dollars, even slightly.

3. A final thing that I think is really good about the December release date is simply giving the creative team more time. Ever since they first announced the 2015 release date when Disney first purchased Lucasfilm, I felt that it was a very short amount of time to produce a top-quality Star Wars film. I think that Star Wars fans everywhere can be reassured that the creative team behind Episode VII has more time to get it right.

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The more I think about it, the happier I am about a December 2015 release date.

-Riley Blanton

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Clone Wars, Netflix, Ezra, Kanan, Oh My! – SWR #121

On this week’s podcast, Bethany joins Mark and I as we talk about Clone Wars coming to Netflix, the recent Star Wars Rebels news and much more!

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  • “The Lost Missions,” to Hit Netflix
  • German Episode Descriptions Surface For The Clone Wars Bonus Content
  • ‘Star Wars Rebels’ rustles up a cowboy Jedi
  • Ezra joins Rebels

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Get To The Chopper! – SWR #120

On this week’s podcast, Bethany joins Mark and I as we talk about the all of the recent Star Wars Rebels news and much more!

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  • Crazy rumor headlines
  • Rebels Lego clues
  • An all new timeline?
  • Mara Jade in Rebels?
  • A summer movie for Rebels

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The Top 3 Friendships in Star Wars

Friendship is one of the strongest themes in the Star Wars franchise. It’s just amazing to see how important the role of friendship is played throughout the films. Specifically, in the Empire Strikes Back, it’s shown just how much Luke’s strong friendships shaped the destiny of the galaxy. So without further ado, the following are my top 3 favorite friendships in the Star Wars franchise.

1. Luke and Biggs.

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I absolutely love how A New Hope (all too briefly) shows the relationship between the farm boy and his friend. Luke is longing to follow Biggs to the academy and then join him and Rebellion. There are aspects to this friendship that show how one person can positively inspire another. Sadly, it was destined to end all too soon, but the weight of the tragedy of Biggs’ death at the end of ANH is certainly impactful.

2 Han Solo and Chewbacca.

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Han Solo’s relationship with Chewbacca is almost the greatest relationship in the entire Star Wars franchise. And I say almost simply because I’m saving the best for last, but from the beginning, we get a true sense of Chewbacca’s loyalty to Han.The central theme of their relationship is how Chewy is so loyal to him, and would do anything for him. Without saying a word the audience understands that Chewbacca would die for Han, and that’s important to see. I think we understand that Han felt the same way about Chewy .

Now please dear heavenly father, don’t let Chewie die Episode VII.

3. Oh you know it. Its gotta be C-3PO and R2D2.

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Two of the most lovable droids in the Star Wars galaxy. There’s something about their snippy candid insults, you just know they must be truly great friends. Because, after all, good friends have the right to enjoy a little a little ribbing every once in awhile. But when it comes down to the serious stuff, R2 and 3PO are always willing to work together to save the day. Whether its shutting down all of the trash compactors, or R2 being willing to stick up for 3PO when Owen is getting ready to purchase the droids, these instances just show what truly great friends they are. I personally couldn’t be happier that R2 and (I assume) 3PO will be Episode VII.

So what are your favorite friendships in the galaxy far, far away?

-Riley Blanton

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