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The First Time I Saw The Clone Wars

I’ll never forget. It was 2008, and I really wanted to see the season 1 premiere of Star Wars: the Clone Wars.

This was at a time in my life when Star Wars had just come back on to my radar as a result of my discovery of the online fan community. Specifically, my discovery of the podcast that the Galaxy listens to, the Forcecast, (now Rebelforce Radio.) The idea of Star Wars returning to, even the small screen, was something that excited me very much at that time.

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Little did I know that a mere four years, and some change later, I would be podcasting about the return of Star Wars to the big screen (but that’s a story for another day.) Sadly, I was presented with a problem. I didn’t have cable television.

No Cartoon Network, no nothing. In fact, I had no idea that they would even post them to StarWars.com,  so I was faced with a great dilemma. There are times in one’s life when one is faced with a great and terrible choice that will forever alter the destiny of said individual. Now in that young teenagers mind, the choice of how to watch the Clone Wars may have posed a possibly similar and equally confusing dilemma. But I was desperate, & I was also resourceful.

Not having a driver’s license at the time, I personally didn’t have any way to travel to a place that might air the episodes, but I did know of such a location. That location was the “game room” on the Bryan College campus in Dayton Tennessee.

Fast forward a few hours: my plan had formulated, & I was ready to execute. There I sat in the passenger seat of the family minivan on my way to the Bryan College campus to watch the premiere episode entitled: “Ambush” with my far too gracious and understanding, dearly beloved mother, who graciously gave me a ride to watch Yoda disperse his great wisdom to those clones in that first episode.

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I would never look back.

-Riley Blanton

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Ewok Love is Everywhere

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I can remember a time when the Ewoks were a species that no on really liked in Star Wars fandom. However, these days it seems that to find someone who does not like the Ewoks is rather difficult. I have been pondering how this change occurred and it dawned on me thanks to my friend Aaron Goins that the kids who loved the Ewoks are now adults. When you are a kid you don’t have as loud of a voice as when you are and adult and that is an injustice in and of itself. These days though since we are all the kids who loved the Ewoks we use our blogs, podcast voices, social media voices to spread our love for Ewoks.

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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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Star Wars Rebels: Our 6 Heroes Revealed

In an interview with IGN executive producer Greg Weisman said about the cast of Star Wars Rebels, “We have a character who’s our focus character, and then five other characters that make up this group of six rebels. Even within the first season, that cast expands, and there are more people, but the focus is still on this small group of rebels..”

Although more characters may be added to the cast as the season goes on, it looks like our main cast of heroes will number six. Thanks to information coming out of this past weekend’s New York Toy Fair we now know the names and faces of all six. If you haven’t been like me and obsessively following Twitter to keep up with all the info that has been flowing, here is a rundown of what we know about this team of Rebels.

Chopper (C1-10P)

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Back on January 28th Lucasfilm gave us the first official reveal of one of the good guys in the show. Chopper is the astromech droid of the team. But don’t expect him just to be another R2-D2. Dave Filoni described the character as grumpy yet loyal. “If R2 is your favorite dog then Chopper’s a cat.”

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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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