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Examining the Rogue One Celebration Reel

NOTE: A very small “spoiler” ahead from the teaser trailer shown exclusively to the Celebration audience. I only remark on it to confirm the identity of a character seen in the reel.


Jyn Erso’s Homeworld

Galen-Jyn youngHere we see the planet where Jyn’s father, Galen Erso, is living. I believe this is likely the first scene of the film.

Galen is a scientist who is wanted by the Empire and the rebels. He created something very powerful and now regrets it, being compared to J. Robert Oppenheimer, a scientist who helped create the atomic bomb. It is likely that Galen created a key component that is used in completing the Death Star’s superweapon. Continue reading

Take a 2nd Look – A Shot by Shot Rebels Season 3 Trailer Breakdown

R (1)Over the Lucasfilm logo we hear lightsabers ignite, Darth Vader breathing, and Ezra yelling Ahsoka’s name, immediately evoking the end of Season 2 and the mysterious fate of Ahsoka.

R (2) R (3)“Battles leave scars. Some you can’t see.” Continue reading

No Fan Left Behind

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As you read this, Star Wars Celebration Europe has ended.  The biggest Star Wars event of the year has wrapped, secrets were revealed and we all collectively geeked out over the latest news coming from Lucasfilm and Star Wars.

Now, I was not able to attend Celebration Europe.  I’m sure the majority of the people reading this were not able to attend either.  Even though we couldn’t be there, the fans and Lucasfilm have done a fantastic job of making sure that we all felt like we were included.  Ever since my first Celebration, I’ve tried to follow the idea of “No fan left behind.”  An idea that I will try to share my experiences and what I’ve seen with those who could not make it.  Lucasfilm’s fantastic coverage through StarWars.com and social media has helped with keeping all fans involved.

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Attending an event like Celebration, it’s simply impossible to see everything.  The online coverage helps those of us at home and those who couldn’t make it to everything on the convention floor.

Since the convention was in London, the time difference for those of us in the US was a major hurdle in trying to keep up with the live coverage.  However, I find it great that I can browse through my Facebook and Twitter feed, search hashtags and see all the news and reactions as they happened.  Seeing pictures of the various costumes, the con floor, highlights from the panels, and more makes me feel like I’m actually there.  It’s great to live vicariously through my friends.

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As great as Facebook and Twitter are, they can’t compete with the fantastic coverage from Lucasfilm directly.  The live streaming of panels, interviews, and interstitials is simply unprecedented.  No other major convention provides the kind of coverage and access that they have provided for Celebration.  Watching their coverage of Celebration makes me wish that more major conventions would follow suit (San Diego Comic Con I’m looking at you).

A convention from our couch.  That is how we have described watching the convention coverage from StarWars.com.  Of course, nothing can replace the experience of actually being at the convention.  There is an atmosphere and an experience that comes with being there at the convention.  The online coverage is the next best thing though.  At the end of the day, everyone at this Celebration has done a great job to make sure that no fan feels left behind.

Celebration Europe: Bringing Legends To Life

As many of you know already, some major news and upcoming releases hit the internet yesterday. From new books, to new characters we have a quick glimpse of some of the things revealed at Celebration Europe. Our Bothans were on the scene when the action first broke out. And while some trailers were seen exclusively at Celebration Europe, the Rebels Season 3 trailer made its way across the globe. We’ve seen many great things introduced to the Rebels show in the past season, but maybe nothing as explosive as what we get a glimpse of in this trailer! And the promise of what’s to come. Check it out!


Beyond this tantalizing glimpse of things to come, we also see some familiarity among the new characters and events coming in the latest season. Mining from Legends elements, the Canon show Star Wars Rebels promises to provide a strong foundation for the new Star Wars universe to build onto as it continues to grow. Once more we find some truth in Legends. Continue reading

Inside the Rogue One Panel at Celebration Europe

If there’s one takeaway I have from the Rogue One Panel, it’s the fact that Gareth Edwards’ film is going putting the “war” in Star Wars.

Let’s Jump in.

The panel was hosted by the ever exuberant and delightful Gwendoline Christie.

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Director Gareth Edwards shared some behind the scenes photos including some visits by VIP guests Mark Hamill and George LucasDSC_0047

The film is more or less the brainchild of ILM’s CCO John Knoll DSC_0048The Poster Revealed! I love the visual style of the poster showcasing the contrast between the threat of the death troopers and the beautiful beach.
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The big takeaways from the panel:

  • The “beach planet” where a major battle takes place is Scarif.
  • Ben Mendelssohn is awesome
  • Felicity Jones was presented with her very own “Star Wars doll”
  • Kaytoo played by Alan Tudyk was once an Imperial droid before he was “reprogrammed.”
  • Mads Mikkelsen’s Galen Eros is a sort of genius who invented “something so fantastic, so beautiful that it might change the universe.” (Daddy issues anyone?)

Check out our photos here:

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Ben Mendelson arrived in costume with a full escort of death troopers!DSC_0063

We really got to see the war aesthetic driven home with some of the new shots shown off o stage.DSC_0069 DSC_0070 DSC_0071

Alan Tudyk is the man. DSC_0073

Showing off a local train stop used for filming in Rogue One:DSC_0075 DSC_0076

The Jedha are a sort of Force worshipping sect who play a integral role in the film.DSC_0078 DSC_0080 DSC_0081

Forest Whitaker shed some light on his character Saw Gerrera. Saw is the truely extreme “guerilla fighter.”DSC_0084 DSC_0088

Has Father lost Daughter? We know almost nothing about Jyn’s relationship with her fah=ther but if Rogue One follows the tradition of the other SW films, I bet family drama will play a big role.DSC_0096 DSC_0103

Final photo-op!DSC_0106

And that’s a wrap. Folks, we’re getting a war movie. I couldn’t be more excited for the next Star Wars film. Rogue One hits theaters in December.

 

-@TheRileyGuy