It was a dark and stormy night… well, not really. It was my first day at Star Wars Celebration Europe, and my first main panel: The “Star Wars Rebels” Panel and Season Premiere! The first part of the panel was information about the new season of Rebels, and discussions about the characters, cast, story, and design. Clips, photos, the season trailer, and finally the season premiere were shown, followed by more discussion and ending in a Q&A. Details and photos after the break!
“A hero ventures forth from the world of common day into a region of supernatural wonder: fabulous forces are there encountered and a decisive victory is won: the hero comes back from this mysterious adventure with the power to bestow boons on his fellow man.”
—Joseph Campbell, The Hero with a Thousand Faces
NOTE: This article is a precursor to an upcoming three article series examining Rey’s Hero’s Journey in The Force Awakens.
While writing the original drafts of Star Wars in the early 1970s, George Lucas came across the works of Professor Joseph Campbell. Campbell’s ideas of universal mythical themes found within the stories of every society helped Lucas focus his intention of making a mythological story of good verses evil for the modern world (especially for children) and imbued his screenwriting with themes and characters that would resonate deeply within his audience. Continue reading
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This was my first European Celebration, and I have to say, it far surpassed my expectations. From the incredible cosplay, fan groups, and gaming experiences to the awesome panels, SWCE was every bit as vibrant and jam-packed as any US celebration I’ve been to.
For a personal recap of the event check out the Star Wars Report VLOG from SWCE:
On to the highlights:
Rogue One Panel
May the Force be with us. This simple sentence spoken with a slight smile sent thousands of ravenous Star Wars fans into hyperspace as we realized one thing… We’re getting a war movie.