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Rebels Review: Empire Day

Mitchell Stein: After much buildup, we finally arrived at the Rebels episode we’ve been waiting for. I think it’s safe to say that Empire Day was easily the most impressive Star Wars Rebels episode yet, from nearly every aspect. I was completely blown away at what was displayed throughout this episode. Something Rebels is great at doing is showing us the aftermath of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.

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Fifteen years following the events of Episode III, the galaxy is celebrating yet another “Empire Day”, a forced celebration that the Imperials enforce. One of my favorite moments is after Minister Tua mentions Emperor Palpatine, and Imperial troops have to force audience members to start cheering for his name. It’s a perfect example of the darkness that ruled the galaxy during that time frame.

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But what was really special about this episode is what it’s setting up for the future. It explores stories with incredible potential. This episode is setting up a lot, and it’s the first of the series to have a direct continuation with the next episode which airs this Monday on Disney XD.

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All of the villains return in this one episode, including the diabolical Inquisitor. I’m absolutely loving the Inquisitor’s character on this show. He returns at the most unexpected of times, and acts as the vicious and mysterious villain that the show very much needs, and is very much in character to the era of the Star Wars canon that this show takes place in. I’m loving how they’re keeping the Inquisitor in this mysterious role for now, but the other villains, who are can be forgetful and one-dimensional so far need some time to develop. At this point they’re not memorable enough for me to remember their names yet. There’s Minister Tua, the guy with the beard, and long-face guy who seems to conveniently appear wherever the Rebels strike. That part doesn’t seem to make much sense, but perhaps we’ll figure out more about him soon.

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But really, this episode was a truly brilliant one, and something that I’ve been waiting for from this series from the beginning. I can hardly wait until part two of this episode, and all I can say is, we’re in for a pretty sweet ride!

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)

Peppermint Jawa Brownies Recipe

Hey all! Bethany here to introduce you to Kathleen Siegle! Kathleen does her own cooking site Yummy Crumble, focusing mainly on sweets and desserts. Kathleen is also a geek though, which shows in her cooking (as you may recall seeing her delicious (but kinda scary) Star Wars Sarlacc Bundt Cake). For your sweet tooth today, Kathleen brings us her peppermint jawa brownies recipe below!

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Kathleen describes these as: “Dark chocolate brownies cut into little Jawas and filled with peppermint dark chocolate ganache.  Don’t forget the cute candy eyes for these Peppermint Jawa Brownies!  These are irresistibly adorable and easy!”

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Review: Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight

Review: Star Wars: The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight by Tony DiTerlizzi (or, Sorry, I Just Drooled On Your Artwork)

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Oh boy. Oh baby. Oh lordy loo. How does one review a book with artwork of this caliber? This is the man who gave Star Wars its distinctive look. To look at a picture is to not only revel in the technical accomplishment, but to be overwhelmed by a flood of memories. Tony DiTerlizzi, the author of this book and the one who delivers us this children’s interpretation of the films, relays to us in the foreword of how, when he was seven years old, he first watched Star Wars on the big screen and became enamored with the masterpiece. I couldn’t help but be propelled to when I was of a similar age, first watching A New Hope. Although, technically, my first memory wasn’t of the movies. If you’re able to recall, when the Special Editions came out in 1997, they came in a large box set that housed the three movies, and when you put in the first tape (how old that word makes me feel) to the VCR it started with a short documentary on the special effects. I vaguely recall a bit of the Death Star miniature, and a car that kept on driving by it, for whatever reason. Though really my first clear memory was of making fart noises by opening the special edition box set. What? Don’t tell me you never did it. I know you did. For you see, I was watching you. Continue reading

Podcast: The Trailer is Coming – SWR #153

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On this week’s podcast Riley, Bethany and Mark are here to chat all about the impending trailer! We discuss:

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