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Star Wars Rebels: A Look Ahead Trailer Thoughts

There was SO much geeky news coming out of Comic Con that it was hard to follow! But, one of my favorite trailers I’ve seen coming out of all this news was the “Star Wars Rebels: A Look Ahead” trailer. This trailer was debuted especially for Comic Con at “The Heroes of Star Wars Rebels” panel.


The trailer starts with the Lucasfilm Ltd. image (I’ve always loved how that sparkles), and jumps straight into our heroes (Ezra, Sabine, Hera, Kanan, Zeb, and Chopper) of the show being chased by TIE fighters and a Star Destroyer in a manner that definitely reminds me of “Star Wars: A New Hope”.

CaptureIn fact, as I watched the trailer the first time, I thought it reminded me quite a bit of “A New Hope” and “The Empire Strikes Back,” both in setting and in style. The cockpit setting of some of the scenes was reminiscent of “The Empire Strikes Back,” especially some of the cockpit banter, and seemingly constantly being chased by the Empire.

CaptureIn fact, being chased by the Empire was a common theme. (This definitely makes sense given the time period it’s set in.)

CaptureWith all the sneaking around, being chased by the Empire, guerrilla warfare style of fighting, and the simple fact that the Empire is what’s in control in this series, the flavor of the fight will be quite different from some of “The Clone Wars” series I believe. It seems unlikely there will be any long battles between large forces in this series. The remnants of the Jedi are few and far between, the Rebellion likely hasn’t grown to be as strong as we see it in the original trilogy, and the Empire I assume is still aiming as some sort of pretense of benevolence (the board of governors should still be in existence at this time).

CaptureThe space skirmishes and stark black, gray, and white colors the Empire seems to prefer in the original trilogy also abound.

CaptureIt’s Hans! Er, I mean Agent Kallus. Also, could they make his friend to the right any grayer?

CaptureIn-spite of all this original trilogy feel and influence that I felt strongly when I first saw the trailer, this trailer also reminds me how much of a “The Clone Wars” flavor the show has. The appearance of the characters, plus the good animation, both really give me a TCW feel.

CaptureThe younger characters also give the show a younger feel, and will hopefully do as much for “Rebels” as Ahsoka did for TCW. Plus, some of the planets and locations featured in the trailer reminded me a lot of the different worlds we were able to explore in TCW.

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CaptureOther characters reminded me of TCW as well. Jedi Master Luminara Unduli, Kanan, and Ezra all remind me of some of the Jedi in TCW, and having these characters tells me (hopefully) that “Rebels” will prominently feature Force-users. This thought was reinforced for me because of the trailer clips showing both Kanan and Ezra using the Force, and of Ezra learning from Kanan. Also, the Inquisitor showing up for a lightsaber duel with Kanan reminded me of the many lightsaber duels of TCW: non-fatal, and likely to be between the same opponents several times.

CaptureThe Inquisitor reminds me a lot of Darth Maul (the TCW version), Savage Oppress, and the Secret Apprentice. This is also a connection to TCW for me. With a feel as powerful as those three, a double blade like both Maul and Oppress, and the glowing eyes of those two, the Inquisitor will definitely be a force to be reckoned with. His armor and manner of calm deadliness reminds me of the Secret Apprentice, who was voiced by Sam Witwer, who also voiced Darth Maul in TCW. The Inquisitor’s spinning lightsaber was even an unused design from “The Force Unleashed”. The episode also featured its fair share of droid humor, a la TCW.

CaptureThe use of more aliens as speaking characters and main characters was also reminiscent of TCW, as is the use of more female characters.

CaptureWhen “The Clone Wars” series started, Ahsoka Tano was a young, snippy, and somewhat naive character. She could handle herself in battle, but seemed unfamiliar in that environment. The series became slowly darker in nature as Ahsoka aged, the characters saw more battle, and Anakin Skywalker flirted more with the Dark Side (and with the approach of Order 66). From this trailer and other clips, interviews, and discussions though, I think “Rebels” will start in a darker place. The galaxy is under the shadow of the Empire. Desperate, battle hardened rebels without a home fight back. While there are younger characters, there is little innocence or discomfort I see (currently) in them when they’re in battle, being shot at, chased, and fighting for their lives against overwhelming odds. This makes sense given the time period, but what will this do to characters that we, the fans, are already getting attached to? Will this series last long enough for the characters to develop a new hope within themselves? Or will we see them suffer more from personal losses (“I have no parents…”), the Jedi being nearly extinct, and the Empire having one? If we thought TCW was taking a dark path towards the fall of the Republic, what will Rebels look like after it has fallen? What happens to children who grow up as warriors on the seemingly losing side?

Let me know what you think of the new trailer!
~ Bethany Blanton

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Maul of Sith – SWBW #22

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Maul: Lockdown (novel)

This episode we welcome another awesome guest, Bryan Young from the Full of Sith podcast.

  • Our very own fangirl. Teresa was named Fan Girl of the Day by Her Universe. Congrats Teresa!
  • The first month of our book club went great! We had over 50 people join and lots of discussion on our Goodreads page. Let us know which book you want to read next.
  • We are going to Disney World! Join us and a bunch of other podcasters from Rebel Force Radio, Geek Out Loud, Fan Girls Going Rogue, and Star Wars Report as we attend Star Wars Weekends the weekend of May 23rd.
  • We talk to Bryan about how much he likes the Prequels, Return of the Jedi, and the Legacy of the Force novels. Also how his kids got such cool names.
  • Chewbacca Lives! We discuss the unconfirmed news that Chewbacca will be in Episode VII and how Expanded Universe fans feel about that.
  • Book review. Finally we discuss and review the novel Maul: Lockdown

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Goodbye Dark Horse, Hello Story Group – SWBW #17

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No reviews this episode, just discussion. With all the rumblings around the Star Wars Expanded Universe fandom right now we wanted to take an episode and weigh in on the latest news.

  • We welcome friends of the show Josh Stolte (TechnoRetro Dads, Tron Decoding the Grid) and Tricia Barr (Fangirls Going Rouge, Fangirl Blog) as our guests
  • Marvel to begin publishing Star Wars comics in 2015. Good news or bad news?
  • Some of our favorite Dark Horse comics memories
  • A new The Clone Wars story is coming in comic form and it features Darth Maul!
  • Tricia gives us a lesson on canon
  • The Lucasfilm Story Group: Are people jumping to the wrong conclusions?
  • We answer a listener’s question about the Inquisitors in the Expanded Universe
  • Stick around after the credits to hear some bonus clips

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Welcome Back! – SWR #116

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On this week’s podcast, Mark, Teresa, Aaron and I talk about some of our favorite SW moments of 2013.

Plus:

  • Announcements
  • Starting Star Wars Bookworms
  • Luke Skywalker breaks the 4th wall
  • Darth Maul’s finale in Comics?
  • Your feedback and more!

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The Prisoner of Yavin – SWBW #15

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Dawn of the Jedi: The Prisoner of Bogan (comic volume)
Star Wars: In the Shadow of Yavin (comic volume)

It’s November and it’s starting to get cold outside (depending on where you live). Now is the time of year to snuggle up and read a book… or listen to a podcast about books.

In this 15th episode of Star Wars Bookworms we welcome blogger and first time podcast guest Megan. She writes for fansites Fan Girl Blog and Knights’ Archive as well as her own blog Blog Full of Words.

At the top of the show Teresa asks Aaron and Megan about their time at New York Comic Con. Aaron and Megan do their best to make Teresa jealous by mentioning all the cool people they got to meet. You know, they just had dinner with John Jackson Miller. No big deal. The news revealed at the Rebels panel is also discussed.

In response to some listener feedback Aaron and Megan talk about their personal EU fandom and what were the first things they read (Teresa had to briefly drop out but her answer can be heard in the bonus content at the end of the show). Aaron also asked Megan what her hopes are for the future of the Expanded Universe.

Teresa rejoins the show to help review the comic volume Dawn of the Jedi: The Prisoner of Bogan. Are the characters too one-dimentional? Is Shae Koda a stereotypical “strong female”? Is Aaron becoming a shipper? All this and more is discussed.

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