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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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Of Mouse Droids and X-Wings – SWR #137

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This week’s episode is brought to you by Big Bad Toy Store!

On this week’s podcast, Riley and Bethany have special guest Bobby Roberts of the Full of Sith podcast on to discuss the latest Star Wars news!

We discuss Bail Organa being in Star Wars Rebels, Ezra’s crush on Sabine, Anakin’s on Padme in Episode 1, and Luke’s on Leia in Episode 4.

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We also talk about the Her Universe fashion show at Comic Con, and the X-Wing video from the Episode 7 set!

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We also play a Twitter game with Bobby.

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Top 5 Star Wars Instagrams to Follow

Over the last year I have really learned my way around Instagram, and there has been a growth of Star Wars related people using the social media service. I have found that it is one of the best ways to share pictures because you can crop, edit or even meme a picture and then share it across your social media all at once.

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I have had people ask me how I use it, and I tell them simply it is all about hashtags and showing who you really are. There are many accounts for different fandoms that just find pictures around the internet and then they jazz them up with apps on their phones and they post those. I have found I like to post pictures from events I cover and then practice my iPhoneography. No matter what way you use choose to do it, it usually helps if you for the most part post the same kind of things. This allows people to find you easier. In many ways it is similar to Twitter in that regard. The one frustrating thing is that Instagram does not have an easy way to switch accounts. For instance, if you have an account for your podcast and personal one for you there is not an easy way to just flip flop between them. I keep my fingers crossed that one day they will allow this.

Let’s get down to business; though, I am not here to tell you how to Instagram but rather to give you some good Star Wars accounts to follow. Here are my top 5 Star Wars people to follow.

@StarWars

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@HerUniverse

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@JBoyega

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@JediNewsUK

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@Amy_Geek

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Now they may not always post something about Star Wars but they do post a lot of geeky stuff. There are tons of fan sites and just general fans to follow on Instagram so here are a few hashtags I like to search for and find cool images.

#starwars

#stormtroopers

#starwarstats

#starwarsrebels

#starwarsweekends

#starwarsart

#starwarsfan

#starwarsgeek

I hope this gives you a little look into the world of Instagram. You can always ask me anything any time.

If you want to follow me I am @icecoldpenguin and until next time: Yub Yub!

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Reporting on Rebels – SWBW #20

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This episode is the second part of our one-year anniversary celebration! We invited the guys from the Rebels Report podcast (Pete Morrison and Andy Ury) to talk about the Rebels characters revealed so far and Star Wars Expanded Universe characters they remind us of.

Also don’t forget about our book giveaway!

  • Finally an episode not about Ewoks!
  • We talk in detail about all 6 Rebels and the Inquisitor
  • Teresa kind of has a crush on Twi’leks
  • Did Pete really compare Zeb to Jar Jar Binks and Thrawn?
  • Find out what two characters Aaron is not as excited for. It may surprise you
  • Andy has some great insight on Inquisitors in the Expanded Universe

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Gender and the Star Wars Rebels Marketing – SWR #122

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On this week’s podcast, Teresa Delgado joins me to talk about gender representation in the Star Wars Rebels marketing.

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