Star Wars Rebels – Season One Review

I was really hoping to have a report on how the virgin Star Wars viewing went last week…but turns out my friend’s husband decided to get appendicitis that day so they were in the hospital and had to reschedule.  Really?  Lame excuse.

So instead I’m here to talk about the first season of Star Wars Rebels, my thoughts, what I liked and disliked.

*Thar be spoilers ahead!*

You can read my initial reactions on the first episode here.

Overall, I really liked Rebels, and I definitely liked it a lot more than I liked The Clone Wars when I first started watching it.  You guys have heard me mention many times that I actually was furious at TCW when they began the show (Anakin has a padawan?  What??  What are all these random storylines thrown in??).  I didn’t want there to be the recurring, older characters.  I wanted a fresh start.  Though I grew to love and enjoy TCW, we definitely had a rocky start to our relationship.

This was not the case with Rebels.  I loved these characters that were not in the movies and I loved the settings.  It was Hera and chopperdifferent from TCW in that the animation was softer, not as angular or harsh.  For the most part, I liked the animation style.  I thought the ships were done excellently, though I believe the people didn’t flow as well as I would have liked.  Most of the time they were good, but sometimes they seemed a little jerky.

The throwbacks in Rebels were also fun to watch.  I loved that they pulled from Ralph McQuarrie, especially for Lothal, and his touch was a constant, even with Zeb and Chopper.  The lightsaber fight in the last episode screamed of TPM (it was nice to see a Prequel nod) and characters like Lando were thrown in to remind us of the OT.

The storyline was also pretty good.  Out of the entire season, there was only one episode I really disliked and that was “Droids in Distress”.  Clearly it was an episode just to throw a bone to the fans who wanted to see characters they knew (Artoo and Threepio).  I didn’t like “Path of the Jedi” (I’m not a fan of Yoda speaking to people when he’s off on some far off swampy planet) or “Idiot’s Array” that much either, but I thought they had nuggets of character development that I appreciated.

My favorite episodes were:

  • “Breaking Ranks” – Ezra joins the Empire temporarily and befriends Zare Leonis, who later becomes a spy for thestar wars rebels zare leonis band of Rebels. I still think Zare is also Finn, but maybe I should drop that point for now.
  • “Empire Day” – I loved the political undercurrents in this, as well as finding out a lot about Ezra’s family. It gave us some insight into who he is and why he is so against the Empire.  It kind of put a purpose to his mischief, as opposed to someone who just caused trouble for the hell of it.
  • “Call to Action” through “Fire Across the Galaxy” – I understand why they can’t do episode arcs that much in the beginning of the season. First, they need to find out if they are going to get renewed.  No point in investing in characters and storylines if it gets canceled.  Second, you need to pull the viewer in and the easiest way to do that is with one-and-done episodes.  Everything is somewhat resolved by the end of the episode, but there are hints to a larger storyline.  But this episode arc was really great.  The Empire (including a steady appearance of Grand Moff Tarkin – whom I actually didn’t mind showing up at all) is getting uneasy with all the Rebels and Tarkin is upset that Agent Kallus and the Inquisitor have not been able to capture them yet.  By the end of the first episode, Kanan is captured, and the next two episodes show how the crew of Ghost come together to rescue him.  What I liked is not that it was a simple, “Yes, let’s go get him!” but there were doubts, especially from Hera.  She had to decide between the mission and Kanan.  It took some convincing from the rest of the crew (and disobeying her orders), including Chopper, to finally make her see that Kanan was worth going after.  At the end of the final episode in Season One, we get to find out who “Fulcrum” is … and it’s Ahoska!  I did a little squeal, I admit it.  AHSOKA HAS RETURNED!
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Ashley Eckstein’s voice too!

 

So now that Ahsoka is back in the storyline and canon, I guess it brings up a lot of interesting questions.  Does she know Vader is Anakin, her former Jedi Master?  Does she know Yoda and Obi-Wan are alive?  Or is she acting on her own in this rebellion?  She has connections to Bail Organa, and Organa knows that Yoda and Obi-Wan are alive.  Do you think Ahsoka just assumes Anakin died in the Jedi Purge?

inquisitorMy favorite character was the Inquisitor and I loved him so much.  I thought he was actually kind of brilliant, though he actually created more questions for me than anything else.  Maybe I just liked Jason Isaacs voice (ahhh so hot).  But I understood why he had to die.  Grand Moff Tarkin made it quite clear that he would not suffer failure…so if Kanan got away (which he did), the Inquisitor would not have been a welcome guest at Vader and the Emperor’s dinner party.  But now they bring in Vader…this could be interesting.  If they keep Vader in Season 2 as a steady character, I hope they stay true to his character.  Don’t take away from his scariness, add to it.  Don’t be afraid of making him as ruthless as he seems to be in ANH.  Don’t show any sympathetic gestures from him.

I think Rebels has potential.  I’m interested to see if there are any tie-ins to The Force Awakens and to see how they link this back to ANH.  Already they have Tarkin playing a somewhat major role and Vader seems to be stepping into the picture as well.  I want to see more interesting episode arcs and less silly standalone episodes.  Perhaps I’m asking for too much, too soon, but I think they’ve been doing a good job, but I want to see it become great, like TCW did.

What were your thoughts on Season One of Rebels?  Did you like it?  Dislike it?  Will you watch Season two?

For some great reading on what Dave Filoni says about Season One, check out this article.

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Tosche Station Finds: May

I didn’t do Tosche Station Finds last month.  Sorry, but not sorry.  I was too busy haiku-ing.

Being the month of May (It’s May, it’s May, the lusty month of May!) and the beginning of summer, I figured it was time to highlight some great Star Wars fashion…specifically for women.  Whether or not you like to wear dresses, I feel like summer is the time for our female sex to shine.  Clothing is lighter, cuter, and just summery.

Can you tell that summer is my favorite season?

Let’s start with Her Universe.  If you’ve never heard of the company, it was created by the voice of Ahsoka Tano in TCW: Ashley Eckstein.  Realizing that geek fashion for females was seriously limited, she took it upon herself to create her own line, just for us!  I remember the first time I went on the webpage – I was so pumped.  I have a few items from Her Universe and I’ve only had one minor complaint so far: I just wish that she would make an XS size.  I am very bottom heavy (aka my butt is kind of huge in proportion to the rest of my body lol) and I find that some of her tops are slightly baggy on me.  Other than that, the items are adorable and I recommend them!

One of my favorites dresses by her, would definitely have to be her X-Wing dress.  I mean, it has the rebel insignia right on the front of the dress so how can you not like it??  The back of the  dress says “Rogue Squadron” and the colors are orange and white.  You’d be a banging X-Wing pilot in this summer dress.

However, suppose you’re more of a dark side girl, and appreciate the finer technicalities of the Sith.  You may end up attracting more heat (pun!) if you go with the Vader a-line dress, but just Force-choke some people to show your power and you should be good.

(Side note: if you own any Her Universe apparel, she is currently doing a #flauntyourworld trend on instagram, where you take a photo of you in your Her Universe stuff and include #flauntyourworld.  Thanks to WookieGunner for helping me become aware of this!)

We all know a girl can’t go anywhere without the right shoes.  You can find some great shoes on Etsy from MaizyCakes, DeckoFab, and JoelyYoungDesign.  By the way – as a side note – I would never pay more than $100 for Star Wars shoes UNLESS they are rhinestone designed.  Something like these shoes by RayKayMay take a long time to make and would be worth the money for something so unique.

What about jewelry?  You should have the right jewelry to match an outfit.  I’m an earrings person.  I wear the same rings, same necklace, and same watch day in and day out…but I probably have 40 pairs of earrings.   I own these rebel insignia earrings by Her Universe and I adore them.  They are cute and make a statement, without being in your face.  Her Universe has tons of other options for earrings as well though, ranging from Naboo to Mandalorian pieces.

However, if you do want to be loud and proud, these lightsaber earrings by MySoulShards may be the right choice for you.  For a necklace, I would just go with something generic, but true, with this heart Star Wars necklace by oxyx2001.  And finally, this simple cuff bracelet by ArtFire with the words, “May the Force be With You” completes your summer outfit.

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Now, bring me that horizon.

Scene it on Friday – AOTC Scene #46

Scene it on Friday – AOTC Scene #46

There is honestly not much I can go into here…which is probably a good thing since my AOTC Scene it on Friday’s usually end up with me somehow complaining about how much I don’t enjoy this movie.

However – I can tell you that the Jedi Temple was also known as the Palace of the Jedi, which seems a little un-Jedi, if you ask me.  I also learned in The Clone Wars that it was locked off to anyone other than Jedi and personnel who had high security clearance – hence why at the end of Season 5, it was so unfathomable that someone would set off a bomb inside of it.

Jedi temple

Ok, since I’m done talking about this small scene, there a few other random things that I’ve been meaning to post here but kept forgetting.

Firstly – when it was announced The Clone Wars was not renewing a few months ago, fans started “Save the Clone Wars.”  I mentioned it in one of my older posts and how they were urging Star Wars fans to send letters to Kathleen Kennedy and trend #savetheclonewars on twitter.  Well, Kathleen finally responded earlier this month, and you can see the response here on the Club Jade blog (awesome blog, by the way, I highly suggest following it).  I kept meaning to post this earlier, but forgot.  Sorry!

Secondly – Her Universe’s creator and voice of Ahsoka Tano, Ashley Eckstein, is promoting “Year of the Fan Girl” on her blog.  Every day she highlights a fan girl and uses her blog/website to encourage girls to be proud of their geekiness.  I would love to be nominated (I have no shame)!  But in all seriousness – I think this is a great platform and so if you know of any girl who deserves this recognition, please nominate them.  Girls in the geek world are growing, but we continue to need some respect from our fellow men who still dominate the genre.  Nominate someone here: http://www.heruniverse.com/the-year-of-the-fangirl/

Have a great weekend and MTFBWY.

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EXTERIOR: JEDI TEMPLE – DAY

The main entrance at the base of the huge Temple is bustling with activity. All sorts of JEDI are coming and going.

Goodbye to The Clone Wars

It’s one thing to guess and speculate that The Clone Wars might be ending after the season finale where Ahsoka left the Jedi Order…but it’s another thing to know it won’t be returning.

And so today we received the news that ended, The Clone Wars has.  Or, as I like to say, it was given Order 66.

The Clone Wars helped me leave my little shell of Star Wars purity.  When the series began, I refused to watch it and refused to acknowledge it.  The fact that Anakin had a padawan angered me so much that I would speak scathingly about the series whenever someone brought it up.

I know I’ve mentioned this before, but I started watching TCW when I was bored with TV and flipping through the guide.  There was a rerun on and I watched Ahsoka and Anakin battle someone in this weird fantasy-like planet.  I can’t even remember the episode now, but I was so starved for anything Star Wars that I reluctantly was drawn into it.  I believe I started watching in either Season 2 or Season 3.

Well, guess what?  I started to DVR the episodes and before you knew it, I was hooked and actually ended up loving Anakin’s padawan: Ahsoka.

The Clone Wars says goodbye

The Clone Wars says goodbye

TCW not only grabbed my attention but it helped catapult Ashley Eckstein (voice of Ahsoka) into a business primarily for fan girls.  She helped lend strength to us geek girls with her company Her Universe: a clothing site full of Star Wars, Star Trek, Battlestar Galactica, Dr. Who, and much more geeky wonderfulness.  She recognized the need to create merchandise for female sci-fi fans and it has since skyrocketed.  What started out as one business devoted to Star Wars clothing expanded to other sci-fi franchises, but it’s also paved the way for other websites and stores to create geeky, fitted clothing for women/girls.  I’ve noticed an increase in women’s sci-fi clothing ever since Ashley started her company.  I do hope she continues expanding Her Universe, though I don’t see why she wouldn’t.

Ashley Eckstein

Ashley Eckstein

So what’s happening now?  Lucasfilm said it was “exploring a whole new ‘Star Wars’ series set in a time period previously untouched in ‘Star Wars’ films or television programming.”  They said there would be more details in future months.  They also mentioned that “Star Wars Detours” is also delayed (perhaps never to see the light, in my opinion) because “Detours was conceived and produced before we decided to move forward with the new Star Wars trilogy, and in the wake of that decision, Lucasfilm has reconsidered whether launching an animated comedy prior to the launch of Episode VII makes sense.”

When we first found out that Disney was acquiring Lucasfilm, I briefly touched upon TCW and Detours and what that would mean for both series.  I thought that maybe it would move to Disney XD.  Now we see that is not the case, but I’m sure this new Star Wars series will be on Disney XD.  Back in October, I checked to see if we had Disney XD.  We do!  Phew, so I guess I can follow the new series from the beginning this time around.

The only point of confusion for me is that it looks like this new series may be animated as well.  I wish they would just move TCW to Disney XD, but if this is not to be the case, what are they going to do?  There are tons of options, but I was kind of hoping for someone to finally say that we are going to see the live action TV show.  We can still hope right?  Though that may be more likely to show up on ABC.

So many changes going on in our Star Wars world!  Just have to hold on and enjoy the ride as best as possible.

Official starwars.com announcement of the Clone Wars departure: http://starwars.com/news/a-new-direction-for-lucasfilm-animation.html

A goodbye post from James Arnold Taylor (voice of Obi-Wan Kenobi in TCW): http://jamesarnoldtaylor.com/jamesarnoldtaylor.com/Clone_Wars_Thoughts.html

Her Universe: http://www.heruniverse.com/

Bullying?

I usually don’t post random blogs like this, but the geek/Star Wars world is in a rage because of a slide show released online by a local Floridian newspaper regarding CVI.  I’m not sure if the slide show will be taken down by the time I post this, but it’s a collection of photos of random fans at CVI with funny or mean (depending on a certain point of view) captions.  They range from mostly harmless to a little bit of overkill (six photos of the Mark Hamill line, going on an on about how no one knows who Mark Hamill is anymore) to suggesting that all the people dressed up are too geeky to have significant other’s.  (link for slide show: http://www.local10.com/news/-/1717324/16432154/-/j9qxcfz/-/index.html)

Now, I’m not so sure how I feel about all the rage that is taking place right now.  Ashley Eckstein writes that this is a form of bullying and we must take a stand to have Local10 remove this slide show immediately.  Tweets are pouring in about how disgusting and abusive this article is, and how originally it was posted on 8/30, taken down, and put back up today on 9/5.  How dare they?!

I actually kind of giggled when I read the captions.  I’m going to be honest – I didn’t think they were that bad.  I have seen a lot worse and have definitely endured a lot worse as far as geekiness/Star Wars bullying goes.  What interested me the most was that at the end of the slide show, the photographer takes a photo of his 3-day passes to the convention and confesses that he is a huge Star Wars fan.  The next two slides are generic slides of our universe with the captions going into depth about the 501st and Rebel Legion and how to get more information on them.

So is this ok to put online with snide comments but without the consent of those whose photographs were being taken?  Are the snide comments actually rude and is the photographer a bully or is he laughing from the inside because he is a genuine fan?  Is he possibly laughing at himself too?  You know how sometimes you can make a joke and it’s acceptable because you are in that crowd?  It’s like when I had an ex say something critical about one of my family members and I immediately jumped down his throat.  However, if my husband says something, I really don’t mind because he is part of our family now.

I haven’t found anything regarding the author and his reactions to this outrage, but my personal impression is that he didn’t mean the comments to get the reaction they did or to really hurt anyone.  Especially if he’s a big Star Wars fan himself.  I think it was one of those moments when you say a joke that sounds really funny in your head, but it comes out completely awkward and kind of offensive.  I’ve definitely been there…it’s a geek thing.