I would love to finally see the surface of Dantooine as we only saw the planet from space in Rebels, but doesn’t that look like an Imperial turbolaser?
I don’t know what it is about the High Republic, but the usual rage bait youtubers seem to have really latched onto this project to push an agenda of hatred against Kathleen Kennedy and Lucasfilm, even though many of these same people have been enjoying stuff like Jedi Fallen Order and The Mandalorian. Videos like these which were ‘criticising’ the project before anything from it even released often use phrases like ‘woke politics’ and ‘SJW garbage’ to trick fans into thinking that diversity in storytelling is a bad thing, and to stop them from purchasing the new books and comics which they otherwise might have really liked.
I feel strongly that these kinds of videos (clickbait masquerading as valid criticism) and the toxic fans they produce are a menace to the entire fandom, and it’s worse that the High Republic project has been stunningly good so far for the majority of people and that the creatives behind it - like Charles Soule, Claudia Gray and Cavan Scott, as well as High Republic show host Krystina Arielle - deserve immense praise, let alone insults and harassment as a consequence. ‘Fans’ like these, who focus more on what they hate about star wars than what they love, make it very difficult to be a star wars fan sometimes.
To those who like Rebels and to those who don’t, I really recommend watching this fan-made documentary. It’s an hour and a half so obviously that’s a big ask, but I watched it over several days and found it extremely thoughtful and engaging. Sam Witwer even posted about it on twitter.
It really delves into the mythological inspirations behind Rebels, and there are many.
About to dive into Star Wars: Droids for the first time. I’m really interested in seeing what the exploration of the pre-ANH era was in 1985!
I’ll probably send any thoughts I have into here each time I watch an episode. The shows I grew up with were The Clone Wars and Rebels, and I thought some of you long time Droids fans might appreciate seeing what a first time viewer thinks of this bit of early Star Wars tv.
May the force be with you, Jason - good luck with your project!
That show is downright unwatchable.
You’re no extra-terrestrial being fmalover, I think such huge differences of opinion are quite common in the Star Wars fandom. Think of how loved the prequels are by the current generation, while hated back in their day; or how fans generally think TLJ is either a masterpiece or the worst film ever made.
Boonta Eve originated on Droids?
I heard about that just earlier today. It’s a strange, but nice little reference in TPM.
From what I recall, the unfinished Bounty Hunter arc had Bane and Boba team up to rescue a child kidnapped by Tusken Raiders. Then Bane and Boba later duel over some ethical dilemma, I think Boba was leading a town insurrection for some reason on Tatooine.
Cad Bane’s introduction to TBB was brilliant, with amazing music by Kevin Kiner and a tense shootout scene… but damn, I didn’t know the details of this unfinished arc before but it sounds awesome. It’ll have been said a million times before, but I wish we’d got this.
On the topic, Kevin Kiner took this Cad Bane theme by Takeshi Furukawa (at 0:06 of this video from 'Hostage Crisis) and slowed it down to make the great western music from the latest episode.
I think most people prefer imaginative creativity though.
well yeah, I do as well, and recycled imagery is a pretty poor substitute for this. But ideally, both at once are interesting - it’s not a matter of one or the other. Star Wars can break new ground and expand horizons while still containing plenty of callbacks to what’s come before.
I don’t think the execution of the prequels is the best, but I do think the era is very imaginative.
I think this was my favourite Bad Batch episode yet. So much of it was tense and there were a whole LOAD of fantastic scenes, like Crosshair’s first standoff with the Batch in the artillery chamber, igniting the engine, and the very western style shootout with Bane. Those were amazing. I love TCW and Rebels, but in both of them, regular separatist droids and stormtroopers respectively rarely feel like a threat. One of the highlights of TBB so far - and this episode in particular - is that the Empire (or at least, Crosshair) is really on top of things. The Batch were being blocked at every turn until finally they managed to turn Crosshair’s strategy against him.
Omega being captured is another similarity with Mando to add to the list, but I genuinely feel it was done better here than it was in chapter 14. I felt more. And I can’t wait for next week.
Lazy references and recycled images are not clever or interesting though.
They’re interesting to at least two people, including me.
Nice that it’s taking place at an actual anime event. I’m excited to see what this looks like.
I wouldn’t have said risk-averse - creations like the Bendu and the World between Worlds are bold choices and have occasionally not gone down well with many people.
I get the ‘cop-out’ bit because few main characters die, and Ezra’s dark side tendencies are set up then last for two episodes, but that’s my personal preference. Rebels is at heart a fun and hopeful show so I’m perfectly fine with most characters living to get happy endings and such, and I’m glad more episodes weren’t tainted by Ezra doing shit like mind controlling Imperials into killing themselves. We got those episodes where Ezra is heading down a different path, he learns his lesson, the show gets its theme across, and it doesn’t need any more time spent on it.
Text-free cover for Doctor Aphra omnibus vol. 1 by Ashley Witter.
Imo Aphra is one of the best new Star Wars characters and certainly one of the most charming.
I’ve finally come to the conclusion that Star Wars: Rebels is my favourite Star Wars series. It has my favourite romance in the franchise, my favourite master-apprentice duo, and many of my favourite moments - like Ben vs Maul and Ezra’s scene in the remaining piece of the Lothal Jedi temple. It tells a convincing account of the formation of the Rebel Alliance, while expanding the mythology of Star Wars in imaginative ways and keeping the story of a family unit forged in desperate times at its heart. Every character has episodes of development, including Chopper. It honours what came before by incorporating characters and vehicles from Legends and using McQuarrie’s art style as a basis for its visual style, as well as - for me at least - making the original trilogy more compelling. I could go on for hours.
At the end of the day, Rebels is the Star Wars story which makes me happy the most.
This quote fro Temeura seems to indicate we’ll at least see what he was up to between ROTJ and Mando, if we don’t go back even further.
I’m sure we’ll see Boba escaping the Sarlacc pit, which makes me wonder - which version of it are they going to use? The one which is basically a hole or the one with a beak? (Not that anyone on here needs the special edition changes explained to them)
As we’ve seen/heard with the ‘Han shoots first’ scene in Solo, and the original Krayt dragon sound effect being used for The Marshal, writers and directors of new Star Wars projects tend to be more nostalgic for the original editions and remember the controversy that started in 1997. However, to avoid audience confusion, my guess is they’ll use the beaky SE sarlacc. Assuming we see a sarlacc at all, this should be our most clear pointer as to whether Disney/Lucasfilm are treating the special editions are the canon versions, although it won’t be definitive. It’s more likely that creators will use the special editions for reference when casual/younger fans would be confused and the OOT for reference otherwise. Still an interesting question.
In TFA, Rey declines the offer because she was waiting for her parents, although she really wanted to accept it. In TROS, Rey allows herself to accept to carry on the legacy of her mentors because she knows she is worthy. She always has been.
I don’t like TROS but this is super well put. It’s making me like Rey’s journey across the films more.
I hope one day I can be brave as her. She is a big inspiration to me 😃
And this just makes me happy to read.
I always think that of films, although they cost lots of time, money and effort, and although many may find the finished product mediocre or underwhelming anyway, if a film inspires even one person - it was all worth it. Art should be made primarily to help people; giving inspiration and hope is the greatest thing you can do as a creator.
I’ve come to regard the sequels as more disappointing over time, but I know they have so much value because of people like you who say that the movies helped you through your own struggles. I’m glad they exist and I’m glad you find so much to relate to in Rey.
For some reason I expected Ewan to have a short cut, since that’s what he had in ROTS and ANH, but his hair being long and disheveled makes sense too, especially if this a period in Obi’s life where he is still dealing with the trauma of what happened.
I like this more rough look for Obi. It’s like half-way between his AOTC and ROTS looks. It’s recognisably closer to ROTS Obi-wan Kenobi, but in a more harsh environment, or something.
In the photos he’s in the wind and hard sunlight so it’s obviously not accurate to what he’ll look like on screen. This artwork by Jake Bartok is closer to what I think Obi-wan will look like in the show.
First Photos of Ewan McGregor on ‘Obi-Wan Kenobi’ Set from http://www.justjared.com/
“The costume is probably slightly different than you might expect.” - Ewan McGregor
No kidding… who knew you’d need a raincoat on Tatooine?
(And no, this isn’t the actual costume - just a ‘robe’ of sorts to cover it up from prying photographers!)
Although we’re still able to see a few glimpses, including what looks like Indira Varma as an Imperial officer.
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And finally, I wonder who was Rex talking to before he left. I really hope it’s not Ahsoka in order to avoid further retcons to her own novel, though honestly I wouldn’t be surprised.
I agree with this, although I love Ahsoka I really don’t think she should be in this series. I would have said Wolffe or Gregor - perhaps Rex is working with them to stage a clone rebellion or something similar (which would line up with Rebels nicely, because the rebellion would fail and the three of them would simply retire) - but at one point Rex says of the chip removal procedure, “I’ve never been on this end of it” which means he hasn’t helped Wolffe or Gregor to get theirs removed yet. Maybe the line is simply an oversight, maybe Wolffe and Gregor have removed their chips independently, I guess we’ll see.
This is me being nit picky, but I do wish that there would’ve been a little more consequences by the end of the episode. I thought the inhibitor chips created a nice conflict for the Bad Batch. I feel like they were able to remove that conflict with very little consequence. Yeah, Wrecker went berserk, which was very fun and dramatic, but by the end it seems that problem is good and everyone is hunky dory.
I’m not suggesting someone should’ve died, but it would’ve been dramatic if Omega actually had to shoot Wrecker, and then they would have had to quickly save him using that medical device. How would have that affected Omega?
I’m agreed with this. It occurred to me that Omega could have shot Wrecker and that would have a lasting effect on her, but I do like that Omega couldn’t bring herself to do it in time - and didn’t compromise her moral integrity at all. Very interesting thought about the lasting effect the chip could leave on characters like Tech (and I would love some sort of development for Tech). If I had to guess though, we’ll be looking at a more action-packed second half of the season rather than a character-focused one.
Very very good episode today. It’s a shame there wasn’t more spotlight on Echo, because Rex was there, nor more meaningful mentions of Fives because his discovery was the most relevant in this episode, but they wanted to keep the emotional focus of the episode on Wrecker and I think it paid off. I was very relieved that the mysterious figure was Rex - as I said last week, it would have been weird if it was Bail and retcon-y if it was Ahsoka.
Great location, very well crafted tense sequences and touching moments - like Omega and Wrecker sharing food together and Rex staring at his helmet to contemplate how its meaning has changed for him. I really thought this might be a good episode to include a Crosshair scene in, but it’s fine. Now the Empire knows the Batch are on Bracca, I’m certain he’ll be in the next one!
He hasn’t been gone that long, but I hope rodney-2187 is doing ok. Last active 2nd May and now his avatar is blacked out. (If that’s an automatic thing, I don’t know what it means)
The High Republic: The Rising Storm – Book Review by Fabio Fiori at https://tatooinetimes.com/
“The Rising Storm (the author’s very first Del Rey Star Wars novel) is probably Scott’s greatest achievement … through and through an absolute masterpiece … This next installment of The High Republic is an essential must-read and one that will without a doubt take its place among the best Star Wars stories of all time.”
Also, interestingly, it seems to be very dark - “Scott’s utterly graphic description of each horrific act is at a level never seen in Star Wars publishing”
The Rising Storm review: An emotional page-turner from beginning to end by Tom Farr at https://dorksideoftheforce.com/
“The Rising Storm is the best kind of Star Wars book. Emotional. Rising stakes from beginning to end. Foreshadowing the Skywalker saga. Deepening the Jedi mythology. A classic page-turner.”
I’m hardly a qualified meme creator, but here’s my contribution.
I think Fallout is the best. Mission Impossible to me is a weird franchise where the films have actually started to get better each time.