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New Star Wars Rebels episode titles, descriptions, and air dates!!

More information concerning the last run of episodes of Star Wars Rebels season 4 has been revealed!!

According to information discovered and reported on by Star Wars Universe and Florian of Jedi-Bibliothek, we now have the air dates, episode titles, and synopses of the first two episode of the second half of the fourth and final season of Star Wars Rebels.

The first episode is titled “Jedi Night” and will air on February 24th.  The episode description says,
“The Ghost Crew infiltrates the Imperial headquarters on Lothal to save one of their own.” (Source)

The second episode is titled “DUME” and will air on March 3rd. …

The episode description says,

“Reeling from a devastating loss, the Ghost crew rallies together to find a new purpose and resolve.” (Source)

I’m not making any calls yet on exactly what these hints are supposed to mean for our favorite Rebel team, but it’s easy to understand why many fans have already decided that they allude to the final fate of team leader and Jedi Knight, Kanan Jarrus, who many have suspected for a very long time will meet his end at the hands of the Empire before the show is over. I do have to admit to a certain feeling of apprehension for Kanan, as he has become one of my favorite Jedi due to this show, and I have engaged in many conversations (ahem, arguments) with fellow fans taking the side that it is not an absolute necessity for him to die in order to keep the story from conflicting with previously established canon, as many seem to think. But it should be remembered that these episode descriptions are very short and often misleading, and it seems as though taking the story and character in that direction that quickly wouldn’t work out so well. Especially since we can see by these air dates that they seem to be switching back to their original plan of airing one episode every week, as opposed to the convention they followed at the beginning of this season, with two episodes every week.

Now if you’ll excuse me, I need to go set up my iPod’s countdown for time until my favorite show resumes. 😉


What do you think of this news? Are you willing to make any guesses about what the episodes will be about? Let us know in the comments below, we always love chatting with our readers and getting their perspectives!!

Updates from around Twitter! Hints at Star Wars Rebels season 4 second half air date (& the return of The Star Wars Show)| good news for Star Wars Rebels comic?| Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer

Several new updates concerning Star Wars have hit the internet lately!

First off, Star Wars Rebels voice actor Steven Stanton hinted on Twitter about when we’ll be getting that last run of episodes from the animated series:

So it seems that the rumors of a much longer than expected wait for the last few episodes of Rebels are untrue!

Another recent tease concerning the show, this time from Dave Filoni himself, revealed that the final bits of music have been recorded for the last episode.

In The Game of Nerds’ recent interview with the composer, Kiner said that he had so far not been allowed to see the last two minutes of the series finale episode, but it seems that has finally changed, and now the music for the entire series is finished.

While we still don’t know when that much-anticipated trailer for the last run of episodes will drop (if there even turns out to be one at all), we’ve been told we don’t have much longer to wait for more info. My personal guess is that we’ll get the airdates and possibly a look at the trailer in the next installment of StarWars.com‘s “The Star Wars Show”, which co-host of the show Anthony Carboni says will be returning in a couple more weeks.


More Star Wars Rebels-related hints include some promising news for fans who have been trying for quite a while now to get their hands on the ongoing German Rebels comic series. This series has been confirmed as beginning fully canon, and fits into the timeline of Rebels, but only a few issues of it were ever produced in English before the company that published it shut down.

Fans have been working to get this comic published in the U.S., but with no results so far.

However, a Twitter conversation revealed that work is being done in order to get another German Star Wars comic based on the Han Solo-centric book, Smuggler’s Run, published in English.

Although this might still be a bit of a stretch to some, it definitely seems like good news concerning the Rebels comic to me! As such a huge fan of the show, I desperately want to get my hands on the comics, and like any good Star Wars fan should, I’m willing to grab at any spark of hope I can find.


One very big topic of discussion in the Star Wars fandom is when the trailer for Solo: A Star Wars Story will finally be unveiled. So far, official information regarding the film has been very sketchy, and mostly limited to pictures taken on set and released via social media by the film’s director, Ron Howard. But fans are beginning to get antsy for more, especially considering the film’s intended release is set for May 2018, currently only 4 months away.

However, Howard dropped a hint that our wait might not be much longer. When asked by a fan when we’d get the trailer for Solo, he responded with this:

There also seems to be a rumor circulating that the trailer would, in fact, drop this very week, but this has since been disputed by others, so I’m not making any calls on it myself.

I do think a good trailer at this point could do wonders for this movie, as it has suffered multiple setbacks during production (not the least of which being the change of directors from duo Phil Lord and Christopher Miller to Ron Howard when shooting was already almost done). Possibly the wait could be due to this very fact: Lucasfilm isn’t dumb when it comes to these things, especially not after their current tally of nine full-length movies and two animated TV series, all of which have been met with various reactions. Perhaps they are taking their time in order to build anticipation for the film, and to polish up the trailer to its very best possible shine before releasing it to the often harsh judgement of fans. Whichever case this is, I’m willing to at least give it a chance, and see what this new story has to offer, though I do have to admit that my own excitement levels are currently being dominated by the return of Rebels and the aftermath of The Last Jedi.


What Star Wars thing are you most excited for in the coming months? Would you read the Star Wars Rebels comic if it was published in English? Why do you think we haven’t heard much from Solo yet? Let us know in the comments!!

John Williams back on board for Solo: A Star Wars Story

Just announced: Star Wars score creator, John Williams, will be returning to compose a theme for the upcoming anthology film, Solo: A Star Wars Story!!

John Williams, composer for all Star Wars saga films so far and creator of such famous other scores as Jurrasic Park, Superman, Schindler’s List, and many other, has just been confirmed to be returning for a special spot in Solo: A Star Wars Story, according to a recent interview by Variety.

Williams revealed his involvement in “Solo: A Star Wars Story” during in an interview with Variety about his current “Star Wars” opus, “The Last Jedi.” “The present plan is that I’m writing a theme for Han Solo, and John Powell is going to write the score, which he’ll do brilliantly,” Williams says.

Powell was announced as the primary composer for “Solo” back in July. “His assignment is something I’m very happy about,” Williams adds. “What I will do is offer this to John, and to [director] Ron Howard, and if all parties are happy with it, then I will be happy. … John [Powell] will complete the score. He will write all the rest of the themes and all of the other material, which I’m going to be very anxious to hear.” (Source)

I, for one, am very excited to hear this news! John Williams is one of my all-times favorite composers, and it was his world-famous scores for Star Wars that first started me in my obsession with the filmscore and “epic” music genres, but form a whole special corner of my fandom now. Although I was interested for Solo, and to see what John Powell would do with the score for it, especially since I do love the sound of his scores from the How to Train Your Dragon series (though I’ve never even seen the movies themselves), I must admit that I’ve been rather uninterested in it so far, and this announcement has majorly impacted my excitement for the upcoming anthology film. For some reason, Solo has not struck me as a necessary installment to the Star Wars film series so far (which I think is largely due to all the excitement over The Last Jedi and the final season of Star Wars Rebels) but I do sincerely hope to be proven totally wrong, and I think this announcement is the first step to making me really excited for this film.

SoloA Star Wars Story will star Alden Ehrenreich as smuggler Han Solo, Donald Glover as fellow-scoundrel Lando Calrissian, Joonas Suotamo as Chewbacca, as well as Emilia Clarke of Game of Thrones fame in an as-of-yet unknown role. This cast will also be joined by Thandie Newton, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, Woody Harrelson (well-known by his role as Haymitch Abernathy from the Hunger Games series), and Paul Bettany (who I and many other fans know as android Vision from the Avengers franchise). Solo is written by Lawrence and Jon Kasdan, and directed by Ron Howard.

Solo: A Star Wars Story is set for release in May of 2018.

 

How to Survive Rebels Hiatus

*This article contains spoiler-ish things for Star Wars Rebels season four: proceed at your own risk.*

“Noooooooo!” I wanted to yell at the TV, as the end credits rolled for the Star Wars Rebels mid-season finale, “Rebel Assault”. That episode had me on the edge of my seat the entire time, and then ended with several huge cliffhangers. What’s going to happen to Hera? What has Kanan come to realize? Are the Rebels ever going to be able to launch a successful strike on Lothal? And most importantly: How am I going to survive mid-season break?! If you’re asking similar questions, here are some things I came up with that will (hopefully) help the time go by faster.

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1. Fangirl/Fanboy with others

I do this nearly everyday, and it’s one of my favorite things to do! I could do it forever, but unfortunately there are very few people who enjoy carrying on a conversation about Rebels for more than two minutes. If you can find a group to talk with, whether it’s on social media, the comments section on here, or in real life, I guarantee that you will learn so much and find details you’ve never thought of. You’ll also have a place to share your ideas and thoughts. Another great thing is then you can all suffer together. 😄

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2. Use your Interests 

Get out your pencils, markers, paint, and make some fan art! Maybe art isn’t your thing. Write some fan fiction, or a poem. Make up a song that reminds you of one of the characters. Create a cosplay. Make some Rebels themed crafts. Act out an episode with your friends or siblings. Be creative!

3. Have a Rebels Marathon 

The journey of Rebels has been amazing! We’ve come so far since the beginning; the characters, the plot, the galaxy. Sometimes I can hardly believe it’s the same show when I look back on how much has changed. It’s fun to go back and watch all 68 episodes that have been released so far. (That’s approximately 23 hours!) Since many things this season have mirrored season one, you’ll see the parallels and all the pieces that are now falling into place. It also gives you a chance to look for hints of things that may happen, such as why the Empire is on Lothal. So far, I have only made it to the episode “Out of Darkness”, but there’s still weeks of break left. I’ve been noticing details I’ve never seen, and I’m enjoying revisiting old times before the crew had this much responsibility and weight on them.

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4. Theorize       

I don’t know about you, but it is going to take me all of this break to really process everything that has happened so far, particularly with the Loth-Wolves. I have no idea what is going on, but maybe if I think about it enough, I’ll have a somewhat reasonable theory by the time Rebels starts up again. We should also get a mid-season trailer in a few weeks that will provide us with some new information to make predictions around. It never hurts to watch the trailer several times, pausing it to find any small details.

5. Convince Someone Else to Watch It 

There are some people who have never heard of Star Wars Rebels, some who decided that they didn’t like it too early and should give it another try, and some who just don’t think it’s worth watching. They’re missing out, so to help convince them, I have made a list of ten reasons they should watch Rebels:

1. It’s the formation of the Rebel Alliance. It begins with six individuals, and as it continues you see different Rebel cells join together to form the group we see in A New Hope.

2.  Space Family! Kanan, Hera, Chopper, Zeb, Sabine, and Ezra are each extremely different from each other, but work together just like actual families do. They’re always there for each other. Hera and Kanan are the authorities; Zeb, Sabine, and Ezra are the kids; and Chopper is like a mom’s favorite cat. It’s something we haven’t seen anywhere else in Star Wars and I love it!

3. It has strong lessons. Characters struggle with responsibility, trusting others, holding onto hope, choosing the right way to fight, overcoming their past, and many other things. As they learn, the stories stick with you, and you learn right along with them.

4. Amazing Character Development. Take Sabine, for example. She started off as a young teenager who was hurt by her family and didn’t always think through her actions. Now, she’s grown up, freed her family, and has led several successful missions. Agent Kallus’ journey from an Imperial Agent to Rebel Officer was not one I expected, nor thought I’d care about, but he is now one of my favorite characters. They push these characters to their limits and places you never thought they’d go.

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5. Thrawn. This does not need any further explanation.

6. Returning Characters. We’ve had Lando, Leia, Obi-Wan, Bail Organa, Mon Mothma, Wedge Antilles, Hobbie, Maul, R2-D2, C-3PO, and Darth Vader all make appearances. If you’re a fan of Star Wars: The Clone Wars series, we’ve also had Hondo Ohnaka, Saw Gerrara, Clone Commander Wolffe, Gregor, Captain Rex, Bo-Katan Kryze, and of course Ahsoka Tano. If you’re one of those people who think Clone Wars is waaay better than Rebels, you should still watch it, because it finishes many plot lines Clone Wars was unable to.

7. There’s so Much at Stake. What if Sabine had never gotten Wedge and Hobbie out of Skystrike Academy? What if Hera hadn’t helped Mon Mothma escape to the meeting at Dantooine? Or if those two huge kyber crystals had reached their destinations? The decisions characters make in this show do affect the galaxy and how later things play out, and them making different choices would drastically change many things later.

8. It’s not just a “Kids Show”. Yes, Rebels doesn’t have many things shows for older people contain. You know why? Because those are things like language, over-done violence, and other not-so-great content. Those are not what make a story good. Rebels does have some intense moments. People do die, or take other hard losses. But beyond that, Rebels has the good-against-evil theme, adventure, and imperfect heroes that make it a great show.

9. It’s Funny. There’s some great humor in Rebels. Even when they’re in life threatening situations, they’re still able to keep their cool. Whether it’s Ezra doing one of his impersonations, Chopper causing trouble, or Kanan making a joke right after nearly dying, there’s always something that makes me laugh.

10. Everything is Important. There are no filler episodes in Rebels; each one has at least one thing important to the story. Take “The Wynkahthu Job” for example: It may seem like just a silly Hondo episode, but they stole proton bombs, which were more than likely used by Y-Wings in “Zero Hour”. Or the episode “Fighter Flight” from season one. This is a really goofy episode where Zeb and Ezra steal a TIE fighter while on a supply run. It seemed like a filler episode at the time, but the TIE fighter was a very important part of the season finale.

Even if you decide in the end you don’t enjoy the adventures of the Ghost crew as much as I do, at least you gave them a chance, and became knowledgeable in another part of the Star Wars galaxy.

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6. Read “A New Dawn”

A New Dawn is the story of how Kanan ended up joining Hera as the first member of her crew. It has lots of action, and made me realize just how long and hard Hera has worked to help build the Rebellion.  It also shows that Kanan has come a long way from when he had given up any connection to his Jedi past. If you haven’t read it, and want some Rebels back story, then this would be a good thing to do over break.

7. Watch Rebels Recon and Check out the Episode Guides

After each episode, at StarWars.com you can find a behind-the-scenes video called Rebels Recon. Each one has interviews with the cast and crew, answers to questions people have asked, Chopper antics, and a clip for the next episode at the end. (Unless it’s the one right before break. No, of course I’m not still bitter about that.) They also release an episode guide, which has a breakdown of the episode, concept art, behind-the-scenes facts, and my favorite, a piece of music from the episode.

8. Go See Star Wars: The Last Jedi

Ok, so this one is kind of obvious, but thinking about a different part of the Star Wars fandom will help get your mind off the Rebels‘ cliffhangers. Also, it will more than likely leave off with another cliffhanger that we have to wait two years to resolve, so the ending to “Rebel Assault” won’t seem as bad in comparison. I know some people may not get to see The Last Jedi for a little while, so I hope changing some of these examples will help that time go faster too. (Like having a Star Wars movie marathon or convincing someone they should watch Star Wars. Yes, some people have actually never seen Star Wars.)

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9. Enjoy the Time Before the End

We only have seven episodes of Rebels left, ever, guys.  It’s going to be over so fast and who knows what is going to go down in these last episodes? At least we have some time to reflect on the journey and prepare for what ever they’ve got planned. If what we’ve seen from Rebels in the past is anything to go by, the final chapter isn’t going to be without losses of some kind, but it’s also going to be exciting and finish the story for these heroes in an amazing way.


How are you planning on surviving Rebels Hiatus? What are you looking forward to the most in the second half? Let us know in the comments!

Captain Phasma is “Back” in new TLJ spot!

As the hype leading up to the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi continues, yet another TV spot for the film has been released, featuring our first new line from feared commander of the First Order ranks, Captain Phasma!

“So good to have you back”, indeed, Captain!

While this spot was mostly a remixed version of shots we’d seen before, we were treated to a new line from Captain Phasma, who didn’t get many moments to herself from the previous trailers. And of course, we can’t forget Chewie’s reaction to an overstimulated porg on board the Millenium Falcon!!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi is rated PG-13 for “Sequences of Sci-Fi Action and Violence”, and arrives in theaters December 15, 2017.

Thrawn: Alliances: cover revealed!!

Just revealed on The Star Wars Show: The final cover for Thrawn: Alliances!!

 

Here’s another look at that cover, featuring two of the biggest fan-favorite and most-feared villains in all of Star Wars history:

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We also have a brief idea of what the subject matter of this book will be, based on a tweet from the official Star Wars books account:

What do you think of this new Thrawn-centric book? Are you planning to give it a read? How do you think he and Vader will work together? Let me know in the comments below!

“Tempt”: New TLJ spot seems to be changing things up!

A new TV spot from the upcoming Star Wars: The Last Jedi features previously unseen footage and lines from Rey and Luke!!

It seems that many of us may have been totally wrong in our predictions for where Rey, Luke, and all our other heroes are headed, as well as where the Force itself is pointing them!!

In this brand-new TV spot, we hear Rey repeat a line we all probably have permanently imprinted on our brains by now, as Luke asks her, “What do you see?” But this time, we hear a slightly different answer from the hopeful young student of the Force…

“Light… Darkness…. and…. something Else….” she breathes.

This seems to give a very different implication than what many fans predicted, that Rey would discover and gain the ability to channel the energy of the Force in a way many fans seem to theorize is only possible through the ultimate balance of both Light and Darkness. To be honest, I’ve always had problems with this theory myself, primarily because of what it does to the overall philosophy of the Jedi, as well as other conflicts to the way in which we’ve always understood the Force to work in canon.

But now, it seems something slightly different is at play…. and the most concerning part of it all is another new line from this spot…

“It’s calling me!” Rey says in an almost pleading tone, and her voice betrays that something is happening deep within her being, something that seems to be tearing her apart. This is all immediately followed by Luke’s commands to “Resist it!”, and finally him screaming her name at her, seemingly in desperation, trying to break her free from the hold of whatever is trying to suck her irretrievably into its grasp.

What could it all mean??! I know I’m intrigued, and simply can not wait for this movie to come and our answers with it!

What do you all think of this new spot and what its implications could mean for Rey, Luke, and the future of the Jedi Order? Let me know in the comments below, I always love discussing these things with you!!

Star Wars: The Last Jedi releases in theaters December 15, 2017.