Tag: sci-fi

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!!

The Elven Padawan – #11- Super Special “The Last Jedi” Community Episode!!

In celebration of the premier of Star Wars VIII: THE LAST JEDI, there’s something really special going on with The Elven Padawan: a whole episode of your pre-TLJ thoughts!
Shay asked for your thoughts on a few key things concerning THE LAST JEDI, including porgs, R2-D2 vs. BB-8, lightsaber colors, and more, and now she’s back with all your answers, compiled into a “questions-on-the-street” news channel style. But don’t worry, there are no spoilers here; all questions are speculations and personal opinions only, and all answers were sent back and compiled before TLJ premiered, so if you haven’t seen the movie yet, there’s nothing to worry about.

Follow on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ElvenPadawan. Please subscribe to the show on iTunes, GooglePlay, or SoundCloud and leave me a review! You can also follow this site, and get updates on every new post. If you have a question or comment to be read and answered on the show, send them to me at shay@elvenpadawan.com (if you’d like to record you asking the question yourself, feel free to send that as well, and I’d love to include the clip in the next podcast!)

Shownotes:

Melissa Villy- The Ramblings of a Jedi Librarian (personal blog) & Future of the Force

Audrey – writer for The Elven Padawan blog

Johnamarie Macias – creator of The Wookiee Gunner 

Caitlin – co-host of Skytalkers Podcast

Em Mallem – co-host of TumblingSaber’s Bridger Transmissions

Ryan Bullock – on Twitter

Aaron Harris – host of Coffee with Kenobi’s Rebels Reactions

 

Music/Sound effects:

Sound effects were from the Free Sound Project. 

Complete list of effects used for this episode:

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.

 

Movie Music

Have you ever watched a movie and then as soon as it was over, listened to the soundtrack of it?

I love listening to soundtracks. They make schoolwork, long car rides, and chores way more fun. You can imagine you’re helping Frodo take the Ring to Mordor, or are battling the Empire, instead of just doing algebra. After I watch a great movie, I love closing my eyes while listening to the music and trying to picture the scene in my head. It brings back all the feelings and memories I had while watching it. The soundtrack of a movie can have a lot more to do with how you experience it than you may think. Some people say they get too into the movie to notice the music, but I believe if it wasn’t there, we would notice right away that something important was missing. The music in a movie plays a huge part in helping us feel empathy for characters, giving scenes certain moods, and helping people understand what’s going on. Each part of a score affects certain things that the music communicates.

Tempo: The speed at which a passage of music is played.                                    

This has a significant part in determining the intensity of a scene. Fast tempo melodies convey frantic energy, or rapid movement. Action scenes or battles are usually accompanied by it. Slow tempo conveys a relaxed pace, or lack of energy. Sad scenes, or serious moments normally have a slower tempo. And while slow tempo songs can be beautiful, I personally prefer fast-paced ones.

Volume: Quantity or power of sound. Degree of loudness. 

Volume affects the feeling of a scene by creating a sort of space surrounding it. Think about it like this: If during the Revenge of the Sith battle between Vader and Obi-Wan on Mustafar, soft, quiet music had been playing, would it have felt less exciting? When everyone is saying goodbye to Frodo in The Return of the King, would it have been distracting to have a lot of noise in the music? Loud music seems to shallow characters, making the action more exciting, while soft music creates a more meaningful moment. If the volume starts out quiet, and then gradually grows, it can mirror the growing action, excitement, or conclusion of a scene.    

Key: A group of notes based on a particular note and comprising scale.

There are two basic classifications of musical keys: Major and Minor. Major keys sound bright and cheerful, while Minor keys sound darker and sad. It’s easy to see how this would affect what a piece of music makes you picture. Generally, you wouldn’t write the theme for the bad guys in a major key, and you wouldn’t put minor key music in a lighthearted scene.

Instrumentation: 

Different instruments can create the mood of the environment in a scene. They also help establish the setting, which is the place and time the movie is happening in. For instance, you won’t hear many drums or electric guitar riffs in the Pride and Prejudice soundtrack, since it takes place in 18th-century England. Those really don’t fit in with that movie setting. At all.

One more thing I want to talk about is called a motif, which is a repeating theme in a score. A leit motif is like a kind of musical label assigned to a character, place, idea, or emotion. Once it what it represents has been established, it can be repeated. Examples of this are the Imperial March, Rey’s theme, the Fellowship theme, and so on. As soon as you hear a few notes of it, you know what’s going on in the scene. One of my favorite times this is used is during the Rey and Kylo mind probe scene in The Force Awakens, and later on in the same movie during their lightsaber battle. You can tell who has the upper hand by listening to whose theme is playing.

Music is an un-removable part of a movie, because it’s the emotional and communication connection from the screen to the audience. While words and pictures deal with specific, concrete things, music deals with responses, values, emotions, and attitudes.

Now, I’m going to talk about some of my favorite pieces of music! By favorite I either mean the ones that bring back the most feelings and make me stare off into space whenever I hear them, or ones I like listening to because they sound exciting.

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“Samwise the Brave”, from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

“Samwise the Brave” (The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers)

This is one of my very favorite parts of The Lord of the Rings. It proves that Frodo really did appreciate everything Sam did for him, and that they’re both heroes in this story. If loyalty, humility, and courage were music, this is what they would sound like. Even though this is a pretty bleak part in their journey, this song isn’t sad because they still carry hope that good will win. Or at least Sam does, and he passes that on to Frodo.


“Hera Soars” (Star Wars Rebels season 2 soundtrack)

I always end up smiling when I listen to this one. It makes me picture Hera’s exhilaration at getting to do what she loves best. She’s also getting to test a new fighter for the Rebellion, another thing she cares deeply about. Doing your favorite thing in the world is fun, but watching someone else do what they’re passionate about is almost as exciting. The music in this one is perfect for flying!

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“Your Father Would be Proud” (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)

This is one of the ones I always end up stopping whatever I’m doing to listen to. I will confess to tearing up the first few times I listened to it after Rogue One. It’s so sad sounding, yet there’s still a lightness to it. Whenever I hear it, I don’t just see Cassian and Jyn’s sacrifice, I see the whole team’s. Their bravery, teamwork, dedication, and hope are all remembered through it.

“The Battle of Endor II” (Star Wars: Return of the Jedi)

At ten minutes, this is a pretty long track. While I do like the music for the battle at the shield generator, my favorite parts of this take place in the Emperor’s throne room. Vader and Luke fighting, Luke’s choice, and finally, Vader’s redemption. Before I saw Star Wars, I knew many things. I mean, are there really any people over the age of six who don’t know Darth Vader is Luke’s father? I even knew that Vader died, but this I did not expect. I remember being so proud of both Luke and Vader after watching this scene, and the music brings all those memories back.

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“The Ways of the Force” (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

I love this battle, and the music that goes with it is terrific. Switching between Kylo’s, Rey’s and the Force’s themes, the music itself seems in conflict. Rey’s theme is more powerful than what was played earlier in the movie, symbolizing her taking the next steps in her journey. This is one of my favorite parts to picture in my head, and I might have pretended to swing a lightsaber around while listening to it more than once.

“It’s Over Now” (Star Wars Rebels season 2 soundtrack)

Another name for this one could be “Attack of Feels”. Kanan’s blind, Maul’s back, Ahsoka’s gone, and Ezra has a Sith holocron in his possession. Because this ending whole montage has no words, the music plays a vital part in driving the emotion of the scene. The vocals and the drums make it feel foreboding and like there’s no going back to how things were.

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“Sabine’s Catharsis” (Star Wars Rebels season 3 soundtrack*)

The word catharsis means “The process of releasing, and thereby providing relief from, strong or repressed emotions.” You can feel that in the music as Sabine confronts her past. It builds and builds until the whole story comes out, then gets quiet at the end, as a spent and broken Sabine questions whether she can go through with this. At the very end, her friends show their confidence in her, and because of that, she finds the confidence to keep going. Sabine’s theme encompasses both the tough Mandalorian side of her, as well as the artist side that knows that the Mandalorian way is not always the best way.

“Concerning Hobbits” (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring)

This is the happiest piece of music there is. It’s so beautiful, sometimes I find myself randomly humming it. It represents everything about Hobbits: Their love of everything good, like plants, food, and friends. Their ability to see the bright side of situations. And their courage to do incredible things. It also makes me picture the peaceful Shire, with its green grass, trees to read in, and cute little houses.

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“Ahsoka Leaves” (Star Wars: The Clone Wars soundtrack)

I haven’t even seen all of The Clone Wars, but the first time I heard this, it made me stop completely and imagine what Anakin and Ahsoka are feeling in this scene. I’ve never heard the Force Theme sound so sad. Even though Ahsoka believes she made the right choice, that doesn’t make what she has to do any easier. I don’t think anyone who cares about her story can listen to this and not feel a little of her pain.

“Jyn Erso and Hope Suite” (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)

This song has a lot of Jyn’s theme in it, as well as a some parts of “Your Father Would be Proud”. It starts off pretty and sad sounding, which is the part that has been Jyn’s theme throughout the movie. Then it has part of the track “Rebellions are Built on Hope”. At the end, it switches back to Jyn’s theme very quietly, sounding almost like it’s fading away. Basically, it will make you melt into a pool of Rogue One feels. The entire Rogue One soundtrack is amazing, so if you haven’t heard it, I highly recommend it.

 

“Rey’s Theme” (Star Wars: The Force Awakens)

It amazes me how composers are able to create themes for people that suit them so well. Maybe they seem to fit them because our brain has associated them with the particular character ever since they first appeared. There have been so many characters to have their own themes in Star Wars: Luke, Leia, Vader, Yoda, Jyn, the Emperor, Maul, Ezra, Sabine, Ahsoka, Anakin… but I think Rey’s is my favorite because it’s pretty, but not super slow. I love how it progressively changes a little as the movie goes on, just like the character.

“Ahsoka Duels the Inquisitors” (Star Wars Rebels season 2 soundtrack)

This is one of the ones I like because it’s fun to listen to, with lots of drums and vocals. It’s the first time we get to see Ahsoka with her lightsabers in Rebels, and it’s a very dramatic fight. It also makes doing math problems feel way more urgent and exciting.

 

One other thing I like about soundtracks is how you can sometimes find little bits of themes for things in a scene. Like how they put a few notes of “The Imperial March” into the very end of the credits for Revenge of the Sith, or how Han and Leia’s theme plays for just a moment in “Farewell and The Trip”.


*The Star Wars Rebels season 3 soundtrack has still not be released in its entirety in digital or CD form, however this track, and many others from all four seasons of the show, are available for listening on StarWars.com


What is your favorite movie soundtrack? Do you have a favorite song from it?

TEP’s “The Last Jedi” episode: We Need Your Help!!

We are getting so close to Star Wars: The Last Jedi right now, and I am so excited!! Sadly, I won’t be getting to see this newest installment until after Christmas, but that won’t stop me from ramping up the excitement for the film with The Elven Padawan! Since you probably won’t be hearing a whole lot concerning The Last Jedi from me after the release, I’d like to try something new and fun before it, and I need all your help!

Some of you may have already seen this on my Twitter feed, but for those of you who haven’t, I still want your help. I’m trying to put together a “community input” episode for The Last Jedi. You know how many news channels often go out on the streets and ask random people they see questions concerning different things, then clip all these bits together into one presentation? I’ve always loved to watch those, so I’ve decided to try it out with The Elven Padawan podcast!

Here’s how it all works, as I posted about it on Twitter:

Does all that make sense? In short, I’m trying to collect as many people’s input on these questions as possible, then edit them all together and release the podcast in time for the premier of The Last Jedi.

Like I said in the tweets, you don’t have to do anything fancy. Just let me know if you’re interested (you can email me at: shay@elvenpadawan.com), and I’ll send you the all the info, including the questions and instructions for how to get them back to me, and you can be part! And like I said, all you have to have is a smartphone, tablet, or computer with an audio recorder (which almost all devices have reloaded onto them when purchased), and some excitement for The Last Jedi.

As of right now I have a few people interested, but I’d like to get this out as much as possible and get as many people as I can involved. It’s a fun project that I’m really excited to see turn out, and I think it might help gather some more attention for The Elven Padawan. So if you have friends or family members who might be interested as well, pass this on to them, or get together in a group and record all your answers at once!

I know this is a bit of a short notice, as The Last Jedi releases at midnight Friday morning for most people, and many are getting in to see it even earlier than that on Thursday, and I’m hoping to get it out Thursday night at the latest. But I still think we can do this and make it awesome with your help. 🙂

So who’s up for it?? Cummon, Star Wars fans, let’s do this thing!! 😀

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.