It’s time to discuss all the amazing news coming from Lucasfilm animation as only two fangirls can! Please welcome Grace back to the studio as she and Shay talk about everyone’s favorite cartoons in a galaxy far, far away!
Join in and share your love for Star Wars animation!
Many of our readers/listeners may remember when we put together a super fun “community episode” for the release of Star Wars: The Last Jedi. I sent out questions to various other fellow Star Wars fans, and you recorded your answers (many of you using nothing more than a simple smartphone recorder app) and sent the files back to me. I edited them into a cool news channel-style-interview style compilation and viola! One awesome listener response episode of The Elven Padawan: From Erebor to Echo Base was released for the world to hear!
Now we’re back to the present, and Star Wars Rebels has recently wrapped up its run on Disney XD, Star Wars Resistance is beginning in the fall, and despite all the odds stacked clear to the Death Star and back against the possibility, The Clone Wars is finally returning to finish the way it was always meant to. And we’re still seeing new shorts in the Forces of Destiny series being dropped every few months.
So I had a thought: what better time to try another community episode, this time to celebrate all the past, present, and future of Star Wars animation??
My fangirl friends and I spend a good deal of time talking about our favorite ships, or how much we love the father-son relationship between Tony Stark and Peter Parker, but today I’m here to talk about a different kind of relationship: the best friend kind. I feel like this kind of awesome relationship can get a little overlooked in the middle of all the other kinds of relationships. Not that I don’t love talking about the other kinds of dynamics, but friendships are really important and deserve more attention. In a way, any healthy relationship could be considered a BrOTP (the fandom term for a best-friend pairing,) in that they all involve teamwork and loving another person. And whether characters were immediately kindred spirits or unlikely comrades, every friendship requires hard work, but every friendship is worth it.
The episode description for “Rebel Assault”, the mid-season finale for the finale season of Star Wars: Rebels, has been released.
Hera leads a courageous attack against Grand Admiral Thrawn’s forces, but when things go awry, her battle to win must become a daring escape if she is to survive.
The finale season of Star Wars: Rebels begins airing at 12:30 a.m. ET Monday, October 16 on Disney XD. New episodes will release at the same time every Monday for the next several weeks until the episode “Rebel Assault”, which will air at 12:30 a.m. ET Monday, November 13. After this episode Rebels will take a mid-season break during the holiday season, then resume airing to finish out the season sometime in early 2018.
We also recently got a recap of the entire show so far, featuring key points from season 1, 2, and 3, as well as shots teasing the upcoming season 4.
And finally, we’ve been given a special clip from the season 4 premier episode, “Heroes of Mandalor”, which will begin airing on Disney XD within 24 hours of this post.
The new clip features Sabine and her fellow Rebel friends, including Jedi-in-training Ezra Bridger and Mandalorian Protector Fen Rau, arriving on the planet of Mandalore and being greeted by Bo-Katan Kryze. Bo has become a fan favorite for her appearences in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, and this will be her first appearance in Rebels, though her addition to this show has long been speculated on and expected by fans.
The trailer for the second set of Forces of Destiny episodes is out!!
Forces of Destiny, a new branch of the Star Wars universe from Lucasfilm featuring 2D animated shorts, has just had a new trailer for its second set of episodes released!
This new trailer showcases the return of some of our favorite heroes who were already featured in first season of the the series (like Sabine Wren, Rey, Padmé Amidala, Ahsoka Tano and her master Anakin Skywalker, and Princess Leia Organa), as well as some new faces to the platform, though not to fans: Hera Syndulla, Ketsu Onyo, Han Solo, and a certain “big deal” called Finn, as well as the not-so-pleasant visage of Nima Outpost’s famed junk dealer, Unkar Plutt.
I have to admit, there’s one point in this trailer that caused me to immediately start up the fangirl tradition of “squee-ing” the moment my brain registered what I was seeing. It’s something many fans have speculated about for quite a while now, and seeing it become a reality is amazing. I’m pretty sure many of you know right off what I’m speaking of. 😉
More info on the air times and details on the actors involved in the series were announced on the Star Wars offical website.
The half-hour specials will air on Sunday, October 1 and Sunday, October 29 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on Disney Channel and the Disney Channel App, and feature a total of eight never-before-seen installments. Many of the original talents behind the characters have reprised their roles, including Daisy Ridley, John Boyega, Lupita Nyong’o, Felicity Jones, Tiya Sircar, Ashley Eckstein, Vanessa Marshall, Catherine Taber, and Matt Lanter, among others. Following the specials, these new shorts will also launch on Disney YouTube.
Lucasfilm publicist Tracy Cannobbio hopped on Twitter to clarify some things about how this new set of episodes will be released: first through two, half-hour specials on Dinsey XD, then later through individual releases on YouTube (which was the manner in which the first set was released). Here are some of her tweets that will hopefully help to make sense of the slightly complicated release schedule:
What do you think of the new trailer? What are your thoughts on this new series so far? Have a favorite moment from any of it, from the current episodes to trailer to the readers? Let me know in the comments!
Last week we were given an article straight from StarWars.com with the episode titles and airing dates for the first half of the 4th and final season of Star Wars: Rebels, which you can see here. (I have already written up a post covering that, which you can read here, if you have not done so already.)
Since then, we’ve been able to find out more little bits on what the last season will hold.
First, Den of Geek has updated their page on the last season of the the show, and included episode descriptions for the first two episodes (both of these are “two-parters”, so if we’re being technical that’s actually four episodes).
Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Episode 1: Heroes of Mandalore Pt. 1
The rebels work together with Clan Wren to free Sabine’s father from the clutches of the Empire on Mandalore. However, deadly consequences await them at the end.
This description is the same for both parts of “Heroes of Mandalore”, which will air back-to-back starting at 12:30 a.m. ET on Monday, October 16.
Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Episode 3: In the Name of Rebellion Pt. 1
After Saw Gerrera informs the Rebellion of a shipment of Kyber Crystals in the hands of the Galactic Empire, Hera sends Ezra, Zeb and Sabine to steal it.
Just as before, both parts of this episode have the same description, and will air back-to-back starting 12:30 a.m. ET on Monday, October 23.
You can read their full page on season 4 of Rebels, including a spoiler-free review of the first half of the premier episode, “Heroes of Mandalore” (which was shown at Star Wars Celebration Orlando earlier this year) here: “Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Release Date, Trailer, Episode Guide, & Everything Else We Know” from Den of Geek.
Next up, the air dates for the episodes from the first half of the season have been added to zap2it, and from that we’ve been able to find out the episode descriptions for two of the episodes that will air right before the mid-season break.
Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Episode 7: Kindred
Tracked back to their hidden base by a mysterious Imperial agent, the rebels must trust some seemingly dangerous native creatures, who are far more than meets the eye.
This episode will air back-to-back with episode 8 (“Crawler Commandeers”) starting at 12:30 a.m. ET on Monday, November 6.
Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Episode 8: Crawler Commandeers
Desperate to contact Rebel command, the Ghost crew pirates a mining vehicle with long range communications gear, but the Empire arrives to spoil their plans.
This episode will air directly after episode 7 (“Kindred”) on Monday, November 6.
You can see the full episode guide from zap2it here: Star Wars: Rebels episode guide, season 2017.
One interesting note is that there is a slight difference between the spelling on the name from episode 8. StarWars.com lists it as “Crawler Commandeers”, which is what I used here, but the episode guide on zap2it lists it instead as “Crawler Commanders”.
So far, we have very little information on what the couple of episodes in between “In the Name of the Rebellion” and “Kindred” will hold, but based on information we have from Dave Filoni and others from Lucasfilm, plus the hints from the trailer and episode titles, we can suppose that they will deal with the beginning of this same mission the Ghost crew is on during episodes 7 and 8, which seems to deal with Lothal and Grand Admiral Thrawn’s TIE Defenders. This seems to be hinted at in the titles of episodes 5 and 6, “The Occupation” and “Flight of the Defender”. We’ve been told that the latter parts of this season will be extremely connected, maybe even more serialized than the arcs of Star Wars: The Clones Wars, which is often praised for its tight-knit storylines spanning multiple episodes. Also, it was revealed at the Star Wars: Rebels panel at Fan Expo Canada not long ago that the first several episodes of season 4 would wrap up loose ends from season 3, and from then on would mainly center on wrapping up the story of the show’s central character, Jedi-in-training Ezra Bridger, as well of the story of his home planet, Lothal, which has been an overarching theme throughout the entire run of the show.
What do you think about these new tidbits? Are you looking forward or hoping for something in particular for this last season? Let me know in the comments below!
Last month, at Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017, we got an incredible trailer for season 4 of Star Wars: Rebels.
If you haven’t seen that incredible trailer, or you are just looking for a good excuse to re-watch it yet again (because seriously, who wouldn’t be?) here it is for you.
Notice something important: starting at about 0:48, we get our first glimpses of a magnificent white wolf which seems to be playing an instrumental part in something Ezra and Sabine are up to. And we get another look at that wolf later on in the trailer when Kanan lays a hand on its nose in a setting somewhat similar to the lower levels of that ancient Jedi Temple we encountered in the first two seasons. As that wolf races across the plains of Lothal, we’re easily reminded of exactly how much Dave Filoni, Executive Producer of Star Wars: Rebels, loves these amazing creatures.
Ever since that trailer released, fan speculation has gone wild. Almost every possibility that could ever be thought of has been explored, and the more popular ones have been hashed and re-hashed, over and over again.
And one of the most popular theories circulating was that Ahsoka Tano, former Jedi Padawan of Anakin Skywalker, leader in the Rebel Alliance, and much loved fan-favorite who mysteriously disappeared from the galaxy in the season two finale, Twilight of the Apprentice, was somehow connected to that wolf. In fact, many have pushed the idea that she actually is the wolf, that somehow she has been reincarnated in this new form to rescue her fellow Jedi in their time of need.
(For anyone who might like a refresher on that Rebels finale, here’s the full story from StarWars.com.)
At the very end of that episode, the shadowed form of Ahsoka is seen descending lower into the darkness of the Sith Temple. A glowing white convor owl flies overheard, its cry piecing the murky darkness of Malachor.
Fans had no idea whether to take that last scene as a metaphor describing Ahsoka’s demise, or if it was to be interpreted as a true confirmation that she survived. Fandom became divided. On one side were those who believed she was truly gone forever, killed by Vader or in someway departed to become one with the Force, and on the other were the die-hards, never giving up hope that she lives on even now, and staunchly holding their ground against any doubters. These “#AhsokaLives!”ers find their ways into just about every event. Even Ahsoka’s actress from both Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Rebels joins in to stir the pot of the controversy on occasion, including shouting “Ahsoka Lives!” to a crowd of screaming fans during the “Heroines of Star Wars” panel at SWCO 2017.
Last year at Star Wars Celebration London the topic was briefly touched upon, and a set of digital trading cards drawn by Filoni, showing Ahsoka in and around the Sith Temple on Malachor (presumably after the events of Twilight of the Apprentice), were released.
Most of us have already heard the story of Mr. Filoni’s shirt already. Of how he appeared onstage for the Rebels season 4 panel at SWCO 2017 wearing a shirt with the simple text, “AHSOKA LIVES?” And of how, when the lights came back on after the trailer was show, his shirt had changed to say “AHSOKA LIVES!”
It seems that Ahsoka Tano may truly still be around.
But the theory of Ahsoka being reincarnated as a giant, mystical white wolf is not one that I agree with. At all.
I must admit, when I saw the trailer one of the first thoughts to pop into my head was that there must be some connection between Ahsoka and that wolf. Even now I hold to that original idea and truly hope we will see a connection between the two. But I don’t want to see them attempt to say that she has returned as an animal. Partly because that theory was just not something I was attracted to (just like the theory that Rey is Anakin Skywalker reincarnated), and partly because it totally twists the entire philosophy of the Star Wars universe to add in reincarnation.
Based on what we know about the Force, life, and the “afterlife” in Star Wars, once you’re dead, you’re dead. Of course, the Jedi believe that no one ever truly dies in the sense that you become entirely nonexistent. Your life-force becomes one with the cosmic Force, the the energy field that Jedi, Sith, and their off-shoots draw their power from. But it just can’t work to try to cram in reincarnation.
Which brings me to what I am here to show you today: this drawing and Twitter post that was released Wednesday, June 7.
And there we have it. Ahsoka is NOT THE WOLF.
But might the wolf have something to do with Ahsoka? YES!
We already know that Ahsoka survived the fall of the Jedi during Order 66 with the help of some giant wolves on Mandalore.
These quotes were from StarWars.com’s liveblog of the “Ahsoka’s Untold Tales” panel at Star Wars Celebration London last year:
Now showing a sketch of Ahsoka riding a huge wolf.
Filoni explains the scene: clones mistake the wolves for trees, as their legs are so big. Sounds amazing! Applause from the crowd!
So we know that there is a very good chance that there IS some type of connection between Ahsoka and this wolf. Possibly it helps Sabine, Ezra, and the others because it remembers Ahsoka. Perhaps Ahsoka herself has even sent it to their aid!
In closing, I just want to give you a little more food for thought. This is an idea that popped into my head the other day, and though I haven’t yet been able to thoroughly work it out into a full-fledged theory, I feel that is it worth mentioning.
Dave Filoni is a huge Lord of the Rings fan. He loves the works of Tolkien, and references them often as some of the biggest inspirations for his own stories.
No one can possibly have been into the mythology and legends of Middle-Earth for any amount of time without having come across the story of Beren and Luthien Tinuviel, the Man and Elf who attempted to steal a Silmaril from the crown of Morgoth himself. Along their way they were aided by Huan, a being who was often in the form of a giant hound. Without his help they never could have escaped Morgoth’s own hounds, nor could they have stolen his precious jewel. Sadly, though the summary of this tale is in The Silmarillion, as well as Unfinished Tales, Tolkien died before he was able to fully finish and publish the story. However, at the beginning of this month, their story was finally released in the fullest form possible.
Now is it just me, or does this hound look extremely similar to the giant wolf that Ezra and Sabine are riding? And notice that Ezra seems to be holding some sort of box-shaped item as he clings to a seemingly unconscious Sabine on the back of that wolf….
Am I the only one seeing some connections? 😮
Let me know what you think in the comments!