The Wolf. The Owl. And NOT THE WOLF.

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.

Via the Star Wars Official Website

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!

Via the Star Wars Official Website

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!


This article was written by Shay S., Creator, Chief Editor, and Podcast Host for The Elven Padawan, and first appeared on ElvenPadawan.com

LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures returns in July

On Thursday, June 7, this news finally dropped via The Star Wars Show:

As announced today on The Star Wars ShowLEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures returns on Saturday, June 17, (11:00 a.m. ET/PT) with a sneak peek of the first episode of season two, “Trouble on Tibalt.”

Then, season two will kick off on Monday, July 31, (7:00 a.m. ET/PT) with new episodes every Monday through Thursday at 7:00 a.m. ET/PT thereafter until Wednesday, August 16.

Read Original Article here

Fans have been waiting impatiently for this bit of news, ever since the announcement that The Freemaker Adventures would be returning for a second season this summer.

More news about the second season of the Disney XD show was also released at Star Wars Celebration Orlando, including details on the return of Rebel pilot and leader, Hera Syndulla, as well as what adventures and trials the Freemaker family will be facing as new additions to the Rebel Alliance. You can read more details about that panel here: SWCO: 2017 5 Things We Learned from the LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures Panel

And if you haven’t seen it already, here’s that awesome season 2 trailer where we first learned about the return of Hera and Quarry, the menace of MOC, and so much more.

 


This article was written by Shay S., Creator, Chief Editor, and Podcast Host for The Elven Padawan, and first appeared on ElvenPadawan.com

Star Wars: Rebels Season 4 Trailer & News

Today at Star Wars Celebration 2017 in Orlando, Florida, we got some major news.

After the confirmation that the hit animated TV show, Star Wars: Rebels, would be returning for a 4th season on Disney X D later this fall, many people began to speculate. Rumors and theories were flying about the future of the show, and today at the Star Wars: Rebels panel at Star Wars Celebration, we got some huge news: season 4 will be the very last season of Rebels.

“I know it’s tough,” Filoni said, for him, the cast and crew, and the fans. “But I firmly believe that each generation needs to have their own piece of Star Wars,” Filoni said, and from a creative perspective, ending it now allows the story to be “the most meaningful it can be.” … “This show by no means represents an end to what we’re doing in animation,” he said. For now, he hopes fans will instead give full attention to the Rebels’ final act. “For now, I want you to focus on these guys,” he said, before addressing the cast. “You guys have performed them brilliantly to whatever end they have.”

Read full article here

Anyone who knows me at all doesn’t even have to be told that I was saddened at this. I’ve become a huge fan of the show, it’s characters, and their stories. But Mr. Dave Filoni, along with the cast of Rebels, have promised us tremendous things from this last season, and I really believe every word of it. And we’ve been assured that this most certainly isn’t the end of Star Wars animated stories. I, for one, can’t wait to see what’s in store for the future! To quote my favorite half-sized burglar, “I am always up for another adventure!”

And now for something incredible: the season 4 official trailer!!!

 

Via the official Star Wars website

*FANGIRL ALERT*

Even with the somewhat saddening news of the show’s end, this trailer was INCREDIBLE!! From Hera’s opening narration, to the last shot of her giving that blessing of, “May the Force be with you,” I was bouncing up and down in my seat. Part of that was just sheer excitement and part total joy (X-Wings, U-Wings, Mandalorians!) But I’ve got to admit, a big part of me is afraid. We’ve been told this season will be intense, a little dark, and completely different than anything we’ve seen on this show before. The extreme emotion in Hera’s voice as she tells her story, the desperation with which the Rebels fight against that “evil so terrible, it threatened to black out the stars,” all of it leaves this burning question in my mind:

How will it all end?!

And even more importantly, HOW AM I SUPPOSED TO MAKE IT UNTIL FALL?!?

Let me know your survival tactics and thoughts on all this news in the comments below! 😀


This article was written by Shay S., Creator, Chief Editor, and Podcast Host for The Elven Padawan, and first appeared on ElvenPadawan.com

Star Wars Celebration Orlando 2017!!!

EXCITED!!!!!

Ahem. Sorry. I’m having a bit of a hard time articulating much else right now, due to the eminence of Star Wars Celebration Orlando. Which starts in less than two hours!!!!!

Sadly, I am not going. 😦

HOWEVER……(there’s always a however)…..

There’s this wonderful little invention called “livestreaming”, which I positively LOVE right now!! Because it means that I can watch the Celebration events right here from my computer!!! YAY! 😀

Of course, it’s not anywhere near actually going myself. But still, it’s close enough for right now. And watch out, Star Wars Celebration, cause I’ll be heading your way one of these days! (When I get a job, and my own car, that is….)

You can watch the livestream, too, right here:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqY1Zo5QTcM

Anyway, that little monologue up there was intended to be an entry-way into what I am now going to say:

You can count on The Elven Padawan to have all the news from Celebration, as close to as-it-happens as is really possible for a teen girl who still has a (very boring and school-filled) life.

As soon as any trailers or big announcement hit, I will do everything within my power to cover them here. So keep your eyes open, awesome news and plenty of fangirling is sure to wait just ahead!!!

(Oh yeah, and I’ll also be talking about this on the next episode of The Elven Padawan podcast, which should be out very soon! [Sorry for the wait, everyone!] Annnnd….we might just have something special in from my very own Fulcrum agent concerning Celebration! Stay tuned!)


Day Two of STAR WARS CELEBRATION ORLANDO 2017!!

Yesterday was INCREDIBLE! Particularly the 40th Anniversary Panel, with surprise appearances from Harrison Ford and George Lucas himself!!!! There were also some tasty little hints dropped at the Animated Origins panel (which I unfortunatly missed most of, due to that nassssty, tricksssy schoolwork that needed to be done.)

I am so excited for today’s assortment of panels and announcements!! Particularly the “The Last Jedi” panel, which is guaranteed to be awesome!

You can watch the livestream for today here, on the StarWars.com main page: http://www.starwars.com/

Keep checking in here for all my reactions to the latest Star Wars news from Orlando!! 😀


This article was written by Shay S., Creator, Chief Editor, and Podcast Host for The Elven Padawan, and first appeared on ElvenPadawan.com