Tuesday, October 14, 2014

'This is 1976:' Star Wars at New York Comic-Con

The Marvel comic "The Last Padawan," featuring Kanan Jarrus and Depa Billaba and starting in April, was the big Star Wars announcement at New York Comic-Con. The comic will be written by Greg Weisman, temporary executive producer on Rebels and the writer of six episodes.

A new Rebels video also premiered:

Attendees at the Rebels panel on Saturday also got to view "Rise of the Old Masters," which will air on Monday, Oct. 27  and was previously shown at the ABC press screening in New York. Next week brings us episode 3, "Fighter Flight," currently available through the WATCH Disney XD app.

Disney also released a trailer for the first season of Rebels, which has a little bit of new material.

My review of "Droids in Distress" can be found here. In short, I thought the episode was good but not extraordinary, and almost felt like it belonged later in the season. (Perhaps after "Rise of the Old Masters.")

Sunday, October 5, 2014

Rebels, Rebels, Everywhere

This week, the Rebels extravaganza began, with the show premiering on Friday and getting generally positive reviews as well as renewed for a second season. Cable subscribers can watch both the pilot and the first episode, "Droids in Distress," on the Watch Disney XD app. While the show hasn't grabbed me by the heartstrings yet, I enjoyed it.

 My New Jedi Order retrospective started a year ago today. I'm a bit behind on the planned time frame for this, and my new goal is to finish the series by Episode VII. I'm currently working on Star by Star, and just finished the very long prologue.

On the Echo Base podcast this week, Eric Geller, Justin Bolger, Lou Secki, and I discussed how the Jedi went from a public institution to legends and rumor in 19 years. This podcast also features Imperial propaganda, the lies of Obi-Wan Kenobi, and brute force friendship.

New York Comic Con is coming up in under a week, and I'll have plenty to report from the Del Rey and Rebels panels.

Saturday, September 27, 2014

A Spark of Rebellion

As of Friday, Star Wars: Rebels is available to view for subscribers to the Disney XD app. My review is here at Den of Geek:
The beginning of Star Wars: Rebels evokes the same joyous, meaningful sense of adventure as A New Hope. Disney brings Star Wars into the new era with the experienced writing trio of Dave Filoni (The Clone Wars), Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, Young Justice) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past), who have put together a fun story about a likable cast.

The show jokes about and references the Original Trilogy with energy and reverence, and explores what it means to live as a citizen of the Empire. Imperials don’t have to be blowing up planets - or stealing fruit from doe-eyed merchants - in order to show that the Empire’s oppression is manipulative and economically draining. A run-down “Tarkintown,” reminiscent of “Hoovervilles,” is a great, realistic setting...

I'll be covering Rebels for Den of Geek throughout the season, and I'm excited and honored to be looking at the show through a critical lens for them. I tend to follow the ages-old internet adage of 'don't read the comments,' but some of the fan reaction to recent Rebels articles, including this New York Times feature, got me thinking about the divide between Rebels and The Clone Wars. I don't think that fans should look at Rebels as something that killed The Clone Wars. It's more than possible to be a fan of both, as well as to admit that both shows had both value and flaws.

On that note, Disney/Lucasfilm generously released four unfinished The Clone Wars episodes and a slew of behind the scenes video. Check those out here. I'll have what I think might be less of a review and more of a commentary about those next week. I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't chance that these came out the same week as Rebels. Maybe Lucasfilm wants fans to know that the start of Rebels isn't some symbolic end for The Clone Wars.

And lastly, I also wrote about 9 characters who donned Mandalorian armor for Den of Geek.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Rebels Post-Show

This week I was invited to the Rebels press screening in New York, for which I'd like to thank both Johnamarie Macias and Tracy Canobbio. There will be more on that later, but this week's ForceCast has spoiler-free post-show impressions from myself, Johnamarie, and Eric Geller.