Star Wars Rebels Talking Points: “Heroes of Mandalore” Parts 1 and 2

Star Wars Rebels returns for the fourth and final season today; this is a mixed blessing. On the one hand, audiences will be able to experience all new episodes of this beautiful addition to the Star Wars mythos. Conversely, knowing that this will be the final season can’t help but bring about a twinge of melancholy. Kanan Jarrus, Ezra Bridger, Hera Syndulla, Sabine Wren, Zeb Orrelios, and Chopper are forever ensconced into the lore, and the Star Wars universe is better because of them. This is precisely why we deserve a proper ending to their story. The first two episodes begin that journey in spectacular fashion. Here are a few talking points to add to the conversation.

Mild spoilers to follow: be sure to watch the Season Premiere before continuing below.

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Star Wars Rebels Season Three Blu-ray Review

Star Wars Rebels has consistently been one of the strongest storylines in the saga’s mythology. The structure of each episode, the depth and breadth of the characters, and the formation of what will eventually be the galaxy’s answer to the tyranny of the Empire are all featured in Season Three. Throw in the machinations of everyone’s favorite Chiss, Grand Admiral Thrawn, and you’ve got Star Wars animation at its finest. Season Three is a relentless, action-packed tour de force that does not let up, and further escalates the tension in the galaxy, as well as the character arcs of the crewmembers of the Ghost.

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Book Review: Inferno Squad

Traditionally, when video games bridge the gap to other genres, the results are mixed, and often polarizing. For every Resident EvilRetribution, there is a Super Mario Bros. to muddy the proverbial waters. Fortunately, Star Wars continues to find new ways to bring storytelling and mythmaking to another … ahem … level. Christie Golden’s Inferno Squad is based on a video game series set in the Star Wars universe, but unlike its predecessors, offers storytelling that functions on its own, and enriches the characters that will appear in the upcoming Star WarsBattlefront II.

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Official Star Wars Fragrances: Product Review

This post is sponsored by the KeepMe Group. I have been compensated for my time. All opinions are 100% my own.

KeepMe Group has teamed up with LUCASFILM and Disney to create The Ultimate Star Wars Collectors Gift – a range of Official Star Wars Fragrances boxed in beautifully designed packaging. The Star Wars fragrance collection includes six unique scents representing the light and dark side of the Force. Amazing, right!?

In the development of this, KeepMe Group has focused on creating a range of products that are true to Star Wars fans from many walks of life. The team, based in the UK, states these items have been created by Star Wars fans for Star Wars fans, and, with the attention to detail on the packaging, it’s evident. The hardcore fan and collectors will truly appreciate the attention to detail with references to characters (using unique designs that can ONLY be found in this collection and are artistic and beautiful) It truly is a cool product, combining high-quality Eau de Parfum fragrances with high-end packaging finishes. Basically, it appeals to a much more diverse audience than one might originally expect.

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Sith vs. Jedi Wall Clock with Light-Up Lightsabers: Product Review

This post is sponsored by the Bradford Exchange. I have been compensated for my time. All opinions are 100% my own.

The Bradford Exchange has long been known for high-end, unique collectibles of some of the most popular and beloved franchises in popular culture. Naturally, many Star Wars items are well-represented in the impressive Bradford Exchange catalog, because they know what collectors like.

For example, let’s look at the Sith vs. Jedi Wall Clock with Light-Up Lightsabers. The wall clock instantly enhances your Star Wars room, office, family den, etc., with the quality and detail the Bradford Exchange is known for. It includes one of the most iconic and pivotal scenes in the Star Wars mythology, the climactic duel in Return of the Jedi between Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker, with the fate of the Rebellion and the galaxy hanging in the balance.

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Book Review: Star Wars Topps Classic Sticker Book

The good ‘ol days; that’s one of the things many of us reminisce about when discussing classic Star Wars memories and collectibles. Abrams’ latest, the Star Wars Topps Classic Sticker Book, helps add to our recollections with the first collection of vintage Topps stickers in one book. With more than 250 stickers to choose from, (with every one scanned from the originals) your trip down memory lane will be complete.  However, the Star Wars Topps Classic Sticker Book is so much more than that.

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Book Review: Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills

With the release of Rogue One came a bevy of new characters in the Star Wars universe. Two of the breakout stars of the popular film, Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus, are featured in Greg Rucka’s Star Wars Guardians of the Whills, and are more fully formed as dynamic characters in the new book. Rucka beautifully shifts the third person narrative from each main character’s perspective and provides important motivation for a richer understanding of their crusade against the Empire. The Star Wars universe has a rich history of ambiguity, regarding many of their characters’ backgrounds, and with Star Wars: Guardians of the Whills, an intriguing piece of the proverbial puzzle is provided.

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Star Wars Rebels Talking Points: “Zero Hour” Parts 1 and 2

The Star Wars Rebels season finale is always an event; threads are tied up, mysteries are solved, and tears are shed. Season Three is no different. Personally, I spent most of the episode full of angst and nervousness. The stakes are high, and with Grand Admiral Thrawn in hot pursuit, even the Duke boys would be in trouble (#80sReference). As with all Talking Points columns, there will be spoilers, so don’t click on the link below until you have seen “Zero Hour: Parts 1 and 2”.

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Star Wars Rebels Talking Points: “Twin Suns”

Warning: this post contains spoilers for the Star Wars Rebels episode, “Twin Suns”. Be sure to watch the show before proceeding.

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Book Review: Aftermath: Empire’s End

Chuck Wendig’s final entry in the Aftermath trilogy, Aftermath: Empire’s End has been released, and completes the adventures of Norra Wexley and her mismatched group of miscreants. The reader journeys with Norra Wexley and bounty hunter Jas Emari in their pursuit of Grand Admiral Rae Sloane, but that is only one focal point of the narrative. We also follow Temin (“Snap”) Wexley, his wonderfully terrifying droid, Mr. Bones, and recovering Imperial Loyalty Officer, Sinjir Rath Velus as they desperately try to convince the New Republic that they must journey to Jakku (no spoilers here; once you read the book, you will understand why) for a number of reasons that are critical, both personally, as well as on a galactic scale. While it does not reach the staggering heights of Life DebtEmpire’s End is a worthy bookend to the Aftermath trilogy.

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