Core Worlds Couture – Valentine’s Day Edition!

Core Worlds Couture With Jay Krebs

Welcome to a special edition of Core Worlds Couture!

With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, I thought it would be the perfect time to suggest some ways to celebrate the special relationships and people in our lives, Star Wars-style, of course! Read on to find some great one-of-a-kind DIY ideas, as well as awesome Star Wars gifts that are just a click of the mouse away!

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Rebels Reconnaissance: “Trials of the Darksaber” Review

*Spoiler warning: This review contains spoilers for the Star Wars Rebels episode “Trials of the Darksaber.”

It wasn’t really that long ago that Star Wars Rebels was seen as a show that underserved its female characters at the expense of focusing on Ezra, an adolescent male and the character closest to the show’s viewing demographic. But as time went on, the doubters were proven wrong and those who preached patience were rewarded with episodes like “Blood Sisters,” a plethora of Ahsoka Tano-centric episodes (most notably “Twilight of the Apprentice”), and this season’s “Hera’s Heroes.” Now, “Trials of the Darksaber” shifts the paradigm even further by suggesting that Sabine Wren might have a more important destiny than Ezra Bridger.

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Rebels Reconnaissance: “Warhead” Review

*Spoiler warning: This review contains spoilers for the Star Wars Rebels episode “Warhead.”

After two and a half seasons, Star Wars Rebels has earned the benefit of the doubt in terms of where it’s going regarding its various story arcs, and it is with this grace that one should view this week’s episode, “Warhead.” According to the episode’s trivia gallery on starwars.com, “Warhead” was originally planned as the B-story portion of next week’s “Trials of the Darksaber” and frankly it feels like it never quite evolved past that stage. It’s a fun story wherein Zeb, Chopper, and AP-5 take center stage, but it just seems small–until the end.

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Star Wars AC Worldwide Speakers Review

AC Worldwide’s Star Wars Bluetooth speakers are an incredible value for both Star Wars fans and audiophiles alike. The sound quality is superb, as is the sculpt; they are sure to please even the most discerning of consumers. We are proud to have them as an affiliate at Coffee With Kenobi. Let’s take a closer look at two of the three options: the C-3PO speaker, and the Darth Vader speaker.

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Rebels Reconnaissance: “Ghosts of Geonosis” Review

*Spoiler warning: This review contains spoilers for the Star Wars Rebels episode “Ghost of Geonosis.”

Since Lucasfilm’s announcement regarding Star Wars canon on April 25, 2014, the status of Star Wars Rebels as a major part of that canon has never been in doubt. In fact, the first major addition to the canon was the novel A New Dawna novel by John Jackson Miller that serves as a direct prequel to Rebels and is a book I highly recommend. And throughout its run, Star Wars Rebels has been the connective tissue that has augmented Star Wars: The Clone Wars and the pre-existing film series. But with the release of Rogue One, Rebels has achieved a new level of esteem due to that film’s inclusion of the Ghost, Chopper, and “General Syndulla.”

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Book Review: Star Wars Rogue One: Rebel Dossier

If you’re anything like me, the first thing you want to do after you’ve seen an amazing movie is immerse yourself in that world. Watch everything, read everything, devour everything. I go through that cycle with each new Star Wars film, and with Rogue One it’s no different. I love the movie, so I want to soak in all there is to know. The best way to do that is to read! Fortunately, there’s no shortage of Star Wars related books.

One of the tie-ins to Rogue One is Star Wars Rogue One: Rebel Dossier by Jason Fry. While intended for a younger audience (ages 9-12), Rebel Dossier can be appreciated by any Star Wars fan of any age. It’s a fast read, but it’s also a resource you can revisit time and again. I plan on seeing Rogue One again (naturally), and I always find reference materials like this only enrich my subsequent viewings.

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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Review

The first ever standalone Star Wars movie, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, debuted on December 16th, and with it comes a unique set of circumstances. At long last, the story of how the Rebellion came into possession of the Death Star plans has come into the canon of Star Wars‘ sometimes daunting mythology, and the revelation of this is unlike anything we’ve seen before on screen from a galaxy far, far away. The ramifications this film will have on future Star Wars storytelling will be intricate and, most likely, long lasting.

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Book Review: The Princess Diarist by Carrie Fisher

For many Star Wars fans, Carrie Fisher has been a fixture for 40 years. Princess Leia made her an icon (or was it the other way around?). However, way back in 1976 London, Carrie Fisher was a young woman nearing the end of her teen years, trying to find her way as an adult, and in the process of creating what would go on to become a worldwide phenomenon.

In her new book, The Princess Diarist, Fisher seeks to shed light upon her experiences on the set of Star Wars and off. Turns out, much of her time off set involved her older co-star, Harrison Ford. It’s a topic she has hinted at and danced around previously, but is now confirmed. For the three months they were filming Star Wars in London, Fisher had a secret affair with Ford, who was married with two young children at the time.

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Rebels Reconnaissance: “Visions and Voices” Review

REBELS RECONNAISSANCE

*Spoiler warning: This review contains spoilers for the Star Wars Rebels episode “Visions and Voices.”

Although Star Wars Rebels stands on its own, the power of its storytelling is greatly augmented when seen through the light of The Clone Wars and other offshoots of the burgeoning Star Wars mythos. “Visions and Voices,” this week’s episode, proves this maxim by employing elements from not just Rebels’ sister show but also from sources like the novel Dark Disciple and the comic series Darth Maul- Son of Dathomir to help create what might be the show’s most mature episode yet. There is a tangible history bearing down on the events in “Visions and Voices,” and there is a sense that history will have a great impact on the future of Rebels.

In many ways, “Visions and Voices” is the most unnerving Star Wars Rebels to date as it presents a deeply troubled Ezra who literally can’t get Maul out his head. The erstwhile Sith has forged a powerful connection with his potential apprentice–made all the stronger by their experience with opening the Jedi and Sith holocrons in “The Holocrons of Fate.” Since that occurrence, Maul has gained the ability to speak to Ezra through the Force and appear to him at will. What could first be attributed to exhaustion or stress is soon revealed to be something more akin to Harry Potter’s experience in The Order of the Phoenix as Ezra and Maul are still sharing aspects of their minds. For his part, Ezra has been unaware of the link. But Maul has forged it into a weapon to torment the boy and to force his hand to reacquire the knowledge contained in the holocrons.

To counteract Maul’s influence, Kanan and Ezra seek out Bendu’s advice, but the mysterious Force-wielder is less than helpful as he simply expresses disappointment regarding the holocrons’ destruction and his advice to Ezra to stop seeing Maul is to not turn around. Truly living up to his reputation as the “one in the middle,” Bendu is the very essence of ambivalence toward Ezra’s plight and those who sought him as a mentor should be forewarned that he is not particularly interested in taking a side as evidenced by his disappearance just as Maul reveals himself.

Maul has come to Attolon with a simple enough offer: since he and Ezra have received part of the other’s vision from the holocrons, the two of them should trade the knowledge they do have for what the other needs (or in Maul’s case, what he feels he deserves). Despite Kanan’s warnings, Ezra accepts the offer as the Padawan feels compelled by Maul’s threats to reveal the Rebel base to the Empire and–more importantly–by the opportunity to finally learn how to defeat the Sith. As an outsider with knowledge of how the Sith finally are defeated, I found this last sentiment particularly to be particularly tragic. Ezra truly feels that it is his destiny to bring down the Sith, but he is completely unaware that it is the fate of another–a certain farm boy from a planet with twin suns–to carry out this task. What will happen to Ezra has not revealed, but I can’t help but feel that he’s headed toward disillusionment.

In any case, “Visions and Voices” progresses from Attolon to Dathomir so that Maul can seek out the power of the its extinct former denizens, the Nightsisters. Last seen being wiped out in The Clone Wars episode “Massacre,” the Nightsisters have nonetheless left behind remnants of their “magick” that can help reestablish the link between Ezra and Maul that the two shared by opening the holocrons. But there are other remnants here as well. In fact, Maul has built something of a shrine to his past on Dathomir as a way of restoring his memories. But though the relics (including the Darksaber and a likeness of Duchess Satine Kryze) are meant to inspire a return to the power he once held on Mandalore, instead they simply elicit a sense of how much Maul has lost and how far he has fallen.

But Maul does retain his skill of deception, and after Ezra reconnect their minds and their memories, his true intentions are revealed. The arcane ceremony used to forge the bond does achieve its intended result and confirms a popular theory about the visions from “The Holocrons of Fate” in that Obi-Wan Kenobi and the planet Tatooine feature prominently in them. Unfortunately, the ritual also unleashes the vengeful spirits of two Nightsisters and Ezra soon must battle not only these phantoms but the possessed bodies of Kanan and Sabine.

Taking full advantage of the distraction,Maul makes his way back to his starship, the Nightbrother and makes yet another offer to Ezra to join him. Rebuffed again, Maul scoffs at Ezra, calling him a disappointment and leaves him to deal with the Nightsisters. After narrowly defeating his spectral enemies while somehow still sparing his friends from further harm, Ezra reveals to them his belief that Obi-Wan Kenobi is the key to defeating the Sith and that he is located on a planet with twin suns (which is apparently a feature common to many planets in the Star Wars universe).

In something of a coda, Sabine notices the Darksaber and takes the ancient weapon for her own. As a descendant of House Vizsla that now possesses an ancient symbol of Mandalorian tradition and leadership, Sabine Wren might very well play an even more integral role in how Phoenix Squadron contributes to the overall Rebel Alliance.

And now that our heroes know that Obi-Wan Kenobi is alive, will they engage in a full-fledged manhunt for the Jedi Master? And will we finally get that last showdown between Kenobi and Maul? The second half of this season’s Star Wars Rebels looks to be epic and will surely be worth the wait.

Thank you for reading! If you have feedback or just want to say hello, you can leave a comment on this page or email me at cdickinson@coffeewithkenobi.com. You can also contact me on Twitter @influxman or check out my Rogue page on “Star Wars in the Classroom.”

And don’t forget to check out the latest Rebels Reactions for even more insight, discussion, and analysis on this episode.

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Coffee With Kenobi’s Review of the 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition [VIDEO]

Coffee With Kenobi co-host Dan Z. was able to take the 2017 Nissan Rogue: Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition SUV out for a test drive, thanks to Uftring Nissan in Peoria, Illinois. Pretty cool way to celebrate the opening of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story!

So, what did Dan think? Find out in his review below:

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