The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 9 – The Only Good Rumor Is A Dead Rumor, Except for Fleetwood Mac’s “Rumours”

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Soooooo….now we have a couple of episodes of Rebels on public display, my excitement has not dimmed one bit. In fact, I’m even MORE excited about it now than I was before the premier. We seem to have been given an accurate representation of what the show will be from all the promos we were given prior to the show’s debut.  The humor is there, the action is there, the characters are there, the FUN is there. As of this writing, I’ve seen Spark of Rebellion and Droids in Distress, and I cannot WAIT for the 3rd episode. Or 2nd, depending on which website’s counter you’re looking at.  This IS “my Star Wars” and I can’t wait for more. But I WILL wait. Patience is a virtue that I’ve had to work hard to possess, but I find it’s worth the wait more often than not. Which brings me to my topic for this month: Episode 7 rumors.

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Book Review: Tarkin by James Luceno

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Note: this review contains heavy spoilers!

When Star Wars.com announced early this year that four new books would debut in the newly crafted Lucasfilm Story Group, there were certainly mixed reactions. However, it is hard to surmise that anyone was disappointed in the news that James Luceno was writing another Star Wars book, and when fandom learned that the book was Tarkin, an audible gasp of excitement permeated the galaxy.  The anticipation for this novel, as with many things Star Wars these days is high, and it is well-deserved.  Tarkin is a spectacular novel, with the intrigue, action, and profound characterization we have come to expect from the pen of Luceno.

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Rebels Reactions: Freddie Prinze Jr. & “Rise of the Old Masters” (57)

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Welcome to Rebels Reactions, where Coffee With Kenobi examines Star Wars: Rebels through a critical lens.  On this special show we have an exclusive interview with Rebels star Freddie Prinze Jr.!  This is a conversation not to be missed, as we discuss the evolution of his character, Kanan, the legacy of the Star Wars franchise, and much more.  We also discuss “Rise of the Old Masters”, the third episode in Season 1 with friend of the show Tha Mike Pilot from Full of Sith.  Mike helps us break down the episode that truly introduces us to the Inquisitor.  This is the Podcast you’re looking for!

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CWK Co-Host Dan Z Makes a Guest Appearance on the Brand New ‘Bantha Banter’ Podcast

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One of our resident bloggers, Jeff McGee, has an all-new Star Wars podcast called Bantha Banter, and the guest for the second episode is none other than CWK co-host Dan Z! (Dan’s all over the place today – it’s hard to keep up! 😉 )

Here’s what’s up in the latest show:

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Check Out CWK Co-Host Dan Z’s Latest Entry on the Official Star Wars Blog!

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Coffee With Kenobi co-host Dan Z has a new installment of his ongoing series “Studying Skywalkers” posted on the official Star Wars blog. This entry takes a look at the iconic – and haunting – scene that takes place in the cave on Dagobah as Luke “confronts” Vader for the first time.

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Marvel’s Many Star Wars Covers Set Tone For New Series Launch

"Star Wars" No. 1 variant cover featuring a still from "A New Hope." (Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment)
“Star Wars” No. 1 variant cover featuring a still from “A New Hope.” (Image courtesy of Marvel Entertainment)

Marvel Entertainment is holding nothing back as it brings the Star Wars saga back to the House of Ideas after a nearly 30-year absence. Starting with the first issue of Star Wars in January, written by Jason Aaron, illustrated by John Cassaday and edited by Jordan D. White, the publisher is celebrating with numerous variant covers and even a party or two at some comic shops to mark the milestone.

“… This January, we are proud to unveil Star Wars #1, the first of several ongoing series featuring top-tier creators telling stories that, thanks to the invaluable contributions of the team at Lucasfilm Story Group, will be nothing short of essential reading for any fan of Star Wars. …'” — Marvel Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso.

In the publisher’s solicits to comic shops for its January slate of titles, Editor-In-Chief Axel Alonso notes that it’s not just readers and fans of the saga who are excited, the creators are, too. In an open letter to Marvel’s retailers, readers and more, Alonso recalled the visit he, Cassaday, Aaron, White, writer Kieron Gillen (who is penning the Star Wars: Darth Vader title and C.B. Cebulski, made to Skywalker Ranch after their first meeting with the Lucasfilm Story Group.

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Rebels Reactions: “Fighter Flight” (56)

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Welcome to Rebels Reactions, where Coffee With Kenobi examines Star Wars: Rebels through a critical lens.  On today’s show, we will be discussing “Fighter Flight”, the second episode in Season 1. Joining us today on Rebels Reactions is Teresa Delgado of Fangirls Going Rogue. We talk about Zeb & Ezra’s relationship, the impact the how is having on fandom, and TIE Fighters.  This is the Podcast you’re looking for!

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Force and Faith: Luke Returns Home as a Man and a Jedi

Force and Faith Sabers SquareIn my first regular post, let’s just get this out there.  My favorite character is Luke.  In an age where many are rooting for the underdog and cheering for the peripheral characters, I am a fan of the New Hope to the bitter end.  There is just something about his life, his journey and his lineage that calls to me.  And there is something that calls me out of myself – out of my comfortable world to something greater.

This calling is innate in all of us.  It calls us from our childish states to a greater maturity.  Luke heard this call and left his home in order to fulfill his greater purpose as the emerging heir to the Jedi. Read more

Rebels Reconnaissance: “Fighter Flight” Review

*Spoiler warning: This review contains spoilers for “Fighter Flight.”

Practically since Rebels was first announced, we’ve been told by the show’s creators that Kanan, Hera, Zeb, Sabine, Chopper, and Ezra would be like a family, and we’ve seen plenty of evidence to support that claim.  However, the latest episode, “Fighter Flight,” illustrates that particular dynamic more explicitly and powerfully than previously explored in any previous Rebels media.

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