Mickey’s Jedi Blend: This Is Not The Filler You’re Looking For

Yes, I’m back! I know it has been a while since I have blogged, but between life wanting to turn everything upside down, hosting Rebels Reactions and my regular 9 to 5, the time has eluded me no matter how hard I have tried. Now after all these months I can’t let things slide anymore.

This month’s topic is something I hit on during a recent episode of Rebels Reactions. It is something I have been guilty of in the past, and that is classifying the significance of each episode as it pertains to the saga overall. Some episodes have a profound impact and are praised highly on podcasts and social media alike. Others, where the value isn’t immediately evident, get dismissed as “filler” episodes.

Since I have started hosting Rebels Reactions and analyzing each episode as they come out, plus after seeing Rogue One, I reached a conclusion: there is no such thing as a “filler” episode in Star Wars.

I will go ahead and advise you that if you haven’t seen Rogue One, don’t read any further unless you want spoilers.

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Rebels Reactions: “The Last Battle” (221)

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Welcome back to A Cup Of Clone Wars….wait a minute… I mean Rebels Reactions!

In this episode, we review the fantastic episode entitled “The Last Battle”. Joining host Aaron Harris for this Clone Wars tribute is none other than two awesome returning guests Jay Krebs and David Modders as well as making his Rebels Reactions debut, Jason Brame!  Its another glorious day in the service of the Republic as we discuss Rex, Separatists and Clankers!

PLUS!!!!!

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Keeping Up with Star Wars is a Fulltime Job!

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Movies. Books. TV shows. Web shows. Comics. Podcasts. Blogs. There has never been a better time to be a Star Wars fan. However, watching, reading, and listening to all the content is quite difficult to do, especially if one has other interests (like work, family, school, other hobbies – crazy, I know!). I admittedly cannot keep up with it all. Here’s a quick look at some of the amazing offerings that we fans have available to us. Hopefully you don’t pop your top like poor R5-D4!

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E.K. Johnston’s “Ahsoka” Novel Review – Spoilers!

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E.K. Johnston’s Star Wars: Ahsoka, on sale today, begins following the adventures of the Togrutan Force user exactly one year after the establishment of the Galactic Empire. This Young Adult novel is intended for ages 12-18 and grades 7-12. However, this 40-year-old reviewer loved the book, mainly due to my unashamed love of Ahsoka Tano and The Clone Wars. Here are some of the highlights. Beware – spoilers follow!

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My Son and the ARC Troopers

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I like to think that I know my kids pretty well, aside from the fact that I rarely call them by their correct names. I know their favorite colors, foods, sports, books, teams, and TV shows. I know what makes them happiest and what makes them want to go Kylo Ren and impale me with the nearest lightsaber. But last week I was talking to my eight-year-old son about Star Wars and began wondering what is his favorite Star Wars installment if he could choose from the movies, The Clone Wars series, the Star Wars Rebels episodes, and any of the Lego Star Wars episodes. I suggested to my son that after he told me his favorite that we watch it together, dissect it in a very Coffee With Kenobi way, and write a blog about our experience. I’m always interested to get different points of view on Star Wars from fans of different age groups to see how they perceive and process it. And to make sure I’m raising my children properly. This is up for debate since my eleven-year-old son revealed to me recently that he thinks The Empire Strikes Back is boring, as some of you may have read in this blog.

My son didn’t have to think long about his favorite. I assumed he would choose Revenge of the Sith since that is his favorite Star Wars movie. But he said it was The Clone Wars episode from season 3 called “ARC Troopers.” I admit that I struggled to recall the plot of this episode at first. Basically, the Separatists, led by General Grievous and Asajj Ventress, are launching an attack on Kamino to destroy the clone production facilities. It seemed pretty straight forward, but like anything in Star Wars, the deeper we looked, the more that was revealed.

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The Outer Rim of Dixie — A Guest Blog by Stephen Kent

This past week I spent two days in Baton Rouge, Louisiana helping with flood relief in thetheouterrim Livingston Parish. My time there was memorable, not only because of the wonderful people I met and impactful work I participated in, but also because I have never been into the “Deep South” before. The people in the parish I was working in had lost everything. Their lives laid in heaps on front lawns surrounded by insulation and molding drywall. So I in no way want to disparage this community and those surrounding it, but I left Louisiana with the distinct impression that this was a region of the country frozen in time decades ago. The airport of New Orleans, a city of 380,000 people, felt more like a small town train station. The bayou was littered with shrimping boats covered in moss and vines, rust caked the railing of the vessels and in my entire time there I didn’t see a human on board any of them. Rebel flags could be found flying in any neighborhood, Make America Great Again stickers were everywhere and as far as the stickers go…I couldn’t really blame them. This place has been left behind.

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Stranger Star Wars Things

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The one thing that seems to be on the minds of everyone this summer is Netflix’s hit show Stranger Things. I won’t spoil the show here (CWK is anti-spoiler on all entertainment matters!), but I will highly recommend sitting down and watching it. It has plenty of Star Wars references throughout and blends a lot of different storytelling genres together. It got me thinking of what kind of stories could be told in the Star Wars universe. We’re all use to the Saga films and different kind of novels in Legends and the new continuity. Even individual episodes of The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels have utilized different genres. Below are some great ideas for things that would be interesting to see explored.

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Rebel or Fail? My Star Wars Fandom

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So what do you do when your Star Wars fandom is in a lull?

Let me start by saying I will always, always be a huge Star Wars fan. Always. Nothing will ever change that. Embracing my love for this saga changed my life. Literally. No need to rehash how, but I’m talking EPIC change. That’s not an exaggeration. But I’m feeling kind of – blah – right now about the GFFA, and I keep thinking that, with the current Star Wars media bombardment, I can’t possibly be alone…

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My Recap of Birthday-Worthy Star Wars Reveals!

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On my 46th birthday (July 16), I was reduced to my 10-year-old self. I laughed, jumped for joy, squeed more than a few times, and quite literally performed at least one happy dance. My eyes were a little brighter, and my steps a little lighter. All because of Star Wars.

And that’s a good thing…a VERY good thing!

When it comes to Star Wars, I’m a big kid at heart anyway, as I’m most (or all) of you reading this right now can relate. Overall, it’s a great time to be a Star Wars fan, but with all of the news that came out of Star Wars Celebration Europe (SWCE) over the last few days, my kid-o-meter has flown off the charts!

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Feeling The Force: Life Creates it, Makes it Grow

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For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes. Even between the land and the ship. – Yoda to Luke in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

As Star Wars evolves and takes on new directions, I’m forced (pun intended) to revisit the known and to look at it anew – you must unlearn what you have learned. That’s the genius in what makes Star Wars so great and what gives it that ability to live on beyond or despite some other’s expectations; an ambiguity like no other. That said, Star Wars has roots and they were planted deep – a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away. Each new addition or key element just adds another extension to the saga as a whole, branching out and laying seedlings, growing, connecting the puzzle, one parsec at a time. Read more