Clone Wars Conversations with James Arnold Taylor and Phil LaMarr — Parts 1 and 2

James Arnold Taylor is back with an all-new Clone Wars Conversations featuring Phil LaMarr, the voice of Kit Fisto and Senator Bail Organa in The Clone Wars. Actually, you get a bonus as I overlooked part one of this discussion when it posted in December — so now you get parts one and two. It’s like a mini-binge!

You can check out both episodes below:

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Rogue One: Bail Organa – A Moment of Reflection

By now, there has been so much coverage in ways of analysis on Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Honestly, what’s left to talk about? The media, from news-sites to fan-sites, and every corner of the internet has turned this first Star Wars standalone film inside-out, and dissected it from every angle possible. But here, at Coffee with Kenobi, we do our best (by tradition) to take a closer look at even the tiniest of details, through what’s been noted as a critical lens. We do this in hopes to shine some light on possible new perspectives and ideas. Hopefully, I’ll be somewhat successful with what I’m bringing to the table today.

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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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Melinda’s Brew: The ABCs of Star Wars (9)

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And now the end is here; The last letters of the alphabet have appeared; My friends, I’ll say it clear; For me this has been quite the year; I’ve had such fun; I hope you have, too; Oh what a run; From A to Z we made it through…

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Did C-3PO’s Memory Really Need to Be Erased?

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A long time ago, when I was a small child in a small town, my father took me to see Star Wars shortly after it had opened in theaters across the country. As my father likes to tell it, I feel asleep about half way through. So, I don’t remember a lot about that showing or much about any of the showings I went to as a kid. One thing I do remember being captivated by was the droids. To this day, I’m not sure why that was. As a three and four-year-old in the late 1970s, I’m not sure I had any idea what a droid was supposed to be, but still, something about them captured my imagination. In fact, this was so much so that I remember when I had the opportunity to finally select my first two action figures, I picked out C-3PO and R2-D2. The action figures are long gone, but a soft spot for old Golden Rod was born way back then.

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Star Wars Rebels: Princess Leia to Make Her Debut January 20!

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New Video and Images Available for “A Princess on Lothal” – the next episode of Star Wars Rebels,
returning January 20 at 9pm ET/PT on Disney XD!

–Young Princess Leia to make her first appearance on the series–

Princess Leia, the unstoppable Rebel hero featured in both the original Star Wars trilogy as well as the recent Star Wars: The Force Awakens, makes her “Star Wars Rebels” debut when an all-new episode of “Star Wars Rebels” airs WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 20 (9:00 p.m., ET/PT) on Disney XD.

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Melinda’s Brew: The ABCs of Star Wars (6)

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Call me silly [you wouldn’t be alone in doing so 😉 ], but I’ve always been … entranced … by Alfred Hitchcock’s decision to make a cameo appearance in his films. They always are unobtrusive roles — an every-day man riding the bus [that’s “Hitch” sitting next to Cary Grant on the bus in “To Catch A Thief”], a customer leaving a pet shop [in “The Birds”], a passenger lugging a double bass trying to board the train [in “Strangers On A Train”]. In some instances, the director had to be rather creative to “appear” in one of his films. In “Lifeboat”, Hitchcock’s image appears in a newspaper ad one of the survivors is reading. It is just as much fun to locate his recognizable visage in the crowd as it is to watch one of his masterful cinematic efforts.

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Hiding in Plain Sight

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“Obi-Wan was wise to hide her from me.” – Darth Vader

Note: The Following Features Heavy Speculation and Possible Spoilers:

I have often thought about the similarities between Chancellor Palpatine and Princess Leia’s secret identities.  Let’s face it … it’s no real conspiracy that both were hidden in plain sight and under very comparable circumstances; in a manner of speaking of course. If the entire senate knew that their leader was indeed a Sith Lord his reign would’ve ended much sooner than it did, in fact, probably instantaneously. No different could have been said about Leia. If Senator Bail Organa had made Leia’s birth name public, it would’ve raised more than an eyebrow or two.

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Mickey’s Jedi Blend: Lando, R2 and 3PO, Oh My!

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We are now 10 episodes into Star Wars Rebels and it has yet to let me down. The work of the writers and actors is not in vain, they have successfully kept me, as well as a lot of you, tuning in each week. I have to admit, after meeting a lot of the cast at Star Wars Weekends last year, it has been a blast to see the fruit of their labors on the screen. After watching the episodes to date, I can see why they were all so excited to be involved.

The audio and effects team have done a tremendous job as well! The sound effects truly have given it an original trilogy feel. The TIE Fighters soaring around take me back to the first time I saw Luke and the rest of the Rebels attack the Death Star during the Battle of Yavin. I will not get started on Kevin Kiner’s soundtrack. I will have to do a whole blog alone about the excellence of his scores for not only Rebels but The Clone Wars as well. All I will say about this subject is that Kiner’s music brings completion to each episode in the same way each John Williams piece brings completion to the movies.

Yet even though all these pieces fit together and help mesh Rebels with our beloved Saga, let’s not overlook the deliberate connections being made to the movies. I am speaking of the guest cameos.

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