CWK Show #68: “Way Back in the Day”

Dan Z is joined by YouTube and Star Wars superstar Chris Pirillo and Starships, Sabers, and Scoundrels Co-host (and CWK blogger), Dennis Keithly. The hosts open the show with a number of topics, including talk on the Star Wars 40th anniversary action figures. Jason Brame stops by with a canon update, and Dan Z. gives the news, During the Coffee Chat, the hosts discuss George Lucas turning 73, and they close out the show with email. This is the podcast you’re looking for!

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Coffee and The Clone Wars 1: “Cat and Mouse” (2:16)

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Here we go! Time to start from the very beginning of Star Wars: The Clone Wars with the episode “Cat And Mouse”, Season 2, Episode 16 (2:16). Chronologically, this is the first episode of the entire series (which may seem counterintuitive, but should be interesting to see how it all pieces together). The animation is gorgeous and epic in scope, which was cool to see, as my mind’s eye did not recall how majestic the visuals of this series appeared early on.

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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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Duel of the Choices — A Guest Blog by Brandon Boylan

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Duel of the Choices

— A Guest Blog by Brandon Boylan

“I had no choice!” –-Lando Calrissian

To some, Star Wars is nothing more than blasters and lightsabers. While that is perfectly okay, for some of us Star Wars is so much more. It is a lifestyle and a fandom that defines our very existence. At some point in our lives, we made the choice to engrave Star Wars into our hearts.

This choice is essential not just because it shaped our lives, but also because choices are one of the most important and essential aspects of the saga. While this can likely be said for almost any story, because choices are what cause change, in Star Wars it means something more.

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Star Wars Book Review — Battlefront: Twilight Company

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This review is for Star Wars Battlefront: Twilight Company by Alexander Freed. It contains mild spoilers.

Battlefront: Twilight Company is the latest offering within the official canon, and it also serves as a tie-in to the upcoming video game, Star Wars Battlefront. I came to this book as a non-gamer, but I don’t feel a lack of gaming experience hindered my enjoyment in any way. Twilight Company stands firmly on its own merit.

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Rebels Reconnaissance: “Relics of the Old Republic” Review

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*Spoiler warning: This review contains spoilers for the Star Wars Rebels episode “Relics of the Old Republic.”

“Relics of the Old Republic” picks up right where we left off at the end of “The Lost Commanders.” With the Imperial forces on their way, our heroes and their newfound allies (clones Rex, Gregor Gore and Wolffe) have fastened the giant joopa to the AT-TE and are making their way across the desert.

Adding to the complications, Sabine gives a status report on the Phantom that is not very encouraging. The probe droid has caused significant damage to the landing craft and they still need more time to fix it. At the same time, an approaching sandstorm is speeding up the timetable whether they like it or not.

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Cosplaying for a Cause: Star Wars Reads Day and Beyond!

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As part of our childhood, many of us can relate to playing dress-up; the feeling of stepping into another persona, and immersing our imaginations in the idea of another world, another life, another story: Perhaps it was Cowboys and Indians, or Cops and Robbers. For me, it was also Laura Ingalls from Little House on the Prairie, Wonder Woman, and Leia from Star Wars.

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Star Wars Is For Everyone

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STAR WARS IS FOR EVERYONE

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did,

but people will never forget how you made them feel.” ― Maya Angelou

In less than two months, my niece will be born. It is such a wonderful time for our family. My parents have been waiting for a grandchild to spoil for a very long time. I am so glad everyone will be paying so much attention to the new addition and they’ll forget about asking me about having children. One of the many pressures of being the eldest of five children. But, let’s save this topic for another day.

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Are We All Dark Disciples? Anti-Heroes and Why We Love Them

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I recently taught a lesson in my high school classroom about The Hero’s Journey, popularized by Joseph Campbell’s work The Hero With a Thousand Faces. Part of the lesson included choosing a hero with which the student could identify, and correlate that hero’s values with their own. It was a great way to help them evaluate their own identity and personal “code of ethics.”

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Book Review: Dark Disciple

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NOTE: Major Spoilers in this review! If you have not read Dark Disciple, you may want to finish the book before going further in the review.

Ever since Dark Disciple was announced last year, Star Wars fans have eagerly awaited the return of Asajj Ventress. Easily one of the most popular characters from The Clone Wars, Ventress is featured in Christie Golden’s new novel, and it is my personal favorite of the new canonical direction taken by the Lucasfilm Story Group. Based on unproduced episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars co-written by Katie Lucas, Golden has written a novel that is suspenseful, action-packed, emotional, and beautiful. Ventress is paired with Jedi Master Quinlan Vos to hunt down, and execute Count Dooku, and the personal journey the two undergo, both individually, as well as together, will stay with you long after you have finished the book.

Reminder: Major Spoilers from this point on!

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