Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Volume One Review

These reviews of Star Wars Forces of Destiny will contain spoilers.

The Star Wars Forces of Destiny: Volume One premiered on the Disney Channel Sunday night, and it showcased a mix of old and new. Some episodes from the first run released during the summer were interspersed with new episodes, along with interludes featuring the delightful Maz Kanata (voiced by Lupita Nyong’o) as our guide through these adventures. (One of the new episodes, “Newest Recruit,” was released early and has been reviewed here.)

Here are my reviews for the latest episodes:

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Melinda’s Brew: The Force of Female Fandom [3]

Melinda's Brew

While I am a bit surprised that today, in late 2017, gender biases still exist in some circles, as I pointed out in the middle post of this series: the more things change, the more they stay the same. Still, it is heartening to learn female fans of Star Wars care not one whit about what anyone thinks. We like what we like, and we make no excuses for it. While the majority of friends I contacted to help me examine what it has been like to be a Star Wars fan and a female mentioned their favorite characters happen to be female, their choices are not based on gender but rather on the tenets of what makes a character one to which an individual will gravitate – self-confidence and strength. Strength of heart. Strength of mind. Strength of spirit.

Star Wars if rife with characters – especially female characters – that fit that bill.

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New ‘Star Wars: Forces of Destiny’ Trailer; Television Specials Coming to Disney Channel in October

STAR WARS FORCES OF DESTINY” TELEVISION SPECIALS DEBUT
OCTOBER 1st AND OCTOBER 29th ON DISNEY CHANNEL

Moments both big and small shape our heroes destinies in two half-hour “Star Wars Forces of Destiny” television specials on Disney Channel in October.

Featuring a total of eight never-before-seen installments, these specials showcase compilations of the popular animated shorts featuring Rey, Jyn Erso, Sabine Wren, Princess Leia, Ahsoka Tano and Padmé Amidala, as well as new episodes including Han Solo, Hera Syndulla, Finn, Maz Kanata and many others.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars Annual #3

This review of Star Wars Annual #3 contains minor spoilers.

You can learn a lot about a person when they’re under pressure, under the gun and overwhelmed.

Thanks to the tight storytelling of writer Jason LaTour and artist Michael Walsh, our understanding of the unique dynamic between Han Solo and Princess Leia is on solid ground, even if the earth beneath them is constantly quaking.

Their 33-page story in Star Wars Annual #3 is a fast-paced journey, drawing inspiration from the Indiana Jones franchise, while upholding the standard for brisk Star Wars action and adventure.

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The Rescue Plan from Jabba’s Palace (Part I)

The Rescue Plan - Freeing Han from Carbonite

The first act of Return of the Jedi featured Han Solo’s rescue by his friends from the clutches of the vile gangster Jabba the Hutt. Luke, Leia, Lando, Chewbacca, and the droids each arrived at Jabba’s palace either individually or in pairs. Not that Star Wars fans need a reminder, but eventually Leia freed Han from the carbonite. However, Jabba then threw Han in a dungeon and kept Leia by his side in her iconic outfit. Luke showed up and the rescue moved into its final stages. A question arises: was Han’s rescue a well executed plan or the result of improvisation by Luke, Leia, and the others? Although there isn’t a definitive answer, an analysis of the scene suggests Han’s rescue was the result of a well-executed plan with some improvisation thrown in. This two part blog post will analyze the steps of the rescue plan and evaluate how much went according to a plan, and what they left to improvisation.

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Ruminations: Rogue One Changes Everything

It started with the Death Star, with the jolt that went through me the first time I saw it over the horizon of the then still unfamiliar Scarif. I couldn’t quite push the image from my mind. Immediately, I knew that things would shift in the Star Wars galaxy with the release of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; I didn’t yet know that for me, the shift would be drastic.

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CROSS Presents 2017 Star Wars Limited-Edition Collection

CROSS Presents 2017 Star Wars Limited-Edition Collection

CROSS Creates Iconic Designs Inspired by Pop Culture Classic for Holiday Gifting

Providence, RI.A.T. Cross proudly presents its newest  Star Wars collaboration, the Star Wars™ Limited-Edition Collection. This collection commemorates fan favorite characters from the Star Wars saga: Chewbacca, Han Solo, and Boba Fett.

Each writing instrument is crafted with impeccable character detail etched into the finish and topped with a brilliant faceted Swarovski® crystal, bringing the spirit of these characters to life. Showcased in a keepsake luxury gift box containing a character-themed decorative sleeve, Certificate of Authenticity signed by the Cross-design artist and a black acrylic pen stand to prominently showcase the pen.

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The Caffeinated Collector: Episode 35 – Coming Back For More, Part 2. Which Is Actually Part 5…

Hi folks! It’s that time again. We all know I’m a fan of Memory Lane, so here’s another round of rumination for you. As I continue my exploration of what keeps me coming back to each Star Wars film individually, I’m taking a look at The Empire Strikes Back this month. As much as I talked about nostalgia last time, the second film in the saga may hold even more warm, fuzzy thoughts. It is the first movie I remember seeing in a movie theater. My brother took me to see it. I’ve mentioned before how funny I thought “Laugh it up, fuzzball” was to me at the time, so I won’t go into that again, but suffice it to say I laughed so much that my brother got annoyed. I’ve struggled with how much nostalgia should play a role in these discussions, and I think I’ve come to a conclusion.

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Marvel Star Wars Comics Review: Star Wars 34

This review of Star Wars #34 contains minor spoilers.

There’s a certain satisfaction when you come across a neatly contained one-issue story in comic books. Star Wars #34 is exactly that, given it’s briskly paced, energetically illustrated and rollicking from start to finish.

This issue, written by Jason Aaron and illustrated by Salvador Larroca, with colors by Edgar Delgado and letters by VC’s Clayton Cowles, focuses on Lando Calrissian and Capt. Sana Starros.

It is, to be blunt, pure joy to read, from the cover by Mike Mayhew to the final page with the surprising reveal, setting the stage for issue #35.

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Melinda’s Brew: Coming Home

Melinda's Brew

“Wesa goen home!” Jar Jar Binks exclaims jubilantly moments before Queen Amidala and her entourage board her sleek starship for their return journey to Naboo. Can you blame Jar Jar for his unrestrained enthusiasm? He is akin to a fish out of water [almost literally] while on the daunting, intimidating city planet Coruscant. He is thrilled to be venturing home to Naboo. The same cannot be said for the Queen. Oh, Amidala Naberrie most likely is happy to be returning to her beautiful, lush home world, but since her trip to the capital had been less than auspicious, her hoped-for elation is tempered with both disappointment and determination. [She is one shrewd cookie. The Senate may not have jumped to Naboo’s and her aid, but she is a woman and leader of action. Plan A didn’t work. As any great strategist knows – have a Plan B. 🙂 ]

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