Rebels Reconnaissance: “Heroes of Mandalore” Review

*Spoiler warning: This review contains spoilers for the Star Wars Rebels episode “Heroes of Mandalore.”

The fourth season of Star Wars Rebels opens with an episode that packs a punch–albeit one a bit weaker than it might have. At its core, “The Heroes of Mandalore” is about legacy–what one leaves behind–and for Sabine, it’s about the sins of the past infecting the present. Fortunately for the Ghost’s (erstwhile?) demolitions expert, the cost of her bygone indiscretions are somewhat mollified.

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

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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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Star Wars Rebels Season Three Blu-ray Review

Star Wars Rebels has consistently been one of the strongest storylines in the saga’s mythology. The structure of each episode, the depth and breadth of the characters, and the formation of what will eventually be the galaxy’s answer to the tyranny of the Empire are all featured in Season Three. Throw in the machinations of everyone’s favorite Chiss, Grand Admiral Thrawn, and you’ve got Star Wars animation at its finest. Season Three is a relentless, action-packed tour de force that does not let up, and further escalates the tension in the galaxy, as well as the character arcs of the crewmembers of the Ghost.

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The Road to Celebration, with Three Weeks to Go (152)

The Road to Celebration returns as Coffee With Kenobi‘s Dan Z & Cory Clubb discuss the latest Star Wars Celebration hype, news on the upcoming Han Solo film, and break down key moments from Star Wars Rebels penultimate episode in Season Three, “Twin Suns”. With three weeks to go, Dan and Cory discuss:

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Ahsoka and The Force In Star Wars Rebels–Part 2

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*Spoilers* for the Star Wars Rebels season two finale, “Twilight of the Apprentice.”

Last week I began looking at how Ahsoka has grown from disillusioned padawan to experienced teacher and force user based on the season two finale of Star Wars Rebels, “Twilight of the Apprentice.”  This week I pick up where I left off and exam her interactions in the episode with Ezra, Kanan and Darth Vader.

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Ahsoka and The Force In Star Wars Rebels–Part 1

*Spoilers* for the Star Wars Rebels season two finale, “Twilight of the Apprentice.”

Snips has grown up.  We saw Ahsoka Tano, former padawan to Clone Wars hero, Anakin Skywalker, grow up from a young, sometimes impetuous student to a cunning warrior and finally into a disillusioned Jedi who walked away from a life she had always known in the Jedi Temple because she believed that perhaps the Jedi Order had lost its way.  As she walked down the steps of the Jedi Temple, we may have believed that we would never see her again.  Once I’ve recovered from the season two finale of Star Wars Rebels I’ll tell you about how I came to terms with Ahsoka walking out of our lives, seemingly forever and then initially resented her return in the era of the original trilogy.  Ask me in about six month though; it’s going to take a while to get past the season finale, Twilight of the Apprentice.”

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Kanan to Exit from Marvel’s Ongoing Monthly Star Wars Comics Series

Here’s a Star Wars spoiler that’s not related to The Force Awakens: The monthly adventures of Kanan Jarrus in Marvel Comics’ Star Wars: Kanan is coming to an end in March.

Series writer Greg Weisman tweeted Dec. 15 that he was “told it ends with 12.”

The book’s last issue is due out March 16. In it, Weisman and artist Andrea Broccardo see the rebels’ adventures conclude on Kaller, but for Kanan, the past is never far as a former friend needs help.
Screen Shot 2015-12-16 at 5.44.41 PMWhile Marvel hasn’t commented, Coffee With Kenobi has learned that the comic book series is ending with #12. Issue #9 was released today, Dec. 16.

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Prequel Bashing, Your Time is at an End

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Have you ever had that friend or family member who constantly complains about something from the past? You know, that person who has told you hundreds of times how they feel about something that happened years and years ago.

Eventually it gets so old that you don’t even care anymore. It just causes you to sigh, roll your eyes and you tell them to LET IT GO (I apologize if that triggered a song from a certain animated movie). At one time, you might have even agreed with their position, but since you’ve heard so much complaining, not even you care anymore.

That’s what Star Wars Prequel Bashers have become.

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Star Wars Comic Review: Kanan — The Last Padawan #1 (Minor Spoilers)

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Note: This review contains minor spoilers for Kanan: The Last Padawan #1 and Star Wars Rebels: “Fire Across The Galaxy.”

Darth Vader. Princess Leia. These are the A-list characters you’d expect to get their own series in Marvel’s new line of Star Wars comics. But Kanan? The pony-tailed, goateed Jedi outcast from Star Wars Rebels? It’s an unexpected move, but it proves to Star Wars fans that Marvel isn’t afraid to zero in on the lesser-known characters. Besides, to quote Kanan’s voice actor Freddie Prinze, Jr.’s ever-enthusiastic Twitter feed, he is… the coolest Jedi in the galaxy. But is this the coolest Star Wars comic on the stands? In a lot of ways, it just might be.

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Star Wars – The Gift That Keeps on Giving

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Oh the Holidays are upon us once again, bringing joy and togetherness to all of us at one with the Force. It is a time for family, friends, parties, and presents. Of course, there is always that debate on whether it is better to give than receive. I for one, vote for receive. As Star Wars Fans we have been given so many gifts over the past 37 years from our beloved Galaxy (37, really?). I love Star Wars presents! Think about how much Star Wars really means to you and what we as fans have been given.

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