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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Rebels Reconnaissance: “Trials of the Darksaber” Review

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

It wasn’t really that long ago that Star Wars Rebels was seen as a show that underserved its female characters at the expense of focusing on Ezra, an adolescent male and the character closest to the show’s viewing demographic. But as time went on, the doubters were proven wrong and those who preached patience were rewarded with episodes like “Blood Sisters,” a plethora of Ahsoka Tano-centric episodes (most notably “Twilight of the Apprentice”), and this season’s “Hera’s Heroes.” Now, “Trials of the Darksaber” shifts the paradigm even further by suggesting that Sabine Wren might have a more important destiny than Ezra Bridger.

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Rebels Reactions: “Visions And Voices”

Greetings and welcome to another round of Rebels Reactions. Maul is back to get the answers he has been searching for in “Voices And Visions”! In this episode, David Modders joins host Aaron Harris as they tackle Maul’s relationship with Ezra and reminisce about the Mandalorian arcs of The Clone Wars. This is the podcast you’re looking for!

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Rebels Reconnaissance: “The Last Battle” Review

*Spoiler warning: This review contains spoilers for the Star Wars Rebels episode “The Last Battle.”

When it was first announced that Dave Filoni and company would be producing Star Wars Rebels, the logical question was how much this new venture would share with its predecessor, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. As it turns out, the two shows share quite a bit in common both behind the scenes and on-screen–whether it be composer Kevin Kiner or characters (and their respective voice actors) such as Hondo Ohnaka, Captain Rex and Ahsoka Tano. All the same, the creators of Rebels have always strived to give the new show its own identity so that it could emerge from the shadow of The Clone Wars instead of serving as a simple sequel.

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Coffee and The Clone Wars 5: “Supply Lines” (3:3)

Jedi Master Di

The fifth episode of Star Wars: The Clone Wars in canonical order is “Supply Lines” from Season 3, Episode 3 (3:3). Technically, it’s considered the prequel to “Ambush”, as well as the Ryloth trilogy from the end of the first season. It’s a politically fueled episode, with a blockade as the MacGuffin, which brings Bail Organa, Jar Jar Binks, Cham Syndulla, and a slew of new characters into the mix. Sacrifice, loyalty, and deception play important roles here, and while it’s not one of my favorite episodes, it’s not without merit. Of immediate significance, this is the first episode of the series where we see the death of a Jedi; it is a haunting harbinger of Order 66.

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Rebels Reactions: “The Call” and “Homecoming”

Rebels Reactions

In this special double header of Rebels Reactions, host Aaron Harris discusses the episode “The Call” with fellow Coffee With Kenobi blogger Joe Taylor and “Homecoming” with 2-time Her Universe Fangirl of the Day and Coffee With Kenobi blogger Jay Krebs! We discuss a journey with flying whales, Ezra’s Force abilities compared to Kanan’s; a tumultuous father/daughter relationship; and a trip down The Clone Wars memory lane as we visit Ryloth. So grab your cup of coffee, kick back and enjoy!

This is the podcast you’re looking for!

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Rebels Reconnaissance: “The Future of the Force” Review

*Spoiler warning: This review contains spoilers for the Star Wars Rebels episode “The Future of the Force.”

One of the most fun things about Rebels the season is how well this series connects to the previous Star Wars animated series, The Clone Wars. Considering that Dave Filoni has been the show-runner for both series, one could probably have predicted many of the various connections we’ve seen thus far. Bringing back beloved characters such as Ahsoka Tano, Hondo Ohnaka, and the trio of clones headlight by Captain Rex made too much sense not to do. But the creators of Star Wars Rebels still find new ways to bridge the two series and surprise us.

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Mickey’s Jedi Blend: It’s Not Star Wars Without An Astromech

Mickey's Jedi Blend

Take a second and think:

How would Padme, Qui-Gon, and my all-time favorite Jedi Obi-Wan Kenobi survive if an astromech hadn’t fixed the hyperdrive in The Phantom Menace?

In A New Hope, what would Leia have done with the Death Star plans if she didn’t have R2-D2?

Leia with R2-D2

How would Luke have gotten away from Uncle Owen’s moisture farm if not for the “malfunctioning” R2?

And how would the Millennium Falcon have escaped Vader’s super star destroyer in The Empire Strikes Back if not for R2 talking to a strange computer.

How would the rescue of Han worked out if R2 wasn’t there to hide Luke’s newly built lightsaber in The Return of the Jedi?

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