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Star Wars Tangles Star Wars Tangles

There were some really lovely visuals in last night’s two part season finale of Star Wars: Rebels, “Zero Hour”, and I appreciated references to The Empire Strikes Back, Jedi Knight, and Lord of the Rings. Lars Mikkelsen continues to impress as Grand Admiral Thrawn, Vanessa Marshall is solid as always as Hera, and Tom…

The Mandalorians Play in the Snow The Mandalorians Play in the Snow

I finally figured out the reason Sabine on Star Wars Rebels looks like she’s made of yellow Play-Doh is that she’s supposed to be Asian. Thanks to yesterday’s entertaining new episode we’ve been introduced to the rest of her family who look more actually Asian than like a jaundiced mummy. Now I’ve realised someone…

The Dumbest Hero in Space The Dumbest Hero in Space

Saturday’s new Star Wars: Rebels began with this appropriate group wince. Though it wasn’t a bad episode. The second to be written by Gary Whitta, it’s not as good as his TIE Fighter homage, “The Antilles Extraction”, but it’s a nice heist story, particularly since it takes multiple opportunities to show how stupid…

Because Rebels is New Because Rebels is New

So Ezra has finally explained the plot behind the prequels in the new Star Wars: Rebels. In yet another episode that harkens back to the Clone Wars series Disney really obviously shouldn’t have cancelled, all the male protagonists leave Hera and Sabine on the Ghost to explore and loot a ruined Separatist base where a…

The Company Rebels The Company Rebels

Well, that was a deeply unsatisfying season finale for Star Wars: Rebels. I’ll lay the blame squarely on Simon Kinberg, who I thought had left the series but in the finale made a dramatic comeback to write the kind of dreck studios give him big money for. He brought the magic of X-Men: Last Stand and the latest …

Vodka In Your Juice Box Vodka In Your Juice Box

Happy Father’s Day, Darth Vader, last night James Earl Jones returned to the role for the season première of Star Wars Rebels. Not a lot of people seem to be talking about it, possibly a reflection on Rebels’ mediocre first season—the casting of Jones couldn’t have been cheap so this could be a sign of Disney throwing…

Over Smashed Human Bones Over Smashed Human Bones

Happy Cinco de Mayo, or as alt.latino is calling it, Cinco de Morrissey. If you follow the link you can listen to the alt.latino host interview two singers in Morrissey cover bands, both of Mexican heritage, talking about the strong influence of Morrissey in northern Mexico and among Mexican U.S. communities. This…

Moffs, Daleks, and Vampires Moffs, Daleks, and Vampires

Alongside "Ride of the Old Masters", "Call to Action", the latest episode of Star Wars: Rebels, stands alone in the series so far in actually making the Empire feel like a threat to the protagonists. This time it's due to a very gratifying guest appearance from Grand Moff Tarkin, who's voiced by an actor named Stephen…

Moral Programming   Moral Programming  

Well, Star Wars: Rebels is back, I watched the new episode a few days ago and I'm tired of the show basically being an inferior retelling of Luke Skywalker's story. This new episode features Kanan taking Ezra to an abandoned Jedi temple for the self-confrontation Luke faced in Empire Strikes Back. Frank Oz even guest…

Hallo Space Boys Hallo Space Boys

Well, the first season of Star Wars: Rebels has concluded and not nearly as many characters died as I would have liked. It hasn't been bad. Sometimes it's nice pulpy fun and the two episodes written by Henry Gilroy, "Rise of the Old Masters" and "Empire Day" were genuinely good. Gilroy seems to have an instinct for…

Thin Ghosts Thin Ghosts

I was going to enjoy watching a non-horror movie I hadn't seen before last night but I think I'm getting a flu so I just watched Seven Samurai again instead. It's always nice to see Takashi Shimura. The actor who played Kambei, the leader of the Seven Samurai, has such a warm, ragged presence about him, particularly…

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