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tstarnes Says:
  January 18, 2018, 12:50 pm
  TK-462: I'm not sure what the point of this story was, except to make you feel kinda sad. Although, I did have to wonder why the Rebel's were stealing stuff from locals. It's not in line wiht how they normally act.
 
tstarnes Says:
  January 18, 2018, 8:58 am
  Ahsoka: A solid read. It's a little all over the place in the beginning, but hits it's stride about the mid way point, and helps fill in gaps not only of what Ahsoka's been up to, but the early days of the Rebellion as well. I really enjoyed this.
 
jwerth Says:
  January 17, 2018, 11:07 pm
  Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith #0: Thatís very true. But the quality of this series seems worse than some of the stuff from the late 70s that Iím reading over on the CMRO.
 
raistlin903 Says:
  January 17, 2018, 1:39 am
  Twilight of the Apprentice, Part II: As I've said before... she grew on me, and has become one of my favorite characters in Star Wars....
 
raistlin903 Says:
  January 16, 2018, 11:00 pm
  Twilight of the Apprentice, Part II: Totally agree... I mean when they first announced her way back when they started the Clone Wars show, I thought they were stupid for even attempting the idea, and were never going to come up with a proper way to explain her away since she was never seen in the movies.... and then they did this episode, and I was blown away at how far they took it, and how they didn't pull any punches... all I kept thinking was "Annie NO!!!"
 
tstarnes Says:
  January 16, 2018, 9:21 pm
  Twilight of the Apprentice, Part II: So every time a season ends with an Ahsoka centric episode, it's a giant gut punch. Seriously though, her overall arc is from clone wars all the way through to here is amazing.
 
raistlin903 Says:
  January 16, 2018, 11:18 am
  Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith #0: keep in mind that Tales of the Jedi came out in the mid thru late 90s, while Dawn of the Jedi came out from 2012 thru 2014.... they have an entire decade between them on the production side of things, to the point where Dawn is very much in the 'modern' era of comics... so, of course, the quality of Dawn of the Jedi is going to seem much more improved...
 
jwerth Says:
  January 15, 2018, 8:02 pm
  Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith #0: The art isn't great, but I'm more concerned about the script - the dialogue is really stilted. This feels like a big step down from the Dawn of the Force comics.
 
thatsagoodone11 Says:
  January 14, 2018, 3:29 pm
  The Rebellion Begins: If you know what you are getting yourself into here, this is a nice little junior novel. The different points of view really adds to the story presented in the Rebels premiere, "Spark of Rebellion." Sure, there is some new material that raistlin mentions above, but this is primarily an adaptation. After seeing the TV movie so recently, I knew every plot beat, but I still enjoyed reading about each character's thoughts as there is an omniscient third person point of view that keeps changing. This keeps the story fresh gives us more insight to this new team of rebels.

As for the new material, I don't think its enough to get a casual fan to read the book, but for completists, it does add some Empire-centric scenes that round out Kallus' character. His wine drinking exchange with Zataire is straight out of a Tarantino movie. Kallus is toying with Zataire until he drops the bomb and clues in the reader what he is really after. If you aren't into adaptations, I suggest reading just this chapter as it makes Kallus more menacing and also allows us a glance at how people ascend the ranks in the Empire.

3/5
 
mrtc2003 Says:
  January 14, 2018, 11:20 am
  Tales of the Jedi: The Golden Age of the Sith #0: Not bad as a prelude to the main series. Iím not too sure about the artwork though.
 
fragsel Says:
  January 14, 2018, 9:17 am
  Star Wars (1977) #107: For obvious reasons this ending seems very very rushed...
 
raistlin903 Says:
  January 13, 2018, 3:36 pm
  Lost Stars: wow, this was really great, and it served as a great bookend for the entire age of the Galactic Empire...

I felt really sad for Ciena by the end of this... I would have felt bad for Nash, but he kinda went off the deep end and just totally drank the kool-aid....
 
thatsagoodone11 Says:
  January 12, 2018, 10:48 pm
  Fighter Flight: Rebels continues its hot start with another episode that furthers the development of the team. This story chooses to focus on Zeb and Ezra, who become closer after their adventure while on a supply run. This buddy-buddy dynamic is a whole lot more fun than their bickering dynamic. They can now team up on Chopper or Kanan for giving them a hard time. I also like the dynamic of Kanan and Hera, who are like the mom and dad of the Spectres.

After the TV movie and the first two standard episodes, I have noticed how much more liberal Kevin Kiner is with using John Williams' classic Star Wars themes. In the Clone Wars series, these themes were used sparingly, which gave them more weight. The scores to these Rebels episodes utilize the themes in every scene. Although they might not carry as much weight since they are used so much, I still am loving the music. You can't go wrong with the Rebel Fanfare (they are rebels after all), the Force theme (Ezra is attempting to use the Force a lot), or the main Rebels theme (which is a version of the rebel fleet music in Episode VI).

I am reading/playing more Star Wars material than what's in the SWRO and one of these things is a browser game called Star Wars Rebels - Rebel Strike. It isn't supported by internet browsers anymore (Unity webplayer issues I guess), but I did watch gameplay from it. I couldn't believe that actually pays off in this episode. As Ezra and Zeb are running from the Empire, Zeb takes takes cover and strategizes his movement in the market. These few moments are very similar to the game. This is such a minor thing, but I just want to rationalize my OCD to consume every Star Wars Canon thing...

4/5
 
thatsagoodone11 Says:
  January 12, 2018, 8:41 pm
  Droids in Distress: This is technically considered episode three of Season One (Spark of Rebellion is considered a double episode and gets the honor of being the first two episodes), but this is truly the first standard episode of Rebels. And boy, it doesn't disappoint. Spark of Rebellion did a good job of showcasing each character's strengths and motivations (although Sabine is still a mystery to me), but this episode doesn't do that. I think these standard 22-minute episodes will sprinkle in tidbits about the Spectres, which is something I am on board for. This episode gives us a little more insight on Zeb and his people. Sure we get a little of Ezra's longing to start his Jedi training and we get the rad appearances of our favorite droid duo, but my main takeaway is Zeb's heartache and yearn for revenge about the near extinction of his people. I can't wait to see how this show dishes out the other characters' motivations for being rebellious towards the Empire.

4/5
 
Shintetsuken Says:
  January 12, 2018, 1:10 pm
  Star Wars (2015) #38: The photoshop faces are killing this title for me.
 
fragsel Says:
  January 12, 2018, 8:44 am
  Star Wars (1977) #106: Of all the Marvel stories in this order the satirical one are the best. I just love Hiromi.

Let's hear it for the really funny Hiromi! Yaayyy!
 
phogbear Says:
  January 11, 2018, 8:52 pm
  The Protector of Concord Dawn: The Empire can't electronically transfer the funds?
 
phogbear Says:
  January 10, 2018, 7:53 pm
  A Princess on Lothal: Enjoyed the insight into how Alderran helps the Rebellion and still kept its seat in the Senate. I would like to see more of how Senator Bail Organa and Leia operate.
 
thatsagoodone11 Says:
  January 10, 2018, 5:29 pm
  Spark of Rebellion: (continued from above)

With that out of the way, I want to agree with raistlin and Travis that the care taken to showcase these characters in the animated shorts and books makes this very enjoyable. I did not have to be introduced to all of these new characters throughout the movie since I have been acquainted with them. Although this is considered the first (double) episode, I feel like I know these guys and it is fun to jump in. However, if you do not know these guys, the movie does an excellent job at portraying their varied skillsets. They also repeat their names multiple times so you know Kanan, Hera, Ezra, Sabine, Zeb, and Chopper.

The action sequences are also fun and the music uses John Williams' themes liberally. This is a terrific start for the series.

4/5
 
thatsagoodone11 Says:
  January 10, 2018, 5:29 pm
  Spark of Rebellion: And so Star Wars Rebels begins in earnest! Although I love The Clone Wars series, I am going to try to let go and embrace this new series. I can already see some tonal changes as well as the obvious animation difference, but this TV movie (that is technically the first two episodes of Season 1) has me excited to spend time with these original characters.

Just to get it out of the way, I want to elaborate on the two differences to Clone Wars that I mention above. First, the tone. The dialogue is consistent between the two series, but I am thinking Rebels will have less violence depicted on screen by way of airing on Disney XD rather than Cartoon Network. I am totally fine with this, but I just want to highlight that. If a story like this was depicted in the Clone Wars series, we probably would have seen more stormtroopers die. Here, the body count is probably one (when Kallus kicks that stormtrooper off the support beam at the end). I also doubt we will see any beheading on screen. The second difference is the animation. I like Clone Wars better, but Rebels is still serviceable. I remember not liking the Clone Wars animation until it grew on me so I am assuming the same will be true for this series. However, the hair looks very stiff and shiny in the movie and it might not have been a great idea to have Wookiees, who are made up entirely of hair, featured right off that bat.
 
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thatsagoodone11 Says:
  January 9, 2018, 9:43 pm
  HoloNet Special Report: Mas Amedda Receives Governor Arihnda Pryce for Lothal Report: And with that, the HoloNet News promo videos are finally over. Although most of them are only 30-40 seconds long, I have to agree with phogbear in that these are pretty pointless for the most part. I have learned a few nuggets of information, but not enough to warrant these videos.

This one in particular is one of the better ones though. This is the first mention of Mas Amedda being the Grand Vizier to the Emperor. This guy was the vice chair way back when Valorum was Chancellor in Episode I. He then retained his vice chair status under Chancellor Palpatine and maintained his influence as the new Grand Vizier under Emperor Palpatine. I also never thought about Coruscant still being the capital of the Galaxy. It makes sense given the infrastructure already established on the planet, but because it wasn't created until the prequels, I just have always associated the Empire with roaming around space in Star Destroyers. I read a little bit about Mas Amedda and I guess he was the proxy ruler of the Empire on Coruscant while Palpatine was off doing grander things.

2/5
 
raistlin903 Says:
  January 9, 2018, 8:51 pm
  Aftermath: Empireís End: overall this turned out to be a really good trilogy... not sure if I like Life Debt or Empire's End better...

I liked that this filled in a some of the many blank spots we have on the First Order...
 
thatsagoodone11 Says:
  January 9, 2018, 7:54 pm
  HoloNet News Special Report: Community Leaders Discuss Capital City Improvements: This one gives us insight on the old Republic vs the new Empire by way of an old Senate building on Lothal. Alton Kastle, clearly a broadcaster who stimulates propaganda for the Empire, speaks ill of the building for representing the less prosperous time.

I'm still not a fan of these news reports though and I am getting antsy to start the Rebels series.

2/5
 
thatsagoodone11 Says:
  January 9, 2018, 7:48 pm
  The Big Bang: Because this is another action-heavy episode, this has potential to be great if fully animated. The kyber crystal causes many explosions and it takes some imagination to picture what this could be in a finalized production. The dog fight and battles on the ship are standard fare at this point, but they are still fun to watch (when animated).

I agree with aliensummer in that Anakin and Obi-Wan's back-and-forth banter is top notch here. Obi-Wan's cavalier comment and Anakin ripping Obi-Wan for being old is good stuff. Rarely is the dialogue between the two this entertaining.

The mission debrief at the episode's conclusion is particularly chilling. Yoda mentions that the large crystal is most likely for the Sith to create a super-weapon (by way of saying that's what Sith used to do years ago). This is clearly a reference to the Death Star at we see in the original film. I love these connections.

Overall, I still appreciate that these story reels were released to the public. I don't think this arc would have stood out as most of it has to do with action sequences. The arc wouldn't be terrible by any means, but I these reels are for the hardcore fans only. This is completely skip-able.

3/5
 
thatsagoodone11 Says:
  January 9, 2018, 6:36 pm
  Crystal Crisis: This episode is very action-oriented. This doesn't bode well for an unfinished episode with rudimentary animation. At least in the prior two story reels, there was some intrigue and dialogue to chew on, but this was the obligatory light saber- and blaster-filled romp that seems to come up in these four-part arcs. The plot can be summarized as follows: Anakin and Obi-Wan transport a large kyber crystal across the plains of Utapau. Grievous gets a hold of it at the end. The end.

There are still some good things here. I like when Obi-Wan's Jedi mind trick actually works on the Amani. It seems like Jedi mind tricks always get presented just so it doesn't work, so I like seeing it succeed. I also like Grievous slaying Endente and Governor Blom in pretty savage manners. Two things that didn't work for me is the new creature that was like the Jar Jar of beasts and that there is no music in the credits. I know these are just story reels, but it's not much effort to just stick on the normal credit music.

This one might be a '3' if it was fully animated.

2/5
 
thatsagoodone11 Says:
  January 8, 2018, 8:10 pm
  In Search of the Crystal: I really enjoyed the moment between Anakin and Obi-Wan in which they are discussing how Obi-Wan would feel is his Padawan was a "failure." It gives us insight on how Anakin views Ahsoka's departure from the Jedi Order. He both misses her and somewhat despises her for leaving. Even though we may understand why she left (aside from not being present in Episode III), Anakin just doesn't get it. This conversation is the highlight of the episode, aside from the comment of Anakin never failing Obi-Wan. That was a little heavy handed.

Anakin with the blaster would have been really cool if this thing was fully animated. It reminded me of an old Western. We are seeing Anakin in rare form, killing as many beings as possible at this point. He kills two of those Amani by Force-activating light sabers. This is pretty brutal.

I laughed so much when Obi-Wan says, "that's no mound, that's a space ship." This callback to Episode IV is so blatant that I can't even be mad at it. Bravo to whoever wrote that but of dialogue (assuming it was Daniel Arkin).

3/5
 
thatsagoodone11 Says:
  January 7, 2018, 6:30 pm
  A Death on Utapau: It was really cool for the Clone Wars team to release this. Even though their show was cancelled, they still had at least two arcs (this and "Bad Batch") in progress. The audio part of the episode seems complete so this was very much intended to be released in Season Six. It's a shame they weren't allowed to finish out the series. It's not like Filoni & Co. was going to keep going forever with this. Anakin's look and attitude are very much Episode III at this point (his "strong-arming") so this is very close to the end in any case.

The story itself is rather bland. Separatists are dealing with some primitive beings on Utapau, the planet Obi-Wan is on when Order 66 is enacted in Episode III. We are introduced to a Jedi, whose corpse is what brings Anakin and Obi-Wan to the planet. She is considered a Jedi who does things off the books, but when I looked up her appearances, she doesn't do anything else in the Canon.

These unfinished episodes seem to be for die hard fans only. Even with an amazing story, the rudimentary animation is enough to turn people away. I view these as a courtesy to the fans who want more and understand that Filoni & Co. had to abandon ship to start working on Rebels.

3/5
 
thatsagoodone11 Says:
  January 7, 2018, 2:55 pm
  HoloNet Breaking News: Unauthorized Mining Operation Halted: This is improved from the last Rebels promo video. This one provides information on something that happened while also providing images and giving us an insight on how the Empire operates.

2/5
 
thatsagoodone11 Says:
  January 7, 2018, 2:50 pm
  HoloNet News Special Report: Journalists Across Galaxy Join Press Corps: I have to give these 1 star when the video adds nothing to the Rebels lore. These are supposed to get people excited for the upcoming series. It's difficult to accomplish that with a simple logo and a man talking for 30 seconds.

1/5
 
thatsagoodone11 Says:
  January 7, 2018, 2:46 pm
  HoloNet News Special Report: Famed Imperial Pilot Moves to Lothal: The "famed Imperial pilot" is none other than the guy Ezra swindled after he crash landed while chasing Ghost (as depicted in the young readers' book 'Ezra and the Pilot,' the junior novels 'Rise of the Rebels' and 'Ezra's Gamble,' and the animated short 'Property of Ezra Bridger'). I'm guessing he will be a recurring villain in the series.

2/5
 
thatsagoodone11 Says:
  January 7, 2018, 9:06 am
  HoloNet News Special Report: Empire Ensures New Affordable Housing on Lothal: First appearance of Maketh Tua (not sure how often she shows up in the series) and also the first time I've heard the planet's name spoken out loud. I have been reading it like LOW-thil, rather than Low-THAHL.

2/5
 
thatsagoodone11 Says:
  January 7, 2018, 9:00 am
  HoloNet News Special Report: Rise in Citizen Reporting Results in Captured Criminals: At least this one has an image, unlike the last HoloNet News Special Report video. The image is of the Ugnaught and his droid from the Zeb short.

2/5
 
thatsagoodone11 Says:
  January 7, 2018, 12:19 am
  HoloNet News Special Report: Controversial Statue Finally Destroyed: Per the Star Wars wiki: "The Aurebesh displayed onscreen throughout most of the report reads: NO IMAGE AVAILABLE."

It's like there was an attempt to make this video unappealing. With no context, this seems completely trivial. I don't care about statues.

1/5
 
Shintetsuken Says:
  January 7, 2018, 12:12 am
  Tarkin Afterwards: Uh...does this exist in English? Why is this in the canon?
 
thatsagoodone11 Says:
  January 7, 2018, 12:11 am
  A New Dawn: Oh and another thing: What's with the light saber on the cover of the book? Kanan doesn't use it once. I really liked that it wasn't used because he is trying to conceal his former Jedi identity, but it shouldn't mislead a reader to think this is a story about light saber wielding Jedi. I understand the marketing behind it, but it's still not cool.
 
thatsagoodone11 Says:
  January 7, 2018, 12:09 am
  A New Dawn: This is the first novel released after the new Star Wars canon officially started in 2014. Therefore, it gets the full treatment of Lucasfilm Story Group collaborating and everyone being on the same page, which is important as this is a prequel to the upcoming Rebels TV series.

This is an excellent introduction to Kanan and Hera. It is much more of a deep dive than the young readers books, junior novels, and animated shorts that I have read/seen so far. This novel is also a great way to demonstrate the effects of the Empire's rule on normal people's lives. A lot of the story takes place on Gorse and its moon, Cynda. When an Imperial Star Destroyer arrives, things are bound to change. We also see the points of view of the Imperials, Captain Sloane and Count Vidian, which gives us insight on how the Empire operates.

Count Vidian is a menacing villain. It's easy to draw parallels between him and Vader (both characters are more machine than man, both command respect through fear, and both go by names that are not their birth names as well as both starting with the letter 'V'). More parallels come up between the story and A New Hope, such as the plot revolving around blowing up a moon. It's a good connection to the Star Wars universe since this is the first novel in the new Canon.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading this. The action sequences are easy to follow and their are six different characters that have points-of-view in the story. This lets the reader really dive into the thoughts of each character and makes it exciting when multiple characters meet up. A few plot points hold me back from giving this a higher rating (such as Skelly's plans being so complete that Vidian is able to use it to blow up Cynda and the outrageous quotas that Danthe is able to set for Vidian), but this should not be skipped and it is an excellent primer for Rebels.

3/5
 
Shintetsuken Says:
  January 6, 2018, 11:21 pm
  Unfinished Business: I'm a little disappointed that the series didn't end like the other animated Clone Wars series (that is now Legends), with the Chancellor getting captured and it leading directly into Episode III. Otherwise, this was a good arc!
 
Shintetsuken Says:
  January 6, 2018, 10:51 pm
  On the Wings of Keeradaks: Does...does he have droid powers now? Like a half-trooper, half-R2?
 
Shintetsuken Says:
  January 5, 2018, 1:26 pm
  Star Wars (2015) #34: I hope Sana is in the Solo movie.
 
DarianRogue Says:
  January 5, 2018, 12:44 am
  Dawn of the Jedi: Force Storm #1: To everyone, I'd suggest reading Dawn of the Jedi #0 before this. I understand why it's not on the order, as it's not a story, but it does give some very helpful background.
 
 
 
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