Star Wars

Star Wars Rebels – Rebel Resolve

by Alan Rapp on February 24, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – Rebel Resolve
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Star Wars Rebels - Rebel Resolve

Despite Hera‘s (Vanessa Marshall) orders to lay low, Ezra (Taylor Gray) easily talks Sabine (Tiya Sircar), Chopper, and Zeb (Steven Blum) into rescuing Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) who is being held, and tortured, by Grand Moff Tarkin (Stephen Stanton) and the Inquisitor (Jason Isaacs). Not knowing where to start, Ezra is forced to reveal his secret to Vizago (Keith Szarabajka) and agree to I.O.U. likely to bite the young padawan in the ass in the near future (if he lives long enough).

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Darth Vader #1

by Alan Rapp on February 18, 2015

in Comics

Darth Vader #1The first of Marvel’s new single-character driven titles, Darth Vader #1 opens with Darth Vader returning to Tatooine for an audience with Jabba the Hutt in which the Dark Lord of the Sith brutally teaches the gangster the difference between a Jedi and a Sith in a way that leaves several dead and the Hutt agreeing to whatever Vader wants. The setting is meant to conjure images from Luke‘s appearance in the same throne room from Return of the Jedi but given this scene takes place decades later in real time and years before in Star Wars chronology it feels a bit odd.

After seeing our protagonist kick butt for several panels we’re stuck seeing Vader bow to his master for forgiveness given the failures the Emperor chooses to lay at Vader’s feet. Given this encounter, and Vader and the Emperor both keeping secrets from each other, the comic’s remaining pages deal with his attempts to find the Millennium Falcon and the young warrior who he does not yet realize is his son as well as figure out just what plans Palpatine is hiding from him. Although it seems like two-steps back from the character’s journey in the recent Dark Horse title, Darth Vader #1 is a strong issue fans should enjoy. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $4.99]

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Star Wars Rebels – Call to Action

by Alan Rapp on February 10, 2015

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  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – Call to Action
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Star Wars Rebels - Call to Action

After discovering that Gall Trayvis (Brent Spiner) is nothing more than Imperial agent used to ferret out rebels, the crew of the Ghost come up with their own plan to give Lothal and the surrounding systems a true voice of resistance. Planning to hijack an Imperial communication array to spread the truth about the Empire, the one thing Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and his crew don’t take into account is the arrival of Grand Moff Tarkin (Stephen Stanton) who is displeased by the locals inability to deal with the rebel cell on Lothal and is taking over their capture personally.

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Star Wars Rebels – Vision of Hope

by Alan Rapp on February 4, 2015

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  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – Vision of Hope
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Star Wars Rebels - Vision of Hope

While practicing to use his new lightsaber Ezra (Taylor Gray) experiences his first Force vision giving him a glimpse of the adventure he and his friends are about to embark on. “Vision of Hope” continues Ezra’s training as a padawan while reminding us of Yoda’s famous words: “Always in motion is the future.”

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Star Wars #1

by Alan Rapp on January 26, 2015

in Comics

Star Wars #1Over the years both Marvel Comics and Dark Horse Comics have released a plethora of forgettable and mediocre Star Wars comics. Over the past couple of years however Dark Horse had found a way to recapture a bit of the old Star Wars magic with a series set shortly after the destruction of the first Death Star featuring the struggling rebellion’s battles against the evil Galactic Empire. Sadly cut short due the Star Wars rights returning to Marvel, a new adventure begins (with an insane amount of variant covers) as Marvel tries their own hand at classic tales featuring Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Princess Leia, Chewbacca, and the droids you most assuredly are looking for.

Writer Jason Aaron offers an issue highlighted by Chewbacca’s attempt to kill Darth Vader with a sniper rifle while his rebel pals break into a Imperial Weapons Factory. I mostly enjoy John Cassaday’s art but he struggles getting the right look of the characters in several panels that aren’t close-ups. I thought it was an interesting choice to draw Vader like he appeared in the old Marvel issues (with his mask occasionally stretched) which gave me a hit of nostalgia but also felt a bit wrong.

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Star Wars Rebels – Idiot’s Array

by Alan Rapp on January 21, 2015

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  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – Idiot’s Array
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Star Wars Rebels - Idiot's Array

“Idiot’s Array” reintroduces a fan favorite to the show with Billy Dee Williams reprising his role as a younger, but no less suave, Lando Calrissian. Winning the Ghost‘s astromech droid Chopper in a game of Sabaac with Zeb (Steve Blum), the scoundrel hires the crew for a job that gets Hera (Vanessa Marshall) temporarily sold into slavery, the Ghost shot at by an Imperial blockade, and introduces a cute but annoyingly expanding Puffer Pig that causes all kinds of chaos once Zeb and Ezra (Taylor Gray) let it out of its cage.

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Star Wars Rebels – Path of the Jedi

by Alan Rapp on January 6, 2015

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  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – Path of the Jedi
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Star Wars Rebels - Path of the Jedi

After witnessing Ezra (Taylor Gray) touch the Dark Side on their last mission, Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) takes his padawan on a separate mission leading them to discover a hidden Jedi temple on Ezra’s homeworld of Lothal. There, cut-off from his master and friends, the apprentice will face his darkest fears including watching Kanan and the rest of the crew of the Ghost fall to the Inquisitor (Jason Isaacs) and fight back a mountain of self-doubt about his own abilities and his worth to his new family.

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Top 10 Comic Series of 2014

by Alan Rapp on December 18, 2014

in Top Tens & Lists

Top 10 Comic Series of 2014

Heroes, spies, detectives, samurai and ninja, vampire slayers, talking animals, and galactic adventurers. Looking back at the year in comics, these are the ongoing comic book series which continued to entertain, delight, surprise, and fascinate me over the year. It was a good year for women (and crazy gun-wielding raccoons) in comics with four of my top ten comics all helmed by lead female characters and a number of other female characters dominating issues of nearly every title on this list. Here are the top ten ongoing comic series of the year…

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Coming Soon

by Alan Rapp on November 29, 2014

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens
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We now have our first teaser for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens which will open in theaters December 18, 2015. Not much is given away in the the short glimpse we get here although we do see fleeting images of Daisy Ridley, the new-look Stormtroopers (including John Boyega), the Millennium Falcon, and the rising of the Sith (from which we get the cool, but rather impractical, new lightsaber and the film’s tile). Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens opens in theaters on December 18, 2015.

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Star Wars Rebels – Gathering Forces

by Alan Rapp on November 26, 2014

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  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – Gathering Forces
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Star Wars Rebels - Gathering Forces

Picking up directly following the events in “Empire Day,” the Ghost is able to escape the Empire in the latest episode of Star Wars Rebels keeping Ezra‘s (Taylor Gray) old friend Tseebo, and the vast amount of Imperial knowledge rolling around his head, safe from the Empire. In order to buy time for the others to escape, Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Ezra lead The Inquisitor (Jason Isaacs) and his Star Destroyer to Fort Anaxes where Ezra will have his first big breakthrough, and first huge misstep, as a Jedi Padawan.

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