Star Wars

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
  • IMDb: link

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

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – Gathering Forces
  • wiki: link

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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Star Wars Rebels – Empire Day

by Alan Rapp on November 22, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – Empire Day
  • wiki: link

Star Wars Rebels - Empire Day

Spending Empire Day on his homeworld of Lothal brings back painful memories for Ezra (Taylor Gray) and reveals a bit of the street urchin’s past to his crew mates in a well-executed manner that helps to explain Ezra’s difficulty connecting and trusting others. The date, which also happens to be the kid’s birthday, is a painful reminder of the Empire abducting his parents for their subversive efforts to fight back against the oppressive regime.

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Star Wars Rebels – Breaking Ranks

by Alan Rapp on November 5, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – Breaking Ranks
  • wiki: link

Star Wars Rebels - Breaking Ranks

Working undercover for weeks in an Imperial Academy, Ezra (Taylor Gray) caries the bulk of this week’s episode leaving the other members of the Ghost mostly sidelined or as support waiting to spring into action. Even the episode’s B-story involving Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Hera (Vanessa Marshall) on an unrelated attack on an Imperial supply run is more about how each reacts the kid’s solo mission that the immediate danger facing them. While offering a glimpse into the early lives of those who become Stormtroopers and Imperial Officers, “Breaking Ranks” also introduces several new characters who I’d expect we’ll be seeing again.

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  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – Rise of the Old Masters
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Star Wars Rebels - Rise of the Old Masters

“Rise of the Old Masters” teases the appearance of another Jedi Master on the run, although it proves to be nothing more than a trick to lure the crew of the Ghost into a trap in the heavily guarded prison known as The Spire on Stygeon Prime it does provide the first face-to-face meeting between Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Ezra (Taylor Gray) and the show’s coolest bad guy The Inquisitor (Jason Isaacs).

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Star Wars Rebels – Fighter Flight

by Alan Rapp on October 26, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – Fighter Flight
  • wiki: link

Star Wars Rebels - Fighter Flight

Forced to work together on a supply run after the rest of the crew gets sick of their constant fighting, Ezra (Taylor Gray) and Garazeb (Steve Blum) do a bit of bonding while stealing fruit from Imperial Stormtroopers and making off with a TIE Fighter which comes in handy helping a local farmer (Liam O’Brien) who is arrested after refusing to sell his land to the Empire.

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  • Title: Star Wars Rebels – Spark of Rebellion
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Star Wars Rebels - Spark of the Rebellion

Set between the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and the original Star Wars, the latest animated Star Wars series is set in the early days of the Rebellion when a young thief named Ezra (Taylor Gray) finds his fate linked to a crew of the Ghost who get into almost as much trouble as he does. Attempting to steal the goods the mercenaries stole themselves from Imperial Stormtroopers, Ezra gets caught up in the group’s mission in the two-part movie that introduces the series’ core characters and the era in which their adventures will take place.

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If the Force is strong enough with you (and you aren’t a pennyless padawan), you can pre-oder this Sixth Scale Scout Trooper and matching Sixth Scale Speeder Bike for the low, low price of $190 and $300 each.

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Coming Soon

by Alan Rapp on September 23, 2014

in Nework & Cable TV News 

  • Title: Star Wars Rebels: The Movie
  • wiki: link

Disney’s new animated series Star Wars Rebels is set to premiere on October 3rd with a two-part movie before officially beginning it’s First Season run on October 13th. Set five years before the original Star Wars (no, I’m not going to refer to it as “A New Hope”), the series centers around a group of rebels including a former Jedi (Freddie Prinze Jr.), a teenage con artist (Taylor Gray), the ship’s muscle (Steve Blum) and pilot (Vanessa Marshall), an explosives expert (Tiya Sircar), and an astromech droid.

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