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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
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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
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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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scout-trooper-speeder-bike-sixth-scale

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
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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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Star Wars #20

by Alan Rapp on August 18, 2014

in Comics

Star Wars #20Dark Horse Comics’ classic Star Wars series comes to a close here wrapping up the final arc as Han, Luke, Leia, and Chewbacca race to rescue Leia’s childhood friend who has been working for years as a Rebel spy inside the Empire. Rescuing Seren from the determined robotic bounty hunter IG-88 is easier said than done, but by the end of the issue the core group is safe, the mission is successful, and Luke shows off a little foreshadowing of the Jedi Master he is destined to one day become.

As I’ve mentioned before, I’m disappointed to see the work writer Brian Wood and artist Stéphane Créty have done on this title come to an end. Their 20 issue run is some of the best comics Dark Horse put out in the Star Wars Universe and I wonder what else we might have see had their run been able to continue.

Star Wars #20 works as a final issue giving each of the core members their own moments to shine while teasing us on adventures we sadly won’t be able to see continue as the rights return to Marvel Comics (who, after what we’ve seen here, have some big shoes to fill). Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $2.99]

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Star Wars: Rebel Heist #4

by Alan Rapp on August 7, 2014

in Comics

Star Wars: Rebel Heist #4The four-issue Star Wars mini-series from writer Matt Kindt and artist Marco Castiello concludes with a final tale featuring Luke Skywalker and his companions from the perspective of an Imperial Spy shadowing the young rebel. Initially waiting to strike until Luke’s unorthodox plan is made clear or he leads the spy to the rest of the rebel group, Ellak soon finds himself conflicted over his assignment and even begins rooting for Luke’s success.

Although I’m sad to see Dark Horse Comics loosing the rights to the Star Wars Universe at a time when they are putting out some of their best stories, I am glad that we got to see Kindt and Castiello’s vision of the core characters through the eyes of others. The mini-series picked up steam over its final two issues and ends on a high note.

The reveal of what the entire operation was for might be a little too cute for my tastes, but it doesn’t detract from some strong storytelling that bridges both old and new characters in a way I hope the new films can manage. Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $3.50]

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Star Wars #19

by Alan Rapp on August 2, 2014

in Comics

Star Wars #19The first-half of the series finale brings Han, Luke, Leia, and Chewbacca together for one final adventure before Dark Horse looses the rights to the Star Wars universe to Marvel. Introducing a character from Leia’s childhood as a deep-cover agent with whom she hasn’t spoken in years, Star Wars #19 puts the core characters on board the Millennium Falcon for an unusual rescue mission of an operative who may haven intelligence vital to the continued survival of the Rebellion.

Offering a cameo from everyone’s favorite robotic bounty hunter IG-88 while teasing us as to Leia’s relationship with the young woman, writer Brian Wood sells a story which, like the series, will be truncated despite the quality of the work.

Much like Boom Studio’s terrific Darkwing Duck series, another Disney property doing well is forced to end to be gobbled up by Marvel. No doubt Marvel will be more interested in putting out a Star Wars comic, but will they find a creative team as invested in these characters? I have my doubts. Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $3.50]

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Biker Scout Jumbo Figure

by Alan Rapp on July 19, 2014

in Toys & Collectibles

Biker Scout Jumbo Figure

You can pre-order your own Biker Scout Jumbo Figure for the low, low price of $80.

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