I feel like I should say this right off the bat: this is a disc of episodes in which people make really stupid decisions. Like… really stupid. But it’s okay. Our heroes survive. More or less. We pick up with the story arc from the last episode of the previous disc which means… slavers.
Slaves of the Republic I love this episode purely because it’s the reason why we get to hear Obi-Wan use the words ‘High Class Scum’ and also because Ahsoka got to throw some subtle shade at Anakin about him not being very convincing as a Master.
I would “never” question the wisdom or the judgment of the Jedi Council in all their… uhh… wisdom but could they really not find anyone better to send on this mission than Anakin Skywalker? Why on earth would you put a former slave on a mission to a planet full of slavers? Anakin is far from being the calmest Jedi out there and putting him into an emotionally charged situation like this is just plain stupid.
And while I’m on the subject on ranting, why did it have to be Ahsoka who was put into the slave girl role? More specifically: why does it have to be the show’s lone female lead who is put into a slave girl outfit? So help me, this had best not happen in Rebels too.
At least we got a fun parallel to Return of the Jedi with Artoo tossing lightsabers to the Jedi on command. At least.
Other things happened in this episode such as the plan failing miserably but I’m honestly too off put by Ahsoka being dressed up as a slave girl and the Jedi Council putting Anakin into a situation like this to have really took notice.
Another February means another Katsucon. It’s one of the largest anime conventions on the East Coast and makes its home at the Gaylord Hotel and Resort in National Harbor, MD, just outside of Washington DC. This year, it was quite the frozen convention to say the least (you’ll get that pun in a minute) with a massive snow storm bringing the East Coast to a standstill. Hundreds of eager con-goers found their travel plans suddenly thrown into chaos as flights, trains, and buses were cancelled right and left. While there are undoubtedly plenty of attendees who weren’t able to make it, the convention was still rather filled with more and more people trickling in over Friday and Saturday. Friday was, however, a good day for costumers who wanted to get pictures in the famed gazebo.
Star Wars Weekends fans, rejoice! The ever-popular Star Wars event that takes place every May-June at Disney’s Hollywood Studios is back and is now boasted a fifth weekend. Additionally, James Arnold Taylor is back as the celebrity host.
As the Rebel Alliance continues its fight for freedom and democracy in the Star Wars galaxy, the phantom puppetmaster himself, Darth Sidious (aka Emperor Palpatine), has issued a new galactic decree about Star Wars Weekends 2014 at Disney’s Hollywood Studios.
While some of his blue-hued holographic transmission was garbled, the Emperor has ordered his Galactic Empire to create a demonstration of force and power that can be seen high above Disney’s Hollywood Studios during Star Wars Weekends 2014. This has caused much talk in the galaxy that a gala fireworks show featuringStar Wars music will be presented each evening this year.
When consulted, several protocol droids further translated the Emperor’s message. These translations reinforced the conclusions that there will be a new evening experience for Star Wars Weekends guests on Hollywood Blvd. in the Walt Disney World Resort theme park.
However, that’s not the end of this story.
When the Rebel Alliance secretly learned of the Emperor’s plans from a hidden message decoded from an astromech droid, they decided to extend the galactic gala one more weekend in 2014.
In order to convince more guests to join the Rebellion, a 5th weekend is now being added to Star WarsWeekends 2014. The new event dates are every Friday, Saturday and Sunday from May 16-June 15, 2014. The theme for this year’s event is, appropriately, “Join the Rebellion.”
Disney also released a promotional poster for this year’s event.
It probably goes without saying that both Nanci and I will be in attendance.
EW wraps up the Rebels character reveals with Hera, a Twi’lek pilot voiced by Vanessa Marshall.
She’s a Twi’lek (having those long head-tail things) and is voiced by actress Vanessa Marshall (The Grim Adventures of Billy & Mandy). “She is a very strong-minded character,” says Rebels executive producer Dave Filoni, “kind of the heart of the group, keeps everyone together when they would otherwise fall apart.”
“Every time we get a script I’m breathless with anticipation,” Marshall adds, “because I want to see where we’re going too.”
Head to the link above for the introductory video.
The Hollywood Reporter has today’s Rebels character reveal in Sabine, a Mandolorian combat expert and… street artist.
Who is Sabine? She is a Mandalorian, and is described as “sassy,” “spunky,” “feisty” and has “a little bit of attitude.” She has an expert’s knowledge of weapons and arms, with an affinity for blowing things up. “She does it with flair,” Sircar says of Sabine, who also moonlights as a graffiti artist.
“She’s definitely one who’s turned against the Empire and that’s going to be to the Rebels’ benefit,” as executive producer Dave Filoni hints in the behind-the-scenes featurette above. As Joel Aron, CG supervisor of lighting and FX, says, “She’s adding something that we haven’t really seen before in the Star Wars universe. You have a character that is expressively creative through art — whether it’s the color of her hair or what she’s done to her armor.”
Sabine will be voiced by Tiya Sircar, who has done some voice work but has mostly done small roles in a number of TV shows and films.
The character announcements keep on coming. IGN has the reveal this time and introduces us to Zeb.
Voiced by the ridiculously prolific Steve Blum – whose video game and animation credits are pretty much “everything” — Zeb is a tough, seasoned and very intelligent member of the Rebels crew. As for what Star Wars alien race Zeb is, you’ll learn more about that on the series, because Zeb comes from a never before seen species – though big Star Wars fans will recognize Zeb’s basic look. Star Wars Rebels executive producers Dave Filoni, Greg Weisman, Simon Kinberg and their collaborators are taking a major influence from the beloved work of Ralph McQuarrie on the original Star Wars trilogy, including tons of early concept art McQuarrie did for the films, and Zeb’s appearance is heavily influenced by McQuarrie’s initial ideas for what Chewbacca might look like. Though rest assured, Zeb had an attitude and demeanor all his own…