Star Wars: The Clone Wars Has Been Revived-New Season Incoming!

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At a San Diego Comic Con, fans gathered for a 10th Anniversary panel dedicated to Star Wars: The Clone Wars… and got the greatest surprise possible.

Brace yourselves:

*takes deep breath* IT’S BACK IT’S BACK IT’S FREAKING BACK I AM LITERALLY VIBRATING WITH JOY ARE JOY-SHAKES A THING????

For those who don’t know, The Clone Wars was cancelled with its sixth season complete. That season went straight to Netflix, but the show was never allowed a proper ending per se. That is, the show was not allowed to end where Revenge of the Sith began, completing the arc of the Clone War itself.

That’s about to change.

Ahsoka Tano is back! She’s on Mandalore! She’s hanging out with the late-Duchess Satine’s sister! There’s a clear plot possibility here; the novel Ahsoka by E. K. Johnston followed Anakin Skywalker’s former apprentice to Mandalore, where she helped free the population following ...

It’s Time to Remake the Star Wars Holiday Special

Star Wars Holiday Special, Han Solo

Box office analysts all over the galaxy have blamed Solo’s disappointing earnings on poor marketing and oversaturation of Star Wars movies. Personally, I believe these theories are (and forgive my French) a whole lot of hooey. The problem with Star Wars these days is that there are too many new ideas, new characters. Why enjoy something fresh and exciting and possibly even challenging, when you can watch the same old thing over and over?

With all this in mind, I’m sure you will agree that what Star Wars truly needs is a remake. Search your feelings. You will know it to be true. You probably already know what film I’m going to recommend that they reimagine, and that is the beloved sequel to A New Hope.

I am, of course, speaking of The Star Wars Holiday Special.

This made-for-TV movie honestly has everything you could ask for in a ...

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A Smuggler’s OTP: What is the Best Han Solo ‘Ship?

You may know the podcast I work on, One True Pairing, but what you may not know is that I am a Star Wars devotee. Don’t get me started on this series. I’ve seen all the movies multiple times, including the the remastered versions which I have some OPINIONS on. I could get into my love of all of the (space)ships in the Star Wars franchise (because if you don’t want a TIE Interceptor then I literally don’t know what would ever make you happy) but that’s another post for another time.

So today, I’ll be talking about Han ’ships. My co-host Marissa and I covered Han and Leia in honor of the new movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story, on our last episode, but there’s only so much we can hit on in such a short time. And, because we are all about ’ships—any ships, really, ...

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A Smuggler’s OTP: What is the Best Han Solo ‘Ship?

You may know the podcast I work on, One True Pairing, but what you may not know is that I am a Star Wars devotee. Don’t get me started on this series. I’ve seen all the movies multiple times, including the the remastered versions which I have some OPINIONS on. I could get into my love of all of the (space)ships in the Star Wars franchise (because if you don’t want a TIE Interceptor then I literally don’t know what would ever make you happy) but that’s another post for another time.

So today, I’ll be talking about Han ’ships. My co-host Marissa and I covered Han and Leia in honor of the new movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story, on our last episode, but there’s only so much we can hit on in such a short time. And, because we are all about ’ships—any ships, really, ...

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Star Wars Can Survive Its Cinematic Universe By Doing What It Already Does Best

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Are cinematic universes inherently bad?

Star Wars was sold to Disney in 2012, and the result brought that galaxy far, far away into the 21st century—specifically, it guaranteed that Star Wars would expand beyond Episodes I-IX in the Skywalker Saga and continue on and on into the future. No longer a singular modern myth, we will now be watching Star Wars at the cinemas seemingly until the end of time.

Not everyone is into that idea. But Star Wars is actually better outfitted for this future than most.

In a recent article in The New Yorker, Joshua Rothman bemoaned the how empty the Star Wars universe was becoming, citing William Gibson’s novel Pattern Recognition with its coolhunter central character Cayce Pollard, and her physical aversion to disingenuous, diluted branding. The article goes on to cite how the latest Star Wars offering—Solo—was a perfect example of the very ...

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How Solo Makes Sense of Han’s Entire Character Arc

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Though it often feels like light and fluffy fare, there’s a lot going on in Solo. Some of it is troublesome (particularly in how it chose to handle its female characters), but plenty of it does right by its title character. In short, Solo goes a long way towards explaining Han’s future actions and personality, starting when we first met him in A New Hope.

(Spoilers ahead.)

If you’re gonna do an origin story, part of the point is to reframe things that the audience already knows with new information, and ultimately, that’s all Solo is. Ostensibly, we get the chance to meet our favorite scruffy-looking nerf-herder before he’s had the chance to develop cynicism as a core personality trait. And yes, there are plenty of meet-cutes and splashy easter eggs, but the core of Solo is actually quite simple: It’s about a kid who once ...

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5 Ideas For a Lando Movie That Cannot Possibly Go Wrong

Obviously Solo: A Star Wars Story is about Han Solo—and we enjoyed it! Seeing Young Han was fun, and we loved the Easter eggs and squealed over Chewie and clapped with delight the first time the Millennium Falcon made an appearance.

BUT.

We all know who stole this show, and our hearts, and that man was Donald Glover as younger-but-still-unspeakably-suave Lando Calrissian. And as much as we’re a bit fatigued by this constant need to prequel and spin off every single story in recorded history, we honestly wouldn’t mind a Lando story. So, we’ve gathered some pitches.

Behold, movies (or television shows!) that should be thrown into production this instant:

 

Lando Calrissian and the Mindharp of Sharu

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Who’s to say that Lucasfilm wouldn’t dip into the Legends canon for some Lando inspiration? Here it comes from the 1983 novel that sees Lando running down a con with ...

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I Wish Solo’s Female Characters Could Find Better Escape Routes

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Early on in Solo: A Star Wars Story, Tobias Beckett tells an eager young Han Solo that “if you come with us, you’re in this life for good”—a final warning before he seals his fate as a smuggler. The film’s female characters are not afforded the same courtesy; the systems in which they are trapped—a droid’s existence, a life owned by Crimson Dawn—lack the same opportunities for either turning back or abandoning entirely. But that doesn’t stop Elthree or Qi’ra from looking for a way out.

Spoilers for Solo: A Star Wars Story

Although this is an origin story about a Corellian scumrat chasing down the life that will put him as high up into the stratosphere as he can go, I was much more intrigued by members of the supporting cast: the droid, and the other scumrat whose chains are a lot shorter. Whose ambitions aren’t as arrogant as ...

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Our 17 Favorite Easter Eggs in Solo: A Star Wars Story

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Solo: A Star Wars Story was (largely) delightful! And best of all it was stuffed with Easter eggs and references to the greater Star Wars universe, to that other Harrison Ford hero, and even to one of our favorite sitcoms.

Spoilers below!

 

1. The Imperial March/The Asteroid Belt

The well-known herald of Star Destroyers and Imperial officers plays, albeit in more upbeat form, in the background of the Imperial Academy recruitment ad that gets Han off Corellia. Also, the Kessel Run is helped along musically by the same motif John Williams created for the Asteroid Belt sequence in Empire Strikes Back.

 

2. Bossk + Aurra Sing

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Both bounty hunters get offhand mentions: Lando thanks Beckett for killing Sing (he had some outstanding debts with her); and earlier in the film, Val grouses about how they could have hired someone more experienced for this job, like Bossk. Alas, ...

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Boba Fett Standalone Star Wars Movie in the Works

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According to The Hollywood Reporter, Lucasfilm’s next standalone film will center on fan favorite bounty hunter Boba Fett. It’s long been rumored, but THR reports that Logan writer/director James Mangold will co-write the film with Simon Kinberg (who served as an executive producer on Star Wars: Rebels).

No word yet on what the plot would be, whether it would be a prequel or sequel to the original trilogy. The last time we saw Boba Fett in the linear canon timeline was The Clone Wars, but of course fans have long wondered how he got out of the Sarlacc Pit in Return of the Jedi. In fact, the Legends universe collection Tales from Jabba’s Palace has a story about exactly that, and would be a great place to begin looking for inspiration. Boba Fett was a mainstay of the Legends ’verse, and we have a lot of ...

The 12 Most Gratuitous Robot Deaths in Sci-Fi

Sometimes it feels like robots only exist to be abused, you know? We love them and the window they provide on the human condition, but science fiction is usually pretty mean to them overall. It loves to torment robots (and when we say “robots” we’re really talking about any form of android or A.I. or sentient toaster or what-have-you) with the constant threat of obsolescence or deactivation or destruction. And some of these deaths are just plain gratuitous, leaving us betrayed, bewildered, and otherwise bereaved.

Here are the worst of them.

 

Data, Star Trek: Nemesis

Type of “Robot”: Android

Why Death Was Gratuitous: Look, Nemesis was supposed to be the big bow-out for the Next Gen cast, but it just didn’t work that well. The plot was fuzzy, the villain weirdly contrived, and nothing about the film seemed to truly embody the tone or themes that Next Gen ...

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Here’s What Characters’ Favorite Toys Tell Us About the Star Wars Universe

As the great philosophers Aqua once said in their song “Barbie Girl,” “Imagination, life is your creation.” In other words: toys, by being actors on the stage of imagination, can help birth a new reality. While this “creation,” and the life within it, may never leave the realm of the mind, movies offer one arena in which toys can interact, literally and metaphorically, with a greater mythology and have actual, in-universe consequences. Furthermore, because toys can exist both in-narrative and in the hands of viewers, these objects provide a unique opportunity for a story to transcend the screen and extend into the audience’s reality—perhaps even taking with them a bit of the source material’s mythos. And there’s no clearer example of this than one of the single most popular sources of both film and toys in popular culture: the Star Wars franchise.

Star Wars has had a ubiquitous presence ...

Podraces, Porgs, and Prop Replicas: Our Favorite Star Wars Stuff

Star Wars is kind of a big deal. We’re not sure you noticed.

Truth is, Star Wars has become such a cultural juggernaut that you can find it pretty much anywhere at all times. It’s not just a thing to celebrate on May the 4th—if anything, May 4th is just an opportunity to jump around and shout about something that we already spend an abundance of time jumping around and shouting about. But because Star Wars is so omnipresent, some of the stuff we love about it is… weird. And random. Or maybe a little awkward.

So without further ado, we bring you a list of our favorite Star Wars stuff. Any old stuff. The strange and the non sequitur and the arcane.

 

Lightsaber Props and Sabine Wren’s Graffiti Art

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One of my greatest Christmases was the year I asked my parents for Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber, specifically. That sparked ...

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Avengers: Infinity War is a Reminder that Pop Culture Won’t Save Us

Many people have been name-checking Empire Strikes Back in their comments on Avengers: Infinity War. But as I left the theater this weekend, I found myself thinking about The Last Jedi, and… Frodo? I will talk about Infinity War a lot but I have to work through a couple of points about pop culture heroism in general first, so come along with me on a journey through multiple franchises, won’t you?

(SPOILERS for Avengers: Infinity War and The Last Jedi.)

The heart of the anti-Last Jedi backlash was the treatment of Luke Skywalker. Sure people complained about the (great, imo) decision to make Rey a Nobody from Nowhere, and yes, people were annoyed by the sidequest to free the Chocobos of Canto Bight. But the beating heart of people’s frustration with Last Jedi is the fact that everybody’s hero, good-hearted Luke Skywalker, orphaned son of a cursed ...

Lucasfilm Announces Star Wars Resistance Animated TV Series

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With Star Wars: Rebels having ended earlier this year, Lucasfilm has announced a new animated series that will explore another “untold moment” of the Star Wars universe: Star Wars Resistance, the “anime-inspired” prequel of sorts to The Force Awakens.

Dave Filoni, who wrote for Star Wars: The Clone Wars and created Star Wars: Rebels, will helm the new series. According to Lucasfilm’s description, the series follows “Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.” But there will also be familiar faces (and, er, shapes) in the form of BB-8, Poe Dameron (voiced by Oscar Isaac), and Captain Phasma (ditto Gwendoline Christie)! Not to mention the ace pilots recruited alongside Kazuda to join the ranks of General Leia’s growing Resistance.

“The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest ...

Lucasfilm Announces Star Wars Resistance Animated TV Series

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With Star Wars: Rebels having ended earlier this year, Lucasfilm has announced a new animated series that will explore another “untold moment” of the Star Wars universe: Star Wars Resistance, the “anime-inspired” prequel of sorts to The Force Awakens.

Dave Filoni, who wrote for Star Wars: The Clone Wars and created Star Wars: Rebels, will helm the new series. According to Lucasfilm’s description, the series follows “Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.” But there will also be familiar faces (and, er, shapes) in the form of BB-8, Poe Dameron (voiced by Oscar Isaac), and Captain Phasma (ditto Gwendoline Christie)! Not to mention the ace pilots recruited alongside Kazuda to join the ranks of General Leia’s growing Resistance.

“The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest ...

Lucasfilm Announces Star Wars Resistance Animated TV Series

Star Wars Resistance Lucasfilm animated series

With Star Wars: Rebels having ended earlier this year, Lucasfilm has announced a new animated series that will explore another “untold moment” of the Star Wars universe: Star Wars Resistance, the “anime-inspired” prequel of sorts to The Force Awakens.

Dave Filoni, who wrote for Star Wars: The Clone Wars and created Star Wars: Rebels, will helm the new series. According to Lucasfilm’s description, the series follows “Kazuda Xiono, a young pilot recruited by the Resistance and tasked with a top-secret mission to spy on the growing threat of the First Order.” But there will also be familiar faces (and, er, shapes) in the form of BB-8, Poe Dameron (voiced by Oscar Isaac), and Captain Phasma (ditto Gwendoline Christie)! Not to mention the ace pilots recruited alongside Kazuda to join the ranks of General Leia’s growing Resistance.

“The idea for Star Wars Resistance came out of my interest ...

Han and Chewie Get Their Big Break in the Final Solo Trailer

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The final Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer is here, and we’re getting a few lessons about honor among thieves. But we probably should have expected that.

Here it is, folks:

Perhaps the most tickling part of the trailer is Han finding out the Chewie is nearly two centuries old. (This has been a long-known piece of canon that is happily resurfacing in a beautiful way on film.) We also see Chewie hug a fellow Wookiee, and while it could be anyone at all, it would be wonderful if it turned out to be his wife, Malla. And then there’s a cool space train and Chewie hanging on to Han for dear life, so expect to have a lot of feelings about those two.

We’re getting a better idea of precisely what the film is about and what the dynamics are between the characters. Safe to say that you ...

FACT: Rey’s Next Star Wars Mentor Should Be Ahsoka Tano

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Rey’s training with Luke Skywalker in The Last Jedi may have been cut short, but she could probably use a little more guidance in the Force if she’s planning to save a galaxy from tyranny and help a new generation rebuild the future. Lucky for her, the perfect teacher is probably still out there somewhere in the galaxy! Someone who has already told the Jedi Order what for, who is full of wisdom, who more interested in doing what is right than adhering to any group doctrine.

Her name is Ahsoka Tano. Former pupil of Anakin Skywalker, former Jedi Padawan, former general in the Clone War.

Guardian of the light.

Master of her own destiny.

[Spoilers for Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels]

Ahsoka became a part of the Star Wars universe in the canonical animated dual series The Clone Wars and Rebels. In the first ...

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Poignant Star Wars Documentary The Director and the Jedi Guaranteed to Wreck Us

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Among Variety’s writeup of the 12 movie and TV premieres garnering the most buzz at South by Southwest is The Director and the Jedi, a behind-the-scenes documentary from Star Wars: The Last Jedi. While the doc is centered on Rian Johnson’s experience writing and directing the film, there’s an extremely personal dimension that we already know is going to give us all the feels: the cast and the crew grappling with Carrie Fisher’s passing in late 2016.

The documentary was initially announced in late February, as one of many bonus features on the Last Jedi home release. The official summary makes it seem as if director Anthony Wonke and the others behind the feature were aware of the polarizing response to The Last Jedi:

An intimate documentary delving into Rian Johnson’s process as he comes in as a director new to the Star Wars universe. A fan ...