Pivotal Ahsoka Scene Coming in Season Two of Rebels!

“I was drawing and storyboarding probably one of the most critical things I’ve ever drawn and staged at my job at Lucasfilm…this really, really, really, really, really, really, really important moment that I had turned over in my head many times, dealing with Ahsoka…I’ll never forget that.”

The quote above is from Dave Filoni.

He’s talking about the scene he’s looking forward to fans seeing most in season two of Star Wars Rebels.

He goes on to elaborate a little more about the scene.

“It was kind of a nice point where all things came together for me. And that stuff that I staged, that particular scene, and everything surrounding it…I’m very excited for fans to see. That’s going to be a big one. When it happens, you can ask me, you’ll say, ‘Was this the thing?’ and I’ll say, ‘Yeah,’ and I can go into more detail about it.”

So is Dave talking about a final showdown between Anakin and Ahsoka? Only time will tell.

Stay tuned for season two of Rebels coming later this year! (And check out the entire interview with Dave here.)

Why Barriss Offee is NOT the New Inquisitor

Ever since the trailer for season two of Star Wars Rebels was released, there has been speculation about the identity of the new Inquisitors. Today, I’d life to focus on this one in particular (there may be slight spoilers contained in the paragraphs ahead):

Many fans are speculating that beneath the outfit, it is none other than Barriss Offee, the Jedi turncoat herself. Some have even created fan art depicting it!

But I’m not one of them.

Let’s get something straight first: I’m all in favor of old characters returning in Rebels. I love it when that happens! In fact, when I first heard the theory that the new Inquisitor is Barriss, I was excited about it.

But after a little more consideration, I’m pretty positive it isn’t her.

First things first: her facial markings are different. (Yes, the actual face of the new Inquisitor was revealed recently in a fan magazine. Don’t look if you don’t want to be minorly spoiled.)

Here is Barriss from the Clone Wars alongside the new Inquisitor.

Barriss has a very distinct pattern of diamonds decorating her nose and upper cheeks. The Inquisitor has a totally different pattern. (Is it naturally occuring? Or just alterable tattoos? Not sure.)

Dave Filoni and the Rebels team don’t bring back old characters just for the fun of it. The Star Wars universe is gigantic, and bringing back characters we’ve seen before just makes it seem smaller. There has to be a good reason if they’re going to have Barriss return; it has to make sense.

But in this case, it doesn’t. If the Inquisitor from season one was any indication, this new inquisitor will be completely evil, a tool of the Emperor that harnesses the dark side of the Force for more power.

Barriss Offee is not that person. (I happen to think there were many issues with the final arc of The Clone Wars, one being that Barriss acted completely out of character.)

Listen to her final words to the jury, the Jedi, and Ahsoka as she admits her guilt, but also the logic behind her actions in this video:

These aren’t the words of someone who would work for the Empire to hunt down do-gooders and murder them. Barriss hates war and conflict, that much is clear. She foresees the Republic’s descent to the dark side, and wishes that they could return to the light!

Yes, she used the wrong methods for bringing about political change when she bombed the Jedi temple. (I still think they could have written that episode so much better.) But she did it for the right reasons. She saw through what Palpatine was molding the Jedi into: war machines that only advanced the killing, not kept it at bay.

Barriss Offee may be a misguided traitor to the Jedi, but she wouldn’t become an Inquisitor. 

(P.S: I was hoping the Inquisitor would be Ventress (before the face was revealed), but writing this post made me realize that wouldn’t fit her either. I reaaaally wanna see Ventress again, but I think she broke up with the dark side of the Force for good.)

What do YOU think about the new Inquisitor? Leave a comment below!

Ahsoka Lives!

Well, it’s official! Ahsoka Tano, everyone’s favorite padawan (right?), has returned to assist the crew of the Ghost. Summoned by Chopper and appearing for a few brief moments at the end of the Star Wars Rebels season finale, the character Fulcrum was revealed to be none other than Snips herself, two green (whoops, looks like they’ve changed to blue ones) lightsabers and all.

Notice how her lightsabers are more curved now, like a samurai’s, according to Disney.

She’s got two blue blades, now.

While she looks a lot different, we’ve got to remember that a lot of time has passed. She’s in her early thirties now! Her new design in the style of Rebels will take me a little getting used to, but underneath she’s the same Snips we know and love😀

Ahsoka's evolution through the years

Ahsoka’s evolution through the years

sigh, it seems like only yesterday she was training at the temple, playing with R2, hanging out with her B.F.F. Barriss Offee- wait, nevermind that last one.

In a USA Today article, Filoni and crew say that she’ll definitely play a bigger part in Season 2 of Rebels, although she certainly won’t have a bunk on the Ghost anytime soon. TCW was her show; I’m just glad she’s getting the chance to return in Rebels.

And with Darth Vader coming into the picture in the final seconds of the episode, the wait for Season 2 just got a lot less bearable. (I like the chances for a Vader/Ahsoka reunion in the season premiere, personally.)

Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion Review

Hey everyone!

There will be lots of reviews circulating around over the next week or so, so instead of a typical review, here is a collection of thoughts I typed up while I watched the 45-minute-premiere episode of Star Wars Rebels. (Let’s be real, I was just too lazy to write a normal review.)

To start off with, it hasn’t aired on Disney xD yet. Currently, it is available for those with access to the Watch Disney xD website/app, or those with torrenting know-how.

It will air on television October 3rd.

Overall, I enjoyed it. Certainly different from Clone Wars, but that wasn’t a surprise. I’m hoping it’ll mature and get darker as time goes along, and what Dave Filoni and other members of the team have said seem to confirm this. The voice talent is all really good; I particularly enjoyed Tiya Sircar’s performance as Sabine!

  • Hera’s pep talk to Ezra when time was running short seemed odd and a bit forced.
  • Animation is different, but I got used to it quickly and even started enjoying it. the facial expressions seemed lacking compared to the final seasons of The Clone Wars. The clean, shiny white of the stormtrooper’s armor was gorgeous, though not very effective. (Seriously, why even wear it if one blaster shot puts you down? Oh yeah, it IS quite the fashion statement.) However, while the Stormtrooper’s looked fantastic, the Wookiee’s hair did not. The animation has it’s highs and lows.
  • Zeb has the least interesting and developed personality right now. His Wookiee imitation was pretty hilarious, though.
  • Sabine is just amazing, nothing unexpected there. But Ezra hitting on Sabine was NOT something I expected. He’s like, 15? And she’s in her early 20’s, I’d wager. EDIT: Turna out I was wrong. Apparently Sabine is supposed to be 15! She doesn’t look, act, or talk like a 15-year-old, but…
  • Hera is one of the more intriguing characters, but for the entire episode, she’s stuck in the cockpit. She and Kanaan definitely have a lot of backstory shared, that much is easy to tell. They have a good chemistry.
  • The Empire is represented as a bunch of one-dimensional villains, without any variance.
  • Kanaan offered Ezra a ride, then acted like he didn’t like him. Hera seemed to sense there was something special about him from the start.
  • After he saw Kanaan’s lightsaber, a street smart kid like Ezra could definitely put two and two together, but Kanaan doesn’t seem to think much about it…
  • I’m still somewhat confused about how much the team knew about Ezra beforehand. Hera and Kanaan seem to have had him in mind already for a kind of test?
  • That whole baby Wookiee chase-to-the-end-of-the-ramp bit was overly-dramatic, but I can’t complain since The Clone Wars had the same issue many times.
  • Yay, one Wilhelm scream and it’s only the first episode!
  • Ezra just puts on a random helmiat and can suddenly pick up crucial information that wouldn’t be broadcast for just anyone to hear. I mean, seriously? Do Stormtroopers hear communication from EVERY single other trooper in range? No wonder they’re so slow sometimes; they’re constantly bombarded with unnecessary chatter.
  • The battle scenes were all well done, though things did feel a bit too easy on occasion, with only a few Stormtroopers showing up to try and stop them from leaving the ship, or the tiny amount of guards at the Spice Mines.
  • Ezra can seemingly navigate anywhere on the Destroyer without having ever being onboard one. C’mon, he hasn’t even been in space before! But he knows where to find Kanaan and Zeb to alert them about the trap, where to find his confiscated bag after escaping from the holding cell, and where to locate the others when they return to rescue him!
  • I love how they don’t amp up Ezra’s morality just because he’s the main character. Yes, he swipes Kanaan’s lightsaber, why wouldn’t he? A kid’s gotta eat!
  • My theory on Hera is that she’s had an injury where her legs were damaged, which is why she literally never leaves her seat in the cockpit.
  • Oh, and is it just me, or did holocron Obi-Wan look younger than he did in The Clone Wars?

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  • And did they really just tease the Inquisitor for a brief moment at the end? I was hoping for more.

“I am Agent Kallus from the Security Bureau. And you are?”

“Jabba the Hutt.”


“First Jedi you’ve ever seen, Sir?”

*Kallus kicks him off the pillar*

The Clone Wars Season 6 – Lost Missions Thoughts/Review

Well, I signed up for the free trial of Netflix just to watch these. And, frankly, I was a bit disappointed. Jar Jar Binks teaming up with Mace Windu? I mean, not quite the stuff final seasons are made of, right? But some of these episodes weren’t necessarily meant to be included in the final season. The Clovis arc with the fairly uninteresting storyline revolving around the banking clan was originally meant for a previous season, but got cut due, probably because the team decided there were better episodes to include.

It was interesting to see how much Yoda blames himself for Ahsoka’s departure.

I do like that there is a brief cameo from Ahsoka. I wasn’t expecting her at all, so that’s a small bonus. Her little speech to Yoda really made me revisit the devastation the council’s decision caused her. Becoming a Jedi master was her dream, ever since she was a youngling. But the council pushed her away. I’m secretly still hoping for another appearance in some form, but I highly doubt she will ever go back to the Order. So, yeah, her cameo was great.

But what about the ‘loose ends’ Dave Filoni and TCW team said the Lost Missions would clear up? Sure, we know more about Order 66 and the Force. That’s neat. But what happens to Captain Rex, Asajj Ventress, and Hondo Ohnaka? I’d hoped at least one of their fates would be addressed.

Overall, I’d say the best parts of Season 6 were the first and the last. Fives’ storyline was a fantastic idea that gave us a closer look at the background of Order 66, although the execution was a little clunky. (And that annoyingly helpful droid…ugh.)

It was awesome to see Padme and Anakin’s relationship get tested, even in a boring banking clan plotline. Seriously, I was surprised TCW didn’t delve more into their romance. It would have been an opportunity to show things the movies could never dig deeply into, such as the couple’s everyday life, and the hardships that come with a forbidden love.

Mace and Jar Jar I could’ve done without.

Yoda’s big adventure was a nice way to finish of the series.  Although I still consider Ahsoka’s departure the ‘official’ ending point. The Priestesses looked to be inspired by famed creator Hayao Miyazaki’s signature style, which I appreciated. Oh, and did anyone catch the neat circular format? The Clone Wars movie began this thing by introducing Ahsoka. Then the series got cancelled as she left. Likewise, the first episode of TCW series focused on Yoda, just like the last episode of Season 6. That’s kinda interesting.

What do you guys think about Season 6? I’d love to discuss your thoughts in the comments section! Oh, and by the way, here’s an article published io9 about how Ahsoka is the greatest thing to happen to Star Wars in 20 years. Naturally, I agree. So go read the article!

Deleted Scene: Ahsoka’s speaks her mind to the Jedi counsel before leaving

USA Today has published a clip which appears on the bonus features of the new Clone Wars DVD that came out today. In this new clip, we see an unfinished scene. The Jedi counsel members are outside with Ahsoka and Anakin in this scene. It basically progresses the same as the final version which aired, except Ahsoka says coldly, “They never should have told me to leave.”

I know that when the final aired, I felt like she didn’t express enough anger with the counsel, so the fact that she lets out some steam in this scene makes me happy. Watch it for yourself below, and then comment and tell me what you think!

 

If no video is above, you can watch the video at http://www.usatoday.com/videos/life/tv/2013/10/14/2982435/

 

TCW Bonus Content coming early 2014!

Dave Filoni, supervising director of The Clone Wars, has announced on his twitter and facebook accounts that the remaining episodes of the show have been finished, and should be released sometime early next year. Read the full text of his announcement below!

Star Wars fans – I have some exciting news! We have wrapped production on all of the remaining Star Wars: The Clone Wars episodes, and while that might be sad news in one way, it’s good news in another. It means you will finally get to see them. When, exactly, is a detail I cannot yet share. I can confirm that in early 2014 you will be watching the final episodes of The Clone Wars, including one of Master Yoda’s most challenging missions. So, get ready. We’ve got Clone Wars and Rebels coming at you in 2014. Animated Star Wars is alive and well. Trust in the Force my friends.
– Dave

Though I was hoping for the rest of the episodes a little sooner, at least we have an approximate date for when to be expecting them. Discuss your feelings in the comments section!

The Clone Wars in Two Pictures

Here’s something that might bring a tear to your eye…

These two screenshots sum up what the Clone Wars TV show was meant to do: introduce Ahsoka, make us care about her, and then send her off into an unknown future. Hopefully, we’ll be getting new stuff featuring her soon, either in SW Rebels, or in TCW bonus content (If the bonus content ever gets released *sigh*. I’m getting impatient!)

The Clone Wars in Two Pictures