Thinking about Star Wars

Hello, yes I’m still here. I’m honestly not sure when i’ll be back to blogging regularly (life is crazy), but I wanted to talk a bit about Star Wars (again) so here I am.

Since this past weekend was a holiday, I decided to celebrate by going on an epic Star Wars marathon. In no particular order, I watched Star Wars Rebels, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Revenge of the Sith and Return of the Jedi. I found watching Revenge of the Sith to be particularly painful as I’d watched several seasons of The Clone Wars prior to putting in the movie, and since The Clone Wars series is a direct precursor to Episode III, in my mind the film was a direct continuation of the series (even though the show was supposed to run right up to the events of Episode III and even run parallel to the film if they’d been allowed to keep going after Disney acquired the franchise). It was just painful because, in watching The Clone Wars, I became very attached to all of the Jedi characters (except for Pong Krell), and watching them die the way they did…it hurt. Yes, I know Star Wars is fictional, none of this EVER happened, but these characters are very real to me.

On another note (pun intended), I really love all the musical Easter Eggs in The Clone Wars and Rebels. People should really stop discounting these two shows just because they’re animated. I didn’t think much of them at first either, but once I started watching, it hit me just how good the storytelling was. These shows are at the very least the equal of the live-action films (if not better if you compare them to Episode II). And the musical Easter Eggs that I mentioned….are just fantastic. For instance, when Padme visits Alderaan, there’s a great iteration of Leia’s theme. But the Easter Egg i like the most is the repeated references to the Imperial March, usually when Anakin does something or encounters someone that foreshadows his transformation into Darth Vader. This happens a lot when Anakin is around Chancellor Palpatine (who we all know is really Darth Sidious). In The Clone Wars, Anakin struggles a lot with his emotions, and in one episode, Anakin walks away at the end in a particularly black mood, with a few bars of the Imperial March playing ominously in the background. The most recent example I’ve seen is when Anakin encounters Captain Tarkin on a Separatist controlled world they’re trying to escape from (yes, he met Tarkin YEARS before he ever became the cunning Grand Moff seen in Rogue One and A New Hope, who knew??) The two spend most of the episode in conflict (Tarkin doesn’t think much of the Jedi) but by the end they’ve earned each other’s respect. And when the two shake hands back on Coruscant, there’s the Imperial March again…hinting at the contact they’ll have in the future. There’s actually a lot of speculation as to whether or not Tarkin knew who Vader really was. Most seem to agree that if he didn’t know, he at least had his suspicions on the matter (that he wisely kept to himself).

And speaking of Rebels…I am over the moon about the latest trailer for Season 4. When Tarkin directly mentioned Krennic and Project Stardust (both referring to the events of Rogue One which I suspect Rebels will run straight up to) I completely geeked out! I’m so curious to see what happens to Thrawn by the end of the season. I’m still holding out hope that at some point this legendary character makes the leap to live-action (in a perfect world, this would be pulled off as a complete surprise) but that would require him to make it out of the season alive. And right now…given the last words the Bendu spoke to Thrawn in season 3…I just don’t know. And then there’s the fates of Kanan and Ezra. As much as I don’t want to think of it, it CAN’T end well for either of them, and here’s why: by the time of Return of the Jedi, Yoda makes it clear that Luke will be “the last of the Jedi.” While Ezra could conceivably live on just not as a full-fledged Jedi (if the rumor that Benicio del Toro is playing Ezra in The Last Jedi turns out to be true I will FREAK OUT), Kanan most definitely identifies as a Jedi, which means he can’t be around, which probably means he dies. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t WANT Kanan to die, I don’t want ANY of them to die, but I have this terrible feeling that by the time Season 4 is over, Kanan (and possibly more) will be gone.

Since this is the last season of Rebels, I hope Dave Filoni doesn’t keep us in suspense too much longer as to what the next animated series will be about. I have no real preference myself, so long as Filoni returns with something. I know it will never happen, but I’d love to see the rest of The Clone Wars produced. I know it’s all written out, but it would be so cool to see it realized in animation, the way it should have been. Also a Maul-centric series would be amazing (provided Sam Witwer stays on as the voice).

Anyways, those are my thoughts on Star Wars. What do you think of the upcoming season of Rebels? Do you also think Kanan is going to die? Could Ezra be making the jump to live-action in The Last Jedi? (I’m not totally against that idea by the way). Hopefully I will be back to regular blogging in the near future. If nothing else, I’ll make sure to share my thoughts with the big films yet to come out this fall (especially The Last Jedi when it gets here). Later!

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