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post #51 of 172

I didn't mind the droids cameo, because I was too giddy over the old-school Star Tours reunion, including Paul Reubens returning as the voice of the pilot droid and seats that look like the ones on the actual ride.

post #52 of 172
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I didn't mind the droids cameo, because I was too giddy over the old-school Star Tours reunion, including Paul Reubens returning as the voice of the pilot droid and seats that look like the ones on the actual ride.


Yup. That was easily the cameo that made me the happiest.  Totally didn't see it coming, but, you know, this is Disney's Star Wars, so why wouldn't they do a Star Tours shoutout?  Made perfect sense.

post #53 of 172

Holy moly, I can't imagine how limited the budget must be for this show.  The backgrounds were almost more aggressively low-res and sparse.

I hope they continue to tell strong stories in spite of that.

post #54 of 172

Hahaha I see your point, but at the same time I would never complain about the backgrounds.  I mean, unless it was REALLY bad.  I guess they could have more detail. 

post #55 of 172

It's not detail I'm talking about.

 

A huge exaggeration, but it felt like playing Wolfenstein/Doom/Quake and walking right up to a wall and seeing the pixelated textures up close.

post #56 of 172

Second episode was really good.  This cast is really working for me.  Really well rounded team that work extremely well together.  I actually liked the droids cameo although Anthony Daniels' voice sounded really off.  So much that I wasn't even sure it was him and had to check the credits.

 

The limited use of the Force and lightsabers is such a godsend.  THIS is how the Jedi were always supposed to be portrayed before Lucas lost it.  

 

Agent Kallus still has a stupid name though.  

post #57 of 172

So, the pilot is being rebroadcast on ABC on the 26th...with an added scene between the Inquisitor (the dude Kallus called at the end of the pilot) and Darth Vader.  And Vader will be voiced by James Earl Jones.

 

http://www.starwars.com/news/abc-to-air-star-wars-rebels-spark-of-rebellion-with-a-new-scene-featuring-darth-vader

 

On the one hand, can't we leave the Special Editions behind?  OTOH, JAMES EARL JONES!  Plus, given how well they handled the Jedi in the pilot, seeing them take on Vader has potential.

post #58 of 172

I really like the fact that they're portraying Kanan in a much different way to other Jedi. He's more Han Solo than Obi-Wan and that's quite refreshing. I also like the fact that the bad guys do feel like a legitimate threat. Kallus was defeated by a complete wild card rather than being outsmarted, and he almost killed one of the main characters here. Of course, we knew he wouldn't succeed but it's smart storytelling not to have him fall into the category of the villain who is gradually made to look more and more like a buffoon each episode. 

 

Really enjoying this show.

post #59 of 172

I just hope that like a Firefly they don't have the villains showing up and being defeated every single episode, or they will very quickly lose that threat.  Mix it up with some one offs. 

post #60 of 172
Typically Disney Channel NZ is fucking us on this.

Nothing after one repeat of the first extended episode. Just incessant repeats of Dog with a Blog and other such drek.
post #61 of 172

Just added this to my DVR list today. Not sure what episode it'll start with, but looking forward to it nonetheless.

post #62 of 172

I... I think I like this show.

 

Quick question though - is the Disney Channel ALWAYS THIS LOUD????

 

Jeebus.

post #63 of 172

I never realised how much I wanted to see a story with a stolen TIE Fighter until that episode.  Fun stuff.  This show continues to make me feel Star Wars might be in the right hands.

 

Also:

 

post #64 of 172

I think the coolest thing is using early draft Mcquarrie art as a bit of a template.

 

post #65 of 172

Yeah, the last episode was light, but very charming.  Chopper screwing with Ezra at the beginning and making him think he'd lifted the bowl was hilarious.

 

Next week's episode has been shown alongside the premiere at screenings and it sounds like it's a gamechanger for the series.  Looking forward to it.

post #66 of 172

Watched the first three episodes last night and enjoyed it a ton. It just reinforces how important character relationships are to Star Wars, because the show does a great job of establishing a camaraderie between the crew that simply just feels like the Star Wars we all love. It's very cool getting a closer look at the Empire at work, as opposed to just being stooges for Tarkin/Vader/Palpatine.


The only quibble I have is revealing the lightsaber too early, thus slightly undercutting the Kanan 'badass reveal' moment, but it's testament to just how well that moment is handled that it still works despite us already being in on it.


Edited by Workyticket - 10/21/14 at 1:35am
post #67 of 172

The third episode was, in many ways, the strongest one yet.   Which is so sooooo encouraging.  I laughed out loud several times.  Ezra and Zeb are already a great team.  Some shows take entire seasons to get to that dynamic.

 

My only moment is that with the exception of chopper the rest of the characters manage to be as big and colorful and interesting as Zeb and Ezra without the benefit of immaturity and comedy down the road. 

post #68 of 172

I love that Chopper is really just a cranky asshole in droid form.

post #69 of 172

He's a full on troll.  It's great. 

post #70 of 172

I think if I was watching this episode as part of a binge watch it would be passable.   Instead, it's the very definition of "filler episode".   To be completely honest, it was....not very good at all.   In fact, this felt like a Saturday morning cartoon in a lot of bad ways.   I'm not sure if we're getting 22 episodes or 13 but this was sort of a waste of rendering hours in my opinion.    The Droid Force gag was pretty cute though.

post #71 of 172
Oh grow a heart you sick monster!
post #72 of 172

Aw hell, I thought this was on at 8 instead of 7, then though the Vader scene would be at the end.  Pooched that real good.

post #73 of 172

So that was one of the best episodes yet.  Have I mentioned how fucking super thrilled I am that Star Wars is as good as it was back in the 70's and 80's again?

 

The introduction of the Inquisitor was amazing.  The show has been missing a true villainous presence, a big bad.  The Inquisitor is everything I wanted him to be.  A cool gentlemen villain, he has a dope ass lightsaber that got cooler and cooler, he had his own unique fighting style that hasn't been done in Star Wars before.  Fencing!  Plus, my favorite thing about the episode, taking "Do or do not, there is no try."  Making fun of it, and then at the end coming around to find genuine use out of it and being all the wiser. 

 

Even something really small like the lightsabers having the skinnier distinct look from the first movie is so cool.  I love how the art style mandate is "Star Wars".  Not the prequels, so far not even Empire. 

post #74 of 172

I don't know if I have it in me to get hurt again.

 

*regretfully leaves thread*

post #75 of 172

*slaps*

 

*SLAPS HARDER*

 

NO.  NOOOOO!  You WILL watch this fucking show DAMN YOU!

post #76 of 172
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*slaps*

 

*SLAPS HARDER*

 

NO.  NOOOOO!  You WILL watch this fucking show DAMN YOU!

 

I just watched the 42 minute move.  Random thoughts:

 

--It's certainly better than clone wars.  So was the Indian-buffet fueled dump I took this morning, though.

 

--Ezra.  They named the kid "Ezra."  Someone in the naming department needs to be shot.

 

--They came this close to overdoing the homages.  The chessboard-esque table, the "A new hope will come" line, a few others. 

 

--Don't like the look of the Inquisitor.  Please tell me these things aren't the villains of the new series.

 

--Pretty kiddy, but there were definitely a few deaths.  I don't like the Imperials being the fodder for laughter instead of fear. 

 

--The moment when I thought, "now this feels like they might be on to something" is when they vote and go back for the kid despite a skin of their teeth escape.  I actually felt a little bit of a rush ...I sensed something, a presence I've not felt since ... *trails off dramatically*

 

--From the moment they go back for the kid, I actually became cautiously invested.  We'll see where this goes.  I managed to not self-cut after watching it, so that's definitely a plus.

post #77 of 172

Oh just you wait.  Two or three episodes from now and you'll LOVE the name Ezra. 

 

You wait you filth... 

post #78 of 172

Still need to see Ep 4 but they cut back almost completely on the Keystone Stormtrooper aspect that bothered me in the pilot.  

post #79 of 172
Not seen any of these yet, but have a couple of questions.

How long is the whole series going to run? How many seasons? Reason being, the sequel comes out at the end of next year and although these are considered cannon, the cartoons etc always seem Star Wars-lite, and once the movies come out they're going to seem pretty irrelevant as the fanbase looks to the future.
post #80 of 172
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How long is the whole series going to run? How many seasons? Reason being, the sequel comes out at the end of next year and although these are considered cannon, the cartoons etc always seem Star Wars-lite, and once the movies come out they're going to seem pretty irrelevant as the fanbase looks to the future.


Oh I don't know about that.  Light artillery, at best.  Maybe not even that.  Something between M249/SAW level and .50 cal with a good scope is probably about right. 


Edited by Overlord - 10/27/14 at 4:07pm
post #81 of 172

Is the SAW even considered light artillery? It's a machine gun. I assume the .50 cal you are talking about is a Barrett, which is a sniper rifle.

post #82 of 172
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Is the SAW even considered light artillery? It's a machine gun. I assume the .50 cal you are talking about is a Barrett, which is a sniper rifle.


Let's not quibble over semantics.  The important thing is to acknowledge that Stale Elvis is deserving of mockery for misusing "cannon" in place of "canon." 

post #83 of 172
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Is the SAW even considered light artillery? It's a machine gun. I assume the .50 cal you are talking about is a Barrett, which is a sniper rifle.


It's actually considered a light machine gun.  I never understood why the huge, massive bipod requiring machine guns were called light and not heavy.  The military is big on irony?

post #84 of 172

They're called Light Machine Guns because they're able to be carried by hand as opposed to the heavier, vehicle mounted variety and that was a really weird derail.

 

That was a pretty fucking excellent episode!  There was a real sense of danger and risk in the prison escape.  And I LOVE The Inquisitor.  Getting Jason Isaacs to voice him was the right call on so many levels.  We really haven't seen such a courteous, well mannered and intelligent villain like this in Star Wars yet.

 

Like Freeman says, working 'do or do not, there is no try' into the plot worked extremely well.  And the lightsaber fight coupled with Kanan finally cutting loose with the force powers (that Force Pull/Double Clothesline being my favourite) was a hell of a lot of fun.

 

I know people are hesitant about this show.  But for me, at this stage...

 

 


Edited by Codename - 10/28/14 at 1:53am
post #85 of 172

That was a dark twist this episode took.  I mean, it obviously wasn't going to be as easy as presented, but the reveal was genuinely disturbing.

post #86 of 172
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 And I LOVE The Inquisitor.  Getting Jason Isaacs to voice him was the right call on so many levels. 
 

Ohhhhhhhhh.  That makes sense.  No wonder I was drawn to the voice. 

post #87 of 172

Also, for all your Imperial Holonet news, this is pretty cool.

 

http://holonetnews.com/

post #88 of 172
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I know people are hesitant about this show.  But for me, at this stage...

I think this calls for one of the precious few things I like in the prequels.

 

post #89 of 172

REO Speedwagon > Anything in The Phantom Menace.

 

Another neat tidbit I just found out.  Gall Trayvis, the Imperial Senator that hacked the Holonet is voiced by Brent Spiner.  SUCK IT TREKKIES!

post #90 of 172
A fun fluffy little Empire focused episode. Really looking forward to next week to. Star Wars does Pitch Black!
post #91 of 172

This show is doing great at showing things I've always wanted to see with Star Wars.  This case being Stormtrooper training.  

 

It was a really fun episode.  Especially for being very kid-centric.  

 

There is a part of me that is wondering if Leonis might actually be John Boyega's character from Ep 7 though.  He certainly fits in with what we've heard about Boyega's character.

post #92 of 172

That would make John Boyega play a character who's the same age as Luke and Leia.  Not impossible, but...kinda weird.

 

 But yeah, this was a fun episode.  Cool to see the beginnings of stormtrooper training.  And the implications of what happens to students who stand out too much are pretty damn chilling.

 

Looking forward to the next one, which apparently is all about Hera and Sabine - glad those two are finally getting some decent screentime, apparently.

post #93 of 172

Maybe.  The timeline is a bit iffy with this show.  But you're right, it's probably not him.  Just a fun thought if they could sneak in foreshadowing for the movies without anyone noticing.

 

If I do have one criticism though, they need to move away from Lothal.  Most of the previous episodes have been focussed on that planet.  I'd like to see some new ones Rebels.  K, thanx.

 

Hera and Sabine getting the spotlight next week does make me all kinds of happy though.  Love both those characters.  Especially Hera.

post #94 of 172

If this takes place 5 years before Star Wars, and Episode 7 takes place 30 years after Jedi, and the original trilogy spanned, I dunno, about five years of time, then the only plausible outcome there is that Boyega is this characters son.  Ezra and this kid appear to be the same age as Luke would be five years before Star Wars.  Lets call it 12 or 13.  There's no reason they can't make him an apprentice to the Inquisitor who lives on the inside of the Empire, and then he grows up to have a son who would be roughly Daisy Ridleys age. 

 

Although that's one heeeelllllll of a stretch, so lets lets mark this down right now.  If that kid turns out to be John Boyegas father, we're all insane geniuses and Gods. 

post #95 of 172

New episode is solid, with some very intriguing character details:

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Sabine was an Imperial cadet on Mandalore - and it sounds like she may have participated in some kind of atrocity/attack as a cadet

And, more importantly, the kickoff of a bigger serialized story arc with huge ramifications not just for the series, but for the OT as well:

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
So Hera seems to be in contact with someone who's providing intel to rebels across the galaxy and is at least aware of other rebel cells.  Looks like this is the first move towards building the Rebel Alliance.

Very much a table-setter, but good to see Hera and Sabine in the spotlight in (and off in their own storyline), and some really cool set-ups for what's to come.

post #96 of 172
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This show is doing great at showing things I've always wanted to see with Star Wars.  This case being Stormtrooper training. 

It also makes it canonical that Stormtroopers aren't clones. Or at least not all clones. Many a geek argument has been had over that.

post #97 of 172

I can't remember the game...  But some game explained how they slowly but surely mixed in regular recruits, slowly mixing Clones out completely. 

post #98 of 172

I completely forgot I was DVRing this. I have a bunch of episodes to catch up on.

 

Dickson is making me worried, though...

post #99 of 172

Damn, if this series isn't giving me flashbacks to when I originally saw Star Wars all the way back in 1977.  It really is doing a admirable job of capturing the vibe of the original movies.

 

The animation is a little simplistic, but it's easily overlooked as the plot and characterization makes up for it.

 

FWIW and a bit off tangent....I've said before that THE biggest problem I had with 'The Phantom Menace' was that Lucas made Anakin too young (it didn't help that the kid actor wasn't great,,,thanks Lucas!). 

Here, Ezra is the age that Anakin should have been...early teens. The plotting in PM and the subsequent movies would have made a hell of a lot more sense on multiple levels.

post #100 of 172

I am completely loving this show.  This is a feast for SW fans.

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