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post #1 of 37
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I put this here in the Franchises thread as the other 2 seasons were discussed here. Maybe move to 'TV'?

 

Anyway.....

 

Season 3 premiered yesterday.  I enjoyed this 45+ minutes of Star Wars more than the whole of TFA.

 

I think I've said it before, Disney needs to let the folks that are running this series have a hand in making the live action films.....they 'get' Star Wars.

 

ETA-

post #2 of 37

Have caught up with the premiere and this week's episode.  The Bendu stuff in the first two episodes is really cool, as is the whole idea of balance between light and dark that they look to be exploring this season. The Force stuff and Kanan's arc this season is what's really carrying it so far. Thrawn is boring in the little bits we've seen of him, and I'm not a big fan of his voice. I also like in the abstract where they're going with Ezra, but he was pretty annoying in the first episode.

 

Also, of course that's the question Maul wanted answered.

post #3 of 37
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The Bendu stuff in the first two episodes is really cool, as is the whole idea of balance between light and dark that they look to be exploring this season.
Hmm. I wonder if they're trying to echo the new film trilogy in that regard.
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Hmm. I wonder if they're trying to echo the new film trilogy in that regard.

I think so. There's definitely been some call-forwards - Maul used Kylo's "mind-reading" trick on Hera this episode to find the Jedi holocron.

post #5 of 37

Enjoying the season so far. Man, the Bendu is an amazing callback to the earliest drafts of STAR WARS as well.

post #6 of 37

Very interesting so far.

 

I actually never caught "The Clone Wars."  Will I better understand Maul's intentions if I catch that series, or is he looking for whom I assume he's looking for?

post #7 of 37
Yes to both questions.
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Yes to both questions.


Thanks.

post #9 of 37

Tonight's episode was just plain fun. Not nearly as momentous as the first two (though we do get the origin story of a pretty prominent OT supporting character), but just really entertaining. Glad they're actually developing Kallus and giving Oyelowo something to play, even though he's very much a supporting character in this one.  It still does kinda weird me out that they have an actor of Oyelowo's caliber and with that career playing a supporting character on this show. You'd think they'd be going after him for the films!

 

Also, exactly the right character quotes Poe's "I can fly anything!" from TFA and I laughed.


Edited by Dent6084 - 10/8/16 at 7:29pm
post #10 of 37
I saw the headline of the AV Club's review of last night's episode and was ready to be bored/let down, but honestly, I enjoyed the hell out of that.  I think people are reading waaaaaaay too much into Rex saying Ezra "ended the Clone Wars."  He wasn't talking about an actual social or historical thing, but mental -- he allowed Rex and the tacrical droid to finally put their lingering doubts and what ifs about the war to bed.

And the end credits were a nice little Easter egg, one I didn't even realize was happening until they were nearly over.

Oh, and the X-Wing miniatures forums are already speculating what kind of stats the new shuttle is going to have.
Edited by Richard Dickson - 10/23/16 at 7:16am
post #11 of 37
Teenage me would have lost his shit if he thought that one day, he would discuss, over a global computer network keyed to the device in his pocket, how episodes of a new Star Wars show would affect his tabletop gaming in the months to come. What a time to be alive. No sarcasm.
post #12 of 37

Don't click unless you want something really, really cool spoiled:

 

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The Ghost (or, at least, a ship of the same type) has been sighted in a Rogue One TV spot.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rUXPjF3lEM4

Yeah.

post #13 of 37

The mid-season trailer is here, but be warned: it's pretty spoiler-ish.

 

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Oh, good. Are we finally going to

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have the final Maul/Kenobi showdown? It's time for that storyline to end, even though I enjoy Rebels!Maul a fair bit.

 

 

Also, I really hope Thrawn's scheme ends up making sense.

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Hell to the goddamn YES.

 

 

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post #16 of 37

Dark Troopers! TIE Defenders!

 

I kind of love that Rebels is where all the video game stuff is being folded into canon. Maybe that's where we'll finally get Kyle Katarn.

 

I also really hope that they let Sabine keep the Dark Saber for the rest of the series. I'm afraid they'll use it to close out her Mandalorian backstory and then she'll give it up or it'll get destroyed or something.

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Hell to the goddamn YES.

 

 

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On the one hand...

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It's a callback to his stance before facing off with Grievous in ROTS.

 

On the other... what you said.

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I also really hope that they let Sabine keep the Dark Saber for the rest of the series. I'm afraid they'll use it to close out her Mandalorian backstory and then she'll give it up or it'll get destroyed or something.

 

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When Jyn is going through the Imperial Archive code-names she mentions Dark Saber. 
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When Jyn is going through the Imperial Archive code-names she mentions Dark Saber. 
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I thought that was Black Saber?
post #20 of 37

Nope, definitely "Dark" 

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When Jyn is going through the Imperial Archive code-names she mentions Dark Saber. 

 

I'm pretty sure it's 

 

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Black Saber

 

It's a minor difference but might be an important one. 

post #22 of 37
Darksaber is also an old EU book by Kevin J. Anderson in which it's the name of yet another almost complete Imperial superweapon just left sitting around after Jedi. This one was basically nothing but the super-laser from the Death Star without all that messy space station business. So it looked like a big lightsaber. About all I remember from the book is that General Madine dies in it.
post #23 of 37
It's the latter, included in a throwaway list of stuff from the EU. Pretty sure it's just a coincidence or a very wide nod.
post #24 of 37

Yeah, I was never a big EU guy, but enough of the project codenames sounded vaguely familiar that I figured they were all references to Imperial superweapons from the books. They probably changed it to Black Saber for the film because the Darksaber is an actual canonical thing, and not an Imperial weapon of any kind.

post #25 of 37

So the big Kenobi v. Maul episode aired today. Really, really liked how they wrote old Ben, and loved that the final fight was almost like Sanjuro - not quite as quick as that one was, but still very minimalist and fast compared to some big drawn-out thing. It's been a very up-and-down season, but this was damn good stuff.

post #26 of 37

It definitely echoed the Kenobi/Vader duel in ANH in that sense as well. Kenobi had definitely gotten stronger and wiser in the ways of the Force during his "exile".

 

A fitting end for Maul, dying on the same world where his journey started so long ago.

post #27 of 37

And still thinking of vengeance to the last, even as Obi-Wan took pity on him in his dying moments. One thing that I didn't notice, but was pointed out - the move that Maul tried on Obi-Wan was the move he used to kill Qui-Gon - using the force of his hilts to push his opponent's saber up so he could get the opening. But Obi-Wan was ready for it.

 

Also, Stephen Stanton's impression of Alec Guinness was, like, ridiculously good. It slipped a couple of times, but otherwise that was fried gold.


Edited by Dent6084 - 3/18/17 at 11:42pm
post #28 of 37
It makes perfect sense that Obi-Wan's years of quiet solitude and calm would prove so effortlessly superior to Maul's revenge-fueled rage. That's the whole Light Side/Dark Side split in a nutshell.

This was a great exchange:

"Look at what you've become."
"Look at what I've risen above."

And that last scene was just great.
post #29 of 37

Yeah, that final scene was just gorgeous. Beautiful lighting, and great use of the original soundtrack (both dialogue and music).

 

Season finale was OK. Best part was the Bendu's intervention (especially since he didn't ultimately choose a side), and Thrawn's "What the shit?!" reaction to the Bendu. Didn't see that one coming in your art, didya? Seems like Thrawn will probably be the villain next season as well, given the Bendu's final lines prophesying his defeat clutching him "like many arms" (and menacing laughter on the wind after he vanishes).

 

So the team is now heading to Yavin 4, and Kallus has fully defected to the Rebels. Wonder if we're getting to the point of Rogue One in the timeline and, if so, the clock is ticking on Ezra and Kanan.

post #30 of 37
I still think Kanan buys it but Ezra ends up going off with a not-dead Ahsoka to learn being a not-Jedi. Solves the whole "Luke is the only hope" bit without killing off Ezra.
post #31 of 37

I hope we haven't seen the last of the Bendu. I could see Ezra's ultimate fate being his apprentice.

 

Loved that they also show him using the Light and Dark Sides of the Force in equal measure.

post #32 of 37

It'd be awesome if in his post-ROTJ adventures Luke encountered the Bendu.

 

A couple of notes on this drawing closer to Rogue One (aside from Thrawn's bodyguards being the Deathtroopers): with Sato's death, Hera will probably be promoted to general ("General Syndulla" being paged on the intercom in Yavin) and, of course, they're now stationed out of the Yavin base like they were in that film. Wonder if we'll get the Ghost's perspective of the Battle of Scarif next season - that could be the finale.

post #33 of 37
Can someone fill me in on what prompted Kallus' change of heart? I missed a few episodes and it seems I missed an entire change of character
post #34 of 37

There was an episode where he and Zeb got trapped on an ice moon together, and Kallus had a broken leg. They had to work together to survive and ended up with a sort of grudging respect for each other. Kallus also sees how happy the Ghost crew is to find Zeb alive, but when he gets back to the Empire there's kind of a resounding shrug. A couple of episodes later he saves Ezra and Sabine (iirc) and tells them to tell Zeb that they're even, but not long after that he starts being a Fulcrum agent full-time, revealed as such when Wedge and Hobby defect.

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A couple of episodes later he saves Ezra and Sabine (iirc) and tells them to tell Zeb that they're even, but not long after that he starts being a Fulcrum agent full-time, revealed as such when Wedge and Hobby defect.

If I have one gripe about the show, it's that Kallus' change from disgruntled Imperial agent with growing grudging respect for the Rebels to trusted agent in the role formerly held by Ahsoka Friggin' Tano seemed a little sudden.
post #36 of 37

New Season 4 Trailer

 

 

 

I like the idea that the TIE Defender project got defunded in favour of the Death Star and that's why we never saw it in the movies.

 

And the war on Mandalore looks brutal as hell.

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New Season 4 Trailer





I like the idea that the TIE Defender project got defunded in favour of the Death Star and that's why we never saw it in the movies.

And the war on Mandalore looks brutal as hell.

Dig everything in that. Like the less focus on Jedi and more on the building war. Also like the hints of Kanan and Ezra thinking maybe being a soldier on the front lines of the rebellion isn't the most useful path for them. Also love the romance angle with Kanan and Syndulla FINALLY being talked about openly.

The dark shape in the room on this show has always been that we've never heard of Kanan or Ezra before. Which means things go one of 3 ways: they die, they turn, or they flee. Making whichever route they choose dramatically satisfying was always going to be a heavy lift, but I have to believe they knew how the story would end when they pitched it to Disney originally. I'm in for the duration.
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