Rebels Review – ”Jedi Night” ”Dume”

STAR WARS REBELS
“Jedi Night” “Dume”

 

WARNING : IT WOULD BE REALLY WEIRD IF YOU READ THIS BEFORE WATCHING THESE EPISODES OF STAR WARS REBELS … BUT DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVEN’T WATCHED THEM YET.   SPOILERS LAY AHEAD…..

Let’s just put it right out in the open.  These two episodes of Star Wars Rebels are some of the best stuff the show has ever done.  No, no young Master Codebreaker is not in it.  And no, it doesn’t feature a two hour tribute to Admiral Raddus’ face. It does however somehow manage to take almost all the awkward stuff that has plagued season four so far and perform a Jedi mind trick on us and made it all suddenly kinda awesome.  I’m still not sure who the bootleg Anakin kid is that’s hanging out on Lothal is or why I should care about Clancy Brown’s space Santa character but dammit who cares right now.   This is some mighty fine Star Wars action and I wanna talk about it.

The action starts as everyone is getting ready to go rescue Hera.  Kanan tells Ezra he should lead this mission and Sabine and Zeb put together some hang gliders so they can sneak into the Imperial base.  Kanan decides to go full Legend of Billie Jean at this moment and use a knife to cut his hair.  After debuting his new punk samurai new wave look, they head out to Governor Irina “Pryce” Spalko’s torture pad where she’s trying to get Hera to tell her where that Rebel hidden base is. After rescuing her, Spalko Pryce has the bright idea of stopping them by blowing up the fuel that’s pretty much bankrolling Thawn’s crazy TIE Fighter project.  The whole thing goes boom and Kanan has one final act of true Jedi selflessness as he saves his friends from the fiery explosion but not himself.

Kanan’s death is definitely the major moment of these two episodes and it is done absolutely perfectly.  We all knew the dude was probably doomed from day one but his actions during this whole episode justify him basically meditating through the rest of the season. Just like us, the guy knew this moment was coming and he would finally prove, mostly to himself that he was a Jedi Knight.   It’s an instant classic moment for Star Wars animation with breathtaking visuals and a score by Kevin Kiner that is a reminder that he’s a strong candidate to eventually score some Star Wars cinema.

That moment ripples through the next episode as everyone does their best to move on in whatever way they can.  Sabine and Zeb go off to try and stick one to the Empire, Hera and Chopper mourn and Ezra gets lost (again) and talks to a giant wolf who may or may not be the spirit of Kanan.  Eventually the huge wolf tells Ezra that he’s gotta go back to the Jedi Temple on Lothal and with that promise of some wacky Force stuff to come, we are left hanging until next week.

Is the reason this episode is able to soar when so many before have floundered simply because it actually handles actual consequences and real growth for the characters?  Something this show has gravely struggled with in the past?  As DJ would say, “maybe..?”  However, even before Kanan’s massive final moment, we are given a simple sense of fun and some easy breezy Star Wars magic that has eluded the show so many times before.  Even the effortless scene of the rebels flying around on homemade gliders made this sometimes grumpy Rebels viewer smile.

This is Star Wars Rebels firing at maximum firepower, finally making giant talking wolves interesting, giving hope for actually Ezra doing something and hopefully, HOPEFULLY slapping my wrist for ever doubting Dave Filoni. Bravo Rebels and I can’t wait to see where the next few episodes go.

Final grade :A

 

Episode 111 : Listener Emails, Voice Mesages, Questions & The Great All Nighter!

Jason and Gabe are back this week to discuss and read through all of the fantastic listener emails they’ve gotten in the past couple months!  There’s great questions & voice messages that lead to discussions on things like : The future of the saga, the fate of the singing frog man, Solo speculation, Midnight Madness, what makes Star Wars feel like Star Wars, Ewok movies, Ace Frehley, Anakin’s anger, background characters, Kit Fisto, Maz statues, light speed vs hyper space, C-3PO impressions and MORE!! Plus there is the first ever FAN OF THE WEEK or maybe the whole year!

It’s a fun filled episode that goes all over the place and maybe to a Pabst Blue Ribbon factory and Cherry Point!  So get on your Strategy Board and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Episode 110 – Love, Lucas Style

Just in time for Valentine’s Day, join Jason and Gabe as they celebrate Love, Lucas Style! They go over almost everything Lucas Love with : his wild relationship with Linda Ronstadt, Lucas tap dancing, playing guitar and what he may like to do on dates! Plus they take a look at the fan film classic, George Lucas in Love! Who likes and who kinda doesn’t? Listen and find out!!
PLUS : all the latest news with Solo stuff from Entertainment Weekly and the latest on Game of Thrones creators writing and producing some Star Wars!
So shave that beard, head to Taco Bell and celebrate the LOVE with BLAST POINTS!

Episode 109: Solo Teaser Trailer FREAKOUT 

NEW EPISODE!! We’ve gone from zero to Solo in one week and Jason & Gabe are breaking down both the Super Bowl mini teaser and the full Monday morning preview! L3-37! Rob Halford! Singing Frog People! All that and so much more in this action packed Solo teaser FREAKOUT!  Listen today, subscribe on iTunes, celebrate the love & PUNCH IT!!

Check out the high quality trailer at The Digital Theater

Use The Forks – Star Wars Cooking

USE THE FORKS!
Star Wars Cooking

In case you can’t tell by his name, Kit Fisto is one of the coolest dudes around.

He’s a Nautolan, which explains why he loves an underwater battle. But even when he’s on dry land, he still smiles like he’s having the best time ever. He’s focused during battle, but clearly knows how to cut loose and have a good time. He’s the kind of Jedi I’d grab a beer with, anytime!

Using his knack for strategy, and super fast swimming skills, he helped the Mon Calamari defeat the separatist-backed Quarren.

He also saved Ahsoka from freezing to death, and force pushed 3PO to safety when he was half Roger Roger droid.

I wish we would have had more time with Master Fisto, before his ultimate demise. Let’s all tip a bowl of spinach linguine in his honor.

Kit Fisto Spinach Linguine

Ingredients:
  • 1lb kale, ribs removed
  • 1/4 cup olive oil, plus more for serving
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
  • 1/2 lb spinach linguine
  • black pepper
  • salt
  • 3/4 cup Parmesan cheese
Directions:
1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil over high heat.
2. In a separate small skillet, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic and cook until the garlic begins to sizzle.
3. Reduce the heat to low and cook until the garlic is soft and light gold-colored, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat, and set aside.
4. Once your water is boiling, add the kale and cook until the leaves are tender, about 5 minutes.
5. Use tongs to remove the kale from the boiling water, and put them into a blender, or large bowl if you’re using an immersion blender. DON’T drain the water! You can use it to cook the Linguine.
6. Add the garlic, oil, and a little bit of the boiling water to the bowl with the kale.
7. Blend into a thick green puree. Add salt and pepper if needed, and set aside.
8. Add the linguine to the boiling water, and cook for 9 minutes.
9. Drain pasta, reserving a cup of the water first.
10. Place cooked pasta back into the dry pot.
11. Add the kale puree, Parmesan cheese, and a little bit of the reserved pasta water.
12. Toss until the pasta is well coated and bright green, adding more pasta water if needed.
13. Serve immediately with more Parmesan cheese, and a drizzle of olive oil.
14. Enjoy before a Sith Lord vertically spins through the air at you, while screeching maniacally.

Episode 108 – Leigh Brackett, Writer Of The Star Wars 2

Leigh Brackett, a figure mostly tossed aside when it comes to Star Wars history, but she is responsible for the first draft of what was known as Star Wars 2.  Join us as we explore her life & her fascinating version of what became Empire! Who is The Minch? What about Luke’s father? And how does this Brackett draft connect to Last Jedi?  Did she create Master Codebreaker?!?!  Listen and find out! Plus Solo gossip, Last Jedi deleted scene Caretaker party stuff & much more!‬  So take the Jedi Oath, feed your gargoyle and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

 Read the Brackett draft of Star Wars 2 here:

 

Episode 107 : Le Darth Vader VCR Game : A Star Wars Art Film

This week Jason and Gabe go all the way with the insane 1996 Star Wars VCR board game, Star Wars: The Interactive Video Board Game : Assault on the Death Star!   A VHS only Star Wars art film where a creepy Vader talks to himself, wanders hallways and says the word “pupil” a lot.  Like all Star Wars weirdness, this game has a wild backstory and features the final, expressive performance of David “The Real Darth Vader” Prowse as The Dark Lord of the Sith.  It’s a bizarre Star Wars experience and Blast Points is here to help you through it!   Plus there’s Solo stuff, singing Hutts, George Lucas late night phone calls, Rebels trailer talk and much more!  So grab your pupil, look for a snake in the stars and celebrate the love with BLAST POINTS!

Episode 106 – Legacy Of The Jedi

Join Jason and Gabe as they get heavy duty with some deep Jedi talk!  Is Luke Skywalker right and is the legacy of the Jedi failure, hypocrisy and hubris?   This week we break it down by looking at the past deeds of the Jedi and the examine their mighty myth!  When did they fail and why is Luke’s act in The Last Jedi so important to the future of the Force?  Listen and find out!!  Plus there is some wild Solo rumor talk, Obi-Wan beard freakouts, John Williams episode 9 stuff, listener reviews and much more!  So get Tarkin his birthday cake and Beru’s Blue Milk Whip, listen today & celebrate the love with Blast Points!