Points for Discussion Regarding the Season 1 Finale of “Star Wars Resistance” on Disney Channel and XD

Last Sunday, the inaugural season of “Star Wars Resistance” had its finale on Disney Channel and Disney XD. It was certainly an action-packed temporary farewell to the Aces team of the Colossus Platform as they finally openly stand against the First Order. It was also an ending to some important relationships as characters cement their alignments on two opposing factions.

Here’s a list of discussion points regarding the two-part “Resistance” season finale “No Escape.” The first part of the episode aired back in March 10:

  1. Major plot tie-in to the 2015 sequel film “The Force Awakens,” as First Order General Hux denounces the New Republic by having Starkiller Base destroy the Republic capital on the Hosnian System. Among the numerous lives lost is the family of Resistance spy Kaz Xiono.
  2. Following the imprisonment of most of Team Fireball, the Aces and Commander Doza, Kaz leads his remaining allies to find a way to escape from Colossus. The solution: the platform itself, revealed to be a giant spaceship long concealed underwater.
  3. That realization plays into how the Colossus people begin to systematically remove First Order Stormtroopers from the place. Through quick decoy play they trick the troopers into sections that can be flooded, flushing them out into the ocean where the monster fishes eat their fill.
  4. First Order Agent Tierney has completely brought over Fireball mechanic Tam Ryvora, who willingly joins them and becomes hostile to her former friends. Since her only reference to the First Order’s predecessor the Empire, is her very kind factory worker grandfather, Tam supports their successors.
  5. After most of the season being spent in starfighter races, the Aces finally get into all-out combat with First Order TIE Fighters. Even ex-Imperial Griff Halloran seems genuinely invested in protecting Colossus from them. More aerial combat ensues and Kaz saves Jarek Yeagar by shooting down Vonreg in a dogfight.
  6. Space pirates have been the initial antagonists for the Colossus’ Aces before the First Order arrived. This time around they return to help their erstwhile victims against the TIEs. Granted, they have their own beef against the First Order, but a new alliance forms here.
  7. The appearance of a Star Destroyer forces the Colossus crew to fall back and escape into hyperspace. Their planned destination is the planet D’Qar, headquarters of the Resistance. Unfortunately the entered coordinates were incomplete, ensuring the Colossus will reappear somewhere else in the Galaxy. And in any case, the Resistance would ultimately abandon D’Qar as of “The Last Jedi” anyway.

“Star Wars Resistance” season two premieres this fall on Disney Channel and XD. It’ll be close to the cinematic arrival of “Star Wars: Episode IX.”

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Possible “Episode IX” Subtitle Reveal or Teaser at Chicago’s “Star Wars Celebration” Next Month

We’re now in the third month of 2019 with the ninth “Star Wars” film waiting this December. As you know, they still haven’t revealed the subtitle for this grand conclusion. After all, the Sequel Trilogy of Episodes VII-IX will bring a definite end toe Skywalker Family saga according to Lucasfilm.

No subtitle and no teaser. What should we expect with this, following the brutal “plot subversions” from “The Last Jedi”? CNET has it that a wait for answers might not take long now. A Twitter post from the official page of the “Star Wars Celebration” event in Chicago, hints at info from a major source.

Said source is J.J. Abrams, director of “Episode VII – The Force Awakens” and now of “Episode IX.” Abrams will be part of a movie panel during Star Wars Celebration on April 12. The tweet description boasted that this is the panel “Star Wars” fans have waited for. So foreboding, much?

While Disney itself hasn’t said anything regarding the “Star Wars: Episode IX” panel description on the Star Wars Celebration tweet, for the fans on social media this is the clouds of mystery parting. All bets are that Abrams will do a title reveal on his panel, or introduce teaser footage. Or both as others believe.

J.J. Abrams will be accompanied on the Star Wars Celebration film panel by Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and several, unidentified special guests. The only concern fans have is that for those planning to attend at Chicago the lines for tickets are said to be long.

Star Wars Episode IX” arrives in cinemas at December 20, whether any significant reveals are made next month or not.

List of Eating Places and Food Item Samples to Expect at Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge this Year

At the start of this month we ran a little feature and list of what sorts of shops to expect when Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens this year on two Disney theme parks. We’ve already established that the expansion theme area will be immersive, genuine playing its setting as the smuggling town of Black Spire Outpost on the planet Batuu.

But aside from that, and of course the heavily-anticipated rides and attractions (one of which will actually open later than the rest), Galaxy’s Edge will also offer a unique experience for its guests who have come to their corner of the Galaxy far, far away: alien dining and exotic cuisine.

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If you could recall the cantina scenes from the original trilogy, or the dining room of Anakin’s house on Tatooine during the prequels, or even Luke milking green muck from an Ahch-to alien in the sequels, then you somewhat know what to expect from the dining facilities of Galaxy’s Edge.

But really, it’s thematic keyfabe. The new area’s going to dazzle diners with artfully-plated extraterrestrial food that (thankfully) should taste approximately to yummy Earth stuff. Here’s a short list of the three primary dining locations for Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge:

  1. Black Spire Outpost Market – alfresco dining with plenty of “alien patrons” and droids milling about
  2. Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo – the outpost’s cargo depot, also the gathering spot for “travelling food shuttles” aka food trucks
  3. Olga’s Cantina – a sendup to similar cantinas in the Outer Rim; features ex-pilot droid DJ R-3X mixing music while the staff mixes galactic drinks (both alcoholic and not, to cater to everyone)

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But just what kind of alien food is in store when tourists to Black Spire Outpost decide to chow down. Here’s a sample list of menu items across all the places mentioned above. Let’s see if you enjoy the selection:

  1. Blue and Green Milk – Blue Milk was from the first “Star Wars” film ever, and Green was already mentioned
  2. Braised Shaak Roast – beef pot
  3. Felucian Garden Spread – veggie meatballs
  4. Fried Endorian Tip Yip – fried poultry
  5. Ithorian Garden Loaf – veggie meatloaf
  6. Meiloorun Juice, Turkey Jerky & Ronto Wrap Set – Batuu’s take on a Mexican snack set
  7. Moogan Tea, Blue Bantha, Bloody Rancor, Black Spire Brew, Carbon Freeze, Oga’s Obsession Provision & Cliff Dweller – the non-alcoholic menu for Olga’s Cantina
  8. Outpost Mix – popcorn
  9. Oven-Roasted Burra Fish – obvious from the name
  10. Oven-Roasted Tip Yip – if you want chicken roasted, not fried
  11. Phattro and Moof Juice – neither milk nor alcohol
  12. Raspberry Creme Puff with Passion Fruit Mousse, & Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Mousse and Coffee Custard – self explanatory
  13. Smoked Kaadu Ribs – pork ribs
  14. The Outer Rim, Bespin Fizz, Yub Nub and Fuzzy Tauntaun – Olga’s alcoholic cocktails
  15. Yobshrimp Noodle Salad – finally, here’s their oriental cuisine approximation

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Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge opens in Disneyland on May 31 and on Disney World’s Hollywood Studios on August 29. A third location has begun work on Walt Disney Studios Park at Disneyland Paris, opening 2021-2025.

Episode Lists of “Star Wars Rebels” Seasons 3 and 4

While it’s already gotten the green light for a follow-up second season on Disney XD, “Star Wars Resistance” is now busy getting its two-part season finale underway, with the first segment of “No Escape” premiering this past Sunday. At that point the series has caught up to the events of “The Force Awakens” and deals the main character Kaz (Sean Christopher) a devastating, personal blow.

As fans of “Resistance” wait with bated breath for the conclusion of the show’s first season next week, let’s wrap up our own series of lists regarding its predecessor “Star Wars Rebels.” Tuesday last week marked the first anniversary of the end of “Rebels” after four seasons, something fans of the animated series greatly celebrated.

That said we’ll enumerate the episodes for the last two seasons of “Star Wars Rebels” here, ahead of what we hope to be a seasonal wrap-up of “Resistance” next week. As Ezra Bridger said when we last saw him, “The Force will be with you, always.” Obi-Wan Kenobi surely approves:

Season 3

  1. Steps into Shadow: Part 1
  2. Steps into Shadow: Part 2 – September 24, 2016 (2-part season premiere)
  3. The Holocrons of Fate – October 1, 2016
  4. The Antilles Extraction – October 8, 2016
  5. Hera’s Heroes – October 15, 2016
  6. The Last Battle – October 22, 2016
  7. Imperial Supercommandos – November 5, 2016
  8. Iron Squadron – November 19, 2016
  9. The Wynkahthu Job – November 26, 2016
  10. An Inside Man – December 3, 2016
  11. Visions and Voices – December 10, 2016
  12. Ghosts of Geonosis: Part 1
  13. Ghosts of Geonosis: Part 2 – January 7, 2017 (2-part midseason premiere)
  14. Warhead – January 14, 2017
  15. Trials of the Darksaber – January 21, 2017
  16. Legacy of Mandalore – February 18, 2017
  17. Through Imperial Eyes – February 25, 2017
  18. Secret Cargo – March 4, 2017
  19. Double Agent Droid – March 11, 2017
  20. Twin Suns – March 18, 2017
  21. Zero Hour: Part 1
  22. Zero Hour: Part 2 – March 25, 2017 (2-part season finale)

The third season is particularly popular for bringing over a character from the old “Star Wars: Expanded Universe” book series into the new Disney-Lucasfilm continuity: Imperial Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen). It also sees a good focus on the Mandalorian culture, from which Sabine Wren hails (and which were actually appropriated by Jango Fett and his clone-son Boba Fett).

Season 4

  1. Heroes of Mandalore: Part 1
  2. Heroes of Mandalore: Part 2 – October 16, 2017 (2-part season premiere)
  3. In the Name of the Rebellion: Part 1
  4. In the Name of the Rebellion: Part 2 – October 23, 2017 (first 2-part episode that is neither a season premiere nor finale)
  5. The Occupation – October 30, 2017
  6. Flight of the Defender – October 30, 2017 (first 2-episode air date in the series, of which there will be more)
  7. Kindred – November 6, 2017
  8. Crawler Commanders – November 6, 2017
  9. Rebel Assault – November 13, 2017
  10. Jedi Night – February 19, 2018 (mid-season premiere, famous as the episode that depicted the death of popular character and Jedi purge survivor Kanan Jarrus)
  11. Wolves and a Door – February 26, 2018
  12. A World between Worlds – February 26, 2018
  13. A Fool’s Hope
  14. Family Reunion
  15. Farewell – March 5, 2018 (3-episode air date, with the latter two being a 2-episode finale for both the season and the series)

The fourth season is the culmination of the struggle to liberate the planet Lothal from the Empire by the Rebel Alliance cell centered on the spaceship Ghost. The costs would be ultimately heavy especially towards the end, but will provide “Star Wars Rebels” with incredible storytelling across its plot arcs. This complete package would endear the show to “Star Wars” fans and set another high bar for the successor animated series, “Star Wars Resistance.”

Opening Dates for “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” Areas at Disneyland and Disney World Revealed

We’ve been hyping Galaxy’s Edge, the long and heavily-anticipated expansion area based on “Star Wars” for two Disney theme parks, for months on end now. We discussed its attractions and even mentioned its various merchandise shops. But one piece of information has eluded us all: when are they finally opening?

So far we’ve only gotten timeframes for this year; the Disneyland Galaxy’s Edge (north of Frontierland) was opening in the summer, while the Disney World version (addition to Disney’s Hollywood Studios) was in the fall. But even Disney must have realized that keeping the dates vague was upsetting fans. Hence, they broke their silence Thursday.

Time to clear out our ears, people: Disneyland Galaxy’s Edge will open on May 31, while the Disney World Galaxy’s Edge is on August 29. The latter date is important and very hype-worthy. Forget fall; they’re both opening this summer!

If you’re making plans to go to Anaheim this May to get the “Star Wars” experience, take note. From the 31st of May to the 23rd of June, access to Galaxy’s Edge in Disneyland is by reservation. It’s free but will depend on availability of space, which is understandable. Another thing: the “Rise of the Resistance” attraction won’t be ready yet on opening day, so you’ll have to consider the merit of coming later in the year, when it is.

To help visitors out, if they happen to be booked at any of Disneyland’s three hotels during the reservation-only period, they automatically get one Galaxy’s Edge reservation per individual guest. As of the first statement, no reservation-only period has been announced for Disney World’s own.

Covering an area of 14 acres, Galaxy’s Edge will depict a remote planet of the Star Wars galaxy, particularly the smuggler’s town of Blackrock Spire, a conflict spot between the Resistance and the First Order. The experience is full immersion; no franchise branding anywhere, and all cast members in character.

Episode List for “Star Wars Rebels” Season 2 (2015-16)

Continuing on from the one-year anniversary of the conclusion of “Star Wars Rebels” last year on Disney XD, here is the episode list for the second season of the show:

  1. The Siege of Lothal: Part 1 – June 20, 2015
  2. The Siege of Lothal: Part 2 – June 20, 2015 (two-part early season premiere)
  3. The Lost Commanders – October 14, 2015
  4. Relics of the Old Republic – October21, 2015
  5. Always Two There Are – October 28, 2015
  6. Brothers of the Broken Horn – November 4, 2015
  7. Wings of the Master – November 11, 2015
  8. Blood Sisters – November 18, 2015
  9. Stealth Strike – November 25, 2015
  10. The Future of the Force – December 2, 2015
  11. Legacy – December 9, 2015
  12. A Princess on Lothal – January 20, 2016
  13. The Protector of Concord Dawn – January 27, 2016
  14. Legends of the Lasat – February 3, 2016
  15. The Call – February 10, 2016
  16. Homecoming – February 17, 2016
  17. The Honorable Ones – February 24, 2016
  18. Shroud of Darkness – March 2, 2016
  19. The Forgotten Droid – March 16, 2016
  20. The Mystery of Chopper Base – March 23, 2016
  21. Twilight of the Apprentice: Part 1 – March 30, 2016
  22. Twilight of the Apprentice: Part 2 – March 30, 2016 (two-part season finale)

Season 2 of “Star Wars Rebels” sees the return of popular characters from the previous animated series “The Clone Wars,” such as the Clone Troopers and Ahsoka Tano. It also started bringing in classic icons from the original film trilogy such as Princess Leia and Darth Vader.

The latter has a climactic reunion with Ahsoka in one of the most celebrated episodes and season finales of “Rebels,” cementing its reputation as a strong “Star Wars” story, and a reason why it’s fondly remembered a year after it ended.

New Release Date for “Maleficent” Sequel, and List of All Disney and Related Major Film Releases for 2019

If fans of Disney and its connected film studios are paying attention, they’d realize that this 2019 is turning out to be one of the most release-heavy years for the media giant in terms of movies. It’s easily shaping up to be one of their most packed schedules yet devised.

For instance, Disney has three remakes of their classic Animated Canon (two in live action, one live-action-looking). Their second-busiest filmmaking arm (Marvel Studios) matches that output. And let’s not forget new animated pictures, and “Star Wars.” If you think that’s bloated already, then apparently Disney thinks one more won’t hurt.

According to Vanity Fair, Disney’s sequel to “Maleficent,” the 2014 live-action remake (more like retelling) of “Sleeping Beauty,” has been moved earlier from its original May 2020 premiere to this coming October. Now it’s like almost every month there will be a Disney production debut.

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To better illustrate this weighty schedule, here’s a list of all Disney and related-studio films coming this 2019. Fox isn’t included for now, because as of this writing the acquisition deal isn’t even finalized yet. Only major cinematic releases count:

Disney Pictures

  1. Dumbo (March 29) – live-action remake
  2. Aladdin (May 24) – live-action remake
  3. The Lion King (July 19) – “live-action” CGI remake
  4. Jungle Cruise (July 24) – new “based on Disney theme park attraction” live-action movie
  5. Artemis Fowl (August 9) – live-action based on children’s urban fantasy adventure book series by Eoin Colfer
  6. Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (October 18) – sequel to “Maleficent” (2014)

Disney Animation Studios

  1. Frozen II (November 22) – sequel to “Frozen” (2013)

Pixar

  1. Toy Story 4 (June 21) – fourth installment, following end of “trilogy” in 2010

Marvel Studios

  1. Captain Marvel (March 8) – prequel set in the 1990s
  2. Avengers: Endgame (April 26) – last part of MCU Phase 3, and “end” of overarching storyline from Phase 1
  3. Spider-Man: Far from Home (July 5) – first part of MCU Phase 4

Lucasfilm

  1. Star Wars: Episode IX (December 20) – last part of Sequel Trilogy and conclusion of Skywalker family story

That’s 12 movies in all. Starting from March, at least one will be premiering every month except for September. That’s just incredible. Disney really dominates in 2019.

Episode List of “Star Wars Rebels” season 1, in Celebration of First Anniversary of Series’ Conclusion

This past Tuesday, March 5, marked a one-year anniversary. This was the date that the two-hour season 5 and series finale of “Star Wars Rebels” aired on Disney XD. Fans of animated “Star Wars” who initially compared “Rebels” poorly to its predecessor “The Clone Wars” were eventually caught up in the series and blown away by its splendid story progression.

In celebration of this milestone for a “Star Wars” animated series that won the hearts of fans to establish itself in franchise canon, we’ll provide this list of episode titles for the show, starting with season 1 in this portion:

  1. Spark of Rebellion (Part 1) – October 3, 2014
  2. Spark of Rebellion (Part 2) – October 3, 2014 (two-part series premiere)
  3. Droids in Distress – October 13, 2014
  4. Fighter Flight – October 20, 2014
  5. Rise of the Old Masters – October 27, 2014
  6. Breaking Ranks – November 3, 2014
  7. Out of Darkness – November 10, 2014
  8. Empire Day – November 17, 2014
  9. Gathering Forces – November 24, 2014
  10. Path of the Jedi – January 5, 2015
  11. Idiot’s Array – January 19, 2015
  12. Vision of Hope – February 2, 2015
  13. Call to Action – February 9, 2015
  14. Rebel Resolve – February 23, 2015
  15. Fire Across the Galaxy – March 2, 2015

Episode List of “Star Wars Resistance” Season 1

Sunday, March 3, saw the premiere of the 18th episode of “Star Wars Resistance,” follow-up series to “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” and “Star Wars: Rebels” from Lucasfilm Animation. With that, all that is left is the finale for the show’s first season, divided into two episodes airing until mid-March.

As seen in “Descent,” things are going very far south for young Resistance spy Kaz Xiono, with all his friends being caught one after another by the First Order on Colossus Station. Escape might be their only option, as the Resistance is now busy with the events of “The Force Awakens” elsewhere to help out.

With this inaugural season of “Star Wars Resistance” winding down, let’s enumerate its component episodes:

  1. The Recruit (Part 1) – October 7, 2018
  2. The Recruit (Part 2) – October 7, 2018 (hour-long two-part premiere)
  3. The Triple Dark – October 14, 2018
  4. Fuel for the Fire – October 21, 2018
  5. The High Tower – October 28, 2018
  6. The Children from Tehar – November 4, 2018
  7. Signal from Sector Six – November 11, 2018
  8. Synara’s Score – November 18, 2018
  9. The Platform Classic – November 25, 2018
  10. Secrets and Holograms – December 2, 2018
  11. Station Theta Black – December 9, 2018
  12. Bibo – January 13, 2019
  13. Dangerous Business – January 20, 2019
  14. The Doza Dilemma – January 27, 2019
  15. The First Order Occupation – February 3, 2019
  16. The New Trooper – February 10, 2019
  17. The Core Problem – February 17, 2019
  18. The Disappeared – February 24, 2019
  19. Descent – March 3, 2019
  20. No Escape (Part 1) – TO AIR March 10, 2019
  21. No Escape (Part 2) – TO AIR March 17, 2019

“Star Wars Resistance” airs at Sunday evenings on Disney Channel and DisneyNOW.

List of Toy and Merchandise Stores in “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge,” Coming to Disneyland and WDW in 2019

It’s probably been repeated lots of times now where Disney theme park-goers are concerned. This year the long-awaited “Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge” themed area will open in Disneyland during the summer and in Disney World in the fall. This new expansion promises a unique experience and setting immersion for its future guests like never before.

For one thing Galaxy’s Edge, which “takes place” on a smuggler’s port in a backwater planet, will simulate the “Star Wars” in-universe lifestyle closely. To take an example, their merchandising stands will be so “authentic” that their products won’t come in packages with a Disney logo, but rather sold as is, like they’re on barter in a space opera marketplace.

It also means there are no Galaxy’s Edge collectibles like shirts for sale; at all.

Some new info on Galaxy’s Edge has enabled us to make this list of all these known toy and collectible stores to be found there:

  1. Toydarian Toymaker – run by Zabecca the Toydarian (same species as Watto the junker from Tatooine); sells character dolls and action figures
  2. Creature Stall – features stuffed dolls of the various alien creatures seen in all the films and TV shows set in the Galaxy far, far away
  3. Droid Depot – sells droid models that can be self-assembled from components shown on conveyor belt; can be made interactive with electronic chips
  4. Savi’s Workshop – a possible Jedi survivor that provides services for customers to construct their own custom lightsabers; how the energy blades are generated remains a mystery theme-park-wise
  5. Dok-Ondar’s Den of Antiquities – specializes in “antique”-looking goods as well as holocrons featuring holo-messages from Jedi and Sith, both ancient and recent
  6. Black Spire Outfitters – the “Star Wars” costume shop; has all guests need to look like a Jedi, Sith, or whatever else they want
  7. First Order 709th Legion “Red Fury” – the local First Order garrison for Black Spire Outpost in Batu; sells stationery and gear that marks their owners as loyal to the First Order
  8. Resistance Supply – the local Resistance cell; provides the same stuff as the First Order, but from Resistance sources and strictly for Resistance supporters only

Prices for all these merchandise have yet to be revealed.