While an earlier 2D-animated “Star Wars” micro-series carried the subtitle “Clone Wars,” it was the 3D-animated film and series by Lucasfilm Animation that’s more remembered now as the distinctive narrative between Prequel Episodes II and III. With five seasons on Cartoon Network and one on Netflix, the story of Anakin Skywalker and his Padawan Ahsoka Tano is pretty epic indeed.
The Netflix season was something of a sop to “Clone Wars” fans who were upset that the CN seasons got cancelled following the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm and the “Star Wars” franchise. These previous also found a streaming home in Netflix, but not for long.
We already know the story of Disney launching its own exclusive-content digital streaming service, Disney+. In preparation, the House of Mouse has been pulling most of its streaming content from platforms not under its control such as Netflix. “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” remained for as long as it could, though even that is leaving.
It’s only fitting after all. Disney and Lucasfilm had announced, last SDCC, a 12-episode season 7 for “Clone Wars” to stream on Disney+, along with two confirmed live-action “Star Wars” series. If that’s not incentive for fans to sign up for the new streaming service, we don’t know what is.
The six prior seasons of “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” will officially depart from Netflix effective April 7. If you’re subscribed to Netflix and are a fan of the show, then you better make plans to binge-watch before it disappears.
This coming April will see the biggest gathering to celebrate one of the most iconic space opera franchises ever made, “Star Wars,” happening in Chicago. We already know this is the best place to reveal the subtitle and footage for “Episode IX.” Initial reveals for the Disney+ series “The Mandalorian” are also a good bet.
We can certainly expect lots of panels from the creative minds behind the franchise’s many different segments as well as guest stars who have been part of the cast for such a long-running storyline. Here’s a double list of panels and celebrities confirmed thus far for Star Wars Celebration:
Star Wars Episode IX – Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and film director J.J. Abrams
The Mandalorian on Disney+ – show-runner Jon Favreau
Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 7 – Lucasfilm Animation
Star Wars Rebels look-back – same here
Star Wars Resistance – ditto
Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge themed area – Disney Parks and Attractions
Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order videogame – EA Games
LEGO Star Wars animated series (Freemaker Adventures and All-Stars) – executive producers Bill Motz and Bob Roth
Billy Dee Williams – Lando Calrissian
Peter Mayhew – Chewbacca
Ian McDiarmid – Emperor Palpatine
Julian Glover – General Veers (Empire Strikes Back)
Michael Pennington – Moff Jerjerrod (Return of the Jedi)
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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:
Black Spire Outpost Market – alfresco dining with plenty of “alien patrons” and droids milling about
Docking Bay 7 Food and Cargo – the outpost’s cargo depot, also the gathering spot for “travelling food shuttles” aka food trucks
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)
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:
Blue and Green Milk – Blue Milk was from the first “Star Wars” film ever, and Green was already mentioned
Braised Shaak Roast – beef pot
Felucian Garden Spread – veggie meatballs
Fried Endorian Tip Yip – fried poultry
Ithorian Garden Loaf – veggie meatloaf
Meiloorun Juice, Turkey Jerky & Ronto Wrap Set – Batuu’s take on a Mexican snack set
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
Outpost Mix – popcorn
Oven-Roasted Burra Fish – obvious from the name
Oven-Roasted Tip Yip – if you want chicken roasted, not fried
Phattro and Moof Juice – neither milk nor alcohol
Raspberry Creme Puff with Passion Fruit Mousse, & Chocolate Cake with White Chocolate Mousse and Coffee Custard – self explanatory
Smoked Kaadu Ribs – pork ribs
The Outer Rim, Bespin Fizz, Yub Nub and Fuzzy Tauntaun – Olga’s alcoholic cocktails
Yobshrimp Noodle Salad – finally, here’s their oriental cuisine approximation
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.
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 theepisodes 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:
Steps into Shadow: Part 1
Steps into Shadow: Part 2 – September 24, 2016 (2-part season premiere)
The Holocrons of Fate – October 1, 2016
The Antilles Extraction – October 8, 2016
Hera’s Heroes – October 15, 2016
The Last Battle – October 22, 2016
Imperial Supercommandos – November 5, 2016
Iron Squadron – November 19, 2016
The Wynkahthu Job – November 26, 2016
An Inside Man – December 3, 2016
Visions and Voices – December 10, 2016
Ghosts of Geonosis: Part 1
Ghosts of Geonosis: Part 2 – January 7, 2017 (2-part midseason premiere)
Warhead – January 14, 2017
Trials of the Darksaber – January 21, 2017
Legacy of Mandalore – February 18, 2017
Through Imperial Eyes – February 25, 2017
Secret Cargo – March 4, 2017
Double Agent Droid – March 11, 2017
Twin Suns – March 18, 2017
Zero Hour: Part 1
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).
Heroes of Mandalore: Part 1
Heroes of Mandalore: Part 2 – October 16, 2017 (2-part season premiere)
In the Name of the Rebellion: Part 1
In the Name of the Rebellion: Part 2 – October 23, 2017 (first 2-part episode that is neither a season premiere nor finale)
The Occupation – October 30, 2017
Flight of the Defender – October 30, 2017 (first 2-episode air date in the series, of which there will be more)
Kindred – November 6, 2017
Crawler Commanders – November 6, 2017
Rebel Assault – November 13, 2017
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)
Wolves and a Door – February 26, 2018
A World between Worlds – February 26, 2018
A Fool’s Hope
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.”
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.
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:
The Siege of Lothal: Part 1 – June 20, 2015
The Siege of Lothal: Part 2 – June 20, 2015 (two-part early season premiere)
The Lost Commanders – October 14, 2015
Relics of the Old Republic – October21, 2015
Always Two There Are – October 28, 2015
Brothers of the Broken Horn – November 4, 2015
Wings of the Master – November 11, 2015
Blood Sisters – November 18, 2015
Stealth Strike – November 25, 2015
The Future of the Force – December 2, 2015
Legacy – December 9, 2015
A Princess on Lothal – January 20, 2016
The Protector of Concord Dawn – January 27, 2016
Legends of the Lasat – February 3, 2016
The Call – February 10, 2016
Homecoming – February 17, 2016
The Honorable Ones – February 24, 2016
Shroud of Darkness – March 2, 2016
The Forgotten Droid – March 16, 2016
The Mystery of Chopper Base – March 23, 2016
Twilight of the Apprentice: Part 1 – March 30, 2016
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.
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.
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:
Dumbo (March 29) – live-action remake
Aladdin (May 24) – live-action remake
The Lion King (July 19) – “live-action” CGI remake
Jungle Cruise (July 24) – new “based on Disney theme park attraction” live-action movie
Artemis Fowl (August 9) – live-action based on children’s urban fantasy adventure book series by Eoin Colfer
Maleficent: Mistress of Evil (October 18) – sequel to “Maleficent” (2014)
Disney Animation Studios
Frozen II (November 22) – sequel to “Frozen” (2013)
Toy Story 4 (June 21) – fourth installment, following end of “trilogy” in 2010
Captain Marvel (March 8) – prequel set in the 1990s
Avengers: Endgame (April 26) – last part of MCU Phase 3, and “end” of overarching storyline from Phase 1
Spider-Man: Far from Home (July 5) – first part of MCU Phase 4
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.
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:
Spark of Rebellion (Part 1) – October 3, 2014
Spark of Rebellion (Part 2) – October 3, 2014 (two-part series premiere)