When Disney began pulling out its streaming content from Netflix, binge-watchers waited with bated breath for what would happen next. Disney then announced its own in-house streaming service, to be launched in 2019, featuring both existing media library and original content to really draw in subscribers to check them out.
Recently Disney has finally given a name to their in-development platform that has been referred to only as their “streaming service” over the past few months. Now fans can look forward next year to the opening of Disney+ (pronounced “Plus”), with its content falling under five particular Disney sub-brand labels.
Here are the label subcategories for all content old and new that would be found in Disney+ upon its launch:
Disney – Animated Canon, classic family-oriented films, beloved Disney Afternoon and later animated series
Pixar – their animated films and shorts
Marvel – Marvel Cinematic Universe movies, TV series, Marvel Animation content, new programs
Star Wars – all films in the saga, all Star Wars Story anthology spinoffs, Lucasfilm animated series, new programs
National Geographic – documentaries and reality programming
While animated series Star Wars Resistance is off to a start on Disney Channel and XD, a more live-action spinoff to the massive space opera franchise is taking shape under the helm of show-runner Jon Favreau for its eventual premiere next year on Disney’s very own streaming service, yet unnamed.
The show’s called The Mandalorian, referring to the loose confederation and society of space bounty hunters from which Jango and Boba Fett hail from. This series chronicles the journey of a solitary Mandalorian gunfighter making his way through the Galaxy three years after the events of Return of the Jedi.
Production on the show’s been promising so far, and even original creator George Lucas dropped by on the set on the occasion of Favreau’s 52nd birthday. They posed for photos with one of The Mandalorian’s executive producers; said EP is also directing one of the episodes. In fact, here’s a list of confirmed episode directors for the show so far, along with previous production credits.
Dave Filoni (Avatar: The Last Airbender; Star Wars: The Clone Wars; Star Wars Rebels)
Deborah Chow (Marvel’s Jessica Jones)
Rick Famuyiwa (Dope)
Bryce Dallas Howard (M83’s “Claudia Lewis” music video; Solemates)
By now, Star Wars Resistance, the latest animated series in the Star Wars franchise, is on its second week of running on both Disney Channel and Disney XD, and on its third episode (as the premiere date was a 2-episode double feature). The setting is introduced and the main characters are presented with their respective circumstances, in the background of galactic events building up to Episode VII: The Force Awakens.
We’ve covered the pilots of Ace Squadron in a prior list, so now we’ll touch on the other supporting cast and possible antagonists for Resistance:
Ace Squadron – the mercenary starfighter unit of Colossus Station in planet Castilon; doubles as a racing circuit when not fighting outside threats
Team Fireball – the support unit of Kazuda Xiono, based on the starship repair yard run by Jarek Yeager
Jarek Yeager (Scott Lawrence) – veteran pilot and old friend of Dameron Poe; runs a repair yard and gives Resistance agent Kazuda a home and workplace while steering clear of his spying activities
Tam Ryvora (Suzie McGrath) – wannabe starfighter racer from Kuat, working as a mechanic for Jarek; almost finished fixing the Fireball as her personal racing craft only for Kazuda to take over from her
Neeku Vozo (Josh Brener) – a Kadas’sa’Nikto employee of Jarek’s shop; possibly autistic
R1-J5 aka “Bucket” – Jarek’s old astromech droid partner that likes wearing Rebel Alliance helmets
Colossus Station – a starship refueling station on the water planet of Castilon
Imanuel Doza – captain of the Colussus and overprotective dad of Ace pilot Torra Doza
Flix (Jim Rash) – humanoid avian and co-proprietor of Flix and Orka’s Office of Acquisitions
Orka (Bobby Moynihan) – a Chadra-Fan and co-proprietor with Flix of their Office of Acquisitions
Aunt Z’Vk’Thkrkza (Tovah Feldshuh) – the Gilliand barkeep of Aunt Z’s Tavern; she runs the Ace Squadron race betting pool
Jace Rucklin (Elijah Wood) – a Colossus starfighter racer who tries to get one up of Kazuda while pretending to be friendly
Bolza Grool (Fred Tatasciore) – a short-tempered and vindictive Klatooinian gorg merchant
Grevel (Dee Bradley Baker) – an Aleena con man who sets ups Colossus newcomers to run up debts to him
Jav Sivrak (Greg Proops) – Colossus race announcer
Space Pirates – the sort of danger an isolated refueling station like Colossus tends to attract
Kragan (Gary Anthony Williams) – a Quarren commander of a space pirate crew; frequently attacks Colossus
Synara San (Nazneen Contractor) – part of Kragan’s crew; a beautiful junk salvager
The Resistance – formed as a deniable asset to oppose the First Order, an insurgency in First Order-controlled space that in theory cannot be linked to the New Republic
General Leia Organa (Rachel Butera) – former New Republic Senator; Resistance founder and leader
Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) – Resistance ace pilot and Kazuda’s intelligence handler
Starting Sunday, October 7, the latest Star Wars animated series from Lucasfilm Animation, Star Wars Resistance, will premiere on the Disney Channel, followed on Disney XD. Taking place six months before the start of The Force Awakens, it follows a young Resistance pilot and spy snooping on suspected First Order activity at a refueling station on an ocean planet.
While there, Kazuda Xiono will meet new people, who will become friends, rivals and possible foes as he tries to determine who to trust and not, while the Galaxy hurtles into a new period on galactic conflict for its very existence.
Star Wars Resistance focuses on Kazuda and Ace Squadron, a group of mercenary star-fighter pilots who provide security for Colossus Station on planet Castilon. When not fighting against raiders and other potential threats, the Aces spend time by doubling as racers on aerial and space courses, competing for extra money and celebrity while giving Colossus a show to gamble on.
Kazuda Xiono (Christopher Sean) – a New Republic pilot from an influential family with a Senator for a father; recruited into the Resistance by Poe Dameron and assigned to the Outer Rim world of Castilon to check possible movements from the First Order; joined the Team Fireball star-fighter racing crew and becomes one of the Aces
Torra Doza (Myrna Velasco) – youngest Ace of Ace Squadron and daughter of Captain Imanuel Doza, boss of Collossus Station on Castilon; became a pilot to get out of her overprotective father’s shadow and is Kaz’s closest Ace rival
Hype Fazon (Donald Faison) – a Rodian merc and the most egotistic pilot of Ace Squadron; his fighter carries labels from corporate sponsors
Griff Halloran (Stephen Stanton) – a grizzled former Imperial pilot who has the air of a veteran; pilots his old TIE Fighter that has been customized beyond its original specs
Freya Fenris (Mary Elizabeth McGlynn) – cold and business-like, the oldest Ace pilot aside from Griff; she shares a last name and resemblance to Astrid Fenris, a smuggler seen in the background of Solo: A Star Wars Story
Bo Keevil (VA unrevealed) – a Kel Dor Ace pilot who wears a mask and speaks little, if at all; notorious for trying to stunt-fly his star-fighter beyond its capacities, leading to frequent crashes in racing and fighting
Here we have the actors and voice talents who have portrayed one of the most beloved characters in the wide and sprawling galaxy of the Star Wars franchise: Obi-Wan Kenobi. From Jedi Padawan, to Jedi Knight, to power Jedi Master, Obi-Wan had seen the fall of the Republic, the rise of the Empire, and the death and rebirth of hope.
Alec Guinness (original trilogy)
Ewan McGregor (prequel trilogy)
James Arnold Taylor (Star Wars: Clone Wars)
Scott Cleverdon (Episode I: The Phantom Menace videogame)
Lewis McLeod (Star Wars: Obi-Wan videogame)
Jonathan Love (Clone Wars 2002 videogame)
David Scott (LEGO Star Wars: The Padawan Menace videogame)
Samuel Vincent (other LEGO Star Wars game titles)
Original version (Old Ben Kenobi)
Bernard Behrens (Star Wars radio dramas)
Roy Dotrice (Star Wars Read-Along Storybook CD)
Daran Norris (Clone Wars 2002 videogame)
David Ian Davies (Galactic Battlegrounds videogame)
All those star-fighter craft that we see in the epic space opera franchise of Star Wars have some things in common. First, they look awesome. Second, according to real-world aerodynamics they’re supposed to be having trouble keeping airborne on their shapes alone. This was discovered after some “virtual” wind-tunnel testing.
EC Henry on YouTube was inspired to perform such an experiment using virtual wind tunnel simulation software, Auto Desk Flow. With it, he took some 3D graphic models of star fighters from Star Wars and put them to the test. His findings revealed that, aerodynamically, Star Wars fighters have wind-trouble.
Here we have a list of the tested Star Wars space vehicles on Auto Desk Flow, along with (current canon) source, and their resulting drag coefficient – a statistical measuring of air resistance on an object, that is their hulls. The larger it is, the worse it fares on real-world air. Best to worst, they are:
Naboo N-1 (Prequel Trilogy) – 0.10
A-Wing Fighter (Original Trilogy) – 0.17
Poe Dameron’s T-70 X-Wing (Sequel Trilogy) – 0.24
ARC-170 Aggressive ReCon (Prequel Trilogy) – 0.39
T-65 X-Wing (Original Trilogy) – 0.45
TIE Striker (Rogue One) – 0.48
Y-Wing Bomber (Original Trilogy) – 0.68
TIE Interceptor (Star Wars Rebels) – 0.78
TIE Fighter (Original Trilogy) – 0.98
If you need a real-life frame of reference for how less feasible Star Wars fighters come up in the real world, know that the McDonnell-Douglas F-4E Phantom II fighter-bomber, now a 60-year-old airframe, has a drag coefficient figure of 0.02, better than the best Star Wars “design” from Naboo. Well, Star Wars is sci-fi after all.
And at long last, we’ve come to the last and latest part of the still ongoing Disney web series As Told by Emoji. Said series is now on its fifth season of online episodes on Disney’s Youtube channel, and that only started three months ago.
In fact, the most recent episode of As Told by Emoji is its third one which was put up four days ago as of this writing! It’s a rather short list to be true, but we’ll do it all the same. Without any further delay, here they are (for now).
A Day at Toy Story Land – not based on a film or any existing media, but rather an Emoji-fied experience of you and your family spending a day at Disney World; in fact, it’s a sequel with the family exploring Toy Story Land, soon to open in Disney’s Hollywood Studios at WDW this June 30; sponsored by Pop Secret
Speaking of Disney web series, there’s been a single-episode addition to Star Wars: Forces of Destiny from late last month. It coincided with the release of Solo: A Star Wars Story and features a character from there.
“Triplecross” – Qi’ra, before the events of Solo, managing to escape from a team-up of Hondo and IG-88 by causing them to betray each other
Last week the second Star Wars Story anthology film, Solo, arrived in cinemas. Detailing the past of a young Han Solo (played in the episodic Star Wars films by Harrison Ford), it shows the various events that shaped his life from a young idealistic crook to a cynical space smuggler.
With the movie almost a week old and spoilers practically abound online, we will now list the important characters that drive the plot of Solo: A Star Wars Story. One of the characters on this list is the surprise cameo that warrants the spoiler reminder. You have been duly warned.
Han Solo (Alden Ehrenreich) – orphan from Corellia working as a street thug for a local crime boss; wants to travel the galaxy on his own ship; briefly serves the Empire as a pilot trainee and later “Mud-Trooper” infantry, before deserting to join a heist crew, which leads him to becoming a veteran smuggler
Chewbacca (Joonas Suotamo) – Wookie imprisoned by the Empire on Mimban as a deserter “executioner”; Solo wins his trust due to his knowledge of the Wookie language, enabling their escape to join Beckett’s heist crew, later becoming his smuggling first mate
Beckett’s Crew – a veteran team of space criminals specializing in cargo heists
Tobias Beckett (Woody Harrelson) – aging master crook and skilled blaster-slinger who becomes Solo’s mentor figure and catalyst for his later untrusting nature; later betrays Han, who bypasses his blaster marksmanship by shooting him first while in the middle of an argument
Val Beckett (Thandie Newton) – Tobias’ wife and probably the only figure he trusts and holds genuine affection for; her death during the coaxium heist on planet Vandor hurts him deeply
Rio Durant (Jon Favreau) – Beckett’s designated ship pilot, a four-armed alien; dies of his wounds during the coaxium heist when they are attacked by rival gang the Cloud Riders led by Enfys Nest
Crimson Dawn – a powerful and ruthless criminal syndicate that operates with minimal Imperial interference; hires Beckett’s crew for a job to steal coaxium hyper-fuel, but also reports to a higher authority
Dryden Vos (Paul Betanny) – leader of the Crimson Dawn, a scarred human-like alien who vacillates between affable and murderous; a master of the Teras Kasi martial art who uses knives; runs his organization with an iron fist but also defers to his mysterious boss; dies after being double-crossed by Han, Beckett and Qi’ra
Qi’ra (Emilia Clarke) – smalltime crook from Corellia who was Han’s girlfriend; fails to escape the planet with Han and was left until recruited into Crimson Dawn by Vos; personally taught by Vos and became his lieutenant; although reunited with Han, her experience with Crimson Dawn leads her to forsake going with him and take over the gang after Vos’ death
Millennium Falcon Crew
Lando Calrissian (Donald Glover) – legendary smuggler and captain of the Millennium Falcon, a Corellia-made YT-1300 space freighter that he customized into a pleasure craft; recommended by Qi’ra to transport unrefined coaxium that Beckett’s crew and Han would steal from Kessel, and then take to a refinery world in a limited time period before the hyper-fuel explodes; later loses the Falcon to Han in a game of Sabacc
L3-37 (Phoebe Waller-Bridge) – Lando’s droid first mate with an advance navigational program, and an opinionated advocate of droid rights; damaged beyond repair during the coaxium heist on Kessel, but her navigational computer is installed on the Falcon, making them one
Enfys Nest (Erin Kellyman) – leader of the Cloud Riders gang, in reality a group of dissidents who want to overthrow the Empire and are gathering resources to launch an open Rebellion
SPOILER CHARACTER: [Darth] Maul (Ray Park, voiced by Sam Witwer) – former Sith apprentice of Darth Sidious/Emperor Palpatine; survived his duel with Obi-Wan Kenobi and becomes a criminal kingpin with over-lordship over multiple crime syndicates like Black Sun and Crimson Dawn; would die in a final duel with Obi-Wan as seen in Star Wars Rebels, happening years later from the events of Solo
While we’ve been introduced here to Star Wars: Forces of Destiny as a Lucasfilm Animation web series, that has also seen airplay on Disney’s cable channels, the concept is actually far-ranging and involves print media and toys. Hasbro in particular has launched a line of “Adventure Figures” in August 27.
Said adventure figures have the articulation of action figures, but also garbed in real-fabric clothing like dolls, as befits the mostly-female lineup of Star Wars characters in Forces of Destiny. We’ve got a list of the first several figures released for the line last year, with many to come later.
Princess Leia (as seen in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back) with droid R2-D2
Rey (as seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens)
Jyn Erso (as seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story)
Sabine Wren (as seen in Star Wars Rebels)
Rey (as seen in Star Wars: The Last Jedi) with droid BB-8
Chewbacca (as seen in the Star Wars original trilogy)
Ahsoka Tano (as seen in Star Wars: Clone Wars)
Padme Amidala (as seen in Star Wars: Attack of the Clones)
Luke Skywalker (as seen in Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back) with Yoda
Princess Leia (as seen in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi) with Wickett
Princess Leia Platinum Edition (as seen in Star Wars: A New Hope) with droid R2-D2
Rey and Kylo Ren 2-pack (as seen in Star Wars: The Force Awakens)