Star Wars Rebels: The Lighter Side

Team-Building has Its Challenges

In a galaxy far far away sometimes we need to stop for some simple supplies and see where it takes us!! Tonight our budding heroes did just that. Not to say it wasn't without drama but ultimately the episode brought us funny moments and a few important nuggets. The tone was a bit lighter but that didn't stop us from enjoying some links to the past and getting some personality depth with our characters. 

To begin,  we have our two roomies, Zeb and Ezra, bickering about an issue that Chopper helped create. This argument eventually led to Hera sending them out on a supply mission to a Lothal market. One thing we have learned is that Zeb seems to be eternally conflicted with his past and he finds a new family within this crew. The connection is obvious and the show does a great job in portraying this. 

Now we know that their trip couldn't go without a hitch and Ezra stumbling upon an old friend is the beginning of his and Zeb’s fun.  As you can imagine things go from bad to worse and Zeb somehow turns up piloting a Tie Fighter and Ezra is pummeling Stormtroopers with fruit. This all occurs while Hera and Kanan are back at the Ghost playing Holochess (Awesome!). During the chase Ezra frees his friends who we later find out to be an acquaintance of his parents! A stunning revaluation based on the fact we thought he was a long-time orphan. This nugget could be a very interesting plot point in the future and makes us wondering who his parents may be. A Jedi during the Clone Wars? Or did the Empire take them away? Time will tell…. But the line of the night cam from Zeb as he flew the tie fighter and was asked over the com-link if that was the stolen Tie. Zeb simply replies “This is not the Tie your looking for”. Obviously an ode to A New Hope.

I will say that this episode had a great humor to it and continues to show the depth of our characters. Zeb and Ezra work very well together and are creating a bond that is very entertaining. Although the tone of the episode lighter it was still very effective.

What did you think if the episode?? Did you like the tone? What about the story.

In Case You Missed it- October 18, 2014

  • A Civil War is coming to Marvel!!! After weeks of speculation of what Robert Downey Jr.’s next Marvel move would be he has surprised us all with taking a huge roll in Captain America 3. Reports claim that fans will finally get what they are hoping for with an all out battle between super heroes who will be forced to choose sides in an old fashioned civil rights storyline. Captain America would advocate against Government tracking while Tony Stark would lead a massive initiative to register all individuals with unique powers… Choose your side!!  The most interesting part of this story is that weeks ago Spiderman rumors were swirling in regards to the web-slinger joining the Marvel Cinematic Universe. This would only make sense due to the fact the he was such and intreclel part of this storyline. This rumor also comes days after Marvel released a new comic book cover depicting this exact thing. If Marvel could swing Spidey (ha ha) and have a massive shake-up of characters through a devastating Cap 3 war, you never know where Avengers 3 would take us….
  • Wicket is joining Star Wars Episode 7!! Or should I say Willow, or Wald?? Anyways….Warwick Davis released a highly entertaining youtube video announcing his invitation to appear in the Star Wars movie. Now he doesn't go into any detail about the role but its great to see JJ Abrams continuing to ramp up our expectations with this incredible cast. One of the most intriguing things about the returning cast members is the excitement they have to join the project. The pride they have for this universe is special and fans are rewarded by it. Check out the video, it is hilarious.
  • Disneyland announces that it is kicking of its Christmas Holiday season November 14! Get ready for snow and hot chocolate in the Happiest Place on Earth. For us on the west coast who are begging for some cooler weather, fake snow on on Sleeping Beauty’s Castle will have to do. I keep hearing rumors we may see the star on the Matterhorn again, fingers crossed. And it looks like the the Jingle Cruise was a one and done…..
  • One of the most exciting, yet least talked about items this week, was that Javier Bardem is in negotiations to play the villain in Pirates of the Caribbean Part 5: Dead Men Tell No TalesOne of the creepiest villains of the last decade can only build on the already popular film franchise. It was also rumored that Orlando Bloom may be back…….what abut Ms. Swan?? I  just hope that they don’t feel the need to make the story so complex it looses its charm (remember 2 & 3?).
  • As a surprise to no one, especially after strong reviews, DisneyXD’s premiere episode of Star Wars Rebels had the highest rated opening in the channels history. The episode didn't disappoint and continued to show us how well this production team is put together. The amazing way they are able to balance old and new content along with making these new characters likable is remarkable. To see our review click here
  • Marvel released the first images of Michael Douglas in Ant-Man. You have to love the fact that he still looks so cool after all these years, and no, it’s not just the car. It’s also well know that the folks who attended a small session with Marvel at New York Comic Con not only received a sneak peak of The Avengers 2, but also were the first to view the Ant-Man teaser trailer!! Brief descriptions hit the web but I refused to read them… I wan to see it!!
  • The Toy Story gang is back!! Pixar just released the following commercial for Toy Story Time Forgot. This Christmas special will air on ABC December 2nd, and based on the hilarious trailer there are no shortcuts in animation, voice talent or story. I appreciate the fact they are telling these Pixar stories on multiple platforms. Similar to the Marvel and Star Wars models. 

 

 

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In Case You Missed It- October 11, 2014

 

Star Wars Rebels: Two for Two

Nostalgic Tone Makes Fledgling Series Shine

DisneyXD premiered its first regular episode of Star Wars Rebels tonight and it took us on a journey that was filled with past references that would make any Star Wars fan excited. We have long come to appreciate the way Dave Filoni's and team have interwoven story lines but tonight gave us a glimpse of the depth these stories will go. I for one was the kid in 1990 visiting Disneyland who rode Star Tours 32 times in a row and had my trusted video camera taping every second of it. So when the Rebels gang begins their mission on a StarSpeeder piloted by a Captain Rex (or a similar model) nostalgia set in. I never thought I’d see my childhood buddy again (accept of corse for in the packaged box in the queue of Star Tours). With this incredible addition, the audience was immediately connected to the episode. On top of this, we are reunited with out favorite two droids R2-D2 and C-3PO. In this world they didn't skip a beat,  the 2 droids, as usual, are a part of an undercover mission that Threepio hasn't a clue and fight every step of the way. This leads to an exciting ploy by the team to steal weapons from an Imperial Commander that hits a few bumps on the way.  When all is about to go horribly wrong Ezra taps into an unknown resource and saves the day. 

This episode, like the Spark of the Rebellion movie, has a basic premise but it is filled with nuggets of important information about the characters and story. We get an opportunity to dig deep into Zebs past and learn about his species downfall at the hands of the Empire. His history alone links his alliance with the Rebel cause. The core of this emotion nearly gets him killed at the hands of Agent Kallus who shows his superior fighting skills and reason for being so feared. He will be a handful for the Rebels as they spread the spark throughout the galaxy. But alas, in another stellar ending, we see a familiar face, along with one of our favorite vessels get their first air time. Senator Organa makes his debut and steals the show with a few pivotal revelations. If you haven't seen it you really need to. Where the story goes from here is anyones guess but the links to the original trilogy are strong and gives me reason to pull out those old VHS tapes again and go with Rex on his first flight again, and again, and again.

What did you think? Was this ending as good as the Spark of the Rebellion ending? Let us know.

In Case You Missed It- October 11, 2014

"IN CASE YOU MISSED IT" IS A WEEKLY RECAP OF THE TOP DISNEY COMPANY NEWS ITEMS DETERMINED BY MORTOWN MAGIC

 

  • Walt Disney Studios premiers the teaser trailer for Tomorrowland. Brad Bird’s (The Incredibles) adventure into the great unknown starring George Clooney, Britt Robertson and Hugh Laurie. Entertainment Weekly also releases the first images and story details giving fans fragments of what the feel and look of the story may be. Disney diehards interest in this movie are high due to the fact Walt Disney, and his ideas and vision, are an integral part of the story. George Clooney also made a surprise appearance at NYCC Tomorrowland panel this week and wowed the crowd. Begs the question that if the movie gets some legs if it may be a blueprint to Disneyland’s own Tomorrowland and it’s much needed makeover.

  • Disneyland Paris get a significant 1.3 billion dollar bailout from the Walt Disney Co. making them the much needed majority shareholder. This news brings a smile to many who have suffered through the parks questionable upkeep. Disney can now move forward to getting this park into the condition it deserves. It also has analyst smiling because with the Euro being so week, an economic uptick could mean a significant win for Disney.
  • Darth Vader is back!!! Lucasfilm announces the airing of the Star Wars Rebels movie; Spark of the Rebellion airing on ABC. But…a special scene will be inserted giving us a glimpse of the legendary villain himself. If that wasn't news enough to bring a grown man to his knees, the scene is being voiced by Vader original James Earl Jones. If anyone questioned Disney’s ability to handle the Star Wars universe, they are showing they know how….by letting Lucasfilm do what they are good at!

 

  • Spider-Man joining the Avengers?? This is the latest Sony rumor that hit the net hard this week. We all know Spidey has had his own fun with the gang in the comic books but it looks like there are indications he may do so in the cinematic universe as well. We can all hope that Sony and Disney come up with some kind of deal to make this happen. This could be another feather in the cap of Bob Iger if he can pull this one out of his hat.  
  • Big Hero 6 releases another full trailer and it looks like Disney has done it again. The trailer shows the same emotion that has drawn us in with their last few animated features (Frozen, Tangled, Reck it Ralph) and is transfused to an eclectic group that centers around a puffy robot named Bay Max. The mystery of the storyline still remains but it should be a fun ride.

  • Disneyland Park finishes some upgrades to the iconic Sleeping Beaty Castle. These upgrades include new railing along the drawbridge walkway and a much needed upgrade to the fence that had parents sprinting as children approached the wide open gap. All it takes is one fall folks….

    Honorable Mention: Disney Studios released Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day this week and it turns out to be a good movie for all ages. Steve Carrell and Jennifer Garner keep the adults entertained with a story that hits close to home, while kids will find one of the characters to relate to. I recommend it for a lazy weekend flick.

Did we miss anything? Let us know.

Rebels Off and Running- Episode 1

Animated Star Wars Linch-Pin Fails to Disappoint

Breath your sigh of relief Star Wars fans, the formula from Clone Wars is still intact. Take some time to salute Pixar and Marvel for paving such lucrative paths for Disney to trust in this first Star Wars installment. The freedom Lucasfilm had to utilize Dave Filoni and bring-in Simon Kinberg to maintain the beloved trend Clone Wars started seemed to have worked..so far. The result has brought us an exciting kick-off to the season premier of Star Wars Rebels, and with that, comes new stories and characters that will attempt to mesh within the Star Wars universe. 

I find it interesting, and encouraging, that not too much was crammed into this first episode. The mere fact that a simple search and rescue mission wove so well into the overall story is a good sign of things to come. In doing this, the audience could get to know the characters, and tag along with no serious obligation. Much like we did when Luke gazed into the dual suns of Tatooine, we were living within the episode. And despite the enormity of this particular mission, no one acknowledged what may be in store until two of our hero’s, Kanan and Hera, stumbled upon something special in the young Ezra.

The Galactic Navy also had a strong showing. The complete dominance of the galaxy is in full bloom and you have to appreciate how the Empire goes about its business. Seeing Star Destroyers and Tie Fighters within the atmosphere of a planet is quite exhilarating and something we have never seen before. Throw in the callous, Agent Callus, and we see what we have to look forward to. His battle helmet alone creates a must-have for Halloween. 

But it’s the final 2 minutes of the episode completely captivates the audience. We witness the never before seen transmission sent out at the end of Episode III by Obi-Wan Kenobi that brings the episode to a stirring conclusion. His message not only puts a cap on the episode but ultimately connects the entire Star Wars universe. His words are poignant, strong and defiant and can only be described as moving. But before we could get too nostalgic, we are sent back to the Star Destroyer to catch a glimpse of our new villain who may eventually end the run of our new heroes…..

Now don't get me wrong, there is a long way to go and there is a lot to prove until fans will be fully vested. But for now, let the doubt escape your mind and enjoy the ride. 

Let me know what you thought of the first episode. Was it what you expected?