So I’ve only seen the second trailer for The Force Awakens a hundred or so times and it’s still not old. But even the first time I saw it, there are a lot of messages or clues about the plot of the film. We’re in the fleeting moments before the film comes out and we know exactly what it’s about. So sometime it’s fun to see if some of the clues from the trailers match what is shown in the theater. So let’s look at a few things that jump out that let our minds speculate about this film.
Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels premiers on Saturday (June 20). The Season 2 trailer released in April got us excited, but it, perhaps, didn’t give the whole story of Season 2. There’s a lot of different story lines implied by the end of Season 1 and from the Season 2 trailer. We see new characters (a Calimarian who developed the B-Wing?) and some old ones (Rex, Vader, Ahsoka, Hondo). But there’s a few character stories to which we want special attention paid.
There’s one thing that never quite made sense. In A New Hope, Luke Skywalker is constantly referred to as a “farmer”. I didn’t realize until I was a bit older (a lot older because I saw it as an infant) what kind of farmer he was. The Phantom Menance is really the only time we hear someone refer to the farming activities on Tatooine as “moisture farms”.
Timothy Zahn is one of the most popular Expanded Universe authors. His first trilogy – The Thrawn Trilogy – was (one of) the first stories that really pushed beyond the stories depicted in the Original film trilogies. In Heir to the Empire (1992), we find our friends – Leia, Han, Chewie, and Luke – about 10 years after the Battle of Yavin (6/7 after Endor). We learn of other evil Jedi and fight the remnants of the Empire. They really showed that although the Emperor and Vader were gone, there was still a lot of Star Wars to be had.
If you haven’t gotten into Star Wars The Clone Wars, shame on you. It’s one of the best series in TV history, not just animated TV history. Admittedly, I wasn’t able to get into it while it was aired on TV. But since it appeared on Netflix (along with the finished Season 6 episodes), I was able to binge watch. But it’s a lot to binge watch through, even for a Star Wars fan like me. So which ones are the best to watch?
When Disney took over Lucasfilm and embarked on developing a new set of Star Wars properties, one of the first things they did was to decide that all of the Expanded Universe contents were no longer “Canon”. Meaning, they weren’t part of the ‘real’ Star Wars universe – only “Legends” that use similar characters.
The first season of Star Wars Rebels was fantastic. We saw old friends and made some new ones. But there are several big questions raised by the first season that we have yet to get some kind of resolution. While there are some obvious ones (What happened to Ezra’s parents?), there are a few that I think merit some attention. Here are a few of the big ones.