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The Best Form of Defence

Well, there’s no mistaking this homage to TIE Fighter on last night’s new Star Wars Rebels—that’s a TIE Defender, the highest class of TIE you can get in that great flight simulator from the 90s. I saw a list on some site recently of “good riddance” items from the old Expanded Universe and it included the TIE Defender…

The Dumbest Hero in Space

Saturday’s new Star Wars: Rebels began with this appropriate group wince. Though it wasn’t a bad episode. The second to be written by Gary Whitta, it’s not as good as his TIE Fighter homage, “The Antilles Extraction”, but it’s a nice heist story, particularly since it takes multiple opportunities to show how stupid…

Because Rebels is New

So Ezra has finally explained the plot behind the prequels in the new Star Wars: Rebels. In yet another episode that harkens back to the Clone Wars series Disney really obviously shouldn’t have cancelled, all the male protagonists leave Hera and Sabine on the Ghost to explore and loot a ruined Separatist base where a…

Crucial Heirlooms

The top two things I really liked about Saturday’s new Star Wars: Rebels: Grand Admiral Thrawn and Hera. In third place, I liked how Ezra was marginalised even though he was in almost every scene. He was basically just Hera’s lackey and not as whiney as he normally is, which was just about right—if we have to have…

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Star Wars: Aftermath is... Awesome?

Some readers don’t like Chuck Wendig’s writing for the Star Wars franchise; his approach is to use a present-tense narrative with choppy and/or twisty sentences and colloquial descriptions. That’s not meant as an insult; he’s a popular, successful writer who is by all accounts a really nice guy. Some folks just don’t…