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Star Wars, Spoilers, And What The Hell Are They Thinking?

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Star WarsIn this line of work, I’ve become fairly immune to spoilers, partly out of necessity, partly because, as long as the story is structured well, the reveal can still have the appropriate impact. One example is that, going into season three of Game of Thrones, I already knew all about the events of the “Red Wedding.” It’s a hazard of the trade, and since I don’t have HBO and had to wait until it hit Blu-ray months after the fact, there’s only so much you can ask out of the internet. But it is told in such a way that I was still floored when it went down, even though I knew what was going to happen. That’s the sign of a strong story, I knew what was going to happen from a mechanical standpoint, but that didn’t dilute the ultimate impact.

That said, the potential Star Wars: Episode VII spoiler that went wide earlier today, is one that may be too big. I read one headline that describe it as the nuclear bomb of spoilers, and I’m actually having trouble wrapping my head around it. This is something that, if it does turn out to be true, indelibly alters something I’ve passionately loved most of my life. (I was born in May, 1977, and have lived a total of 17 days in a world without Star Wars, that’s it.) Some of my earliest, fondest memories revolve around the franchise, but right now I’m still in a mild state of shock over what I just reported.

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Star Wars: Episode VII’s “I Am Your Father” Sized Spoiler Revealed

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We may be 14 months away from actually seeing Star Wars: Episode VII, but it’s never far from the front of our minds. Rumors, reports, and news have been flying fast and furious, but we haven’t encountered any that compare to this latest one. And for the love of god, be aware there are MAJOR SPOILERS beyond this point. We’re talking, holy shit, Luke-I’m-your-father level spoilers. If correct, this is a total game changer. You’ve been warned. Now prepare to get your mind blown.

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Star Wars: Watch The Entire Original Trilogy Distilled Down Into 3-Minutes

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Star Wars never really went away, especially not in the hearts of life long fans, though there were some rough patches, like the prequel years. But now that Disney owns Lucasfilm, the franchise is undergoing a substantial renaissance. With the animated series Star Wars Rebels premiering this week (read our review here), and news about J.J. Abrams upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII dominating the landscape, this seems like as good a time as any to revisit the beloved franchise. But a lot of us are busy, and sitting down to watch three movies we’ve already seen countless times may not fit into our always-full schedules as easily as it once did. Fortunately for those of us with a hectic calendar, there is this video that distills the original trilogy down to a short, easy to digest recap.

Just a warning, this may very well make you want to sit down and rewatch the original trilogy, so you’ll probably need to carve out some time for that in the very near future anyway, but hopefully this will give you the refresher you’re after. I really enjoy the description of Luke Skywalker as “angsty 70s teen.” This video is pretty fun, and at a fast paced three minutes, doesn’t over stay it’s welcome, and has the good sense to stop just when it’s starting to teeter on the edge of being annoying. That’s a trait not enough of these kinds of things have.

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Star Wars #1 Comic Preview Teases New Adventures Of Luke, Han, And Leia

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SW1Star Wars Rebels kicks off tomorrow night, launching one of the first major slices of the new, stripped-down Star Wars continuity. Last month another puzzle piece arrived in the form of Star Wars: A New Dawn, the first novel set in the new Expanded Universe, and a direct prequel to Rebels. While we’ve still got over a year to wait before the arrival of Episode VII, there are still more novels to come in that time, and beginning this January Marvel will relaunch the Star Wars comics universe with three new series. The straightforwardly titled Star Wars #1 will be the first of the bunch, and StarWars.com has shared the above variant cover art, as well as some interior previews and some insights from writer Jason Aaron.

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Star Wars: Episode VII Details Emerge About Daisy Ridley And Max Von Sydow

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Star WarsStar Wars Rebels debuts on Disney Channel this weekend, or possibly you’ve already seen it via other avenues (we saw it and it is totally fun and feels very much like actual Star Wars), and as such, that’s where the bulk of the Star Wars news has been coming lately. But don’t, for one second, think that we’ve forgotten about Star Wars: Episode VII, because we know that you haven’t. And to be honest, as much as we enjoyed Rebels, it’s the movies that we’re really excited for, and there are some interesting tidbits floating around on that front.

As usual, the SPOILER rule is in effect. What waits beyond this point could ruin certain things from the film, or they could turn out to be complete and utter bullshit. So read on at your own risk, and take these reports with a grain of salt.

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Star Wars Rebels Review: The Spark You Need To Get Pumped For Star Wars Again

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Rebels1It’s that time. We finally have our first addition to the Star Wars canon in the Disney-owned Lucasfilm era, with the animated series Star Wars Rebels. The premiere episode, “Spark of Rebellion,” recently debuted, and it’s a damn good time, setting the stage for a series that looks to be a ton of fun. Definitely aimed at kids, but never in the cheap, cloying way that George Lucas’ prequels were, kids are absolutely going to flip their wigs over this, but at the same time there’s more than enough here to keep you interested and watching right along with them. It isn’t the movies we’ve been waiting for, but it just might tide you over until Episode VII drops next December.

Rebels is far more in line with the original trilogy than the much maligned Episodes I, II, and III, thankfully. More than anything else, this has the look and feel that you love so much about Star Wars in the first place. There’s that sense of the swashbuckling action that Lucas originally lifted from the movie serials of his youth, and high adventure is definitely the order of the day. It’s hard not to grin like an idiot as the characters battle with dimwitted stormtroopers and dodge Imperial forces. There are TIE Fighters, Star Destroyers, lightsabers, and the fact that they use John Williams’ trademark score only drives home the fact that you’re watching NEW FREAKIN’ STAR WARS.