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5 Reasons Why You Should Be Watching Star Wars Resistance

When Star Wars Resistance was first announced, I was ready to welcome a new Star Wars animated show into my life after the bittersweet ending of Star Wars Rebels. When we learned that the show would be influenced by Japanese anime and 80’s cartoons, I was really intrigued. I didn’t know what to expect, but I had this feeling I was going to enjoy it. Resistance tells the story of Kazuda Xiono who is recruited by Poe Dameron to be a Resistance Spy on an aircraft refueling station known as The Colussus. When it premiered late last year, my significant other and I caught up one Sunday and now it’s officially become Resistance Sunday. Because I love it so much and don’t see enough love for it on the internet, I wanted to write down a few reasons as to why you should check out this show, if you haven’t already.

Without further ado, here are five reasons why you should be watching Star Wars Resistance:

1. The show is gorgeous

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This show is beautifully animated and looks incredibly unique compared to other children’s animated shows in today’s day and age. The show, which is CGI, uses cel-shading to achieve its distinctive look. There have been several moments throughout the season where I’m taken aback because of the beauty of a shot.

2. Unique, interesting, and diverse characters

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Each character from the main cast has their own personality and quirks, which always makes for a fun and interesting watch. The characters themselves are also diverse in how they look, from people of color to alien species, and not only are the characters diverse, but the voice over cast is as well! It’s one of my favorite things about this show.

3. BB-8

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I loved BB-8 as soon as I saw him in the first teaser for The Force Awakens, but I think I fell in love with him while watching this show. He’s such a good droid and character and counterpart to everyone he meets. He is featured significantly throughout the show and even has his own love story, but I won’t give too much away… If you’re a fan of BB-8, this show has all the BB-8 content you could ever want.

4. Filling in the dots before and during The Force Awakens

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While the show focuses a lot on the weekly misadventures of Kazuda Xiono as a Resistance Spy, there have been several name drops, easter eggs, and special guests that tie into the ongoing conflict between the First Order and the Resistance. If you’re curious about what’s going on in the galaxy before the events of TFA, this show is the perfect starting point. The mid-season trailer also revealed that the show will in fact overlap with TFA, which is quite interesting if you love the animated shows connecting directly to the films.

5. Incredible character arcs

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If there’s one thing we’ve learned about Lucasfilm animation, it’s that they excel in character arcs. Ezra and Ahsoka are prime examples of characters who weren’t the easiest to like at the beginning for a majority of people, but eventually grew into some of the most beloved characters from the Star Wars galaxy. If you’ve seen The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels from beginning to end, then you know that it takes time and multiple seasons for these characters to grow from their begrudging beginnings to their celebrated heroic endings. Kaz is of the same breed and just like the characters before him, he is currently on his own journey of discovery and transformation.

Star Wars Resistance airs on Sundays on Disney XD and will conclude it’s first season on March 17th!

All photos belong to Lucasfilm.

 

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Blog · Film · Star Wars

Coming Up With Star Wars: Episode IX Title Predictions

With filming for Episode IX under way and 2018 almost over, I wanted to write up my Episode IX title predictions. Coming up with a Star Wars film title is a daunting task and I’m warning you that my predictions are probably bad and cringeworthy, but I had so much fun thinking about it!

First, I listed what we have so far, in regards to the Skywalker Saga:

The Phantom Menace

Attack of the Clones

Revenge of the Sith

A New Hope

The Empire Strikes Back

Return of the Jedi

The Force Awakens

The Last Jedi

Then I listed some words that probably would NOT be apart of the title for various reasons:

Guardian(s) – Disney’s other space property– Guardians of the Galaxy.

Resistance – I don’t think they would want people to get confused with the DisneyXD show Star Wars: Resistance.

Ominous words like Revenge, Empire, Order, Sith, Strikes, Final, Last Stand, etc. – It’s the grande finale, why end with a title that brings dread?

Anything dealing with the First Order – Similar to the reason above, Episode IX (for now) is the last installment in the Skywalker Saga, I can’t imagine them naming the last film something that has to do with the First Order striking back or getting revenge.

With that said I listed words that I felt more appropriate for the grand finale:

Knight

Balance

Spark

Rebellion

Return

Hope

Freedom

Legacy

Galaxy

I believe that Episode IX will focus on the force, the new Jedi Order, Rey and Kylo’s relationship, a victory for the Rebellion, and of course Bendemption. These are all very hopeful and positive elements in a film that will be tying everything together.

So, without further ado these are my Episode IX title predictions:

Star Wars: Legacy of the Force

Star Wars: Knights of the Rebellion

Star Wars: Spark of the Rebellion

Star Wars: Balance of the Force

Star Wars: The First Knight

My personal favorite and number one choice is Star Wars: Legacy of the Force. While it is the name of an EU book series, it’s the most perfect name I could think of that could tie the Skywalker saga together. Ben Solo is apart of a legacy that has given him so much grief and Rey has no legacy to define her, she only has the legacy she will build on her own. I think this film could even be called Star Wars: Legacies of the Force, referring to not only Rey and Ben, but Finn, Poe, and Rose who will all have their own legacies as time goes on. We know good will always prevail in Star Wars and if it’s truly the end, we know that this series will end on a satisfying note. So, what a better way to end then to name it something that goes on long after the characters are gone and refers to the everlasting Force, the one thing that started this journey in the first place.

What are your Episode IX title predictions? Leave a comment below!

Blog · Geek & Pop Culture · Star Wars

Growing Up With The Clone Wars

I found Star Wars one year after Revenge of the Sith came out and I spent a lot of time wishing I had discovered it sooner. Even though I was only 11 years old, I felt like I had missed out on so much, especially since there was no more Star Wars to look forward to. When I heard about The Clone Wars movie, I remember being really excited about getting to watch a Star Wars film in the theater. This was my chance. I was going to watch a Star Wars movie with other people in the theater and it was going to be just like the end of that Episode I documentary when Rick McCallum is hyping up the crowd and everyone has their lightsabers out and the entire audience is screaming at the sight of the Lucasfilm logo… yup, it was going to be just like that.

In 2008, when I was 13, I had only recently become a proud Star Wars fan. I spent a lot of the first few years being embarrassed by liking Star Wars. It wasn’t cool at the time and my family and classmates thought it was for boys. So, when The Clone Wars came out it was a breath of fresh air and it felt like there was something to be excited about in the Star Wars fandom again and this time I was going to be apart of it, at least, that’s what I thought.

When I discovered the character of Ahsoka Tano, I remember being so disappointed. My only reason being was that I had written fan fiction (I didn’t even know it was called fan fiction at the time) about a girl who went on missions with Obi-Wan and Anakin and who had been a favorite of Master Yoda’s. I know, right? Anyways, I loved that character so much and often wished I could escape into the Star Wars universe and be her. As you can imagine, when I found out who Ahsoka Tano was, I felt a rush of anger and disappointment and jealousy. I never went to go watch the film at the theater and even though I did eventually watch the show on Cartoon Network, I became ambivalent about the whole thing. I thought Ahsoka was annoying and immature. She was around my age and nothing like the character I created in my head.

It wasn’t until season 3 that I started liking The Clone Wars. I don’t know if it was the show itself or having gone to Star Wars Weekends and Star Wars Celebration V that really changed my mind, but it was definitely around that time when I realized this is the Star Wars that’s part of my generation and the Star Wars that I’m growing up with. I felt like I had to be proud of that and also… the show just got better as it progressed.

As time passed, I realized that Ahsoka was changing and growing up, just like I was. I can’t really pinpoint what episode or moment made me start liking Ahsoka, but I can tell you that watching her walk away from Anakin and the Jedi Order made me an emotional wreck. It was in that moment that I realized Ahsoka had grown on me and I cared about her journey. I remember watching it in my living room alone and regretting how much I hated her at first, but I had to grow up to realize that she actually meant something to me. I felt a connection to her and have loved her ever since.

It’s been 10 years since The Clone Wars premiered and thinking back on the show and my relationship with it has made me incredibly nostalgic. It takes me back to the early days of my fandom, when I was just starting out and going to Star Wars Weekends to see all the voice actors. It reminds of my first Star Wars Celebration and the beginnings of Her Universe. I love the sequel trilogy, I love what Disney has given us, but sometimes when I think about those days when all we had to look forward to was a new Clones Wars season and a Robot chicken special, it makes me smile and miss it in a weird way.

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If you don’t know by now, there will be new Clone Wars episodes from Lucasfilm and Disney in the future. It was announced at San Diego Comic Con and pretty much blew everyone’s mind, mine included. I wasn’t expecting it, I didn’t even think it would be possible, but someone at Lucasfilm is paying attention and I am grateful.

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The episodes will be released through Disney’s streaming app and there will be 12 in total. I am so happy about this and I am happy for Dave Filoni who finally gets to complete his first show in the way he always wanted to. It feels like Star Wars really is Christmas now and it just keeps giving us gifts every year, whether it’s in the form of a TV show, film, book, or comic. I truly have never been more proud to be a Star Wars fan. After all, once you’re a fan, you’re in this life for good.

#CloneWarsSaved

Star Wars

May the 4th Be With You!

Hey you.

Happy Star Wars Day!

Time to celebrate by wearing your favorite Star Wars t-shirt, eating Star Wars themed food, and watching Star Wars all day long. This is a pretty average day in my life just with more puns and a whole lot of appreciation for the galaxy far, far way.

One thing I like to do every year is reflect on how much Star Wars has changed my life for the better. I’ve written about it here and there on the blog that Star Wars isn’t just another film series that I love. It’s something that came into my life at the right moment and provided me with solace and hope. A bit much, I know. But it’s true, I have never quite loved something as much as I love Star Wars. I fall in love with TV shows and movies and fictional worlds all the time, but Star Wars has always been consistent and it always feels like home. Not to get too personal but Star Wars has saved me on occasion by simply existing and the sequel trilogy will always feel like a present I get for staying here and choosing to live my life. What I’m trying to say is I love Star Wars a lot and everyone should take the time to think about what the series means to them. That’s what is so wonderful about loving something like Star Wars, everyone has their own story and they are always so fascinating to hear.

I hope everyone has a great Star Wars Day, no matter how you feel about certain films or books or games, remember your Star Wars story and celebrate it. There are so many amazing and creative ways you can celebrate today, feel free to tell me how you celebrate your Star Wars Day in the comments!

May the Fourth be with you.

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Five Things: April 2018

Five Things is a series where I list five things I liked, loved, or geeked out about during the month.

In no particular order, here are this month’s five things…

1. Alden Ehrenreich and Donald Glover visited the Star Wars Show and spoke with Andi Gutierrez all about Solo and it was pretty great. I love the fact that Glover said he bought a pizza and went home to watch Empire after he found out he was cast as Lando. Too real.

2. Looking For Leia reached their funding goal and will now officially be able to move on into post-production. Yay! It was really cool to see so many people support the project and I cannot wait to watch the docu-series in its final form later this year!

3. A new featurette for Solo: A Star Wars Story was released yesterday and it made me really excited to watch the film. I have come a long way from the time it was announced to the film now being 1 month away from release. It’s going to be great, and if not great, FUN.

4. Avengers: Infinity War came out just a couple of days ago and is now the biggest opening weekend of all time! It surpassed The Force Awakens and I ain’t even mad. The movie was fun and surprising and I’m still thinking about it. Highly recommend.

5. Lastly, I wanted to give a shout out to Vaginal Fantasy. What the heck is Vaginal Fantasy? Well, it was a fantasy romance book club hosted by Felicia Day, Veronica Belmont, Bonnie Burton, and Kiala Kazebee that officially ended this month. Every month, for six years they read a book and discussed it live on Google Hangouts. If you’re interested in checking it out, every hangout has been archived on YouTube and the book club is still going on at Goodreads. Felicia, Veronica, Bonnie, and Kiala were really cool and funny to listen to, I’m going to miss them a lot!

 

Featured Image: Lucasfilm

Blog · DIY · Geek & Pop Culture

Ita Bags, Enamel Pins, and Pinstagram

So, I have a new obsession.

Over the past few months I have been collecting enamel pins. You’ve probably seen them around on bags or jackets or lanyards, usually at conventions or most famously, Disney Parks. I don’t have a crazy collection because it can be a very expensive investment, but I have definitely collected quite a few since January of this year and I wanted to share how I started collecting and how I style my pins.

First of all, my new obsession is technically not new as I have been buying pins from Disney World since I was little. However, within the last year or so a lot of little shops online have started releasing originally designed pins that feature some of your most favorite characters, movies, shows, and pop culture phenomenons. It’s crazy how there can be a pin for literally anything these days. As soon as I started to see Star Wars pins that weren’t from Disney Parks pop up on Instagram, I was hooked.

Towards the end of 2017 I decided to bite the bullet and start collecting. The fact that people were wearing pins on their jean jackets and backpacks made me really fall in love with the whole idea. I liked that you could style your pins with a regular outfit and still give it a nerdy flair and I’m all about that subtle nerdy look.

Most of the time I wear my pins on my jean jacket and I switch it up almost weekly depending on how I’m feeling.

 

Now that summer is approaching and I won’t use my jean jacket as much, I’ve decided to put some of my pins on my Ita Bag. It’s whimsy and cute and stylish and something I bought specifically for Disney World and Comic Cons. My bag is from Lantern Pins, who now has a handful of colors (that I hope to purchase in the future), but you can find Ita bags all over the internet, including Amazon. I believe Ita Bags started as a phenomenon in the Anime community and have now taken over the pin community because it is so ideal for displaying pins and not having to worry about them falling off. Last year for Star Wars Celebration, I put a couple of pins on my backpack was constantly checking to see if they were still there and actually had to retrace my steps to find my beloved BB-8 pin in the middle of the exhibit hall.

Never again.

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I decided to get a little DIY with my bag. I was inspired by Jackie from Lantern Pins who put a colored paper in her bag slot so that it could have a more colorful background and so that the pins didn’t ruin the fabric inside. It’s a really great idea, but I will admit it was kind of a pain to do. If you’re curious, I essentially measured the bag as best I could and cut craft paper I bought from Michael’s. Honestly, when it came to putting the pins on the paper, you have to kind of just guess and risk it for the biscuit. Maybe there’s an easier way that I’m not aware of but I got it done and it doesn’t look half bad.

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If I’ve peaked your interest in any way I would suggest checking out my Instagram where I have tagged all the pin makers and where I usually take pictures of my pin hauls. I will list below some of my favorite pin shops and where you can find Ita bags. I also suggest checking out hashtags on Instagram if you’re curious about all the pins that are out there or how people are styling their own pins. It’s a really fun and creative community that I’m happy to support and hopefully one day I can design my own pin!

Favorite Pin Shops (keep in mind I mostly buy Star Wars pins):

Lantern Pins

Utinni Bikini

Kate Gabrielle (amazing classic film pin shop)

The Floral Martian

Squadron Goals

Fandom Flair Pins

Places You Can Buy Ita Bags:

Lantern Pins

Amazon

Instagram Hashtags to Check Out:

#Pinstagram

#PinGame

#PinGameStrong

#PinLife

#PinsOfIG

#PinCollector

#PinCollection

Blog · Fashion & Beauty · Geek & Pop Culture · Geek Fashion Roundup

Vogue Squadron: Geek Fashion Finds (April 4 2018)

Rounded up some of my favorite geek fashion finds from the past few weeks!

Check them out below:

1. Star Wars x Po-Zu Han Solo Sneakers

These are both amazing and disappointing because they only have them in men’s sizes, starting from a US size 9. WHYYYYYY???? 😦

2. Captain Marvel Sweater from Marvel x Musterbrand

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I love it and I need it. This was announced yesterday but should be coming out very soon (most likely with the release of Infinity War at the end of the month)!

3. I Never Freeze Unisex Shirt – Jordandené

The best quote from Black Panther! Going to eventually buy this for my boyfriend and I because we say this all the time to each other.

4. Galactic Scavenger Cropped Sweater – Elhoffer Design

This sweater is inspired by Rey’s outfit at the end of The Force Awakens. It’s so beautiful and available for pre-order with very limited runs! Get it while you can.

5. 22K Gold PacMan and Ghost Earrings – Unicorn Crafts

They’re so cute! I love classic video games and PacMan was a staple in our house back in the day so I’m definitely going to try and get these soon.