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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.

 

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!

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!

 

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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 · Star Wars

The Last Jedi… Three Months Later

So, The Last Jedi is officially out to own on DVD and Blu-ray at a store near you.

I just finished re-watching the film and all of its bonus content and I can honestly say it is truly a spectacular movie. When my first viewing of TLJ ended I remember my SO turning to me and asking me how I felt, I was literally speechless. I couldn’t even think because I was trying to process what I had just seen. The movie was so different. I wasn’t expecting it and I wasn’t sure how to feel. Was I in the wrong if I loved it? Was I in the wrong if I hated it? I couldn’t make a quick judgement, I needed to watch it again.

After my second viewing I remember driving home and thinking it was incredible. All the things that made me feel uneasy were actually wonderful and different and new. That was the best part.

The Last Jedi is not a traditional Star Wars film, both technically and story-wise. It features shots that aren’t traditionally used in Star Wars movies and it shows us incredible ways the Force can be utilized by its users. It’s understandable that certain Star Wars fans may have felt uncomfortable, it’s understandable if they got taken out of the universe they loved so much, but you know what’s not understandable? For people to boycott, harass, and threaten people’s lives over a space movie.

Three months have passed since The Last Jedi premiered and it has been quite a tumultuous time for fans on the internet. Frankly, it sucks. There are certain hate groups who are trying to ruin people’s love for Star Wars, they’re harassing creators on the daily, and they attempt to do very petty things to try and get Disney to listen to their opinions. It’s ridiculous and makes me feel so bad for the people who have to deal with it every day.

There is no doubt TLJ changed Star Wars fandom forever. With the negativity it’s easy to forget that the majority of fans loved and appreciated this film. It doesn’t have to be your favorite. Art is subjective, you can like it or dislike it. You can disagree with how something was shot and you can be mad about Luke dying. But it is completely unnecessary to tweet at a random person to tell them they’re wrong for loving this movie.

After watching all the bonus content I couldn’t help but think about how this film divided people. It is such a wonderful addition to the Star Wars filmography and the Skywalker saga and I have never felt more confident about Rian Johnson than after The Director and the Jedi.

The Director and the Jedi is a documentary that features behind the scenes footage of the making of The Last Jedi. It was beautiful. It made me laugh and cry and wish I were working on a Star Wars film. I was slightly disappointed with the bonus content of The Force Awakens, so I was extremely satisfied with this release. I’m used to watching The Beginning: Making Episode I and Within a Minute: The Making of Episode III. I watched those documentaries over and over again when I was younger. It sparked my dream to work in film, but more specifically on a Star Wars production. I found myself having those same feelings of awe and wonder. Rian Johnson handled this film with composure and class. I look forward to his future trilogy and admire his unperturbed attitude towards the horrible people online.

The Last Jedi and all of its bonus content is out and worth a watch. Yes, it was a controversial film and we will all look back at this time in Star Wars fandom and probably laugh and roll our eyes and then cry because Star Wars is fucking amazing.

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Godspeed Rebels

Star Wars Rebels is over. It’s the end of an era.

The first season of Rebels was one of our earliest glimpses into the galaxy far, far away after the Disney acquisition of Lucasfilm. Many were hesitant about the show post-Clone Wars (me), but with Dave Filoni at the helm it quickly earned many fans’ respects.

Over the last four years we have been introduced to several characters across the galaxy and many unique qualities about the force that none of us would have ever believed. If you think The Last Jedi was weird, watch Star Wars Rebels. The series finale aired last night on Disney XD and I wanted to share my thoughts about the ending of this show that initially, I had very little faith in.

Basically, I loved it. I loved the finale. I loved that in the end, our ragtag crew of rebels made it out alive.

Well, for the most part.

We lost Kanan in “Jedi Knight” after he sacrificed himself to save the family that he loved, who he knew would continue the fight against the Empire. It was tragic, beautifully done, and a necessary loss. As for Ezra, I honestly cannot imagine where he’d be and if Thrawn is alive or not. I will probably have to listen to a few podcasts and read a few theories before I make any assumptions. Zeb and Kallus live happily ever after on Lira San and probably adopt a few lasats (wishful thinking). Hera turned out to be pregnant, which I would NEVER have predicted and ended up giving birth to a baby boy named Jacen (yes, Jacen). Jacen Syndulla.

Sabine narrates everyone’s lives from the liberation of Lothal to after the Battle of Endor, which was another surprise! Everyone expected Rebels to end before Rogue One or possibly after the Battle of Yavin. I absolutely love that Hera, Sabine, Zeb, and Chopper survived the original trilogy. I didn’t expect it, but I should have. Sabine then goes on to say that she along with Ahsoka Tano (AHSOKA LIVES) will fulfill the promises they made to Ezra to find him and bring him home.

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I’m dead.

First of all, Ahsoka Tano is a fucking legend. I am in love with her story even though it’s shrouded in mystery. I honestly think that’s probably what makes me love her even more. Yes, there is a small part of me that wants to ask, “well, where was she during this event or what about this infamous Yoda quote about Luke being the last Jedi?” I get it. However, Ahsoka isn’t a Jedi anymore and Luke is the only one who could have redeemed Vader, end of story.

Jacen Syndulla is my new favorite conspiracy theory. Who does he grow up to be? Where do his allegiances lie? They obviously were inspired by the EU to use the name Jacen. Why Jacen? Hmm? Anyways, I’m happy that Hera was able to have a living memory of her love for Kanan and it looks like she’s teaching him the ways of space piloting, which is so sweet.

Ezra is the heart of this show. I will admit that I didn’t care for him until the very last episodes because I couldn’t relate with him on a personal level. He is a teenage boy growing up under incredibly difficult circumstances. While I still don’t quite relate with him, I do sympathize and saw that in the last few episodes he really grew up and became the leader and light that everyone needed in those dark times. He made the decision to sacrifice himself not knowing where he’d end up, so that he could liberate his home planet and save his family. Just thinking about his last words make me teary-eyed. I hope Sabine and Ahsoka do find him and I hope we get to see that in a future show or film one day.

Thank you to Dave Filoni and the entire cast and crew of Star Wars Rebels. The show is over, but the Ghost crew will never be forgotten.

 

Featured image from StarWars.com & Lucasfilm.