Star Wars Resistance Season 2 Episode 9

“The Voxx Vortex 5000” is a rather breezy episode in the second season of Star Wars Resistance. Bored by the absence of racing aboard the Colossus, the lead Ace, Hype Fazon (Donald Faison), proposes that the Colossus pay a visit to a floating space-station casino owned by a hutt known as Vranki the Blue (John DiMaggio), his former employer, so he can race again as well as earn money for the Colossus.

Hype wagers himself to Vranki, confident he can traverse the hazardous asteroid-littered racing course. If he wins, he gets the money. But if he loses, he works for Vranki. At first, Hype’s run on the asteroid belt goes fine, but he discovers that Vranki deployed racing droids that play dirty and sabotage Hype’s run. Not only that, Vranki has seeded fatal obstacles into the racecourse.  Read More »

The Dragon Prince Season 3 Review

The Dragon Prince is marching toward war. Wonderstorm’s debut CGI-animated fantasy series hatched with promises in season one, paid off in serious sensations in season two, and now it’s wrapping up a chapter with a package of nine episodes.

This review contains some spoilers for the new season.

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The Mandalorian Concept Art - Episode 3

The name Mandalore has been barely brought up in The Mandalorian, yet it haunts the post-war proceedings of the Disney+ Star Wars series. The fate of the Mandalorian homeworld is insinuated by references to “The Great Purge” and the Mandalorians’ devotion to never removing their helmets.

“Chapter 3: The Sin” unravels more about the fractured state of Mandalorian culture and history. The titular Mandalorian, played by Pedro Pascal, confronts his own betrayal of honor, remarking, “My armor has lost its integrity. I may need to start over.” He sees his rebirth in his new armor, and sets out to atone for that titular sin.

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Best Episodes of Star Wars Rebels

Now that Disney+ is available, the entire series of Star Wars Rebels is streaming there. When it premiered in 2014 on the Disney Channel, Rebels offered brand new Star Wars stories during a slightly fraught period: Disney had acquired the galaxy far, far away and The Clone Wars series was cancelled (a cancelation that lasted six years before its final season was announced for February 2020).

Set five years before the Original Trilogy, Rebels focuses on a family of ragtag rebels: Hera Syndulla (Vanessa Marshall), the Twi’lek pilot who runs the freighter known as The Ghost, a Jedi in hiding who goes by Kanan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Zeb (Steven Blum), an ape-like alien guard, Sabine Wren (Tiya Sircar), a Mandalorian who an affinity for colorful graffiti, and later a young orphan who becomes the Jedi’s apprentice, Ezra Bridger (Taylor Gray). 

Here are essential episodes, some that yield larger implications of the Star Wars universe…and some that are just really, really good.

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Star Wars Resistance Season 2 Episode 8

In the second season of Star Wars Resistance, “Rendezvous Point”opens on fire across the stars. The First Order is ambushing the Colossus and the Aces have their hands full defending the Colossus. But Captain Imanuel Doza (Jason Hightower) is reluctant to escape into hyperspace, holding out for the arrival of a mysterious pilot who might assist them. However, the critical loss of power forces the Colossus to light-speed away, right before the pilot pops up.

Who was Doza waiting for? Kaz (Christopher Sean) theorizes Doza was contacting the Resistance. But they’re contacting just one Resistance pilot. And it turns out, it’s Imanuel Doza’s wife and Torra’s (Myrna Velasco) mother, Venisa Doza (a snappy Tasia Valenza). And the First Order has captured her. And next thing you know Tam (Suzie McGrath) becomes tangled in Venisa’s escapade. Read More »

Star Wars Resistance Season 2 Episode 7 Review

“The Relic Raiders” is the first Star Wars Resistance episode to directly engage in the Force. For the majority of Resistance, the Force itself has been virtually non-existent as an explicit presence, despite exploration of its vacated worship sites and references to practitioners like the Knight of Ren and Jedi. The closest the Force came to an appearance was on par with a guest star in the breezy slice-of-life episode, “Bibo,” where the siblings Kel (Antony Del Rio) and Eila (Nikki SooHoo), orphaned by Kylo Ren, exhibit symptoms of being Force-sensitive by expressing vague dreams that come true. And the two kids’ suggested Force-sensitivity is more of a developing matter here.

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What to Watch After The Mandalorian

Westerns and Akira Kurosawa’s samurai films are hardwired in the DNA of Star Wars. Those influences transmit across  mediums, from the Original Trilogy to the subsequent Prequel and Sequel trilogies, comic, novels, animation, and now to live-action television. 

The upcoming Disney+ Star Wars live-action spinoff show, Jon Favreau’s The Mandalorian, is no exception to those influences. The show focuses on an armored bounty hunter, the titular Mandalorian played by Pedro Pascal, wandering galactic wastelands full of unscrupulous characters to make ends meet. While fans wait to see their masked Mandalorian in action on Disney+ tomorrow, here are some films that influenced the style of the TV show and other similar corners of the Star Wars universe. 

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When Does The Mandalorian Take Place

The Disney+ live-action series The Mandalorian explores a galaxy that Star Wars fans have rarely seen onscreen before: the dark and seedy unscrupulous circles. Jon Favreau’s upcoming show has a lot of that to offer in contrast to the idealistic heroism of the main Star Wars films. 

The Rebellion has won the war and formed the New Republic, but the Empire isn’t put the rest. Far from the reaches of the New Republic, a Mandalorian (Pedro Pascal) in his armor wanders the wastelands looking to make credits in a fraught galaxy.

Here’s a guide that may help the viewing experience of The Mandalorian.

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Star Wars Resistance Season 2 Episode 6

The Colossus sends a shuttle with Kaz (Christopher Sean), Torra (Myrna Velasco), and Flix (Jim Rash) and Orka (Bobby Moynihan) to Flix’s stormy homeworld of Drahgor III. After their run from the First Order back in “The Engineer,” they’re in desperate need of fuel, and Flix’s family refinery could be their salvation. If not, the entire Colossus community will be stranded. But Flix must persuade his snarky estranged and identical cousins to relinquish some fuel. He is incensed to discover that their operation is now engaging in deep-core drilling, warning them that their drilling will disturb some beasts. Kaz barters with Flix’s cousins to fix their drill deep in the bowels of the planet’s core in exchange for fuel. However, they must confront those beasts below.

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She-Ra Season 4 Review

Noelle Stevenson’s She-Ra and the Princesses of Power is back on Netflix and nothing is the same anymore. Even though Adora (Aimee Carrero) in her sword-wielding She-Ra form and her Rebellion have managed to stop the Horde’s inter-dimensional armageddon, the threat looms closer. Last we left off, season 3 saw the sacrifice and vanishing of Queen Angella, leaving Princess Glimmer (Karen Fukuhara) to ascend to the Bright Moon throne in “The Coronation.” Her friendship with Adora and Bow (Marcus Scribner) is then tested by heated disagreements over how to save their home from the evil Horde.

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