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‘Rebels’ Recap: Protector of Concord Dawn

Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels just keeps getting better and better! GeekGirl Lacey and I recently watched The Protector of Concord Dawn (which aired  January 27, 2016) and we just had to talk about it. We discuss Sabine‘s respect for Hera, Kanan, and the rest of the team and make some predictions on what’s going to happen next to the team aboard the Ghost.

For a full recap and review of the episode, check out our video below:

This episode also made me ponder possible connections between characters in Rebels and those in the Star Wars cinematic universe. Now, if you’re one of the few people in the galaxy who hasn’t seen The Force Awakens, or if you’re not super familiar with Rebels, you might want to stop here! Not spoilers, per se, but definitely rampant speculation galore!

Like father, like daughter: could their helmets foreshadow their futures?
Like father, like daughter: could their helmets foreshadow their futures? Ezra to the Dark side, Rey as a Rebel & Jedi?

One popular internet theory is that Ezra (from the show) could be the father of Rey (from the movies, duh). Rob Keyes of Screen Rant provided some insight on the possibility, even going as far as speculating Benicio Del Toro could be playing Ezra/Rey’s dad in Episode VIII! Prince from Urban Acolyte TV shared his thoughts on the matter also, and video commentators touched on unconfirmed rumors that a shooting script identified characters by their initials, with Benicio Del Toro’s character having the initials “E.B.” (EZRA! BRIDGER!) I love this theory, but want to take it a step further.

Sabine and Ezra
Sabine + Ezra = Tru Luv 4eva?

So, let’s just say Ezra is Rey’s father. Who is her mother? The obvious person that comes to mind is Sabine Wren, who Ezra is smitten with (especially in season 1). In this week’s episode, we learned that Sabine is heir to the Mandalorian Clan Wren, and that her clan is a part of House Vizla. Further, her mother was a member of Death Watch, who was associated with Darth Maul. Not a warm and fuzzy family tree, and definitely no Parents of the Year awards going to Mr. or Mrs. Wren.

Now, can we please talk about how in a universe that is so massive, that there can be a family with the last name Wren, and a cult (for lack of a better word) called the Knights of Ren? At Star Wars Celebration 2015, I attended a panel where a woman discussed how her job was being a part of a team that cross referenced the books, comics, movies, games, and shows for consistency. That was their whole job— 5 days a week, 8 hours a day: checking for consistency and trends across the lore. So, why would they have two similar names in their latest show and newest movie, unless it was intentional? Could the Wrens have paired up with Siths like Snoke, dropped the ‘W’ from their name, and become the Knights of Ren? Or, could Ezra have gone Dark side and named the Knights of Ren himself, perhaps in honor of a woman he once loved and a life he once knew?

Ezra and Saber
Ezra in a Season 2 preview (episode unknown)

Now let’s go back and talk about the movies. Rumors on the web imply that Ben/Kylo Ren has a connection to Rey. He doesn’t kill her, tries to convert her to his side, and even saves her in her visions. A lot of people thought that was because Rey was Luke’s daughter, or Ben’s cousin. But that’s too easy. Could it be that Ben, renamed Kylo Ren of the Knights of Ren, took a liking to her because she was related to one of the founding fathers of his cult? Anything is a possibility in Star Wars. I, for one, hope that Rebels characters make appearances in the films. It enriches the lore and keeps the universe connected in a fascinating way!

What did YOU think GeekGirl World? Let us know in the comments section!

Want more Rebels Recaps? Check out our reviews for episodes from a long, long time ago here!

Join us next week as we review Legacy of the Lasat, airing February 3, 2016 at 9:00 pm on Disney XD!

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Fan Film Friday: The X-sy O-sy Files (X-Files Fan Film)

If someone had asked you a few years ago which was more likely: A) Being abducted by aliens or B) The X-Files returning to television, you’d probably have picked “A” (especially if you’re theoretical physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking). It seems funny now, because you’d have to be stranded on Mars to not know that FBI Special Agents Fox Mulder (David Duchovny) and Dr. Dana Scully (Gillian Anderson) returned to the X-Files in all new episodes of Fox’s sci-fi thriller on January 24, 2016.

As a child of the 90s, The X-Files was everything to my nerdy little family. I vividly remember my parents and grandparents telling me that the show was too scary to watch. I recall scoffing at them, insisting on watching the program, and then having nightmares about monsters and space crafts and porcelain dolls (oh my). For years I literally could not watch the show because it gave me the heebie jeebies!

Now, as an adult, I am in full-fledged binge watching mode, catching up on a decade of television episodes and movies about adventures with the unexplained and mysterious!

So, in honor of the return of the program and in spirit of my current marathon, I decided to watch and review an X-Files themed fan film called The X-sy O-sy Files. Unlike it’s dramatic (and sometimes down right frightening) source of inspiration, The X-sy O-sy Files is a comedy that spoofs the original source material. 

Do I recommend it to you, GeekGirl World? The truth is out there! (No, really! The truth is in my video. Check it out!)

Watch The X-sy O-sy Files and let us know what you think, GeekGirl World!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun? Tune in to past reviews!

Watch The X-Files miniseries Mondays at 8/7c on Fox, now through February 22, 2016!

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‘Rebels’ Recap: A Princess on Lothal

For those of you living under a rock/asteroid/exogorthStar Wars Rebels takes place a few years before Episode IV – A New Hope, and follows the story of an orphaned, force-sensitive teen named Ezra and his rag tag group of friends who strive to make the galaxy a better place, one mission at a time. While a cartoon airing on Disney XD, the show is a must-see for Star Wars fans of all ages!

After a mid-season break, Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels season 2 is back with new adventures, familiar faces, and a whole lot of action! GeekGirl Lacey and I recently watched and reviewed A Princess on Lothal, which originally aired  January 20, 2016. We talked about the gang meeting Princess Leia for the first time, discussed the future of the rebellion, and made predictions on what’s going to happen next.

To see what we thought of the latest episode, check out our video below:

My favorite part was seeing how calculated, insightful, and strong Leia was, even as a teenager! Too often Leia is criticized for her lack of emotions, but I find her ability to stay focused and calm on a mission to be one of the things that makes her an incredible leader. (Side note: how come male leaders are never criticized in war movies for not shedding a tear? Serious double standard. But I’ll save that rant for another day!)

What did YOU think GeekGirl World? Let us know in the comments section!

Want more Rebels Recaps? Check out our reviews for episodes from a long, long time ago here!

Join us next week as we review The Protector of Concord Dawn, airing January 27, 2016 at 9:00 pm on Disney XD!

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Fan Film Friday: ‘City of Vengeance’ (Green Arrow Fan Film)

Arrow is a show that, in my (not-so-popular) opinion, gets better and better with each passing season. Now that it’s returned from it’s mid-season hibernation, I decided to celebrate Arrow by watching and reviewing a Green Arrow themed fan film. I went with a feature length project by Fire Bird Films called City of Vengeance, which follows the Green Arrow‘s run in with his former friend turned enemy, Deathstroke.

Was it a stroke of genius? Or did it fail to meet my expectations? Most importantly, do I recommend the fan film to you, GeekGirl World?

Find out in my video below:

Watch City of Vengeance and let us know what you think, GeekGirl World!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun? Tune in to past reviews, including one for another Green Arrow themed fan film called The Hood: Black Mask.

And don’t forget to catch Arrow each Wednesday at 8/7c on The CW!

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Fan Film Friday: ‘Iris’ (The Flash Fan Film)

I have been obsessed with The CW’s The Flash since the very first episode.

However, I always felt that Candice Patton‘s Iris and Grant Gustin‘s Barry were the most forced wannabe couple on any show ever (and I suffered through Arrow‘s Laurel/Oliver pairing – yuck). I don’t blame the actors (who are both insanely talented), it’s just that independently, their characters are more interesting on their own than in a boring, overdone, unrequited love/friend zone sub-plot.

Still, I do know it’s canon for the two to have a long and interesting relationship. So, I decided to see if a fan film could tell their story better. I went with a short by Second Line Studios called IrisWas it more exciting than other renditions of the Fastest Man Alive? Or could the short not end fast enough? Most importantly, do I recommend the fan film to you, GeekGirl World?

Find out in my video below:

Watch Iris and let us know what you think, GeekGirl World!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun? Tune in to past reviews, including one for another Flash-themed fan film called The Bolt.

Catch The Flash (if you can) when it returns to The CW on January 19 at 8/7c!

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Fan Film Friday: ‘Mild Conundrum’ (Sherlock Fan Film)

Mystery fans and Cumberbitches rejoice! Masterpiece and PBS premiered Sherlock: the Abominable Bride on the small screen January 1, 2016, and Fathom Events aired the Victorian special in cinemas throughout this week.

It doesn’t take a sleuthing detective (or a high-functioning sociopath) to guess that we decided to watch and review a fan film based on Sherlock Holmes for this weeks edition of Fan Film Friday. We went with a short by Snealiv called Mild Conundrum

The real conundrum: do I recommend the fan film to you, GeekGirl World?

Find out in my video below:

Watch Mild Conundrum and let us know what you think, GeekGirl World!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun? Tune in to past reviews!

Want more Sherlock? Pour yourself a cup of Sherlock Blend tea and take a look back at the first images of the Victorian special!

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Dog Day Sunday: Best of 2015

Happy New Year GeekGirl World! In 2015, we celebrated each Sunday with adorable pooches, including geeky pups, diva dogs, and out of this world cosplaying canines. Join us as we take a look back at some of our favorite photos and captions from the past year!

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Want more Dog Day Sunday fun? Check out all of our furry features here! Did your favorite Dog Day Sunday picture make our Best of 2015 slideshow? Let us know by dropping a line in the comments section.

Want your dog featured on Dog Day Sunday? Send your photos and stories to webmaster@geekgirlworld.com!

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Fan Film Friday: The Man Without Fear (Daredevil Fan Film)

If you ask me, winter holidays are best spent binge-watching all of the shows you didn’t get to watch earlier in the year whilst bundled up on the couch with a cup of tea. So, in the spirit of the holidays, I finally got around to watching Marvel’s Daredevil!

Season 1 of this Netflix original series based on the Marvel hero first premiered on April 10, 2015, which was way back when the weather was nice and I wouldn’t turn into a Popsicle after stepping outside!

Now I’m here (rather belatedly) to discuss all things involving the Devil of Hell’s Kitchen, including a fan film by When Geeks Collide called The Man Without Fear.

Check out my video below!

Watch The Man Without Fear and let us know what you think, GeekGirl World!

Want more Fan Film Friday fun? Tune in to past reviews!

Want more Daredevil? Check out GeekGirl Meme‘s review of season 1 and all the season 2 casting news!

And be sure to catch Daredevil –  now available on Netflix!

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Fan Film Friday: ‘Revan’ (Star Wars)

Merry Sithmas, GeekGirl World! All week we’ve been talking about Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, so we obviously decided to watch and review a Star Wars themed fan film!

This time, we decided to pay homage to the expanded universe or the legacy stories, with a project based on the book Star Wars: The Old Republic: Revan by Drew Karpyshyn. See what we thought of the feature-length fan film in our video below:

Watch Revan and let us know what you think, GeekGirl World!

Tune into our reviews of other Star Wars themed fan films from a long, long time ago, like the drama Dark Awakening, the rockin’ short White Armour, the Boba Fett revival tale Beyond the Dune Sea, or the stop motion animation comedy Bounty Buddies!

Be sure to catch The Force Awakens, now playing in a galaxy near you!

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‘Rebels’ Recap: Legacy

GeekGirl Lacey and I recapped and reviewed Legacythe latest episode of Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels, which originally aired December 9, 2015.

We discussed the episode’s heartbreaking developments, explored what it means to leave a legacy, and speculated what’s next for our dearest Rebels after the mid-season break.

What did YOU think GeekGirl World? Let us know in the comments section!

Want more Rebels Recaps? Check out our reviews for episodes from a long, long time ago here!

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