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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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10 Major Similarities Between ‘The Force Awakens’ and ‘A New Hope’

I know I’m going to piss off a lot of my fellow Star Wars fans when I say this, but here I go anyways: The Force Awakens is not an original take on the Star Wars world.

Or, er… galaxy.

But before you all start teaming up to eternally freeze me in carbonite, let me first make it absolutely clear that I did indeed love The Force Awakens. The characters (with exception of one) were absolutely perfect, the action was thrilling and visually captivating, and the film in its entirety was a nostalgic roller coaster ride full of laughter, tears, and wide-eyed excitement.

J.J. Abrams exceeded expectations with this film, but let’s be honest here, he completely ripped off Episode IV: A New Hope in the process.

We may have new faces and stories thrown into the mix in The Force Awakens, but the bare bones plot of both films (from beginning to end) are basically one of the same. And as different as our new characters may be compared to the original cast, they all still step into the plot role of their A New Hope counterparts: Rey is obviously our Luke, Han becomes Ben, Finn is kind-of our Han (as he is a close ally to Rey and he deserted the group before ultimately returning as a hero), and Poe is sort of both Leia and Luke?

Okay, that last one may be kind of a stretch.

If you don’t believe me, then check out the following 10 plot points from both films (which are purposely vague and in chronological order) and see what I mean for yourself:

  1.  A droid carrying extremely valuable information finds itself without its master on a desert planet.
  2. In an act that establishes how ruthless and inhumane the film’s enemy is, Stormtroopers tasked with retrieving said information lay waste to a desert settlement, leaving no survivors.
  3.  The hero who initially gave the droid the valuable information is captured and tortured by a ruthless leader who wields the Force. This leader wears an intimidating mask and black clothing.
  4. A lonely, tech savvy desert dweller with latent Force abilities finds and befriends the sought after droid, which accidentally gets him/her involved in a life changing adventure.
  5. Our desert dwelling hero crosses paths with an old war hero, who helps him/her understand more about the Force. Our hero comes to see this older gentlemen as a comrade and teacher (of sorts).
  6. The intimidating masked leader turns out not to be the main threat to our heroes, as we learn that he is merely a pawn of an evil mastermind who appears to his employees only in projections.
  7. This mastermind created a planet sized super weapon capable of destroying an entire planet, and it’s our heroes mission to destroy it.
  8. The old war hero separates from his group during a rescue mission and quietly confronts our masked villain, who was (and is) like a son to him. The villain strikes down our old hero with his lightsaber while the rest of our heroes watch helplessly in the distance.
  9. During a coordinated attack by our heroes, X-Wings fly through trenches in order to attack the planet destroying weapon where it’s most vulnerable.
  10. The weapon is destroyed, but the masked villain is able to slip away from the carnage and lives to fight another day.

If these insane plot similarities tell me anything, it’s that Abrams is either 1. lazy, or 2. carrying some serious balls.

I don’t know why J.J. Abrams thought that ripping off the plot of one of the most beloved films of all time (not to mention a film he is creating a sequel for) would be a great idea, but I have to give the man props, because it did work.

Even with all the borrowed plot points, The Force Awakens still manages to feel fresh and new. This is probably thanks in part to our new characters, who definitely have the spunk, mystery, and likability needed to propell the story forward and keep audiences intrigued.

We probably don’t have to worry about J.J. Abrams rewriting Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back for his sequel to The Force Awakens, as he did a fine job setting up his new characters with subplots that are strong enough to divert the story into more uncharted plot territory.

But if Rey loses a limb to Kylo Ren in the sequel and he reveals to her that he’s her long lost twin, then I’m going to absolutely lose my shit. Just saying.

Are there any other similarities you’d like to point out? Let us know in the comments!

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