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Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Official Teaser Trailer Reaction

I woke up today to the link to download the trailer in my inbox, (thank you LucasFilm and Disney!) Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is the first of the standalone film series. While this film isn’t a part of the main storyline in the episode films, it is still a part of the over arching canon, and tells the story of the plans being stolen for the first Death Star. No, this is not when the many Bothans died, but still we have Mon Mothma taking her place as the de facto leader of the Rebel Alliance.

The film stars Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso, with Diego Luna, Riz Ahmed, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker, Mads Mikkelsen, and Alan Tudyk.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is set to arrive in theaters December 2016. So we should just rename December Star Wars month, with the Disney release schedule of a Star Wars themed film every year. As a Star Wars nerd, I support this!

Also check out the official teaser for yourself below, and may the force be with you!

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Star Wars Rebels Recap: ‘The Mystery of Chopper Base’

Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels latest episode, The Mystery of Chopper Baseaired on March 23, 2016. It followed the team of Rebels as they set up camp on their new-found base. Unfortunately, their new home isn’t everything it’s cracked up to be. Missing pilots! Creepy, crawly monsters! Sticky webs! There is definitely something strange happening on Chopper Base!

GeekGirl Lacey and I teamed up to recap and review the episode!

Check out our thoughts in the video below:

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

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

Join us next time as we review the season finale, Twilight of the Apprentice, airing March 30, 2016 at 9:00 pm on Disney XD!

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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Recap: The Forgotten Droid

After one long Rebel-less week, Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels returned with a brand spankin’ new episode featuring a not so brand spankin’ new droid.

The Forgotten Droid aired on March 16, 2016, and GeekGirl Lacey and I teamed up to recap and review this lighthearted episode which featured her animated alter ego, the sassy and spirited droid, Chopper!

Check out our thoughts in the video below:

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

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

Join us next time as we review The Mystery of Chopper Base, airing March 23, 2016 at 9:00 pm on Disney XD!

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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Recap: Shroud of Darkness

Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels newest episode, Shroud of Darkness, aired on March 2, 2016. It was one of the most talked about episodes of the season!

GeekGirl Lacey and I teamed up to give a recap and a review of the dramatic episode that was full of visions and revelations!

Check out our thoughts in the video below:

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

Join us next time as we review The Forgotten Droid, airing March 16, 2016 at 9:00 pm on Disney XD!

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‘Rebels’ Recap: The Honorable Ones

Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels newest episode, The Honorable Ones, aired on February 24, 2016. The story followed Rebel Zeb and Imperial leader Agent Kallus after the unlikely pair crash landed and became stranded on a Geonosis moon after a foiled mission went awry. Does their feud continue on the icy rock? Or do the foes band together for basic survival? What happens to these two men from opposing sides of the rebellion when they’re forced to interact with one another?

GeekGirl Lacey and I teamed up to give a recap and a review of the action packed episode that was full of back-story, secrets, and intrigue!

Check out our thoughts in the video below:

The Honorable Ones is one of my most favorite episodes of Rebels to date! Seeing the difference between Zeb’s reunion with his friends vs. Kallus’s return to his colleagues showcased the difference between the two opposing parties. When Zeb is welcomed by his pals, the group sighs with relief and then goes on to good-naturedly roast on one another. This scene shows that the Rebels are full of life, love, and compassion. They fight to make the galaxy a better place for the people. Alternately, when Kallus returns to his craft, his Imperial colleagues barely acknowledge his return. They seem unphazed that he was even missing, much less injured or on the brink of death. He returns to a dark and empty cell alone. This scene totally represented how cold and calculated the Empire is. There is no camaraderie or emotion. There is only war and victory.

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 Shroud of Darkness, airing March 2, 2016 at 9:00 pm on Disney XD!

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‘Rebels’ Recap: Homecoming

Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels newest episode, Homecoming, aired on February 17, 2016. The episode followed Captain Hera begrudgingly enlisting in the help of her estranged father, Cham Syndulla, to steal an Imperial carrier ship hovering over their home planet of Ryloth. Things got complicated when it’s revealed Hera and Cham have different ideas on the best course of action for bringing down the Empire.

GeekGirl Lacey and I teamed up to give a recap and a review of the episode. We talked about Hera’s rocky relationship with her father and knowing when it’s okay to change your mind about something. We also made our predictions for Hera and the rest of the team aboard the Ghost.

Check out our thoughts in the video below:

Even though this week’s episode included compelling, global statements about family, pride, and war, I thought the writing shined when it came to the smaller, subtler moments. One moment was seeing Kanan adjusting his posture and clearing his throat before meeting Cham Syndulla. Sure, one could argue it was because he was anxious to meet an influential leader of the Clone Wars, but I prefer to think it was because he was nervous to meet the father of the woman he respects and adores. (I don’t care if it’s a kids’ show— the sexual tension between Hera and Kanan is definitely there!)

Another subtle moment I loved was when Hera’s “accent” came out during her heated argument with her dad. For a split second, I was like, “Why did Vanessa Marshall start talking like she’s in a Shakespearean play?” Then I realized that English is not the native language of the Twi’leks! (Fun fact: it’s Twi’leki!) Much like a bilingual speaker naturally speaking in her native tongue when she’s mad or scared, Hera transitioned into to her first language during the emotional fight with her dad. Star Wars Rebels, being a show with a ton of younger viewers, decided to nix the subtitles and instead portrayed the verbal shift via an accent!

Brilliant, subtle moments like these make for fascinating television for viewers of all ages!

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 Honorable Ones, airing February 24, 2016 at 9:00 pm on Disney XD!

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Music Monday: Review of Star Wars Headspace

This week GeekGirl World’s very own Music Monday Lacey, reviews a multi artist album inspired by Star Wars.

With songs like C3Po’s Plight what Star Wars fan wouldn’t have fun dancing along to the beats.  Don’t take our word for it though,  go listen to the tracks available in iTunes and let us here at GeekGirl World know what you thought.

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‘Rebels’ Recap: The Call

Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels newest episode, The Call, aired on February 10, 2016. The episode followed Ezra and his pals as they traveled through space in search of fuel. Along the way, they encountered a majestic species, made some new enemies, and questioned their Jedi instincts. I recapped and reviewed the episode, bringing you up to speed on the Rebels’ latest shenanigans.

Check out my thoughts in the video below:

The Call revealed the grimmer, less glamorous side of the rebellion: no fuel, freezing cold, and stuck! Sometimes it’s easy to forget about the real life challenges of a war in the midst of exciting, action packed fight sequences against, say, the Inquisitors or Darth Vader. However, this episode’s little dose of realism made the fight against the Empire seem more important than ever. Afterall, it was truly a case of the “haves” vs. “the have nots.”

Further, it did so while still showcasing everything marvelous there is about Star Wars: trusting one’s instincts and using the Force, the power of team work to prevail against an enemy, and gorgeous cinematography capturing unique alien species. I especially loved the aesthetic of the purrgil, which resembled magnificent whale/squid hybrids swimming through a sea of stars. Can I please go on a space cruise and admire their beauty? (I’ll be sure to give them some air— no pun intended— and stay farther away from them than Hera did!)

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 Homecoming, airing February 17, 2016 at 9:00 pm on Disney XD!

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‘Rebels’ Recap: Legends of the Lasat

Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels is full of drama and emotion! GeekGirl Lacey and I recently watched Legends of the Lasat (which aired  February 3, 2016) and we just had to discuss it. We explored Zeb‘s flourishing character development, from being the tough muscle of the group to a complex character with a fascinating past. We also predicted what we think might happen next to our misfit gang of Rebels as they continue in their mission to make the universe a better, safer place— one free of the tyrannies of the Empire.

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

One of the things I loved best about this episode was the magic and mysticism. Even though Star Wars has its own set of spectacular phenomena (like the Force, for instance), it’s not something we often get to see in a franchise widely known for its action packed fight sequences. (Not a bad thing— this is Star Wars, after all.) In fact, the fantastical element to Zeb’s journey of finding a new for his people reminded me of a quest you’d expect to see in Star Trek: the Next GenerationThe beautiful shots of space coupled with legends and tradition made for a refreshing and interesting episode.

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 Call, airing February 10, 2016 at 9:00 pm on Disney XD!

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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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