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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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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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Nerdy Bound: The Fashion Awakens

If you haven’t seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens yet, then shame on you! But for those of you who have, then what better way to celebrate this box office smash than by expressing your love of your favorite new character through fashion. I don’t believe there are any spoilers here, but just in case I’m going to err on the side of caution and say that if you really haven’t seen it, SPOILERS.

Rey

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Shop the look: Maurices Ultra Soft Spacedye Sweatshirt $29 Forever 21 Women’s Crochet-paneled vest $20 Karen Scott Twill Cropped Capri $27 Plus-size Option:Gloria Vanderbilt Plus Anastasia Capri $32 Material Girl Rhodes Lace-up Platform Boots $48 Buckled Flap Canvas Messenger Bag $36 Strasse Vegan Leather Corset Belt $48 Women’s Stainless Steel Blue Titanium Lightsaber Necklace $35 Matching Lightsaber Earrings $55

Finn

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Shop the look: Black Racer Back Sleeveless Round Neck Tank $10 Plus-size Option: Democracy Women’s Plus-Size Netting Insert Neck Hanky Hem Tank $17  Ritze Tan Leather Jacket $10 Plus-size Option: Ambiance Apparel Faux Leather Bomber Jacket $39 Miss Selfridge Silky Midi Skirt $18 Plus-size Option:Black Womens Sexy Plus Size Patchwork Pencil Skirt $11 Chanel Ankle Boots $25 Kattee Classic Military Shoulder Bag $44 R2-D2 C-3PO best friends necklace $8.99

Kylo Ren

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Shop the look: ExOfficio Techpressa Pullover Hooded Shirt $36 Plus-size Option:TL Women’s Basic Solid Warm Knitted Casual Zip-Up $11 Choies Black Split Maxi Skirt $17 Plus-size  Option: Canari Black Zip-Side Maxi Skirt $22 AllhqFashion Lace-up Peep Toe Platform Wedge Heels $33 Beaded Cascade Necklace $38 Star Wars 3D Darth Vader Earrings $21 Gothic Rockabilly Steampunk Black Triple Buckle Wide Elastic Belt $15

Poe Dameron

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Shop the look: Topshop Faux Wrap Body-Con Dress $40 Plus-size Option: Liz Claiborne New York 3/4 Sleeve Striped Knit Dress $29 Gallery Vest $39 Plus-size Option:Avenue Plus Size Reversible Wavy Quilted Vest $20 Qupid Khaki Wicker Boot $35 X-Wing Silver Stud Earring $13 ASOS Loop Detail Waist Belt $11 Han Cholo The BB-8 Pendant in Silver $55

What look was your favorite? Let us know in the comments!

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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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‘The Force Awakens’: The Most Disappointing New Character

[WARNING: This article contains spoilers for Star Wars: The Force Awakens]

It’s fair to say that all of us Star Wars fans had extremely high expectations for The Force Awakens, and it’s even fairer to say that, for the most part, those expectations were not only met, but exceeded.

But I must admit, even though I did absolutely love The Force Awakens, I couldn’t help but feel extremely disappointed with one of the film’s most marketed characters: Captain Phasma.

Don’t get me wrong, Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones) is an absolute vision as Phasma. Her incredible chrome Stormtrooper armor and powerful, menacing stride are visually and mentally captivating, and let’s be real, she’s totally a cosplayer’s wet dream.

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But while the theatrical trailers led us to believe that Phasma would be a powerful force in The Force Awakens, her actual role in the film ended up being quite minute.

We first meet Phasma on Jakku during Finn’s first Stormtrooper mission, where we learn that her First Order role is more or less just that of a supervisor. A menacing, shiny armor clad supervisor who definitely would blow off your head if you get her Starbucks order wrong, but a supervisor none the less. She writes up Finn for insubordination and does the equivalent of sending him home early from work without pay.

Phasma returns during the climax of the film, but instead of putting her badass armor and weaponry to work, she acts like a submissive dog. Our heroes were easily able to capture and bend her to their will, forcing the shiny captain to deactivate the shields around the base for Poe Dameron and his X-Wing flying homies. Her use fulfilled, our heroes then take a page from A New Hope and shove Phasma in the trash.

No epic showdown, no fight, nada.

That badass that we saw in the trailer was simply no where to be found in Episode VII, and of all the new characters introduced in the film, Captain Phasma has perhaps the least screen time (but don’t quote me on that!).

There still is hope for her character to impress us yet, as it has been confirmed that Captain Phasma (and Christie!) will return for Episode VIII, which obviously implies that she did indeed escape the First Order’s super base before it went BOOM.

Disappointing as her role may have been in The Force Awakens, Captain Phasma is sure to be a fan favorite, and with Abrams’ plan to include her in the future of the franchise, I can’t help but to parallel her character to another fan favorite with little screen time.

I’m talking, of course, about Boba Fett.

The jet-pack joyriding bounty hunter was seen in The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi,  and surprisingly enough he manages to be almost everyone’s favorite villain in the franchise despite being in both films for a combined total of roughly only 20 minutes.

Right now it appears that Abrams is grooming Phasma to be his story’s version of Boba Fett, but I do hope this initial assumption of mine proves false. Boba Fett is undeniably super cool (he’s my favorite character to play in Star Wars: Battlefront, but I digress), but Episode II aside, he really is a character with zero depth.

I am hoping that J.J. Abrams chooses to bring some depth to Captain Phasma, and I would love to learn more about her in Episode VIII. She is Star Wars‘ first female villain, and although Star Wars has always been a bit of a feminist franchise, that’s still a pretty huge deal, and not capitalizing on that fact would be a sore misstep.

Unfortunately we’ll have to wait until 2017 to learn anything more about Captain Phasma, but hey, I guess we could all use that ample time to perfect our Phasma inspired cosplay costumes.

Ugh, I dread the thought of how much that beautiful chrome armor would cost to make.

Were you disappointed with Captain Phasma’s role in The Force Awakens like I was, or were you pleased with her role? Sound off in the comments!

Photo credit: Starwars.com

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Dog Day Sunday: ‘Star Wars’ Edition

In honor of the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, this Dog Day Sunday we’ve decided to feature some pups in their best Star Wars cosplay!

Percy the pug puppy is channeling his best Yoda, whereas Bailey the 1-year-old Zuchon is trying her paws at Obi-Wan.

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Awwww…these two Jedi masters are just too cute!

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

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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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‘Rebels’ Recap: Future of the Force

GeekGirl Lacey and I recapped and reviewed The Future of the Forcethe newest episode of Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels, which originally aired December 2, 2015.

We talked about strong Jedis, powerful Inquisitors, and (of course) the future of the force.

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!
Season 2 Episode 1: The Lost Commanders
Season 2 Episode 2: Relics of the Old Republic
Season 2 Episode 3: Always Two There Are
Season 2 Episode 4: Brothers of the Broken Horn
Season 2 Episode 5: Wings of the Master
Season 2 Episode 6: Blood Sisters
Season 2 Episode 7: Stealth Strike

Be sure to catch Star Wars Rebels Wednesday nights at 9:30 pm on Disney XD!

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Rebels Recap: ‘Blood Sisters’ & ‘Stealth Strike’

Did you fall behind on Star Wars Rebels episodes during the Thanksgiving holiday? No worries! GeekGirl Lacey and I will bring you up to speed with your favorite animated Rebels. Disney XD aired Blood Sisters (Season 2 Episode 6) on November 8, 2015 and Stealth Strike (Season 2 Episode 7) on November 25, 2015. So, grab a plate of leftover pumpkin pie (it’s still good… probably) and pull up a seat, because we’re blasting off with Rebels Recap!

Season 2 Episode 6: Blood Sisters

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Alas, technical difficulties kept us from publishing our video review. (Where’s Chopper when you need him?) In this episode, Sabine and the crew go on a mission to retrieve top secret information from a courier droid. Trouble rises when the Rebels run into Ketsu, an old friend and colleague of Sabine’s from her days as a Black Sun bounty hunter, who is after the same droid. In our review, we gushed about how pleasantly surprised we were to hear the amazing Gina Torres voicing Ketsu. We love Gina from Firefly and Serenity, and adore how she always plays strong, interesting characters who kick butt (Ketsu is no exception)! We also campaigned for droids rights and discussed how someone is surely going to bite the dust this season. If our MSE-6-series repair droid can fix our tech issue, we’ll post the video!

Season 2 Episode 7: Stealth Strike

In our review for the latest episode, we celebrated what is being hailed as the best episode of the season (if not the whole series)! By the way, Chopper’s not the only one with a new top: in the video, I’m wearing my High Commander Cardigan I got from the Her Universe booth during Star Wars Celebration 2015. Charming to the last! Also, in the background, you can see my gorgeously gruesome Star Wars print made by Las Vegas artist Dasha Biggs. You can find her out-of-this-world art at Spectral Gallery.

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!
Season 2 Episode 1: The Lost Commanders
Season 2 Episode 2: Relics of the Old Republic
Season 2 Episode 3: Always Two There Are
Season 2 Episode 4: Brothers of the Broken Horn
Season 2 Episode 5: Wings of the Master

Be sure to catch Star Wars Rebels Wednesday nights at 9:30 pm on Disney XD!

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‘Rebels’ Recap: Brothers of the Broken Horn

Disney XD is scheduled to air a brand spanking new episode of Star Wars Rebels tonight. However, in case you’re behind on the intergalactic adventures of Ezra and the gang, we decided to bring you up to speed with a recap and review of Brothers of the Broken Horn, which aired November 4, 2015.

Lacey and I talked about Ezra’s identity crisis between being a soldier vs. being a Jedi vs. being a kid, the return of a hilarious character from Star Wars: the Clone Wars, and so much more! Check out our Rebels recap video below:

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

Be sure to catch Star Wars Rebels Wednesday nights at 9:30 pm on Disney XD!

Want more Rebels Recaps? Check out our review for Relics of the Old Republic & Always Two There Are and The Lost Commanders.

Want more Star Wars news? Watch our coverage on the Force Awakens TV spots!

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