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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!

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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.

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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?

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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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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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Watch: ‘Force Awakens’ TV Spots

Get ready to geek out, fellow Star Wars fans!

Not one, but two brand new TV spots for Star Wars: The Force Awakens were recently released. Well, okay, one of them is the Japanese version, but the two are surprisingly completely different.

Check the two out below and compare:

American TV Spot

Japanese TV Spot

There’s a lot of familiar scenes from the full trailer shown once again, but scattered throughout them is a plethora of new footage, the most drastic of which is found in the Japanese spot.

And with new footage comes the over analyzation! Here are some main highlights from the spots that fans are sure to debate over:

  1. Rey apparently is waiting for her family, which means that she may have no clue who she really is (which is probably a Skywalker), or if she does, then her family may be estranged and she is longing to be back with them.
  2. We see Kylo Renn in the same scene as Rey for the first time ever, and with a lightsaber at her throat to beat.  Is he attempting to execute her?
  3. C3PO has a red arm, people.
  4. Millennium Falcon being smooth as fuck, per usual. Nothing to really debate, but definitely something to be in awe over.

Sadly, we won’t be getting any more trailers for the film to analyze to death (as confirmed by J.J. Abrams), but we still do have new footage to look forward to.

ABC announced today that they will be showing a sneak peak of Force Awakens Thursday night in a special Star Wars event hosted by the cast of Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy, and How to Get Away with Murder, the preview of which you can see below:

All this footage is incredible and all, but December 18 still feels lightyears away. So while we all wait impatiently, take a moment to let us know your theories about The Force Awakens in the comments! 

 

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New ‘The Force Awakens’ Character Posters!

At the time of this writing there are 43 days 3 hours, and a handful of minutes left until Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters.

That’s pretty much an eternity.

But fear not, fellow fans! We have some Star Wars porn to hold you over in the meantime, and it comes in the form of brand new character posters!

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There’s a really obvious artistic motif going on with these posters, but even more obvious is the character who didn’t get one: Chewbacca.

Just kidding, you know we meant Luke.

At this point we’ve pretty much accepted the fact that we aren’t going to be seeing him until probably the third act of Force Awakens… oh well, at least we have a close up look at everyone else’s pores in the meantime.

Did you find any little hidden details in any of these posters? Let us know in the comments!

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GeekGirl Review of ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Trailer

As every man(dalorian), woman, and child from here to the farthest edge of the galaxy surely knows by now,  a new trailer for Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens debuted October 19, 2015.

GeekGirl Megan shared the news here at GGW, while Lacey and I weighed in on the new footage in our YouTube video review, which is featured below. We talked about seeing old favorites, the grand mythos of the Force, and even had a lightsaber battle. Plus, there’s a little extra something at the very end!

After watching the trailer again (and again and again), we realized there were a few things worth discussing, speculating, analyzing, and fan-girling:

Kylo Ren (possibly) torturing Poe Dameron.

We’ve seen baddie Kylo Ren and his tri-blade saber in previous trailers, but this time we hear his voice and actually see him causing major Force-style damage to the sexiest pilot to ever fly an X-Wing. What’s happening here? What led their paths to cross? Some fans are speculating Adam Driver and Oscar Isaac’s characters knew each other in the past before going down their separate paths (Kylo Ren’s being one of pain and destruction, and Poe Dameron’s being one seemingly more noble). Is this revenge for a past wrong-doing? Or does Kylo Ren simply impact suffering on anyone not on his side? Or is it something else all together? This is one sub-plot that is keeping us guessing!

Rey sobbing over a body.

After seeing this scene, two thoughts immediately crossed my mind: 1) How can Daisy Ridley simultaneously break our hearts with the most believable crying I’ve ever seen in a trailer/movie/television show, while still looking down right gorgeous? Tobey Maguire, take note. 2) Who/what is she crying over? She seems hunched over a limp body. Is someone injured? Is someone dead? Fan speculation tells us we might lose a classic character, and looking closer at the footage, I have a pretty good idea of who. Something tells me I will be crying just as hard during the movie… but probably not as gracefully as Ms. Ridley. Someone better bring tissues to the cinema, that’s all I’m saying.

Finn’s reaction at the fight.

John Boyega’s Finn was the first person we saw in the initial Episode VII teaser trailer. Another early image was of Kylo Ren’s saber in the forest, but we didn’t know who he was fighting. As more and more footage was released, we’ve learned it was these two about to battle it out. Can I just say how much I love Boyega’s face in this snippet? He is so expressive in his mannerisms, and seems to convey so many emotions in such a short amount of time, from “Holy Moly! What did I get myself into?!” to “I can’t show this guy how scared I am!” to “Okay, I can do this! Bring it on!” I love each and every subtle expression, and think he’ll be able to be comedic without being over the top. Nope, definitely not the next Jar Jar. This guy is surely a Jedi!

Feeling more like an epic World War II film than your run-of-the-mill sci-fi adventure, there is so much we loved about this dark, serious trailer. We can not wait for the feature film, which is released October 18, 2015 (though, let’s be serious, we already got our tickets for the premiere the night before!).

Thanks to  at TechCrunch for sharing the special moments from the trailer as gifs!

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

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New ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Photos!

We have some brand new photos from Star Wars: The Force Awakens! Check them out in our slideshow below:

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These photos come courtesy of Entertainment Weekly, who exclusively published them today on their website as a sneak peak at their Fall Movie Preview issue. The issue, which hits news stands this Friday, will feature a Q&A session with J.J. Abrams, plus plenty more Star Wars goodies.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens hits theaters December 18.

What is your reaction to these new photos? Let us know in the comments!

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