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Star Wars Rebels Season 4 BluRay Review

Star Wars Rebels Season 4 BluRay Review

Premiering in May of 2014, Star Wars Rebels was the first post-buyout Disney production we saw, and my grumpy inner Star Wars nerd was skeptical. The Expanded Universe had been dropped from official cannon, Clone Wars had been cancelled while the sixth season was under production, and Disney was going to give us a Jedi voiced by Freddy Prinze, Jr? FREDDIE PRINZE, JR?

Four years later, I owe all concerned an apology. Kanan Jarrus is in my Top 5 Jedi list, Chopper is my number one droid, Sabine is the hero Mandalore deserves, Ezra has gone from Space Aladdin to Jedi Whale Rider, Hera is a hero general of the Rebellion, and Zeb is… well, Zeb’s still a Wookie with a haircut. The series managed to tell its own tale while bringing back abandoned favorites from Clone Wars and reintroducing the EU’s best villain, the genius tactician Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Beginning immediately prior to Rogue One, Star Wars Rebels Season Four spends its first few episodes on Mandalore and Yavin IV, but mostly delivers a satisfying conclusion to Ezra Bridger’s story by bringing the action back to his home planet of Lothal. The crew of the Ghost attempt to stop the Empire from building an advanced new TIE Defender and stripping Lothal of its resources. By focusing on a smaller conflict in the greater rebellion, Rebels is able to tell an engaging story of its own without ignoring or rehashing the original trilogy.

The Blu-ray contains all sixteen episodes, episode recaps, several behind the scenes features with cast and crew including a discussion with series composer Kevin Kiner, and an exploration of the Force with Executive Producer (and voice of my number one droid) Dave Filoni. Filoni also contributes six commentary tracks.

If you have watched Rebels, you will want this Blu-ray. If you’re a Star Wars fan and you haven’t watched Rebels, shame on you. Go get this Blu-ray.

Season 4 stars Taylor Gray, Vanessa Marshall, Freddie Prinze, Jr., Tiya Sircar, Steve Blum, Dee Bradley Baker, David Oyelowo, Lars Mikkelsen, and Mary Elizabeth McGlynn.

Beat JENeration #002: Washing down OITNB 6 with Mamma Mia 2

Beat JENeration #002: Washing down OITNB 6 with Mamma Mia 2

*** I tried not to be spoiler-y, but I don’t know how sensitive you are. So beware if you care.***

I started watching Orange Is The New Black Season 6 last Friday afternoon and made it through about nine episodes before falling asleep and then returned to finish the final four on Saturday. But I wasn’t happy about it. It wasn’t more than a  chore, and when I finished, I was mad at Jenji Kohan.

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Brainiac on Banjo #003: Luke Cage – Patience and Super Virtues

Brainiac on Banjo #003: Luke Cage – Patience and Super Virtues

Now that we’ve got so many of them, I think it is time we expanded our definition of the super-hero television show. It ain’t all Biff Pow Bam and Kellogg’s Pep any longer.

We also need to expand our definition of the dramatic television show. With seasons now structured around story arcs and streaming and binging, storytellers have an entirely different landscape than they had even a decade ago. We have opportunities to see character development on a much deeper level. We have stories with real beginnings, middles and ends that are told over the course of about 13 hours, give or take. Storytellers are relieved of the burden of reminding viewers of everything they need to know about the characters and the storyline each and every episode. All this, in turn, creates an ensemble-view of the cast and characters.

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