Star Wars is a science fiction franchise set in a universe far far away.
The highly anticipated young adult novel Star Wars: The High Republic: Into the Dark, set to be released on February 2, 2021, is part of a majorly hyped up publishing initiative that has been talked about a lot since its announcement. It is refreshing to see the Jedi and the Republic at a time when they are not about to be destroyed by the Sith right away. We get to see the galaxy as it was, during the golden age that many characters have referenced.
By this point, many fans have seen footage and photos of Star Wars creator George Lucas on the set of The Mandalorian during the production of its first two seasons so far. It has been fascinating seeing how people like Jon Favreau have interacted with him on the set as the hit show continues to grow. Even with the little that we have gotten, there are bound to be lots of fans who would love to be a fly on the fall during Lucas' set visits.
Landing a major role in a tentpole movie or franchise like Star Wars or Marvel may be a dream-come-true for an upcoming actor or an actress.
Just as there can be no light without shadow, there can be no good without evil. Just as the Jedi have protected the Republic for generations, so have the Sith tried to conquer and rule. Swifter and more seductive than the Jedi teachings, the way of the Sith promises power and abilities unknown to most. Many Sith Lords have risen and fallen over millennia, usually through deception and betrayal, consuming and murdering thousands in their quests for power. The following are the 10 most powerful and most evil beings to ever wield the Force in the Star Wars universe.
Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may be the most universally loved Star Wars film of the Disney era. One of the standout characters in it was K-2SO, an Imperial KX-series security droid who provided some comic relief. Reprogrammed to serve the Rebel Alliance, this droid was portrayed by Alan Tudyk opposite of Diego Luna's Cassian Andor. Back in 2019, we found out that Cassian Andor would be getting his own TV series acting as a prequel to Rogue One. More recently, on Disney Investors Day last month, the title was confirmed to simply be Andor. It has seen delays and is currently slated to hit Disney+ sometime in 2022.
“I am the Inquisitor.” A menacing figure appears with the sinister telltale notes of the "Imperial March." His scarlet lightsaber activates, sending chills down your spine. Our hero Kanan Jarrus struggles to hold the lightsaber in his two hands against the barrage of his opponent’s effortless one-handed attacks. It is beautiful. The Inquisitor’s moves flow like a river in contrast with Kanan’s desperate thrashing. “In close quarter fighting, Billaba’s emphasis was always on Form III, which you favor to a ridiculous degree.” Just from the few lightsaber clashes they exchange, the formidable opponent has analyzed our hero, and knows exactly what to do to counter him.
Even The Falcon himself can’t deny his love for Star Wars and its amazing characters. There is no doubt that Anthony Mackie has made a name for himself within Hollywood. From appearing in Black Mirror, to his debut in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) in the film Captain America: The Winter Soldier, portraying the role of Sam Wilson (The Falcon). Mackie has had a wonderful run portraying The Falcon throughout the Infinity Saga, who built a great friendship with the character Steve Rogers (Captain America).
If you had told me about five years ago that we would be seeing a live-action version of the Dark Troopers, I am not sure that I would have believed you. These droids were first introduced in the 1995 video game Star Wars: Dark Forces, where they were basically the menacing Terminators within that game. They were very threatening; when I encountered them in the game, I was on the edge of my seat trying not to get killed by them. Other iterations of the Dark Troopers have appeared in other media, such as 2005's Battlefront II video game, and in the animated series Rebels via the DT-series sentry droids. In the case of the latter, I did not find them very menacing, and was disappointed that this seemed like the closest that canon would ever get to trying to replicate the menace of the Dark Troopers.
The season two finale of The Mandalorian was immensely satisfying in so many different ways. It saw the titular Mandalorian, Din Djarin, fulfill the quest he was assigned by The Armorer at the end of season one: to find a Jedi to take in Grogu.
The United Kingdom might be under the toughest level of Coronavirus restrictions at the moment, stopping production on the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s latest extravaganza in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness to a full blown stop, but the construction industry has been allowed to continue operations, which is good news for one of Disney’s other major properties involving a return to an era of a galaxy far far away involving Rebels.
It’s a pity that J.W. Rinzler never got to write the Making of books for the Star Wars movies of the Disney era. Maybe beside The Last Jedi, every other post-Lucas film had its behind-the-scenes dramas, which would be really be interesting to learn more about. (And I won’t talk about the drama that emerged after the release of Episode VIII here!)
Grogu (also widely known as "Baby Yoda") has became a huge part of the Star Wars canon, and his influence doesn't end in that universe. Grogu has followed the proud path blazed by Star Wars characters such as Ewoks, porgs, and droids in being an adorable, irresistible cash cows. Grogu is no stranger to video game DLC, appearing in Disney-owned titles such as the Star Wars flight simulation game Squadrons as a purchasable cockpit decoration, and the mobile RPG Galaxy of Heroes as an actual playable character. Whether an inspiring cosmetic upgrade or a playable character, Grogu's mass appeal is not limited to the Disney digital market. Grogu has appeared on apparel, a waffle maker, Funko Pops, Christmas ornaments, cups, and phone cases. Pretty much everything and anything that can be Star Wars branded with Grogu's likeness has been. Now he has made his way into the popular sandbox game, Minecraft.