After years of speculation, Scottish actor Ewan McGregor finally confirmed that he will be reprising his Star Wars role as Obi-Wan Kenobi for a new Disney Plus TV series that centers around the legendary Jedi.
The entire world is sitting waiting in anticipation for the next chapter of the Star Wars Saga. A staple of Pop Culture Star Wars was brought back in 2015 for the new generation to be apart of the magic.
After the first images of The Mandalorian Disney+ series were unveiled at the Star Wars Celebration, fans everywhere have been patiently waiting for the first trailer to arrive. And now that moment has finally come courtesy of the D23 fan expo. Over the past four decades, the Star Wars franchise has been a force to be reckoned with in the film industry, and has changed the way we look at movies forever. From the original trilogy to the prequels, to the modern Star Wars films, these epic space operas have solidified a legacy and fanbase that can be best described as the stuff of legends. And while they have had success with animated shows like The Clone Wars, Rebels and Resistance, their endeavors in live-action on the small screen are non-existent. That's right, one of the most dominant franchises in the galaxy has never attempted to enter the scripted TV world with all the live-action trimmings. Well, all of that is about to change, because this first teaser for The Mandalorian means that Star Wars is finally ready to make the leap into live-action TV.
A trailer has finally dropped for the second season of the Disney XD animated show Star Wars Resistance, which is being advertised as the final season. The first season was somewhat of a slow burn, but it culminated in high-stakes events toward the end, pushing the characters in a direction that will be intriguing to see play out.
“The oppression of the Sith was gone for the moment, with Maul taken care of, this allowed a new era of Force-sensitive children to continue on the legacy of the Jedi for the moment. Focusing on the great wave of force around him, Obi-Wan Kenobi bent reality to his will, and transformed through time and space, thus transporting himself into what became known to the Jedi’s as the Force speed. Using this technique to arrive in the Jedi home-world of Coruscant faster, Obi-Wan had to use the ability to travel through the Force speed itself for the first time to warn the remaining Jedi Order of the Sith’s defeat. Furthering his journey into the unknown, it seemed to Obi-Wan as though he had traveled through the hyper-speed of time in the universe. Obi-Wan was startled by a rupture of thunder and lightning that began rapidly occurring all around the Force speed. While suddenly, a few grotesque octopus-like tentacles began attaching to the Jedi, and knocked Obi-Wan out of his spiritual transition home. The feeling Obi-Wan was having felt strangely familiar, perhaps a Sith ghost had followed the Jedi after the monster from the Force speed attacked him. Obi-Wan had to now understand the new spiritual place he has now been brought to, before a new war began that Obi-Wan wanted no part of.”
Since 2015, Marvel has been publishing an ongoing comic series simply titled Star Wars. These issues have essentially been the adventures of Luke, Leia, Han, Chewie, Artoo, and Threepio, filling in the gap between A New Hope and The Empire Strikes Back. For a while, readers have been wanting this series to go beyond this three-year period. Now, Greg Pak is taking the reigns of the series, starting with Star Wars #68. This will kick-start the Rebels and Rogues arc, which is set just before The Empire Strikes Back. It seems that readers are finally getting their wish. But if this series is to go beyond Empire, there remains a question: Should Marvel adapt The Empire Strikes Back again?
(If you have not seen the film, do not read further, there are a lot of spoilers. And also, do watch it already, it’s on Netflix now!)
A wise man once said that your focus determines your reality. And well, to me, it actually rings the most true in regards to the very movie it came from in form of Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Simply put, I've gone from loving it unconditionally as a kid to being more than a fair bit conflicted with it during the emergence of in depth YouTube reviews, to eventually making peace with it it's flaws and loving it for it's amazing world-building, technical prowess, and some truly memorable scenes. However, in recent years, I've also come around on many of its flaws.
For posterity, I am going to place some Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker predictions here. I am going to throw out my gut reactions, in the order they appear in the trailer, and what I think they mean. Of course this is not exposing anything, but if they come true I can say I saw it coming and not look like a pretentious geek—even if I am sometimes.
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace made its debut in May 1999. If you were a Star Wars fan then, it meant you had waited 16 years to watch another installment of the epic space fantasy saga in the theatres since 1983’s Return of the Jedi.
Nostalgia. What does it really mean? Why is it important? Why does it hold so much power over us?