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Sunday, June 1, 2014

Star Wars: Rebels Roundup!


With all the exciting happenings regarding Episode VII, it's easy to lose track of the other cool Star Wars news, well, easy for some, but not us bounty hunters here at Episode 7 News. With that, make the jump to read about some Rebels info . . .



JediNews has posted a little article regarding a certain "Rebel Journal" by Ezra Bridger that one of their friends has spied at the BookCon, which took place at the Javits Center in NYC on May 31st. It looks like the book is geared towards kids, but don't forget that it is still CANON.

Their spy, not a Bothan but a Miss Johnamarie Marcias, posted a bunch of pictures from the book, which are posted at MakingStarWars. Browse through the pictures and see if anything captures your attention. One thing kind of caught mine in this picture:


If you're paying close attention you will see that Ezra has labeled his days the same as we do. So apparently Lothal, his home planet, has the same seven-day setup as Earth -- IE Weeks with their days labeled Monday through Sunday. Just a small trivial tid-bit, but thus far in the Star Wars universe we've never really had any inkling of what their labeling system is. There's been no mention of months or years or days or weeks. In fact the only mention of a specific day has been Boonta Eve, as in the Boonta Eve pod race. Of course, everything is relative in space-faring epics like Star Wars so most likely this labeling concept is different from system to system. For instance Tatooine might take more days to complete a week and so on and so forth.

Now that the universe shaking news is out of the way, the same JediNews article goes on to say that Rebels is ready to premiere this October:


There isn't a specific date for the show yet, but the advertisement is for the premiere of the SERIES. The special feature length debut is to premiere on the regular Disney Channel, according to the Disney Wiki, this summer. 


Tangentially to the premiere of Rebels, Disney is planning a Star Wars summer as the popular cartoon "Phineas and Ferb" mashes-up with A New Hope. In the same spirit as "Family Guy," Phineas and Ferb find themselves in the galaxy far, far away as adapted versions of our favorite heroes and villains in "Star Wars: Episode IVa: May the Ferb Be with You." 

And, lastly, we'd like to mention that our international friends in the Philippines will be able to get in on all the Star Wars fun as Disney launches their XD channel there this June.

That's your Rebels Roundup for now! Stay tuned for further developments. 

Just for the record, I can't wait to see Sabine in action -- this girl looks like she will kick alot of butt! 
     


Who are you excited to see?!





44 comments:

  1. I really hope we won't have to the see the use of the latin alphabet (or any other non-alien writing system fort that matter) in the series. Jeez, don't they know that Lucas removed the "POWER" label from the generator in Episode IV for a reason? It's bad enough that they use the same symbolism (e.g. the no symbol: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/No_symbol), but I guess we'll have to live with that...

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    1. I don't think they would put a book for children in aurebesh, I don't really take it as a sign that they won't be using it.

      Actually, I'm not sure anyone would put out a book in aurebesh for anyone, most people don't know how to read it.

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    2. I was talking about the tv series, not the book... ~_~

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  2. Looks like its meant to be aimed towards children more the TCW was.
    Don't get me wrong, I'm seventeen. I thought TCW was a good show for the most part, with the exception of about 5 crappy episodes per season. TCW movie was the worst SW film out of all of them in my opinion. Since TCW is now officially canon, does that make TCW movie canon as well?

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    1. Yes, Every part of the Clone Wars is canon. The Movie was originally several episodes but was cut together into a film

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  3. Sabine's armor looks pretty stupid. Looks like a very young child came up with the design of her armor.................. I have a bad feeling about this show.

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    1. You are now starting to realize that the design of this is bad? It's not just Sabine's armor. There are many things that just don't feel "Star Wars-y."

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    2. @Anon June 1, 2014 at 10:33pm

      The graffiti doesn't feel Star Wars-y to me. You?

      God Bless :)

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    3. None of this feels like Star Wars.

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  4. Vithar AlderlandJune 1, 2014 at 8:51 PM

    The week thing is indeed strange. The 'standard time measurement' in Star Wars goes like this:

    "The standard unit of time was the standard second. Sixty standard seconds made up each standard minute, and sixty minutes made up each standard hour. Each day consisted of 24 standard hours. A standard week was 5 standard days, and each month was seven weeks (making 35 standard days each month). A standard year was 368 days, composed of ten months, three fete weeks, and three holidays."

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    1. ^While we're at it, we should also note that every planet had Earth-like gravity and that there was sound in the vacuum of space.

      That's why Star Wars is NOT science fiction. It's a space opera. Or Science Fantasy.

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    2. Wow, you can tell the gravity of planets just by looking at them? While I'd agree that all the planets in the movies would have between 0.8 and 1.4 G's, those are insignificant coincidences when there's an entire galaxy.

      And if the sound in space thing really bothers you, just mute it and be bored by the Silence of space

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    3. As for sound in space ... well, there is also dramatic music playing much of the time, though we must assume that the score isn't "really" there (imagine the characters going mad having to hear their respective themes playing in their ears throughout their lives!)

      As for pleasant gravity and breathable air, that would be the selection bias. Obviously human characters only go to planets where they can be more or less comfortable, however rare they are compared to the total number of planets. But it would be fun having them visit a high-gravity world for once. "Holy Sith, it feels like I'm carrying two of myself on my back!" Don't stumble; you are almost certain to break something ...

      I've seen the suggestion that Endor is a LOW-gravity world, since the Ewok was able to fly using a distinctly small and primitive hangglider.

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  5. Am I the only one, who thinks, that the whole video didn't fit with the music at the end? It made me kind of sad. I'm not really feel closer to Rebes. :(

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  6. I've have to say Zeb looks really interesting character, more or less all of them looks good, but there's something about Zeb more, maybe it's because he's new specie, I love The Clone wars series and I'm sure as the same team works on this show, everything will be as good or even better...

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    1. I hate Zeb. He looks like the stupid animal sidekick from the Secret Saturdays.

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    2. It seems obvious that to a large extent, this is based on the classical characters, only with other names and superficial changes. Chopper "is" R2-D2. Zeb "is" Chewbacca. Hera "is" some kind of female Han Solo.

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    3. But did Zeb have to be purple?

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  7. To state the obvious......This is definitely marketed towards the kiddos.

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  8. I'm expecting great ships and space battles with Mcquarrie concepts but every new day i think the group of rebels is too childish, I have bad feelings too...

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    1. I seem to recall a "Queen's Diary" that was written by Queen Amidala and released as a kids book during the 1999 merchandise bondanza for Phantom Menace. Does anybody else know about this? If so, did Amidala also use standard days of the week?

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  9. "the only mention of a specific day"

    We musn't forget Life Day.

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  10. Sabine is the character that really makes this whole thing seem like a Disney-ized kiddie show. A graffiti artist in a pink Boba Fett costume? How is it possible to not laugh at this?

    They might as well put in the pink Hello Kitty Darth Vader cosplay character.

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    1. So according to you, an Aladdin kid with an energy slingshot taking down stormtroopers or a flying droid with stupid mechanical arms is sensible?

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    2. Although you're responding to points that I never made, using an energy slingshot is certainly more sensible than wearing bright pink armor while engaging in guerrilla warfare. She might as well paste a "shoot here" note on her back.

      I don't really see anything egregiously wrong with the droid as of yet. It's a tool. Of course it's going to have mechanical arms.

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    3. And whilean energy slingshot is more sensible than enlisting a graffiti artist join to fight in your rebellion, that's not to say that's much more sensible.

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    4. Agree Anon 11:07. "Let's go fight some trained, deadly Imperial stormtroopers.... with my.... SLINGSHOT!!!!" At least the graffiti girl looks like she is a somewhat experienced bounty hunter.

      To Anon 11:01 There's something about "bright pink" that makes the minds of macho males boil with anger. How about Jango Fett's bright blue or Boba Fett's bright Green? Talk about wearing a note saying "shoot here."

      Also, Anon 11:01 must not have been one of the millions of OT diehards who hated 2Dd2 when he was flying in Attack of the Clones. I guess a flying droid in Rebels defying the laws of physics is OK if Disney does it.. but not if George Lucas does it.

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    5. * ^to Anon 11:05, that is, for the last two paragraphs.

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    6. How experienced can she be if she's wearing bright pink while engaging in guerrilla warfare?

      While I'm sure that you might have been hoping that I'd be complaining about the female nature of her character so you could post some adolescent feminist garbage, that's not what I have a problem with at all. In fact I think the Hera character seems just fine.

      Bright pink armor isn't making me boil with anger. Rather, it's making me snicker with derisive incredulity. Think of our own armed forces. Anyone fighting today wears muted colors for a reason; they don't want to make it easy for the enemy to spot them out. Even the females in combat wear muted colors for these very same reasons.

      So the criticisms against wearing bright pink have nothing whatsoever to do with sexism, misogyny, misandry, machoism, or any other kind of victimization nonsense. It's just dumb. Really dumb. More dumn than Jar Jar. But I suppose that won't stop the animators from having her skipping on the helmeted heads of stormtroopers, or something equally stupid.

      Boba Fett's armor was hardly bright green, and Jango Fett's armor was hardly bright blue. Both uniforms were far more muted than you're suggesting, so this is just a ridiculous argument Regardless, neither of these characters were engaging in the guerrilla warfare of a rebellion.

      The very first thing the leader of this rebel squadron ought to do is tell her to put the paints down and wear something sensible; for her own good.

      When did I say anything about not being a fan of when George Lucas has a flying droid? Why are you responding to comments that I'm not making?

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    7. Didn't clone troopers also have bright colors on their armor? By the way, your comment "adolescent feminist garbage" says a lot about your attitude towards not only women but other commenters. I'm sure Ezra's bright orange suit also sticks out like a sore thumb. Ever care to mention that? Nope. Why not? Probably because his orange suit resembled an x wing flight suit and you just loooooove all things OT related.

      There's just something about the color pink that makes some men uncomfortable and want to lash out irrationally, as if pink is synonymous with femininity. If her armor was red (which is actually pink but a few shades darker,) you would probably have no problem.

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    8. Isn't Mandaloria a planet with pink and bright architecture? Didn't we see that in a concept drawing a while back? That's probably why she wears pink armor, to blend in with her own cityscape. Ever think of that, Anon 1146?

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    9. Clone troopers did have color insignias on their uniforms. My comment doesn't say anything about my attitude towards women or other commentators. Rather, my comment says everything about my attitude towards over emotional hyperventilating hand wringers; men included.

      If Ezra's suit were a bright blaze orange like a construction worker, I'd be making the same comments. But it's not, it's more of a muted rust orange tone. I was never wild about the bright orange X-Wing fighter jumpsuits, but then, fighter pilots aren't generally fighting guerrilla warfare. It's all about context.

      While I'm sure that you may feel like you're blazing some kind of feminist trail here, I'm hardly lashing out irrationally, and there's nothing that makes me feel uncomfortable about the color pink. In fact there's nothing wrong with the color pink itself. Again, it's all about context. Pink is fine for the gown of a senator, the color of a civilian speeder on Coruscant, a plant on that flower planet, or even perhaps a light sabre.

      But for a freedom fighting guerrilla to wear pink, while it may play into female empowerment fantasies, is just dumb for the reasons I've already mentioned.

      It would depend on what shade of red she were wearing. A bright hot rod red? Dumb. A muted burgundy or maroon, that would probably be pretty good.

      Regardless, none of this addresses the stupidity of enlisting a graffiti artist who tags things and gives your movements and locations away to the enemy.

      The character is just dumb on so many levels that have nothing whatsoever to do with feminism.

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    10. Re: June 2, 2014 at 1:42 AM

      Will the character be land-locked to Mandalorian cities?

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    11. @Anon 2:03,
      yeah, what you say is very understandable and you do have good points. I just don't like your archaic view of feminism. First, you may not know it, but pink is NOT the color playing "into female enpowerment fantasies." They, like you, would very much like to see women dressed in a variety of colors. Once again, I do understand your point of argument. Personally, I feel like the orange suit of Ezra does look a little odd, like a old fashion space shuttle pilot on the run, but that's just me....

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    12. My viewpoint on feminism has nothing to do with anything.

      Whether or not anyone would very much like to see women dressed in a variety of colors is irrelevant.

      Is this Star Wars? Or Star Cosplay?

      What's next? A tough as nails breakdancing hipster wearing a fluorescent yellow checker pattern? Come on.

      Sabine might as well be wearing the ears of a Mousketeer.

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    13. Besides, the more militant aspects of feminism itself are archaic.

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  11. The pink armour is a symbol of the pink flaps aka female genitalia........please guys don't be sexist!

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    1. ^yeah Anon, don't be sexist.

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  12. If I were to allow the canon thought police of other fans and Lucasfilm to tell me what I should accept or not as true, I might be worried that these characters will end up being instrumental in the formation of the Rebellion and in some ways surpass Luke Skywalker's significance in the outcome of the rebels' victory over the Empire. But as it is, I think this show will be amusing.

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  13. Filming has finished in Dubai, staff moved back to London.. cmon guys your missing the scoop!!

    Redski

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    1. The photo with the crew in London is in the twitter feed in the right sidebar. We've posted it immediately after they revealed it. Also the end of the Abu Dhabi filming has been discussed in the previous Twitter Buzz article and the one we had to pull down...

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  14. Rebels is a kids cartoon, it looked like it was to be more adult "before" Disney got a hold of it. However, its not an adult cartoon, don't expect it to be anything but a kids show. Hopefully they at least put some adult humor and adult star wars concepts in it to keep it a bit more serious and interesting to adult star wars fans.

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  15. I read the comments to this website out loud in different, funny voices and it provides hours of hilarity.

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