As has been the custom over the past two celebrations, Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo reveal inside looks at characters and unreleased behind-the-scenes details and new footage from the animated shows The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Unlike The Untold Clone Wars or Ahsoka’s Untold Tales, Animated Origins and Unexpected Fates wasn’t nearly as revealing, though there were teases for what’s to come on Rebels‘ 4th season (including Ahsoka returning!) and a great clip from TCW featuring Boba Fett and Cad Bane, but Filoni and Hidalgo are such a joy to listen to talking about Star Wars, the panel is always a blast no matter how much they give away. Continue reading “Dave Filoni: Animated Origins and Unexpected Fates Panel Impressions (SWCO 2017)”
For any fan of The Clone Wars breakout character Ahsoka Tano, her Untold Tales Panel was an absolutely must see. While panelists Dave Filoni (executive producer of Rebels), Pablo Hildalgo (Story Group), and Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), didn’t clear up her fate after the Star Wars Rebels Season Two finale, they did a deep dive into some remaining unproduced TCW episodes which included her having a boyfriend (and Asain lead!), a journey into the Sith Temple below the Jedi Temple, and the Ahsoka Loyalist troops, while also revealing her novel’s cover art, vague and metaphorical Topps cards about her fate, and one giant promise about whether we’ll see her or not again. Continue reading “Ahsoka’s Untold Tales Panel Impressions (SWCE 2016)”
Fans of Ahsoka Tano and those interested in the films beyond Rogue One have something to really look forward to at Star Wars Celebration Europe 2016 (July 15-17), as two newly announced panels look to spill the proverbial Jawa beans on those subjects. First off, Ahsoka’s Untold Tales features Dave Filoni, Pablo Hildalgo, and Ashley Eckstein (the voice of Ahsoka Tano herself!), who will discuss the character’s, “…past, from her discovery by the Jedi Order as a young child, to her adventures in unproduced episodes of The Clone Wars, to the chapters of her life newly revealed in the Ahsoka novel and more!” As someone who went to Celebration Anahiem 2015’s Untold Clone Wars panel, where they revealed tons of new content, this is sure to be an absolute must-see for Ahsoka fans. Secondly, the Future Filmmaker Discussion includes Rian Johnson (director for Ep.VIII), Chris Miller and Phil Lord (directors of the untitled Han Solo film), Kathleen Kennedy, Kiri Hart, and Pablo Hildalgo as they, “…close out the weekend’s festivities on a high note!” Which, even if it’s just title reveals for both projects, would certainly be a high note for me. Continue reading “SWCE 2016 News Roundup Pt. 3: Ahsoka Untold Tales and Future Filmmaker Discussion Panels Announced”
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Dark Disciple, written by Christie Golden and adapted from 8 unproduced episodes of The Clone Wars TV show, follows two unlikely participants in a quest to assassinate the villainous Count Dooku: Quinlain Vos and Asajj Ventress. At times a thrilling story about love and the power it holds, what it means to be true to one’s self and the Force, and the darkness within us all, it falters however by feeling like it adheres too closely to the scripts, doesn’t elaborate enough, and stumbles to an uneven end. That being said, Dark Disciple is an engaging read not only for fans of the cancelled animated show, but for those who want an electrifying adventure that certainly reads like the up and downs of TV show episodes. But it could’ve been so much more. Continue reading “Canon Novel Review: Star Wars: Dark Disciple”
The Clone Wars Legacy initiative has been bringing out cancelled content from the much beloved show slowly but surely. The latest release is The Bad Batch arc, which originally aired exclusively to Star Wars Celebration Anaheim 2015 attendees, a 4 part series of unfinished TCW episodes revolving around a special batch of clones, Clone Force 99, self-nicknamed ‘The Bad Batch,’ on a mission to rescue once thought dead clone trooper Echo. Much like the Utapau arc released last year, these are the story reels you’ve been looking for i.e. another set of highly entertaining entries in TCW saga. Continue reading “The Clone Wars Legacy: The Bad Batch Arc Impressions”
Fans of The Clone Wars (one of them being me) were in for a treat when Pablo Hildalgo and Dave Filoni got to show off a lot of unseen concept art and clips, even if they weren’t really supposed to. They teased the Bad Batch arcs, Wookiee related plans, Cad Bane and Boba Fett on Tatooine, and some stuff from the 8 episodes the upcoming novel Dark Disciple is based off of, and some Ahsoka Tano shenanigans. Continue reading “The Untold Clone Wars Panel Impressions (SWCA 2015)”
With Lords of the Sith out in April, the next non-“Journey to Star Wars: The Force Awakens” related adult novel will be Dark Disciple, authored by Christie Golden. Its plot synopsis is officially out (first spotted by Jedi-Bibliothek, naturally) and it sounds pretty dark, besides the romantic subplot of course. UPDATE 7/5/15: Our review is up, but cautious, it’s got spoilers! Continue reading “Star Wars: Dark Disciple Plot Synopsis”
Dark Disciple, the title for the upcoming Asajj Ventress novel co-starrring Quinlan Vos just got a cover (from artist Matt Taylor). There’s not much we know about it at this point besides from it being based off unaired season seven scripts from The Clone Wars, Asajj and Dooku cross paths, and Asajj has her hair growing back. But having evolved into one of the more interesting characters in TCW, it’s nice to finally see her wide-open ending in the show continued in some form or another. And for fans of Vos, we’ll maybe get to see how much of his EU/Legends background they pull into canon. The book, written by Christie Golden (who’s involvement I spoke about already) will be hitting shelves July 7th, 2015, following after both Heir to the Jedi, Lords of the Sith, and the first of Marvel’s new comics.
The Netflix exclusive season 6 of The Clone Wars, “Lost Missions,” will be available for purchase in Blu-ray and DVD formats starting November 11th, 2014. The season consisted of four arcs, with one focusing on the origins of Order 66 and another being a mystically-filled journey deep within the Force with Yoda in one of the series’ most interesting and exploratory arcs. Amazon has both up for pre-order already, but just know only the Blu-ray version comes with the “Crystal Crisis” storyboard episodes released as part of the TCW Legacy a few weeks back (a set of adventured-filled fun that I highly recommend watching), so purchase accordingly. You can try holding out for a complete series set, but I’d rather sleep inside a tauntaun than place bets on that coming out any time soon.
I’ve always been an avid fan of The Clone Wars, so of course I was disappointed, along with many others, upon it’s cancellation. Since then we’ve not only gotten an extra season, but two unaired story arcs saw the lights of Tatooine: a comic series, Son of Dathomir, giving partial closure to Darth Maul’s arc; and a novel starring Asajj Ventress, now titled Dark Disciple. With all that extra content already, it was surprising when Jedi News hinted at some big TCW news hitting soon and sithspit, they weren’t wrong: a story reel version of an arc on Utapau, concept art, and new databank entries were put on the official site for fans (on the eve of Rebels, nonetheless) with a promise we haven’t seen everything yet.