Hey guys! Aside from writing about superheroes, I have a strong passion for Star Wars as well! It all started in April. I've always been a fan of Star Wars for as long as I can remember. I've seen the movies and the animated series Clone Wars and I watched them every now and then when I got bored. I loved the story behind the saga and would always be interested in it, but things changed when I heard about the latest Star Wars Celebration news last April. I found myself astounded by the new trailer of [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) and I found an excitement in the movie I didn't know I had. Suddenly, my passion for the Saga began.
I knew that Disney bought Lucasfilm and that the sequel trilogy would be amazing but last April I found myself listening to several Star Wars podcast: Jedi Alliance, Jedi Council, Good Morning Empire, etc. It's listening to these podcast that I found out that all the books, comics, and video games that were considered part of the continuity (canon) was pushed into another universe and suddenly, I found it easier to become a Star Wars fan. I started reading all the recent comics and fell in love with most of them. It's also where I started reading the recent Star Wars novel and loving them as well.
I even remember watching the trailer for Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels and telling myself that I need to watch that series now; which I did. I binge watched that series in one day and fell in love with the story and the characters.
What I'm trying to get across is that now is the time to become a Star Wars fan and catch up on all that is canon. Starting with the shows, the comics, and the books. I will be your personal guide into the new Star Wars Universe.
All six movies and the [Star Wars: The Clone Wars](tag:200641) animated series remain canon after the Disney purchase. If you've never watched Clone Wars, I suggest you watch it now in Netflix.
The series picks up where Episode II: Attack of the Clones left off and that's the Clone Wars. It's a Galactic Civil War between the Galactic Republic, led by Chancellor Palpatine and the Jedi's, and the Confederacy of Independent Systems, led by Count Dooku/Darth Tyranus. The series follows several key Star Wars characters from the prequels.
You'll see Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and several other Jedi's you might not have heard of and have stories focused on them. We also get to see how the politics are played out in the series, as we see Senator Padme Amidala and other politicians handle their business. Seeing the slow transformation of the Republic to the Empire. However, my favorite stories were when the focus were on the Clone Troopers. Although each clone looks and sounds alike, they are all different in attitude and in style. Each clone has their own personality and their own mind to make up for themselves. They're more than mindless soldiers, their men, and you see that play beautifully in the series.
You even get to see a couple of classic minor characters in the original trilogy that you see in series such as Captain Ackbar. He's not a Admiral just yet. We also see Mon Mothma as a senator before she became a leader for the rebel alliance. Even our favorite Wookie Chewbacca has a moment to shine in an episode.
In the series you get episodes about individual characters and see things from their perspective, specifically the villains. If you only seen the movies you might be wondering where General Greivous came from. Well the series explains all that. You go in depth with the bounty hunters and how they are, we also get to see a Sith assassin named Asajj Ventress and how much the war has affected her life. We also get the introduction of a breed of witches called the Nightsisters who are strong in the Dark Side. As well as seeing new character's never heard of until the series like Savage Oppress, who so happens to be the brother of Darth Maul, who makes a return in the series, featuring some of the best episodes in the whole series.
Admittedly the first season can be a little slow, but it's serves as an introduction and after that season, the series takes off into greatness. You see new worlds. Meet new creatures. You become immersed in this rich universe the series offers you and although it may be considered a "kids" show, their are several dark and adult moments you see play out in the series. The series is about a war and you get to see the damage that wars cause.
The series answers some questions you may have from Episodes II & III. Such as the devastating Order 66 and how the Clones turned on the Jedi so easily. Or even the little things on the transitions between the Clone Troopers armor from both II & III.
Sadly the series was cancelled after five seasons, due to the Disney purchase, but they had several episodes from Season 6 already finished and they showed them on Netflix. It was a great series but it left much to be desired from fans, but thankfully we have the books for that. (More on that later.)
With the loss of the Clone Wars came a new animated series came released last year. A show that certainly surprised all fans.
This series took me and I believe most fans by surprise because it brought us back to the original trilogy and how it made us fall in love with the saga.
If you've ever watched the show Firefly, you'll get to see the similarities between the two shows. The series follows a band of rebels, who keep causing trouble for the Empire in the Outer Rim planet of Lothal. What's great about this is that we have our character's and we're gonna follow them. As great as Clone Wars is, it jumped around a lot to different characters, this series you know exactly who you're merry band of rebels are.
Let's start with the young boy in the middle, who's arguably the main protagonist of the series. Ezra Bridger is a young junkyard kid who usually works alone. Very much like the disney character Aladdin, he even looks like him. He's force sensitive and is only beginning to learn how to use the force.
The green female Twi'lek on the right named Hera, the pilot of their ship called the Ghost. She's a strong character with a big heart who will keep fighting off the Empire so that people may be free.
Now let's move on to the cool Jedi with the lightsaber. Kanan Jarrus runs the crew with Hera and together they lead missions that help disrupt Empire activity. As well as helps train Ezra into becoming a Jedi. A rather roguish character, an accurate description of him would be a cowboy Jedi, which makes him a fan favorite. He's my favorite.
On the back we got a big and new species introduced called a Lasat, but his name is Zeb. The muscle of the group. Loud, dangerous, and highly trained. Fun fact: his design was actually based on the original concept arts for Chewbacca in the original trilogy.
On the left we a young woman name Sabine Wren who is just a plain bad-ass. She wears mandalorian armor but not much is known about her other than the fact that she kicks ass and that she's a talented artist. Another fan favorite.
And last but not least we have the droid can be seen on the bottom left named Chopper. Chopper is the crews droid is very much a rebel like any of them. He's loud, obnoxious, and doesn't get along with a lot of people. Picture a grumpy R2-D2, that's Chopper. A great comedic relief.
Like I previously said, the show revolves around them and how they stir trouble to the Empire. Well the Empire notice, so they send Grand Moff Tarkin to do cleanup duty. You may remember Tarkin as the man in Episode IV who was in charge of the Death Star and was always beside Vader. However he's not our main antagonist. That title goes to the Inquisitors.
The Inquisitors are force sensitive beings who are trained in the Dark Side of the Force but are not given the title of Sith. They serve the Empire and their Sith Lords with obedience and their mission is to hunt down any remaining Jedi and kill or take any young force sensitive being and train them in the Dark side of the Force so that they too can become Inquisitors and serve the Empire. If they refuse, only death befalls upon them.
The series finished it's first season and has only showed the first episode of the second, so their is still plenty of time to watch. I might as well mention that Darth Vader appears in one episode. It's a fun show with amazing characters and you get to see these Rebels grow together and become something more. They become a new hope in the Galaxy to help disrupt the Empire and help forge the future Rebel Alliance.
So that's your guide to the galaxy with all the shows that are out of Star Wars. Give them a shot and hopefully you'll enjoy them as much as I do. I will also be posting other articles concerning the canon. Specifically with the books and the comics. So check up on me soon!
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