Watch “Star Wars Rebels: “Not What You Think” Short” on YouTube

Star Wars Rebels: “Not What You Think” Short: http://youtu.be/yy9waYcrE8k

The final Rebels short introduces Ezra, the young teen who will be joining the crew of the Ghost as the series premieres next month.

Ezra seems to be more than just a normal teen as he scrounges tech from an Imperial nd seems to be demonstrating his latent force powers as he dodges blasts from the TIE

That’s it from me, I’m still waaaay behind on The Clone Wars so it’ll be a while before I catch the new series so I’m grateful for these shorts to whet my appetite!!

Star Wars: Upcoming fiction

With the recent release of ‘A New Dawn’ – the first in the new line of Star Wars novels (see the IGN review HERE) I thought it would be worth posting about some of the other announced fiction for the new Canon

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The first offering is another novel, ad yet untitled featuring fan favourite characters Quinlan Voss and Asajj Ventress. Both Ventress and Vos migrated from comics to the screen with Ventress becoming a key character in The Clone Wars and Voss also getting a mention in Episode III.

It will be interesting to see what they do with these characters, particularly Voss in this novel, which is based on an unaired Clone Wars script, similar to the Dark Horse comic Darth Maul: Son of Dathomir

You can read my, somewhat embittered, review of the other novels in my old blog HERE

Comics

Marvel have posted their initial run of comics once they take over the licence from Dark Horse in 2015

Star Wars

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While I’m tempted to argue tat this is a rip-off of the Dark Horse title of the same name I’m sure Marvel would argue, and justly so, that they are revamping their original series where Star Wars comics began

The series is set after the events of A New Hope, featuring the main trilogy cast. While I’m still not convinced of what they will do, sticking John Cassaday on art won’t get any complaints from me!!

Star Wars: Darth Vader

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Again, covering familiar territory, with Dark Horse having published several Vader series over recent years. However the opportunity to look at things fresh might be a good thing for the Dark Lord

The series is also set between the first two films, with an emphasis on Vader finding out about his son.

Star Wars: Princess Leia

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This comic will be a miniseries rather than ongoing like the other two. The opportunity to focus on Leia and give her her own book sounds like a good idea to me.

And that’s it so far. Marvel have announced they will be reprinting dome of their original stories as well as some collections of Dark Horse Comics. I’ll be keen to see if they will eventually extend to storytelling in diverse timelines once the movies are released.

I’ll post any news when I get it.

Agents of SHIELD: Characters (2)

Dr Streiten

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Great to see Ron Glass (Shepherd Book from Firefly) in this latest venture from Whedon, I’m glad he had more than a brief cameo in the first episode.

Dr Streiten was a high ranking medical officer within SHIELD, with clearance of at least level 7. When Coulson confronted him about the operation that brought him back to life he said that Fury had brought him in to assist and that he thought the procedure was morally wrong.

Dr Streiten’s whereabouts are currently unknown.

As far as I know he has no analogue in the comics, drop a comment if I’m wrong.

Agents of SHIELD: Technology (3)

Centipede implant

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This implant was created by a group, also named Centipede, to create custom-made super soldiers. Taking it’s name from the insect it resembles the implant combined a number of elements: a serum imitating the work that created Captain America, gamma radiation similar to the Hulk experiment, alien metals and extremis, the volatile enhancement drug created by AIM and shut down by Tony Stark

These elements, particularly the latter, were unstable and caused at least one subject to explode. The device was eventually stabilised and used by Deathlok and a number of enhanced soldiers, though they were eventually defeated by SHIELD

Watch “Star Wars Rebels: “Entanglement” Short” on YouTube

Star Wars Rebels: “Entanglement” Short: http://youtu.be/9pxyXtBuXHM

The latest short features Zeb, another Ghost crew member. Unlike Obi-Wan he doesn’t mind Imperial entanglements, whether he does it to help the innocent or just for good fun is hard to tell!

I like his weapon, similar to a magna guard staff

Zeb’s design is based on a Ralph McQuarrie concept for Chewbacca

The series premiers with a one hour movie ‘Spark of Rebellion’ on October 3rd on Disney

Agents of SHIELD: Technology (2)

ICERs

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Incapacitating Cartridge Emitting Rifles, previously known as ‘the night night gun’ was designed by Fitz and Simmonds as a nonlethal weapon to incapacitate armed and dangerous targets

The bullets break up on contact with skin, and then deliver paralysing dendrotoxin to register the target immobile. The team used them extensively to take targets alive for questioning. The rifle was even used to deliver an antidote to a hostile Mike Peterson.

Cybertek modified the weapon to produce a gas grenade to incapacitate multiple targets

Agents of SHIELD: Technology (1)

Well it wouldn’t be a show about a superhero-era spy agency without some coll tech so here are some of the devices used by the team and others

DWARF drones

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A set of seven quadcopter drones each named after ones of the dwarves from Snow White, the Drones Wirelessly Activated to Retrieve Forensics are equipped with an array of scanners between them to analyse and collect data.

The drones can operate semi-autonomously or be directly controlled by Fitz or Simmonds via their tablet devices. The dwarves have proved their worth on several missions, even serving in combat as a diversion and redirection tactic.

Watch “Star Wars Rebels: “Art Attack” Short” on YouTube

Star Wars Rebels: “Art Attack” Short: http://youtu.be/2dSJRKB8x9E

The second Rebels short has been released, featuring Sabine and her love of sabotage and colour

I assume this is set after the previous film as Sabine calls the crew of the Ghost whereas she doesn’t seem to be onboard in the first short – whether she was just absent or hadn’t joined the crew yet I can’t tell.

It’ll be interesting to see what they do with the Mandalorians in this era now that they’ve established a new continuity

Agents of SHIELD: Characters (1)

Mike Peterson / Deathlok

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This is the first if what will be a significant amount of posts covering a backlog of content I never got round to on my old blog – hopefully with some up to date stuff sprinkled in too! In these posts I will cover significant characters and other items from the series

Mike Peterson is one of the primary characters of SHIELD with a twisting story that sees him on both sided of the conflict. Injured and unable to work, struggling to support his son Ace, he was offered rehabilitation by a mysterious corporation, who turned out to be project Centipede, who were trying to create super soldiers for Hydra

An accident at the lab gave Mike the opportunity to demonstrate the super strength the Centipede implant give him and was branded a superhero by the media and came to the attention of SHIELD and the rogue hacker Skye.

After the dangerous elements of his implants were neutralised he joined SHIELD as a covert operative. This was short-lived as Ace was captured and he was forced to betray Coulson into the hands of Hydra. His leg was damaged in an explosion and replaced with experimental technology, further implants gave him body armour and other enhancements.

Controlled by an explosive implant in his eye he carried out several high profile attacks for Hydra, and was forced to go up against the very people who saved him. When Skye freed Ace, he finally was able to turn on his captors. He refused to rejoin SHIELD, needing time to find and redeem himself before facing his son again.

In comics

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Michael Collins was a worker programming cybernetic limbs, wen he found out they were for weapons he was betrayed and woke up in a cybernetic body he could not control. Eventually he got control back and used his abilities for good.

Watch “Star Wars Rebels: “The Machine in the Ghost” Short” on YouTube

Star Wars Rebels: “The Machine in the Ghost” Short: http://youtu.be/dgoDwquiwRM

My first post in my new digs!!

Amid a slew of trailers and information about the new Star Wars animation comes this short movie set before the series and before the whole gang gets together.

It’s exciting to see as I don’t know when I’ll get chance to watch the show, a lot of nods to the original trilogy in this, the way the TIE fighters swooped in was very reminiscent of A New Hope – I also liked how the targeting visuals were the same as in the original trilogy.

Rebels airs in October on Disney