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Species of the week: Kedorzhan

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Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Kedorzha

Fandom: Star Wars [Legends]

Appearances: Knights of the Old Republic (comic)

 

Kedorzhans were a rodent-like mammalian species native to the Senex-Juvex sector of space. Though they had keen senses their sight was limited, especially in daylight as they were suited to working underground. There was a significant Kedorzhan population on Taris during the Mandalorian wars, with a number of the working long shifts in the mines. 

I’ve been enjoying reading the Knights of the Old Republic comic and I’ve just finished the first arc. I really like the inclusion of this species as Zayne and Gryph use a Kerzorhan bar to hide out as none of the patrons would be able to make out their faces. The species are unique to the comic but felt right at home in the world of the KoTOR games and the Star Wars universe.

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Species of the week: Drabatan

Homeworld: Pipada

Designation: Sentient

Notable members: Pao

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: Rogue One

The Drabatans were an amphibious species. Their world was harvested for resources by the Empire, displacing many and causing them to sympathise with the Rebellion.

Been watching Rogue One this weekend. So many great background species but Pao really stood out for me. I was glad to see at least one alien on the Rogue One team and you couldn’t help but feel elated at his battle cry along with all the main cast and supporting human fighters.

Star Wars for very young kids – part 2

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We’re living in a great time for Star Wars fans who want to introduce their younglings to Star Wars but don’t want to expose them to too much violence. In this post I’ve selected episodes from Season 2 of Forces of Destiny that have no fighting or at least keep the action to a minimum.

You can read my post about season 1 episodes HERE

Shuttle Shock

Shuttle Shock is a fun adventure featuring BB-8. Kids adore the little droid (especially when he does his trademark thumbs up!) so it’s an instant favourite. The episode is an interlude in The Last Jedi with Finn and Rose en route to Canto Bight. They come across some giant space jellyfish which shock the shuttle and present mild peril but they aren’t particularly scary in themselves kids love the bright colours and they don’t appear too scary.

Jyn’s Trade

Jyn’s Trade is a sweet episode featuring Jyn Erso having a run in with an adorable Chadra-Fan child who steals her necklace in the hopes of trading it for some food. After chasing the child and retrieving her necklace she realises that all the child wants is to eat so she willingly gives her food.

The Path Ahead

“Can we watch Yoda in the bag?” is something I’ve heard often. This episode features more of Luke’s training on Dagobah and the wise master teaching his pupil to trly on the force to navigate. But seeing Yoda wriggle into Luke’s backpack and his classic chuckle is a great way to introduce kids to Star Wars. I would definitely say this is my number one recommendation, especially as it ties so closely to the Empire Strikes Back scene.

Porgs!

This episode features Chewie and R2 on Ach-To dealing with some pesky Porgs who steal wiring from the Falcon. After chasing them down they help the creatures find better materials to build their nest and leave them in peace. Kids love the hilarious Porgs and it’s a great way to introduce them to Chewie and R2.

 

These are the episodes which feature no weapons or violence of any kind. The following videos do feature them in a limited sense but I still feel they’re suitable as they don’t feature violence in a direct way.

 

Porgs!

Another episode on Ach-To with the pesky birds, this time causing problems for Rey when they activate her lightsaber then run off with it. I’ve added it here because the lightsaber is activated but it’s never used as a weapon and it is retrieved safely by Rey.

Monster Misunderstanding

I add this one here hesitantly because it does feature blasters firing, but never at people. The Sando Aqua Monster is ramming a building on Naboo. I tell kids that the Naboo guard are trying to scare it away as the blasters don’t appear to be harming the creature at all. The Sando Aqua Monster is less scary than it’s appearance in Phantom Menace and never directly attacks Amidala or other characters and, when reunited with it’s child, is seen playing peacefully in the ocean. Personally I think it’s fine for young kids, but you might want to watch it first and make your own judgement.

 

And that’s it for Forces of Destiny. However there are plenty more videos for young kids out there, including the growing collection of Galaxy of Adventures shorts so I’ll be back soon with another post!

Species of the week: Kel Dor

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Designation: Sentient

Homeworld: Dorin

Notable members: Bo Keevil, Plo Koon

Fandom: Star Wars

Appearances: Resistance, Prequel Trilogy, Clone Wars

 

The Kel Dor come from a planet with an atmosphere toxic to most  other species. This requires them to wear breathing equipment in what is considered a normal environment by most other species. Their species were most famous for their expert pilots; including Jedi Master Plo Koon and experminatal stunt fighter pilot and Ace Squadron member Bo Keevil.

 

OK so I haven’t seen much of Star Wars: Resistance but the fact that he is a Kel Dor has made Bo Keevil a favourite character of mine. It also doesn’t hurt that he has a sweet-looking experimental ship with multiple wing configurations that I would have given my left arm for a toy version of as a kid. We need more Bo Keevil!!!

My Two Credits: 2 reasons you should play Republic Commando and 2 things you might want to know

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Star Wars: Republic Commando is this month’s Games with Gold title on Xbox Live. Here’s my take on the game and why you should get it…other than it’s free!!

1. The Squad System

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Usually I’m all for story over gameplay but the squad system on Republic Commando  was particularly memorable. You play as the leader of a squad of four clone commandos. As you look around you can use the d-pad to direct clones on your squad to perform specific actions, such as breaching doors, manning turrets and  engaging enemies. I acknowledge I don’t play many games but I haven’t played anything like it apart from Halo 5.

2. Live the Clone Wars

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The game puts you in the heart of the Clone Wars, battling the Seperatists and other enemies such as Trandoshan Slavers across a variety of planets. The campaign was relatively short but each mission was challenging in a fun way with a variety of enemies to fight and mission objectives to complete. The game itself is Legends now but there’s nothing I’m aware of that contradicts the new Canon so you can really put yourself into the Clone Wars.

Ok these are two reasons to play the game, here are two things you should know.

1. The game is a tie-in to Episode III

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One of the missions has you rescue Tarfful, the leader of the Wookiees seen in Revenge of the Sith. It felt awesome to play this game and then see the results of one of your work on-screen at the cinema!

2. The games spawned a series of books

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The characters in the game continued on in a series of books written by Karen Traviss, which explored their role in the Clone Wars, their Mandalorian heritage and how they dealt with Order 66.

OK, just a quick one today. But like I said if you’re a Star Wars fand and an Xbox Live Gold account holder you can get this for free so, honestly who not?!!

It’s no longer free but you can also see my review for Jedi Knight: Jedi Academy HERE

 

Star Wars for very young kids – part 1

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If you have very young children you may find yourself wishing Star Wars had just a little less…war in it so that you can share it with them. Thankfully we are in a golden age of Star Wars and there is a decent amount of content out there now where no one picks up a blaster or lightsaber, which I’m going to cover here.

Starting this week, I’ve picked out some episodes from Forces of Destiny season 1.

Sands of Jakku

The first episode of season 1 features Rey shortly after meeting BB-8. They encounter the night watcher worm, which might be scary for some children. Rey gets BB-8 back without using violence and then takes pity on the creature, feeding it which sends a positive message

 

The Padawan Path

This episode features Ahsoka who is late for a Jedi Ceremony. She runs late because she stops to help people in need. She does use her lightsabers in the episode but only to safely disable a malfunctioning droid, which she does without destroying it.

 

Beasts of Echo Base

This episode features Leia rescuing Chewie from a Wampa. The wampa is quite scary, though less so than it’s appearance in Empire. Leia puts herself in danger and distracts the wampa so Chewie can escape. No weapons are used.

 

Tracker Trouble

This episode features Rey, Finn, Han and Chewie finding a bomb aboard the Falcon. There’s no violence at all, but the episode is very wordy and not very engaging for younger viewers (or older ones in my personal opinion!)

 

An Imperial Feast

While the episode is technically about Ewoks trying to eat Stormtroopers it is very safe for kids. It features some slapstick humour and the kids will love the Ewoks. It also has a message about resolving conflict peacefully.

 

The Happabore Hazard

This episode features Rey retrieving a Quadjumper. She stops and has compassion on a Happabore (the big beast Finn shares a drinking pool with) who in turn helps her.

Crash Course

This episode is fairly safe, but I felt it was mostly punishing you for not watching Rebels as I had no idea what was going on, which I felt was a problem with the second half of the season. I didn’t have a problem with using Ahsoka and Sabine, but this episode assumed you knew the context of the story as well. If your kids are watching Rebels then you probably don’t need this video!!!

 

Well that’s it for season 1. I’ll post again with selected videos from season 2 soon

Who should be in the Cassian Andor show: The Empire

One more look at who could possibly co-star in the Cassian Andor show, this time looking at the Imperials who might appear. To be completely honest, it’s going to be a no for most of these and honestly I think that’s more exciting – I like the idea of a new villain more than the recurrence of a familiar face and while from the Rebel side I think one or two recurring characters would be good, and possible essential, I don’t think the same can be said for the Empire.

Darth Vader

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As the Dark Lord himself said…Nooooooooooooooooooooo!!! I do not think Vader should show up in the show. I know he has appeared in Rebels but his presence was warranted especially with the size of the Rebel action and the presence of Ahsoka. He is too big to have a minor role and I worry about not doing him justice in this format.

Orson Krennic

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While I could see it as a possibility I have to go for no. Krennic seems pretty obsessed with the Death Star project for a long time, which is only discovered by Cassian in Rogue One. It is possible he may have had some side projects which Cassian could have a hand in taking down, but they have a pretty long face to face moment and it seems clear they have never met before.

Galen Erso

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A more definite no for me. Galen is a top-level Imperial weapons researcher. The only way Cassian would interact with him is to try and kill him, which is pretty clear from Rogue One. Also again his entire work is focused on the Death Star, so Cassian following him and learning nothing about the project would just make him a bad spy.

Grand Moff Tarkin

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Again no. The process of re-creating him was experimental and expensive and I can’t see them recreating it for TV. Same goes for Motti, Tagge and other Imperials seen in A New Hope. They could re-cast but it seems more straightforward to go for new characters. I also looked into the Imperials shown in the visual guide but they’re all based on either the Death Star or Scarif which places them outside the scope of the show – unless they have an earlier posting elsewhere.

Palpatine

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Palpatine is a potential, as any Imperial would potentially report back to him, but like Vader he’s too big of a character to have in a background role I feel.

Thrawn

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I’d love it – live action Thrawn would be a dream come true for so many of us. It would be cool to have Cassian tracking this rising star in the Empire, but without some kind of victory it would be hard for the series to have a satisfying resolution.

Hmm…this is getting very negative. I’m struggling to think of anyone else from the films and I’m not well versed enough in Rebels and the books, comics to know if names I’ve heard like Rae Sloane would fit into the timeline

Doctor Aphra

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I know there’s a lot of clamour for this character to transition to screen. I enjoyed her introduction in the comics and I could see her making a decent one-off appearance as a shady contact.

OK, I’m struggling here. Basically my conclusion is that our most likely option is to get a completely new character when it comes to the main antagonist, but I had a quick look into Legends too.

Ysanne Isard

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I think the Imperial Security Bureau, led by Ysanne ‘Iceheart’ Isard were such great antagonists in the X-Wing books that she would be well worth bringing back to Canon. Even if it was not necessarily her but have a similar character in the same role and have Imperial Intelligence with their resources compete with Cassian would certainly fit the ‘spy thriller’ mold.

OK and with that my well has run dry – please drop a comment and let me know if you agree, disagree or know of someone I’ve missed

 

Who should be in the Cassian Andor Show: The Rebellion part 2

I’ll continue looking at who could be associated with the new Cassian Andor show on Disney+

Pilots, Officers and Troops oh my!

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There are too many Rebel personnel on Yavin 4 to list. My guesses for who could appear would be anyone associated with Alliance Intelligence. From the troops Melshi’s name was the only one that stood out to me which makes him the most  likely candidate. Blue Eleven in her role as a U-Wing transport pilot would also be a  logical choice.

Alliance Senators

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All of the Senators have interesting backstories. I think it would be cool to see one of them recruited and making the bold step to join the Alliance and pledge their homeworld’s support to the Rebellion.

Saw Gerrera

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I’m going to say…no. While Yavin 4-based characters could conceivably fit into the show adding Saw would just tie it too closely to Rogue One and the show needs to stand on it’s own. The only interesting possibility is seeing Saw as a member of the Rebellion before his extremist ways caused them to cut ties with him, but I’d rather see that told through other Partisans as again the film clearly suggests he and Cassian never met

The Partisans

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Having said that I think the Partisans or the origins of the Partisans would be cool to see. We’ve seen one of the Two tubes brothers appear in Solo so more connectivity would work fine. I would like to maybe see Beezer Fortuna show up as a contact or see Rebels who fight with Cassian become disillusioned and leave to join Saw.

Tivik

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I really liked the idea of this character coming into the series when I heard it- especially as he and Cassian clearly have a history. Daniel Mays is a great actor and definitely deserves more screen time in the Star Wars galaxy. I think they could play on the tragic ending aspect – one thing that occurred to me was that it would be more tragic if his bad leg was in some way due to an incident caused by him and Cassian working together in the past.

Enfys Nest and the Cloud Riders

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Another idea that’s been batted around on some podcasts is Enfys Nest. Now the more I think about it this idea has some potential, depending on what stories they want to tell. I like the idea of the Rebellion forming against the Empire but this group feeling a moral duty to oppose Crimson Dawn and criminals as well as or instead of the Empire as a whole

Anyone/Everyone from Star Wars Rebels

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A near-constant topic on Star Wars videos is the possibility of Rebels characters transitioning to live-action. I haven’t watched much of the show so I’m not as attached to the characters as some are. I’m not against more connectivity at all, I found the appearance of the Ghost in Rogue One really exciting, but as I don’t have the same attachment I don’t feel the need for any of these characters to make an appearance, which will be the position of most fans as it will be hard to crowbar them in without either making their role minor or spending a lot of time explaining who they are. Of the cast I’d say the most likely appearance would be Hera as she is most associated with the main Rebellion and would be easy to cast as she’s a Twi’lek

Well that’s it – any Rebels I’ve missed, please drop a comment and let me know!

Who should be in the Cassian Andor show: The Rebellion part 1

Continuing a look at who could be in the Cassian live-action show I want to look at some of the key Rebel characters who appeared in Rogue One.

I think this show could give an extended role to some of the characters who appeared in the film, similar to how Agents of SHIELD gave bigger roles to some supporting MCU characters.

Mon Mothma

Yes!! This is a no-brainer and I’d go so far as to say they shouldn’t make the show without her. I like the idea of seeing a younger, less established Mothma trying to bring the Rebellion together.

General Draven

Another no-brainer, Draven is Cassian’s handler and again it would be interesting to see how he rose through the ranks and became so harsh in his decisions.

Admiral Raddus

Now with Raddus it’s harder. Strictly speaking he wouldn’t necessarily have anything to do with Cassian as he is navy but he is such a great character I’d welcome any way to crowbar him in – plus seeing him in a scene with Ackbar would be amazing!!!

General Merrick

Similar to Ackbar, no real reason for him to interact with Cassian but he was awesome so I wouldn’t complain if he was in!!

Jan Dodonna

My first no. I liked how they included the character but I think they were smart to keep him to a background role. Dodonna had such a distinctive voice and presence that to have someone else play him in a key role would feel wrong.

Bail Organa

My gut says no, but I’m honestly not sure why. I think it depends on how many other characters show up because the show could get saturated. Much like the others it would be cool to see him again but as he isn’t based at Yavin 4 he doesn’t need to be there unless the story dictates it

Pao and Bistan

All you need is a good puppeteer to get these guys back in and their presence brought some much needed alien presence to Yavin 4 so yeah, bring ’em back.

That’ll do for now – more on the Rebels soon!