• James Hewlett

May 4

Let me get this out of the way up top. May the fourth is not my Star Wars day!

For as much as it makes me sound like the hardcore religious folk who like to point out that December 25th isn’t the birth day of JC, I feel the need to point out that May 25th is the day we should all really celebrate Star Wars as it’s the anniversary of the original theatrical release.

But, much in the same way that I and most of the world have accepted the manufactured date in December to celebrate xmas, I concede that the lazy wordplay of May The Fourth makes for a decent enough reason to push the franchise hard today.

And push it hard the folks at Lucasfilm and Disney have! Mostly using the Disney+ platform, understandably as it is in its first year and there is no movies to promote currently.

The Rise Of Skywalker became available on the streaming service meaning the entire Skywalker saga is now available to stream and for us in the UK at least, all the movies are there in one place.

They launched a new behind the scenes series with the first season covering each aspect of The Mandolorian production. It’s nice getting some long form behind the scenes in an era where special features are pretty few and far between for most things.

The biggest release today for most big fans though was the final episode of The Clone Wars, the animated series that started in 2008 to a very mixed reaction at best but has since grown in popularity and quality to become one of the pillars of the entire franchise. I don’t think I’m alone in feeling a stronger attachment to that series than I do the prequel movies themselves.

The show originally aired its first five seasons on Cartoon Network before the Disney acquisition in 2012. At that time the show was cancelled but the final produced episodes eventually made their way to Netflix and made up an abbreviated sixth season.

For many years it was presumed that was it for the show, comics and novels covered a few of the arcs that had been planned and animatics of others were shown at various conventions over the years.

Throughout the follow up series Rebels though references were made to other stories that had never seen the light of day and over the years people have clamoured for a more satisfying conclusion.

That’s why the reaction at Celebration last year when they announced a seventh and final season was so rapturous!

This final four episode arc has taken place concurrently with the events of Revenge of the Sith so a happy ending was never on the cards, but it was extremely satisfying and some of the finest animation I’ve ever seen. Watching the character of Ahsoka Tano grow and develop of the series has been a joy and I look forward to seeing what’s next for her when Rosario Dawson portrays her in love action for the first time in the next season of The Mandolorian.

It feels weird throwing it in here right at the end as it’s huge news, but so little is known right now that I don’t have much to say about it. Taika Waititi (What We Do In The Shadows, Thor Ragnarok, Hunt For The Wilderpeople) is returning to the fold after doing two episodes of Mando. This time he’s co-writing and directing a full Star Wars movie. No details are known right now but Taika is one of the best filmmakers of the last ten years so I’m excited to see what he does.

There’s also been a new live action series announced from Leslye Headland. Again no details yet but if I had to guess right now I’d say it’s focusing on the character of Dr Aphra, who’s kind of a female Indiana Jones with questionable morals and until now has only appeared in the comics.

That’s all I’ve got for today but I think it’s plenty. I’ll be back tomorrow with a music based post. Come back then!


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