Saber Rattling #1 with Ryan Johnson



Did the headline grab you? It should have!

While Ryan did not direct The Last Jedi, he is the owner of Canada’s largest Star Wars collection. I was lucky enough to chat with Ryan about his massive collection, his origins, and the state of collecting today. To listen to Ryan talk about collecting is a masterclass in what it’s like at the top of the mountain. He’s a true pro when it comes to Star Wars collectibles.

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Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Name of the Rebellion Part 1 And 2 Review

We are back with another review of Star Wars Rebels. This week we got an in depth look on how the rebellion continues to grow, Saw and his path on finding the empire’s super weapon, the Rogue tie ins. Overall I thought that these two episodes was rebels at its best!

Character Dialogue 5/5

The character’s dialogue this week’s episodes, I discovered, to be more satisfying than the premiere. You see the defining cracks between Saw and Mon. There’s the also touching moment between Master and Padawan.

Music 4.7/5

Kevin Kiner, the man is such a music master genius. I loved every moment of the soundtrack.

Plot 4.5/5

The plot was extremely well done. And you see the quest and the hell bent Saw determined to find the Empire’s secret weapon.  

Animation 5/5

The animation was unbelievable. The two explosions from the listening outpost on Jalindi and the kyber crystal were defining moments in both episodes. You can tell that the animation has evolved from season one to now. I look forward to what’s in store created by the animators.

Saw Gerrera

Welcome back-ish! We saw Saw come back with a hell-bent quest to find the Empire’s super weapon! But he came back with his extremist ideology that some deemed toxic. Nonetheless it gave us more insight on how much Gerrera wants to take down the Empire. What he’ll take to defeat his enemies, as he stunned Ezra and Sabine after he had their help.It may seem that Saw has developed a schizophrenic mind .I’m curious to see where he goes on from this point. After hearing about the Jedha system, does he carry on his quest there? How does he get maimed? I feel that this is still a loose end that hopefully will be tied whether in the dwindling events of Rebels or in Canon. Forrest Whitaker couldn’t have performed any better with this iconic character! The transition he makes from rogue one to Rebels….words can’t really describe how talented this man really is!

“If you continue to fight the empire on there terms, not yours, you are going to lose!”

“Sorry Captain, No time, your kids will be fine with me, besides they might enjoy fighting with a real army for a change”

“Let me ask you this? What would you do to save your world?”

Mon Mothma

The way that Mon Mothma handled herself has become crystal clear that she is the leader of the Yavin 4. The way she composes herself and holds herself to an elegancy like no other. It was really fun to see her get into a small debate with Saw. We finally see her crack down and show what her angry self can be. I can imagine that she has quite the hard task of what assignments that her cell can carry out. She can’t liberate her home as much as Ezra want to save his.  

“Captain, I commend you for your bravery, for protecting you and your fellow pilots”

“But instead, when we amassed our forces we were taught a valuable lesson, that we are not ready for open war”

“I will not be lectured on military strategies from a man who has proven himself a criminal”

 

Yavin IV

All paths are coming together. We are seeing the almost-final formation of the rebel alliance. We are finally here! We see that phoenix squad lives and continues on after Sato’s death, as they carry themselves here. The amount of troops and ships that are around is pretty cool to see. As Zeb said “there are cells gathered from every corner of the galaxy, it’s still not enough to fight the Empire”. Aesthetically speaking Yavin was stunning. It was fantastic seeing the one scene of Ezra and Kanan mediating in such a serene scene.   

However, in the current state, there are only of a few rebels on the base. Eventually I hope to see more of the Alliance on Yavin IV at the end of the season. After all we are edging ever so closer to the events of Rogue One. Is Blue leader, Red leader and the pathfinder units already on secret missions? Where’s Cassian and K2SO? Raddus? Ackbar? We’ve yet to see everyone here.

Ezra

It is clear that Ezra wants to save Lothal. Honor his parents dying wish. After witnessing Sabine lead her people out of darkness, he must look at it like a calling to his people.  I feel as though he would break of his ties to from the rebellion to go home just to do so. I loved the fact that he basically challenged Mon Mothma to figure out when they were going back to Lothal to support Ryder. When on mission, I believe we’ve seen Ezra come into full understanding of the bigger picture of the rebellion. He’s see what Saw had done wrong. And Ezra rises up against Saw’s way and chooses and follows the righteous path. There was some significance growing on his part. I loved how they touched some of Ezra’s force sensitivity. His connection with the kyber crystals is reminiscent of the sound from the purgell, and the echoing of the force throughout the whole series. Once again Ezra continues his charismatic,dorky, lovable attitude, despite what kind of burden he has on his shoulders. From Brom Titus, to now his legendary wave! I don’t think I can ever get past how comical he is! Keep on smiling and waving!   

“I just feel so helpless. I thought being here would help me get me closer to helping Lothal. But Now that i am it seems further away than ever”

Uh meridian, This is Jalindi outpost, you weren’t scheduled until next rotation, You’re causing a lot of problems for us. Maybe come back tomorrow?”

“But we still do have something Saw. The people on this ship. I just want to help them”

Sabine

Yay! Sabine is back in action with the ghost crew! It seems as though she has come back refreshed without the responsibility of leaving home on awful terms. How she composed herself in the most difficult situation shows her maturity as well. The banter that she had going on with Ezra was absolutely entertaining! Also trying to keep Ezra in check with his smile and waves! ^_^ ^_^! <3

“Hey I like abstract art, I just don’t want to become it”

“Ezra! Don’t you want to salvage something from this mission or what?”

“Oh stop complaining! I kinda like it better than the orange”

Chopper

Give it up for the best droid that you can ask for! From funny to be very serious. Chopper knows how to act accordingly when it counts! Even in the beginning of the first episode Chop is already up to his antics. And the comfort that we saw (somewhat) when Hera was frustrated with her failed mission. Lets not forget the story behind the paint job. Dave’s beloved NHL team, The Pittsburgh penguins who won the lord stanley twice in a row! Blah for a Toronto Maple Leaf fan!  

Death Troopers

It was an awesome surprise to see the death troopers! Although there was a lot of negativity to how easily to see Saw, Sabine and Ezra defeat them. I see the point of view. The death troopers should have been more difficult to beat. After All the have green visors so they should have seen through with night vision.This was a critical flaw. However, they were up against a Jedi, Mandalorian and an Extremist. It was awesome to see that death troopers can be female as well. We haven’t seen many troopers that have been female in all of the Star Wars Rebels era. Besides the upcoming Star Wars battlefront 2 video game and Captain Brunson from Ghosts of Geonosis we haven’t seen any females at all.  

Family Reunion

It was such a touching moment for them all to be reunited. The first time since Zero Hour. (even though it was a very short time). The delight I got when I saw the interactions, from Zeb and Sabine, to Hera and company brought quivers to my heart! You can see how the bond is strong between them all.  

“Zeb!!!…..What you haven’t got weak since I last Saw you eh big guy?”

“Kanan? You’re all here! And Sabine! You came back! What about your family on Mandalore?”

Kanan And Hera

What kind of trust level goes beyond a normal relationship!? Kanan was the force eyes and Hera was the pilot hands! The level of thought that went into this scene was phenomenal! The movement of the ghost is exactly what we’ve been waiting to see. I can’t wait to see more for what’s in store for the already-shipped couple.

“Boy I must really trust you!”

“I know you do”

Before I sign off be sure to check out the episode guide and the latest rebels recon episode! I’ll link it down below. All in all this was a really great episode and the countdown is on! Also check out whats in store for us next week!

http://www.starwars.com/tv-shows/star-wars-rebels/in-the-name-of-the-rebellion-episode-guide

 


Episode 98 – The Galactic Dunce Cap



It’s another Totally New TumblingSaber Tuesday, and you know what that means? It means you can knock another 7 days off the wait until The Last Jedi! It also means we’re one episode closer to the century mark!

In this week’s show, we’re a bit like a mullet: short in the front, long in the back! There wasn’t much news, but we did discuss:

  • Solo: A Star Wars Story as a title
  • Battlefront 2 single player campaign trailer

And then come the Powerful Friendz, who propped up the show yet again, getting us to talk about:

  • Kylo vs Poe – is there history there?
  • Visiting Star Wars locations,
  • The tumbling saber – is knowing it’s history important?
  • Luke the conqueror, or Luke the teacher?
  • Our favourite Luke moments,
  • What if Anakin never turned to the dark side?

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Bridger Transmissions #2 – Heroes of Mandalore Review



Hello everybody!

Get ready for a spoilery review of Heroes of Mandalore, the season 4 premiere of Star Wars Rebels! What did we think? Hit play and find out what we loved, what we didn’t and what’s next for everyone’s favourite Mandalorian Rebel!

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Bridger Transmissions


Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Premiere Heroes Of Mandalore Part 1 and 2 Review

 

Mesmerizing, extremely entertaining, 10/10, Filioni and the crew have done it again!!!!

Thats what the season premiere of star wars rebels season 4, in the final stretch of its ending gave us, in the early morning of Monday. Heck I had to power nap just to make sure I could go to work. But it was so worth it and it came out with a mando explosion!!!

I dont even know where to begin, it was so crazy that we have to start with the meatiest of the meatiest. The best out of the best.

Ezra 

Since Ezra is my all time favourite I have to start with him. He was the comedy relief of the premiere. I can’t imagine where the show would have gone if it weren’t for him. All things considered the show had a slight darkness to it. Yet his antics with the jetpack was so funny!! During the Tie fighter scene with Bo, he reminded me of a pesky fly hitting the windshield. Along with the interaction with all the Mandalorians and with Sabine’s family, I’d say that they all really enjoyed having Ezra at their side. Then again who doesn’t. I personally enjoyed how he stepped up to get Sabine’s father out of the transport. He had such formal attitude in front of Alrich. But I think he still has to work on the graceful jump ;).

Lets not forget all the spot-on quotes that came from him.

“Yeah that sounds like a me plan”

“Yeah I’m with Sabine, I mean not with her, with her. I’m just friends with her”

“Im notta Manda-.Mandalorian. I don’t wanna be a Mandalorian”

“I finished my mission. Now I have to finish yours too”

Need I say anymore.

Sabine

Lets tip our hats off to Sabine!!! She, herself has come a long way in her journey!!! Its hard to see the same person we met back in Season one. The way she moved and fought clan Saxon and those Stormtroopers…..WOW!! She has also used the Darksaber very effectively showing the true nature of her Mandalorian past. Dealing with the responsibility of the duchess and the clans is legendary. I’m so glad we finally got to see her roots totally unfold. Seeing her talk art with Alrich literally warmed my heart because after all she comes from a very cold, colourless home-world! Instantly Alrich knew it was Sabine when she tagged the tank, showing how deep the bond between Daughter and Father for art really is.  When she comes back to the rebellion, I believe she will feel refreshed since she basically cut the weapon in half and freed herself. Also with her clan not shunned out must put some ease to her mind as well. I’m thrilled to see Sabine evolve and I believe her story line with Mandalore for Rebels has drawn for a close.

“Your a Jedi, I’m sure you’ll pick it up on the fly”

“Never had a chance to. This is what continuous war has done to my home”

“with your guidance, you have the wisdom of a ruler, there’s no one I trust to wield the Darksaber more than you. And I’m not alone”

Bo Katan

Hello, Bo Katan. We missed you. Bo Katan is also a recurring character from the clone wars. From working with the Death Watch and then becoming the leader for Mandalore, shes had a total different path in her arc. I saw some pretty negative comments about her. That didn’t surprise me. Because After all she was with a terrorist organization called Death Watch. And then she was preaching to Sabine about honor and cowardice. Yet I think, after losing her sister, Maul taking off with the Darksaber, and the empire invading her home she’s changed a lot!  Becoming a bit more honorable and realizing her wrongs. A definite redemption story.  I loved how she handled Sabine. Being a voice for her when Sabine lost her cool. Making her truly a leader. I’m curious to see how the empire will retaliate, if we see it, and how she will proceed to lead the people of Mandalore.

“Its not our way! Its their way. You came here to make things right. Will the future of Mandalore be one of honor or cowardice, hope or fear, the choice is yours.”

“A mandalorian with a jetpack is a weapon”

“Dont just stand there protect her!”

Tyber Saxon

Once again Dave lassoed in another HBO Rome actor!!! Also was featured on the Game of Thrones…. Tobias Menzies!!! Its very cool to have the Romans become the Mandos for Star Wars. It makes this whole thing so much more special. It was interesting to see Tyber after his brother Gar. To be honest I liked Gar more. Tyber seemed to be drowned with power and definitely underestimated how well the Clans were organized. Tyber completely turned his back on the Mandalorian culture and seriously sucked in by the Empire! For Gar I believe he didn’t totally forget his root as he had different armor on. Poor planning for Tyber was ultimately his downfall. Never let Sabine get her hands on the weapon she created!

This Episode was the best premiere and sadly the last. Each season just kept on getting better and better. But if its any indication on how amazing this episode was, then we are really in for a treat for the rest of the season. Along with the stunning animation and amazing soundtrack!!! While current waiting for the name of the rebellion, feast your eyes on Rebels recon and go behind the scenes!!!

 

 


Episode 97 – Guess Who’s Back?



Hey Sithlings!

Episode 97 is here on this installment of Totally New TumblingSaber Tuesday with yet more trailer talk from The Last Jedi! In this episode we welcome back an old friend and discuss:

  • Darth Vader’s presence in the theatrical poster,
  • Han Solo teaser attached to The Last Jedi,
  • our favourite Star Wars trailers,
  • and swapping characters’ roles and occupations in Star Wars.

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The #RebelsPhotoChallenge/Interview

For the last 3 weeks, On twitter, If you are a Star Wars Rebels Fan and have twitter, You’d be most likely  participating in the #RebelsPhotoChallenge

It was totally fun, and opened up the fan-base, myself included.  There were many great moments in these 3 weeks! I’ve highlighted some of my very favourites from the others below….. but first I had the privilege to talk to the wonderful lady who created it all! Amy Wishman Nalan!

Amy Wishman Nalan is the talented lady that created the #RebelPhotoChallenge. Shes a mother, avid reader and a contributor to Unmistakablysw. You can follow her @AmyWishman.

Em: What gave you this idea to make the Photo Challenge?

AWN:  I Saw some folks doing 100 day countdown to The Last Jedi and I wanted to do something to spotlight Rebels, especially as the final season (sob) approaches.

Em: Totally, I’m so crushed but at least the show gets to end on their own terms!

AWN: Yes. I am grateful for that too. This show has such a special place in my heart.

Em: Did you think that your idea would become so popular so quickly? Were you excited? Were you surprised?

AWN:  I was genuinely surprised but thrilled! I thought maybe a couple people would join, so the response has been amazing! The best parts have been connnecting with the other Rebels fans and reliving so many of the grat moments from the show.

Em: For sure! These guys are the heart of the rebellion!?

AWN: Definitely.

Em: Does your kids what the show with you too? And who’s their favourite?

AWN: Yes we watch it together, which makes it even more special. My 7-year-old likes Ezra and Sabine the most. My 9-year-old favorites are Zeb and Sabine.

Em: Awe! It continues to generation! I wonder if you could something for the season 4. Just before the finale of the season?

AWN: Thats a good idea. A send off and Celebration would be appropriate.

Em: Totally, because i can imagine it will be a roller coaster of emotions *Thanks Dave*

AWN: I’m sure it will be. *cries*

Em: Couple more questions….how long have you’ve been a fan of the show? And in Star wars in general?

AWN: I was born in 1980, and grew up watching the original Trilogy on the VHS in our living room. I found Rebels in 2015 and fell in love with it immediately .

Em: Then the female aspect too of movies/shows, becuase for me i was teased in school for loving Star Wars, the impact it gives, for us, to show that star wars is just not for the boys!?

AWN: Yes. My brother and i went to see the special editions in theatures and we just a handful from our school. No one was really into Star Wars. So now showing their Fandom with pride.

Em: With the cosplays, and even Vanessa, Tiya, Ashley, Daisy and Felicity breaking down a path for us!

AWN: Absolutel. Historically there’s an imbalance and representation. Its time to balance the scales.

Em: Finally! Thanks So much once againn for talking with me about your wise brain and pulling out the fans from the woodwork with this fantasctic countdown!

AWN: Thanks. Finding you online has been one of the highlights!

Em: Thanks so much! My little lothcat gets the credit!

That was very kind words of her at the end……Here are some of my favourites from the last 3 weeks from the other fans! All of them were Amazing!

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Bridger Transmissions #1 – Rebels Season 4 Preview



What’s this? Another new podcast? Yep! Not only that, but we’ve added to the team, as well!

It is our pleasure to introduce Em as the newest member of the TumblingSaber team! Em is going to join us on the Bridger Transmissions Podcast to recap the final season of Rebels. Beyond that, she’ll be here when we talk animation, and you’ll see her write here from time to time. You can follow Em on twitter here, and check out her blog here. Just make sure to reach out and say hello to Em! We’re excited to have her as a part of the team and part of our awesome community!

We sat down and recorded our thoughts on season 4, talking about each member of the Ghost crew and some of the issues facing our favourite motley crew! In true TumblingSaber fashion, we veer all over the map and have a fun, but far-ranging discussion about the final season of this excellent show!

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Episode 96 – Pull the Trigger



It happened! It’s finally here!

Totally New TumblingSaber Tuesday has returned!

What? That’s not what you were waiting for? Then you must have been talking about the new trailer for The Last Jedi!

Yeah, ok we’ll give you that. But we do have your breakdown of the trailer right here! But that’s not all we talk about this week. Beyond the trailer talk, we’ve got:

  • Ahch-To’s location revealed?
  • Evacuation of D’Qar
  • Ambiguity in handling Leia’s fate
  • Rey’s family origins
  • Jyn’s Force abilities
  • Canadian Star Wars
  • And more!

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Episode 95 – Sage Wisdom



It’s once again time for Totally New TumblingSaber Tuesday, and time for another whopper of a podcast!

In this week’s show, we discuss:

  • A collecting update
  • Millie Bobbie Brown magazine cover
  • Confirmation of TLJ trailer on Oct 9?
  • Domhall Gleeson on reading TLJ script
  • Battlefront 2 trailer & extended clip
  • Rebels Season 4 poster
  • Descriptions for first 6 Rebels episodes
  • Speculating on the next animated series
  • New Force powers in The Last Jedi for Luke or Snoke?
  • What movie memorabilia would you like to own?
  • Rumored runtime of The Last Jedi
  • Ahsoka and missed opportunities
  • Cameos in Rebels season 4?
  • Messy canon, and
  • Solving crazy political problems

Is that a long enough list for you? No need to keep you any longer. Hit play and enjoy nearly 3 hours of Star Wars ramblings!

 

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