“May the Fourth be with you!”
“And also with you!”
If you can have this exchange with someone today, this person is someone to not ignore the other 364 days of the year. Today is, of COURSE, the greatest unofficial holiday on the calendar: Star Wars Day! Not Cinco de Mayo eve, but a celebration of the greatest fictional universe and the state of that fictional universe is, unfortunately, a lot more precarious than it was at this time last year. Star Wars is at a crossroads. Though it was a financial and critical success, Star Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi split the fanbase in a way that it hasn’t been since Disney started managing the property. Whether you thought what Rian Johnson with TLJ was brilliant, or-like me-you’re still kind of trying to suppress the whole experience because the more you dwell on it the more depressed you get, it was a divisive film. My short, personal rant is that it undid nearly everything good that The Force Awakens did, ruined several characters (some irredeemably), and didn’t really accomplish a whole lot for being the longest film in the Saga. But it’s more fun if Auralnauts’ Kylo Ren breaks down the film.
Hero Fan Productions makes some fantastic videos over on YouTube, including two of my favorite Star Wars videos ever in The Chosen One and The Last. While those videos highlighted the Skywalker clan, HFP has just released a tribute to Obi-Wan Kenobi. Using his initial meeting with Luke in A New Hope as the pivot point, the go through Obi-Wan’s entire life as we’ve seen it thus far from Episodes I, II, and III, Star Wars: Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels (SPOILER WARNINGS IF YOU HAVEN’T SEEN REBELS).
Whether or not we’re going to get a Kenobi spin-off film starring McGregor that would cover Obi-Wan’s time between Episodes III and IV seems still up in the air. Director Stephen Daldry was attached to the project, but McGregor hadn’t been signed as of writing. No 2020 Star Wars film has been announced, and it is unlikely that Rian Johnson or the Game of Thrones creators will be ready with their new series of films by then. Kenobi seems to be the one spin-off most fans want, even the ones who don’t like the “Star Wars Story” concept. McGregor certainly has campaigned for returning to the role, and I think they could make a great film out of that mysterious time period in SW lore. In the meantime, check out HFP, and enjoy Kenobi’s story thus far.
The final trailer for the final season of Star Wars: Rebels‘ hammers home the connection between the animated series and the beginning of the Rebellion. The series will return Monday, October 16 (12:30 a.m., 3:00 a.m., 7:30 a.m., 5:30 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. EDT), on Disney XD and the Disney XD App. The final season of Rebels takes place about a year before Rogue One and A New Hope…..Ezra and Kanan’s odds aren’t great, is what I’m saying if you know the Jedi population when those films begin. Read Coming Soon’s full description below. I would say more, but I’m still finishing season three and don’t want to spoil things for myself. Continue reading Star Wars: Rebels Season 4 Trailer #3 “This Is How A Rebellion Starts!”→
CineFix lists are a staple now on Killing Time. I love the way they continually crank out amazing lists exploring the breadth of the history of cinema, and how each rung on the ladder is a different aspect of the subject they’re examining. Here, we’re talking props. Iconic movie items. The lightsaber. Indy’s bullwhip. Inception’s top (an honorable mention on their list but I would have definitely put it up there. Props even become characters. Their selection, and I can’t argue, Wilson from Cast Away. Tom Hanks got me to cry when a volleyball floated away. Every time. Because HE WAS WILSON!!! Inanimate objects are tools of the actors and take on lives of their own. They’re an integral part of film and this was a fantastic idea for a list. Bravo to my favorite channel on YouTube.
I am currently binging my way through Season 3 of Star Wars: Rebels (though thanks to the Internet, I know most of the major events). The final season of the show, and the culmination of 10 years of animation under the direction of Dave Filoni (already at work on the next Star Wars animated show) will show Rebels merge with Rogue One and A New Hope in Star Wars canon. Continue reading Star Wars: Rebels Season 4 Trailer #2 “Now is Our Time!”→