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Michael Moreci’s 5 Favorite Episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars

For those who don’t know, I love the prequel trilogy. It’s epic, it’s romantic, it’s filled with great characters, great action, and one of the great tragedies in all of modern myth — the rise and fall of Anakin Skywalker. But, I’m not here to simply gush about the prequels all day (although I could). Instead, I’m going to gush about one of my favorite things to come out of this piece of the Star Wars era: Star Wars: The Clone Wars.

And let me tell you, if there’s one thing that rivals my love for the prequels, it’s this groundbreaking animated series. In fact, I adore it so much that I’m writing a comic book series from IDW Publishing that coincided with The Clone Wars’ return. That’s right. If you

Star Wars: The Bad Batch, An All-New Animated Series, to Debut on Disney+ in 2021

Today, Disney+ ordered its next animated series from Lucasfilm, Star Wars: The Bad Batch. Fresh off of the critically-acclaimed series finale of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the Disney+ original series will premiere on the streaming service in 2021.

The series follows the elite and experimental clones of the Bad Batch (first introduced in The Clone Wars) as they find their way in a rapidly changing galaxy in the immediate aftermath of the Clone War. Members of Bad Batch — a unique squad of clones who vary genetically from their brothers in the Clone Army — each possess a singular exceptional skill, which makes them extraordinarily effective soldiers and a formidable crew. In the post-Clone War era, they will take on daring mercenary missions as they struggle to stay afloat and find new purpose.

“Giving

With the SDCC Exclusive Hot Wheels X-wing, Size Matters Not – Exclusive

Judge your collectibles by their size, do you? And well you should not.

In the swamps of Dagobah, Yoda taught an important lesson to young Luke Skywalker, who was discouraged to see his ship sinking deeper into the muck. Retrieving the ship felt impossible to Luke. But not to the Jedi Master, who seemed to effortlessly lift the crashed ship out of the water and safely deposit it on semi-dry land.

To celebrate this powerful cinematic moment and the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, Mattel has unveiled a San Diego Comic-Con exclusive Hot Wheels X-Wing, complete with all that greenery that was still stuck to the ship when Yoda was done. Reminiscent of the unforgettable scene, the package offers a unique feature so you can raise

It’s a Showdown with Maz Kanata in Doctor Aphra: An Audiobook Original – Exclusive Excerpt

Get ready to hear Doctor Aphra — in all her fast-talking, scheming glory — for the first time.

In Doctor Aphra: An Audiobook Original, an expanded adaptation of the galactic archaeologist’s introduction in Marvel’s Darth Vader series, Aphra makes a deal with the Sith Lord and begins a memorable misadventure. StarWars.com is thrilled to present a first-listen to the audio drama, in which actor Emily Woo Zeller brings Aphra to life with a simultaneously hilarious, chaotic, and faux-confident performance befitting the not-so-good doctor. In this exclusive clip — an all-new scene added to the classic story — Aphra encounters a legendary pirate not to be trifled with…

Look for Doctor Aphra: An Audiobook Original, written by Sarah Kuhn and featuring a full cast, on digital download starting July 21.

Quiz: Guess the Star Wars Movie from the Quote

The Star Wars films are filled with memorable quotes, and we all have our favorites. But how well do you know Star Wars quotes, from the most well-known to the obscure? And can you name which movie they’re from? Well, now you can find out. Take the quiz below, spanning every Star Wars movie (all available on Disney+), and learn if you truly are a master.

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From a Certain Point of View: Who is the Best New Character in Solo: A Star Wars Story?

One of the great things about Star Wars is that it inspires endless debates and opinions on a wide array of topics. Best bounty hunter? Most powerful Jedi? Does Salacious Crumb have the best haircut in the saga? In that spirit, StarWars.com presents From a Certain Point of View: a series of point-counterpoints on some of the biggest — and most fun — Star Wars issues. In this installment, to mark the launch of Solo: A Star Wars Story on Disney+, two StarWars.com writers choose who they believe to be the best new character in the film. 

Two words: Enfys Nest, says Kristin.

There’s a lot to love about Enfys Nest even with so much about the character still shrouded in mystery.

She’s a fierce warrior, like her mother before her, concealing her identity behind tribal-inspired armor and an

Solo: A Star Wars Story Arrives on Disney+

We’ve got a really good feeling about this.

Solo: A Star Wars Story, the pulse-pounding and heartfelt early adventure of Han Solo, is now streaming on Disney+. Directed by Academy Award-winning filmmaker Ron Howard, the fun-filled galactic heist stars Alden Ehrenreich as the beloved scoundrel, Joonas Suotamo as his furry co-pilot, and Donald Glover as the notorious gambler Lando Calrissian, plus Emilia Clarke as Qi’ra and Woody Harrelson as Beckett. 

With the arrival of Solo, every Star Wars film is now available on Disney+, so punch it — and enjoy the ultimate movie marathon! (No Kessel Run required.)

For more on Solo, check out StarWars.com’s in-depth coverage:

Read an extensive interview with screenwriters Lawrence and Jonathan Kasdan See previously unreleased concept art from the film, including sketches for the

Empire at 40 | 15 Things We Learned from StarWars.com’s Interview Series

On May 21, 1980, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back made its theatrical debut. To celebrate the classic film’s landmark 40th anniversary, StarWars.com presents Empire at 40,” a special series of interviews, editorial features, and listicles.

Star Wars luminaries George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Joe Johnston, Ben Burtt, and more chatted with StarWars.com as part of our yearlong celebration of the 40th anniversary of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. Hours of exclusive interviews revealed fun behind-the-scenes factoids you’ve probably never heard before, straight from the source.

Here are 15 things we learned from talking to these titans of filmmaking that we don’t want you to miss.

1. George Lucas often left the details of the action scenes out of the script and up to the crew.

He trusted their skills and creativity implicitly.

The Clone Wars Rewatch: His “Eminence,” Maul

To celebrate the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars on Disney+, we’re undertaking a full chronological rewatch of the five original seasons, The Lost Missions, and the theatrical release. We’d be honored if you would join us for the weekly #CloneWarsRewatch — you can watch this week’s episode on Disney+ now — and share your thoughts on the award-winning series.

102: “Eminence” (Season Five, Episode 14)

“One vision can have many interpretations.”

Synopsis:

Savage and Maul forge an alliance with Death Watch to target a common enemy: Obi-Wan Kenobi.

Analysis:

I love seeing the start of Maul’s rise to power among the crime syndicates having more recently watched him ruling Mandalore in the final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and making a holo-call to Qi’ra from Dathomir in Solo: A

War Begins in Thrawn Ascendancy: Chaos Rising – Exclusive Excerpt

Every saga has a beginning. Especially Grand Admiral Thrawn‘s.

The Thrawn Ascendancy trilogy, written by Timothy Zahn and kicking off with Chaos Rising, will go back to the early days of the Imperial strategic mastermind within the Chiss Ascendancy. In this exclusive excerpt from Chaos Rising, an unknown enemy launches a sneek attack on Csilla, the homeworld of the Chiss…

Look for Chaos Rising to arrive in our galaxy in hardcover and audiobook formats on September 1; in addition to the excerpt, enjoy a clip from the audiobook edition and a first look at a new poster included with the exclusive Barnes & Noble edition below.

PROLOGUE

 

The attack on the Chiss Ascendancy homeworld of Csilla was sudden, unexpected, and—despite its limited scope—impressively efficient.

The three large warships came out of hyperspace on widely