Rebels Review: Idiot’s Array

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What did you think of the Plot?
Oky: Much like The Clone Wars, Rebels started out with a rather childish tone, but has got better later on. Especially the last two episodes were very strong, so I was hoping this show finally got out of that phase, and since this episode starred a beloved character from the OT, what could go wrong? A lot apparently. The episode started out okay with Zeb loosing a game of sabacc against Lando, forcing the crew to help the “entrepreneur” with a smuggling job, but things go downhill from there as our “heroes” stumble from one mess to another, most of which they cause themselves. Seriously, they were more a threat to themselves than the Empire was, who was so incompetent that they only sent a handful of TIE Fighters to apprehend the rebels after they gave away their identity.
BEAVeR: I’m beginning to see some parallels between the second and the first part of this season. Path of the Jedi was quite good, comparable to Spark of Rebellion. And this episode – sadly – reminds a lot of Droids in distress. Just like that episode, everything was about the guest star from the Original Trilogy. Through some unlikely circumstance, the crew has to pull up with said character on an absurd mission, full of poor humor, some deeper elements that totally drown in a lot of nonsense surrounding it, and no new insights in the character whatsoever. The story never feels real because of how stupid everyone seems to be. Yes, I didn’t really like this episode. Luckily the ending was not too bad and Hera finally got some development. I wonder how it would have turned out if the entire episode wasn’t at the service of Lando though…

What are your thoughts on the Characters?
Posted ImageOky: It was nice to see Billy Dee Williams reprise his role. Lando was just being Lando in this episode. He was more of a scoundrel than he was in RotJ or even in ESB, but that makes sense considering the time period this is set in, and he was still charming enough that you couldn’t get mad at him. Zeb on the other hand is really starting to annoy me. His and Ezra’s shenanigans are getting more and more idiotic, making him the titular idiot of the episode. I was literally facepalming several times throughout the episode at his actions. And since when does he have a gambling problem? That came out of nowhere and just seemed like an excuse to make the rebels help Lando. I did quite like Chopper in this episode though. He was the only one who showed some common sense and competence. I was glad when it turned out that he hung around Lando the whole time not just to spite Zeb, but to steal the fuel from him which proved that he is a worthwhile member of the team. Azmorigan was also a neat new character. You could tell that he was based on McQuarrie’s concept art for Jabba as he was the same type of repulsive crime lord. Hera had a strong moment, too, when she outsmarted him and his crew.
BEAVeR: I have mixed feelings towards what they did to Lando. I don’t really like how he wasn’t as smooth, and quite openly a ‘villain’. But I loved the way he didn’t come over as thinking about others. It makes his becoming a general in Return of the Jedi so much more meaningful. So I quite like how they implied Lando’s arc. But still, when viewing this episode apart from the rest of the universe, he doesn’t really shine, apart from his nice moment at the end. Hera was in fact the crew member that got the most (much needed) development this time. It’s interesting to see how see is, contrary to Lando, responsible, but still thinks like him. However, she is one of those characters without any major flaws. It makes here quite generic and uninteresting. Hey look, she saves herself. And look how much she cares about her crew… and that’s about it. I really hope she gets a proper story in the future. The rest of the crew didn’t strike a good appearance. Sabine was okay, and it was nice that she seemed a bit naive. Kanan didn’t really do anything. Zeb is the worst gambler and doesn’t surprise or entertain anyone by scaring that creature. He makes a fatal duo with Ezra, just two kids… highly unrealistic. It would be interesting if one day Ezra would be more mature than Zeb though. Nonetheless, they were just in this episode in an attempt to lighten it up, which only drew away from the sparse important bits and blocked a possibly better story. Bad guy Azmorigan was another larger than life character, who, despite some nice efforts, couldn’t come over as threatening for once. He was a rehash of Jabba, but only funnier, thus less threatening. Not much to say about him. Finally we had Chopper, whose character was very much alike Artoo’s, with him playing some comedy to get the job done. I might start to like him after all.

What is your opinion of the vehicles and locations?
Oky: Most of the episode takes place once again mostly on Lothal and space, so there wasn’t much new in terms of setting. The only new thing we saw was Azmorigan’s ship, the Merchant One. It’s not a bad looking freighter and reminds me a bit of Lando’s luxury yacht from the EU, the Lady Luck, which may or may not be a coincidence. We also find out why Ezra’s lightsaber looks like a staple gun: it’s because it is a gun, except it shoots lasers instead of staples (as every staple gun should in my opinion). That’s actually pretty clever, combining two weapons into one.
Posted ImageBEAVeR: The Merchant One seems like a version of Jabba’s sail barge, but for space. For a Star Wars space ship, it has some nice shapes, and the containers are nice. The engines don’t quite fit in though. Besides that, we got an explanation for Ezra’s quirky lightsaber design. I like it, as it still symbolizes the quite childish stage Ezra’s in. I also noticed that in the 2015 LEGO set Ezra’s speeder bike, the lightsaber hilt is represented by a binoculars piece, which is very fitting.

Oky’s Rating: 2.5/5 – I really wanted to like this episode because of Lando, but I just couldn’t. Like with Fighter Flight, a painfully high amount of slapstick and a vastly incompetent Empire ruin what could have been a decent episode. The fact that such childish humor was mixed in with more adult themes like gambling and slavery made for a mixed tone which didn’t help. It’s not as bad as Fighter Flight since it did have some good moments in it, but it could have been a lot better.
BEAVeR’s rating: 2.5/5 – I haven’t said much good about this episode, but of course there were some good moments with Lando, Chopper and Hera. If only the show could get rid of the improper and distracting fooling around, wouldn’t be as eager to do cameos without having a good reason for it and would give us some more real threats and situations, it would be very good. The show has proven to be able to do that with a couple of episodes. But not with this one, the Droids in distress of this run. Let’s hope a rehash of Fighter Flight isn’t next.

Parade of the polybags – the sequel

2015 Stormtrooper Sergeant polybag

 

With the toy fairs coming and going, the rumors about 2015 LEGO sets are going strong. We don’t have pictures of those sets yet, just descriptions. We do have images of yet another polybag for 2015. It’s a stormtrooper sergeant straight from Star Wars Rebels. Apart from his pauldron, he seems to be identical to the regular forces. There are no details available on its availability, but don’t let that stop you from discussing this polybag and all of the rumors in our pictures and rumors thread. Because with the upcoming toy fairs, there will be plenty to talk about.

A Hive of Scum & Villainy?

 Mos Eisley Cantina, by I Scream Clone, on Eurobricks

 

When Obi-Wan Kenobi declared that “You will never find a more wretched hive of scum and villainy” about Mos Eisley I always felt that he was being a touch unfair, but I guess that’s just a different perspective!  To me, it looked an interesting place, bustling with a vast array of life who, to paraphrase a certain Jango Fett, are just “…trying to make their way in the universe.” Anyway, before I get carried away with my quotes, here’s I Scream Clone’s latest MOC. It’s in the ‘Goldilocks’ zone as far as I’m concerned; not too big, not too small, but just right!  It’s also crammed with details and colourful characters including a few cameos from other themes; it’s just a shame that a certain Mr Binks has made an appearance, but you can’t have everything I suppose!  Head over to the Star Wars Forum and make up your own mind.

An exceptional fighter

UCS X-Wing Red Five, by usfighting

 

UCS, Ultimate Collector’s Series. Those three words fill the harts of Star Wars AFOLs with images of big, detailed models. It are the sets everyone wants. And it are the creations that everyone remembers. We had such a creation earlier this week, and now another newcomer to Eurobricks, ‘usfighting’, presents his UCS Red Five X-wing starfighter. Over two years in the making, it doesn’t give the impression a better rendition will ever be made at this scale. Everything is so smooth and so well shaped: the angles of the fuselage are just perfect, and the cockpit fits in beautifully. I love all the slopes going on, and the main hexagonal shape going all through the ship, something that I’ve never seen built before. The engines are also notoriously hard to get right, but here the brick built solution solves all problems, and the thread pieces over the exhausts look brilliant. The X-configuration of the wings is spot on, and I adore all the angled details in the back. And when writing about this kind of model, you always forget to mention this little detail, that genius solution… And apart from the excellent build, there are those beautiful, custom made stickers. Normally, I favor brick built solutions, but here the level of realism they give lifts this model in a higher orbit. Oh, want to go on and on about this creation, but maybe it’s better if you’d witness everything with your own eyes in the topic. I’m pretty confident this is one of those creations that you will remember.

 

UCS X-Wing Red Five, by usfighting

[SoNE VII] Heir to the Empire!

War Hammer, by goatman461, on Eurobricks War Hammer, by goatman461, on Eurobricks

 

With the result of the seventh episode of the Eurobricks Star Wars Forum’s Shadows of Nar Eurbrikka building role playing game in, the Empire celebrates its victory over the Rebel Alliance for the second time. The object of this episode, titled “Heirloom“, was to build a 16×16 scene showing the character with a precious object, and another build showing this object’s history in the family. In his entry, goatman461 bravely wields his hammer, once belonging to his murdered father. His impressive builds got him a score of a whopping 24 out of 25, making him the well deserved winner of the episode. But the other ten contestants of the Empire didn’t do bad at all, with another three 23’s, compared to the smaller Rebel cell with only five contestants but with two 23’s nonetheless. The next episode will come soon, so now is the time to sign up and make the faction of your choice proud! Or get inspired by all previous builds first…

Luke’s legendary landspeeder

UCS X34 Landspeeder, by Psyence, on Eurobricks

 

So you want your first creation for the AFOL community to leave an impression? It seems that fresh Eurobricks member Psyence can teach you a lot then. He makes quite an entrance with his UCS Luke’s Landspeeder. We featured some landspeeders a while ago, but these 2798 pieces just blow them out of the water, no matter how beautiful those were. Because on this scale, there is no need for abstraction: every single detail is present. Sure, those fancy greebles or the smooth cockpit might be the most obvious, but it goes farther than that. The markings are beautifully executed, and the shaping of the grill along the front is amazing. The builder didn’t use the common approach of using flexible tubing, but went for a collection of segments of overhanging plates. It remains smooth enough, but the clear lines convey the technical feel maybe even better. And those round mudguards recreate the shape of the original speeder perfectly. It is smooth, and yet the studs don’t feel off, but give the model some more texture. You would say Psyence has been doing this for years. But he’s only just begun. Well done, and I think we’re all already awaiting your next project. Until then, this is the place to leave your words of praise.

“Imperial walkers on the North ridge”

 Battle of Hoth, by thire5, on Eurobricks

 

Longterm Eurobricks member thire5 has just posted some photos of his latest project, which is amongst the very best Hoth MOCs that I’ve seen.  It’s a truly epic build; overall dimensions are an impressive 3.5m x 1.5m and it includes over 120,000 parts.  It’s been built in a ‘modular’ format, and there are several other photos in thire5’s flickr stream which show it in various stages of construction, I just wish that I was able to view this in person.  It’s taken thire5 6 months to build and includes lots of movie-accurate details including 4 AT-ATs, T-47s, defensive trenches, cavernous hanger, shield generator, Ion cannon and even a working Bacta tank!  As a final touch both the UCS Falcon and Rebel Base are also beautifully lit via LEDs.  Head over to the Star Wars forum and take a look at this masterpiece.