Killing Your Darlings: The Life and Death of Ahsoka Tano

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One of the goals for our podcast Hyperspace Theories is using the perspective of storytelling to inform the process of speculation about future Star Wars tales. While promotional reveals and rumored spoilers can shape fans’ ideas about directions for speculating, getting inside the mind of the storyteller also can provide a basis for anticipating future developments or culling among more likely and less likely possibilities.

Last week Tricia and I were discussing a key decision for any storyteller: writing the death of a fan-favorite character. Certainly neither of us is opposed in principle to “killing our darlings” in stories; anyone who’s read our fiction knows that. At the same time, when carried out poorly such a death can cause a profoundly negative fan reaction and corresponding detrimental impact on subsequent interest in purchasing later stories. In the Legends era, for example, fans were heartbroken by the death of Ton Phanan but still hold the character and his demise in great esteem; by contrast, the death of Mara Jade Skywalker garnered little but ill will and declining sales for the novels. Fans spurn deaths that undermine characterization or themes, lack adequate reasons in the plot, or fail to pay off in future stories, among other flaws – but they also may come to revere a death written with meaning and impact. In other words, although one decision must be whether to kill the character, that choice cannot be separated from the why and how portrayed in the story.

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Kay Joins Rebel Yell for the Siege of Lothal

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4/5ths of the Rebel Yell Council return to the podcast for discussion of the Star Wars Rebels Season 2 opener, Siege of Lothal. Some of the recent storytelling choices for this second Rebels season, as well as this episode itself, have invoked my small galaxy syndrome feelings, but even I agree with the rest of the Council that Darth Vader is one not to be messed with on this show.

There’s also much to discuss about the Empire’s interest in the planet itself, speculation about Ahsoka, and of course “space married” makes an appearance. It’s always an interesting conversation when Steve, Teresa, Erich, and I are all at the same table.

“Rebel Yell – Siege of Lothal” can be found:

on iTunes under Disney Vault Talk

on the Geek Out Loud website

Kay grew up wanting to be an astronaut. After seeing Star Wars, she wanted to be Princess Leia, Han Solo, and an astronaut. Life’s taken her on a bit of a different path, but she’s still a Star Wars fangirl at heart who enjoys surprising people with how geeky she really is. Currently a voice actor, photographer, and artist who also consults in communications and marketing, Kay spends the little bit of free time she has reading, writing, learning and, of course, making pew pew noises. She would pick up more jobs and hobbies if she was a Time Lord. You can follow her on Twitter.


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Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: The Clones War Tales Yet Untold

On Thursday afternoon at Celebration, Dave Filoni and Pablo Hidalgo joined David Collins on the Digital Stage for a panel titled “The Untold Clone Wars.” Fans of the animated series have known since the show’s cancellation in 2012 that several addition seasons’ worth of material existed in various stages of development, from full-cast voice recordings and animatics to episode scripts and notes from story conferences. Some of those stories have been released, including the Lost Missions sixth-season episodes, the Utapau arc animatics, the Son of Dathomir comic, and the upcoming novel Dark Disciple. Other tales, though, remain hidden in the shadows. Filoni and Hidalgo treated fans with glimpses and hints at the panel; images of all of the disclosed concept art and Filoni sketches are available at the live blog page. Perhaps the most interesting information from the panel, though, was not the plot arcs or character appearances revealed, but the insights about the storytelling ideas that had guided the series toward its endpoint.

The first arc mentioned centers around Boba Fett and Cad Bane. In a storyline inspired by the Western movie The Searchers, the two bounty hunters must work together to locate a Tusken Raider camp on Tatooine to rescue a captive. In a clip, Bane convinces Fett to act as bait, allowing himself to be taken by the Tuskens so that Bane can follow the tracking signal to the camp. More than money motivates the elder bounty hunter, though. Filoni revealed that Bane had been a . . . → Read More: Star Wars Celebration Anaheim: The Clones War Tales Yet Untold

Fangirls Around the Web: April 25, 2015


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Ahsoka Lives!


Mark the “Ahsoka Lives!” fandom excitement at Celebration Anaheim. . . . → Read More: Ahsoka Lives!

Ahsoka is Back; Fangirls Going Rogue #FangirlFlail


Fangirls Going Rogue’s March 2015 Episode dives into Ahsoka’s return on Star Wars Rebels, Celebration and Star Wars Weekends. Special guest is Jennifer Landa. . . . → Read More: Ahsoka is Back; Fangirls Going Rogue #FangirlFlail

Kay Talks Star Wars Rebels Finale on Rebel Yell

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Well, the Star Wars Rebels first season finale definitely lived up to its name “Fire Across the Galaxy.” There was much to discuss about it and the second to last episode – “Rebel Resolve” (or as I call it “Rebels Mockingjay Part 1″). It’s true my Fulcrum speculation didn’t turn out to be correct, but I still have hope we’ll see those two characters pop up somewhere.

Nevertheless, I was happy to join Disney Vault Talk’s Rebel Yell hosts Steve Glosson and Teresa Delgado along with fellow guests Erich Shoeneweiss from Del Rey Books and Aaron Goins from Star Wars Bookworms to put it all on the table. For discussion on Chopper’s WALL-E moments and his dangerous side, where the villains stand, a hat tip to Jaina Solo, our awe of the show’s visuals, the latest developments in #spacemarried and a lot more, give the podcast a listen.

From the show notes:

Teresa and Steve are joined by Erich Shoeneweiss (@Darth_Duff on Twitter), Aaron Goins from Star Wars Bookworms and Bad Wolf Radio and Kay from Fangirl Blog to discuss the final two episodes of the first season of Star Wars Rebels. Rebel Resolve and Fire Across the Galaxy rounded out the first season of what was for Steve a surprisingly great show, for Teresa business as usual, and for our panel? Well..everyone loved the season, but what are our thoughts as we close things out with deaths, returns and appearances, the first season ended with jaw dropping results, and . . . → Read More: Kay Talks Star Wars Rebels Finale on Rebel Yell

Ashley Eckstein on RebelForce Radio


Listen to Ashley Eckstein’s first audio interview following Ahsoka’s debut in Star Wars Rebels on STAR WARS REBELS: DECLASSIFIED: “Fire Across The Galaxy.”

Everyone is talking Star Wars Rebels this week! Here at RFR HQ, it’s no different! So we are proud to present our season finale Declassified mega-show! Ashley Eckstein joins us In The Cantina for her first audio interview following the debut of Ahsoka Tano in Star Wars Rebels. Then we have a killer expanded roundtable discussion with Kyle Newman & F.J. DeSanto to discuss the thrilling season finale “Fire Across The Galaxy”. Plus, breaking news about Harrison Ford crash landing his plane in Santa Monica and more. CLICK HERE >>>

Tricia Barr took her understanding of brand management and marketing, mixed it with a love of genre storytelling, and added a dash of social media flare to create FANgirl Blog, where she discusses Star Wars, fandom, and strong female characters. She is one of four authors on the upcoming Ultimate Star Wars from DK Publishing, has written several feature pieces for Star Wars Insider magazine and is a contributor for Her Universe’s Year of the Fangirl. Her FANgirl opinions can be heard on the podcasts Hyperspace Theories and RebelForce Radio Presents Fangirls Going Rogue.

Tricia Barr’s novel, Wynde, won the 2014 Independent Publisher Book Award Gold Medal for Best Science Fiction/Fantasy/Horror Ebook. She was also part of Silence in the Library’s successful all-female creator science fiction and fantasy anthology Athena’s Daughters, which . . . → Read More: Ashley Eckstein on RebelForce Radio

Vanity Fair Praises Strong Female Characters of The Clone Wars

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Tricia Talks Star Wars With Full of Sith

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Tricia visit Full of Sith to talk about the Episode VIII director news, the Lupita Nyong’o casting and Season Five of The Clone Wars. . . . → Read More: Tricia Talks Star Wars With Full of Sith