I am very saddened by the news that James Horner passed away the other day in a plane crash. I believe he is one of the greatest film composers, next to John Williams, of our time. In addition, like John Williams, he had long standing collaborations with directors including Ron Howard and James Cameron. Some of the wonderful soundtracks he composed included An American Tail, Cocoon, Willow, Krull, Titanic, Avatar, The Rocketeer and my favorite of his Star Trek II The Wrath of Kahn. I was just thinking on the morning he passed away, when driving to work, that James Horner would be the perfect composer to take over the Star Wars sequel or anthology films because his style compliments the styling of John Williams.
To celebrate James Horner’s legacy, I am going to share with you my Top 5 favorite themes and tracks from his soundtrack scores.
1) Surprise Attack from Star Trek II The Wrath of Kahn
2) Willow’s Theme from Willow
3) Ride of the Firemares from Krull
4) Theme from Cocoon from Cocoon
5) Somewhere Out There from An American Tail
So which themes or tracks from James Horner soundtracks make your Top 5 list?
I am so happy that I can finally talk about the amazing start for Star Wars Rebels season 2 that I saw at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim back in April! I am still thankful to Disney and Lucasfilm for offering me the opportunity to watch the premiere as a member of the media.
Below are some of the highlights from this amazing Star Wars Rebels episode:
Beware spoilers ahead…
The Siege of Lothal opens with a big dog fight by The Ghost crew and a Rebel Fleet to acquire some crates that the Imperials are transporting. It is very good to see the crew of The Ghost, especially Hera, work with this Rebel fleet. However, Kanan is not too sure about being part of a military organization again. Especially, based on what happened during The Clone Wars.
The conversations between Hera and Kanan about his concerns during this episode remind me of Han and Leia. [Many of us think that this proves that they are ‘space married’.]
Minister Tua is a tragic figure in this episode. With the arrival of Darth Vader, she realizes that in order to preserve her life, Tua must leave her post and get passage off Lothal. In order to do this, she asks the crew of The Ghost for help.
What I think is the most overlooked part of this story is what Tua uses to barter her way off of Lothal. She agrees to give the Rebels a list of sympathizes that are being watched by the Imperials. In addition, Tua offers the reason WHY Lothal is so important and not just for the mining of fuel. [My husband and I agree on the theory is that it has something to do with the Death Star, but nothing has been confirmed within the story line yet.] This is the reason that Kanan and Ahsoka agree with Ezra that it is important to help her.
Unfortunately, Darth Vader uses her desire to leave as a trap for the crew of The Ghost, which Sabine suspected. However, this trap did not play out the way my husband and I thought it would. Vader used Tua’s attempt to leave as a way to turn the entire planet of Lothal against this crew of Rebels by accusing them of killing her. Darth Vader shows that with this he is not only good at using brute force, but is also adapt at using strategy in dealing with these ‘traitors’ to the Empire.
The confrontation of Kanan, Ezra and Darth Vader is shown in the season 2 trailer. When my husband and I saw that trailer, we did not realize that this confrontation would happen so quickly. Therefore, this is a very happy surprise to all those who watched this episode.
We knew that when this happened that Kanan and Ezra, no matter how powerful either is, could not stand for long against Darth Vader. With the help of Sabine and Zeb, who threw bombs to topple over two walkers, they thought they defeated this new foe. However, as shown in one of the previews of this episode, Darth Vader is much more than either of them can handle.
Of course the climax of the episode is when Darth Vader pursues these Rebels, using a homing device, to the fleet. Darth Vader still proves that even though he is now a Dark Lord of the Sith, he has the flying skills of Anakin Skywalker. Hera is the only pilot that was able to stay out of Darth Vader’s range during this engagement.
The pivotal moment in this episode happened during this confrontation with Darth Vader.
Ahsoka and Kanan use their Jedi abilities to identify the pilot of the fighter that is destroying the squadron. In addition, Ezra was trying to let Ahsoka know that based on his feelings that it has to be the new foe that Kanan and him encountered on Lothal. Just as Ezra said this, Ahsoka finally made contact with the pilot of the fighter through the force. However, whatever she discovered during this contact overwhelmed her.
Unfortunately, Darth Vader is able to use this to identify just who is making contact through the force.
The remains of the Rebel fleet and the crew of The Ghost were able to make their escape. Kanan and Ezra decide to contiue the fight against The Sith and The Empire with the support of Hera, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper.
They are going to need each other in order to deal with another Inquistor that Vader is dispatching to continue the hunt for ‘Skywalker’s Apprentice’ and any other lost Jedi, like Obi-Wan Kenobi.
My husband and I believe that season 2 will continue to have consequences for everyone involved, on both sides of this conflict. Either way it will be a wild ride that we and many other Star Wars Rebels fans cannot wait to take.
So, have you seen this episode?
What do you think about these highlights?
I wanted to take a moment to say Happy Father’s Day to my Dad. He has been one of my biggest supporters throughout my life and is a big influence on expressing my fandom.
My Dad loves science fiction, fantasy, westerns and mysteries, especially Star Wars, Star Trek, NCIS, Colombo, James Bond films and War movies and Westerns starring John Wayne. My dad expresses his fandom by reciting trivia he learned, what he knows about the actors and what he thinks will happen in a future film or episode based on what we currently know. He has always encouraged me and supported me throughout my life dispite me being female. I never heard him say that I could not do something because I am a girl. I know that without his support and encouragement, I would not be the person and the everyday fangirl that I am today!
Thank you Dad for everything!
Doctor Who on DisneyXD
I am really happy that Doctor Who is available on DisneyXD, especially these episodes starring David Tennet as the 10th Doctor. Anyone who has not experienced Doctor Who and wants to know what all the fuss is about should take this opportunity to watch.
Star Wars Rebels on DisneyXD
Finally, Season 2 finally premieres with the Siege of Lothal! I can now talk about what I saw back in April. Especially, my thoughts on the inclusion of Ahsoka and Darth Vader into the series and how the crew of The Ghost reacts to the inclusion of these characters.
I am continuing with my series of interviews with Fangirls that I have met through social media!
Today, it is my pleasure to introduce you to Fangirl Marie Nomad. I met Marie through fanfiction.net after reading and reviewing several of her anime fanfic stories. She is not only a Fangirl, but one of my longest online friends in the anime Fanfic community.
Welcome Marie to The Adventures of The Everyday Fangirl and thank you for taking the time out of your busy schedule for this interview!
When did you begin to realize you were a Fangirl?
When I went into college and I discovered that there are other people who write sci fi fan fiction and watch anime.
When did you first see Star Wars and did you love it right away or did this grow over time?
Well, I heard about Star Wars but I loved Star Trek first. I did watch the movies and loved it. I enjoyed episodes Four, Three, and One.
What have you learned from the Star Wars community that has had a positive impact on your life?
Star Wars taught me that things will get better with time.
What else do you Fangirl about and how would you encourage others to appreciate?
Various things. I like all sorts of fiction. I had been a fan of wrestling lately. I see it as a form of art that requires dedication and physical ability. I do enjoy Doctor Who and sometimes independent sci fi films and those silly B films.
How has social media helped or hindered you?
Helped me. There are a ton of fans out there. They are awesome. Although, I don’t interact with social media too much, except for Twitter. Even sci fi characters like Supernatural have their own twitter accounts.
Thank you again Marie for this interview and letting us get to know you.
Awesome series of articles by Fangirl and blogger Johnamarie Macias, who I finally met in person at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim, about Connecting Through Star Wars. There will be a new article in this series posted over the next couple of weeks. Check out her first article in this series below: