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What do you do when you have more thoughts about Star Wars Rebels than you know what to do with? Make a list of your favorite moments — in no particular order, because that might fry your circuits. Welcome to Ranking Rebels.

Spoiler warning! Really, a major one! This article discusses plot points from the episode.

Following the events of “Jedi Night,” the Ghost crew looks to regroup. Here are my five favorite moments from the episode.

1. Kanan’s gone.

No matter how much you may understand that losses happen in war, no one is ever ready and everyone reacts in their own way. Seeing each member of the Ghost crew process Kanan’s sacrifice took my breath away. Sabine’s anger, Ezra’s raw pain, and Chopper taking Hera’s hand — all of those little moments came together to show how truly special this particular family is.

2. Ezra and the Loth-wolves.

Whatever connection the Loth-wolves have to Ezra, it was Kanan who forged that link into something deeper and, with him gone, we’re reminded that the Loth-wolves aren’t something easily tamed or even understood. The large wolf’s markings show a relationship to Kanan, as do the eyes, but there’s more at work here. The wolf’s first word is Dume — Kanan’s birth name. What that means remains to be seen.

3. Thrawn and Pryce.

Until now, Governor Arihnda Pryce has been a loyal subordinate and trusted ally of Thrawn’s, but her recklessness has cost him dearly and there’s no covering up what she’s done. Her decision to blow up a fuel pod in an attempt to take out the rebels has sidelined — and possibly permanently halted — Thrawn’s TIE defender program. There’s no doubt she will be dealt with harshly once Thrawn returns to Lothal. What will she do to save herself?

4. Sabine and Zeb take on Rukh.

While Pryce may be prone to mistakes, Thrawn’s assassin Rukh has been a thorn in our rebels’ sides since we first met him. In a series of scenes that show both their fighting skills and bring some much-needed levity to the episode, Sabine and Zeb face off against Rukh and finally send him back to whence he came — out cold and sporting a Sabine Wren original paint job. That is, if Zeb set the homing beacon.

5. Kanan completed the mission. Now we need to complete the puzzle.

In a moment that brings the events of “Jedi Night” to a close, we learn that Kanan didn’t just save Hera, Sabine, and Ezra — he completed the larger mission on Lothal to take out the factories and halt production of the TIE defender. Which means it’s time for a new mission: go to the Jedi Temple and restore the past to redeem the future. What does it all mean? We’ll find out soon.

Those were my moments for this week’s episode. Tell us what your favorite moments were in the comments and may the Force be with you!

Shana is a longtime Star Wars fan and a diehard Rebels lover. She also thinks Poe Dameron’s hair has magical properties.

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What do you do when you have more thoughts about Star Wars Rebels than you know what to do with? Make a list of your favorite moments — in no particular order, because that might fry your circuits. Welcome to Ranking Rebels.

Spoiler warning! Really, a major one! This article discusses plot details from the episode.

With an episode as powerful and emotional as “Jedi Night,” it was hard to choose only five moments, but these got to the heart of what Star Wars Rebels is really about — family. Here are my five favorite moments from the episode.

1. Kanan prepares for the mission.

Listen carefully to the voices in the beginning of this episode. There’s a lot happening there and that’s one of the things that makes this moment so perfect. As Kanan puts Ezra in charge of the mission, we see the passing of the torch from Master to Padawan, even if we don’t know it yet.

2. Hera and Thrawn.

Every time these two face off, it’s momentous, but this time, there’s so much at stake and you can feel the tension. While Thrawn thinks he has the upper hand this time, even going so far as to torment Hera with her own family history, Hera refuses to give in or surrender.

3. Then we just…float away.

When Kanan handed off the mission to Ezra, you know part of it had to be due to Ezra’s ability to think outside the box and this glider plan certainly fits the bill. Not only is the plan both low-tech and efficient, but the entire scene is stirring and beautiful. What better way to save Hera than with wings?

Bring Her Back - "Jedi Night" Preview | Star Wars Rebels - YouTube

4. The rescue.

It’s hard to call an entire rescue a “moment,” but this is a special circumstance. From Kanan’s initial lightsaber cut through the floor to Sabine’s hover over the fuel pod, there’s so much going on! Probe droids get eviscerated, Kanan and Rukh battle it out, Hera shows off both her shooting and flying skills (not to mention a “very exciting landing”), Sabine and Ezra steal an Imperial gunship, and Kanan even retrieves Hera’s Kalikori.

5. Kanan becomes one with the Force.

The question of whether or not Kanan Jarrus would survive the events of Rebels has been brewing since the beginning of the series when we learned he was a Jedi, and now we know — Jedi Master Jarrus gave his life to save the lives of Hera Syndulla, Ezra Bridger, Sabine Wren, and the people of Lothal. Like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Kanan gave his life to save others and learned that he was, indeed, more powerful than we could possibly imagine.

I’d also like to give a special mention to the moments between Hera and Kanan in this episode. Over the years, we’ve watched these two work, fight, live, and love side by side, but the words had never been said. To hear the truth spoken, even if it was at the very end, is something special. Kanan and Hera will always be one of the great loves in the Star Wars universe.

Those were my moments for this week’s episode. Tell us what your favorite moments were in the comments and may the Force be with you!

Shana is a longtime Star Wars fan and a diehard Rebels lover. She also thinks Poe Dameron’s hair has magical properties.

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Rey. Kylo Ren. Finn. Rose. Luke. Leia. Poe.

And porgs, of course.

Star Wars: Star Wars: The Last Jedi In-Home Trailer (Official) - YouTube

The latest film in the Star Wars saga is coming home. Star Wars: The Last Jedi will arrive, it was announced today, on Digital (in HD and 4K Ultra HD) and via Movies Anywhere on March 13, and on Blu-ray 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and On-Demand on March 27. And along with the number one movie of 2017 comes a galaxy of bonus features, including The Director and the Jedi — an intimate journey into the creation of Star Wars: The Last Jedi with writer-director Rian Johnson — as well as 14 deleted scenes, an audio commentary, and much more. The full list includes*:

  • The Director and the Jedi – Go deep behind the scenes with writer-director Rian Johnson on an intimate and personal journey through the production of the movie—and experience what it’s like to helm a global franchise and cultural phenomenon.
  • Balance of the Force – Explore the mythology of the Force and why Rian Johnson chose to interpret its role in such a unique way.
  • Scene Breakdowns
    • Lighting the Spark: Creating the Space Battle – Get a close-up look at the epic space battle, from the sounds that help propel the action, through the practical and visual effects, to the characters who bring it all to life.
    • Snoke and Mirrors – Motion capture and Star Wars collide as the filmmakers take us through the detailed process of creating the movie’s malevolent master villain.
    • Showdown on Crait – Break down everything that went into creating the stunning world seen in the movie’s final confrontation, including the interplay between real-word locations and visual effects, reimagining the walkers, designing the crystal foxes, and much more.
  • Andy Serkis Live! (One Night Only) – Writer-director Rian Johnson presents two exclusive sequences from the movie featuring Andy Serkis’ riveting, raw on-set performance before his digital makeover into Snoke.
  • Deleted Scenes – With an introduction and optional commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.
  • Audio Commentary – View the movie with in-depth feature audio commentary by writer-director Rian Johnson.

* Digital bonus offerings may vary by retailer.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi will come in a variety of packages, including the Multi-screen Edition (includes Blu-ray and a Digital copy), the 4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition (including 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, and a Digital copy), and Best Buy and Target retailer exclusives. The 4K Ultra HD version features the extraordinary color, contrast, and brightness of Dolby Vision High Dynamic Range, paired with fully immersive picture and sound with Dolby Atmos audio. Check out the packaging below:

Best Buy Exclusive Blu-ray Steelbook (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital) (above and below)

Best Buy Exclusive 4K Ultra HD Steelbook (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, Digital) (above and below)

Target Exclusive Blu-ray (Blu-ray, DVD, Digital) (above and below) / Includes exclusive bonus feature Meet the Porgs: Take a lighthearted look at the development of the lovable creatures.

Multi-screen Edition (Blu-ray + Digital)

4K Ultra HD Collector’s Edition (4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, Digital)

Get full disc specifications below, and reach out and feel the Force (with your feelings — remember Luke’s lesson!) with Star Wars: The Last Jedi again.

DISC SPECIFICATIONS:
FEATURE RUN TIME: Approximately 152 min.
RATING: PG-13 in U.S.; PG in CE; PG in CF
ASPECT RATIO: 2.39:1
AUDIO:
4K UHD (US): English 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos; English 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus; English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, Spanish 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus
4K UHD (Canada): English 7.1.4 Dolby Atmos; English 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus; English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French 7.1 Dolby Digital Plus
Blu-ray: English 7.1 DTS-HDMA, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
DVD: English 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio, French and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital Language Tracks
Digital 4K UHD: English Dolby Atmos (where available), English 7.1 Dolby Digital (where available), English, French & Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio (where available)
Digital HD: English, French & Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital, English 2.0 Descriptive Audio (where available)
SUBTITLES:
UHD / BD: English SDH, French & Spanish
DVD: English SDH, French & Spanish
Digital: English SDH, English Closed Caption, French & Spanish (where available)

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From the ignition of a lightsaber to the chirp of a porg, Star Wars would not be the same without the brilliant sound design and mixing created by Skywalker Sound. Tomorrow on Tuesday, February 20, the digital documentary series ABC News Features will explore the magic of Star Wars‘ aural inventions with “The Force of Sound,” a deep dive into Star Wars: The Last Jedi‘s sound design. Featuring new interviews with The Last Jedi writer-director Rian Johnson, supervising sound editor Matthew Wood, and many more of the talents at Lucasfilm and Skywalker Sound, it’s a fascinating, revealing look at what goes into developing the soundscape of a galaxy far, far away.

“One of the big reasons I wanted to explore sound design is that, frankly, I think it’s under-appreciated by the general public,” ABC News correspondent Clayton Sandell tells StarWars.com. “I loved learning from Matthew Wood and Ren Klyce about how sound can convey feelings and emotions that even the visuals can’t. Sound alone can make a scene feel bigger than it is, or create a very intimate environment. Good sound, [visual effects innovator] John Knoll told me, adds a richness and believability to visual effects and help convince your brain that what you’re seeing is real. So we really wanted to pull the curtain back on the process and show Star Wars fans how it’s done.” Watch the trailer for the special report below.

Trailer: 'The Force of Sound' | ABC News - YouTube

Watch “The Force of Sound” online tomorrow at ABCNews.com/Features starting at 4 a.m. ET. A shorter version will also air on ABC’s Nightline.

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Entertainment Weekly took us inside Solo: A Star Wars Story, and now they’re blowing the blast doors on the books and comics related to the film. The lineup looks scoundrel-riffic (which should totally be a word): a Han and Lando novel, a new Lando miniseries from Marvel, and tons more. Punch it, and check out covers and descriptions below.

ADULT & YA FICTION

Star Wars: Last Shot by Daniel José Older
Price: $28.99
On Sale: 4/17/18

In a story spans the decades, from a time before Han and Lando ever met, to a time after the destruction of the Empire, Star Wars: Last Shot features the two biggest scoundrels in the New Republic on their most dangerous adventure yet.

The Empire has been destroyed and smuggler-turned-war hero Han Solo is trying to adjust to domestic bliss with his wife Leia and young son, Ben. Enter Lando Calrissian, who needs Han’s help or all life on Cloud City will be annihilated. Lando is being hunted by a gangster known as Fyzen Gor, and to no one’s surprise, it’s actually Han’s fault. Not long after Han met Chewie and completed the Kessel Run, he and Sana Starros cheated Gor out of getting his hands on a mysterious device. But Gor only knows the culprit was the owner of the Millennium Falcon: Lando Calrissian. In the present, Han and Lando must put together a team, including everyone’s favorite Wookiee, to put a stop to Gor and his nefarious plans. Along the way Lando will realize that he has his own connection to the device, one that goes all the way back to his own days flying the Falcon with the droid L3-37.

Star Wars: Last Shot takes place in three time periods: when Lando owned the Falcon; shortly after Han takes ownership of the Falcon; and not long after the Battle of Endor. And only secrets from all three time periods will help our heroes put a stop to a new threat to the galaxy!

Star Wars: Most Wanted by Rae Carson
Price: $17.99
On Sale: 5/25/18

Han and Qi’ra don’t have a lot in common other than not having a lot. They’re street kids on the industrial planet of Corellia, doing whatever it takes to get by, dreaming of something more. They each jump at a chance to prove themselves in the perilous world of Corellia’s criminal underbelly, only to discover they are on the same mission for the same unscrupulous boss. When the job goes disastrously wrong, Han and Qi’ra are on the run–from pirates, a droid crime syndicate, the Empire, and their boss—and will have to learn to trust each other if they have any chance of surviving.

Star Wars: Lando: Double or Nothing 5-issue miniseries by Rodney Barnes (writer) and Paolo Villanelli (artist)
Price: $4.99
Issue #1 On Sale: 5/29/18

When a beautiful crime lord commissions the galaxy’s most talented smuggler to help free her people enslaved by the Empire, Lando Calrissian must wager it all on an impossible mission fraught with danger. Set just prior to the events of Solo: A Star Wars Story, our charming scoundrel must face Imperial forces with the help of his ship the Millennium Falcon in a deadly race against time. But even with the deck stacked against him, Lando can’t help playing the odds.

KIDS & TWEEN FICTION

Star Wars: The Mighty Chewbacca in the Forest of Fear! by Tom Angleberger (writer) and Andie Tong (artist)
Price: $13.99
On Sale: 5/25/18

When Chewbacca finds out that a job he thought was simply ferrying a ship full of tooka cats is actually much more dangerous, he’s excited to have something to do! But when he, a young bounty hunter librarian, and a droll cargo droid—whose real name, unbeknownst to the others, is K-2SO—land in the middle of a blue forest that seems to emit a fear-causing mist, Chewie realizes this job might be a bit too dangerous for his liking. He and his new friends will fight snarlers and sniffers and their own fears as they try to recover a sacred book—and save Han Solo in the process!

Star Wars: Chewie and the Courageous Kid
Price: $4.99
On Sale: 4/17/18

A Wookiee is a girl’s best friend! When Chewbacca meets young Zarro on an Outer Rim planet, he has no choice but to set aside his own mission to help her rescue her father from a dangerous mine.

Star Wars: Choose Your Destiny: A Han & Chewie Adventure by Cavan Scott (writer) and Elsa Charretier (artist)
Price: $5.99
On Sale: 4/17/18

Jump inside the Millennium Falcon and help Han and Chewie as they journey across the galaxy on a simple smuggling job. But nothing is ever simple with Han Solo, and when things go wrong, Han pretends to be Jabba the Hutt to save himself, Chewie, and the Millennium Falcon. And that’s when things go from bad to worse! With over twenty possible outcomes, readers will have to think like a true smuggler to keep Han and Chewie safe from Imperial TIE fighters, Mandalorian mercenaries, and so much more! With so many different story paths, the adventures never end!

Star Wars: I am a Wookiee Little Golden Book
Price: $4.99
On Sale: 4/24/18

A 24-page illustrated Little Golden Book that celebrates everyone’s favorite fuzzball, Chewbacca the Wookiee!

Solo: A Star Wars Story: Meet the Crew: Level 2 Reader with Stickers by Ella Patrick
Price: $4.99
On Sale: 5/25/18

Meet Han, Chewie, Lando, Qi’ra and the rest of the crew from Solo: A Star Wars Story.

Solo: A Star Wars Story: Train Heist by Ella Patrick 
Price: $5.99
On Sale: 5/25/18

Han Solo and Chewbacca the Wookiee must team-up for a daring train heist on the planet Vandor!

Star Wars Adventures Free Comic Book Day Issue by Cavan Scott (writer) and Derek Charm (artist)
Price: Free
On Sale: 5/5/18

Han Solo thinks he has an easy smuggling job—until bounty hunters Zuckuss and 4-LOM arrive with their sights set on Han’s cargo—and Han. But Han just might have a trick or two up his sleeve to save himself and finish the job.

Star Wars Adventures #10 by Cavan Scott (writer) and Derek Charm (artist)
Price: $3.99
On Sale: May 2018

“Powered Down” Part 1 of 2. Han and Chewie are on the run from bounty hunters and take refuge on a planet that mysteriously shuts down all electronics. With no way off the planet, will our favorite scruffy duo be able to evade their pursuers and save themselves?

Star Wars Adventures #11 by Cavan Scott (writer) and Derek Charm (artist)
Price: $3.99
On Sale: June 2018

“Powered Down” Part 2 of 2. Han & Chewie must work together with bounty hunters Zuckuss and 4-LOM to battle a horde of insect-like droids before they’re all powered down—for good!

ADULT & YA NON-FICTION

The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story by Phil Szostak
Price $40.00
On Sale: 5/25/18

The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story reveals, for the first time, the design evolution of each new fantastical set, otherworldly machine, and unforgettable character in the film. Packed with hundreds of spectacular images, including production paintings, concept art and sketches, storyboards, and matte paintings, The Art of Solo: A Star Wars Story is the definitive guide to the art of the film—and a must-have keepsake for fans.

Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide by Pablo Hidalgo
Price: $21.99
On Sale: 5/25/18

This essential visual guide to Solo: A Star Wars Story explores the world of young Han Solo in unparalleled detail. An authoritative companion to the latest Star Wars movie, Solo: A Star Wars Story The Official Guide features the fascinating planets, vehicles, and aliens that Han Solo encounters on his early adventures. Explore key characters, locations and props in captivating detail with extensive production photography and see the iconic Millennium Falcon as its never been seen before, in an exclusive cross-section artwork by Richard Chasemore.

Solo: A Star Wars Story – The Official Collector’s Edition
Price: $19.99 (hc)/$10.99 (sc)
On-sale: 5/25/17

The collector’s guide to Solo: A Star Wars Story, featuring profiles on the characters, ships, and worlds from the new film!

KIDS & TWEEN NON-FICTION

The Moviemaking Magic of Star Wars: Creatures & Aliens by Mark Salisbury
Price: $29.99
On Sale: 5/25/18

Go behind-the-scenes of the biggest movie franchise of all time in this immersive and interactive book to see how favorite characters—Chewbacca, Yoda, Jabba and more—were created from concept to screen. This collectible book includes 20 special interactive elements, including six-page booklets, accordion folds, and flaps..

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Toy Fair 2018 is kicking into high gear, and StarWars.com is thrilled to offer a first look at Hasbro’s new Captain Phasma, Maz Kanata, and C-3PO Mighty Muggs figures before they hit the show. These three fan favorites will join the popular line in 2018, all sporting three unique facial expressions — just press down on a figure’s head, and it actually spins to reveal a different look. (Cracked-mask Phasma is especially cool.) Check them out below!

For more on Mighty Muggs, check out StarWars.com’s interview with Jeff Leibowitz of Hasbro.

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For years, actor Stephen Stanton has been something of a secret weapon in Star Wars. A vocal chameleon, he’s brought original characters to life and portrayed fan favorites, all in beyond-convincing fashion. (His old Ben Kenobi in the Star Wars Rebels episode “Twin Suns” is a must-hear voice-acting masterwork, FYI.) With Star Wars Rebels returning for its final run of episodes starting on Monday, February 19 on Disney XD, StarWars.com spoke with Stanton — armed with his personal journal of recording memories — at length, running through the many heroes, villains, and singing droids that he’s played in everything from Star Wars: The Clone Wars to Star Wars Rebels.

Tarkin, Star Wars: The Clone Wars

StarWars.com: I’d like to start off with Tarkin, specifically from The Clone Wars.

Stephen Stanton: Okay, so that’s Captain Tarkin…

StarWars.com: Yeah, Captain-slash-Admiral Tarkin, I believe.

Stephen Stanton: Although, when the audition went out, originally, he was just referred to as “The Sergeant.” And you know, Lucasfilm was very, very… Let’s see, how do I put this. They were very secretive. They didn’t want, when they were sending out scripts to the agents and things, they didn’t want Star Wars or Clone Wars to be printed on anything. They would send things out with false character names and they would change the dialogue, so if it said the word “droid” they would change that to “robot.” They would just use ordinary terms, so you didn’t know what you were reading for. That one said it was for an episode called “The Prison” and the character was “The Sergeant.” But the giveaway was at the bottom of the page. They had written that they need a Peter Cushing sound-alike. I had already worked on the show doing Mas Amedda, so I was used to these scripts coming in this way. So I knew what it was, obviously, that they were looking for, especially once you read the dialogue.

Considering it was The Clone Wars and it was a younger Tarkin, I went back and referenced Peter Cushing’s films from the 1950s. Especially the stuff that he did when he was doing films for Hammer. And I actually settled on a BBC TV series he had done in the ‘60s on Sherlock Holmes, because I thought the attitude really matched Tarkin in The Clone Wars. Because in The Clone Wars, Tarkin is not yet the villain. He’s working side by side with the Jedi. He’s just really hard to get along with because he’s opinionated, he thinks he knows everything. He’s very short with people. And I thought, “Well, that really is the character of Sherlock Holmes in a lot of ways.” He doesn’t suffer fools. He gets to the point very quickly and he’s opinionated. So I used that as the jumping off point for that character. And he kind of stayed that way for most of the series. The dialogue started to change when he began reaching for power. So some of the dialogue became more forceful and a little bit darker.

It’s funny. When we would do these sessions, we would all sit left to right from each other, and then facing us would be the control booth where [supervising director] Dave Filoni and the engineers sat. The good guys always tended to sit together [Laughs], and the bad guys would come in later on and sit at the other end of the room. You would have Matt Lanter, James Arnold Taylor, Ashley Eckstein, and Cat Taber over there. And then as you go around the room you would get Dee [Bradley] Baker and then maybe Jim Cummings, Corey Burton, and myself. I would sit next to Corey because we were almost always playing villains. But what it did was, when I was playing Tarkin, I had most of my interactions with Ashley, I always had the chance to look at her directly across the room when I was talking to her. Just as if we were on the set. That way I could have Tarkin [Laughs] giving her those icy stares across the room.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars Episode #5.18 -- "The Jedi Who Knew Too Much" Preview #2 - YouTube

StarWars.com: And it’s a rare thing in animation, right? To record as an ensemble?

Stephen Stanton: You know, it really depends on the project. In motion pictures, usually in feature films, they don’t usually do ensembles. Everyone records separately. In television it’s kind of a mixed bag. I’ve been on some shows where we record by ourselves. I’ve done that on Clone Wars and Rebels, where it’s just me in the room. But they always tried to do it as an ensemble and they did it almost every single episode I was on in Clone Wars. They had almost the entire cast of the show there, which is remarkable. That’s the hardest thing to do, to juggle everybody’s schedules so that they can all be in the same room together. Unlike being on an on-camera television show where, usually, the show you’re on is what you’re contracted to do and that’s what you’re doing every week, in voiceover you can do multiple shows in one day because it doesn’t take as long to do an episode in voiceover as it does to do a live-action television episode.

StarWars.com: When you were auditioning for Tarkin and researching, did you kind of know that you could do the Peter Cushing voice? It’s so distinctive… I’m not an actor, but I know I couldn’t come close to it. Had you practiced it before? Did you have an idea you’d be able to pull it off?

Stephen Stanton: I had played around with it in the past, because there are a lot of iconic lines in Star Wars that [are fun to mimic], whether you are saying [in Peter Cushing voice] “You may fire when ready” or you’re going to Alec Guinness, saying [in Alec Guinness voice] “Run, Luke, run!” Just as a voice actor and playing around with things, you’re always spouting off these lines to practice or to just entertain people. [Laughs] So it was one of those voices that I hadn’t focused on for any particular reason, but it was definitely one I had definitely played around with.

StarWars.com: Did Dave give you any instruction on how you should view Tarkin? I know you were saying he wasn’t a villain straight away, which he wasn’t. But toward the end he seems to be determined to arrest a Jedi and put a Jedi on trial.

Stephen Stanton: Yeah, that was essentially what we talked about, especially toward the end. That this was his power grab. This was when he was rising in the ranks and it was no longer about right and wrong. It was about what’s right for Tarkin more than anything else, and his application of fear to get what he wants.

Meebur Gascon, Star Wars: The Clone Wars

StarWars.com: Probably my favorite character that you’ve done — Colonel Meebur Gascon.

Stephen Stanton: Ah, you’re in a very small club. [Laughs]

StarWars.com: That’s okay!

Stephen Stanton: No, there’s a lot of people that actually like Meebur Gascon, despite the fact that he divided the audience about 50/50 when those episodes came out. So let’s see. Meebur Gascon. When the audition for him came through — once again there was not a lot of detail other than he was just called “The Colonel,” they wanted something that was not a sound-alike but something similar to George C. Scott. And I’m assuming when they said that they meant George C. Scott as Patton. But it was funny, because you read the first line in the audition and the very first line of dialogue is, [in Gascon voice] “Well, this is a fine mess you mechs got us into.” Which is very much a Laurel and Hardy type of line. But the rest of it was pretty straight. So that was the only line that, if you were thinking about it, suggested there could be a comedic element to this character. But I didn’t know anything one way or the other. So I get the notice from my agent that I booked the job, I go in, and that is when I first see what the character looks like — when I get to the session. And that’s when I find out that he’s only like 6 or 8 inches tall. Dave Filoni said, “I want you to do exactly what you did in the audition, but I want you to amp it up. Like do 10 times more than that, and just make this guy bombastic and bigger than life.”

StarWars.com: Well, that makes it funnier!

Stephen Stanton: It does. It did make it funny because it was such a contrast. His personality, I always thought, was much like Lawrence of Arabia. You know, he was a map reader who was thrown into greatness and proved that he could do more than just read and make maps.

StarWars.com: I love how weird those episodes are and, to me, that’s part of what I love about Star Wars — when it dares to get strange and funny. I feel like that arc is just the perfect example of that, especially when he’s kind of losing his mind in the void. What can you tell me about that sequence, where he’s just losing it and dancing around, and you’re just kind of yipping? I’m curious what it was like recording that.

Stephen Stanton: Well, it was interesting. Those episodes, for the most part, that giant room that I was describing to you, it consisted of myself and Ben Diskin playing WAC in there by ourselves, because the only other characters aside from Dee Baker’s were the droids. So we’re in this giant room, just kind of like, playing to each other. In that particular sequence, where he loses his mind in that delusional state being out there in the desert, Dave said, “Look, just get as big and as wild as you want with this. Go Warner Brothers animation with it.” He was thinking more along the lines of Looney Tunes, and those big, larger-than-life characters. He said, “Don’t be scared to go too far on this.” Of course, you know, I have to trust the director because he’s the one helming this project and knows what the final vision is supposed to be. At this point, I don’t even know what the planet looks like, other than the way it’s described in the script. So I just kind of cut loose on that scene. Wild, insane laughs where he’s just losing his mind and hallucinating and seeing mirages.

It was a lot of fun. You don’t usually get the chance to explore characters’ personalities and arcs like that, because you don’t see them that much. A lot of times they’re guest shots, but Gascon was not only in a four-story arc, he was really, aside from WAC, the only other organic character that had a speaking role. So he had a lot of dialogue and they really had the opportunity to show a lot of sides to his personality. Otherwise, it would have become very one-note if he was just like, mean to Artoo and the other astromechs the whole time.

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StarWars.com: He goes on a real arc over the course of those four episodes. You really get invested in him and learn a lot about him by the end.

Stephen Stanton: Yeah. For me, he was so much fun to do because of that. Like I said, I know the fans were divided, but it was a lot of fun to do the comedic stuff. The author of those scripts, Brent Friedman, has consistently turned out episodes that I have been fortunate to be a part of, and they’re all landmark episodes. In The Clone Wars, he also wrote the Moralo Eval arc, and in Rebels he wrote “Double Agent Droid” and “Visions and Voices.” They’re really original ideas.

StarWars.com: That means you’re doing it right, I would say.

Ben Kenobi, Star Wars Rebels

Stephen Stanton: [In Alec Guinness voice] “Ah yes, Ben Kenobi. Old Ben Kenobi…” Now, the story about how I got this is kind of interesting because it was quite by accident. I was in a session doing “Double Agent Droid” and at the time we were recording it, the topic of the Disney Infinity 3.0 video game came up. I asked Dave Filoni if he knew that Meebur Gascon actually makes an appearance in that game and he didn’t, but asked if I did the voice. I said, “No, I didn’t do the voice but I would have gladly done it for them, because I was already in there voicing Ben Kenobi for that game.” Dave asked to hear my Kenobi and I said, “Okay,” but could not think of one single Ben Kenobi line. My mind just went completely blank. One of my other castmates, I think it might have been Vanessa Marshall, said, “Oh, you know, do the scum-and-villainy line.” And I said, “Oh, yeah, yeah, that’s great… How’s it go?” [Laughs] And so everyone is like, helping me out a little bit, and so I said a couple of lines to Dave and he nodded his head and we moved on.

At the end of the session, Dave pulled me aside and explained that they had an idea for an episode that hasn’t been greenlit, but needed someone to do a scratch on. Scratch is a temporary voice track. He asked if I would be willing to do this with the understanding that it may not happen or I may be replaced. I came home and I talked to my managers about it. I said, “Hey, this is what happened today,” and we said we’ll wait and see if anything happens. I got a call a few weeks later from Dave explaining that the episode was moving forward and asking if I was interested in the role. I thought, this is my first chance, actually, in all the episodes that I have done on both Rebels and Clone Wars, to do an episode with [Darth Maul actor] Sam Witwer. We’ve never had an episode where our characters cross paths and have any dialogue together. So I thought, just for the pure fun of it and the fun of acting with Sam, who is an incredible actor, you really have to be on your toes when you’re on set with him, I said, “Yeah. I’ll absolutely do it.”

So in this episode [“Twin Suns”], even though some of the major characters are in it, they kind of bookend that episode. They recorded their part for the beginning and the end, and then they cleared the room, and then it was myself, Sam Witwer, and [Ezra Bridger actor] Taylor [Gray]. We were all together in the room and we kind of positioned ourselves. I was on Taylor’s left and Sam was on Taylor’s right, so we had him right in the middle. It was sort of a tug of war. It was great. We tried out a lot of different things in that episode. Dave doesn’t want to tell you too much. He doesn’t want to influence what you already have in your mind and what you’re bringing to the scene. He wants to know what you thought about the scene, how you interpreted it, and what you bring to it first before he gives you any direction. So we kind of did that with this. We ran through the scene, they recorded it, and then Dave started giving us notes. It was so well written, of course, Dave wrote it. I think he knew exactly what he wanted and we played around, we ad-libbed, we added things, we took things out. I actually came back several times to record. I think one time I came back just to change one word.

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StarWars.com: I wanted to tell you, when I first saw the episode, I was like, “God, that’s an amazing Ben Kenobi.” And then I think, like a week later, somebody was talking about it. I think I heard someone in the office saying, “Oh, yeah, Stephen Stanton did Ben Kenobi,” and I was like, “What?” It didn’t sound like you — I would never have placed it. And so, I’m just curious, kind of like Tarkin, how did you come to do a Ben Kenobi and Alec Guinness that well?

Stephen Stanton: Well, thank you for saying that. It’s wonderful to hear. Well, Ben Kenobi, I’ll say when Star Wars came out, he was probably one of the characters I used to quote from the most, when I used to play around with voice acting and things like that. Then in 2004, Lucasfilm was doing Battlefront II. I actually booked the Ben Kenobi voice match for that. That was the very first time that I worked for them, in 2004. So I voiced Ben Kenobi for them in Battlefront II, Empire at War, and then there were some other things that came along. The arcade game, Star Wars: Battle Pod, some commercial work that just turned out to be tests or they didn’t air them. So I had been doing Ben Kenobi, that character, for Lucasfilm for quite a number of years. There was just no call for that character from that time period to be in any of the animated series.

StarWars.com: For a character like that, you’re kind of basing your performance off someone who came before you, and someone who is so iconic. Do you find that with each time you try it, you’re improving and changing things? Or do you have it from the get-go?

Stephen Stanton: No, I think you get to know the character better the more you play the character. You know, if you have one project and you’ve got three lines, well, you do the best you can with those three lines. One of the things that I studied was all of Guinness’ lines through all of the original trilogy, all of them. Because his character changes from one movie to the next. Once you get the voice down, that’s the foundation, and then you have to build on that. The way that I do it is, I try to get inside that actor’s head on what they were trying to bring to the character for the films. You can’t just go, “Okay, I’m going to watch Star Wars: A New Hope and I’ve got the Alec Guinness voice down.” No, what did he do in Empire? And then what did he do in Return of the Jedi? He did something different each time as that character evolved and you got to know more about him. So I have to do the same thing, and then I have to do my best to step into that person’s shoes and say, “Now, if this person was here today, what kind of choices, acting choices, might they make about that character with this story that they have now?” That’s part of the research and the work that goes into doing the voice match. It’s not merely just getting the voice down. Especially with these known characters, I find that I have to go back and really study the actor. Peter Cushing, for example, I read his autobiographies, both of them. I have them in print form and I listen to them — I have a rare books-on-tape version that he did. I listen to him in interviews. And that really helps inform me to make choices for lines of dialogue that he’s never said. You try to get into the personality, the person, and the kinds of things that they bring to their films. Like, I have a collection of about 40 Peter Cushing films. And he does something different each time, but I can see the kinds of things that he does as an actor, and I start to understand the man as an actor. That helps me to bring new things to the character of Tarkin, in whatever form he appears in now.

Mas Amedda, Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Stephen Stanton: Mas Amedda is the very first character I did for The Clone Wars. I did a voice match that appeared in Season Two’s “Duchess of Mandalore.” When I came into that episode, I knew who Mas Amedda was from the motion pictures. You know, he doesn’t speak very much. He only has a few lines in Attack of the Clones.

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Much to Learn You Still Have is a rundown of trivia and fun facts, both in-universe and behind-the-scenes, about the aliens of the Star Wars galaxy. Whether you’ve never set foot in a cantina or you’re a well-traveled Jedi Master, you’ll find the intel you need.

The long-eared amphibians from Naboo have been represented by brave warriors like Captain Tarpals, or clumsy outcasts like Jar Jar Binks, but the Gungans have a rich history that might surprise you. Care to dive into a sea of fun facts about the water-dwelling, duck-billed creatures?

1. There are two main Gungan races.

If you’ve seen The Phantom Menace, you’ve probably noticed that the Gungans of Naboo come in varying shapes and sizes. There are some that look more lanky like Jar Jar and Tarpals, and others that have a quite different stocky body type like the leader of the Gungans, Boss Nass. This is because the Gungans can be split into two major races, the Otolla and the Ankura. The familiar Gungans we saw fighting in the Battle of Naboo are the Otolla, and you can tell their race from their long, skinnier body frames and long haillu, or floppy ear-like body parts. The Gungans like Boss Nass are called the Ankura, and they’ve got much shorter bills, hooded eyes, and a more rotund body frame. We haven’t seen many in the Star Wars universe because the truth is, there aren’t many left. The Ankura are a much older species of Gungan than the more common Otolla.

2. They have a sacred space. 

Another more reptilian group of humanoids known as the Elders also inhabited Naboo once upon a time. This species actually were in conflict with the Gungans, but little is known about what the two sides were fighting about. The Elders eventually died off, but their massive statues still stand in a location called the Gungan Sacred Place and we all got a peek of it in The Phantom Menace. Rewatch the scene where Jar Jar Binks brings an undercover Queen Amidala to visit with Boss Nass to negotiate an alliance. The heads poking up from the swampy marshland could be of the species themselves or of the gods they worshiped. The Gungans often choose to gather at the Sacred Place during times of fear and anxiety.

3. Jar Jar resembled a few different animals.

When the concept for Jar Jar Binks was being created, artist Terryl Whitlach knew he had to be a comedic character with a lot of personality. His legs and body were gangly from the start, but what his face and neck would look like was still up for debate. The Gungan took a year and a half to get just right, and first iterations had him closely resembling a duck. When he was made to look more friendly, his look took on a droopy-looking dog. Finally after a debate about his coloring (few real underwater creatures are actually green) and more changes to his nose and mouth, the designers settled on the orange-hued familiar face we know and love.

Fun fact #1: Jar Jar’s goofy antics were inspired by the comedy legends Charlie Chaplin, Danny Kaye, and even Walt Disney’s Goofy.

4. The actors that played Jar Jar and Boss Nass didn’t exactly try out for the parts.

When you think Gungan you probably think Binks, and this list wouldn’t be complete without focusing on Jar Jar. The bumbling Gungan was brought to life by actor Ahmed Best and his casting call was an interesting one. Casting director Robin Gurland discovered Best while he was performing in the show Stomp, a theatrical percussion show being held at San Francisco’s Golden Gate Theater. The part of Jar Jar was taking a long time to fill, so when Gurland caught eye of Best performing animatedly with a kitchen sink around his neck, she knew he was just right. The part took a specific combination of mobility and voice acting that Best proved to have once he was invited to meet with Gurland and unknowingly recorded. Another famous Gungan, Boss Nass, also had a unique casting. Brian Blessed got Gurland’s approval as an actor that needed to be in the film before the character of Nass was even established. Once they were on the look-out for someone with a “bigger than life” persona, Blessed had the part.

4. Jar Jar had a lost love.

Speaking of Jar Jar, who can forget the passionate love affair of Jar Jar and Queen Julia? That’s right. If you haven’t watched The Clone Wars episodes “The Disappeared Part I and II,” you may have missed this unexpected addition to Binks’ social life. When Julia’s people the Bardottans called upon the Republic for help after Force-sensitive members of their government started disappearing, she specifically asked for Jar Jar. We quickly learn that these two definitely have a history when the queen kisses Jar Jar and asks him to privately meditate with her. Hey, Gungans need love, too. 

(Not so) Fun fact #2: After the Battle of Endor, not even Queen Julia could save Jar Jar from his ultimate fate. The Gungan bosses banished the poor fool because of supposed collusion with the Empire. His new job? Juggling fountain performer in the city of Theed.

5. They join forces with other water worlds. 

Though Gungans try to be a peace-loving species that respect nature and the balance of the ecosystem, this doesn’t keep them out of their fair share of conflict. During The Clone Wars, the Gungans teamed up with the Mon Calamari, another water-loving species, when they fought their bitter enemies the Quarren. The Quarren teamed up with the Separatists, but they were ultimately no match for the Mon Cal and the Gungan Grand Army.

Fun Fact #3: Though the Gungans have their own language, most speak a pidgin dialect combing their native tongue with Galactic Basic. This makes communicating with other species much easier.

7. Their city gets their power from plants.

The gigantic bubble-like structures that make up the Gungan capital city of Otoh Gunga are aesthetically awesome, but did you know they’re powered naturally? The globes are known as hydrostatic bubbles and have a special membrane that keeps water out and allows entry through specific portal zones. Naboo is fortunate enough to grow locap plants in the planet’s porous bedrock that actually collect plasma in the buds located at the tip of the plant’s stalk. These plants live for several centuries, so that power supply isn’t going anywhere.

8. They have some interesting delicacies.

If there’s one thing Jar Jar has taught us, it’s that Gungans love their food. From fresh gorgs at the Mos Espa market to shellfish they crack with their powerful teeth, Gungans put those one meter-long tongues to good use. A particular delicacy of the natives of Naboo comes in the form of a bright blue slug-beetle. Though it might not sound appetizing, Gungans love to chew on the slimy bugs that hang out under the perlote tree in Naboo’s eastern swamplands. Another tasty treat entices visitors from all around the galaxy. According to the Twi’lek pilot Yendor in Claudia Gray’s Lost Stars, Otoh Gunga is home to a delicious dessert that takes four humanoids to consume. The best part? It supposedly sends you into a sugar-induced coma after eating, so it might be wise to book a bubble for the night if you’re traveling from afar.

Fun fact #4: After defeating the Trade Federation, Otoh Gunga became a popular destination for vacationers, especially honeymooners.

Anything else we need to know about the gangly Gungans? Let us know in the comments below!

Sources: Star Wars: Absolutely Everything You Need to Know, Adam Bray, Cole Horton, Michael Kogge, Kerrie Dougherty, DK Children, 2015; Star Wars: Complete Locations, DK Publishing, 2016; Star Wars: Aftermath: Empire’s End, Chuck Wendig, Del Rey, 2017; Star Wars: Episode I: The Visual Dictionary, David West Reynolds, DK Publishing, 1999; Star Wars: The Making of Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Laurent Bouzereau and Jody Duncan, Del Rey, 1999.

Dana Jennings is Lucasfilm’s associate producer for StarWars.com. You may remember her from such polls and quizzes as, “Who Wore it Best?” and “Which Star Wars Character Should You Invite for the Holidays?” When not acting as chairman of the Nien Nunb Appreciation Society, she can be found working hard to make sure The Star Wars Show stays fully operational or dressing up as Kevin the Ewok. Follow her on Instagram and Twitter for all these things and more!

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Here’s a deal that even Darth Vader wouldn’t dare alter. Nearly the entire library of classic Star Wars games on Steam — along with some other Lucasfilm-produced gems of yesteryear — are on sale for up to 65% off. This includes all-time greats Star Wars: Empire at War – Gold Pack (50% off), LEGO Star Wars: The Complete Saga (60% off), Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic (60% off), Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic II, and many, many more. The sale will run until February 19, 10 a.m. PT. Check out the full list below and head over to Steam to add some classics to your personal Jedi gaming archives.

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Love is in the air, Star Wars fans. If you’ve ever found yourself wondering who would be your perfect date in all the galaxy, then we have the quiz for you! Answer truthfully to find out if you should hop a transport to Tatooine or if you’re destined for Dagobah. Let us know your match in the comments below — we promise we won’t judge! Happy Valentine’s Day!

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