Sigh. I miss Darth Daver. I know I can’t fill his big, black boots, but it’s Friday, so here’s some news about Star Wars Stuff:

BFI/LucasFilm Video Gives a Peek at Film Sets

The British Film institute and LucasFilm have a wonderful joint effort going on that provides training and work for students in the UK, where filming for The Last Jedi and the Han Solo movie are presently taking place. Earlier this week, they released a video with students and team members giving testimonials about the success of the program, which is just incredible. Something almost as incredible is the pieces of BB-8 behind one of the students; a look at the scene of Rey running with her lightsaber from the recent trailer from a completely different pov – showing the camera and the jeep holding it! – and a great shot of Phasma and her troopers walking through flames. Have a look!

Want a rough preview of what’s coming up on MicePod? Listen to me and Alice Hill unboxing this Sideshow Collectibles First Order Stormtrooper: https://soundcloud.com/shelly-valladolid/pink-monorail-podcast-ep-1

Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Three August 29!

The Ghost crew is on a collision course with destiny as the action brings them closer to Rogue One and the original Star Wars trilogy in these 22 action-packed episodes of the hit CG animated series’ third season, plus of course there is the exclusive, never-before-seen bonus material we’ve come to expect from the Rebels Blu-Ray and DVD sets.

The story threads begin to tighten in this thrilling season of Star Wars Rebels, drawing connections to The Clone Wars, Rogue One and the original Star Wars trilogy into the series’ epic storyline, delivering some of the most critically-acclaimed Star Wars storytelling to date, with engaging characters, harrowing conflicts, and spectacular space battles on par with those seen in the films. Watch your favorite film stories bridge and connect. Did you see the Ghost in Rogue One? Get this, and when Season 4 starts you’ll be all caught up and ready for that final season and see if Ezra really ends up being Snoke or not. (Please no.)

They say: “Having established a secret base on Atollon, the Ghost crew, now led by a more powerful Ezra, strengthens the Rebel fleet by acquiring new resources and recruits eager to stand against the Empire.  However, the Imperial efforts to eliminate the Rebellion are now being led by the coldly analytical Grand Admiral Thrawn, whose strategic, tactical and cultural insights make him a threat unlike any they have faced before. Ezra and Sabine must take on new roles and challenges as the Rebels prepare for their biggest mission yet – a direct assault on the Empire.”

Star Wars Rebels was created by cat lover and genius Dave Filoni (Star Wars: The Clone Wars), Kathleen Kennedy fanboy made good Simon Kinberg (“X-Men: Days of Future Past”), and Carrie Beck (“LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker Adventures”, the recently announced and buzzy “The Lost Girls”). The Lucasfilm Animation production is also executive-produced by Filoni and Kinberg.

Featuring the voices of Freddie Prinze Jr. (“Bordertown”, “Bones”) as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall (TV’s “Young Justice” and “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Hera, Steve Blum (“SWTOR”, “Cowboy Bebop”) as Zeb, Tiya Sircar (“The Good Place,” “Master of None”) as Sabine, Taylor Gray (TV’s “Bucket and Skinner’s Epic Adventures”, “Walt Before Mickey”) as Ezra, Dee Bradley Baker (“Legends of the Hidden Temple,” “The Clone Wars”, “Phineas and Ferb”) as Captain Rex, David Oyelowo (“Selma” and “The Butler”) as Agent Kallus and Lars Mikkelsen (“House of Cards”, “Sherlock”) as Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Here’s a look at some of the bonus features. For the Blu-ray:

  • Return To Mandalore

Explore where Mandalore fits within the Empire’s regime – and whether Sabine can unite her people against the Imperial forces.

  • Thrawn: A Legend Reborn

Learn Thrawn’s significance in Star Wars lore, and what the future may hold for this memorable villain.

  • Apprentices to Outcasts: Kenobi And Maul

Track two adversaries who’ve clashed throughout Star Wars history, and find out why the time was right to conclude their story.

  • The Original Rebel: Saw Guerrera Returns – Extended

Meet the Original Rebel. This exclusive extended version features Forest Whitaker discussing the character he brings to life in both Rebels and Rogue One.

  • Five Audio Commentaries

Featuring Dave Filoni (Executive Producer), Justin Ridge (Supervising Director), Killian Plunkett (Art Director), Keith Kellogg (CG Supervisor) and Joel Aron (Lighting and FX Supervisor)

And for DVD:

  • A Rebel Alliance

Discover how the formation of the Rebel Alliance in Rebels ties into the Rogue One timeline – and the exciting story possibilities that lie ahead for season 4.

  • Rebels Recon

Go behind the scenes with the cast and crew in 19 entertaining and information-packed episode recaps!

It’ll be in all the usual places August 29.

The Best Twitter Responses to the Han Solo Film Saga

When Ron Howard was announced as the new director for the Han Solo film after Phil Lord and Chris Miller were shown the hatch, there was a lot of speculation. There was happiness from his fans, moaning and gnashing of teeth from those who do that sort of thing, and of course, the jokes. Always, and it seems to always be Twitter. First, it was the Arrested Development references:

Then, great minds think alike when it comes to imagining Clint Howard covered with hair:

We then delve into Howard’s past…

  

And then it’s just simply awful:

Groan.

I think Howard will do a fantastic job. Kennedy reportedly said that she wanted a little bit of comedy and when she looked at the reels she got LEGO Movie meets Ace Ventura. So, yeah, reshoot like with Rogue One and get it right, because Rogue One turned out fantastic.

What do you think? Do you think someone else would have been a better choice? Whom?