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Screener Squad: Tales of the Jedi

Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi


It is often said that no one hates Star Wars more than Star Wars fans. For some, the continued expansion of the franchise will simply never be good enough, because it isn’t what they’ve so deeply ingrained into their consciousness as “correct”. Anything after Return of the Jedi that isn’t the EU they approve of is obviously the worst thing ever created, and the people responsible should be skewered by multiple lightsabers. But then there are those who understand that Star Wars is like pizza. Even when it’s not what you were hoping for, it’s still pizza, and who doesn’t love pizza! While the Fandom Menace screams “Not my Star Wars!” or “This is woke feminist propoganda!” or “I wanted pepperoni and onions!”,  the rest of us find new and amazing additions to the galaxy far, far away, and much of that expanded content has been courtesy of Mr. Dave Filoni, the godfather of modern Star Wars. Tales of the Jedi is a new anthology series that explores different Jedi characters from the prequel trilogy era. There are six episodes split into two “paths”: the first following fan favorite (even the jerks who hate all things new in the franchise can surely agree to this, right?) Ahsoka Tano across various points in her life, and the other depicts a young Count Dooku before his fall to the dark side of the Force. Each episode connects to a piece of the missing puzzle from the prequels and even overlaps with key events in those films, thus continuing to improve those films and their contexts. The series is done in the familiar animated style of the Filoni-verse that began with The Clone Wars in 2008. Sarah Jane, Melina, Bradly, and T.C. enter the Jedi Counsel chambers to discuss this excellent miniseries.


CREATED BY: Dave Filoni

STARRING: Ashley Eckstein, Corey Burton, Janina Gavankar, TC Carson, Liam Neeson, Micheál Richardson, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ian McDiarmid, Matt Lanter, James Arnold Taylor, Phil LaMarr, Dee Bradley Baker, Clancy Brown, Mark Rolston, Josh Keaton, Sunil Malhotra, Toks Olagundoye, Brian George, Flo Di Re, Terrell Tilford, Theo Rossi, Andrew Kishino, Noshir Dalal, Vanessa Marshall, David Shaughnessy, Bryton James, Dana Davis, Meg Marchand




T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)

T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.



Sarah Jane (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Sarah Jane was born and raised in Southern California but currently calls Austin, TX her home. She’s seen over 5,700 movies so far with zero plans on stopping. She has a penchant for all things exploitation, and she loves Godzilla with all her heart. Her favorite films are Deep Red, Le Samourai, and Miller’s Crossing. When she isn’t watching movies, she’s busy herding her four cats, her husband, and her 11-year-old kiddo. She’s been a contributor to TalkFilmSociety, Daily Grindhouse, FThisMovie!, Looper, and the Austin Chronicle. You can find her on Twitter and Letterboxd at @fookthis.



Melina Eames (Screener Squad)

Melina first discovered that she carried the nerd gene at the tender age of four following her exposure to a little film called A New Hope. In the twenty-some years that followed, Melina continued to grow into her geek identity through the discovery of Batman, Mst3k, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Mandalorian. But perhaps her most significant discovery came at the age of fourteen when a night of YouTube mining led her to the review site of Melina became a devoted follower whose fandom did not end with the site’s demise. By then, it had worked its dark magic and left her with a love and appreciation for film criticism that she has yet to shrug.



Bradly Martin (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub)

Bradly Martin was born in the united states and grew up on a healthy diet of sports, films, and books. A rather shy lad who kept to himself, Bradly soon discovered the best way to know a person was to know what people liked. Throughout the years Bradly became a fan of many things and a fanatic of none. From Doctor Dre, to Doctor Strange and the who’s who of Whos. From Playstation to the Dreamcast and Marvel to DC. From LeBron James to James Bond and Lord of the Rings to Lord Palmerston (or Pitt the Elder if you agree with Wade Boggs) and is a huge fan of dad jokes and randomly obscure Simpsons references. Armed with a vast knowledge of comics, films, and pop culture. Bradly traveled the world making friends and sharing takes. As a young man Bradly married the love of his life young and grew older every year with each new child brought into the brood. If trends continue, Scientists predict that .2% of Canada (where Bradly and family reside) will be populated by Bradly’s children by the year 2029. You can hear him leading and listening to his favorite critics on the Screener Squad and Eye on the prize and maybe even provide some comments of his own.



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