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Screener Squad: Tales of the Empire

Star Wars: Tales of the Empire Review


Following in the steps of Tales of the Jedi, which told the tales of Count Dooku and Ahsoka Tano in the prequel era, Tales of the Empire offers us another point of view. After losing everything, young Morgan Elsbeth (who we were introduced to in the Ahsoka series as a Night Sister of Dathomir and a zealot of Grand Admiral Thrawn), navigates the expanding Imperial world toward a path of vengeance. Meanwhile, former Jedi Barriss Offee, who we last saw betray the Jedi and locked away for her treason at the end of The Clone Wars Season 5, is recruited into the Inquisitors and does what she must to survive a rapidly changing galaxy. This miniseries shows us the choices these women make and how they define their destinies. This continues the tradition of Dave Filoni improving upon every faucet of the prequels and building the Star Wars galaxy and franchise into a much more complex and extraordinary tapestry. Melina, Bradly, and T.C. gather in the One Of Us Jedi Counsel Chambers to shower this series with praise and discuss the nuances of what it accomplishes.


CREATED BY: Dave Filoni

STARRING: Meredith Salenger, Diana Lee Inosanto, Rya Kihlstedt, Steve Blum, Shelby Young, Suzie McGrath, Wing T. Chao, Meg Marchand, Katee Sackhoff, Lars Mikkelsen, Zeno Robinson, Matthew Wood, Xander Berkeley, Keith Ferguson, Lydia Look, Anna Graves, Dee Bradley Baker, Cathy Ang, Tom Konkle, Nicolas Cantu, Ry Chase, Keston John, Daisy Lightfoot, Warwick Davis, Jordyn Curet, Jason Isaacs, Regina Hermosillo




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.



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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