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Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker takes place about a year after the events of The Last Jedi. Supreme Leader Snoke is dead and now Kylo Ren has taken his place. Rey is busy training to become a Jedi while the rest of The Resistance prepares for battle against The First Order. News has spread throughout the galaxy that Emperor Palpatine has risen, presenting a new threat to our heroes.
read more: Star Wars Viewing Order
The Rise of Skywalker honors the legacy of Star Wars and reaffirms what made us all love this franchise to begin with. It is a satisfying conclusion to this decades long saga. And now it is finally time to bring it home and complete your Skywalker Saga.
The Rise of Skywalker is now available to own on Digital HD and coming March 31, 2020 to Blu-ray, 4K, and DVD.
Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker Bonus Features:
- The Skywalker Legacy – The story lives forever in this feature-length documentary that charts the making of Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker.
read more: The Rise of Skywalker Easter Eggs and Cameos
- Pasaana Pursuit: Creating the Speeder Chase – Dive into the making of the movie’s epic landspeeder chase and discover how this spectacular sequence was brought to the screen.
- Aliens in the Desert – See what it took to create the Pasaana desert scenes, from the sheer scale and complexity of the shoot to its colorful details.
- D-O: Key to the Past – Explore the ship that connects Rey to the mystery of her missing parents and get to know the galaxy’s newest, irresistible droid.
- Warwick & Son – Warwick Davis, who played Wicket in Star Wars Return of the Jedi, dons the Ewok costume once more; this time joined by his son Harrison.
- Cast of Creatures – The team behind the film’s memorable creatures reveal the puppetry, makeup, prosthetics and digital magic that bring them to life!
read more: All the Force Ghosts in Rise of Skywalker
Digital Exclusive Bonus Feature:
- The Maestro’s Finale – Composer John Williams reflects on his body of work for the Star Wars saga and shares insights on scoring Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker.
Star Wars super fans these are the special editions you are looking for:
Digital copies are available for purchase as well from Amazon and Movies Anywhere.
Star Wars Puppy Chow
Every movie night needs a special treat. Puppy chow is something that is easy enough to make and customize for the movie you’re watching. The kids will love it and they could even make this one on their own.
1. I added the powdered sugar in 1/2 cup at a time to get a more even coating.
1. I added the powdered sugar in 1/2 cup at a time to get a more even coating.
What To Binge On Disney Plus Right Now
Disney Plus has a massive library that can help pass the time for whenever you are stuck at home. From classic movies and tv shows to recent mega hits, Disney+ has it all. So the next time the kids get bored and drive you crazy just grab this list, snacks, and you are golden.
The family and I went through the myriad of options to come up with this list. Don’t see your favorite listed? Leave us a comment below. Also if there is something you want to see on Disney Plus but it isn’t there yet, simply let them know via the help option on the menu.
Pro Tip: If you are unsure what category a show or film falls under check the search tab. The search section of Disney Plus features “explore” categories that cover various topics and interests.
Best Disney Plus Originals
Disney+ has launched several originals from series to films. Here are our top picks.
Diary of a Future President
Diary of a Future President explores the origin of a future president. This family comedy follows Elena’s journey through the ups and downs of middle school, which set her on the path to becoming the president of the United States.
Although the main focus is on a 12 year-old girl, both of my children enjoy the show. It’s full of laughs and heart-warming moments that are perfect for family time or you need to go watch something because you’re driving me insane time.
Stargirl is based on the New York Times’ best-selling young adult novel about an unassuming high schooler who finds himself inexplicably drawn to the free-spirited new girl, whose unconventional ways change how they see themselves and their world. Leo Borlock is an average student that has always been content flying under the radar.
But all that changes when he meets Stargirl Caraway, a confident and colorful new student who stands out in a crowd. She is kind, finds magic in the mundane, and touches the lives of others with the simplest of gestures.
High School Musical The Musical The Series
Once a Wildcat always a Wildcat. I am not ashamed to admit I like this series as much as my kids, if not more because I’m an OG Wildcat.
Lady and the Tramp
The classic is brought to life in this live-action re-imagination. If The Lion King turned you off with it’s super realistic (read: lack of) expressions don’t worry. Lady and the Tramp is more like Air Bud.
Togo is the untold story of the dog who led the 1925 serum run. He was considered by most to be too small and weak to lead such an intense race but he did it. Although Balto gets all the glory, it was actually Togo who did most of the run, over 300 miles while Balto only did about 30 miles.
Timmy Failure Mistakes Were Made
Based on the best-selling book of the same name, Timmy Failure follows the adventures of deadpan Timmy and his 1,500 pound partner, a polar bear named Total. Together they solve mysteries for their Portland deceptive agency, Total Failure Inc.
Disney Plus Educational Series
Who said you can’t learn anything from watching TV? Ok, Boomer there is a lot of educational content on Disney+. My husband and I couldn’t believe some of things we learned by watching Jeff Goldblum’s curiosity in ordinary life. Did you know there are shoe cons where people buy shoes for more than the cost of a fully-loaded SUV? Mind blowing.
The World According to Jeff Goldblum
Jeff Goldblum learning about things we probably haven’t thought twice about such as the allure of BBQ and a good pair of jeans. As random as it seems, this show is addicting and fun to watch.
This competition series featuring teams of young builders who are tasked with designing, building, and testing unique creations. Each episode has a new challenge. The end results are awesome.
The Imagineering Story
The DisNerd in me absolutely loved this series. I have my fingers crossed they will make more. If you want to learn the history of the Disney Company and see behind the scenes into the magic of everything they do, this is the show for you.
National Geographic Shows & Disneynature Films
Take a deeper look into our world from animals and plants to habitats and beyond. The nature nerd in me loves having all this content right at my beck and call.
90s Disney Channel Classics on Disney Plus
I’m not going to explain any of these because they are classics and you should know them all by heart. If you can’t sing the Kim Possible theme song then we cannot be friends.
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
That’s So Raven
Chip ‘n’ Dale Rescue Rangers
Boy Meets World
Disney Channel Original Movies on Disney Plus
Descendants 1, 2, and 3
Our house is still obsessed with all things Descendants, just look at this Carlos De Vil DIY Costume I made for my mini VK. Not only can you find the films on Disney+ but also the shorts and animated series.
Related: Descendants Cookies
Teen Beach Movie 1 and 2
High School Musical 1, 2, 3, and Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure
Disney Movies on Disney Plus
Whew, these suggestions were a tough list to come by. After all we each have our favorites and there are so many more I didn’t even get a chance to list. If I did this post would be longer than it already is!
Frozen and Frozen 2
Personally, I like the second one better than the first. Plus I don’t find Into the Unknown to be an obnoxious ear worm like Let it Go. Hey Elsa agrees, just look at the Frozen 2 Easter Eggs if you don’t believe me.
The Lion King
aka the greatest animated movie of all time. I will hear no arguments.
Oliver and Company
The Emperor’s New Groove
#1 Underrated Disney film ever
Ralph Breaks The Internet
Pirates of the Caribbean
Mary Poppins Returns
read more: Mary Poppins Returns Easter Eggs
Pixar on Disney Plus
Pixar fans can dive into all sorts of amazing content on Disney+. From classic shorts like Lou and Luxo Jr. to the Pixar film library, there is no shortage of Pixar fun to be had.
All the Cars Movies and Shorts
Finding Nemo and Finding Dory
Forky Asks a Question
Pixar in Real Life
Toy Story 1, 2, 3 and 4
If you’re like me and love looking for Pixar Movie Easter eggs, being stuck at home is the perfect time to go on the hunt. The Pizza Planet truck, A113, and so many more are. Make a game of it with the kids to see who can find the most. I won’t tell if you use my posts to cheat!
Marvel Movies on Disney Plus
I own all the Marvel movies but laziness can win out and I don’t want to get up to find the blu-ray yah know? Not only can I relive my favorite moments, Captain America Elevator Fight Scene hello, but I can watch special featurettes not available on the discs.
Are you emotionally ready to return to Endgame? No lie I still feel so many things when the “Portals” scene/music plays. Cap ready to stand and fight alone, everyone coming back, and AVENGERS ASSEMBLE! Ah such an amazing moment. And yes I’m still salty about all the award season snubs.
Captain America The Winter Soldier
Star Wars on Disney Plus
Sure you’ve already seen every episode and agonized over Baby Yoda’s cuteness but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch again. For Star Wars super fans, take this as an opportunity to look for easter eggs hidden throughout each episode.
The Clone Wars
One word: Ahsoka. Catch up on the entire series before starting season 7.
Read more: Perfect Star Wars Movie Viewing Order
The *almost* complete Star Wars Skywalker Saga. The only thing missing is Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker. It will be available to own on Digital HD March 17 & Blu-ray and 4k on March 31.
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Trailer highlights include Maul’s voice over in the beginning and the disdain we see him have in Star Wars Rebels for everyone is clear. He’s not here for the Republic or the Jedi, he is out for himself and woe to any who stand in his way.
Mace Windu reveals he senses a plot to destroy the Jedi. As we know he’s the one who stood against Palpatine and ultimately lost. The Clones admit that the war causes mix feelings for them. Anakin’s turn to the dark side becomes more apparent, and it seems like Obi-Wan is starting to sense something is off.
The stakes continue to rise, the losses on both sides heavy. Friendships and loyalty are being questioned. My personal favorite, Ahsoka, is seen dealing with her choice to leave the Jedi order. Keepers of peace versus being a soldier is something that has plagued the Jedi since the beginning of this war.
While the biggest holy crap moment of them all is the end when Ahsoka stands to take on Maul. Thankfully we know she survives (Maul does too) because of Star Wars Rebels. Otherwise I would be stressed out like when Baby Yoda was taken and I had to wait a week to find out if he was okay or not.
From Dave Filoni, director and executive producer of “The Mandalorian,” the new Clone Wars episodes will continue the storylines introduced in the original series, exploring the events leading up to Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith.
Created by George Lucas, with Dave Filoni as Executive Producer/Supervising Director, “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” stars Matt Lanter as “Anakin Skywalker,” Ashley Eckstein as “Ahsoka Tano,” Dee Bradley Baker as “Captain Rex” and the clone troopers, James Arnold Taylor as “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” Katee Sackhoff as “Bo-Katan,” and Sam Witwer as “Maul.”
With the original talent and Dave Filoni at the helm, I cannot wait for this to debut next month on Disney+. Now if the faint rumors of another Star Wars Rebels run have any truth behind them, THAT is what I want to find out next.
Star Wars The Clone Wars New Season Trailer
Catch up on The Clone Wars now on Disney Plus.
All The Rise of Skywalker Easter Eggs and Cameos You May Have Missed
The Sith Wayfinder although it looks like a Sith Holocron, is in fact new to the franchise.
When Kylo Ren goes to Exegol, Palpatine tells him he has been every voice he has ever heard. Listen for Supreme Leader Snoke and Darth Vader. We also see two Snoke bodies inside a tank as Kylo walks closer to the Emperor.
How did Palpatine survive? This isn’t the first time someone who is thrown off a ledge or into an abyss has survived. Darth Maul, Luke Skywalker, and even Ben Solo are thrown away only to come back. So while it’s not probable there is Star Wars canon to support it.
On the Falcon, Chewie is playing holochess with Finn and Poe. They swear Chewie is cheating. As Han said all those years ago, let the Wookie win guys. We also learn Chewie is 250 years old.
Using R2-D2 to get a message to Leia is the reverse of Leia using him to get a message to Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Rey is determined to finish what Luke started. This mirrors Kylo Ren in The Force Awakens vowing to finish what Vader started.
Kylo pulls a Darth Vader move and uses a Force Choke during the council meeting.
C3-PO tells the group that on Pasaana, the Festival of the Ancestors takes place once every 42 years. The original Star Wars film, A New Hope debuted 42 years ago in 1977.
With Han gone someone had to say it, Lando remarks “I’ve got a bad feeling about this” when they are on Pasaana.
C3-PO with a classic line “will this agony ever end?”
Director J.J. Abrams is the voice of the droid D-o
D-o’s 3 lines on his head remind me of the lines on Mickey Mouse’s gloves. So an alternate not-so-hidden Mickey? Maybe it’s just me.
The Knights of Ren took a page from Boba Fett‘s book while tailing Poe and others from Pasaana. They hide while Poe hides, waiting to see what direction he goes in, then quietly follow.
Rey asks C3-PO to tell them the odds. Usually Star Wars characters do not want to know the odds.
After Babu Frik resets C3-PO he introduces himself “I am C3-PO, human cyborg relations.” Anthony Daniels had suggested C3-PO’s death to JJ Abrams. This wipe of his memory seemed almost like a death to the character.
In Babu Frik’s shop look behind C3-PO has he is getting his wiring reworked and you’ll see a B1 Battle Droid head. These droids common in the prequels.
Kylo Ren uses the finger point to shut General Hux up. Darth Vader was also known to do this as well as Han Solo.
Rey uses the classic Jedi mind trick on the Stormtroopers.
When Poe, Finn, and Chewie are captured, one trooper says “Shut up Scum.” Which refers to the line Rebel Scum, from the original trilogy.
On the Endor Moon inside the Death Star wreck, there is a callback to Rey’s scavenger days in The Force Awakens, as she looks for the Sith Wayfinder.
The Death Star wreckage is full of familiar places, most notably the Throne Room, complete with what is left of Palpatine’s chair.
Inside the Death Star Rey faces her biggest fear, herself turning into a Sith. This mirrors every time a Jedi has been shown going into a temple or secluded spot where they face their fears. Rey facing herself is similar to Luke striking down Vader only to find his own face inside the helmet.
Maz Kanata refers to Leia as Princess. This has only been done once in the sequel trilogy and it was C3-PO in The Force Awakens.
Kylo Ren, Ben Solo, when speaking with Han tells him “I know what I have to do but I don’t know if I have the strength to do it.” These are the exact words he says to Han in The Force Awakens before killing him.
Han touches Ben’s face. Ben says “Dad” and Han says “I know.” This parallels “I love you” “I know.”
Lando shows up at the Resistance base dressed in something familiar. He is wearing yellow and blue. This is a callback of the character’s look in Solo: A Star Wars Story.
Rey is all set to take up residence on Luke’s Island, Ahch-To along with the Porgs. As she attempts to toss the lightsaber into the flames, Luke’s Force Ghost grabs it and sits her down for a heart to heart.
In Star Wars Canon, not only is Leia the stronger of the two twins, but she did in fact receive Jedi training. We get a glimpse of this in the scene where Force Ghost Luke is talking to Rey.
To get to Exegol, Rey needs a ship. Force Ghost Luke raises his X-Wing from the depths of the sea and adds a little smirk like see Yoda I CAN do this.
Holdo Maneuver refers to Admiral Holdo’s lightspeed jump into a Star Destroyer in The Last Jedi.
Denis Lawson reprises his role as Luke’s x-wing buddy Wedge Antilles. He is easy to spot being an older X-Wing pilot.
Also in the battle scene The Ghost from Star Wars Rebels is shown.
The Battle of Exegol also features the Starspeeder from Star Tours.
Ben Solo reaches Exegol in a stolen Tie fighter. It looks like he is using his father’s, Han Solo’s blaster before getting Luke’s lightsaber from Rey.
When Ben jumps onto the chain leading down into the pit, he remarks ow. It is a very Han Solo thing to say and shows how he is returning to his roots and who he was born to be.
The Emperor is guarded by the Imperial Royal Guard aka the Red Guard.
Another Han Solo is my dad moment, when he finally gets the lightsaber and gestures to the Knights of Ren.
The Sith Throne design is based on the original Ralph McQuarrie sketch of the throne from 1981.
Like in The Return of the Jedi, Palpatine shows Rey that her friends are losing the battle.
Rey asks for the Jedi to be with her, and that is when we hear 12 distinct Jedi Masters speak to Rey through The Force. Those include Obi-Wan, Yoda, Ahsoka, Kanan, Anakin, Luke, Leia, and more.
For all of the Force Ghosts: All 12 of The Rise of Skywalker Force Ghosts
Lando tells Poe his x-wing is not as fast as this ship. The Millennium Falcon is the fastest hunk of junk in the galaxy.
Chewbacca finally gets his medal, it is the same one Luke and Han received from Princess Leia at the end of A New Hope for the Battle of Yavin. According to Force Collector it was Luke’s medal Leia left for him.
The Ewoks have a brief cameo here with Wicket and his son Pommet. Warwick Davis reprised the role with his real life son Harrison Davis playing Pommet.
The planets they pan to at the end of The Rise of Skywalker are Cloud City and Jakku.
You know when you see the Jawas and a Sandcrawler you’re on Tatooine.
Rey returns to Luke’s childhood home. She even slides down the sand like she does in The Force Awakens.
She carefully wraps up Luke and Leia’s lightsabers. It symbolizes the twins finally being together after so many years apart, as they should have been swaddled together as babies.
Rey is using a yellow lightsaber made from parts of her staff. Traditionally, yellow blades were seen in the double-bladed staff of the Jedi Temple Guard. These guards were sworn to protect the Jedi Order at the temple on Coruscant. During the Clone Wars they are also used to keep the peace.
Rise of Skywalker Cameos
Jodie Comer plays Rey’s mother. She also wears the same triple-bun hairstyle which is wear Rey got her look from.
Composer John Williams appears on Kijimi as the eye patch wearing bartender in the Cantina scene, Oma Tres. Oma Tres is an anagram for Maestro. Behind him on the shelves include objects from his other famous films. Hook anyone?
Kevin Smith is one of the people on Kijimi Poe sneaks past.
Also on Kijimi, Ed Sheeran is a Storm Trooper and if Mark Hamill is to be believed, Harry Styles is as well.
Lin-Manuel Miranda is a resistance fighter somewhere in the crowd during the celebration of the defeat of Palpatine.
Boolio, the friend of the Resistance who loses his head in the beginning, is voiced by Mark Hamill.
Chris Terrio, co-writer of The Rise of Skywalker, voices Colonel Aftab Ackbar the son of Admiral Ackbar.
Shirley Henderson is the voice of Babu Frik. You might remember her as Moaning Myrtle in the Harry Potter films.
Did I miss any? Let me know in the comments below.
Star Wars The Rise of Skywalker is in theaters now.
Spoilers ahead, obviously.
All 12 Of The Rise of Skywalker Force Ghosts
The redeemed Darth Vader makes his first cameo in the new films. Depending on your feelings of Anakin you could be sad or happy Hayden Christensen didn’t make a physical appearance. He’s also heard as Vader in the beginning of The Rise of Skywalker when Kylo Ren first meets Palpatine.
Luminara was a Jedi during the prequel trilogy. She was featured in Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, and Star Wars Rebels and Clone Wars TV series.
Ahsoka was Anakin’s padawan in The Clone Wars. She is also featured in the Rebels TV series. This is the first time we have confirmation that Ahsoka is dead.
Aayla is a Jedi from the Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, and The Clone Wars series. She died in Episode 3 after Order 66.
Windu is the infamous Jedi Master found in the prequel trilogy and the one credited with giving Palpatine his deformities. We saw him flung out of a window assuming that is when he died. However, Samuel L. Jackson says Lucas told him Windu survived. Either way, this is confirmation he is officially dead.
Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan McGregor and Sir Alec Guinness)
Obi-Wan trained both Anakin and Luke. He became one with the force in A New Hope. Listen carefully and you will hear his voice portrayed by not only Ewan McGregor who played him in the prequels but also Sir Alec Guinness, the original Kenobi. JJ Abrams used the same cut of him saying “Rey” from The Force Awakens for this scene.
Adi is a Jedi Master of the Order’s High Council. She is found in The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and The Clones Wars TV show.
Yoda had his on screen cameo during The Last Jedi when he schools Luke *again* on the ways of The Force and the Jedi.
Obi-Wan’s Jedi Master, Qui-Gon died in The Phantom Menace but returned as a Force ghost in The Clones Wars.
One of the few survivors of Order 66, Kanan was the leader of the Ghost crew along with Hera in Star Wars Rebels.
The Last of the Jedi or so we thought, Luke needs no introduction. He appears to Rey when she decides to exile herself on his island. After offering advice, and raising an X-Wing *finally* we hear him again speaking to Rey through The Force.
Leia, also Rey’s Jedi Master is heard calling out to her as well. In Canon, Leia is actually the stronger of the two twins and did receive training. This is confirmed in The Rise of Skywalker after we saw her using Force Powers in The Last Jedi.
The Rise of Skywalker is in theaters now.
Which Star Wars Force Ghost did you like hearing the most? For me it was Ahsoka followed by the crushing realization Ahsoka, in fact, doesn’t live.