Star Wars: Rebels is over now. The fourth and final season of the animated series aired earlier this year, and Dave Filoni & Co. are moving on to tell the stories leading up to the events of Star Wars: The Force Awakens in their next series – Star Wars: Resistance. Rebels continued the excellence begun in The Clone Wars, and the two series were largely responsible for keeping Star Wars fandom alive in the period in-between Episodes III and VII.
One of the best innovations Rebels brought to Star Wars canon was the introduction of the Inquisitors into the lore of the Empire. While Darth Vader spearheaded the destruction of the Jedi, it was always a little far-fetched that even Vader could have wiped out the remnants of the Order with no help. The Inquisitors were Vader’s hand in dealing with threats to the Sith monopoly on Force dominance. The Grand Inquisitor (voiced by Jason Isaacs) was a great first “big bad” for the series, and his final showdown with Kanan and Ezra is another stellar lightsaber duel to add to the highlight reel from Filoni’s time as Star Wars Animation Czar.
We expected news to come out of this weekend’s Star Wars Fan Celebration in London, and we haven’t been disappointed. From the Rogue One sizzle reel and poster (c’mon, let us all see the new trailer!!!), to new details about this December’s live-action film, we’ve also gotten new details about the novels that will lead up to Rogue One, and a very big one coming in 2017 tying into the Star Wars Rebels panel. First of all, if you have not seen the end of season two, the rest of this may get into spoilers and the trailer definitely will, so be warned. Continue reading Grand Admiral Thrawn is Back!!! Star Wars: Rebels Season 3 Trailer & New Timothy Zahn Novel Announced!
Season Two’s midseason trailer is beyond epic, showing that Rebels is truly knitting The Clone Wars with the Original Trilogy as Princess Leia (not voiced by Carrie Fisher I’m guessing due to the fact that 40 years of smoking lowered her voice 9 octaves between Episode IV and now), Yoda and the continued spectre of Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones) make appearances. What we’re really seeing here is how the Rebel Alliance came together as a unified group from the cells that operated in secret in season one.
Who would have thought that when Ahsoka was introduced as Anakin’s annoying padawan way back in the Clone Wars Movie that we’d build to the final promised confrontation between a disaffected Jedi exile and The Dark Lord of the Sith? Oh and it looks like Kylo Ren isn’t the only one with a crossaber. This show is really hitting its stride and all Star Wars fans should be onboard. Star Wars Rebels returns to Disney XD this Wednesday, January 20th, at 9pm.
Continuing Star Wars-mania, since we cannot get enough (and by “we” I mean “I”), we take a look at the first season of the six-season run of Star Wars: Clone Wars this week. It’s certainly fair to say that the series got off to a bumpy start. The movie that spawned it was not very good and Dave Filoni and company were definitely working out kinks in the first season. One of the first episodes that showed the potential for the series was “The Lair of General Grievous”.
The episode highlighted what the show did best: give you an exploration of the characters who received scant time in the Prequel Trilogy. In this case, Kit Fisto and his padawan find the castle of General Grievous and clues to the mysterious cyborg’s origin. There’s a great turn with Fisto’s Mon Cal apprentice trying to take on Grievous alone (guess how that goes), then Fisto faces him at the episode’s end. This was one of the first episodes that showed what the series was going to do, and imagine how much more impactful Fisto’s death at Sidious’ hands would have been in Episode III if you’d gotten to know him beforehand.
I just finished the first season of Star Wars: Rebels, and was really happy with it. Like Clone Wars, it takes awhile to find its feet, but the time is a lot shorter and season one already gave us a lot of cool moments, a great villain in The Grand Inquisitor, a visit from Lando, a better idea of how the Rebellion started to coalesce and continued the story of Ahsoka Tano. When Ahsoka first showed up as Anakin’s padawan, she was freaking annoying. But, as The Clone Wars matured, and so did she, she grew into my favorite character on the show and that she’s instrumental in the beginning of the Rebellion is a fantastic addition to the mythos. With Darth Vader and seven other Inquisitors on their tail this season, the Lothal Rebel cell is in for a tough time. I see nothing but a really tragic end to Ahsoka’s story, but when said and done, I think it’s going to add a lot to Vader’s overall character arc. Look for season two of Star Wars: Rebels soon on Disney XD