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.
It began on a backwater planet with twin suns, and it was there that the decades-long duel between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul finally ended in Star Wars: Rebels Season 3. (I slapped a spoiler warning on this and I meant it, so don’t come crying to me if you’re not up-to-date.) Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Star Wars Rebels Season 3 (2017) “Twin Suns” SPOILER WARNING
The best steward of the Star Wars banner during the time between the Original Trilogy and the Sequel Trilogy turned out to be Star Wars: Clone Wars. I certainly will grant the Prequels their moments and love Episode III, but as a whole they don’t match the body of work Dave Filoni and his team did in fleshing out The Clone Wars into the conflict we’d always wanted to see. It was a shame it couldn’t have one more season (season six was painfully truncated) to finish out storylines, but they are addressing them in their subsequent ongoing series Star Wars: Rebels
One of the best and most interesting storylines over the course of the show was the return of Darth Maul. Maul was the villain who should’ve gotten the screentime and films that it seems Kylo Ren will in the Sequel Trilogy. There’s no arguing that his epic duel with Obi-Wan and Qui-Gon in The Phantom Menace is one of the best moments in the saga, but cutting him in half at the end wasted a lot of potential for future encounters that The Clone Wars was happy to resurrect.
Outfitted with cybernetic legs and with his brother, Savage Opress (least subtle Star Wars name ever), Maul is faced with his former master, who is not terribly pleased his horned apprentice has been meddling in his affairs. What follows is one of the best duels of the series and pure Sith on Sith awesomeness.
Star Wars Episode VII comes out next week. NEXT. WEEK. After all the anticipation, we’re finally going to see the continuation of this saga, and nothing I’ve seen or heard gives me anything but hope. The film Episode VII will be measured against – the gold standard for Star Wars – is Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back (and if you don’t believe me, remember you guys voted it #1 on our poll a few months back). Continue reading My Favorite Scene: Star Wars Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980) “I AM YOUR FATHER!”
One of my long-term “I swear I’m going to get to it” projects for the site is to re-watch the entire Star Wars saga and do detailed reviews of each episode. I have a couple of epic projects like that planned for the site this year, but with the Olympics I haven’t gotten the kind of time needed to tackle any of them yet. If you’re on YouTube, I seriously recommend WatchMojo to follow. They deliver top 10 lists like this a few times a week and they’ve got some seriously interesting ones. In fact, I have a backlog of saved ones to share on the site. This is their top 10 moments from Star Wars and, while it’s not my list or the order I’d have picked, it’s not bad. Enjoy and look for a Star Wars saga revisit sometime in 2014 on Killing Time.