You may be a diehard fan of the Star Wars franchise and already be familiar with the Disney XD television show Star Wars Rebels, but if not, this is a wonderful time to catch up and join in on the fun!
The show takes place approximately fifteen years after the events of Episode III, Revenge of the Sith, and five years before what is now known as Episode IV, A New Hope. It chronicles the struggles of a small group of people who see themselves more as do-gooders attempting to mitigate the suffering of the people on the planet Lothal under Imperial rule than rebels in outright conflict against the Empire. The first season spends time exploring each member and entrenches their familial growth with each other. It culminates with a climatic showdown of good versus evil in its final episode of the season.
For those of you who loved the Original Trilogy (OT) with Luke, Leia, Han & Chewbacca, this show will revive those feelings you had. If your coming of age was with the more recent Prequel Trilogy (PT) and Star Wars: The Clone Wars show, then there are remnants from this era that are sure to please and more so in the second season.
But if you like the OT, PT & Clone Wars, what are you waiting for?
My kids were just catching up and enjoying Star Wars: The Clone Wars when the show ended. The Star Wars Rebels series shares the same creative force of Dave Filoni (also of Avatar: The Last Airbender). In a way he has continued to carry on the stories of the Clone Wars into Rebels, so fans of the Clone Wars will receive resolution to some of their favorite characters.
I recently had the opportunity to attend Star Wars Celebration Anaheim and people at the convention were unofficially referring to Saturday as “Rebels Saturday” since almost all of the day’s major events centered on the show. It was amazing to see the throng of fans eager to see what awaits them in the next season. Not only was the trailer above revealed at a panel of the actors (including Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Tiya Sircar, Steve Blum and Taylor Gray, to name a few but not all due to spoilers) to a packed stadium, but the first episode of Season 2 was screened to a huge crowd. Darth Vader is prominent in this episode and not only is expertly animated, but is also voiced by James Earl Jones.
From a parent’s perspective, this show can have some darker moments where the heroes confront villains, but rest assured, there are plenty of lighter episodes designed to be more fun than serious. I don’t know how they did it in the second season premier, but I felt the fear the heroes felt when they encountered Vader. To quote Freddie Prinze Jr. (the voice of Kanan) when interviewed on Coffee with Kenobi “It’s Darth Vader! Just ‘cause you saw him walking down the parade with Aladdin, doesn’t make him a nice guy.” Although Vader is portrayed intensely, it just adds to the magic that hooked us as children with the likes of The Empire Strikes Back.
So if you were, are or aren’t a fan of Star Wars, this is a great time to be or become one. This show is wonderful to share with your children and teach them about the Star Wars universe, but it still has plenty to offer adult viewers as well. Although no official date has been listed for the release of Season 2, the first season is available on the Disney XD app (check your local television subscription service) or here via Amazon for the Season 1 pilot episode and remaining episodes after. It is a relatively short season, so it won’t take long to get caught up. This is the perfect way to lead into Star Wars Day which is May 4th. I hope you love the show as much as we do and “may The Force be with you.”
Just announced this week, the premiere episode of Star Wars Rebels Season 2 will air in a special hour long episode on June 20th. But for a special treat, all the episodes of Season 1 are available for the #MayThe4thBeWithYou weekend here!
Tim Carlson has been a life-long fan of Star Wars. He is a mild-mannered financial professional who works for an international company in the hospitality industry. Husband and father of two, he resides in the DFW area.