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An excellent introduction to Star Wars Rebels
on September 28, 2014
A excellent introduction to the new characters. My seven year old son and I watched this on watch Disney XD within moments of when it came out. I am the real "Star Wars Nerd" as my son calls me. (I saw the original Star Wars back in the theater when I was nine and have loved it ever since.)
We both enjoyed the playful banter that tempered the much more serious main story. Rebels is much lighter in both color and tone to the Clone Wars. While we were fans of that series, we both were ready to see a different kind of Star Wars. The colors are rich and the artwork is beautiful. Like others have commented, the animation is simpler than that of The Clone Wars but, once again, this serves to differentiate this series from its predecessor. The characters are like a family. The movie introduces each character but leaves plenty to explore.
Rebels takes place 14 years after Episode III and five years before Episode IV. It also reportedly takes place six years after A New Dawn. The Rebel Alliance has not yet formed but small cells of rebels are working independently to bring peace back to the Galaxy. The Jedi are still being hunted (by a new character named The Inquisitor.) The Empire is tightening its control over the Galaxy. And the small band of rebels aboard the Ghost are fighting back in every way they can.
While we liked all of the characters, we are especially looking forward to watching the relationship between Kanan and Ezra develop as this will be the first (and as far as we know only) Master/Padawan paring after Order 66 (and before Luke and Obi Wan/Yoda).
Overall it was a great start to our special Mom/Son night every Monday!