Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One
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A spark of rebellion ignites in Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One! Star Wars Rebels continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with exciting action-packed episodes. It is a dark time in the galaxy as the evil Galactic Empire rules with an iron fist. Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet, ruining the lives of its people. A ragtag band of rebels — Ezra, Hera, Kanan, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper — have taken a brave stand against the ruthless oppression of the Empire in a fight to restore peace and freedom to the galaxy.
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I was one of the fans who didn't want to see "Star Wars: The Clone Wars" end, but "Star Wars: Rebels" is a good enough sequel that has the potential to grow into a series that matches (and maybe even surpasses) what "The Clone Wars" did. Season 1 is a good introduction to the Ghost and its crew, and though it's not the strongest season, I feel confident it'll be like its predecessor and grow into a series we can all enjoy.
-The characters. Sure, there's room to grow, but I think the characters we've been provided with are unique enough to appeal to all types of viewers, and the fact that some of them have ties to "The Clone Wars" series (Hera, Ahsoka, Kanan, etc.) helps bridge the old series with the new while making room for a new generation of Star Wars fans.
-More lightheartedness. I think a few will disagree with me on this being a pro, but I'm of the belief that you can have a good story without everything being doom and gloom all the time. Sure, there are frightening moments (that scene with finding Luminara...yikes!) but it's done well enough where you're not overwhelmed with one type of emotion. There's a variety-happy, sad, exciting, frightening- that will make the series not feel like the same ol' episodes over and over again.
-The finale. This is where (I think) Rebels shines the best. Introducing Ahsoka, having the final duel between Kanan and the Inquisitor, hints of Darth Vader...it's enough to leave the audience satisfied with the season's end while giving them something to look forward to in Season 2.
-The Inquisitor. He was a promising villain, and Jason Isaacs did a terrific job being his voice actor.
-Not the strongest start. I don't like leaving this as a con, because oftentimes a really good story starts off somewhat slow because you're setting it up. "Clone Wars" was similar, as were many other shows. There's definitely room for improvement here though, and some of the episodes seemed more like fillers than a piece of a puzzle.
-R.I.P. Inquisitor. I really liked this villain. Though his final scenes were fitting, I couldn't help but feel we should've gotten more from him. Background, why he's an inquisitor, etc. So many questions, lol!
All in all, "Rebels" is a good start with a promising future. I highly recommend Season 1 if you're a fan of the Original Trilogy, as the feel of this show is similar to it. It's full of lighthearted fun and drama, and though it's not "The Clone Wars", it's still a good follow-up that will doubtless grow to be a Star Wars favorite.
The use of the original Williams soundtrack is overblown at times, but that's my only real complaint with the storytelling style (for example, the 'Luke's approach in the Death Star trench' track gets used for a some pretty boring dogfights).
Finally, Star Wars gets an adult woman: Hera Syndulla, daughter of a Clone Wars-era revolutionary, who has grown up knowing rebellion. Her features and body (within the bounds of the animation style) depict her as mature, as does her behavior.
With that said, I have enjoyed the development of all the characters. Some more than others. Im not a huge fan of Ezra. He's usually bratty and annoying, but occasionally steps up and acts like an adult. Not sure if that was the intention of the creators, but I could make sense since he is a tweeter just discovering his abilities. But still, it is a little annoying. With that said, I am looking forward to what they do with his character.
I'm really interested in Sabine Wren's character. I see a lot of potential to delve deep into her past and Mandalorian heritage, which is intriguing. She's pretty badass.
Hera's tie to the Clone Wars is cool and Kanan's character is interesting in that he is still a young Jedi master, though I don't he him as a master who is capable of teaching Ezra, but that is certainly a concern of his. It's cool to see the story of a Jedi who watched his master die from Order 66 yet he survived to pass on the Jedi ways.
I was stoked that they brought back Ahsoka for Rebels. I fell in love with her character in TCW and was eager to see her again in the Star Wars canon again. She is just as cool in Rebels as she was in TCW.
Additionally, Rebels has Vader in it. It doesn't get better than that...
Wait, yeah it does! One word...Thrawn. I was so stoked to hear that he was becoming canon and inserted into this series. I was a huge fan of Timothy Zahn's Thawn trilogy. He is by far one of the most interesting characters in all of Star War EU, and now canon. As a military history buff, I really appreciate his use of cunning, strategy and tactics, as well as his utmost respect for his foes. Great stuff.
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