Like the show well enough, what I don't like is Amazon's and Disney's bogus marketing of the series. EXTREMELY misleading, you're not getting what you think you are getting - you are NOT getting the entire season. Its almost enough for me to bypass series altogether. Clone Wars is included as part of Netflix and I happily enjoyed all 6 seasons without having to feed the meter every 20 minutes. If you purchase all 3 Seasons and premiers it could easily run you well over a $100.00.
While I am waiting for the complete Season 1 to be released on DVD--which will hopefully be soon--I decided to give this extended pilot episode a chance with Instant Video. A bit overpriced, sure, but enjoyable enough that I do not feel regret. Think of it as getting something to snack on for lunch. Slight splurge, but it feels good, so no great harm done.
Anyway, I was won over by The Clone Wars, a high-quality show that got right almost everything that the prequel films got wrong and really put Star Wars back on track. I have heard many people complaining about Disney ending TCW to start up Rebels. I am fine with that, though, because TCW ran for 5+ seasons and told plenty of stories. Also, it was a rather dark, serious show. That was great, but it was time for a change of pace. Rebels looks to be a very different show. Both the mood and the colors are lighter, and of course the aesthetic is taking cues from the old Ralph McQuarrie-era concept artwork that was used in preproduction for the original Star Wars film. I used to have a book of that art, and it really moves me with nostalgia to see Star Wars returning to its roots. What a great way to begin setting the stage for The Force Awakens.
Final thought, on the subject of maturity level, for lack of a better phrase. Rebels definitely seems aimed at younger viewers than The Clone Wars, or at least more casually lighthearted. But that is okay because--and this is really key--Rebels is FUN. It is exciting, fast paced, funny. Star Wars is supposed to be those things. This show has likeable characters, great visuals and is easy to watch. Here is hoping that it lives up to its potential.
Great show. But Amazon bait and switch means that you might order this digitally thinking that you're getting a full season at a great price and only getting the season premiere. Full season at a normal price of course is also missing the season premiere. Who else remembers when digital versions we're honestly cheaper then the physical DVD? Sad that Amazon needs to stoop so low to boost their lousy digital sales.
If you are a star wars fan, this series has the flavor you have desired for a long time. The story that drew you into the very first 3 movies. I am hoping that this will continue in the next season. It looks promising from what I have seen of the season 2 trailers. A young man who needs to grow up. A reluctant teacher who grows to see the great potential this young man has. Lots of evil trying to take them down. Ships, Space, War! An epic storyline that is only getting better as it goes. Oh and its a cartoon. Honestly they did such a great job with the storyline, It doesn't even matter. Whether you are a kid being exposed to this for the first time or a seasoned adult Star Wars fan who stood in line in 1977 like I did as a kid, you will enjoy this series!
Overall, it is a good story with likable characters. My only complaint,and it is a big complaint, is that it is sold separate from the complete first season. I would rate it four stars but I am disappointed that I have to purchase the first season separately.
Bought because my child was recently interested in star wars and having grown up on the original trilogy, I thought this would be a fun show to check out together. We both really enjoyed this intro into the show. I tried to watch the clone wars show a few years ago and it didn't catch my interest as much as this one did. I think it's because it feels a little closer to the original trilogy, which I have always liked more.
The listing was a bit deceptive, it said season so I assumed I was getting the complete first season but to my dismay found I had only purchase a single episode. Why are they calling episodes seasons? As for the quality of the show, I've learned to never judge a series by the first episode. So I can't say how much I like it until I've seen more.