The Story Continues in Star Wars Rebels

Amy Weed, Co-editor

It’s common knowledge that Disney bought Lucasfilms, the company founded by Star Wars creator George Lucas. When the transaction happened, there were thousands of questions from fans that popped up: “What’s Disney going to do with it?”, “Are they going to remake the previous six episodes?” The uncommon knowledge, to those not devotedly ardent about the Star Wars universe, is that there were suppose to be nine films. So the storylines exist, but were never filmed.

Episode VII is not scheduled to be released until December 18, 2015, but that does not mean Disney cannot dip its toes into the star wars universe prior to that date. Premiering October 13th at 9p/8c. on Disney XD is the one hour special “Spark of the Rebellion” for Star Wars Rebels. The new series is created by Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg and Carrie Beck; starring voice actors Taylor Gray as Ezra Bridger, Freddie Prinze, Jr. as Kanan Jarrus, Tiya Sicar as Sabine Wren, Steven Blum as Zeb Orrelios, and Hera Syndulla.

Photo Credit: Amy Weed

Photo Credit: Amy Weed

Star Wars Rebels takes place five years before episode IV, a New Hope, (the one in which Luke learns of the force) when the spark of the rebellion is ignited as the Empire hunts down the last of the Jedi Knights and closes its grip on the galaxy.

The animation is similar to that of the 2008 Star Wars: the Clone Wars series’s with its angular faces. From the one-hour special, one can see glimmers of character dynamics: Kanan listening to Hera and following her advice, and Zeb truly being a softy when he’s not smashing a trooper’s face in.

The one-hour special explained the Star Wars universe in a nutshell so whoever did not know the backstory could infer. The Empire is bad; people are not happy, but are too scared to do anything about it, except for a select few. Those few were hurt by the Empire and banded together to fight back,

As it is, the curiosity for what will happen to Ezra and the crew will leave the audience wanting to know how their adventure turns out. And of course to see some blaster and light saber action. Star Wars Rebels is the animated show to watch this October.


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