Let’s Take a Look at Star Wars Rebels

SPOILERS AHEAD

 

Rebels has kicked off and…overall, I liked it.  Last week we had the one-hour premiere with a movie on the Disney Channel.  This week the season officially got underway with its first episode on Monday night.

I loved the movie.  I thought it was exactly what Star Wars should be and how they should approach the series.  They stayed away from any characters we knew and the only glimpse we got of a familiar character was a hologram recording of Obi-Wan Kenobi.  The recording was the one he released in ROTS, warning all Jedi to stay away from the temple and that the Jedi are no longer safe.

Other than that – we were introduced to a completely new band of characters.  We have Hera the Twi’lek pilot who commands their ship Ghost, Kanan the undercover Jedi, Zeb is the Lasat who is really the tough guy of the operation (and his species is based on original concept drawings of Chewbacca!), Sabine the Mandolorian who is kind of a pyro and graffiti artist, and finally we have a newcomer named Ezra.  A kid of the streets who gets pulled into this little clan and decides to stay to do some Jedi training with Kanan.  Oh, and we can’t forget Chopper: the little astromech droid who helps run the ship.  They did a great job on making him seem pretty different from Artoo, a fear I had.

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The opposition to this team on a larger scale is, obviously, the Empire.  Specifically, at this point we know of two beings: Agent Kallus, an official of the Imperial Security Bureau and The Inquisitor, a Pau’an male who hunts down remaining Jedi.  We have not seen much of him yet – only saw him at the end of the movie when Kallus reported that he had found a Jedi (Kanan).

What I liked most about the movie is that we were introduced to new areas, new people, new ships and my imagination was opened to a part of Star Wars I didn’t know, but there was “something familiar about this place”.  Ralph McQuarrie’s touch was extremely obvious and some of the landscape shots were ripped right off of what he had done for the OT.  Not saying that’s bad, in fact, it gave us the OT feel.

I was most surprised at the time period of Rebels.  Apparently it takes place 5 years BBY.  I completely missed this somehow.  That means that Luke and Leia are 14 and the Jedi have been written off the galaxy for 14 years.  What made me question this time period is that the need to have an Inquisitor means that there are still quite a few Jedi throughout the galaxy.

I don’t like that.  Jedi shouldn’t be that prevalent still, right?  Han Solo was really skeptical of the Force and Luke barely knew anything about Jedi.  If Luke and Leia are 14 at this point, and Han would be older, wouldn’t it mean that the knowledge of Jedi would be a little more common?

Also, they are making this group of misfits look like the beginning of the Rebellion.  The Rebellion should have been pretty much established by this point in the game, even if they are not completely rebellious (pun intended ha!) yet.  The crew on Ghost are smart; I think they would have heard about the Rebellion through their travels across the galaxy and at this point either joined them or aided them in some way.

Which brings me to the first episode of the TV series.  After coming off of a successful premiere movie, I cringed and got angry when I saw C-3PO and R2-D2 appear in the first official episode.  UGH.  Really?? I know that other people have no problems with this but I do.  I was hoping that Rebels would stay away from that trap of bringing in familiar characters to satisfy all audiences.

Seeing Threepio and Artoo made the galaxy seem smaller than it actually is.  Do you really think they would run into these two droids?  Really?artoo threepio star wars rebels  It was completely fine in TCW, because they had every single PT character running around that why not bring in everyone we know?  In fact, I got used to that in TCW.  But Rebels clearly seems to be reminding us that this is a new band of characters on new planets and in new situations.  The cherry on the cake was when they drop off the droids at, of all ships, the Tantive IV with Bail Organa.  (bangs head against wall)  I was expecting a teenage Leia to just stroll in and talk with her father.  Thankfully that did not happen and I was spared, but if we are going to introduce Organa this early in the series, maybe I should just brace myself and expect it to happen at some point.

The only interesting thing about the situation was that Artoo had recorded some of the conversations on Ghost and had brought it back to Organa who noted that they should keep an eye on them.  I still think they could have used other droids and a different character for this, but maybe by the time the series ends it will tie back to bringing the crew of Ghost into the Rebellion.  And, by the way, shouldn’t the droids be pushed off onto Captain Antilles at some point?  They’ve really been with Organa for 14 years?

bail organa rebels

Other than my major grievance with the droids, Tantive IV, and Organa – I think the first episode was pretty cool.  They stuck it to the Empire by stealing their prized weapons that were supposed to be illegal throughout the galaxy, and then later destroying them.  It spoke to an interesting larger lesson: the Empire can do what they want, regardless if weapons are illegal or not.  In the hands of the Empire, those laws are conveniently forgotten if it will further their cause.

Ezra showed us some of his Force powers…he has more than I thought.  But they came into action when he was angry and scared.  Not very Jedi-like, eh?  So Kanan will have to curb that and teach him how to use the Force in a calmer state.  Or will Kanan change the rules a bit and not follow the strict Jedi Code?  Speaking of Kanan…I couldn’t really figure out how old he was.  I was guessing late 20s or early 30’s.  Oh – nevermind, Wookiepedia says he’s 28 and was 14 when Order 66 happened.

Lastly, I wanted to touch briefly upon the tone and style of the series.  I enjoyed the style and the banter between the characters, but my good friend Mr. Reticent pointed out that it was a lot lighter than TCW.  Not only with the situations and how they talked with each other, but also the animation style.  When you contrast the animation, there is a big difference.  TCW was more angular, sharp and it felt like watching a video game sometimes.  Rebels is smooth, almost more “cartoony”, which makes sense considering that it comes from Disney.  The tone of the episodes seemed to play more for a Disney crowd as well…I’m not sure if any of you guys watch The Disney Channel/Disney X D or Cartoon Network – but they are two very different styles and draw in two different crowds.  Both focus more on drawing in boys than girls, but CN is a lot cruder in my opinion.  I find CN to grate on me often and I watch the shows with disbelief that kids watch that channel as it can feel gritty.  Disney X D still seems unfathomable to me at times, but at least I can somewhat relate and understand why a boy would watch a show on the channel.  X D plays it a little safer and perhaps that’s why Rebels also seems to reflect that. (apparently I can’t write X.D. without WP changing it to a gigantic smiley face)

I find it hard to decide whether or not I will like the series based on what I’ve seen.  I loved the movie, giving it an 8.5/10, but felt the first TV show would come in at a 6/10.

 

Okay, I’m almost done, I swear.  Two side notes!

  1. Greg Weisman has left Rebels. I am most sad about this as he was the one person I was really pumped to have part of the show and thought would lead it in a smart, good direction.  But why did he leave?  I can’t find anything online so if anyone has information on this, please let me know to satiate my curiosity.
  2. Kiri Hart. I can’t go further without mentioning her.  You guys know how often I have talked about my unusual name and how I’ve never met anyone else with my name.  Well, guess what?  She is the VP of development at LFL and oversees a lot of the Star Wars content produced by Disney…including Rebels.  Look for her name at the end credits of Rebels.  SUPER WEIRD.  SUPER, SUPER WEIRD.  But I’m loving it.  I would not wish anyone else to have my name but someone at LFL.  It’s a sign.  I’m not sure of what, but it’s a sign.

Five Favorite Star Wars Visuals

Star Wars Insider always has some great questions that they ask authors, artists, graphic novelists, actors, etc. regarding Star Wars.  Sometimes it’ll be simple questions like “Favorite Star Wars movie?” but other times they have a section where they ask someone more in depth questions about their expertise.

In this latest issue, they asked Chris Trevas his five favorite visual moments from the Saga.  Trevas is an official Star Wars artist who has lent his hand to the Star Wars: Roleplaying Game, Star Wars Adventure Journal, and co-illustrated some Essential Guide’s, among much more.  For Trevas’ answers, you’ll have to pick up the latest Insider.

What are my five favorite visual moments?

I’m so glad you asked!

5. Cloud City

Ahhhh, the view of cloud city.  It sparked my imagination so much when I was younger.  Actually, it still does.  This image was just so sci-fi in my mind that I gravitated towards it.  Before seeing this, my images of cities in the clouds were always ones that somehow floated amongst the clouds, almost like a boat.  But this made so much more sense!  The view flying towards it represented a haven, a safe place, and a sanctuary (I know all those words basically mean the same thing; don’t judge).   A place where our heroes could find some respite from being chased by the diligent Empire.  Little did I know that it would be the opposite, but the visualization worked so well at calming my fears and making it seem like everything would work out.

cloud city

4.  Anakin and Obi-Wan Battling on Mustafar

There’s just something about this image/moment that is incredible and it’s the only image I picked from the Prequels.  Friend fighting friend with such ferocity against a backdrop of molten lava (Lucas’ version of hell).  The emotional image, coupled with the visual imagery stops you in your tracks.  The colors are well done by the CGI team with the vibrant hues of orange, red, and yellow.  I’ve been to Hawaii and have seen real lava, and let me tell you, they did a pretty good job with the colors.

Another aspect worth noting are how their lightsabers stand out and both lightsabers turn a purplish shade when mixed with the red/orange background.  It’s almost ambiguous, as if Obi-Wan is teetering towards the dark side and there could still be hope for Anakin; the boundaries don’t seem defined quite yet.

anakin obi wan fighting mustafar

3.  Imperial Troops Have Entered Space!

Dear George Lucas, Ralph McQuarrie, and ILM: you are awesome for creating an animal-like machine that I will never, ever forget.  The visual image here is so important because it portends a hopeless situation.  We are located on a desolate icy, snow-filled planet.  Snow rarely represents life and we know that the Rebels probably picked this location due to lack of habitability.  Against that bleak backdrop, we have these Imperial Walkers, huge and menacing.  They mean destruction.  What I love about this image is that you don’t even need to understand Star Wars to understand what is about to happen here.  The visual representation is such a punch to the gut that even if you’ve never seen the AT-AT’s before, you know it does not bode well.

AtAt

2.  The Entrance of Darth Vader

This image is imprinted in my memory.  Watching it for the first time, with the pause before Vader comes out, only heightened the anticipation.  And when he enters the Tantive IV, all bets are off the table.  Standing ovation for George Lucas because this has to go down as one of the best entrances by a villain in movie history.  You’ve got everything in white, even his own soldiers, and then out of that doorway comes a figure in complete black with light shining behind him.  So complete that you cannot see one inch of skin and he has a menacing breathing apparatus as well.  He doesn’t even talk in this scene and he doesn’t need to.  The visual imagery is enough.  It’s so simple, yet so powerful.

darth vader entrance

1.  Wistful Longing

Is it right that this makes my top spot because of the external factors related to it?  I love this imagery because of John Williams’ swelling theme behind it, that Luke is frustrated by the fact that he thinks he’ll always be stuck on Tatooine, and by the symbolism of the sun(s) setting on one chapter of his life.  The next day will change his life forever.  But for now, he stares off into the sunset with a wistful longing for a grander, more epic life.

It’s relatable on some level to all of us: that yearning for something bigger or something greater.  That small home/issue/relationship we want to leave behind, a dry desert that holds nothing for us.

What’s interesting about this image is that when you just look at it visually, you actually can’t tell if it’s sunset or sunrise without the context.  It could be a hopeful image, one of a new day and changes.  That’s why I struggled with putting it in first place.  The image is stunning, but is it stunning in and of itself or because of the emotions I place with it?  (Then I realized I didn’t care, and it was my blog, and I like it in first place.)

STAR WARS

 

What about you?  Do you have any Star Wars visuals that just speak to you?

 

Where To Start?

There’s so much I’ve wanted to write about these past few weeks, but I don’t even know where to start.

In personal news – I’m thinking of starting my own business.  And by “thinking”, I mean, I’m actually in the process of looking everything up and I’m pretty serious about it.  I’m going to launch my own Virtual Assistant business where hopefully I’ll be getting my own clients and helping them with various administrative, creative, and organizational tasks.  All online and all from a home office…so essentially I’ll be running an online business.

This came about from reading Lean In and realizing that though women are gaining equality in the workplace, equality also comes from understanding unique differences in men and women and providing for them.  In this increasingly online world, corporate offices should be able to provide more flexibility to women (and men) who may want to take care of their children, but still be able to work the full eight hours required.  I understand that not every employee can work online, but often in my Executive Assistant career, the people I support have been absent more than present.  High profile execs are constantly traveling, and my job has unintentionally turned virtual for the majority of the time.

In my ideal world, if I have children, I would love to go to work from 8-1:00pm, come home and spend time with my children, and hop back online around 7 or 8pm for a few hours to finish working, while my husband puts the kids to bed.  And still get a full time salary for my work.  I just want the flexibility to be a working mother on my own terms.

Here in the suburbs of Boston, one month of childcare for one child is equal to my paycheck for a month.  Get that?   Wow.  So I could not work, and our income would still be the same.  This really got me thinking.  I love to work, I really do.  But for the time period in my life when I have young children, why would I pay someone else to take care of my children when I can do it myself and break even?  Why not still try to work, bring in money, but also take care of my children?

I don’t know if this will actually work, or if I’ll even get clients and be able to maintain a good income.  But it’s better than not bringing in anything and I feel like if I don’t try this venture out now…by the time I have children, I’ll be too busy and frazzled to try to start my own business.

This is clearly what my life will be like when my business is up and running. HA. HA.

This is clearly what my life will be like when my business is up and running. HA. HA.

Needless to say, I’ve been slightly overwhelmed as I try to juggle my full-time job and getting my VA business up and running on the side.  There’s so much to do!  So this blog has been slightly neglected as I focus my attention elsewhere, but I hope no one has really noticed.

Now onto Star Wars news!

Since my last update on Star Wars Rebels, there have been a few larger developments.  We now know the main crew of Ghost: Ezra Bridger, Hera Syndulla, Zeb Orrelios, Sabine Wren, Chopper, and former Jedi Kanan Jarrus.

Ezra Bridger is a human con artist and thief who has Force sensitivities.  Unknowingly, he’s used the Force to help him get out of situations before.  Kind of sounds like The Boy Who Lived, huh?

ezra bridger

Hera Syndulla is a Twi’lek!!  YAY.  I was all for seeing some Twi’lek love and super happy to see them finally getting some awesome screen time.  She’s the owner and pilot of Ghost.  Hera is described as the “heart” of the crew, “keeping the group together and bringing the best out of them.”  She owns Chopper and known to be independent, strong-willed and determined.

Hera_Syndulla

Zeb Orrelios is known as the muscle of the crew.  His species is a Lasat, and the species is based on early concept drawings that Ralph McQuarrie did of Chewbacca.  Though Zeb is trained as a warrior, he is also educated.

zeb orrelios

Sabine Wren is a Mandalorian who specializes in explosives, and is also a graffiti artist.  She is described as “spunky and feisty”.

sabine wren

Former Jedi Kanan Jarrus is a human who survived Order 66 and is in hiding (obviously).  He ends up mentoring Ezra in the ways of the Force and serves as the Ghost crew’s leader.

Your lightsaber is a dead giveaway, dude.

Your blue lightsaber is a dead giveaway, dude.

Female fans were a little upset that after all the hype around female characters in Rebels, there are only two so far, and they don’t seem to be main characters either.  My guess is that Ezra and Kanan will be the leads, with the rest playing supporting roles.   However, I think having Hera as a female pilot is great (kind of reminiscent of Starbuck in BSG) and I’m very interested to see what Sabine brings to the mix.  A talented graffiti artist who specializes in explosives?  I didn’t expect that.  Nor did I expect any artist to play a prominent role on a Rebel ship, so this could be a good thing for children to see.  It’s emphasizing that not everyone in this world is pure muscle and combat…you can also be creative and bring something to the mix.

There’s a rumor that Billy Dee Williams could be lending his voice to Rebels but reports are mixed on that (by the way – it was just announced today that he will be on the next season of Dancing with the Stars).  It’s worth noting that he IS listed on the IMDB page as a voice in Star Wars Rebels.  This rumor comes from when he was at Rhode Island Comic Con and said he would be a voice in a Netflix show called Rebels.  Netflix is not airing Rebels, so maybe he is in some of the unaired episodes of the Clone Wars?  Or he’s just darn confused since he’s 76 years old (can you believe that?!).

Which brings me to my next update…

The complete series of The Clone Wars is airing on Netflix this Friday, March 7th.  I already have a calendar reminder set up.  This also means the final episodes, “The Lost Missions”, that we haven’t seen are also airing with it.  Yay.  I can’t wait to check it out.   I’ve read up on The Lost Missions and been spoiled (why didn’t they write “spoiler alert”??) on some of the plot, which has bummed me out, but I’m still excited to see it.  I’ll let you guys know what I think…

TCW the lost missions

Finally, there are a lot of rumors swirling out there in regards to Episode VII casting.  People are swearing up and down that Adam Driver has been named the villain and that the original three are returning, but just as a reminder – until we actually hear it from LFL or Disney, they’re just rumors.  However, we are getting really close to official casting reveals!  Filming begins this May so they should already have some leads nailed down by now.

I’m the type that until it’s confirmed, I try not to get excited about anything.  What’s the point if we don’t know for sure?  I get excited knowing that something big is coming…like knowing that we’ll have some casting updates soon.

Have you guys been paying attention to the rumors?  Do you get excited or are you blasé about everything?

Geek Out! Star Wars Rebels Edition

I haven’t given a Geek Out! in a while, so I thought I’d devote this one entirely to Star Wars Rebels, since more details have been coming out here and there in the past few months.

I’m excited for Star Wars Rebels, the new TV show coming out this fall.  After being so hesitant and angry with The Clone Wars when it was released, and then enjoying it once I actually started watching it, I won’t be making the same mistake with Star Wars Rebels.  I mean, this is a time period in the Star Wars that I’ve always wanted to know about.  Clone Wars, not so much, but the formation of the Rebellion?  Totally!  I have an Alliance Starbird tattoo for a reason…

Before the Prequels were even released, I wanted to know how the Empire had begun, when the Jedi disappeared, and about Luke and Leia’s childhood.  Will we know all of that?  Probably not.  Luke and Leia’s childhood would be pushing it, and I’m not sure if I even want to know about that. I would like there to be still SOME mystery about Star Wars, even with all these new movies and new TV show.

But what do we actually know about this show?  Since Disney has acquired Lucasfilm, things have been very hush hush around Star Wars.  I’m perfectly okay with that, as I love being spoiler-free and having surprises, but they have been a little more willing to let details leak regarding Rebels.

So what do we know?

Timeline

  • The series begins about 4-5 BBY, fourteen years into the reign of the Galactic Empire.  So that means Luke and Leia are around 14 years old.

Ships

  1. There is a ship called Ghost.  Ghost is actually shaped a little like the Millenium Falcon with that circular-ish shape.  Lego sets to be revealed this year say “Pilot The Ghost with 2 cockpits, 360-degree rotating gun turret, spring-loaded shooters, detachable escape pods, Holocron and more.”
  2. There is a ship named Phantom.  According to Lego sets, Phantom is known as an attack shuttle with an “opening cockpit, 2-way spring-loaded shooter, rear cargo compartment and more.” They actually say “detachable cockpit” later in the description so that’s interesting.  A cockpit that is like an escape pod almost?  But how do you get the cockpit back to the ship?
Ghost

Ghost

Characters

  1. The Inquisitor.  Ladies and Gentleman, we have a villain!  Sounds like this guy was hired by Darth Vader to finish the dirty work he started: hunt down the remaining Jedi that survived the Great Jedi Purge.  He is a Pau’an, the species that lived on Utapau and let Obi-Wan know where General Grievous was hiding in ROTS.  According to the EU*, Pau’ans were not friendly with the Empire, so it’s interesting to see that the Inquisitor could be the black sheep.
  2. Ezra Bridger.  We don’t know much of this character as he was only introduced by Lego as a character paired with the ship The Phantom, and is a “young Rebel hero” who has a cadet helmet and blaster.  Cadet helmet?  Cadet usually means someone in training for the military, so perhaps they mean training for the Rebellion?  It would be interesting if it meant something else though as we know the main military at the time is obviously the Empire.
  3. Zeb.  No last name for this guy.  Again, this comes from Lego as he is paired with Ghost.  It says to “Join the Rebel heroes…” when referring to this set, so we can take a safe guess at knowing that Zeb is also part of the fledgling Alliance.
  4. Chopper aka C1-10P.  Oh, it’s so cute.  Chopper was just introduced a few days ago as the new droid who helps out on Ghost and described as a “cranky” astromech droid.  The design for this droid was inspired by an early concept drawing of R2-D2 taken from Ralph McQuarrie.

 

Miscellaneous Plot Points

  • According to Dave Filoni, Rebels is going to stick to “one story and one main group of characters”.  Hmmmm…a little reminiscent of the OT, huh?
  • There are two primary female leads.  Ezra is not a female, as the Lego synopsis says “his” in it.  There is no reference to sex with Zeb, so perhaps Zeb could be a female?  I’m interested to know the role these two female leads will play, as Ahsoka was such a hit in TCW.  I’d love to see the main villain also be a female, but I guess I can wait on that one.  Either way, girls kicking butt is awesome, so I’ll take it.  Disney 😄 is primarily geared towards young boys; it’ll be good to see some females taking part of the action.
  • According to Athena Portillo (Line Producer), we will see some familiar faces.  Does that mean the obvious, like Darth Vader?  Or could it mean glimpses of our original heroes?  Or even Boba Fett?  Characters from TCW (Cad Bane anyone?!)?  Or even throw in some EU stuff?
  • Greg Weisman points out that we won’t see what we know as the Rebel Alliance yet, because right now, it’s just a group of rebels (notice no capital R).  He says this show really is about the origin of the Rebellion.
  • Ghost hosts a “clever and motley crew” where “this ragtag group will face threatening new villains, have thrilling adventures, and become heroes”, according to action figure packages revealed at NYCC this year.  Could this be the group that forms the Rebellion?  I’m guessing it might be, based on how we have seen more of the ship Ghost than anything else from Star Wars Rebels.
  • The Inquisitor is hunting down the remaining Jedi, so that means we could see some of those Jedi he finds.  How the Inquistor ties into Ghost and the forming Rebellion could be interesting.

So that’s the latest edition of Geek Out! Rebels edition.  What seems like only a little bit of information that has been leaked out in the past few months, is actually a lot more informative than you’d think.

Based on what we know now, do you think you will watch the show?

 

 

 

*The EU is apparently going through some reworking.  A Lucasfilm Story Group has been created to keep track of “all facets of Star Wars storytelling, including movies, TV, games, and publishing.”  In a nutshell, they are trying to move forward and have everything be part of one canon.  I’m sure it will become more clear over time, but it may mean that the Pau’ans history with the Empire means nothing.

Star Wars Rebels

With the announcement a few days ago of a new animated series to premiere in fall of 2014, Star Wars fans are once again starting speculations and murmurs about whether or not this will be a good thing.

I refuse to go in angrily as I did when The Clone Wars premiered in 2008.  By declining to watch TCW for the first two years, I denied myself some great Star Wars action that had been sorely missing from my life.  In my defense, I had seen the movie in the theaters beforehand, and was completely unaware of what TCW was going for.  I was so disappointed that I boycotted the series.  However, if I had been a little more cognizant of what the TCW team was aiming to produce, maybe I would have been more understanding.

The new series is titled “Star Wars Rebels” and will take place between Episodes III and IV.  Premiering first on the Disney Channel, it will then move to Disney 😄 for its permanent home.

Now – as we know – that’s a good 19 years of time span to cover.  That gives Disney a lot of room to play with characters, situations, and major plot developments.  Will they deviate from the main Skywalker storyline right now or will they stick with what we know?

Obviously, the title gives something away as it’s during this time period that the Empire is strengthening its reach across the galaxy, but a small band of resistant leader’s form what is later known as the Rebellion…or perhaps better known as the Rebels of Star Wars?

And who is one of the first founders of the Rebel Alliance?  Bail Organa.  And who was Bail Organa?  Leia’s adoptive father.

Bail Organa

So does that mean we will get to see Leia during her youth?  Disney is not known for its subtlety (I mean, for Pete’s sake, Miley Cyrus only changed her hair color and became pop star Hannah Montana) so my guess is Disney’s line of thought is: Leia was part of the rebellion = Leia is an OT character = more Leia = means more people watching = means more ads = more money.  Ca-ching!  So yes, my theory is that Leia will make an appearance, if not multiple appearances.

Personally, I’m very interested in where they go with this because I have always loved the deleted scenes in ROTS that shows Padmé meeting with Organa and others and starting this small faction of rebels.  Damn, that took a lot of guts on Padmé’s end to do that behind Anakin’s back, which makes me believe she knew deep down that something was unraveling fast within their relationship.  As part of a married couple, there is not much I do that my husband does not know about because any secrets you have breaks down the trust between you both.  But look at what she was part of!  Though she dies soon after the Empire takes over, she has begun a group that lives on well after her death and has a hand in dismantling an entire political system.  I’m hoping Disney takes this and uses it to turn it into a very interesting show, at the rate the TCW started to become before it ended.

Forming of Star Wars Rebellion

One of my fears is that I have yet to see anything on the Disney 😄 channel that keeps my attention as an adult.  Disney 😄 was created for more action oriented shows geared towards boys ages 6 to 14.  Kathleen Kennedy says, “I think Star Wars Rebels will capture the look, feel and fun that both kids and their parents love about Star Wars.”  I hope she speaks true, because if they do this right, it will be a strong deviation from what is normally aired.  I’m no expert on this, and have definitely not watched much Disney XD, but I’m crossing my fingers that Disney doesn’t let us down.  They can learn from the TCW to see what worked and what didn’t regarding an animated TV show.  TCW was definitely on a children’s channel, but it handled adult themes and seriousness with a maturity that I found surprising and I think Disney could benefit from having a TV show like that.

All we do know for sure about this latest development is what came directly from Starwars.com: “Star Wars Rebels takes place in a time where the Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy and hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights as a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking shape. Details about the show are a closely guarded secret at this point.”  I can’t see hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights really taking that long in the TV show and I hope they don’t drag that out.  It also surprises me that they are talking about hunting down the last Jedi Knights, as that could be really violent.

Lastly, I will also be watching this closely because I’m realizing that everything is pointing to something else, especially now that Disney is controlling everything Star Wars related.  In one episode they could plant a nugget of information that will help in further understanding something in one of the standalone movies or new trilogy.

I recommend watching this video below for a little bit more information.  Not much, but it sounds like they are definitely using some of Ralph McQuarrie’s work as a foundation and it makes me happy to see Dave Filoni back on board.  Like I just mentioned, hopefully he can use what was learned from TCW and guide this show in a way that will benefit everyone.

Here is the starwars.com official announcement: http://starwars.com/news/new-animated-series-star-wars-rebels-coming-fall-2014.html

Announcement from Greg Weisman (worked on Gargoyles!  Anybody remember that show??  That show was awesome): http://bit.ly/13LG8mg

What do you guys think?  Anyone have thoughts on where they hope to see this show go?  Are you even going to watch it?