Are you ready to rebel? To celebrate Star Wars Day, Disney is releasing a special sneak peek at their all new animated series, Star Wars Rebels. Previewing this Fall on Disney X D, this brand new addition to the Star Wars Universe gives viewers an up close look at the formation of the Rebellion. This series will be familiar to old and new fans alike. We once again get to see Stormtroopers the way they looked back in 1977. We encounter the Empire instead of a corrupt Republic. And we get to see things like TIE Fighters and Star Destroyers. Yet this series is new and fresh also. Taking place in the time between Episodes III and IV it features an all new cast of characters.
Sure to enter into Star Wars lore is Kanan, the “Cowboy Jedi” who willingly brandishes a blaster; Hera the saucy Twi’lek pilot of the crew’s ship known as Ghost; Sabine, an “explosive” Mandalorian; Zeb, the muscle of the crew; the street smart Ezra; and the crew’s feisty droid Chopper (C1-10P). Dave Filoni, the executive producer of the show, says “If Artoo is the family dog, Chopper is the cat.” And from the looks of it, Zeb and Ezra seem like a young Han and Chewie. They’re not, but their relationship develops along those lines. Overall, it looks like this is a great fusion of old and new. A lot of nods to what old time fans are familiar with alongside new stories and a new look for a new generation. A lighter tone has been promised compared to Clone Wars, but that doesn’t mean there won’t be plenty of depth to the episodes themselves. Did you see the phoenix symbol that Sabine likes to draw to mark their success? Looks very familiar to fans of A New Hope. Will the crew of the Ghost be the catalyst for the start of the Rebellion? Only time will tell.
Dave Filoni shared a particularly helpful insight in an article with IGN when he said, “I believe it’s the opening crawl of A New Hope that says, ‘The rebels have had their first major victory against the Galactic Empire.’ That gives you some insight into how organized they are, which is not very. I think one notion we attack to make this series was, how long does it take them, the Rebel Alliance, to really become something formidable? Are they ever formidable? The Empire never actually seems that worried about them.” So what DOES the Rebellion look like prior to A New Hope? I think we are about to find out this Fall when Disney X D premieres Star Wars Rebels!!!