This IS your father’s Star Wars!
For years, we’ve been delving into the time of the Clone Wars. We’ve seen hints of what eventually brings us to the events of the original trilogy, but until now we haven’t seen the Galactic Empire in all of it’s glory. We haven’t seen the rag tag group of rebels looking to overcome the tyranny of the Emperor. We haven’t seen the world of Luke, Leia, and Han. Until now.
Star Wars Rebels, the newest addition to the Star Wars Universe, is premiering on Disney Channel October 3rd and promises a new take on familiar themes. This show which chronologically takes place between Episode III (Revenge of the Sith) and Episode IV (A New Hope) offers us a view of a galaxy far, far away that we grew up with. It’s a perfect bridge between the prequel trilogy and the films that made George Lucas a household name and a perfect bridge between our generation and our children.
We get to see Stormtroopers, Imperial Star Destroyers, and TIE Fighters. We get to see the rebellion in its infancy. And we see glimpses of what’s to come – a phoenix symbol spray-painted on an Imperial poster looks a lot like the symbol for the Rebellion we come to know from A New Hope. Questions of what happened between the two movies that set the stage for the world we parents grew up with are explored. How were the Jedi hunted down when Order 66 was given? How did the Empire transition from clones to soldiers? Why did the Rebellion begin in the first place? These are the kinds of questions Star Wars Rebels will explore and will endear itself to the generation that knew A New Hope only as Star Wars.
Star Wars Rebels is also a launching point for a new generation of fans! Kids do not need to know the extensive history of the Star Wars saga to enjoy this show. Instead they can hop on board right at the beginning and explore the dynamics between the characters on board the Ghost for themselves. The crew of the Ghost are the stars of this show including Hera, the pilot; Kanan, the “Cowboy Jedi”; Ezra, the young padawan; Zeb, the muscle of the group; Sabine, an artistic Mandalorian; and Chopper, a droid with an attitude. Together this group will become a family, forged together by the oppression of the Empire as it reaches to the Outer Rim.
Star Wars Rebels is a great show for families to watch together because it can appeal to both young and the “not-as-young” at the same time. Parents can introduce their children to a love they had from their youth, and their children have a new show they can claim as their own. Make sure to tune in on Disney Channel October 3rd for the premiere and then Disney X D weekly for the series.
- Have you heard about A New Dawn the Star Wars novel preceding the series? Read my exclusive interview with author John Jackson Miller!
- Did you read about the Star Wars Rebels Event where we got to interview the fabulous Vanessa Marshall who plays Hera on the show? If you haven’t read it yet, please do!