Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion – Review and Preview

The crew of The Ghost at the world premiere showing of Star Wars Rebels
The crew of The Ghost and the shows creators at the world premiere showing of Star Wars Rebels

The newest constellation in the Star Wars universe, the animated series Star Wars Rebels, debuts this Friday, October 3rd, 2014. If this is the future of Star Wars under the Disney banner, there will be a bright future indeed.  I was fortunate to be able to see a preview of the one-hour series premiere titled “Spark of Rebellion” and an episode of the regular series airing in late October called “Rise of the Old Masters.”  Both featured amazing animation, engaging characters, and interesting storylines that made me want to watch more!  I sat down with my 10-year old daughter cheering on the antics of the The Ghost and her crew while cursing the Empire (in only polite language of course).

Getting the chance to meet Vanessa Marshall
Getting the chance to meet Vanessa Marshall

The debut episode showed us how Ezra became part of The Ghost crew.  It’s obvious that Ezra is clever, resourceful, and talented, but he’s pretty rough around the edges and without any parents.  He sparks Hera’s interest right away and Kanan’s as well.  It’s pretty clear that these two are like the mom and dad of this family, something that Vanessa Marshall who stars as Hera says is mirrored in their relationships on set.  But Zeb, the muscle of the group, wants nothing to do with the pint-sized load of trouble.  After Ezra proves himself, even Zeb comes around and by the end of the episode, Ezra is invited to join this ragtag family.

The Inquisitor looking menacing
The Inquisitor looking menacing
Lightsaber duel between Kanan and The Inquisitor
Lightsaber duel between Kanan and The Inquisitor

But is this some touchy-feely show about emotions?  It’s still Star Wars after all!  There is plenty of action, adventure, TIE fighters, Star Destroyers, fancy piloting, clever plans on both sides, lightsabers, and even Obi-Wan Kenobi.  You just have to watch it for yourself and see how well it is told.  I don’t want to give anything substantial away because part of the fun is watching the story unfold.  But I will tell you one thing.  It isn’t until the very end that we get our first glimpse of The Inquisitor (played by Jason Issacs of Harry Potter fame).  The Inquisitor looks like death personified and is ominous in appearance.  Following the development of his character will surely bring some moments of anxiety and tension in the show.  For those concerned that the show might be taken less seriously than it’s Clone Wars predecessor, it is not.  Watching “Rise of the Old Masters” we see the crew of The Ghost meeting The Inquisitor for the first time.  Let’s just say, it doesn’t go well for them.  Just remember the phrase, “Does yours do that?”

Make sure you tune in to watch the beginning of the next phase in the Star Wars universe as Star Wars Rebels launches on Disney Channel October 3rd and then shows regularly on Disney X D at 9pm beginning October 13th. It will be worth your while for sure!

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