Happening between Episodes 3 and 4, Star Wars Rebels is the story of the rise of the rebellion. Much like The Clone Wars before, it is there to bridge the gap in the story. Unlike The Clone Wars, it introduces mostly new characters. Recently at FanExpoCanada, TheNerdyBomb had the opportunity to view the premiere episode before it debuts on Disney XD in early October.
The story revolves around a small band of…well, rebels for lack of a better term. They are by no means the organized rebellion that will come to be, more like a grass-roots rebellion. The leader of this group is Kanan Jarrus (voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr), a man with a secret that will soon become known. Joining him are his sidekick Zeb, pilot Hera, Mandalorian Sabine, and a little astrodroid by the name of Chopper. They will soon be joined by Ezra Bridger, a streetwise orphan in the vein of Disney’s Alladin. They will have to contend with the evil Imperial Agent Kallus.
The premiere episode was wonderful. It captured the spirit of Star Wars better than The Clone Wars did. (Maybe even better than Episode 1 did.) Not relying on previously known characters means that the show will have to make us care for these new ones instead of relying on the good will that we already feel. Over time, it would not be surprising to see established characters appear. (Without giving away a spoiler from the first episode, there is a cameo of an established character, but only as a recording.)
The one area where I found the show lacking was in the animation style. It felt as if these characters were drawn with action figures in mind. The story soon made me forget about the animation style, at least until the Wookies were shown. The Wookies were almost cringe worthy, looking more like beloved pets than the gentle monsters that the are. (This is understandable though. This is a kid’s show, albeit one that adults should watch as well.)
I look forward to the debut of this show on Disney XD and hope that it lasts a long time. A product this good gives me hope for the new movies as well.
Here is the extended preview for you to enjoy.