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About the Show
Minor Character Spoilers
Character
The Ghost.
When Disney purchased the rights to Star Wars in 2012, only content that was from the movies or the Clone Wars TV show was considered canon. I’m a big fan of The Clone Wars. It had familiar characters, but with fantastic new characters, new locations and new stories set between the movies. It was quite large in scale, as the series was based on the entire republic, with loads of Jedi, senators and Clones.

Star Wars Rebels takes a different approach, with it having new characters, with the focus being on a small crew on a small ship. Because of only certain things now belonging to cannon, These only cover a certain characters and certain points in the overall timeline, meaning that are big time periods we haven't seen. Rebels is set in one of those unexplored time periods. This concept has worked well in other shows in the past, and it's an idea that gels well with Star Wars.
Quote The show is mostly set on the Ghost. A small ship that they call home. It’s been modified and been through hundreds of battles, giving it a run down look and feel. Comparisons to the Millennium Falcon are well founded, as you could class it as a smaller version of that ship. But enough of the ship, let’s meet the A-Team! (Wait, I can't call them that can I?)

Each member of the Ghost vary greatly in personality and skillset, and are pretty different to what we have seen before in Star Wars. You have Kanan the rogue Jedi. He never fully completed former Jedi training, meaning he is a little unsure of himself sometimes. Hera the owner of the ghost, and has many contacts who are willing to fight against the empire. She is a very skilled pilot and a great mother-like figure for Ezra and Sabrine to look up too.

Ezra is a young boy who has a knack of deception and having loads of luck. His character grows a lot during the series, especially in season 3. Sabrine is an Mandalorian, who attended imperial school for a short time. This makes her bounty hunter skills and imperial knowledge great for creating plans. Zeb is a Lasat, one of the last of his kind. Similar to a Wookee, he has incredible strength and has excellent combat and weapons skills. Chopper, the sissy sarcastic Droid who usually has a bad temper, he helps out his family when he can.

As you can tell from those mini character bios, with different backgrounds, ages, varying weapons and force training and ages, they all have very different personalities. They are one very strong family that will not stop at nothing to weaken the empire anyway they can. I think these characters are a lot better than most of the big-screen ones!
[The Ghost]Isn't nice when your father plays catch with you? Well Kanan and Ezra do things a little differently...
Rebels is set between Episodes III and IV. The Empire has almost succeeded in exterminating the Jedi race, leaving no one to stop the empire from taking over and controlling more and more systems. This show connects to the original trilogy and Star Wars: Rogue One, as the rebels here are the start of the rebel alliance. It’s interesting to see how the alliance started, and how large it would become. Especially in these early days, the empire is clearly winning.

One of the strongest parts of the pre-quels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars was the Jedi. Who doesn't like a good lightsaber fight? Thankfully the show has a Jedi and an appreciate on board the ghost… well sort of. One of the highlights is the relationship between Kanan and Ezra. Kanan is a rogue Jedi. After his master was killed by order 66, he abandoned his training for sometime, before meeting up with Hera. This is a Jedi that is not fully sure of the extend of his powers and never had the advantage of years of extra training from other Jedi.

By the time Ezra showed up years later, Kanan invited him to be trained to become a Jedi, because of his natural ability to use the force. Ezra is an interesting character too, as he is being trained by a Jedi who isn't a Jedi master – will that have consequences down the line? We can only guess. It’s an interesting relationship between Master and Apprentice that we haven’t seen before.

We can all agree that the pre-quels and the original trilogy are very different in tone, style and characters. While The Clone Wars had a very pre-quel feeling as a whole, with characters, locations and even dialogue from that era, Rebels feels different. It feels like the original trilogy - but with the animation style of the Clone Wars.

I would actually go one step further, I would say it's a cross between the Clone Wars and the original trilogy, with the best of both worlds. You have great fights, with both blaster battles (like the original trilogy) and lightsaber duels (like the pre-quels). You also have lots of great new characters that are introduced in Rebels, but also returning fan-favourite characters that make a comeback.

Since the show is set in a part of the Star Wars timeline that is largely mentioned but rarely seen (With Rogue One filling in some gaps), its great to fill the gap with some great stories. The show does have great fan service, with having back story to characters and locations we already love. This is never at the expense of the new characters and locations we visit, which is one of this shows greatest strengths – mixing new and old flawlessly.


Closing Thoughts
Excellent Excellent
When I initially heard of Star Wars Rebels (and feeling a little bitter of Disney ending the Clone Wars “early”) it only took a few episodes for me to really like the series. It’s had three seasons (with a forth on the way) and it’s still giving us great moments, fantastic characters and solid stories. The big question still remains: How will the series end? I look forward to finding out the answer, while sitting back and find out what the Empire has install for our heroes.

My One Big Highlight
Spiderman While the appearance of Darth Vader was fantastic to see (especially as he is voiced by non other than James Earl Jones), it was the re-appearance of Ahsoka Tano that sold the show for me. My all-time favourite Star Wars character, I was really pleased to see her again, and see what she has been doing since the Clone Wars.
Elephant In the Room
elephantMy initial fear of few Jedi fights and lightsaber use was put to rest on the first episode, that Kanan reveals himself to be a Jedi. I thought this was a little rushed, it would of worked a lot better if this had been played for a few episodes, so to give the audience and Ezra a surprise.