2 October 2018 | mto10
The Imperial Age
Recently I binged The Clone Wars, and then binged Rebels immediately after. I prefer TCW, but Rebels is definitely under-appreciated. The show is actually a pretty good animation depicting the Imperial Age of Star Wars. It does for the original trilogy timeline, what TCW's did for the prequel trilogy timeline; flesh out new stories. It makes for highly entertaining TV. Sure, it may be childish at times, but, much like The Clone Wars, perfectly balances mature content with the childish content. Star Wars fans of any age can watch this and enjoy.
The series overall starts slow and childish, but still fun all the same. It gets more mature as the show progresses, with a more childish tone episode thrown in here and there. It includes great cameos from both Prequel trilogy and Original trilogy characters. Seeing R2-D2 and C-3PO bless the show with their presence at the start was a treat. As seeing Leia, Lando, Darth Vader, Yoda, Obi-Wan, etc. Rebels also picks up some storylines from the unfinished Clone Wars show, which is now set to be finished at the time of this writing. Seeing Darth Maul, Ahsoka and Rex brought back are extremely hype-worthy moments, that only add to the show.
Overall, Rebels isn't a masterpiece, but it is entertaining and enjoyable material expanding the Star Wars universe. It is far better than the new trilogy Star Wars has been cooking up. Rebels actually has an interesting band of characters, unlike the new movies. Ezra, is called the "Aladdin of Star Wars" which isn't necessarily a bad thing. We see him mature over the course of the series. Kanan, the wise Jedi mentor, is my personal favorite character. He serves as one of the last links to the past. Hera, the skilled pilot of the crew, she and Kanan's relationship was something truly special. Sabine's character gives an interesting expansion on what it means to be Mandalorian. And Zeb is there mostly for comedic relief. Can't forget Chopper, as he is easily one of the highlights of the show. The hilarious astromech that just oozes personality whenever he beeps, much like R2 does. There is a slew of supporting characters that are great as well, such as Agent Kallus, Grand Admiral Thrawn, etc.
Star Wars Rebels is a great expansion to the Star Wars lore and stories. The music is wonderful, as always for the franchise, and the show gets better as you continue along, just like TCW did. Give it a chance if you love Star Wars. Watch The Clone Wars first, and you won't be disappointed.
My Rating: 8.25/10