Star Wars Rebels blasts off into the unknown with a series finale worthy of its strongest season

I don’t think I’m alone in recognizing that this fourth and final season of Star Wars Rebels was its best yet. Instead of a handful of standalone episodes and mini-arcs, all of which had their moments of greatness intermixed with moments of sheer mediocrity (and outright awfulness), this fourth season opted for more…

In climbing the highest mountain, DuckTales understands scale, but doesn't understand stakes

DuckTales returns the weekend with the long-delayed “The Impossible Summit of Mt. Neverrest!”–an episode that focuses on the nature of determination-turned-obsession, in Scrooge’s relentless desire to scale Mt. Neverrest, and Huey’s desire to map it and earn a new Junior Woodchuck merit badge. It’s a episode that has…

DuckTales struggles to adapt Silicon Valley culture into its world

I was looking forward to “The Infernal Internship Of Mark Beaks!” because I was deeply curious how DuckTales would incorporate more contemporary concepts, perspectives, and industries into its orbit. So far we’ve had two episodes with newcomer Lena, a character who’s teenage “too cool for school” vibe could be…

An underground adventure provides DuckTales with its most entertaining (and self-aware) episode yet

To be clear, I am aware of that DuckTales is airing episodes wildly out of order. While this is fairly normal for most TV programs, the argument seems to be that this is a particularly bad case of episode reordering, and that it really reflects poorly on, if not so much the overall story arc, than the connotations of…

Ducktales' second episode unexpectedly puts its spotlight on Webby

Welcome back to The A.V. Club’s official Ducktales reviews! Considering the myriad ways Disney aired “Woo-oo”—on the Disney XD Channel, on the app, on Youtube—by now you have to have seen the first episode, probably more than once. Hell, you’re probably sick of it by now. Well, finally we’re at the point where we’ll…

New trailer sees Star Wars: Rebels going Rogue in its final season

It’s one of the sad realities of Star Wars’ endless desire to explore the time period immediately before A New Hope that those stories that do so—Rogue One, Disney XD’s Star Wars: Rebels, the entire prequel trilogy—are never going to have a really happy ending. (After all, the film’s famous opening crawl describes a…

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Star Wars Rebels’ season finale is the most “Star Wars-sian” the show has ever been

“Zero Hour” isn’t a disappointing hour of Star Wars Rebels. It’s far from it. I will admit, though, I had pretty high (different?) expectations since the last few episodes were so unique and distinct. There was a sense the finale would continue that kind of narrative boldness–makings risky choices that would really…

Star Wars Rebels’ “epic showdown” is really a quiet, if narrow, character study

There is something hilarious, bold, and humbly ironic in taking what should have been an epic battle and delivering a three-second death scene instead. All the hemming and hawing over Maul’s power and influence, through The Phantom Menace, a large number of The Clone Wars episodes, and a good chunk of this season, is…

A clunky, droid-centric Star Wars Rebels is saved by its sheer weirdness

When The Clone Wars did a droid-focused arc, for the most part the show maintained a scrappy, oddly-appealing tone to keep the audience’s attention (we’ll just ignore that “Void” arc). Watching R2-D2 escape a number of scrapes was amusingly exciting. The interplay between said droid and C-3PO was cliche but fun. And…