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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…

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…

Star Wars Rebels produces a high-stakes, cat-and-mouse thriller of an episode

“Through Imperial Eyes” is not a character-defining episode. It’s not emotionally significant, nor is it a narrative game-changer (not in a major shocking twist kind of way). “Through Imperial Eyes” is a well-told, well-written suspense thriller of sorts, in which Fulcrum, AKA Agent Kallus, tries to out-maneuver…

Sabine’s darksaber training opens up old familial wounds in an emotionally rich Star Wars Rebels

A few people in the comments last week expressed disappointment in the upcoming Sabine/Mandalorian story arc. I sort of understand it. The Star Wars universe is so big and ripe for creative storytelling that it seems limiting to return to a story that, in some ways, is outside the main scope of a rebellion in its…

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Star Wars Rebels’ “killer robot on base” episode only has five minutes of killer robot

In the immortal question of whether or not kids cartoons are better now than when they were in, say, the 90s, I would say, in general, no. There are quite a number of good animated shows today, both critically acclaimed (Steven Universe, The Amazing World of Gumball) and some solid ones that are under the radar (The…