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…

A little breathing room gives life to the premiere of Star Wars Rebels' final season

If you haven’t heard, this is Star Wars Rebels’ fourth and final season. Throughout its run, Star Wars Rebels has had its heights for sure, but quite a few lows as well. Its primary issue, however, is that it has always felt inessential, a side curiosity to Star Wars lore instead of something substantial and…

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…

An exciting Star Wars Rebels ends in surprising, uplifting fashion

Star Wars Rebels doesn’t do guest stars all that well. Usually they’re nothing but glorified cameos and/or superficial references–does any one remember when Princess Leia showed up? Or R2-D2 and C-3PO? (At least Lando was fun enough to be somewhat memorable). Mon Mothma’s appearance, on the other hand, is one of the…

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…

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…

Even with two whole parts and one big guest character, Star Wars Rebels is mostly a shrug

I was pretty excited for this episode of Star Wars Rebels. After the previous two, both of which were quite good, I was really looking forward to this mid-season two-parter. It would be forty (or so) minutes and it would bring in a younger Saw Gerrera, who would be voiced by Forest Whitaker, who plays him in Rogue One…

Forest Whitaker is playing his Rogue One character in Star Wars Rebels

If you’ve seen Rogue One you’re aware that Forest Whitaker adopted a distinctive, raspy voice in order to play Saw Gerrera. Well, Whitaker’s wheezing sounds will soon be heard again in Star Wars Rebels. According to TVLine, the actor will do an animated version of the character on the Disney XD show. In a statement, …