5 Reasons to watch Star Wars: Rebels

Everything about the latest Star Wars series, set between the original Trilogy and the prequel Trilogy promises that it’s definitely going to be the most exciting Star Wars TV Show yet. Here’s 5 reasons why you need to tune in to the first episode;


From the time that Disney acquired LucasFilm, many fans were worried that their beloved Star Wars would be given the High School Musical treatment. Even their success with their Marvel-based movies weren’t enough to convince Star Wars fanboys. Rebels is their first shot at creating material for the screen and they need to impress 9 years olds who have never seen a Star Wars movie as well as their parents who were 9 when the first Star Wars movie came out.


Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the last TV series, was dominated mostly by Clones, Droids and Jedi…. basically dull, one-dimensional soldiers. Rebels will feature bounty hunters, smugglers, Jedi-in-exile, and Jedi-in-hiding; all with a common aim of bringing down the Empire. We’ll also see anti-heroes who sincerely believe that the Empire is a good thing. Any jedi that we see in Rebels won’t be the straight and narrow ones from The Clones Wars, they will be emotionally scarred by the fall of the Jedi order.


According to the Darth Plagueis novel, several dark side of The Force skills once known to the Sith were lost over the years. The Clone Wars series showed Darth Sidious and Darth Tryranus attempting to use Sith magic. Dark side techniques used to preserve life was used by Sidious to lure Anakin Skywalker to the darkside of The Force. With the Galactic Empire solidly established and characters like The Inquisitor and Emperors Hands to do his bidding. Darth Sidious may spend more time with his apprentice delving into darth Sith arts.


For every Trilogy, George Lucas kills of one character who ends up becoming so popular with fans that they’re brought back to life. In the first trilogy it was Boba Fett, and in the second trilogy it was Darth Maul. Maul “died” at the Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, but he was brought back in The Clone Wars and was powerful enough to be considered a threat by Darth Sidious. Asoka Tano was introduced as Anakin Skywalker’s apprentice and gained popularity due to her personality, witty quips to her opponents and unconventional lightsaber style. Both characters exited the Clone Wars with loose ends and strong hints that would be seen again in the future.


Set between the original trilogy and the prequel trilogy, Rebels is perfectly placed to link them both through it’s characters and story-lines. The third Star Wars trilogy will begin next year with a planned December 2015 release. Will Rebels introduce story-arcs and characters who will go into hiding and only reemerge in Episode 7? Most likely.
Star Wars: Rebels debuts tonight with an hourlong premiere on the Disney Channel and begins a regular Monday night run on Disney XD on October 13th

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