Star Wars Rebels has released its first extended trailer, and, for a kids show, I have to say this looks pretty promising. The story covers the events that take place between Episode III and Episode IV, showing the early days and formation of the Rebel Alliance. It also appears to be the sort of coming-of-age adventure story you would expect to see in the Star Wars universe.
On the good side of things, this show does look like a lot of fun. It also brings back more of the old feel of the classic Star Wars movies and looks a lot more familiar to the original trilogy rather than the prequels (that I still pretend don’t exist). I know that the directors are drawing a lot from Ralph McQuarrie’s concept art for the original movies, and I think the setting we’ve seen in the trailers and the clips looks awesomely familiar. Needless to say, I’m very excited to see a series set around the time of the original trilogy.
On the questionable side of things, I was honestly sort of hoping that we’d get a story more focused on normal people who form the Alliance rather than another story featuring Jedi. The plus side of this is that we might get a story that eventually ends tragically. I’m pretty sure Obi-Wan and Yoda are the only true Jedi remaining at the start of Episode IV, so I imagine things won’t work out well for Kanan and Ezra. I’m certainly curious to see what the creators have planned in this regard.
Now, while I love seeing the old faces and how things will transition leading up to Episode IV, I think all of the fan-service character appearances in the prequel trilogy actually made things worse. So, who will show up in Rebels? Obi-Wan clearly makes an appearance in the trailer. The creators have said that R2-D2 and C-3PO will be making appearances as well because apparently we just can’t have Star Wars without them.
However, as the series gets closer and closer to the Episode IV timeline, I’ll be curious to see who else shows up, and this is where I think things could get interesting. Will Darth Vader make an appearance to come hunt down this new Jedi and his apprentice? Will we see key players in the Rebel Alliance like Bail Organa or Mon Mothma start to get some screen time as the Rebel Alliance begins to form?
The Clone Wars was highly regarded, and I think Rebels is poised to be just as good. I’m cautiously optimistic about this project, but I certainly believe it has the potential to be awesome.