“Star Wars Rebels” Revisited: Season 1

 

Welcome to “Star Wars Rebels Revisited”! After finally finishing my binge watch of The Clone Wars, I was ready to revisit my favorite animated series of all time, Star Wars Rebels. Several months ago, I came up with a plan to watch all of the Star Wars films and TV shows in chronological order, so I was pumped when I learned that Rebels was going to be featured on Disney+.

I recently finished Season 1 of Rebels, and I was instantly reminded of why I love this show so much. While I was very impressed with The Clone Wars, for some reason, Star Wars Rebels has a special place in my heart. Maybe it’s because it involves a rag-tag group of underdogs that serve as the crew of The Ghost, which reminds me so much of what I love about the original trilogy.

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Rebels also features a wonderful master and apprentice relationship with Kanan and Ezra, which is explored in a way that further deepens the mythology of the Force. All of these characters are working together to take down the Empire one small step at a time. Another glorious aspect of this series is the brilliant work of Kevin Kiner, as he delivers an original score that hits the notes of the original trilogy in all of the best ways. I also absolutely love the animation style of this series, with the exception of the pointy-ended lightsabers. If you haven’t watched Rebels yet, I highly recommend it!

SPOILER WARNING!

Season 1 sees the crew of The Ghost frequenting the planet of Lothal, where they discover Ezra Bridger, who happens to be Force sensitive. The crew includes Jedi Knight (in hiding) Kanan Jarrus, whose master was killed during Order 66. The pilot of The Ghost is a Twi’lek named Hera Syndulla, and she is joined by a Mandalorian named Sabine Wren, and a Lasat named Zeb. I also can’t forget their trusty droid, Chopper.

The crew of The Ghost isn’t yet part of the Rebel Alliance, but they chip away at the Empire by stealing from them, blowing up their ships, and just being a nuisance. However, the appearance of Ezra ultimately propels the group into the larger fight between the Rebellion and the Empire.

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While it may not be my favorite season of the show, Season 1 does a nice job of setting up the characters, and it finds its footing at a quicker clip than other Star Wars animated series (in my opinion). Some of my favorite episodes of the season include “Spark of Rebellion” and “The Path of the Jedi”. “Spark of Rebellion” sets the stage for this series, and I loved how Ezra discovered Kanan’s lightsaber through the Force. Later in the episode, Ezra is able to open a holocron and we get to see Obi-Wan’s message from Revenge of the Sith, warning the Jedi to stay away because of the rise of the Empire.

In “Path of the Jedi”, Kanan and Ezra discover a Jedi temple on Lothal, and Ezra has to face the trials that lie within. We are even treated to the voice of Yoda, as he serves as a guide to Ezra and Kanan through the Force. Ultimately, Ezra finds his kyber crystal and creates his own (very unique) lightsaber. I absolutely loved the connective tissue to The Clone Wars and the Star Wars films in this first season. It was also great seeing familiar faces like Grand Moff Tarkin and Lando Calrissian.

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However, Rebels Season 1 saved the best for last in “Fire Across the Galaxy”. In the season finale, there is a definitive conclusion to the ongoing duel between Kanan and The Inquisitor. The Ghost crew also officially joins the Rebellion as a fleet of Rebel ships comes to the aid of The Ghost and their mission to rescue Kanan. We even get to see Bail Organa, and the identity of Fulcrum is finally revealed to be Ahsoka Tano!

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Rebels Season 1 ends with a fantastic set up for the second season, as the crew of The Ghost has now discovered other rebel cells that are part of a larger rebellion. We also discover that the Emperor has sent Darth Vader himself to deal with the rebels.

Going back and watching Season 1 again after six years was like watching it for the first time, and I can’t wait to re-watch Season 2. Stay tuned for the Season 2 edition of “Rebels Revisited”!

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