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Star Wars Rebels: "Zero Hour" Review

The Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 finally had a pretty high bar to reach following Season 2’s finale. Of course, to be fair, that was a situation that was impossible to replicate – the fight between Ahsoka and Vader was a nearly decade long build up for fans with an entire other show’s emotional build up powering it. On top of that, just last week, with the Obi-Wan/Maul final confrontation, Rebels had given us another huge encounter that would be hard to match for drama in "Zero Hour." All of which is to say… it was a good episode! But one that felt a bit lacking in regards to Thrawn and his accomplishments. Thrawn’s been built up so much this season with a slow burn approach where he studies and analyzes his opponents, purposely holding off any large scale attack. And we saw that it did pay off to a point – his plan was working, he correctly predicted that the Rebels were going to try something unexpected, and if it weren’t for Konstantine disobeying orders, he may very well have wiped out the Rebel forces before anyone could escape to get help. READ MORE...

Star Wars Rebels: "Twin Suns" Review

There was much to love in "Twin Suns" but also a couple of notable issues, so let me get those issues out of the way and then get to the great stuff. Rebels is very different from The Clone Wars in how it’s structured, in that it always includes at least some of the core six characters (yes, you too Chopper!) the show began with. You could say the "leads" in The Clone Wars were Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka, but there were many episodes none of that trio appeared in (or barely did) – installments focusing on characters like Mace Windu, Yoda, Padme, Asajj Ventress, Jar Jar (sigh) or some Clone Trooper grunts. But with Rebels we pretty much always have our perspective through one of the six Ghost crewmembers. So I get the inclination to have Ezra be somewhat present for this story… but it feels like he is too center stage up until the end, and what he sees raises some notable questions. READ MORE...

Star Wars Rebels: "Double Agent Droid" Review

This week’s Star Wars Rebels mostly served as an amusing little side adventure for AP-5, Chopper and Wedge – in which we got to see Dark Chopper unleashed! Timing-wise, it felt oddly placed to have this episode just five episodes after another droid-centric adventure in "Warhead," with Wedge sort of tagging in for Zeb as the non-droid character in the story. And this episode definitely pushed the limits on how wacky you can get in a Star Wars story with its two musical (!) beats. The first, with AP-5 and Chopper directly quoting (as much as Chopper "quotes") "Anything You Can Do" from Annie Get Your Gun, at first had me groaning – but I must admit I laughed out loud when we came back from the title card and AP-5 was still saying, "Yes I can!", proving that sometimes continuing a joke for what seems too long is actually a way to make it funnier. Star Wars Rebels: "Double Agent Droid" Images 5 IMAGES View Slideshow READ MORE...

Star Wars Rebels: "Secret Cargo" Review

Yes, it was very cool to have Mon Mothma make her Star Wars Rebels debut, but my true fanboy moment was seeing Gold Leader himself, Jon "Dutch" Vander. No offense to the talented voice actor Yuri Lowenthal, who played the character here, but I couldn’t help wish Angus MacInnes voiced Vander, given MacInnes just recently recorded new lines for the character for Rogue One – and has a pretty distinctive voice as the character. Still, the inclusion of Gold Leader, Y-Wings and even just the orange flight suits first seen in the original Star Wars all offered big connective tissue towards A New Hope/Rogue One, as Mon Mothma arrived to truly form the Rebel Alliance. And while MacInnes didn’t voice Gold Leader, Genevieve O’Reilly did play Mon Mothma, reprising her role from Revenge of the Sith and Rogue One. READ MORE...

Star Wars Rebels: "Through Imperial Eyes" Review

"Through Imperial Eyes" was another high point for Season 3, delivering a tense and involving episode centered on Agent Kallus. This episode had me from the very beginning, with the very unusual element in this series of presenting things from Kallus’ literal POV for a moment, thus making the episode’s title quote literal. The disorientation here as Kallus (and those of us watching) heard the familiar Imperial alarm and were given an update by Stormtroopers on what was occurring was a terrific way to immerse the viewer into Kallus’ experience. Oh, and we saw Kallus use a sink! Is this the first canon Star Wars sink or am I forgetting prior sink-connected adventures? Either way, I hope this indicates a bigger use of sinks in Star Wars’ future, including in The Last Jedi. READ MORE...

The Empire Strikes First in the Star Wars Rebels Season Finale

Forty years ago, the opening crawl of the original Star Wars revealed the Rebels had just won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire. Given that we knew a major battle would be ending the third season of Star Wars Rebels , that presumably meant things in the finale probably werent going to go well for  ...Read More... //feeds.gawker.com/~r/io9/full/~3/w-PjSguMMfo/the-empire-strikes-first-in-the-star-wars-rebels-season-1793540887

Star Wars Rebels Just Had a Moment So Important It Could Have Been an Entire Movie

When Star Wars Rebels was first announced, we knew it was going to be about the formation of the Rebel Alliance. And it has been, but in a very roundabout way we didnt quite expect. However this weeks episode finallyand literallydelivered on that original promise, and it was worth the wait. ...Read More... //feeds.gawker.com/~r/io9/full/~3/atjcsYxWw7A/star-wars-rebels-just-had-a-moment-so-important-it-coul-1792914625

Star Wars Rebels: "Legacy Of Mandalore" Review

Considering it was a pretty direct follow-up to the last episode, it’s too bad there was several weeks between the airing of "Trial of the Darksaber" and "Legacy of Mandalore." Then again, "Trial" was such a heavy, emotional episode perhaps it was for the best to give us a bit of a breather. Ultimately, if viewed as a two-parter, "Legacy" was the weaker installment, though to be fair, it’s being measured against one of the best episodes the series has ever done. But there was still a lot to enjoy here, as we delved into "modern" Mandalorian society (modern as measured against its portrayal in The Clone Wars) a bit more directly, having only seen certain warrior factions in previous installments. READ MORE...

Star Wars Rebels Ended With a Bit of a Bombshell This Week

Star Wars Rebels has never shied away from emotionand the latest episode, Legacy of Mandalore , offers up an extra-large serving. It puts us smack in the middle of a rare Star Wars conflict, a mother versus daughter, then hits us with a very big shake-up. ...Read More... //feeds.gawker.com/~r/io9/full/~3/07ZHsHuEUDM/star-wars-rebels-ended-with-a-bit-of-a-bombshell-this-w-1792495793

Star Wars Rebels: "The Last Battle" Review

Obviously, mileage will vary greatly for this episode depending how much you care about or have nostalgia for anything to do with both the prequel era or, of course, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. There was certainly a meta aspect occurring here too and the idea of how the war never ended for some – reflecting how The Clone Wars, the series, never got a proper ending, given it was cancelled before the intended final episodes were completed. All of which is to say this was a poignant installment that managed to bring in some major Clone Wars elements (most notably, Battle Droids!) while telling a story about two old soldiers – Rex and, interestingly, that Super Tactical Droid – both coming to terms with their past and present. READ MORE...