Tonight after four years, Star Wars Rebels will end its run of dramatic small-screen storytelling. A culmination of work by a small band of creative professionals, who endured limited budgets and the confines of a cable channel not readily available to the masses. With money and viewer availability fighting against them, The team behind Star Wars Rebels contributed to the lexicon of Star Wars grandly. Many of the stories enriched the lore, taught our children valuable lessons and showcased the talent of the professional creators at Lucasfilm.
Where “The Clone Wars” was the executed dream of a blank check happy billionaire, Star Wars Rebels is confined to a corporate budgeted sandbox. Even so, this small band of Rebels made story castles that sparkled in the Sun.
Monday night’s Rebels episodes “Wolves and a Door” and “A World Between Worlds” delved in the mystical side of Star Wars, and left us all in wonderment. The two penultimate episodes were brilliantly crafted, with an Indiana Jones feel accompanied by a beautiful score by Kevin Kiner. Put together, it amazed Rebel audiences and delivered a final goodbye to Jedi, Kanan Jarrus. That amazement, lay in part to a story tool never used before in Star Wars- time travel.
Leave it to the master who put the trollololol in trolling, Dave Filoni to have a bit of fun in the wee hours of the morning. Just moments ago, the Lucasfilm Executive Producer added a beautiful piece of art work on his Twitter account that shows Ahsoka Tano on a big wolf similar to the one witnessed in the Star Wars Rebels season five teaser trailer. Besides being a beautiful piece of work with Ahsoka Tano and Rex, it once again brings up the question is the former Jedi alive.
The chasm that divides the lovers and haters of Star Wars Rebels is far and profound. After the great upswing of season one, the steep fall and recovery of season two and now a skyrocketing season three, the breath that divides those two groups hopefully has changed. I am guilty of this pendulum swing as many others in the fandom. I enjoyed season one and had a rocky relationship with the series in the mid portion of season two. So much so that I wrote an editorial at the time that I felt was constructive, but was a tad scathing. Like a tiger taking a swipe of your bare back. It was one of those written pieces that you think about now and again and wished you didn’t.
A big part of my coming home to Jesus moment for this series was the sink in realization that this is a show for children that adults could enjoy. When you put on your magical turn into nine years old glasses, the series is a phenomenal achievement that surpasses anything else in that entertainment space. Whether from the superheroes of Marvel to even the fighting tigers of Voltron, nothing comes close to the visual eye candy, story depth and character portrayals provided by Star Wars Rebels. This couldn’t be more evident in the season three capper.
In today’s finale “Zero Hour” we witness what I have been clamoring for in the Star Wars Galaxy for a long time, the feeling of pure unadulterated dread. The gleaming white of the Empire is but a reflection of your pretty face after all the blood is drawn out. Even in this Y-7 childrens animation show, the fear and hopelessness should be pushed to the point where Mickey Mouse covers his eyes. In this season-ender, we get lucky as it’s a dreaded coated episode with dreaded filling.
For a series that has seen some shallow valleys and high peaks, we are delighted to hear the official news today, that the animation show Star Wars Rebels will be renewed for a fourth season. Star Wars Rebels has excelled in the later part of season two and steamed rolled throughout season three like an AMTRAK on fire. The episodes have been story rich, and our cast of characters rounded out and more defined. There is hardly a character in this corner of our saga that hasn’t or is soon to come, full circle. We see the growth of everyone involved, including our villains building a tapestry that is color rich and thread pile thick.
Congratulations to Dave Filoni and the cast and crew of Star Wars Rebels on this announcement and for the fantastic storytelling.