The beginning of Star Wars: Rebels evokes the same joyous, meaningful sense of adventure as A New Hope. Disney brings Star Wars into the new era with the experienced writing trio of Dave Filoni (The Clone Wars), Greg Weisman (Gargoyles, Young Justice) and Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past), who have put together a fun story about a likable cast.I'll be covering Rebels for Den of Geek throughout the season, and I'm excited and honored to be looking at the show through a critical lens for them. I tend to follow the ages-old internet adage of 'don't read the comments,' but some of the fan reaction to recent Rebels articles, including this New York Times feature, got me thinking about the divide between Rebels and The Clone Wars. I don't think that fans should look at Rebels as something that killed The Clone Wars. It's more than possible to be a fan of both, as well as to admit that both shows had both value and flaws.
The show jokes about and references the Original Trilogy with energy and reverence, and explores what it means to live as a citizen of the Empire. Imperials don’t have to be blowing up planets - or stealing fruit from doe-eyed merchants - in order to show that the Empire’s oppression is manipulative and economically draining. A run-down “Tarkintown,” reminiscent of “Hoovervilles,” is a great, realistic setting...
On that note, Disney/Lucasfilm generously released four unfinished The Clone Wars episodes and a slew of behind the scenes video. Check those out here. I'll have what I think might be less of a review and more of a commentary about those next week. I wouldn't be surprised if it wasn't chance that these came out the same week as Rebels. Maybe Lucasfilm wants fans to know that the start of Rebels isn't some symbolic end for The Clone Wars.
And lastly, I also wrote about 9 characters who donned Mandalorian armor for Den of Geek.