Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion Review

Hey everyone!

There will be lots of reviews circulating around over the next week or so, so instead of a typical review, here is a collection of thoughts I typed up while I watched the 45-minute-premiere episode of Star Wars Rebels. (Let’s be real, I was just too lazy to write a normal review.)

To start off with, it hasn’t aired on Disney xD yet. Currently, it is available for those with access to the Watch Disney xD website/app, or those with torrenting know-how.

It will air on television October 3rd.

Overall, I enjoyed it. Certainly different from Clone Wars, but that wasn’t a surprise. I’m hoping it’ll mature and get darker as time goes along, and what Dave Filoni and other members of the team have said seem to confirm this. The voice talent is all really good; I particularly enjoyed Tiya Sircar’s performance as Sabine!

  • Hera’s pep talk to Ezra when time was running short seemed odd and a bit forced.
  • Animation is different, but I got used to it quickly and even started enjoying it. the facial expressions seemed lacking compared to the final seasons of The Clone Wars. The clean, shiny white of the stormtrooper’s armor was gorgeous, though not very effective. (Seriously, why even wear it if one blaster shot puts you down? Oh yeah, it IS quite the fashion statement.) However, while the Stormtrooper’s looked fantastic, the Wookiee’s hair did not. The animation has it’s highs and lows.
  • Zeb has the least interesting and developed personality right now. His Wookiee imitation was pretty hilarious, though.
  • Sabine is just amazing, nothing unexpected there. But Ezra hitting on Sabine was NOT something I expected. He’s like, 15? And she’s in her early 20’s, I’d wager. EDIT: Turna out I was wrong. Apparently Sabine is supposed to be 15! She doesn’t look, act, or talk like a 15-year-old, but…
  • Hera is one of the more intriguing characters, but for the entire episode, she’s stuck in the cockpit. She and Kanaan definitely have a lot of backstory shared, that much is easy to tell. They have a good chemistry.
  • The Empire is represented as a bunch of one-dimensional villains, without any variance.
  • Kanaan offered Ezra a ride, then acted like he didn’t like him. Hera seemed to sense there was something special about him from the start.
  • After he saw Kanaan’s lightsaber, a street smart kid like Ezra could definitely put two and two together, but Kanaan doesn’t seem to think much about it…
  • I’m still somewhat confused about how much the team knew about Ezra beforehand. Hera and Kanaan seem to have had him in mind already for a kind of test?
  • That whole baby Wookiee chase-to-the-end-of-the-ramp bit was overly-dramatic, but I can’t complain since The Clone Wars had the same issue many times.
  • Yay, one Wilhelm scream and it’s only the first episode!
  • Ezra just puts on a random helmiat and can suddenly pick up crucial information that wouldn’t be broadcast for just anyone to hear. I mean, seriously? Do Stormtroopers hear communication from EVERY single other trooper in range? No wonder they’re so slow sometimes; they’re constantly bombarded with unnecessary chatter.
  • The battle scenes were all well done, though things did feel a bit too easy on occasion, with only a few Stormtroopers showing up to try and stop them from leaving the ship, or the tiny amount of guards at the Spice Mines.
  • Ezra can seemingly navigate anywhere on the Destroyer without having ever being onboard one. C’mon, he hasn’t even been in space before! But he knows where to find Kanaan and Zeb to alert them about the trap, where to find his confiscated bag after escaping from the holding cell, and where to locate the others when they return to rescue him!
  • I love how they don’t amp up Ezra’s morality just because he’s the main character. Yes, he swipes Kanaan’s lightsaber, why wouldn’t he? A kid’s gotta eat!
  • My theory on Hera is that she’s had an injury where her legs were damaged, which is why she literally never leaves her seat in the cockpit.
  • Oh, and is it just me, or did holocron Obi-Wan look younger than he did in The Clone Wars?

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  • And did they really just tease the Inquisitor for a brief moment at the end? I was hoping for more.

“I am Agent Kallus from the Security Bureau. And you are?”

“Jabba the Hutt.”


“First Jedi you’ve ever seen, Sir?”

*Kallus kicks him off the pillar*

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Review of clone wars season 4 premiere.

Finally got it done!

The first episode was pretty awesome. The animation was better I thought, the storyline was fun, and the battles are epic of course. The story starts with the young prince of mon calamari. His father had been killed and since the prince was not yet old enough, a “discussion” was held to determine the fate of the calamarins. Though the prince was valiant, he did lack some leadership and military knowledge. The talks for peace fail, because that is count dooku’s plan. The separatists attack with some droids.   The shark is particularly creepy in battle, eating/tearing the calamarin fighters to bits. The underwater battles are very well done, although one person I was with thought they were “corny”. At first only Padme was there, a republican senator to be present for the peace talks. Anakin was there to protect her (of course). They call for reinforcements which come in the form of underwater fitted clone personel, kit fistu, and Ahsoka. As they drop into the water, we at once see Ahsoka is much slimmer and taller. She is 16 now, which may not seem old for a Jedi of her skill, but she has been at Anakin’s side since she was 14. Two years…seems like a long time!  So the reinforcements come in, with guns blazing. Anakin calls Ahsoka “snips” when she first joins them 🙂 Ahsoka saves Anakin’s life when he loses his air helmet while fighting. Once he puts it on he jokingly says “I had it under control.” The fight goes the way of the republic the first round, with the separatists retreating. However the peacefulness doesn’t last long, as the enemy comes back with a vengeance and “hydro-medusas” an invention from the sharks homeworld that he says are “indestructible”.      They are giant Jelly fish looking creatures. They attack and the calamarins are captured and sent to work as slaves for dooku…all except Anakin, Padme, Ahsoka, the prince, captain ackbar, kit fistu, and some clones. Meanwhile the Jedi council seeks another planet to send help to the survivors. They choose the gungans and contact them right away.  At first the gungan receiving the message says they’ll need some time to think, but jar jar overhears this and basically says Padme always helped us without thinking twice, now weesa needing to be helping her!  The gungans arrive and fight a good fight, staging A great surprise attack thanks to Anakin, who knocked out the scanners. However at the end, droids surround Anakin and Padme. Jar jar floats into a group of droids with the senator from calamarins hugging him. The shark came to attack the prince and Ahsoka held him off for until Kit told her to escape with the prince and he would distract the separatists. Sadly, kit was captured as well, being overwhelmed by dozens of droids without his lightsaber. So we are left with Ahsoka and the prince, who get along well together it seems, the only ones free. Ahsoka leaves us with these wise words: I used to be afraid, but then I realized that you make better decisions when you’re not afraid. Next episode is Friday same time as the premiere!

Character thoughts:
Ahsoka is so much more grown up now 😀 In an interview, Ashley Eikstein, the voice of Ahsoka, confirmed what we had guessed: Ahsoka is 16 years old in this season. Ahsoka looks like her Jedi skills have improved greatly!! And she used her Shien lightsaber format of holding them upside down. Anakin is trying to train her to use the correct grip, but she naturally reverts back to shien which is interesting to note. Anakin seems more levelheaded and less protective of Padme.  We don’t see obiwan in this episode :(. Hopefully next time!

Review of clone wars season 4 premiere!

The first episode was pretty awesome. The animation was better I thought, the storyline was fun, and the battles are epic of course. The story starts with the young prince of mon calamari. His father had been killed and since the prince was not yet old enough, a “discussion” was held to determine the fate of the calamarins. Though the prince was valiant, he did lack some leadership and military knowledge. The talks for peace fail, because that is count dooku’s plan. The separatists attack with some droids.   The shark is particularly creepy in battle, eating/tearing the calamarin fighters to bits. The underwater battles are very well done, although one person I was with thought they were “corny”. At first only Padme was there, a republican senator to be present for the peace talks. Anakin was there to protect her (of course). They call for reinforcements which come in the form of underwater fitted clone personel, kit fistu, and Ahsoka. As they drop into the water, we at once see Ahsoka is much slimmer and taller. She is 16 now, which may not seem old for a Jedi of her skill, but she has been at Anakin’s side since she was 14. Two years…seems like a long time!  So the reinforcements come in, with guns blazing. Anakin calls Ahsoka “snips” when she first joins them 🙂 Ahsoka saves Anakin’s life when he loses his air helmet while fighting. Once he puts it on he jokingly says “I had it under control.” The fight goes the way of the republic the first round, with the separatists retreating. However the peacefulness doesn’t last long, as the enemy comes back with a vengeance and “hydro-medusas” an invention from the sharks homeworld that he says are “indestructible”.      They are giant Jelly fish looking creatures. They attack and the calamarins are captured and sent to work as slaves for dooku…all except Anakin, Padme, Ahsoka, the prince, captain ackbar, kit fistu, and some clones. Meanwhile the Jedi council seeks another planet to send help to the survivors. They choose the gungans and contact them right away.  At first the gungan receiving the message says they’ll need some time to think, but jar jar overhears this and basically says Padme always helped us without thinking twice, now weesa needing to be helping her!  The gungans arrive and fight a good fight, staging A great surprise attack thanks to Anakin, who knocked out the scanners. However at the end, droids surround Anakin and Padme. Jar jar floats into a group of droids with the senator from calamarins hugging him. The shark came to attack the prince and Ahsoka held him off for until Kit told her to escape with the prince and he would distract the separatists. Sadly, kit was captured as well, being overwhelmed by dozens of droids without his lightsaber. So we are left with Ahsoka and the prince, who get along well together it seems, the only ones free. Ahsoka leaves us with these wise words: I used to be afraid, but then I realized that you make better decisions when you’re not afraid. Next episode is Friday same time as the premiere!

Character thoughts:
Ahsoka is so much more grown up now 😀 In an interview, Ashley Eikstein, the voice of Ahsoka, confirmed what we had guessed: Ahsoka is 16 years old in this season. Ahsoka looks like her Jedi skills have improved greatly!! And she used her Shien lightsaber format of holding them upside down. Anakin is trying to train her to use the correct grip, but she naturally reverts back to shien which is interesting to note. Anakin seems more levelheaded and less protective of Padme.  We don’t see obiwan in this episode :(. Hopefully next time!

Countdown to the Clone Wars season 4 premiere “water wars” has begun!

Only a week left to wait! It is soooo exciting!! I know I for one will be watching next Friday 😀 like we said before, I will try to post the one hour premiere online at our main Ahsoka website, http://www.Ahsoka.tk
You can watch all the clone wars episodes there and we plan to keep it that way as the new season progresses. What are you looking forward to most about the premiere?