“I was drawing and storyboarding probably one of the most critical things I’ve ever drawn and staged at my job at Lucasfilm…this really, really, really, really, really, really, really important moment that I had turned over in my head many times, dealing with Ahsoka…I’ll never forget that.”
The quote above is from Dave Filoni.
He’s talking about the scene he’s looking forward to fans seeing most in season two of Star Wars Rebels.
He goes on to elaborate a little more about the scene.
“It was kind of a nice point where all things came together for me. And that stuff that I staged, that particular scene, and everything surrounding it…I’m very excited for fans to see. That’s going to be a big one. When it happens, you can ask me, you’ll say, ‘Was this the thing?’ and I’ll say, ‘Yeah,’ and I can go into more detail about it.”
So is Dave talking about a final showdown between Anakin and Ahsoka? Only time will tell.
Stay tuned for season two of Rebels coming later this year! (And check out the entire interview with Dave here.)
Well, it’s official! Ahsoka Tano, everyone’s favorite padawan (right?), has returned to assist the crew of the Ghost. Summoned by Chopper and appearing for a few brief moments at the end of the Star Wars Rebels season finale, the character Fulcrum was revealed to be none other than Snips herself, two
green (whoops, looks like they’ve changed to blue ones) lightsabers and all.
Notice how her lightsabers are more curved now, like a samurai’s, according to Disney.
She’s got two blue blades, now.
While she looks a lot different, we’ve got to remember that a lot of time has passed. She’s in her early thirties now! Her new design in the style of Rebels will take me a little getting used to, but underneath she’s the same Snips we know and love 😀
Ahsoka’s evolution through the years
sigh, it seems like only yesterday she was training at the temple, playing with R2, hanging out with her B.F.F. Barriss Offee- wait, nevermind that last one.
In a USA Today article, Filoni and crew say that she’ll definitely play a bigger part in Season 2 of Rebels, although she certainly won’t have a bunk on the Ghost anytime soon. TCW was her show; I’m just glad she’s getting the chance to return in Rebels.
And with Darth Vader coming into the picture in the final seconds of the episode, the wait for Season 2 just got a lot less bearable. (I like the chances for a Vader/Ahsoka reunion in the season premiere, personally.)
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?
- 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*
The logo for Star Wars Rebels has been revealed!