By Tiger Shi
Web Content Contributor
*Heads up, Spoilers Ahead*
I grew up watching the shows “The Clone Wars” (2008-2020) and“Star Wars: Rebels” (2014-2018). Since I had always been a fan of the “Clone Wars”, I never had an interest in watching “Rebels” because I was used to the pre-Disney animation.
Since Star Wars became Disney property, I was disappointed at first by the way “Rebels” had been animated by Disney. The lightsabers were too skinny, the characters seemed unlikable and it did not feel the same as the “Clone Wars”. What got me interested in “Rebels” was when I started to watch clips from its later seasons.
I watched the “Clone Wars” on Cartoon Network from the first episode of season one, up until I had to move to Beijing in 2010 when the show was in its third season. When I moved back in 2013, I missed a lot of seasons. I actually didn’t get to catch up on them because I got too busy. It wasn’t until 2016 when I caught up on the show and got introduced to “Star Wars: Rebels.” As I watched, I realized the show had gotten better over time in terms of animation and plot.
When “Rebels” ended, I was honestly disappointed because it was a great show that filled the gaps between the Star Wars films “Revenge of the Sith” and “A New Hope.” Last year, I re-watched all the Star Wars movies before the release of “Rise of Skywalker”.
During “Rogue One”, I noticed that the Ghost (a ship that appears in “Rebels”) and Hera Syndulla’s droid Chopper made cameo appearances in the movie as well as. I didn’t notice the first time since everything was quick-paced and I was in the middle of familiarizing myself with the show.
Like the “Clone Wars”, “Rebels” revolves around the founding of the Empire up until the point of the galaxy-wide rebellion. It told the story of one ordinary boy who grew up to become a Jedi. It was not about Luke Skywalker (although he did make a short cameo in one of the episodes/seasons), it focuses on the life of Ezra Bridger. He stood out among a group of rebel cells known as the Ghost Crew. Other members include Kanan Jarrus (Order 66 Jedi survivor), Hera Syndulla (pilot), Sabine Wren (Mandalorian), Zeb Orrelios (a former honor guard) and Chopper (Hera’s astromech droid). The Ghost crew eventually became part of the Rebel Alliance as seen in the original trilogy.
I was a bit disappointed with myself because I did not give this show a chance the first time. After re-watching the whole show on Disney+, I regret neglecting the show simply because of its difference in animation. The character development improved and the plot attracted my attention. I loved how they had a character switch factions (Agent Kallus), showed old villains (Darth Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin) and introduced new villains (Grand Admiral Thrawn, the Grand Inquisitor, Governor Pryce).
I now like this show just as much as the “Clone Wars”. “Rebels” became another fine addition to my collection of favorite Star Wars shows. It is certainly a runner-up to my favorite works made by Dave Filoni.
Featured image by Tiger Shi.