Finally caught the mid-season premiere of Star Wars: Rebels last night after dinner. Boy, that one’s gonna take some time to digest.
I maintain that Star Wars under Disney is a mixed bag. I was not a fan of The Last Jedi, and it had nothing to do with female protagonists, overinflated expectations, childhood allegiances, or any of the other weak excuses that TLJ defenders love to throw at its detractors. I just didn’t like the story, plain and simple. That’s merely my opinion.
By contrast, Rebels is arguably the greatest addition to Star Wars canon since The Empire Strikes Back. It’s chockful of fantastic tales and wonderfully crafted characters, plus an all-around sense of heart indicative of everything Star Wars was meant to be. That’s a tribute to the show’s lead writer, Dave Filoni — a man who gets this franchise in a way few others do.
Star Wars: Rebels ends its four-season run next month, not because it must (the show remains a huge draw for Disney XD) but because that’s the time the creators feel the Ghost Crew’s story will have been told. If only all shows could end that way.
If you’ve never seen Rebels, especially those with kids, my family and I highly recommend it. Honestly, it’ll make you believe in Star Wars again.
Cheers, y’all. And may The Force be with you… always.