The celebration continues! With ROGUE ONE now out on Blu-ray, the stand-alone STAR WARS Story has linked with the popular animated adventures STAR WARS REBELS and the latest sneak peek at the upcoming new Season 4 trailer is setting things up for a final battle!
The STAR WARS animated adventures including Clone Wars and its follow-up Star Wars Rebels have done a brilliant job of extending the narrative and continuing the escapades, often filling out the gaps in major arcs that the feature films only have a minute to touch upon, or as in the case of Rebels help flesh out the origins of the rising resistance that eventually leads to the downfall of the Galactic Empire.
The animated Star Wars Rebels introduced such a band of fighters, the first of a growing number that begin to organize to fight the tightening grip the Emperor exerts through his military forces and threatens to the freedoms of all sentient people across the galaxy. Under the leadership of Captain Hera Syndulla and her crew aboard the Ghost the group discovers the force-sensitive Ezr Bridger and the Jedi Kanan Jarras finds a renewed purpose.
The crew of the Ghost eventually fall in with the larger, more organized rebel force known as the Phoenix Squadron, the battle really begins! Set between the events of Episode III and Episode IV and elaborating on events that lead up to Rogue One (the Ghost even makes an appearance amid the ships parked in the hanger of the Rebel Base on Yavin IV) the plot is thickening and is leading to a mighty crescendo!
Check out the Trailer for the upcoming Season 4 (and perhaps the final arc) of Star Wars Rebels.
Star Wars Rebels returns for its Season 4 on Disney X D in September.
The animated adventure sets up the connectivity between the prequel saga and the events leading up to “A New Hope”.
The animated Cartoon Network series Star Wars: The Clone Wars which ran for several award-winning seasons, elaborated upon the escalation of the darkest times within the Republic. The time between Episode II and Episode III needed its own platform in which to evolve the story that leads to the downfall of Anakin Skywalker and gives rise to the evil Empire and the Dark Lord of the Sith Darth Vader.
Now as an entire new generation brace themselves for Episode VII: The Force Awakens more gaps in the history of the Star Wars universe are getting filled in and reveal to audiences the beginnings of the resistance force set to liberate the galaxy from tyranny in Star Wars Rebels. Season 2 is now in fall swing and the band of rebels audiences followed in Season 1 have found themselves in a league all of their own.
A familiar face from the past, the former apprentice Ahsoka Tano has followed the exploits of the force sensitive new apprentice Ezra and his mentor Jedi warrior Kanan. Their rebel sects have intersected with Ahsoka’s “Phoenix Squadron” and now present themselves as a real threat to the Galactic Empire, so much so that they’ve attracted the attention of Darth Vader.
In the premiere episode “The Siege of Lothal” the crew of the Ghost find themselves returning to the planet of Lothal, which has grown more tightly intertwined in Imperial politics. No longer having any faith in its leading Imperial official to control the growing rebellion, a plan to defect is set in play that lands Kanan and Ezra in direct conflict with Darth Vader, and Ahsoka is reminded of her former master Anakin.
When Season 2 continues, the first episode’s arc re-introduce some of the more colorful members of the clone warriors that fought alongside the Jedi Knights. The exiled leader Captain Rex along with Wolf and another one of their clone brothers, reunite with the rebels to continue the fight against their former captors. Rex works deliberately to win over the Jedi Kanan and the two unite in episode 7 “Stealth Strike”.
With the Star Wars saga only gaining more notoriety now with the release of the latest feature film in theaters, the first new film in a decade, Star Wars Rebels is a richly appreciated part of the mythology that begins to bring it all closer together and especially bridges the gap between the feature films. Season 2 of Star Wars Rebelsis available now on iTunes and returns to conclude the season on Disney X D in 2016.
Now that the Force has awoken, meet the Resistance…from its beginning: Join the Rebellion!
From where the story picks up in Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens the evil Empire was obviously not defeated at the conclusion of the Battle of Endor. The destruction of the second Death Star, a weapon of such dangerous potential, the Rebel forces have gone to great length to learn the secrets of the battle station at great cost to their cost. That particular story is going to be further explored in the upcoming spin-off feature film Star Wars: Rogue Squadron which will reveal the sacrifice made by a small band of pilots.
The Rebellion’s cause is still much in effect when we reconnect with what is now dubbed The Resistance and leading the march is General Leia Organa. The Empire may have been dealt a killing blow (more than once during the course of its regime) but even once Darth Vader and the Emperor have fallen, splinter groups have been brought together to form the latest threat to freedom and democracy in the galaxy: The First Order. Forged under the dominance of a single mind — a Supreme Leader — who rules as a tyrant and is preparing to crush the New Republic.
The set up for the next trilogy is of course in full swing as the Resistance must work to find the missing Jedi Master Luke Skywalker and find a way to restore balance to the Force. Star Wars Creator George Lucas put great emphases on the Force and what it represents in his universe — The Force is a mysterious energy source that binds us all together; it penetrates us and has a command to a certain extent on our destinies. When the Force is thrown into flux, and the evil Sith take control of power, it leads to the rise of the Empire and the path to the Dark Side.
A small band of freedom fighter begin to push back against the oppression of the Empire and soon the Rebellion is born! Star Wars Rebels follows those freedom fighter as they forge alliances across the galaxy and resist the evil of the Empire. Their story continues and is further explored by the time that we join our established heroes in Episode IV – A New Hope but in the meantime, not that Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels is fully in play and the threat of Darth Vader is being felt all across space, we’ll take a look at the series and how it impacts the mythology certainly playing into the expanded universe.