With season 1 of Star Wars: Rebels coming to a close, what better time to discuss the series as a whole with a spoiler-filled conjecture-fest about the season finale? Warning! After paragraph three, there will be spoilers.
For those not up to speed, Rebels bridges the gap between Episode III and Episode IV and details the exploits of five misfits and a droid on the planet Lothal in the Outer Rim of the Star Wars galaxy. Centered around an orphaned young boy named Ezra Bridger, the series incorporates the classic archetypes of the Star Wars universe, but does a decent job adding strong female characters into the mix. Several familiar characters also make cameo appearances, tying the series intimately to the Original Trilogy.
The season finale, the last half of a two-part episode, aired last week. For those who haven’t seen it, the discussion below will spoil quite a few things from the series. You have been warned!
This season successfully introduced a new band of rebels and finished strong, scratching the Star Wars itch until December rolls around, and the finale was no exception. “Fire Across the Galaxy,” was a perfect end to an amazing season, featuring all of the classic Star Wars tropes. It had a lightsaber fight. It had an amazing space battle. It had a daring escape. It had DARTH VADER! The penultimate episode ended with Kanan, the Jedi Knight, in the custody of Grand Moff Tarkin and the Imperial Inquisitor. This episode opens as the remaining heroes travel to a Star Destroyer orbiting the planet Mustafar to retrieve Kanan, culminating in a lightsaber duel between the Jedi and the Inquisitor. The heroes narrowly escape the Star Destroyer by borrowing a couple of TIE fighters, only to discover a fleet of Corellian Corvettes escorting their ship to safety. The leader of the rebel rescue fleet, Fulcrum, is revealed to be Ahsoka Tano, Anakin’s apprentice from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The episode closes with The Dark Lord of the Sith striding down the ramp of a Lambda Class shuttle to the beat of “The Imperial March.”
With Anakin and Ahsoka back on the scene, it will be interesting to see how Season 2 ties Rebels to the recently ended Clone Wars. Will we see a showdown between cowboy Jedi Kanan and Darth Vader? Will we get to see our heroes take a larger role in the formal Rebel Alliance? Luckily, we only have to wait until April 15th to find out, as it was announced that Episode 1 of Season 2 will officially premiere at Star Wars Celebration. Until then, sound off in the comments about your favorite parts of Season 1 or what you might like to see in Season 2.