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Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Rebels logo.png
Genre Sci-Fi, Drama, Action-Adventure
Created by
Based on Star Wars 
by George Lucas
Directed by
Voices of
Composer(s) Kevin Kiner
(Based on themes by John Williams)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Athena Yvetta Portillo
Running time Approx. 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channel Disney XD
Original run October 3, 2014 (2014-10-03) – present
Chronology
Preceded by Star Wars: The Clone Wars
External links
Official website
Production website

Star Wars Rebels is an American 3D CGI animated television series produced by Lucasfilm and Lucasfilm Animation. Set fourteen years after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and five years before Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Rebels takes place during an era when the Galactic Empire is securing its grip on the galaxy. Imperial forces are hunting down the last of the Jedi Knights while a fledgling rebellion against the Empire is taking form. The visual style of Star Wars Rebels is inspired by the original Star Wars trilogy concept art by Ralph McQuarrie.[1]

It premiered as a 44-minute film, Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, on October 3, 2014 on Disney Channel prior to the premiere of the series on October 13 on Disney XD.[2][3] Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg and Greg Weisman served as executive producers of season one. Kinberg stated that the first season would contain 16 episodes (released as four shorts, a movie, and 13 episodes) and that the series will feature new characters along with ones from the original trilogy.[4][5] Weisman left the show after season one.[6]

Premise[edit]

Set five years before Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope and fourteen years after the fall of the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Council in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,[7] the series follows a motley group of rebels (all of whom have been affected by the Galactic Empire in one form or another) that band together aboard a freighter starship called the Ghost. Their small six person rebel cell conducts operations against the Imperial garrison on and around the backwater planet Lothal, as a microcosm of how the rebellion against the Empire is playing out at the local level. The series will also focus on the origins of some of the groups that will form the Rebel Alliance.

Cast and characters[edit]

From left to right: Sabine Wren, Hera Syndulla, Ezra Bridger, Garazeb "Zeb" Orrelios, and Kanan Jarrus.

A visual guide to the series, labeled Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide, was published by DK Publishing, on July 21, 2014.[8] It contains key information on the characters in Star Wars Rebels. Information on all the currently known characters in Star Wars Rebels, such as those listed below, and information on some new characters are contained within it.[9]

Main[edit]

  • Taylor Gray as Ezra Bridger:
A 14 (later 15) year-old human con artist with Force abilities who lives on the Imperially-controlled planet Lothal before joining the Ghost crew. On his character, Gray said "He's a pickpocket, he's a little thief. But he's doing it all because he needs to survive." Executive producer Greg Weisman said "We see this whole series very much through Ezra's eyes. As his eyes get opened to what the Empire's capable of, his eyes are opened to the fact that there are people who care, who are trying to fight the good fight, and he becomes one of them".[10]
The Twi'lek owner and pilot of the Ghost. Filoni said "She is a very strong-minded character, kind of the heart of the group, keeps everyone together when they would otherwise fall apart".[11] She is the daughter of Cham Syndulla, who appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.[12]
A human Jedi survivor of Order 66, and the de facto leader of the crew of the starship Ghost. Kanan was trained in the way of the Jedi by Depa Billaba. Executive producer Dave Filoni describes the character as a "cowboy Jedi". Animation supervisor Keith Kellogg said "He is a Jedi but he's not a Jedi in the traditional sense that we've had before on the show. He's a little more rough around the edges. He's kept his lightsaber locked away, so he hasn't used it in a long time".[13]
A Mandalorian graffiti artist with expert knowledge of weapons and explosives. CG supervisor of lighting and FX Joel Aron said "She's adding something that we haven't really seen before in the Star Wars universe. You have a character that is expressively creative through art—whether it's the color of her hair or what she's done to her armor".[14]
A Lasat honor guard who serves as the muscle of the Ghost crew. The Lasat were one of the first species to rise up against the Empire in its early days, which responded by massacring their homeworld to make an example of them. The near-extinction of his species has left Zeb with a gruff demeanor, but he is loyal to any who will join him in the continued struggle against the Empire. His physical appearance is based on Ralph McQuarrie's original conceptual artwork for Chewbacca. Art director Kilian Plunkett said "Zeb actually is very articulate and witty and funny, and that's sort of juxtaposed with what he looks like, makes for an interesting character".[15]

Additionally, C1-10P (aka "Chopper"), is an irritable astromech droid built and owned by Hera. His design is heavily modeled on the original Ralph McQuarrie conceptual artwork for R2-D2. Because the Lothal rebels are a small cell on a backwater planet they couldn't afford a new droid, so Chopper is a older model that they patched up with replacement parts, making a finicky but at least functional droid to help run the ship. Describing the character, Filoni said "He likes to do things the way that he wants, not necessarily the way the crew wants or as fast as the crew would like, but he gets the job done. He's incredibly loyal". He also summarized, "If R2's your favorite dog, Chopper's a cat".[16]

Recurring[edit]

The Imperial army's cyborg Sith commander who was originally the destined Jedi Anakin Skywalker before falling to the dark side. He first appeared in the extended cold opening scene that was added to ABC's broadcast of Spark of Rebellion on October 26, 2014, where he orders the Inquisitor through a communications hologram to hunt down the remaining Jedi and try to lure any Force-sensitive children they take as their Padawans . Filoni stated, "We wanted to do something special for the ABC broadcast. We’ve added a scene which gives audiences insight into the Inquisitor and includes a cameo by Darth Vader, voiced by the distinguished actor James Earl Jones."[17][18] Vader later appears in "Fire Across the Galaxy" where he appears before Grand Moff Tarkin and Agent Kallus sometime after The Inquisitor's death.
An unnamed Pau'an armed with a gyroscopic, double-bladed lightsaber who is tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down the remaining Jedi in the galaxy.[19] He serves as the main antagonist of season 1. His unique lightsaber design was based on an unused concept from The Force Unleashed video game.[20] After being beaten by Kanan, The Inquisitor commits suicide by falling into the explosion below him in "Fire Across the Galaxy".
A high-ranking agent of the Imperial Security Bureau and skilled rebel hunter serving under the Inquisitor, and soon, under Darth Vader. More often than not, he is able to recognize rebel traps and set his own, which nearly succeed in capturing the Lothal rebels. Kallus was present when the Empire massacred the Lasat homeworld (Zeb's species), and even personally gave the order to use banned disrupter weapons in the assault. He is also a highly trained hand-to-hand combatant, and carries a rare Lasat bo-rifle - which he personally pried from the dead hand of one of the Lasat Honor Guards when their homeworld fell.[21][22]
An Imperial Commandant and Taskmaster, respectively, that are stationed on the planet Lothal. In "Call to Action", the Inquisitor executed them by beheading them offscreen under the orders of Grand Moff Tarkin.[9]
An Imperial officer stationed on the planet Lothal as Imperial Supply Master of Capital City.[9]
The Devaronian chief scoundrel of the Lothal underworld. The crew of the Ghost occasionally runs errands and smuggles goods for Vizago in exchange for credits and intel.
A Lothal native and minister for the Galactic Empire. She was a graduate of the Imperial Academy. With Planetary Governor Pryce frequently absent conducting business on Coruscant itself, Minister Tua is in charge of the Imperial bureaucracy which runs the day-to-day government on Lothal. Her major tasks include the ongoing efforts to centralize commerce and production on the planet under Imperial control and promoting development of the planet's new TIE fighter factory, to meet the economic goals set by Tarkin's Five Year Plan.
The Senator of planet Alderaan and current owner of C-3PO and R2-D2, who is secretly one of the main leaders organizing the network of rebel cells that will eventually become the Rebel Alliance. After discretely using the droids to inspect the Lothal rebel cell in the first episode "Droids in Distress", he sends a small fleet of frigates crewed by other rebel cells to aid the escape of the Lothal rebels in the Season 1 finale, inviting them to join the larger network growing against the Empire.
  • Steven Blum as Alton Kastle:
A journalist working as a broadcaster on HoloNet News on the planet Lothal.[9]
An exiled senator who is with the courage to speak out publicly against the Empire[23] by occasionally hacking into holonet news broadcasts. In "Vision of Hope", it was revealed that he was actually a spy for the Empire, and he attempted to lure the Ghost crew into a trap. In the same episode, it was revealed that Gall Trayvis knew Ezra's parents.
A cadet at the Imperial Academy. His sister Dhara disappeared from the Academy. Zare believes that the Inquisitor took her away.
A Togruta and former Padawan of Anakin Skywalker who left the Jedi Order before Order 66 occurred. She appeared several times during Season 1 using the codename "Fulcrum", a secret informant who provides Hera with Intel on Imperial activities and supplies, though she used a voice scrambler to hide her identity so the Empire could not track her. Her real identity was revealed to the Lothal rebels (and the TV audience) in the Season 1 finale, "Fire Across the Galaxy". Though she left the Jedi Order she still commands the Force.
The Ithorian owner of Old Jho's Pit Stop, a popular cantina on Lothal. He uses a voice synthesizer to be able to communicate with non-Ithorians.
A Rodian friend of Ezra's parents.
The Imperial Governor of the Outer Rim Territories, which Lothal is located within. When Kanan and his group become too much for Kallus and the Inquisitor to deal with, he comes to Lothal to personally take charge.

Additionally, Stormtroopers (Various Voices, including Steve Blum) serve as the foot soldiers of the Galactic Empire.

Guest[edit]

  • Dee Bradley Baker as Ephraim Bridger, Ezra's father.
A protocol droid built by Anakin Skywalker and formerly owned by Padmé Amidala. C-3PO is under the ownership of the crew of the Tantive IV, namely Amidala's old friend, Bail Organa.
The 800-plus-year-old Jedi Master who went into exile on Dagobah following the Jedi Purge. Appearing only as a disembodied voice in "Path of the Jedi", Filoni stated, "I felt personally to keep Yoda as this disembodied thing it would confuse the audience less. I didn't want you to think Yoda could be teleporting from planet to planet".[25]
  • Liam O'Brien as Morad Sumar:
A Lothal native and farmer and friend of Ezra's parents.
  • Kath Soucie as Mira Bridger, Ezra's mother.
A Jedi Master who many years ago broadcast a message declaring the fall of the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Order after Order 66. Kenobi broadcasts this warning off-screen in Revenge of the Sith, but it is shown in the first episode of Rebels. A holocron bearing Kenobi's message is amongst Kanan's possessions.
A smuggler who once won Chopper from Zeb in a game of Sabacc, but gave him back after the crew of the Ghost did a shipping run for him.[26]

Additionally, R2-D2 is an astromech droid and best friend to C-3PO and formerly owned by Padmé Amidala. Currently owned by Bail Organa, who has tasked him with secret missions to undermine Imperial activities.

Episodes[edit]

Shorts (2014)[edit]

Prior to the series premiere, four shorts featuring various Star Wars Rebels characters were broadcast on Disney Channel and made available online.

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code
1 "The Machine in the Ghost" Dave Filoni Greg Weisman August 11, 2014 (2014-08-11) 101A
In the aftermath of a raid on an Imperial supply convoy, the Ghost and its crew—Hera, Kanan, and Chopper—are pursued by TIE fighters, who take out the shields and communication system on the Ghost. Following a dog fight, only one TIE fighter remains, and rather than following contradictory orders from both Kanan and Hera, Chopper destroys it himself.
2 "Art Attack" Justin Ridge Greg Weisman August 18, 2014 (2014-08-18) 101B
Sabine infiltrates a TIE fighter landing platform in order to create a diversion to allow the Ghost to escape. She plays around with the stormtroopers, mocking them as she moves around and over the TIEs. When a trooper corners her, she attacks and escapes, leaving behind an explosive, the explosion of which she marvels as a work of art, and covers the stormtroopers with purple paint.
3 "Entanglement" Justin Ridge Henry Gilroy & Simon Kinberg August 25, 2014 (2014-08-25) 101C
Zeb walks through an alley on Lothal, believing it to be the agreed-upon rendezvous point with Kanan. He comes across two stormtroopers harassing a salesman, but when he interferes, they call for reinforcements. As stormtroopers fire at him, they accidentally cause a fuel leak in their own TIE fighter, which explodes.
4 "Property of Ezra Bridger" Dave Filoni Simon Kinberg September 1, 2014 (2014-09-01) 101D
Ezra witnesses a sky battle between the Ghost and a TIE fighter, the latter of which is shot down. He manages to open the hatch, but the TIE fighter pilot shows no gratitude for being saved and instead angrily rebukes Ezra for touching his ship. Ezra steals several items from the TIE fighter, including the pilot's helmet. Angered further, the pilot opens fire on Ezra, who evades the fire and incapacitates the pilot with his energy slingshot, before walking off wearing the pilot's helmet.

Film (2014)[edit]

The film Star Wars: Spark of Rebellion screened at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International,[27] with additional preview screening events at various theaters around the world in the lead-up to its worldwide television premiere on October 3, 2014. The film was made available for early viewing starting September 29 for verified cable and satellite television subscribers via the WATCH Disney XD streaming video service and subscription video on demand.[28]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date[29] Production
code
U.S. viewers
(in millions)
"Spark of Rebellion" Steward Lee & Steven G. Lee Simon Kinberg October 3, 2014 (2014-10-03) 102/103 2.74[30]
Ezra Bridger is an orphan on Lothal, an Outer Rim world. He interferes with the Ghost crew's theft of blaster rifles from the Empire. Ezra is shanghaied by the crew while making their getaway. The rifles are sold to buy food and information. The food is given to the displaced people of Lothal, while the information leads the crew to a group of imprisoned Wookiees.

Season 1 (2014–15)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date[29][31] Production
code
U.S. viewers
(in millions)
1 "Droids in Distress" Steward Lee Greg Weisman October 13, 2014 (2014-10-13) 104 1.03[32]
The Ghost crew steal a shipment of disruptor weapons to sell to crime lord Cikatro Vizago, accidentally bringing the Imperially serviced droids C-3PO and R2-D2 with them in the process. Zeb objects to the mission since the same weapons were used to nearly wipe out his species, the Lasats. Agent Kallus intercepts C-3PO's distress call and follows the Ghost to Lothal. In the ensuing duel between Zeb and Kallus, Ezra saves Zeb by using the Force to push Kallus away, allowing the crew to escape after setting the weapons to self-destruct as a diversion. Kanan returns the two droids to their rightful owner Bail Organa, who surveys R2-D2's recordings of the rebels' actions.
2 "Fighter Flight" Steven G. Lee Kevin Hopps October 20, 2014 (2014-10-20) 105 0.58[33]
Hera sends Ezra and Zeb out on a supply run together to keep them from bickering with each other, specifying that they do not return without a rare meiloorun fruit. The two find that the market's sole supply of meilooruns has been purchased by the Empire. Ezra's attempt to steal the fruit leads to an entanglement against the stormtroopers, forcing Zeb to hijack a TIE fighter for the two to escape in. En route to their rendezvous with the Ghost, the two find farmer Morad Sumar—a friend of Ezra's parents—and his family being arrested over a property dispute with the Empire. Using the TIE fighter to their advantage, Ezra and Zeb are able to rescue Sumar and retrieve the fruit, and return to the Ghost after supposedly crashing the fighter.
3 "Rise of the Old Masters" Steward Lee Henry Gilroy October 27, 2014 (2014-10-27) 106 0.95[34]
The rebels discover an underground transmission reporting that Jedi Master Luminara Unduli has survived Order 66 and is being held in a high-security Imperial prison on Stygeon Prime. Frustrated with his own inability to teach Ezra, Kanan leads his crew to rescue Luminara for her to train the boy. Upon reaching her cell, Kanan and Ezra discover that Luminara is long dead, her remains used as bait by the Inquisitor to lure the Jedi into a trap. The two work together to escape the Inquisitor before Hera rescues them aboard the Phantom. After Ezra reveals his insecurities over being passed over by Kanan, Kanan resolves to train Ezra himself.
4 "Breaking Ranks" Steven G. Lee Greg Weisman November 3, 2014 (2014-11-03) 107 0.64[35]
Ezra goes undercover as an Imperial Academy cadet to help foil a shipment of kyber crystals. During his operation, he befriends fellow cadets Zare Leonis and Jai Kell, the former of whom has similarly infiltrated the academy in search of his missing sister Dhara. After completing the mission, Ezra discovers that the Inquisitor intends to take him and Jai prisoner. With Zare and the other rebels' help, the three are able to fight their way out of the facility during an Imperial walker training exercise. Jai goes into hiding while Zare remains at the academy to continue his search for Dhara.
5 "Out of Darkness" Steward Lee Kevin Hopps November 10, 2014 (2014-11-10) 108 0.60[36]
Hera and Sabine set out to an abandoned Republic asteroid base to retrieve supplies provided by Fulcrum, an anonymous informant whom Hera has been in contact with. Sabine voices her displeasure towards Hera's secrecy about their mission, feeling as though neither she nor Kanan trust her. Due to a fuel tank leak on the Phantom, the two are left stranded on the base, which is infested with deadly fyrnocks. The two work together to survive the creatures long enough for the rest of the crew to rescue them aboard the Ghost, allowing Sabine to overcome her trust issues while Hera tells her to have faith in the growing rebellion.
6 "Empire Day" Steven G. Lee Henry Gilroy November 17, 2014 (2014-11-17) 109 0.67[37]
The rebels strike during a parade celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Empire's creation. Ezra, who was born on the same day, is preoccupied with his feelings towards his missing parents and opts out of the mission. He soon discovers that his parents' Rodian friend Tseebo is wanted by the Empire, and rejoins his friends to look for him. Finding Tseebo hiding in the basement of Ezra's old house, the rebels learn that the Rodian's mind has been implanted with information that is valuable to the Empire, and smuggle him off of Lothal aboard the Ghost. During the ensuing chase led by the Inquisitor, Tseebo regains his senses and reveals that he knows what happened to Ezra's parents.
7 "Gathering Forces" Steward Lee Greg Weisman November 24, 2014 (2014-11-24) 110 0.66[38]
Learning that Tseebo failed to save his parents from being abducted by the Empire, Ezra lashes out at Tseebo for betraying his parents' trust. Amidst the chase, the Imperials manage to attach a homing beacon on the hull of the Phantom, which Kanan opts to detach in hyperspace with himself and Ezra on board to mislead the Imperials. The two arrive at Fort Anaxes, where Kanan teaches Ezra to forgive Tseebo by admitting his fear of knowing what happened to his parents. The two tame the fyrnocks through the Force and set them against the arriving Imperial forces, but are cornered by the Inquisitor. Overcome with anger, Ezra uses the dark side of the Force to summon a giant fyrnock against the Inquisitor, allowing the two to escape. Afterwards, the Ghost crew take Tseebo to Fulcrum, while Hera offers to relay to Ezra what Tseebo knows of his parents' fate.
8 "Path of the Jedi" Dave Filoni Charles Murray January 5, 2015 (2015-01-05) 111 0.57[39]
Concerned with Ezra's previous display of the dark side against the Inquisitor, Kanan brings him to a hidden Jedi Temple on Lothal to be tested for his readiness in Jedi training. Ezra makes his way through the temple alone and is faced with a series of visions showing the Inquisitor killing Kanan and the rest of the Ghost crew. After seeing through the illusions, Ezra is guided by the disembodied voice of Jedi Master Yoda, who helps him admit his fear of abandonment. Yoda leads Ezra to a kyber crystal, which he uses to build his own lightsaber.
9 "Idiot's Array" Steward Lee Kevin Hopps January 19, 2015 (2015-01-19) 112 0.53[40]
Zeb bets and loses Chopper to smuggler Lando Calrissian in a game of Sabacc, forcing the Ghost crew to assist Lando with a dangerous smuggling run to get their droid back. The smuggling run involves trading Hera to crime lord Azmorigan in exchange for a puffer pig, leaving Hera to escape in an escape pod. Humiliated, Azmorigan and his henchmen intercept the rebels on Lothal to take revenge. The crew successfully drive the gangsters away and part ways with Lando, though not before Chopper steals the fuel to Lando's ship, which the smuggler concedes as payment for their help.
10 "Vision of Hope" Steven G. Lee Henry Gilroy February 2, 2015 (2015-02-02) 113 0.71[41]
Ezra has a fragmented vision of meeting Gall Trayvis, an exiled Imperial senator and rebel sympathizer, and assumes that Trayvis knows about his parents. The rebels receive a transmission from Trayvis notifying them of a secret rally on Lothal, but Ezra receives a tip from Zare Leonis that Kallus is planning to use the senator to lure the rebels into a trap. Following Trayvis's transmission, the rebels find him and escape into Lothal's sewer systems. To Ezra's dismay, Trayvis reveals himself to be an Imperial spy and claims that Ezra's parents are dead and gone. Having suspected his treachery, Hera outsmarts Trayvis and knocks him out so that the rebels can escape. Although disappointed by the betrayal, Ezra and the other rebels remain hopeful of their cause.
11 "Call to Action" Steward Lee Greg Weisman & Simon Kinberg February 9, 2015 (2015-02-09) 114 0.60[42]
In light of discovering that Trayvis is actually an Imperial spy, the rebels debate broadcasting a message to the nearby star systems about their cause. Ezra adamantly supports the idea, since his parents had broadcast secret messages from their basement for years. Kanan decides to invade the main Imperial communications tower on Lothal. They think they have the element of surprise, but they do not take into account the arrival of Grand Moff Tarkin, who has deduced where they will strike. The Inquisitor and Kallus are sent out to capture Kanan alive to earn back Tarkin's trust. When the Imperial forces attack the group at the tower, Kanan instructs the team to leave him and thus is captured. The team is able to send a message of hope, urging those living under the oppression of the Empire to fight, before Tarkin orders the tower to be destroyed, ending their broadcast.
12 "Rebel Resolve" Justin Ridge Charles Murray & Henry Gilroy February 23, 2015 (2015-02-23) 115 0.55[43]
After failing to find where Kanan is being detained, Hera is urged by Fulcrum to put the crew of the Ghost into hiding. Against Hera's orders to leave Kanan, Ezra devises a plan to rescue him. He strikes a deal with Vizago and learns that courier droids have been sending messages to and from the Empire due to the destruction of the Imperial communications tower. Meanwhile, Kanan is brought aboard Tarkin's ship where he is tortured by the Inquisitor as the Empire hopes to gain more information about the rebels. The crew of the Ghost eventually learns that Tarkin plans to transfer Kanan to the prison on Mustafar from which no Jedi returns.
13 "Fire Across the Galaxy" Dave Filoni Simon Kinberg March 2, 2015 (2015-03-02) 116 0.72[45]
The crew of the Ghost seize an Imperial Gozanti-Class Cruiser transport [44] and use a Sabine repainted TIE Fighter that Zeb and Ezra had previously stolen to infiltrate and disable Tarkin's star destroyer in the Mustafar system. Ezra frees Kanan using the duct system while Hera, Sabine and Zeb attempt to secure an escape route. Ambushed in the engine room, Ezra and Kanan vanquish the Inquisitor in a lightsaber duel, critically damaging the engines in the process. Both groups successfully emerge from the doomed destroyer with stolen TIEs, and the stolen transport flown by Chopper appears with a number of other ships including the Ghost to ensure escape into hyperspace. Senator Organa greets the Ghost crew by hologram and Fulcrum, who piloted their ship during the rescue, is revealed to be Ahsoka Tano, who tells the group that they are just one cell out of many working for a larger rebellion. On Lothal following the Inquisitor's death, Tarkin introduces Agent Kallus to another agent selected by Emperor Palpatine to destroy the rebels: Darth Vader.

Season 2[edit]

On October 2, 2014, the series was renewed for a second season.[46] On January 30, 2015, it was confirmed by Freddie Prinze, Jr. that the second season will contain "nearly twice as many episodes" as season one.[47] On March 3, 2015, Sarah Michelle Gellar joined the cast for season two.[48]

Release[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion premiered on October 3, 2014 on Disney Channels worldwide.[49] The series premiered on Disney XD channels in the United Kingdom and Ireland on October 16,[50] in Australia on October 17,[51] in South Africa on October 18,[52] and in Canada on October 19, 2014.[53]

Home media[edit]

Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on DVD in the US at all retailers on October 14, 2014. DVD bonus features include character shorts, a 3D model kit of the Ghost ship, and a preview of season 1.[54]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

In the United States, the one hour special garnered 2.74 million viewers on Disney Channel[30] and 2.40 million viewers on ABC.[55] Worldwide, it delivered a total of 6.5 million viewers.[56] On Disney Channel, the first and second episodes delivered 2.33 million and 1.92 million viewers, respectively.[57] The third and fourth episodes garnered 2.32 million and 1.84 million, respectively.[58] The fifth, sixth, and seventh episodes were watched by 1.43 million, 1.30 million, and 1.60 million viewers, respectively.[59] The eighth and ninth episodes got 1.92 and 1.44 million viewers, respectively.[60]

In Canada, the second episode was watched by 274,500 viewers, making it the most-watched broadcast ever on the network.[61] In the United Kingdom, the movie was the highest-rated broadcast that week, with 81,000 viewers.[62]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale viewers
(in millions)
1
Monday 9:00 p.m.
13
October 13, 2014
1.03[32]
March 2, 2015
0.72[45] 0.68

Critical response[edit]

At Metacritic, which assigns a normalised rating out of 100 to reviews from mainstream critics, the series has received an average score of 78, based on 4 reviews indicating "generally favorable reviews".[63] IGN and Variety in particular had strong praise for the pilot movie, Spark of Rebellion, with their only real criticism being the appearance of the Wookiees in the film, being cited as not all that impressive compared to the rest of the animation.[64]

Accolades[edit]

Award Category Recipient Result
42nd Annie Awards Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production Nathaniel Villanueva & Douglas Lovelace Nominated

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