Star Wars Rebels

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Star Wars Rebels
Star Wars Rebels logo.png
Created by
Based on Star Wars 
by George Lucas
Voices of
Composer(s) Kevin Kiner
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 3 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Producer(s) Athena Yvetta Portillo
Production company(s)
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Broadcast
Original channel
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 animated television series produced by Lucasfilm and Lucasfilm Animation. Set 14 years after Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith and 5 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.[2]

It premiered as a 44 minute movie, Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, on October 3, 2014 on Disney Channel prior to the premiere of the series on October 13. Star Wars Rebels airs on Mondays at 9:00 pm on Disney XD.[3][4] Dave Filoni, Simon Kinberg, and Greg Weisman serve as executive producers of season one. Kinberg has stated that the first season will contain 16 episodes and that the series will feature new characters along with ones from the original trilogy.[5][6] Weisman left the show after season one.[7]

Plot[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,[8] 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. The series will also focus on the origins of some of the groups that form the Rebel Alliance.

Cast and characters[edit]

A visual guide to the series, labeled Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide, was published by DK Publishing, on July 21, 2014.[9] 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.

Rebels[edit]

A renegade Jedi Padawan who is the survivor of Order 66. He keeps his lightsaber under lock and key and brandishes a blaster instead to avoid the attention of the Empire. He is the leader of the crew of the starship Ghost under the call sign "Specter 1" and is eager to fight against the Empire. He is sarcastic but also distraught over the destruction of his culture and former way of life.[10]
  • Taylor Gray as Ezra Bridger:
A charismatic 14-year-old con artist, thief, and pickpocket living on the Outer Rim world of Lothal as the Empire strip mines the resources of his homeworld for Sienar's TIE fighter production. Unbeknownst to him, he is able to use the Force, and has used it to get out of certain predicaments. Stealing to survive, he has no real loyalty to anyone.[11] Joins the crew of the Ghost under the call sign "Specter 6".
A seasoned and intelligent Lasat enforcer who serves as the muscle of the Ghost crew, call sign "Specter 4". Most of Zeb's kind were wiped out by the Galactic Empire forces that were led by Agent Kallus. His physical appearance is based on Ralph McQuarrie's original conceptual artwork for Chewbacca.[12]
A Mandalorian with expert knowledge of weapons, combat, and explosives. She is also a graffiti artist who tags Imperial facilities with anti-Imperial propaganda after an attack, decorates her quarters on the Ghost, and frequently modifies her armor with conflicting color schemes though her signature colors appear to be purple and magenta; even her hair has purple and orange highlights. Fixated on color, she wears clothing covered in flecks of paint. Her call sign is "Specter 5". Executive Producer Dave Filoni revealed in an interview that her design was based on an idea he had for The Clone Wars.[13]
The Twi'lek who owns and pilots the Ghost. She is the mother-figure of the crew and brings them all together.[14] Her call sign is "Specter 2".
  • C1-10P ("Chopper"), Hera's astromech crafted from spare parts. He is very irritable and seems to not care about his owners. His call sign is "Specter 3". His physical appearance is heavily modeled on the original Ralph McQuarrie conceptual artwork for R2-D2.[15]

Galactic Empire[edit]

An unnamed Pau'an who wields a double-bladed lightsaber and is tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down the remaining Jedi left in the galaxy.[16] His unique lightsaber design was based on an unused concept from The Force Unleashed video game.[17]
A high-ranking agent of the Imperial Security Bureau who serves under the Inquisitor.[18][19] Agent Kallus was responsible for the attack on Lasan.
He was seen in the extended cold opening of Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion where he orders the Inquisitor to hunt down the "Children of the Force" who have been foreseen by Emperor Palpatine. This special scene was seen when Spark of Rebellion aired on ABC on October 26, 2014. Executive producer Dave 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.”[20]

Other characters[edit]

A Jedi Master who currently resides on Tatooine. His hologram is first seen in a holocron when he announces the fall of the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Council after Order 66.
A Devaronian and chief scoundrel of the Lothal underground. The crew of the Ghost occasionally runs errands and smuggles goods for Vizago in exchange for credits and intel.
A Lothal native and farmer. He knew Ezra's parents.
The Senator of planet Alderaan and current owner of C-3PO and R2-D2.
A protocol droid that helped the Republic forces during the Clone Wars. Following its fall, C-3PO is now under the ownership of the crew of the Tantive IV namely Bail Organa.
  • R2-D2, an astromech droid and best friend to C-3PO. He served the Republic during the Clone Wars under the ownership of Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker.
An exiled Senator who is the only member of the Imperial Senate with the courage to speak out publicly against the Empire.[21]

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[22]
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. Though she is almost caught by Stormtroopers, Sabine manages to plant an explosive, the explosion of which she marvels as a work of art.
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"
"Not What You Think"
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,[23] 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.[24]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code[22]
U.S. viewers
(million)
"Spark of Rebellion" Steward Lee & Steven G. Lee Simon Kinberg October 3, 2014 (2014-10-03) 102/103 2.74[25]
The Galactic Empire is strengthening its grip on the galaxy. The crew of the starship Ghost, which consists of Jedi Kanan, Hera, Ezra, Zeb, Sabine, and Chopper are the only ones brave enough to go against the Empire. They will face Agent Kallus and many Stormtroopers and become heroes who are able to start a rebellion. But Ezra, has force abilities and in time he will become a Jedi.

Season 1 (2014)[edit]

No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date Production
code[22]
U.S. viewers
(million)
1 "Droids in Distress" Steward Lee Greg Weisman October 13, 2014 (2014-10-13) 104 1.03[26]
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 takes the mission personally since the same weapons were used to wipe out his species, the Lasats. C-3PO makes a distress call that is intercepted by Agent Kallus, who follows the Ghost to Lothal. In the ensuing duel between Zeb and Kallus, Ezra saves Zeb by using his Force powers 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 decides to survey R2-D2's recordings of the "rebel" crew's actions.
2 "Fighter Flight" Steven G. Lee Kevin Hopps October 20, 2014 (2014-10-20) 105 0.58[27]
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 and Ezra's friend Morad Sumar being arrested along with his family. 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 crashing the fighter.
3 "Rise of the Old Masters" Steward Lee Henry Gilroy October 27, 2014 (2014-10-27) 106 0.95[28]
The Ghost crew discover an underground transmission reporting that Jedi Master Luminara Unduli has survived Order 66 and is being held in a high-security Imperial prison. Kanan leads his crew to rescue Luminara for her to train Ezra, frustrated with his own inability to teach 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. Afterward, Kanan comes to understand the meaning of Yoda's saying "There is no try" and resolves to train Ezra himself.
4 "Breaking Ranks"[29] Steven G. Lee Greg Weisman November 3, 2014 (2014-11-03) 107 TBA
5 "Out of Darkness"[29] Steward Lee Kevin Hopps November 10, 2014 (2014-11-10) 108 TBA
6 "Empire Day"[29] Steven G. Lee Henry Gilroy November 17, 2014 (2014-11-17) 109 TBA
7 "Gathering Forces"[29] Steward Lee Greg Weisman November 24, 2014 (2014-11-24) 110 TBA

Season 2[edit]

On October 2, 2014, the series was renewed for a second season by Disney.[30]

Release[edit]

Broadcast[edit]

Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion premiered on October 3, 2014 on Disney Channels worldwide.[31]

The series premiered on Disney XD channels in the United Kingdom and Ireland on October 16,[32] in Australia on October 17,[33] in South Africa on October 18,[34] and in Canada on October 19, 2014.[35]

Home media[edit]

Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion was released on DVD in the US at all retailers on October 14, 2014. However Wal-Mart received exclusive rights to release the 44 minute premiere movie the same day it premiered on television, October 3.[36] DVD bonus features included character shorts, a 3D model kit of the Ghost ship, and a preview of season 1.[37]

Reception[edit]

Ratings[edit]

In the United States, the one hour special garnered 2.743 million viewers on Disney Channel[25] and 2.54 million viewers on ABC.[38] Worldwide, it delivered a total of 6.5 million viewers.[39] The premiere of the first episode delivered 1.03 million viewers, making it Disney XD's most successful series launch.[26]

Critical reception[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".[40]

IGN and Variety in particular had strong praise for the pilot movie, Spark of Rebellion, but their only real criticism was the appearance of the Wookiees in the film, being cited as not all that impressive compared to the rest of the animation.[citation needed]

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