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Star Wars Saturday: Anticipating “Rebels”

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I never got interested in Clone Wars, had heard it was great but found the whole idea of the Clone Wars distasteful after it got more extensive explanation in the prequels. Actual clones fighting largely robot armies isn’t especially compelling–cuz they’re clones, not, like, real people. Somehow the mysterious mention of the Clone Wars by Obi-Wan in the original trilogy was far more enticing.

But the idea of the new animated Star Wars show, Rebels, by the same creators of Clone Wars, definitely has my attention.

rebelsgroupFirst of all, it centers around a rag-taggy crew on a spaceship opposing the growing tyranny of the Empire, making enemies, and going on adventures. It smacks a bit of Knights of the Old Republic, Firefly, Farscape, or even Guardians of the Galaxy. Plus, check it: one character is totally based on Ralph McQuarrie’s original design for Chewbacca, another has a light-slingshot, a third is described as a cowboy jedi, AND there are two female main characters, one of whom BOTH blows things up and wears Boba Fett body armor. Hell yeah!

Based on the clips that have been released, it also appears that the series has a sense of humor. (See the exclusive video featured on The Live Feed.) One that doesn’t rely on a packaged-for-children step-n-fetch JarJar. More hooray!

The show premieres on Friday, October 3rd on DisneyXD with an hour-long pilot called Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion. Since I don’t have cable, I’m hoping it will be available to stream online without a cable subscription. At the very least, Disney is speed releasing a DVD of Spark of Rebellion on October 14.

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Author: Erin Perry

I'm a high school English teacher specializing in AP Literature and Film Analysis. I'm interested in most things geeky, including superheroes, vampires, zombies, teen culture, postmodern philosophy, pop culture analysis, and combinations of the aforementioned. Follow me on Twitter @eriuperry.

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