While we may not know that much about Episode 7, Disney did announce yesterday the direction of the animated Star Wars universe. Star Wars Rebels will be an all-new animated Star Wars series that focuses on the era between Episode 3 and Episode 4. Check out the announcement video below for some more details.
I never watched The Clone Wars but I’m really excited for Rebels. As a child of the original trilogy I’m a much bigger fan of that era than of the prequels. It’ll be great to see how the nascent Rebellion grows into a movement that eventually topples the Empire.
Here are some things I’m hoping to see in Rebels.
- I want to know what the big deal with Mon Mothma is. She makes a super weird, moody speech in Return of the Jedi and then she was the head of the New Republic in the Thrawn trilogy. How did this woman, of whom we know so little, end up leading the Rebellion? I’m sure I could go to Wookiepedia and find out, but I’d rather have it spoon-fed to me in a canonized cartoon show.
- I also want to know more about Admiral Ackbar and the Mon Calamari. I do remember from the Thrawn trilogy that the Mon Calamari were a peaceful people until they were attacked by the Empire. Instead of producing massive cruise liners, they used their expertise at shipbuilding to produce massive war ships. Also, it’d be great if a young Ackbar always said his catchphrase “It’s a trap!” even when there wasn’t a trap.
- Bail Organa (whose name Google just told me isn’t spelled like the Canaanite god) is very interesting to me. He played a role in Episode 2 and Episode 3 but I would love to see more development of his character. He apparently plays an important role in the Rebellion. I want to see him playing both sides of the fence, using his influence as a senator to undermine the Empire and help the Rebels.
- I want to see the Rebel base on Dantooine. The Rebels didn’t have much luck with Yavin or Hoth, but maybe Dantooine was a good base for a good long while.
- I’m sure C-3PO and R2-D2 will be around; it’s always good to see our favorite droids. If they’re not your favorite droids, please tell me who your favorite droids are.
- I want to see what role the Jedi play in the early days of the Rebellion. I know Yoda and Obi-Wan go into hiding but maybe there are some other Jedi who escape Vader and help fuel the Rebellion.
- I also want to see what other names the Rebels considered before settling on the Rebellion. The Rebellion seems a little unimaginative so the other names must have been terrible. The Rebellion sounds a lot cooler than Mon Mothma’s Mates, though.
I’m really excited for Star Wars Rebels. I think it will be a great entry into the Star Wars universe and tell stories from an interesting period. Unfortunately it’s still a ways away but it will help tide us over until Episode 7 in 2015.
What do you hope to see in Star Wars Rebels?