What started off as a kids show has definitely developed into a more complex series, and it looks like that trend will continue. Star Wars Rebels returns and with it we got a new trailer for the mid-season premiere.
Right off the bat, that is one dead on impersonation of Alec Guinness! There has been a lot of fan hope to see an Obi-Wan film which shows a final duel between him and Maul but it looks like we’ll be seeing that in Star Wars Rebels instead. Ever since they teased the fact that Maul learned Obi Wan survived the Jedi Purge we’ve known that ultimately this duel would be part of Rebels.
What I find very exciting is that this may also be the episode where we learn a bit more about what Kanan and Ezra’s eventual fate will be. In the films, Luke Skywalker is supposed to be the last Jedi, so fans have speculated that the pair won’t make it out of the series alive. If Ezra and Kanan also encounter Kenobi, then that would raise more questions. However, this whole season has been teasing the only way to defeat the Sith is on Tatooine, so perhaps there is another solution.
We also get to see the Dark Saber in Sabine’s hands and what that means for her. With it it looks like she can rally much of Mandalore against the Empire, which is a great plot line for the character who is sometimes woefully underused.
The trailer also gives us an introduction to Mon Mothma in the animated series, who was also featured in Rogue One. This opens the door for appearances by Cassian Andor and K-2S0 (hopefully voiced by Diego Luna and Alan Tudyk) in the series as well, since they all end up on Yavin IV together. Other characters that will probably end up in the series are Red and Gold Leaders along with, possibly, Biggs Darklighter, but that probably won’t be for another season.
I’m really enjoying this series which is getting into the nitty-gritty of just how the Rebel Alliance formed. When the series started out I was very sure it would get more and more complex and less serialized as it went on.
The second half Star Wars Rebels season three returns on Saturday, January 7th on Disney XD. Here’s the official synopsis:
Hope. Revenge. Rebellion. See what’s to come in the rest of Star Wars Rebels Season Three in this thrilling mid-season trailer. The crew returns to Geonosis in search of a missing rebel team sent to investigate suspicious activity there, and they are surprised by what they find. After finding a missing rebel team member, the Ghost crew discovers another surprise on Geonosis, and they work to conceal it from Imperial forces. Forest Whitaker, who stars as Rebel freedom fighter Saw Gerrera in “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,” provides the voice of the character as he makes his debut on “Star Wars Rebels” this SATURDAY, JANUARY 7 (8:30-9:30 p.m. EST) on Disney XD.