Star Wars Rebels
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|Star Wars Rebels|
|Genre||Sci-Fi, Drama, Action-Adventure|
Star Wars |
by George Lucas
(Based on themes by John Williams)
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||13 (list of episodes)|
|Producer(s)||Athena Yvetta Portillo|
|Running time||Approx. 22 minutes|
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Original channel||Disney XD|
|Original release||October 3, 2014– present|
|Preceded by||Star Wars: The Clone Wars|
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.
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. 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 film, and 13 episodes) and that the series will feature new characters along with ones from the original trilogy. Weisman left the show after season one.
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, 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
A visual guide to the series, labeled Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide, was published by DK Publishing, on July 21, 2014. 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.
- 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 stated, "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."
- Vanessa Marshall as Hera Syndulla:
- 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." She is the daughter of Cham Syndulla, who appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
- Freddie Prinze, Jr. as Kanan Jarrus:
- 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."
- Tiya Sircar as Sabine Wren:
- 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."
- Steven Blum as Zeb Orrelios:
- 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."
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 an 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 as, "If R2's your favorite dog, Chopper's a cat."
- 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." Vader later appears in "Fire Across the Galaxy" where he appears before Grand Moff Tarkin and Agent Kallus sometime after The Inquisitor's death. He will appear in the Season 2 premiere "The Siege of Lothal".
- Jason Isaacs as The Inquisitor:
- 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. 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. After being beaten by Kanan, The Inquisitor commits suicide by falling into the explosion below him in "Fire Across the Galaxy".
- David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus:
- 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.
- David Shaughnessy as Cumberlayne Aresko and Myles Grint:
- 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.
- Liam O'Brien as Yogar Lyste:
- An Imperial officer stationed on the planet Lothal as Imperial Supply Master of Capital City.
- Keith Szarabajka as Cikatro Vizago:
- 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.
- Kath Soucie as Minister Maketh Tua:
- 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.
- Brent Spiner as Senator Gall Trayvis:
- An exiled senator who has the courage to speak out publicly against the Empire 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.
- Bryton James as Zare Leonis:
- A cadet at the Imperial Academy. His sister Dhara disappeared from the Academy. Zare believes that the Inquisitor took her away.
- Dante Basco as Jai Kell:
- A former cadet at the Imperial Academy, Jai was a part of the Galactic Empire before meeting Ezra and is forced into hiding away from the Empire with his mother.
- 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.
- Dee Bradley Baker as Old Jho:
- 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.
- Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex:
- A clone trooper who aids the Rebel forces after being exiled from the Galactic Empire following the Clone Wars. Rex often served under Anakin Skywalker and was a close friend of both him and his apprentice, Ahsoka Tano.
- Dee Bradley Baker as Commander Wolffe:
- A clone trooper who aids the Rebel forces after being exiled from the Galactic Empire following the Clone Wars. Often paired with Jedi Master Plo-Koon during the Clone Wars, Wolffe is physically notable for his maimed right eye.
- Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Gregor:
- A clone trooper who aids the Rebel forces after being exiled from the Galactic Empire following the Clone Wars. During the Clone Wars, Gregor, an elite commando captain, was last seen in combat against numerous battle droids while under heavy fire.
- Peter MacNicol as Tseebo:
- A Rodian friend of Ezra's parents.
- The Imperial Governor of the Outer Rim Territories, within which Lothal is located. When Kanan and his group become too much for Kallus and the Inquisitor to deal with, he comes to Lothal to personally take charge.
- 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".
- 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.
Additionally, R2-D2 is an astromech droid and best friend to C-3PO and formerly owned by the late Padmé Amidala. Currently owned by Bail Organa, who has tasked him with secret missions to undermine Imperial activities.
Prior to the series premiere, four shorts featuring various Star Wars Rebels characters were broadcast on Disney Channel and made available online.
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The film Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion screened at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International, 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.
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Season 1 (2014–15)
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The film Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal screened at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in April 2015, and will air on Disney XD June 20, 2015.
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On October 2, 2014, the series was renewed for a second season. According to Freddie Prinze, Jr., the season will contain "nearly twice as many episodes" as season one. Many Star Wars: The Clone Wars characters have been confirmed to be appearing, including Ahsoka Tano, Captain Rex, and Hondo Ohnaka. Sarah Michelle Gellar will be a member of the cast for season two. On April 30, 2015, the StarWars.com team revealed that the season premiere would air on June 20, 2015 and the season would continue in the fall.
Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion premiered on October 3, 2014 on Disney Channels worldwide. The series premiered on Disney XD channels in the United Kingdom and Ireland on October 16, in Australia on October 17, in South Africa on October 18, and in Canada on October 19, 2014.
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.
In the United States, the one hour special garnered 2.74 million viewers on Disney Channel and 2.40 million viewers on ABC. Worldwide, it delivered a total of 6.5 million viewers. On Disney Channel, the first and second episodes delivered 2.33 million and 1.92 million viewers, respectively. The third and fourth episodes garnered 2.32 million and 1.84 million, respectively. The fifth, sixth, and seventh episodes were watched by 1.43 million, 1.30 million, and 1.60 million viewers, respectively. The eighth and ninth episodes got 1.92 and 1.44 million viewers, respectively.
In Canada, the second episode was watched by 274,500 viewers, making it the most-watched broadcast ever on the network. In the United Kingdom, the film was the highest-rated broadcast that week, with 81,000 viewers.
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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". IGN and Variety in particular had strong praise for the pilot film, 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.
|42nd Annie Awards||Outstanding Achievement, Storyboarding in an Animated TV/Broadcast Production||Nathaniel Villanueva & Douglas Lovelace||Nominated|
|5th Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Animated Series||Star Wars Rebels||Nominated|
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