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Star Wars Rebels

Star Wars Rebels
Genre Science fiction
Action-adventure
Created by
Based on Star Wars 
by George Lucas
Voices of
Composer(s) Kevin Kiner
(Based on themes by John Williams)
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 18 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)
Running time Approx. 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Release
Original channel Disney XD
Audio format Dolby Digital 5.1
Original release 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 3D CGI animated television series produced by Lucasfilm and Lucasfilm Animation. Set fourteen years after Revenge of the Sith and five years before 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.[1]

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.[2][3] 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.[4][5] Weisman left the show after season one.[6]

Contents

  • Premise 1
  • Cast and characters 2
    • Crew of the Ghost 2.1
    • Galactic Empire 2.2
      • Inquisitors 2.2.1
    • Recurring 2.3
    • Guest 2.4
  • Episodes 3
  • Release 4
    • Broadcast 4.1
    • Home media 4.2
  • Reception 5
    • Ratings 5.1
    • Critical response 5.2
    • Accolades 5.3
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Premise

Fourteen years after the fall of the Galactic Republic and the Jedi Council in Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith,[7] a motley group of rebels (all of whom have been affected by the Galactic Empire in one form or another) 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

From left to right: Sabine Wren, Hera Syndulla, Ezra Bridger, Zeb Orrelios, and Kanan Jarrus.

A visual guide to the series, labeled Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide, was published by DK Publishing, on July 21, 2014.[8] 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.[9]

Crew of the Ghost

  • Taylor Gray as Ezra Bridger:
A 15-year-old human con artist with Force abilities who lives on the Imperial-controlled planet Lothal before joining the Ghost crew, armed with an energy slingshot and later a pistol-like guard Shoto lightsaber. 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."[10]
A human Jedi survivor of Order 66 trained under master Depa Billaba and the de facto leader of the Ghost crew, armed with a two-piece dual-phase lightsaber and DL-18 blaster. 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."[11]
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."[12] She is the daughter of Cham Syndulla, who appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.[13]
A 16-year-old 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."[14] She is also the object of a crush held by Ezra, though she doesn't seem to reciprocate.
A Lasat honor guard whose people 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. This near-extinction has left him with a gruff demeanor, but he has remained loyal to the struggle against the Empire as the muscle of Ghost crew. 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."[15]
The Togruta 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 and carries a pair of white lightsabers. The rebel cell she is in league with—Phoenix Squadron—is nearly wiped out by Darth Vader in The Siege of Lothal where she uncovers the horrifying truth that Vader is actually her former master. She joins the Ghost along with the survivors of her devastated cell to wage war against the rest of the Empire.

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."[16]

Galactic Empire

The Emperor of the Galactic Empire and Darth Vader's Sith Master.[17] After learning from Vader that Ahsoka Tano is among the rebel forces, Palpatine orders Vader to send out more Inquisitors to hunt her down and capture her, intending to use her to uncover more surviving Jedi.
The Imperial army's 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 Grand 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."[18][19] Vader later appears in "Fire Across the Galaxy" where he appears before Grand Moff Tarkin and Agent Kallus sometime after the Grand Inquisitor's death. He appears in the Season 2 premiere movie The Siege of Lothal as the main antagonist, where he arrives after Tarkin requests extra assistance in dealing with the rebels following the death of the Inquisitor. Vader then mercilessly oppresses the planet—he wipes out most of the rebel cell in the Lothal system, injures half the Ghost crew, destroys Ezra's home and a community of displaced people on Lothal, and has Minister Tua murdered so as to frame the rebels for the acts as killers and terrorists, turning the planet's population against them and driving them off Lothal entirely. After learning Ahsoka Tano—his former Jedi apprentice—is amongst the rebels, Vader is personally ordered by the Emperor to continue hunting them down by dispatching another Inquisitor to capture Ahsoka, in the hopes that she will lead them to other Jedi. This leads to Darth Vader sending the Fifth Brother and the Seventh Sister to handle the job.
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 Grand Inquisitor to deal with, he comes to Lothal to personally take charge, eventually bringing in Darth Vader to deal with the issue of the Jedi.
A high-ranking agent of the Imperial Security Bureau and skilled rebel hunter serving under Darth Vader and working with the Inquisitors. 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 of Lasan (Zeb's species) and even personally gave the order to use soon-after banned disruptor 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 a Lasat Honor Guard when their homeworld fell to the Galactic Empire.[20][21] Kallus becomes one of Vader's enforcers in Season 2 and was the one who set up Minister Maketh Tua's murder on Vader's orders by rigging her shuttle to explode.
An Imperial Navy officer in charge of the Imperial blockade on Lothal and later assisting in the Empire's rebellion pursuit.
An Imperial officer stationed on Lothal as Imperial Supply Master of Capital City.[9]
An Imperial Commandant and Taskmaster, respectively, that are stationed on the planet Lothal. In "Call to Action", the Grand Inquisitor executed them by beheading them off screen under the orders of Grand Moff Tarkin as punishment for their persistent failures in apprehending the Lothal rebels.[9]
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. After Kanan's escape from Tarkin at Mustafar during the Season 1 finale, Minister Tua fears she will be blamed for failing to apprehend the other Lothal rebels and tries to defect to the Rebel forces in order to escape. She is killed when Agent Kallus blows up her shuttle on the orders of Darth Vader, who then frames the Rebels for her death.
An exiled Senator who has the courage to speak out publicly against the Empire[22] by occasionally hacking into holonet news broadcasts. In "Vision of Hope," it was revealed that he was actually in league with 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.

Additionally, the Stormtroopers (Various Voices) are the foot soldiers of the Galactic Empire.

Inquisitors

The Inquisitors are Dark Jedi agents of the Galactic Empire armed with gyroscopic double-bladed lightsabers that are used by Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine to hunt down the remaining Jedi in the galaxy. The Inquisitors' unique lightsaber designs were based on an unused concept from The Force Unleashed video game.[23]

An unnamed Pau'an Inquisitor who served as the main antagonist of season 1. He first appeared in the extended cold opening of "Spark of Rebellion," where he is ordered by Darth Vader to hunt down any Jedi who survived Order 66 and try to either lure any Force-sensitive children the Jedi in question take as their Padawans to the dark side or destroy them if they refuse. The Grand Inquisitor saw the opportunity to do so when called by Agent Kallus to help him hunt down the rebels when Kanan is discovered a Jedi. After being defeated by Kanan in "Fire Across the Galaxy," he committed suicide by falling into a flaming reactor core. His title as the Grand Inquisitor was revealed by The Seventh Sister in "Always Two There Are."
An Inquisitor of an unknown species who serves as one of the two main antagonists of season 2 and the partner of The Seventh Sister. After "The Siege of Lothal," he is sent by Darth Vader under Emperor Palpatine's orders to hunt the rebels down after Ahsoka is discovered among them. He first appeared in "Relics of the Old Republic," where he meets with Admiral Konstantine telling him that he will finish the job that Admiral Konstantine and Agent Kallus had failed at. In "Always Two There Are," The Fifth Brother and The Seventh Sister attack the Crew of the Ghost during their visit to an old base that was used during the Clone Wars.
A Mirialan Inquisitor in a metal mask that covers her entire face who serves as one of the two main antagonists of season 2 and the partner of The Fifth Brother. After "The Siege of Lothal," she is sent by Darth Vader under Emperor Palpatine's orders to hunt the rebels down after Ahsoka is discovered among them. She first appeared in "Always Two There Are," where she accompanies The Fifth Brother to an old base that was used during the Clone Wars in order to attack the Crew of the Ghost. The Seventh Sister claims that Kanan hasn't even gained the rank of Jedi Knight.

Recurring

The leader of the Phoenix rebel cell.
The Senator of planet
A gambling smuggler who wins Chopper in a game of Sabacc against Zeb, but returns him when the Ghost crew smuggled him and his puffer pig that he traded from Azmorigan past the Imperial blockade. He later aids the Ghost crew in their escape from Darth Vader's forces on Lothal in exchange for stolen Imperial goods.
A Devaronian crime lord who the Ghost crew occasionally runs errands and smuggles goods for in exchange for credits and intel.
A Jablogian crime lord and business partner of Vizago's, who Lando Calrissian used to do business with. In his first appearance in "Idiot's Array", he was tricked by Calrissian into giving the entrepreneur a mining-purposed puffer pig and trading it for Hera, who then outsmarted Azmorigan and escaped from his ship, the Merchant One, and back to Calrissian and the Ghost crew. However, Azmorigan knew where they were headed (to Vizago's mining estate) and cornered them there, demanding compensation involving the puffer pig, Hera, the Ghost, its crew and Calrissian be handed over for his betrayal. The rebels refused and sent the kingpin and his syndicate on their way after a brief fight.
A Clone trooper captain who aids the Rebel forces alongside his fellow clones. Rex served under Anakin Skywalker and was a close friend of both him and his apprentice, Ahsoka Tano.
  • Dee Bradley Baker as Commander Wolffe (CC-3666):
A clone commando who aids the Rebel forces alongside his fellow clones. Served under Jedi Master Plo-Koon during the Clone Wars, Wolffe is physically notable for his maimed right eye. In "The Lost Commanders" he betrayed the clones and told the Empire their location.
  • Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Gregor (CC-5676-39):
A clone commando who aids the Rebel forces alongside his fellow clones. Gregor was assumed to have been killed during the Clone Wars.
  • Dee Bradley Baker as Old Jho:
The Ithorian owner of Old Jho's Pit Stop, a popular cantina on Lothal, who uses a voice synthesizer to communicate with non-Ithorians.
  • Steven Blum as Alton Kastle:
A journalist working as a broadcaster on HoloNet News on Lothal.[9]

Guest

  • Dee Bradley Baker as Ephraim Bridger, Ezra's father.
  • Kath Soucie as Mira Bridger, Ezra's mother.
A cadet at the Imperial Academy, where his sister Dhara disappeared from. He believes that the Grand Inquisitor took her away, and stays in the Academy as a spy in order to find her, as well as to feed information to the rebels.
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.
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".[24]
Darth Vader's old Jedi Master, who 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 Rodian friend of Ezra's parents who is wanted by the Empire for uploading half their secrets into the Imperial cybernetic digital implant fused into his brain.
  • Liam O'Brien as Morad Sumar:
A Lothal farmer and friend of Ezra's parents.
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.

Additionally, R2-D2 is an astromech droid, 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.

Episodes

Season Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 15 October 3, 2014 (2014-10-03) March 2, 2015 (2015-03-02)
2 22 June 20, 2015 (2015-06-20) TBA

Release

Broadcast

Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion premiered on October 3, 2014 on Disney Channels worldwide.[25]

In Australia, the series premiered on October 17 on Disney XD.[26] The Siege of Lothal premiered on June 28, 2015[27] and second season will debut on October 18.[28]

In Canada, the series premiered on October 19, 2014 on Disney XD.[29] However, due to DHX Media losing the rights to Disney content, the show was later moved to Disney Channel.[30]

In the Middle East and Africa, Spark of Rebellion premiered on October 11 and the series debuted on October 18 on Disney XD.[31] Siege of Lothal premiered on October 10, followed the official season premiere on October 17.[32]

In Southeast Asia, Spark of Rebellion premiered on Disney XD on October 4 and the series officially started on November 29.[33][34] Siege of Lothal premiered on October 3 on Disney XD and Disney Channel and the second season will be released on October 24.[35][36][37][38]

In the United Kingdom and Ireland, the series debuted on October 16 on Disney XD.[39] Siege of Lothal premiered on July 18, 2015[40] followed by the second season debut on October 17.[41]

Home media

DVD/Blu-ray name Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Spark of Rebellion (DVD only) October 14, 2014 October 13, 2014 November 5, 2014[42]
Season 1 (DVD & Blu-ray) September 1, 2015 September 14, 2015 September 16, 2015[43]

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.[44] The complete first season of Star Wars Rebels was released by Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment on DVD and Blu-ray on September 1, 2015 in America,[45] and in Germany on September 10, 2015.

Reception

Ratings

In the United States, the one hour special garnered 2.74 million viewers on Disney Channel[46] and 2.40 million viewers on ABC.[47] Worldwide, it delivered a total of 6.5 million viewers.[48] On Disney Channel, the first and second episodes delivered 2.33 million and 1.92 million viewers, respectively.[49] The third and fourth episodes garnered 2.32 million and 1.84 million, respectively.[50] The fifth, sixth, and seventh episodes were watched by 1.43 million, 1.30 million, and 1.60 million viewers, respectively.[51] The eighth and ninth episodes got 1.92 and 1.44 million viewers, respectively.[52]

In Canada, the second episode was watched by 274,500 viewers, making it the most-watched broadcast ever on the network.[53] In the United Kingdom, the film was the highest-rated broadcast that week, with 81,000 viewers.[54]

Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes Premiered Ended Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale viewers
(in millions)
1
Monday 9:00 p.m.
13
October 13, 2014 (Columbus day)
1.03[55]
March 2, 2015
0.72[56] 0.68
2
Wednesday 9:30 p.m.
TBA
October 14, 2015
0.46[57]
TBA
TBA 0.46

Critical response

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".[58] 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.[59]

Accolades

Award Category Recipient Result
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
2014 BTVA Awards Best Male Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Action/Drama Steve Blum as Zeb Orrelios Nominated
Best Female Lead Vocal Performance in a Television Series - Action/Drama Tiya Sircar as Sabine Wren Nominated
Vanessa Marshall as Hera Syndulla Nominated
Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role - Action/Drama Jason Isaacs as Inquisitor Won
Best Female Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Supporting Role - Action/Drama Kath Soucie as Maketh Tua Nominated
Best Male Vocal Performance in a Television Series in a Guest Role - Action/Drama Frank Oz as Yoda Nominated
James Arnold Taylor as Obi-Wan Kenobi Nominated
James Earl Jones as Darth Vader Won
Best Vocal Ensemble in a New Television Series Star Wars Rebels Nominated

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