Given how merchandise driven the “Star Wars” franchise is, it would be easy to write off Disney’s animated series “Star Wars Rebels” as yet another vehicle to sell more “Star Wars” merchandise and call it a day.
Available on DVD and Blu-Ray September 1, the first season of Disney’s animated series “Star Wars Rebels” is yet another vehicle to sell more “Star Wars” merchandise. But among the new characters, settings, and new vehicles that conveniently make for fun toys, “Star Wars Rebels” features some interesting characters and science fiction storytelling that fits well for the “Star Wars” mythology.
Somewhere between “Star Wars Episode III” and Star Wars Episode IV,” “Star Wars Rebels” follows the adventures of several rebels consisting of a con artist, a Jedi veteran, a graffiti artist, a Wookie expy, and a callback to “The Clone Wars” animated series. Affected by the Galactic Empire, they band together aboard a ship to disrupt Empire activity on their local planet while developing some of the origins of the groups who will inevitably form the Rebel Alliance.
Despite it being a Disney project, “Star Wars Rebels” features an entertaining mix of action and character development to keep the series interesting beyond kiddy charm. The animation feels more evolved compared to its “Clone Wars” predecessor. Basing itself on predetermined “Star Wars” canon helps as fans will know what will eventually come about while enjoying the references and development during that journey. Several iconic “Star Wars” characters in their younger days help kick up the nostalgia factor.
Disney packed several bonus features into the first season of “Star Wars Rebels.” The DVD includes 14 behind the scenes featurettes, a 22-minute recap of the first season in case viewers don’t want to watch the approximately 330 minutes of “Star Wars Rebels,” and a look into the second season. The Blu-Ray includes the DVD bonus in addition to exclusive looks at the panels of “Star Wars Rebels” during Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim, California as well as four Season One shorts.
“Star Wars Rebels” Season Two is scheduled to air this fall on Disney XD.
“Star Wars Rebels” Season One Episode List:
- Spark of Rebellion
- Droids in Distress
- Fighter Flight
- Rise of the Old Masters
- Breaking Ranks
- Out of Darkness
- Empire Day
- Gathering Forces
- Path of the Jedi
- Idiot’s Array
- Vision of Hope
- Call to Action
- Rebel Resolve
- Fire Across the Galaxy