Star Wars Rebels Review


by Matthew Grissom, Staff Writer

On October 30, 2012, creator of Star Wars George Lucas sold the rights to Disney for 4.05 billion dollars. With Disney now having the rights, they canceled Cartoon Networks hit TV show, Star Wars: the Clone Wars and they made a new television show on Disney XD called Star Wars Rebels. The show takes place after episode 3 and before episode 4 of the movies. Like most fans, I was very upset with the Clone Wars just being cancelled. The show had so many questions to be answered that will probably never be answered.

The show stars a boy named Ezra Bridger, a young peasant that lost his parents to the Empire. When the Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus and the rest of his rebel team find him, they learn he has Jedi abilities. Knowing that this could be the Jedi Order’s last chance, Kanan takes Ezra in, and they go on missions to take down the Empire and bring peace to the Galaxy.

The plot is not that deep. Some episodes we see them fighting for their lives against the Empire, while some episodes we see them trying to get a piece of fruit. The plot really doesn’t go anywhere until the very end when Ezra starts to unravel the secret of his parents’ disappearance. besides another character named Zeb, everyone is just a normal character with  forgettable personalities. Zeb is a really cool character. He’s pretty much a brute that does a lot of smack talk. He’s played by my favorite voice actor Steve Blum, who has also voiced Orochimaru from Naruto, Spike Spiegel from Cowboy Bebop, and Sub-Zero in the new Mortal Kombat X game.

The show has a really good cliff hanger that I won’t dare spoil, but Star Wars fans will love it. The animation is average. They look very plastic and make very unusual faces. Also, the show really isn’t that serious. They always make bad puns in life-threatening situations, and those are always really painful to listen to. I don’t get the change in the moods of the two shows. In the Clone Wars, we see the clones struggling to stay alive on a hostile planet while staying close to each other and never forgetting that they’re brothers. the new show never makes me feel like the Rebels care about each other, in fact, they constantly argue and it is pretty annoying. that’s not to say that their isn’t parts of the show that i like though.They due meet Lando Calrissian played by Billy Dee Williams (which to the show’s credit, that’s awesome) but that gets ruined when they have to  transport this alien that when it get scared, inflates like a balloon. That’s pretty silly.

The final verdict for Star Wars Rebels is 6 out of 10 stars. It’s not terrible and the stuff it gets right, it really gets right. But all its lame jokes, forgettable characters, and O.K. looking animation make me just want to go back and watch the old show.