When new Star Wars properties pop up (TV, Movies or video games), one important thing fans always look forward to is what new types of lightsabers may be unveiled. In the Original Trilogy it was pretty much a three-color pageant (blue, green, red) – but with the EU and Prequel Trilogy we got new exciting designs like Darth Maul’s double-sided lightsaber bo staff, and Mace Windu’s (Sam L. Jackson) badmutha purple saber. Since then, Star Wars swords have been a point of fashion for the franchise, new chapters carrying the expectation of fun new weaponry.
The saga continues this fall with Star Wars Rebels, an animated series that adds new canon to the franchise – in this case, filling the gap between Episode III and Episode IV, detailing the rise of the Galactic Empire and conversely, how sparks of rebellion (fanned by a rag-tag group of misfits) caught flame and became The Rebel Alliance.
Even though Rebels brings with it a solid concept and some impressive creative juice (including Clone Wars showrunner Dan Filoni and Star Wars universe architect Simon Kinberg), the look and tone of the show have not sold fans on the notion that this new era of the Star Wars saga (which continues with Episode VII next year) is a good one. A lot of previous clips and featurettes from the show have been met with the criticism that Rebels seems too “Disney” and that the animation is not polished enough. This latest clip tries, then, to show off more of the action bits the show will offer.
…And yet, it’s easy to again see why some fans are going to circle back to those same criticisms of this show. Star Wars is known for great villains, but so far, The Inquisitor (voice of Jason Isaacs) has not been all that much of a draw. Besides the confusion of his appearance and choice of spinning weapon (he’s not officially Sith, just… Sith-like?), the clip above makes it seem like he’s the least frighting guy to ever wield a red lightsaber. Hopefully The Inquisitor’s twisted intellect helps sell him as a quality villain – especially if his legacy potentially stretches to Episode VII.
The other part of the clip shows protagonists Kanan and Ezra in an understated (but important) moment. Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) is a former Jedi who has been ducking Imperial forces by masquerading as a smuggler; Ezra (Taylor Gray) is a street kid who learns he has latent force powers. Basically, the clip foreshadows the major character arcs that Kanan and Ezra will have on their way to becoming friends, mentor/student, and eventually legends of the Rebellion. How their stories connect and feed into The Original Trilogy (and possibly Episode VII) remains to be seen.
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Star Wars Rebels premieres with the one-hour special “Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion” on Disney XD on October 3rd, 2014 at 9 p.m. ET/PT. It begins its regular series run a week and a half later on October 13th (also at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD).