‘Star Wars Rebels’ 3-Minute Short: Chopper Saves the Day

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While all eyes may currently be on Star Wars: Episode VII, which doesn’t release in theaters until late next year, Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm’s first trip into canon together is actually the upcoming animated series Star Wars Rebels. Set between Episode III – Revenge of the Sith and Episode IV: A New Hope, Rebels will chronicle the creation of the Rebel Alliance, whose mission is to take down the tyrannical Galactic Empire and restore the Republic.

In a series of character videos, fans were introduced to the series’ leads, Jedi Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Twi’lek pilot Hera (Vanessa Marshall), alien warrior Zeb (Steven Blum) and Mandalorian Sabine (Tiya Sircar). These four along with new recruit Ezra (Taylor Gray) are instrumental in getting the Rebel Alliance up and running, but of course, they must also contend with Rebel hunters like Agent Kallus (David Oyelowo) and The Inquisitor (Jason Isaacs).

An extended trailer released just before Comic-Con and a few subsequent previews have teased that Rebels will for the most part be a fun action adventure story. For now that seems to hold true, judging by Disney XD’s newly released short above, titled ‘The Machine in the Ghost.’ Three more shorts are scheduled to premiere over the next few weeks.

star wars rebels kanan hera Star Wars Rebels 3 Minute Short: Chopper Saves the Day

In the short, the Ghost crew handles an attack by TIE fighters. Hera pilots the ship while Kanan shoots down the Imperials, but it’s up to astromech droid Chopper to save the day. Not only does the short take viewers through what appears to be a typical Star Wars space battle, it also surprisingly hints at a possible relationship brewing between Kanan and Hera when the two squabble during the fight and then make up.

As a taste of what to expect from Star Wars Rebels, the short seems to be a step in the right direction. It showcases a similar vibe and energy to A New Hope, even employing the classic music that fans love so much along with very similar cinematography. Let’s just say that fans nostalgic for the Original Trilogy could find a lot to love in the new series if this short is any indication.

What do you think, Screen Rant readers? Does the new short make you excited for Star Wars Rebels? Do you like the nods to A New Hope or do you think it’s a bit too much? Let us know in the comments.

Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney XD in October 2014.

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  1. Does this mean that Starkiller would not be the one that creates the Rebel Alliance?

    • Yes, the showrunner Dave Filoni has confirmed that TFU is now non-canonical.

      • I for one am glad. Starkiller was a poor character surrounded by a poor story. Not only does fitting him in not make sense but he made Vader and the Emperor lamer than even the prequel trilogy could.

        • But Vader being the one that made him create the Rebellion give the story a nice sense of irony.

  2. More like “Chopper wants his own slice of glory” lol

  3. Why are people still making sounds in their outer space scenes?

    • Because it’s fun and makes them more dramatic. The same reason why they ignore Newton’s Laws of Motion in space battles and let the spaceship fly like airplanes instead.

  4. Good God Man! This clip was the worst thing I’ve seen from this show. An inferior, reductive version of ANH that’s more kid-friendly? What the Hell is this?! Thanks Disney!

    • If definitely seems to be a step down from The Clone Wars, not just visually but also thematically. Rebels clearly seems to be aimed at younger demographic than The Clone Wars, while the opposite should be true.

  5. Chopper seems hilarious lol.

  6. Does it bother anyone else when spaceships in space fly like airplanes fly with air resistance? That Top Gun flip over the two tie fighters was so blatant…it’s distracting.

  7. A complete rip off of the same scene from A New Hope. Ugh.

    • I like how the droid sounds retarded and at times seems to utter the words WTF in a muffled tone.

  8. For those complaining about how spaceships fly like airplanes in the Star Wars Universe,really need to brush up on his or her’s watching of the previous six Star Wars movie episodes and then shut the f**k up.