[SPOILERS for Star Wars Rebels season one ahead.]
The Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated TV series are both part of the official Star Wars canon, yet they've begun to form their own corner of the Star Wars Shared Universe. The Rebels season one finale revealed that Fulcrum - the mysterious informant for the Ghost and her Empire-fighting crew - was none other than Anakin Skywalker's former Padawan turned rebellion leading Jedi, Ahsoka Tano, previously featured on Clone Wars (once again voiced by Ashley Eckstein).
Ahsoka won't be the only Clone Wars player featured on Rebels season two, as teased in a newly-released three and a half minute preview for the show's upcoming episodes. Captain Rex and a couple of his fellow surviving clones from Clone Wars (voiced again by Dee Bradley Baker) will be joining the Ghost's crew members in their ongoing fight against the Imperial forces - while Ahsoka shall continue to lend a helping hand, when possible.
Watch the Star Wars Rebels season two trailer, above.
It's a good thing that Rebels' small band of Lothal-based resistance fighters are getting a helping hand in season two, by the look of it. Darth Vader himself (with James Earl Jones lending his iconic voice again) is now personally involved with the ongoing hunt to track down and destroy the Ghost's crew - in particular, Jedi Kanan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and his own Padawan, Ezra Bridger (Taylor Gray). Plus, it looks as though Jason Isaacs' now-deceased Inquisitor from season one was not, in fact, the only one of his kind - as Kanan is seen battling other dark Force users in this new trailer.
The Rebels season two trailer teases one particularly nasty showdown between Kanan, Ezra, and Vader - though, we're guessing the preview's cliffhanger ending is just a bit misleading (and Ezra will make it out okay). Rebels co-creator/showrunner Dave Filoni previously teased that a confrontation between Vader and his old pupil might also be on the way - having said that the former comrades-turned enemies are very much on a "collision course" right now.
Filoni has described Rebels season two as being "more like Empire Strikes Back for our heroes" - something that very much appears to be the case, based on the darker tone and bigger stakes in the season two trailer footage. That's encouraging to hear, since Rebels season one often successfully recaptured the swashbuckling adventure fun of A New Hope - so it's fitting the followup season be more dangerous and delve deeper into the themes established in season one (like what also happened with later seasons of Clone Wars).
There are still mysteries in Rebels season two waiting to be unraveled - like the identity of that new character voiced by Sarah Michelle Gellar - not touched upon in the new trailer. That's fine, of course, since it leaves the show's fans with something to keep speculating about; not to mention, another reason for other Star Wars fans to catch up on Rebels ASAP (lest they miss out on what has thus far proven to be quality storytelling set in a galaxy far, far away, before J.J. Abrams' The Force Awakens hits theaters this upcoming December).
Star Wars Rebels season two will premiere on Disney XD later this year.
Source: Disney XD/Lucasfilm