I’ve seen very few TV shows from beginning to end, and even fewer as they actually aired.
So Star Wars Rebels finds itself in a rarefied group. The Clone Wars passed me by so I made a distinct effort to start and finish this. With the Disney acquisition fresh in everyone’s minds, I wanted to be up to date.
I expected it to be decent. I mean, it has lightsabers in it. What I didn’t expect was for Rebels to become one of my favourite parts of Star Wars.
Rebel’s overall quality, and the lesson it’s taught me on ‘filler’, has made it pretty special. The final two episodes typify the more positive aspects.
At first I thought I was going to jump heavily into spoilers and a series of ‘did you see that!’ moments. But as I sit back and think about it, I’m left smiling. I did get very emotional during it all, having watched Ezra and the crew of the Ghost go through so much. The final moments were extremely fitting whilst the epilogue gave us a great tease for the future.
Perhaps I’d have liked a more final finale, but the thought of characters still floating around out there is exciting. Dave Filoni has set things up in such a way that these characters have had their time to shine in the galaxy, but don’t impact anything we already know about the Original Trilogy; a tricky balancing act considering the interactions they’ve had.
One of the most important positives of the last two episodes is how it uses themes and pieces from across the four seasons in such a way that you’re left knowing that even some of the episodes that I wasn’t so keen on at the time, were vital. Nature versus technology, differing interpretations of the force, how there can be factions within factions, and ultimately how one person can make a difference. We’ve seen these themes before but there was a special focus to them all here.
Overshadowing all of this is that Rebels introduced the TIE Defender into official Star Wars canon. It’s been my favourite ship for a long time, so seeing it in an important place makes me extremely happy.
I’m going to miss the show. But in Filoni I trust. Hopefully we’ll see what he is up to next. In a time when the cinematic entries are seemingly becoming more divisive, I think we can agree that from a small screen point of view, Star Wars Rebels has left us in a great position.