Star Wars Rebels

Around the Galaxy: Star Wars Rebels Returns

News & Notes - January 20, 2018

Possible spoilers ahead for Star Wars Rebels…

Rebels Returns

Corey has done a terrific job covering the return of Star Wars Rebels this February, but here are some outside views on what we might expect as the Hera, Kanan, Ezra, and company return to the fight.

ABC’s Sandell weighs in

Earlier this week, ABC News reporter Clayton Sandell told the world to stop waiting for a Solo: A Star Wars Story trailer on January 15. Yesterday, in the above deal, he told us the real deal.

This morning we can read his synopsis of the Season 4 midseason trailer:

Sandell wrote:

One question the new trailer does not answer is the fate of our heroes, especially fan-favorite Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein). The character first appeared in the 2008-2014 animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” Back then, Ahsoka was a Jedi padawan under Anakin Skywalker before he went full dark side to become Darth Vader.

In the interim, Sandell (and all of us) wonder what Filoni’s “Ahsoka Lives” t-shirt at Celebration was all about?

Meanwhile, on Mortis?

Over at Nerdist, Amy Ratcliffe wrote about The Clone Wars Mortis arc, and how the fan-favorite story might figure into some of the questions Sandell — and all of us — have about the Rebels’ fate.

Ratcliffe pondered:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars expanded the universe in a multitude of ways, including expanding the mythology of the Force. In season three of the animated series, Anakin Skywalker, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Ahsoka Tano spent three episodes on Mortis, a planet in the Unknown Regions that was home to three beings: the Father, the Daughter, and the Son. The Daughter was an avatar for the light side of the Force, the Son represented the dark side, and the Father kept them in balance. And the trio can be spotted in the latest trailer for Star Wars Rebels.

She added:

This relief [shown in the tweet] appears to show the beings against Lothal’s distinct landscape. Aside from the possibilities that brings—where is this image on Lothal, did the Jedi create it, how did they interact with the Mortis beings—the Daughter is pictured with a mysterious convor. That gold and green convor first appeared in Star Wars Rebels‘ second season, shortly before Ahsoka confronted Darth Vader. The convor appeared immediately after their duel on Malachor, too.

Amazing stuff. Let’s hope that the final episodes leave us with more answers than questions.

On Kanan and Hera

By the way, Ratcliffe was also able to get some answers on “the kiss” from earlier this season:

Star Wars Rebels Executive Producer Dave Filoni told Ratcliffe:

She loves Kanan, obviously, in her own way and he loves her, and what they both like about each other in some ways is why they aren’t completely together. I like that they have this very mature adult relationship that deals with the world around them, or what they need to do for other people. But there is something…you might know the way these people feel inside as the audience, or you might hope that they feel this way that you do about them. It’s like seeing two friends of yours get together after a long time, and you’re like, ‘Oh, thank God!’

Thank the Maker, indeed.

Grilled Filoni?

Germain Lussier also grilled Filoni as to the many facets of the trailer, asking the show’s EP about the convor, and the space birds’ significance in the preview footage.

“Nothing is arbitrary, that’s for sure,” Filoni told iO9. “Everything takes some consideration and thought by myself or a different artist. Everything is really nicely placed. And you know, who doesn’t like owls? There’re always fun.”

Filoni also spoke about Kanan’s new coif:

I like to make the characters kind of transform a bit as we move forward. I think it’s visually important and symbolic of where they’re at… and I think it’s a thing with Kanan. He’s had a couple different looks that relate to you how comfortable he is with himself, who he is and where he that.

Breznican on the trailer’s “perspective”

Meanwhile,’s Anthony Breznican also had Filoni on the hook, talking about THE Sith Lord being included in the footage. Yep, Ian McDiarmid’s Palpatine is back, and judging by the trailer, his portrayal of the Emperor is as evil as ever.

“Executive producer Dave Filoni and the Rebels team will be packing a lot into that shortened timeframe,” wrote Breznican. “There will be two back-to-back episodes every Monday, concluding with a 90-minute grand finale — essentially, a Rebels movie.”

Of the trailer, and its various inclusions, Filoni told

I felt like it was important to give this last trailer an overall perspective of what this kid had come from and what he had been learning… I like that line that line that says, ‘You’ve never been like anyone else…

Stay tuned for more from Breznican.

Alex Explains It

Finally, now that you’ve done your reading, you deserve some dessert. Check out Alex Damon’s breakdown on his YouTube channel, Star Wars Explained:


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A graduate of Boston and Northeastern universities, John Bishop became the beat reporter for prior to the B’s 2006-07 hockey season. While with the Bruins, “Bish” traveled North America and Europe to cover the Black & Gold’s every move via laptop, blog, and smart phone. The co-author of two books, Bygone Boston and Full 60 to History: The Inside Story of the 2011 Stanley Cup Champion Boston Bruins, John covered the XXI Olympic Winter Games in Vancouver in 2010 and the B’s 2011 championship run and banner raising before taking a faculty/communications position at a prep school outside Boston in 2013. He lives with his wife Andrea and sons Jack, Scott, and Luke in central Massachusetts.
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