This release collects every episode from the debut season of Star Wars Rebels, a series that continues the saga of a ragtag Starship crew who confronts the evil Empire and attempts to thwart their plans to kill-off the last of the Jedi Knights.
Star Wars Rebels: the ultimate guide-jedi kanan jarrus hosts this exciting 22-minute recap of season 1.
Rebels season 2: a look ahead-exclusive sneak peek as executive producer David Filoni reveals footage and concept art, plus a few inside secrets from the upcoming season.
Rebels recon: 14 fun insightful, behind-the-scenes journeys archived as 5-minute companion pieces to episodes from season one.
Lucasfilm AnimationProduction Company
Simon KinbergExecutive Producer
Dave FiloniExecutive Producer
Greg WeismanExecutive Producer
Star Wars Rebels
3 Discs, DVD
Dolby Digital w/ sub-woofer channel, stereo
Enhanced Widescreen for 16x9 TV
English, French, Spanish
English, French, Spanish
Just for Fun, Other Dimensions
Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season 1 [3 Discs] [DVD]
After the cancellation of "Star Wars: The Clone Wars", I, like many, was disappointed that Disney let the series go out rather than finish right up into Episode III. But, when they foretold that they would have their own series that will answer key questions about Episode VII, I had to check it out. Needless to say, I wasn't disappointed.
The show, Star Wars Rebels, takes place 5 years before the Battle of Yavin (which means it's 5 B.B.Y. in Star Wars chronology), and the Empire holds a tight grip on the galaxy. The planet of Lothal is one of them, and they are forced to endure the brutality of the Empire. For 14 year Ezra Bridger, a con-artist and street rat who bears some resemblance to Aladdin, surviving on the streets is easy for anyone who knows how to fool a Stormtrooper. But his resistance gets himself caught in a larger rebellion against the Empire, and is now working with the crew of the spaceship "The Ghost" amongst others who hold the Empire in disregard. There's Kanan, a Jedi in hiding, Sabine, a Mandalorian with a knack for graffiti and explosions, Zeb, a Lassat with a short temper and a habit of hurting Stormtroopers, Hera, a Twi'lek pilot that leads the crew, and Chopper, a grumpy astromech droid who's supposed to be the polar opposite of R2-D2.
The series' strong points is its connection to the greater Star Wars lore, from the Clone Wars and beyond. Mentions towards Order 66, the Great Jedi Purge, and the actions the Empire took really give a reason to why the Rebellion was formed in the first place, and it even gives more insight towards Bail Organa's own role in creating it. Not only that, but the character development is well thought out, and the relationships between the crew of the Ghost is as meaningful as it can get.
The villains themselves pose a genuine threat. The cold and cunning Agent Kallus has proven himself to be a worthy adversary equivalent to that of General Grievous. The mysterious Sith Inquisitor makes himself out to be much like Darth Maul, in that the truth surrounding his origins and what capabilities in the dark side he has keep us guessing for all season. Even Grand Moff Tarkin and Darth Vader appear in the show, as do some special guests (I'm not saying who, but Clone Wars fans will be very pleased)
It's true that Rebels is no Clone Wars, but its a worthwhile show that I would highly recommend. Just play close attention though. If the fan theory is to be believed, Ezra may become Episode VII's main bad guy, Kylo Ren, and this is the place to check out that possible descent to the dark side.
Ever wanted to know what happened in the 20-some years between ep. 3 and 4? This is it. The story follows a fairly diverse crew of Rebels working to make as much trouble for the new Empire as possible 5 years before ep.4.
Characters include Kanan, a Jedi in hiding, Herra, the green-skinned Twi'lek pilot of the Ghost, Garazeb, the muscle of the crew, Sabine, a former Mandolorian turned rebel, Chopper, the astromech droid with an attitude, and Ezra, the young "hopeful" that finds himself joined with the crew and aspiring to be a Jedi.
There really isn't a whole lot to say without giving away spoilers. The series does start out kind of slow at first, but it is still entertaining. They do have cameos from past characters every once in a while. I have read a lot of reviews that give negative marks for characters being kind of bland and 1-dimensional (the irony of being in 3D) and that the stories aren't deep and don't last very long. What most of these people forget is that this series is aimed at kids, not adults. This should be apparent to anyone since it's shown on Disney.
However, that does not mean it's not a fun series to watch. It certainly has its moments that make you glad to be a Star Wars fan. There are most definitely some moments where you can tell it's mainly for kids, but if you go into it knowing that, you will enjoy yourself.
The animation does not follow the Clone Wars style, slightly more 'cartoonish', some may appreciate this after Clone Wars' blocky and square style of modeling.
A bit of trivia, Zeb's model is based on the original concept design for Chewbacca way back in the 70's, much like the new X-Wing for ep.7. The entire series of Rebels is based on the idea that the Clone Wars series was originally slated to be, following a small crew of "rebels" in a cargo ship as they helped in the battle against Doku and the droid army.
Now, can't wait for season 2!
This season felt like a slow-burn most of the time. Some episodes weren't all that interesting. The animation and art style are different, but you get used to it. I don't really understand what all the hate is about in terms of this besides how some aliens look in this style. This season works because of its' characters rather than it's plot. I really enjoyed the latter half of this season once it took itself more seriously. However, Ezra is just horrible. I can not stand him anytime he's on-screen, and that's honestly saying a lot because Chopper is not that far behind. If it weren't for the latter half of the season and especially the great buildup towards the second season, I would say this show can be skipped.
Didnt really know alot about this series but I am a nerd for StarWars. Im really glad in did. This continues the story between the clone wars and ep 4 after executive order 66. The animation is awesome. The voice actors/tresses do a great job. The story had me every bit involved as the movies. If youre a Star Wars nerd, get it. If you like animation and action with a story thats fun, get it.