This season was the weakest out of all four seasons of Star Wars Rebels. I believe that it fell victim to its own hype when it came out. It had so much promise with the introduction of Thrawn and the Bendu, yet some story decisions did not work for me. As usual, though, it has an amazing final few episodes to keep you wanting more. I would still give it a watch just to get to the superior season 4.
You get a lot in this season. Ezra's power in the force grows, but his tendencies towards accepting the dark side cause him and the Ghost crew some issues that are essential for character development. Sabine's back story finally gets flushed out and she begins to confront her own destiny. But to be honest, the best part of this season is THRAWN. I wish he would've been a bit more imposing in voice, but his presence and action in all the episodes does proud the creation from Timothy Zahn's books. As ruthless as Vader, but calculating and utterly patient, he shows very well in the series why he became grand admiral. He sees victory in increments as he is aware the campaign to crush the rebellion is a slow one. I also like how a lot of Ralph McQuarrie's designs are used throughout the show, like the precursors to droids and combat vehicles that will someday be seen in the original trilogy, paying homage to one of the visionaries that helped breathe life into this sci-fi giant.
You get a LOT of explanation about how the rebellion grew, organized, and acquired personnel and materiel for their war effort. Several times in this season you see the characters risking all for gains unseen, and the culmination to a large battle scene did not disappoint. You also see a few more faces in the Empire and the development of the TIE Defender, the induction of some of the rebellion's most crucial members, and that's all I'll say for now.
I didn't give this Season 5 stars just because I love 90% things Star Wars. To me Star Wars is Big Screen! Ok when I watch films I do so on a 180" movie theater screen with full 7.1 surround sound and the Buttkicker transducer system. This is not to Boast but to give an idea of the clarity that I rate both 4k and 1080p films. 1st off regardless if you are huge into 4k or still collect Blu-ray; I will add that with today's upscaling technology along with upscaling technology on theater projectors, that the difference between Blu-ray & 4k is minimal When you are using screens under 75". I will say that going over 180" that you will likely see a difference and recommend 4k for 150"+ screens. I found this Season to be as perfect in clarity as the previous two. I'm finally getting used to the "look" as compared to the Clone Wars series. A long time ago in this Galaxy I thought Clone wars was just better in every way, but I feel the writers are bringing us a better story by following these characters through everything from growing pains to continuously adding and filling things into the Star Wars Canon. Buy, Watch. Wait a while and do it again! Streaming it is fine if you have data plans like I do, but for the average person who may watch these seasons at least once a year then its a great buy. No Cons from me!