Star Wars rebeLs Sea­son Two

Not just for younglings

SFX: The Sci-Fi and Fantasy Magazine - - Reviews -

re­leased OUT NOW! 2015-2016 | PG | Blu-ray/dVd

Cre­ators si­mon Kin­berg, dave Filoni, Car­rie Beck

Cast Tay­lor Gray, Fred­die Prinze Jr, Vanessa Mar­shall, Tiya sir­car

If you’d dis­missed CG show Star Wars Rebels as the kids’-only arm of that galaxy far, far away, you’ve made a big mis­take – the Episode IV pre­quel se­ries has evolved into the Lu­cas­film em­pire’s geeki­est, most fan-cen­tric piece of sto­ry­telling. This is an es­sen­tial part of the Star Wars mythos that fills in key gaps in the canon as it ex­plains how small Rebel cells grew into a ful­lyfledged Al­liance. The Re­bel­lion didn’t ap­pear from nowhere, and sea­son two goes deeper into the ship-steal­ing, Force train­ing and un­pleas­ant Im­pe­rial en­tan­gle­ments that will one day give Luke Sky­walker a shot at blow­ing up a Death Star.

But while it’s packed with sat­is­fy­ing nods to the movies (Princess Leia!), the Clone Wars TV show (Cap­tain Rex!) and more ob­scure ar­eas of Ex­panded Uni­verse lore (ever won­dered about the ori­gin of B-wings?), cru­cially Rebels’ sec­ond sea­son never for­gets that Star Wars should first and fore­most be about ad­ven­ture and ex­cite­ment. With only a cou­ple of these 22 episodes falling short of a very high bar, it’s fun, funny and goes to some sur­pris­ingly dark places. Plus, sea­son two wheels out Darth Vader as its Big Bad – what more could you want?

Ex­tras The DVD comes with fun, info-packed “Rebel Re­cons” re­caps for each episode (six-seven min­utes a piece, and also avail­able on the Star Wars YouTube chan­nel) fea­tur­ing be­hind-thescenes ma­te­rial and cast/crew in­ter­views. There’s also a “Con­nect­ing The Galaxy” guide to Easter eggs and hidden ref­er­ences that feels rather too brief at just three min­utes long. The Blu-ray gets an ex­tra fea­turette where showrun­ner Dave Filoni dis­cusses Ah­soka Tano’s cli­mac­tic face-off with her old mas­ter, Vader. Richard Ed­wards

The em­blem of Clone Wars/Rebels pi­rate Hondo Oh­naka’s gang ap­pears on Maz Kanata’s cas­tle in The Force Awak­ens.

The spon­sored walk was un­der­taken in a tense si­lence.

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