Last week’s announcement of the new STAR WARS animated series, Rebels, while not entirely unexpected was still quite a surprise. It opens up a whole new era in STAR WARS film/television storytelling, allowing us at long last to experience the “dark times” on screen. There’s a lot they can explore, but after giving it some thought, here are the top five things I’d like to see in this new series.
5. Space action – The franchise is called STAR WARS for a reason, so it’d be kind of nice if they took some of the battle back into outer space. Hopefully, Dave Filoni’s teasing with the pictures of TIE Fighters means we’ll get more of that kind of action than what we saw in the Prequel Era.
4. Imperial Agents – The opening crawl of A New Hope mentions “sinister agents” of the Empire. Frankly, I don’t really see a bunch of Imperial officers as overtly sinister, though I suppose the case could be made for Tarkin. Growing up in the 80s and early 90s, I always assumed that there were other guys like Vader out there, though maybe not Force users or as high up in the Imperial chain of command as he is. It’d be nice to see other villains in the Empire beyond what was shown in the Original Trilogy, and I’m sure they’d make for some killer toys (if Hasbro ever gets their act together when it comes to the Star Wars brand).
3. Bail Organa being awesome – Was anyone else disappointed by the way Bail was presented in the Prequel Era? I guess I always assumed from the “Years ago, you served my father during the Clone Wars” line that he was a little bit more of a bad ass than how he was portrayed. There’s a little taste of it in Revenge of the Sith, where he seeks out information on what’s going on at the Jedi Temple and then assists Yoda and Obi-Wan in their plans, but otherwise, he kind of failed to live up to his potential. Rebels could change that, showing Bail living a double life, going on espionage missions for the Rebellion in secret while maintaining his public face as a member of the Imperial Senate or eventually as the Viceroy of Alderaan.
2. Loose ends from Clone Wars tied up – Setting the story between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope allows the returning Clone Wars team to wrap up or extend arcs that were first introduced in that series. Much in the way things happen in real life and change people’s directions, it can be explained away as Order 66 and the birth of the Empire was just another thing that happened to the surviving characters. It’d be nice to see what Darth Sidious’ plans for Darth Maul were — is he still overseeing the criminal underworld as Sidious’ puppet or maybe he’s overseeing the training of the Force-weilding agents that the Emperor had foreseen in Clone Wars Season 2’s “Children of the Force”? Is Asajj still bounty hunting? What about the Mandalorian Civil War and how that plays out in the era of the Galactic Empire? Is Mother Talzin still plotting against the Sith? And that leads into the last one, which is —
1. Ahsoka Tano versus Darth Vader – Ahsoka apparently survived the Clone Wars (unless something happens to her in the upcoming bonus content), having walked away from the Jedi Order. It wouldn’t be too hard to imagine that with nowhere else to go, she would return to the rebels on Onderon (from Season 5), and continue fighting with them against the Separatists and eventually against the Empire. It’d be really interesting to see her continue to guide the fledgling Rebellion, perhaps being one of the prominent members in its origin (EU-lovers, I think you already know they’re going to be changing a lot of stuff in the coming years with all of the movies and shows…). What would be really interesting would be to see ongoing confrontations where her former master tries to lure her to the Dark Side and she tries to bring him back, mirroring Vader and Luke’s roles in Empire and Jedi. Of course, she’s going to be unsuccessful, and a fitting way to go out would be facing off against Vader and sacrificing herself to buy time so that the Death Star plans can be transmitted to an awaiting Tantive IV…
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