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Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion (PREVIEW)
Star Wars Rebels is the newest animated series taking place in the Star Wars universe, and like it’s Clone Wars predecessor blends wonderfully animated characters with a story that looks to have potential, filling in some of the blanks between Episode III and IV. The series premieres tonight on Disney XD with the one hour special, Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion.

Ezra (Taylor Gray) is nothing more than a street thief when he comes across a group of rebels stealing crates designated for the Galactic Empire. Not one to pass up the opportunity, Ezra manages to steal one for himself, which comes to the attention of the rebel leader Kanan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze, Jr.). After a few mishaps and some good luck, Ezra is taken under the wing of Ezra and his crew as they embark on a quest to take down the Galactic Empire themselves.

Spark of Rebellion acts as an introduction to the various new characters of Star Wars Rebels. Kanan Jarrus is the captain of the Ghost and a former jedi who has now gone into hiding. His right hand man and muscle is Zeb (Steven Blum), a towering beast with a short temper. He is also joined by Sabine (Tiya Sircar) who is more akin to Boba Fett with her helmet and technical prowess. Lastly there’s Hera (Vanessa Marshall), the Ghost’s pilot and one of the few people who see’s potential in Ezra.

The opening special feels like it takes a page out of Firefly. It’s a story about a group of miscreants who band together to take down the Empire. They’re all interesting characters and it’ll be interesting to see how they interact over the course of the season. 

There’s nothing too complicated, after all it is a kid’s show, so some adults may find it a bit boring. Also, the way the show handles the Force is somewhat weird. Right now it’s essentially Ezra just awkwardly staring at an object or someone as the camera zooms in on his scrunched up face. It’s just strange.

That being said, Star Wars Rebels does a good job at establishing what’s going to happen during the season, and while it’s somewhat light on the action, there’s enough there to get you excited for what’s to come.
Matt Rodriguez
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