The final season of The Clone Wars completed an unfinished story and concluded an era of the Star Wars franchise.
After its conclusion, I made no delay in beginning a re-watch of Rebels. While some of the show’s complaints range from its animation style to its younger age appeal, Rebels is a monument to the Star Wars franchise in the way it encapsulates the identity of Star Wars: family.
The franchise begins with the introduction of the Skywalker name and concludes with it in dramatic fashion. The focus is and always has been on family. Whether it’s by blood or by simple relations, family is essential to continue telling compelling stories in the Star Wars franchise.
Rebels is a unique story. The character of Ezra Bridger is widely compared to Aladdin, with Ezra being the “street rat” of Star Wars.
While these two characters are similar, both are proven to be more than what they grew up to be. Aladdin finds his family in the royal palace of Agrabah, while Ezra finds his family in the unlikeliest of circumstances during a galactic rebellion. Both find family and learn to grow beyond their past.
Composer Kevin Kiner discussed how the model for creating the score for Rebels was: “Let’s go back and watch A New Hope and see what the music was like then.”
Rebels identity protrudes from Lucas’ original vision for the franchise. In A New Hope, an unlikely family is formed: Luke, Han, Leia, and Chewbacca. Together, they bring hope to the galaxy. In Rebels, Kanan, Hera, Sabine, Zeb, and Ezra together spark the fire of hope.
Rebels isn’t the most popular show in the galaxy far, far away. However, people’s love and appreciation for it is growing every day. After the grandiose finale of The Clone Wars, many fans are now re-watching Rebels. A growing sentiment I’ve noticed is: “Why didn’t I like this before?”
Rebels may seem like a simplified variation of The Clone Wars, but in fact, its simplistic focus on family is what makes it so loveable and a monument to George Lucas’ vision for Star Wars storytelling.