2014’s Best Sci-Fi TV: Brent’s Picks

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star-wars-rebels-trailerStar Wars Rebels

I’m still not a fan of the style of animation, but thus far, that’s the only real knock I have against Disney XD’s Star Wars Rebels. The first new addition to the post-Disney buyout of Lucasfilm Star Wars universe, more than anything, watching Rebels feels like watching the franchise you love. There’s that familiar sense of high adventure and swashbuckling action that George Lucas originally lifted from the movie serials he loved as a kid, and it’s as much fun as you hoped, even if it is obviously aimed at a much younger audience.

Set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Rebels shows off a world where the Empire is in the process of tightening its oppressive grip on the galaxy, and on the backwater planet of Lothal, a group of resisters, the seeds of what ultimately becomes the Rebel Alliance, stands up and fights back. Into their midst stumbles a wayward young Orphan, Ezra, the Luke Skywalker of this particular saga, and the undercover Jedi leader Kanan takes him under his wing, mentoring the boy, developing his abilities with the force.

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  1. Stan says:

    I watched the first episode of the 100 and never watched again,but if it finally got it’s act together as you say I will give it another shot.

    • Brent McKnight says:

      It admittedly takes three or four episodes to really figure out what it’s doing, but after that it’s been a pleasant surprise.

      • Stan says:

        I am into episode 6(I get it on Netflix) and am begining to warm to it.

        • Brent McKnight says:

          Nice. I’m curious what you think when you finish the season.

          • Stan says:

            I’m a binge watcher,so it won’t be to long.

          • Stan says:

            I’m done with the final episode of the first season and I have to agree with you it’s much better than I thought it would be., I think the level of writing is above the normal fare we see in most sci-fi on network tv ,a bit weak in the first few episodes but someone is making a damn good effort put it all together..I’m sorry now I dismissed it after the first episode because of the young adult look only to discover now we have a story that cover alll ages.It keeps surprising you with new directions and the characters are developing nicely. Also, .. I like the grittyness of it and that being a pretty young thing is no guarantee that your going to survive to the next episode. The final episode was a treat and the ending has me looking forward to the second season for the answers.

          • Brent McKnight says:

            I’m glad you wound up enjoying it. I had a similar experience. I started watching it because I’ll give any new sci-fi show at least a chance, but for the first few episodes it was just kind of on in the background. They end episodes really well, and that’s what kept me coming back until one episode I realized that it wasn’t just on in the background anymore and I was ignoring everything else. Season 2 continues to go in unexpected directions. They do things that I initially thought would ruin what they’d built, but they do them well and really expand the scope of the show in unusual ways.

  2. Cito Kurrukan says:

    Never got to see The 100. I think Firefly tops a lot of favorite lists, though.