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Watch This Star Wars Rebels Season Finale Trailer Rush To The Rescue

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The Star Wars universe is expanding in ways fans have never experienced before, and the animated Star Wars Rebels has been the first post-Disney buyout addition to the canon (there was that novel, but that doesn’t have nearly the reach of a movie or a show like this). The first season has been a lot of fun, even if it’s aimed at younger audiences. It wraps up this coming Monday, and if you needed a reason to tune in, this new trailer might provide just the push you’re looking for.

While this short video is full of all the high adventure, swashbuckling action, and epic exploits that you’re looking for, it also has a grim edge to it. As you can see, Kanan (voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr.), the leader of the titular band of rebels, is in the clutches of the Empire and being tortured by the Inquisitor (Jason Isaacs). Torture, anguish, and the threat of imminent death aren’t exactly the makings of a happy-go-lucky fun time, and the crew of the Ghost must attempt to rescue him from the evil bastards.

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Star Wars Rebels Brings Back Darth Vader For The Season Finale

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As the first new addition to the post-Disney canon, Star Wars Rebels has been a pleasant surprise. Definitely aimed at a younger audience, it’s still enjoyable for us grow folks as well, full of swashbuckling action, not to mention the fact that it’s featured tons of familiar faces from the franchise. The end of the first season is upon us, and they’re going to bring back one fan favorite character for the finale: Darth Vader, which you can see near the end of this new promo.

Vader, voiced by James Earl Jones, showed up in an extended version of the first episode of Rebels, “Spark of Rebellion,” and he’ll make his presence known once again in Monday’s installment, “Fire Across the Galaxy.” The iconic villain doesn’t play much of a role in this video, though all you need is a flash of his presence to know that you’re in for a harrowing time.

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Star Wars Rebels Brings Back This Nefarious Villiain

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We’ll have wait until December 18 to meet a bunch of new characters in J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and while there are a handful of familiar faces waiting for us there as well, the animated Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD has been holding it down on that front. They’ve already brought back Darth Vader, Yoda, Obi Wan Kenobi, Lando Calrissian, and others. And the hits just keep on coming, as Grand Moff Tarkin makes an appearance on the show, which you can check it out in this clip from the episode “Call to Action” below.

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Star Wars Rebels Brings Back A Fan Favorite: This Week’s TV Picks

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As we inch closer to the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the expansive Star Wars canon has been streamlined to three primary onscreen sources: the six primary films, the Clone Wars animated series, and Star Wars Rebels. (As well as secondary material such as the new novels and Marvel comics.) Rebels is particularly interesting since it’s bridging the years between Clone Wars and A New Hope. In addition to new stories and new characters, Rebels has already included appearances from Clone Wars-era Obi-Wan Kenobi, Darth Vader, and even Yoda himself. Tonight Rebels brings another familiar face into the spotlight: that crafty bastard Lando Calrissian.

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Watch Billy Dee Williams And Lando Calrissian Return To Star Wars

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If you’re a Star Wars character from the original trilogy, and you’re not making an appearance in The Force Awakens next December, don’t worry, Star Wars Rebels has your back. They’ve already brought in beloved characters like Obi-Wan Kenobi, Master Yoda, and even Darth Vader, and now they’re bringing back another fan favorite, Lando Calrissian, as voiced Bill Dee Williams himself. This new video hypes up his return, with Williams running lines, bringing his trademark smoothness to the voice role, and the cast and crew talking about how the character fits into the Rebels world.

We heard Lando was coming back, and even saw an image of how his character looks, but here you get actual footage. While I’m still not crazy about the animation style, they certainly capture the essence of the character. Lando has more swagger than anyone in the Star Wars universe, including Han, and that comes across here. And Williams may be 77-years-old, but he’s just as smooth as ever, bringing his charm and flair to the role one more time.

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Billy Dee Williams And Lando Calrissian Return To Star Wars, Here’s How

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lando calrissianWe know that most of the key players from the original Star Wars trilogy are all coming back in J.J. Abrams’ upcoming Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Han, Leia, Luke, Chewbacca, R2-D2, and C-3P0 all show up later this year when the first film in the post-Disney era of Lucasfilm drops on December 18. For all of the other characters we want to see, however, it looks like we’ll have to keep tuning into the animated Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD. And they added yet another classic cameo to the mix, Billy Dee Williams as Lando Calrissian.

According to the website Big Shiny Robot (we can certainly get behind that name), Williams and his smooth-talking, mustachioed space rogue show up on the next episode, entitled “Idiot’s Array.” The story revolves around Zeb, the big, tough, weird looking muscle of titular group of rebels, who gets into a game of Sabacc with a well known space gambler (guess who), and loses their astromech droid Chopper. Never get into such a contest with a dude who looks as overly confident as Lando, that’s just rule number one. From there, they crew of The Ghost gets into some hot water with a group of gangsters (Hutts maybe?) and adventures ensue. Here’s a screenshot of what a youthful Lando looks like.

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