Star Wars: The Clone Wars found itself in a peculiar position after Disney purchased Lucasfilm — and with it, the Star Wars franchise — back in 2012. As many suspected, Disney would soon begin streamlining and culling back much of the franchise so that a cohesive, official multimedia canon could be established. The good news is that it was eventually announced that The Clone Wars would, along with George Lucas’ six films, be part of this new Star Wars canon. The bad news was that the show was ending, and before it had completed all the stories its creators had hoped to tell. Thankfully, many of these stories have since come to light in one form or another, and now Clone Wars fans can get a glimpse at a few more unfinished episodes, courtesy of a series of “story reels” just released on StarWars.com.
With the new regime of the Star Wars about to launch their plan for take over the TV and cinematic world with the debut of their animated series Star Wars Rebels, it’s as good a time as any to look to the past. And what better way to do that than to explore the heritage of the last effort of the old guard. In this case, we’re talking about Star Wars: The Clone Wars, and this video, conveniently enough titled Star Wars: The Clone Wars Legacy, does just that.
Clone Wars was the last piece of that galaxy far, far away to come directly from franchise creator George Lucas, and as the series ties directly into the much maligned prequels (The Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, and Revenge of the Sith), it has a place of significance and prominence in the family. One of the things they talk about is how this series connects to the history of cinema, as Lucas was fond of doing, and mention the elements of Hitchcock and Kurosawa figure into the design and the stories.
We’re just a few days away from getting our first look at what a post-Disney buyout Star Wars universe looks like, as the animated series Star Wars Rebels is about to hit the airwaves (some of you will even get to see it starting today). And as we’re on the downward slope, you’d be correct to assume we’re going to see a bunch of promotion between now and the October 3 premiere. This includes a handful of posters, news that we may see an unexpected face pop up, official descriptions of the first six episodes, and even more ways the series may tie in to Star Wars: Episode VII.
Rebels is set between the events of Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, during a time when the Galactic Empire is tightening its grip on the galaxy. Within this tyrannical setting resistance springs up, and you get your first glimpses of what will ultimately become the Rebel Alliance in the original trilogy. The main story revolves around a crew composed of the young, brash con artist Ezra Bridger, cowboy Jedi Kanan, steel-nerved pilot Hera, trigger-happy Mandalorian Sabine, burly badass Zeb, and sassy astromech droid Chopper.
I’m just going to throw this up here right off the bat to get it out of the way, but there are some potential SPOILERS beyond this point in regards to the upcoming science fiction film Star Wars: Episode VII. Then again, this might all turn out to be nonsense, in which case nothing will be spoiled at all. But if you don’t want to take that chance, I suggest you stop reading.
If you’ve been bouncing around, doing a little anticipatory dance, waiting for the day you finally get to see brand new Star Wars, this is the news for you. Disney and Lucasfilm have scooted up the premiere of the new animated series Star Wars Rebels to tomorrow, September 26.
Originally scheduled to premiere on Disney Channel on Friday, October 3, before making its way to its forever home on Disney XD on Monday, October 13, the premiere, an hour-long special titled “Spark of Rebellion,” will be available starting tomorrow, for certain folks. As you can imagine, this isn’t for just anyone, and there are hoops to jump through, groups to join, and all of that.
Fans aren’t the only people excited about the impending expansion of the Star Wars universe, especially when it comes to J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII (as much as we want to see Star Wars Rebels, we have to assume that leaked photos from that set would be significantly less interesting and probably not contain images of a partially constructed Millennium Falcon). Many of the new additions to the cast are also huge fans, some who have never lived in a world without that galaxy far, far away, and they’re also pretty pumped up. And while they’re talking in regards to characters and plot details, they’re not shy about sharing their on set experiences. One of these is Oscar Isaac.
Isaac recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly, and while the main topic of conversation was his more immediate work, specifically his upcoming adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s novel The Two Faces of January, the topic of Episode VII did come up. You have to assume that’s going to happen in every conversation he has from now until the day he dies. People want to know about this shit, and will even after it has faded into the past.