We all know that San Diego Comic-Con has become the mecca in recent years, a giant beacon of all things pop cultural and nerdy. This year, however, New York Comic Con is giving it a good run for its money, showing off lots of funs stuff on the other coast. One of the latest offerings of the weekend is this new clip from Star Wars Rebels, the first post-Disney buyout of Lucasfilm addition to the canon.
Rebels is set in the dark days between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, when the Galactic Empire tightens its grip on the galaxy. In this oppressive environment, pockets of rebellion arise, and the series follows the early days of what will ultimately become the Rebel Alliance in George Lucas’ original trilogy. The story follows a mismatched group of freedom fighters as they do their best to combat the growing evil.
This latest clip provides little to no context, showing three of the characters—Ezra Bridger, Sabine, and Hera—trying to escape a collection of TIE Fighters. You do, however, get a sense of the swashbuckling action that the show prominently features, as well as seeing for yourself just how badass a pilot Hera is. Her ship, the Ghost, is the primary mode of transport for the heroes, and she handles it like no one else can.
An extended episode, “Spark of Rebellion,” premiered on Disney Channel a few weeks back, garnering 6.5 million viewers, but the show doesn’t kick of proper until tomorrow, Monday, October 13 on Disney XD, with the episode “Droids in Distress.” (Though you can watch it early in a couple of ways if you’re so inclined.)
We know that Lucasfilm has a definite plan moving forward, releasing a number of films, shows, and other media that all fit into a larger puzzle, much like Marvel is currently doing with their own cinematic universe. Rebels will continue to have ramifications that carry through this world, out into the movies like J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars: Episode VII and beyond, even though the two are set decades apart.
With that in mind, it came as no surprise that Rebels was renewed for a second season before the first episode even properly debuted. And we’re fine with that, because even though it is definitely aimed at a younger audience, the series is a lot of fun and captures the spirit and energy that you love so much about the original films in the first place.