Star Wars Rebels Starts Some Trouble: This Week’s TV Picks

By David Wharton | 7 years ago

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Get ready to return to the newly cohesive Star Wars universe, because one of the first major pieces of the rejiggered canon launches this Friday night with Star Wars Rebels. Set between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope, Rebels follows a small band of misfit characters as they form the beginnings of the Rebellion against Palpatine’s Galactic Empire. To tweak a phrase from Guardians of the Galaxy, the fate of the galaxy may rest in the hands of an ex-Jedi, a talented Twi’lek pilot, a spunky Mandalorian female with a love of graffiti, a gruff alien enforcer, and a charismatic teenage con artist. How will their acts of rebellion spark a movement that will someday overthrow an Empire? Tune in and find out.

Rebels should hopefully ease some of those withdrawal pains fans have been going through since the cancellation of The Clone Wars. And even if you think it looks too childish or cartoon-y, you still might want to tune in, because Rebels will reportedly have some major ties to Episode VII. So it’s entirely possible that you might see characters, places, or situations teased in Rebels that will play a major role in the upcoming new Star Wars trilogy.

Star Wars Rebels‘ two-part series premiere, “Spark of Rebellion,” airs this Friday night at 9/8c on the Disney Channel. It will jump to Disney XD for the rest of its run.


Sleepy Hollow (Fox, 9/8c) — “The Kindred”

Ichabod and Abbie hatch a desperate plan to rescue Katrina from the Headless Horseman that involves a Frankenstein-type monster created by Benjamin Franklin. Meanwhile, Frank’s revelation about his encounter with a demon gets him in more trouble; and Jenny clashes with the new sheriff.


Face Off (Syfy, 9/8c) — “Teacher’s Pets”

The remaining artists are tasked with taking classic high-school stereotypes and turning them into fun mythical fantasy characters.

Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (ABC, 9/8c) — “Heavy Is the Head”

Coulson makes a desperate move to save his team as multiple enemies close in. Meanwhile, a doctor harbors secrets that could threaten one of the agents.

Person of Interest (CBS, 10/9c) — “Nautilus”

Finch’s resolve to avoid dealing with new numbers is tested when Reese reveals that the latest person of interest is a brilliant college student involved in a dangerous scavenger hunt, but taking action may put Finch at risk of detection by Samaritan.

Selfie (ABC, 8/7c) — “Pilot”
Series premiere! Heads up, Doctor Who fans: this new sitcom stars Karen Gillan (Amy Pond)…with an American accent, no less!

A self-obsessed pharmaceutical sales rep who is megapopular on social media needs help making friends and being liked in real life, and so she turns to a marketing genius for tutelage in the series premiere of this modern take on My Fair Lady.


Gracepoint (Fox, 9/8c) — “Episode One”
Series premiere!Another new show, another former Who star! This time it’s David Tennant, starring in the American remake of his acclaimed British mystery series.

In the Season Premiere of this murder-mystery series, a boy is found dead on the beach of an oceanside town, where a detective who has been overlooked for the police-chief position finds herself teamed on the case with her testy new boss.


Z Nation (Syfy, 10/9c) — “Full Metal Zombie”


Doctor Who (BBC America, 9/8c) — “Kill the Moon”

In the near future, the Doctor and Clara find themselves on a space shuttle making a suicide mission to the Moon.

Crash-landing on the lunar surface, they find a mining base full of corpses, vicious spider-like creatures poised to attack, and a terrible dilemma.

When Clara turns to the Doctor for help, she gets the shock of her life.

Intruders (BBC America, 10/9c) — “The Crossing Place”

Jack makes a last attempt to bring Amy home, after making a gruesome discovery in his backyard. Meanwhile, Rose remains haunted by a tragedy; and Gary realizes how to expose the corruption behind Qui Reverti but it will require a great sacrifice.


Manhattan (WGN, 10/9c) —

A development overseas invigorates the hunt for a spy on the Hill.

Resurrection (ABC, 9/8c) — “Echoes”

Bellamy and Sheriff Fred fear that Caleb may have returned to Arcadia when they hear reports that someone is living in his old hunting shack. At the same time, Bellamy struggles with the knowledge that he is one of the returned and has difficulty following the orders of his mysterious boss. Meanwhile, Janine tries to save her marriage to Pastor Tom by moving back home; and Margaret Langston is none too happy to learn what has become of the family business.

The Strain (FX, 10/9c) — “The Master”
Season Finale!

Eph and Fet recon for an all-out assault that Setrakian assures them will finally kill the Master. Gus aligns himself with a strange new force, one that may swing the fight in an unforeseen direction.