Star Wars: Rebels Revisited – Part 2: Nobody Expects the Sith Inquisition?

I know I’m only six episodes into the series at this point, but I’m already getting the sense that Rebels is much more of a different kind of series than Clone Wars was trying to be. I’m getting much more “Saturday morning Cartoon” energy from this series than I did Clone Wars, which felt a little more mature comparatively.

I know it’s hardly a fair comparison at this point, me thinking about the much more matured Clone Wars compared to the earliest episodes of Rebels, but I just can’t help coming back to the Disney influence over this series, bringing me back to the time shortly after the acquisition and my worries for the future of my expanded universe.

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Star Wars: Rebels Revisited – Part 1: New Hope Diet

Going into this series, I’m not entirely sure what my expectations for it are. In part because it exists in this muddy middle ground in the middle of the Clone Wars’ initial run and its continuation, of which I’m including the Bad Batch in that bracket.

So in terms of quality of animation and storytelling, I’m not sure where to set my level of expectation. One thing’s for sure though, in these first three episodes of the series I’ve watched, my misgivings of that were born around those marketing shorts is mostly brushed under the carpet.

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Star Wars: The Clone Wars Revisited – Part 39: Null and Void

Season 5, it seems, has taken a few steps into the world of the strange and the experimental when it comes to its approach to storytelling. Something that has had pretty mixed results as far as I’m concerned. When you’ve been watching this series non-stop for months on end, it can be easy to get some form of tunnel vision with it.

That being said, I’m certainly happy that it isn’t simply telling the same old war stories that the first few seasons did. But in a way, it makes it seem like the people making the Clone Wars were already itching to grow beyond it at this point.

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