The mid-season premiere of Rebels just aired on Disney XD this weekend, and "Ghosts of Geonosis" had an abundance of easter eggs from #TheCloneWars, the Prequel trilogy, and the most recent Star Wars film, #RogueOne. One of the highlights from this two-part episode was seeing Saw Gerrera meeting the Ghost crew on Geonosis.
The character first appeared in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and was recently seen in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story played by Forest Whitaker (who also voiced him in this episode). We all know how Saw's story began and ended, but now Rebels is filling in everything in between.
The mid-season trailer for the third season gave the fans a glimpse of what to expect from the show in the next couple of months. The biggest reveal in the trailer was seeing Obi-Wan Kenobi sitting beside a fire on Tatooine when Darth Maul appears in the background, which leads to an epic lightsaber battle that we will most likely have to wait for until the season finale just like last year with Ashoka vs. Darth Vader.
With such an important character like Obi-Wan Kenobi joining Star Wars: Rebels, it makes us wonder if they will bring on some of the other characters from the movies. It is likely that the show will end in Season 5 when it directly leads into Rogue One and by association, A New Hope. If that's true, the series is at its halfway point right now, which leaves plenty of time to introduce some other characters. However, the question is — what characters should be introduced?
9. Bodhi Rook
Bodhi served as a cargo pilot for the Empire on the planet Jedha before he was contacted by Galen Erso to send a message to the Rebel extremist Saw Gerrera, who we met in last week's episode. As we know, he fought alongside Jyn Erso and the rest of the Rebels in the Battle of Scarif, where he sacrificed his life for the Rebellion after being killed by a detonator thrown by a Shoretrooper.
Most of us can agree that Bodhi didn't receive a lot of screen time in Rogue One. One of the main issues a lot of the film is its lack of character development, especially for supporting characters like Bodhi. Star Wars: Rebels could give Star Wars fans more of Bodhi's character, particularly what led him to defect from the Empire in the first place.
Rook worked on cargo shuttles for the transport of Imperial documents, treasure, and artifacts on Jedha. The planet itself holds so much history that it would be a shame if we never returned to it again. In one episode, the Ghost crew could travel to Jedha to track down some Imperial artifacts and they could run into Bodhi Rook, where he could help the Rebels on their mission. There was a reason that Galen Erso trusted Bodhi to deliver his message and Star Wars: Rebels is the perfect way to answer that question.
8. Jyn Erso
Jyn Erso was the main character in Rogue One and while we may know her fate already, there is still a lot we do not know about her character. It is rumored that she will appear in the Han Solo anthology movie alongside Han, Chewie, and Lando, since Felicity Jones has a two film contract with Lucasfilm.
If Lucasfilm wants to bring Jyn back into the picture in another movie, there's still a lot they have planned for her character. Star Wars: Rebels could easily introduce the criminal side of Jyn. As we have learned, there was around a five year period where Jyn racked up an lengthy list of warrants and arrests. Rogue One didn't discuss what Jyn did exactly, but the Han Solo movie and Rebels could easily explain what Jyn did to become the fugitive we saw at the beginning of Rogue One.
7. Director Krennic
Between Rogue One and Star Wars: Catalyst, we have seen a lot of Director Orson Krennic and have fallen in love with the menacing character. After Thrawn is out of the picture, I believe Krennic could be a great villain to showcase on Star Wars: Rebels. From what we have seen from Krennic so far — even though he doesn't receive the full credit he deserves — he is a prominent figure in the Imperial ranks.
There are so many ways Krennic could be introduced on the animated series that it would be a crime for Star Wars: Rebels not to bring him on. Personally, the most interesting way to see Krennic would be for the show to focus on the inner-workings of the Empire. It could explore his spiteful relationship with Grand Moff Tarkin and even more intriguing: Darth Vader.
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6. Chirrut Imwe & Baze Malbus
Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus are two characters in Rogue One that I don't think should have been included unless they had already been introduced in another piece of canon. They obviously have a lot of history together that definitely needs some development as after viewing Rogue One, we had so many questions about them.
Star Wars: Rebels could dive into the history behind these two characters and their life in Jedha. Maybe in the same hypothetical episode where we could meet Bodhi Rook, we also meet these two who also help the Rebels retrieve the artifacts they are looking for. We could also learn more about The Guardians of the Whills, who were a religious order active in the city of Jedha that Chirrut and Baze both belonged to.
5. Mace Windu
If you follow me, you know I love to introduce crazy Star Wars speculation once in a while, but at the same time, this rumor is something Star Wars: Rebels definitely has to answer. Mace Windu was killed by Emperor Palpatine in Revenge of the Sith after having his arm cut off by his ally turned enemy, Anakin Skywalker. We saw Palpatine blast the master Jedi out of a window into the depths of Coruscant. Most Star Wars fans have assumed he has been dead since, but there is a group of people who believe Mace Windu is still alive.
Both George Lucas and Samuel L. Jackson have shared with the world that they believe Mace Windu's story isn't over yet and that the character is still alive. Of course, this doesn't matter as both creative geniuses are no longer affiliated with Star Wars, but nonetheless it's an interesting thought.
On one side, Mace Windu's return would be epic and would make sense as he is a very powerful Jedi who could survive that fall. In retrospect, Master Yoda, Luke Skywalker, and even Darth Maul all survived gigantic falls. On the other hand, do we want the Star Wars universe to become like Marvel or DC Comics where no character is truly dead and they can come back at any time? Personally, that is one of my biggest grievances with comic books and their movie counterparts.
If Mace Windu was going to come back, it would have to happen on Star Wars: Rebels just as Darth Maul returned on Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Lucasfilm wouldn't just be able to bring back such an important character in a novel or a comic. Mace Windu's return would be a massive event on the series, just like Maul's return was on The Clone Wars. If, by the end of Rebels, Mace Windu's return hasn't been touched upon, I believe it's time for fans of this theory to leave their aspirations behind.
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4. Cassian Andor
There are many characters from Rogue One that I have placed on this list and Cassian Andor ranks above all of them. Not only because Diego Luna played the character terrifically, but because he is already an integral part of the Rebellion, unlike the rest of the characters listed (besides Krennic, of course). He also doesn't really have a backstory and that is something that fans would love to see.
When we met Cassian in Rogue One, we learned he was a veteran spy and we got to see his skills as a spy using brutal tactics, but this is something I would love to see Star Wars: Rebels explore further in an episode or two. Perhaps he used to use even more extreme tactics but someone from the Ghost crew showed him a better way.
3. Boba Fett
Honestly, it is extremely surprising that Boba Fett hasn't made his debut on Star Wars: Rebels yet. Maybe Disney is waiting for their ratings to drop and then put him into a two-part episode where he is hunting down the Ghost Crew, similar to what they did with Saw Gerrera. However, that's not the way I would want Boba Fett to be represented on the series.
If Disney decided to bring the notorious bounty hunter to the small screen, I would want him to have a large role. Boba Fett barely had any screen time in the Classic Trilogy and in Season 4, Darth Vader could hire Boba Fett and possibly Bossk, Dengar, and some of the other bounty hunters to capture the Rebels crew.
All in all, Boba is a character who is beloved by the Star Wars community yet hasn't been given enough time to shine. Star Wars: Rebels would be the perfect way to show the Star Wars community how bad-ass of a bounty hunter Boba Fett truly is.
2. Emperor Palpatine
I am astonished that Star Wars: Rebels hasn't shown us anything from Emperor Palpatine. We've gotten off-hand references, a brief image of him during the "Empire Day" episode in Season 1, and one brief scene between his voice and Vader in Season 2, but Palpatine has been notably absent. From the end of Revenge of the Sith to Return of the Jedi, the Emperor's story is very vague and we have no idea what trouble he was causing. As the head of the Empire, he couldn't have been pulling a Thanos and sitting in his throne the entire time — there's no way!
Star Wars: Rebels has been introducing more menacing villains each and every season and at one point or another, the Emperor will hear about the Ghost crew and will no longer tolerate their actions. Currently in the series, everything is going well for the Ghost crew and at one point or another, things have to crumble. Not every member is going to survive and if Palpatine could have anything to do with that, it would be spectacular!
1. Han Solo & Chewbacca
You probably saw this coming from a parsec away, especially since Han Solo will be getting the anthology treatment next year. At this point in the timeline, Han and Chewie have to be up to no good fun and there is no way the Ghost crew totally avoids these smugglers.
It's debatable how Han Solo and Chewbacca could end up running into Ezra, Kanan, and the rest of our fellow Rebels. They are both affiliated with Lando Calrissian and he could easily be the person to introduce the Ghost crew to them. Also, Lucasfilm has a story to tell with Han Solo as he is getting his own anthology movie for a reason. Therefore, it shouldn't be too hard for them to incorporate these two iconic characters into the mix.
Which character(s) do you want to see show up on 'Star Wars: Rebels'?
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