While many fans were hoping for a new [Star Wars: Episode VII — The Force Awakens](tag:711158) trailer at New York Comic Con this year, it was sadly not to be.
However, instead we managed to get a glimpse of the next best thing: the second season of the outstanding Star Wars Rebels. Dave Filoni and his crew dropped the second full length trailer at the convention and it looks incredible! If you haven't seen it yet check it out below!
Wasn't that exciting?
And just for the hell of it, how about we run through everything we saw anyway?
Vader Is Back!
While Vader's presence was also teased in the previous trailer, it's only now we get a deeper look at his intentions. It seems the Lothal Rebels have garnered the attention of everyone's favorite scrotum with eyes, Sheev Palpatine (I still can't get over that name) and the Dark Lord Vader has been sent to deal with them himself. With Original Trilogy veteran, James Earl Jones returning to voice the iconic big bad and general Star Wars alum Sam Witwer taking on the Emperor, you can be sure the baddest pairing in the galaxy is in good hands.
The Fifth Brother and Seventh Sister were spotted briefly in the first trailer but this is the first time we've seen them in action. They both appear to be wielding the same double bladed, spinning lightsabers from season one and it looks like they're going to act as quite a challenge for Kanan, Ezra and the rest of the rebels in the near future.
While the first Inquisitor seemed to be mainly focused on the Lothal Rebels, these two appear to have been given a wider agenda, as they're seen hunting down force-sensitive children all across the galaxy. Even with Kanan and Ezra on their case, it sounds like our heroes are going to have their work cut out for them this time around.
This trailer also saw them both unmasked, putting to rest the rumors that Seventh Sister was in fact Asajj Ventress making a return from The Clone Wars. Instead, she appears to be an entirely new character, voiced by Sarah Michelle Gellar of Buffy fame. Here's hoping they can live up to the legacy of their predecessor.
The trailer also showed off a fair amount of space dogfighting, with the new red B-Wing appearing as the headline act. A-Wing fighters seem to be the most popular form of space travel this time round with the B-Wings as support, but it's not just the Rebellion that have some new tricks up their sleeve.
The Empire seems to have upgraded their navy since their last encounter with the Lothal Rebels. They've enforced their fleet with a brand new class of Star Destroyer that evidently takes inspiration from the Interdictor-Class from the now sidelined Expanded Universe. However, this seems to be a brand new invention as it's clearly able to hold its own in a battle, unlike its Legends counterpart. It's kept the huge balls though, which were used by the Empire to create temporary gravity wells to trap other ships. Hopefully we'll get to see it in action and finally play a role in the official canon.
As well as new fighters, the trailer also gave us a glimpse of the classic AT-AT walkers that made their claim to fame way back in 1980 in The Empire Strikes Back. It looks like they're going to end up being just as devastating in the Empire's conquest as they were back in the Original Trilogy.
Darth Vader has also managed to snag himself a TIE Advanced fighter and is clearly out for blood as he attacks, The Ghost, adding another, more personal threat to the Rebels. If you thought season one felt like a losing battle, just wait until you see this one.
Season two sees the return of fan favorites Captain Rex and Hondo Ohnaka as well as the introduction of Ahsoka Tano in a leading role. Ever since The Clone Wars was cancelled, fans have been begging the creators to bring back characters from the acclaimed series in Rebels. While minor connections between the series were made last year including Ahsoka's reveal in the season finale and Luminara Unduli in the third episode, season two will be the first time a clear connection has been made.
Rex was originally seen piloting an old AT-TE from the Clone Wars alongside Wolffe and Gregor, his fellow deserters, in the first trailer, but it's only now we're seeing them up close in the heat of battle. The small clone squad are seen blowing oncoming fighters out of the sky from their home and dogfighting up in space just like the good old days. With such a huge following, Rex and his crew are likely to play a huge part in the next series. Let's hope it all goes well for them.
Hondo Ohnaka also made a brief appearance, adopting the feisty anti-hero role seen during the final seasons of The Clone Wars rather than that of the villainous pirate he started off as. He's seen encouraging Ezra to become a "pirate Jedi", acting as the fun uncle opposed to Kanan's strict father image. Hondo was always a lot of fun during The Clone Wars, so let's hope that the rise of the Empire hasn't crushed his sense of humor.
The trailer also shows off a brand new character who is yet to be identified. All we know about her so far is she's a bounty hunter employed by the Empire and that she and Sabine have serious beef that needs to be settled. Hopefully we'll be seeing more of this mysterious figure as the new season draws closer, but for now, this trailer is all we have to go on.
Darth Vader Is Hunting Ahsoka
The bad news is Darth Vader and Emperor Palpatine know Ahsoka is out there and fighting back. The good news is she can sure as hell hold her own. Wielding her twin silver lightsabers, it's clear that Ahsoka Tano has kept training since she left the Jedi Order and now it's finally time to put that training to good use. She's seen in the final scenes taking on both Inquisitors alone, but I don't think anyone's doubting her ability to beat them into the ground.
While it wasn't shown in the trailer, I think it's very likely that the writer's are going to give us what we all really wanted to see from the start: Ahsoka Tano vs. Darth Vader. With everything pointing towards that final outcome, there is only one question regarding the new series of Star Wars Rebels...
Are you TEAM AHSOKA or TEAM VADER?
Star Wars Rebels premieres Wednesday October 5, 2015 on Disney XD.