Star Wars Rebels started out it's first season and many Star Wars fans, more specifically Clone Wars fans, didn't seem to like it. The first season took a fairly large amount of air time to establish this new band of characters and a lot of people gave up on the show because of it's easy-to-follow storylines and 'Disney-fication' of Star Wars. But Season 2 has proven Rebels to be a bigger part of the Star Wars story and not just a one-off from Disney for children. This show is the real deal, and new fan or old, this trailer shows off it's awesomeness perfectly.
In this post, I'm going to be exploring the Rebels universe by giving newer fans a little background info on the characters we see in the trailer, current fans a little insight into the new characters we see, and hopefully create potential fans when they realize the amount of amazing things they are missing by not watching this show.
If you haven't seen the newest trailer yet, I recommend watching here before you read on:
Ezra is the main focus of the show. He was born on the planet Lothal to Ephriam and Mira Bridger, both of which were involved in an early rebellion. At the age of 7, his parents were captured by the Empire and Ezra was forced to grow up by himself on Lothal. Eventually, he runs into a group of rebels while stealing from the Empire and he grows to call them his new family. Among this new family is Kanan Jarrus who takes him on to be his Padawan and train to be a Jedi. This group of Rebels on a ship called the Ghost venture out into the galaxy, slowly helping the rebellion plant it's roots and fight the Empire. As we see in this trailer, Ezra is really being tested in his quest to be a Jedi as he faces the temptation of the Dark Side. More on this later...
Previously named Caleb Dume, Kanan was training to become a Jedi on Coruscant when Order 66 was initiated. He was left with only a glimpse at the life of a Jedi as his training was never fulfilled. He managed to escape thanks to the beacon set out by Obi-Wan for all remaining Jedi to disperse and go into hiding. Although it is never outright stated, Kana and Hera have a romantic 'thing'. He is currently fighting with the rebellion and trying to train Ezra to be a Jedi. While he teaches his new Padawan, he learns more about the ways of the Jedi and himself in turn. At this point in the series, it seems that Kanan trusts Ezra more but is still being warned of the darkness within Ezra.
Fun Fact: The lightsaber on the wall, all the way to the top left, is actually Mace Windu's lightsaber that he used in Episode I: The Phantom Menace. Chances are, the other lightsabers were salvaged after the Jedi Purge and may be the lightsabers of Jedi we know. It is unknown how it came to be in the possession of the Temple Guards (more on them soon)
The aforementioned romantic partner of Kanan, Hera Syndulla is essentially the mother figure of the Rebels family. She is the main pilot of the Ghost and proves herself time and time again to be resourceful and a necessity for the Rebels to survive. She is also the owner of the droid, Chopper.
Commonly referred to as Zeb, this Lasat (from the planet Lasan) being is said to be the last of his kind. As seen in this trailer, it's quite possible that may not be the case however. Zeb is tough and impatient but secretly he is a fuzzy character. Although he'll never admit it, he loves everyone in the Rebels family and adopted them as his own family. Him, Chopper, and Ezra can be found goofing around and fighting quite often.
The art-expressive Sabine is a Mandalorian who needs the Rebels family as much as they need her. She takes pride in her art and likes to leave a Rebels mark on places the group has hit. This creative teenager works hard to spice people's lives up and has an awkward romantic relationship with Ezra (it's more of a one-sided love story that Ezra has concocted in his head).
Everybody's first, second, or third favorite droid from the Star Wars universe (gotta show some love to R2-D2 and BB-8), Chopper has more of a personality than any living being. He is fairly lazy as he only does things for the Rebels family when explicitly asked to do so or if it is a dire situation. Chopper often ends up being the one who saves the day but probably spends more time messing with Ezra and Zeb more than anything.
For anyone who has seen the Clone Wars movie or TV show, you already know who this old clone is. Rex once fought alongside Anakin and Ahsoka in the Clone Wars and he managed to remove the chip from his head before Emperor Palpatine activated it for Order 66. He lived with Gregor and Wolffe on an old AT-TE in the Seelo system until Ezra and the Rebels family asked him for help to fight the Empire. Rex could never decline a battle and now ventures with the Rebels. We don't see too much of him in this trailer which might be a hint at his exit of the show or even his death. Let's hope it's not the latter.
'Snips' as she used to be called by Anakin Skywalker back in the Clone Wars. Things have drastically changed for this former Jedi who now fights alongside the Rebels family and the Rebellion. Now wielding two white lightsabers, Ahsoka may have to face her biggest struggle to date. Facing her former master, Anakin Skywalker who betrayed the Jedi and became Darth Vader.
I would explain his backstory but there are six films that did that beautifully already (give or take a certain few *ahem*prequels*ahem*). In Rebels, Vader is sent by the Emperor himself to finish off the remaining Jedi and to stop the Rebellion at it's roots. As we see in this trailer, he'll have a closer confrontation with his old Padawan, Ahsoka Tano.
Kallus is an agent of the Imperial Security Bureau and prides himself in fighting during the Fall of Lasan (the planet Zeb is from) by wielding a Lasan Bo-Rifle. He hates disloyalty as much as TR-8R (RIP to the loyalest) and is extremely loyal to the Emperor. Unlike most of his Imperial colleagues, he does not find Vader as intimidating as he should. As we see in this still from the trailer, it looks like Kallus may be trying to finish his battle on Lasan by killing Zeb but it has yet to be seen wether he succeeds (I sure hope he doesn't).
The main initiative of the Inquisitors was to hunt down and kill Jedi that remained after Order 66. Established by the Emperor and trained by Darth Vader, these Inquisitors aren't easy to get rid of. Kanan had killed the Grand Inquisitor in the Season I finale of Rebels and this adds to the anger the Inquisitors use as fuel to hunt down Jedi. It is unknown exactly how many Inquisitors there are but pictured here are the Fifth Brother and Sixth Sister, both of which have been the main antagonists of the second season. It seems as though there is another Inquisitor in the second half of season two but little is known about him/her. The number '3' appears on the shoulder armor of the double-sided lightsaber wielder so chances are this Inquisitor is the Third Brother or Third Sister. Here the unnamed new Inquisitor is in this trailer:
This character really opens up a huge door for possible cameos in Rebels future. Cham is the father of Hera but is most prominently featured in the canon novel, Lords of the Sith. Cham also appeared in Clone Wars episodes 'Supply Lines' and 'Liberty on Ryloth'. With the appearance of this character, it brings in the possibility of more canon novel characters to appear on the show in one variation or another. Old Clone Wars characters could also appear!
A familiar face in the Star Wars universe, this is Princess Leia! In the episode titled 'Princess Leia', she is set to help the Rebellion and was sent by her adoptive father, Senator Bail Organa. The show runners said she would appear in only one episode THIS season. Here's to hoping we get more of her in the upcoming seasons though!
Master Jedi Yoda
Another familiar face, Yoda seems to be force-talking to Ezra in some sort of Force vision. He still appears to be on Dagobah but the most surprising thing about this appearance is how he has aged when compared to the visuals he held in the Clone Wars TV show. It is apparent that this is closer to the Yoda we know in the Original Trilogy and being 900 years is really catching up to him.
This hologram of Anakin Skywalker, presumably fighting in the Clone Wars, is shown to Ezra by Ahsoka Tano. Like I said in the Darth Vader explanation, I don't think much backstory for this character is needed.
Jedi Temple Guards
Not much is known about this group of lightsaber wielders. Essentially the show could go anywhere with these characters and the order in general. It is confirmed that these characters are not a part of some force vision and are actually real! They also appeared in three Clone Wars episodes- 'Sabotage', 'The Wrong Jedi', and 'Voices'. Let me know who you think they are in the comments!
MANDALORIANS. DEATH WATCH. There is a big possibility than Death Watch could make a return from their Clone Wars days and I'm especially happy about it. They will most likely appear in the episode titled 'The Protector of Concord Dawn' as Concord Dawn is the planet Jango Fett and Rako Hardeen (the Mandalorian Obi-Wan morphed into in the Clone Wars episode) are from. Little to nothing is known about these particular two but regardless, it should be exciting.
Two other characters that we do not know much about. Based on appearance, these two characters (pictured to the utmost right side above) are from the planet Lasan, who Zeb is also from. Zeb believes he is the last Lasat so it'll be interesting to see how he reacts to finding out there are two others of his species. Whether they are directly related to him or not has yet to be seen (brother and mother?). They will likely appear in the episode titled 'Legacy of Lasan' and I'm guessing that magical staff Zeb is holding has something to do with Lasan.
Personally, Maul is the best thing to come out of the prequels for me (behind that final battle between Anakin and Obi-Wan). To see him return once more is great. He made his initial return in Clone Wars in arguably one of the best arcs of the show. It is unknown what his role will be in the show but he says he is the Old Master so chances are he'll want to recruit Ezra to be his dark side apprentice. Here's to hoping he survives this show as well!
And that's all the characters! Now unto some more screen grabs from the new trailer...
Sith Temple and Sith Holocron
The episode/s that include the above Sith Temple seems like it'll be the best Rebels episode to date. Darth Maul, Darth Vader, Sith Holocrons, Sith Temples, epic match ups, and more. Chances are this will be one of the later episodes of the season and will change the way some think about Rebels. It's possible it is another test Ezra goes through but either way, the visuals and what is expected to happen will be an awesome mix of classic Star Wars.
Battles in Rebels
The amount of lightsaber battles seems to have made a huge hike from previous episodes which is awesome. It's unclear wether some of these actually happen or are force visions but let's hope they do turn out real! (Minus Ahsoka vs. Vader because I don't see that one ending well). Let me know what context you think these battles will fit in, in the comments below!
Space in Rebels
I wonder if the pilot in this new ship could be a familiar face. In Season 1, Episode 2 of Rebels, we encountered a TIE Pilot named Baron Valen Rudor who happens to be the best pilot in the Imperial Navy. He is also the only TIE Pilot to have his own name. Look at this image and tell me they don't look similar:
Various Other Epic Shots from the Trailer
And that's every epic shot from the trailer! Hope you had a fun time reading no matter what kind of fan you are and hopefully I convinced you to watch the show if you haven't already. Before I leave, I have to leave you with a theory/speculation because I love doing those:
Could Ezra be the other hope Yoda was speaking to Ben Kenobi's force ghost about?
Here's the direct quote to jog your memory-
Obi-Wan: That boy is our last hope.
Yoda: No... there is another...
Later on in the series, Obi-Wan tells Luke that the other person Yoda was speaking about is Leia, Luke's sister. BUT what if that's just what Obi-Wan thought. As we see in this trailer, Yoda is aware of Ezra's existence so maybe Ezra grows up to be a new Jedi or maybe something more, similar to Lor San Tekka in The Force Awakens. Either way, I think it opens up a whole new galaxy of awesomeness for Star Wars and I can't wait to see where the Rebels series goes.