Star Wars: Rebels – Shroud of Darkness

Regret is not a theme commonly associated with the Star Wars universe, though it was present in the earliest exploration of the franchise.  One can hear it in Alec Guiness’ expertly delivered lines as he tells Luke Skywalker of his mistaken belief that he believed himself capable of training Anakin’s father on his own.  Almost…

Star Wars: Rebels – The Future of the Force

In “Children of the Force,” a season two Clone Wars episode, future Emperor Palpatine via his Sith Lord persona, Darth Sidious, attempts to arrange the kidnapping of force sensitive children.  It’s a plot that is defeated through the efforts of Anakin Skywalker and his padawan, Ahsoka Tano, and as a result, we never quite learn…

Star Wars: Rebels – Relics of the Old Republic

“Relics of the Old Republic,” continues the story begun in “The Lost Commanders,” starting in media res shortly after the destruction of the Imperial probe droid.  It exchanges the beautiful horizon based shots of the clones’ tank against a blue sky and salt flat-like surface with the claustrophobic confines of a blinding sandstorm.  In both…

Star Wars: Rebels – Fire Across the Galaxy recap

Near the end of the very uneven return of George Lucas to the Star Wars cinematic universe, a young Anakin Skywalker exclaims in the midst of a star fighter dog fight, “Now this is pod racing!”  The character’s gleeful shout was to sign with an exclamation point how fun, fast and exciting the moment was…