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Cham Syndulla and Star Wars Rebels

I’ve been re-watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars over the past few days when something suddenly clicked in the back of my mind. It happened during the twenty-first episode of the first season, “Liberty on Ryloth.” In this episode, Mace Windu seeks the aid of freedom fighter Cham Syndulla in order to save the capital city of Lessu from Separatist forces. There is an exchange of dialogue between Syndulla and Windu that really caught my attention.

Windu: You have provided well for your men–all your people–so why won’t you help me free them from this occupation?

Syndulla: I don’t trust Senator Taa and his plans for our world after the war.

Windu: The Republic will help you rebuild. We won’t abandon you.

Syndulla: Your troops will stay for security?

Windu: For a while, to keep the peace.

Syndulla: Another armed occupation is not a free Ryloth. How long before I am fighting you, Master Jedi?

In the episode’s featurette, supervising director Dave Filoni had expressed that Syndulla’s final line in this conversation was one of his favorite lines of season one. He describes Cham Syndulla and the other Twi’leks under his command as resistance fighters, “These are the Ryloth soldiers that are fighting against the occupation, trying to free their planet.” We’ve seen this theme throughout The Clone Wars series, especially during the Onderon arc in season five.

How does this relate to Star Wars Rebels? It might or it might not, but it alludes to a minor detail that was revealed in the NYCC description of the Star Wars Rebels panel, “What happens when the Galactic Empire takes over a planet? What if Imperials took interest in your world, and garrisoned Stormtroopers and TIE fighters to maintain order?”

Isn’t that exactly what Cham Syndulla and Mace Windu discussed? Troops stationed to keep order and peace, but from the perspective of the resistance or rebel fighters, the troops are just another army prohibiting a free world from carrying out its own autonomous government. There’s really nothing new about the theme, since we consistently saw the Separatists occupying territories throughout the Clone Wars. However, now we’re going to see the once proud army of the Republic become the means by which the Empire will instill fear and control over others. All of this makes me wonder what planet or planets will we be seeing throughout Star Wars Rebels and which individuals rise to the occasion in order to unravel the thread in the Empire’s dark veil over the galaxy.

Dave Filoni in Liberty on Ryloth Featurette
Dave Filoni in the Liberty on Ryloth Featurette

Featured Image Credit: CGCG, Lucasfilm Animation Singapore, Lucasfilm.

5 comments on “Cham Syndulla and Star Wars Rebels

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  3. I like the way you think! He’d be a neat character to revisit. Of course I want to see Ahsoka and Lux too, and maybe even Bo Katan now that we know who she is in the grand scheme of things. Also, I might have to dust off my old Twi’lek rebel pilot character for a Rebels RP after the series starts. She was 8 when the Empire was created, so she’d be the perfect age to come of age in this time period.

    • Thank you! I would love see some of the TCW characters mixed in there somewhere. It’d be great to see them in the new Rebels animation style they’re going for based on Ralph McQuarrie’s work. Your RP character sounds awesome! Summer/Fall 2014 needs to get here sooner!

      • Yes, it does!

        And thanks. She was created for a Rebel Pilot RP I was in years ago. Her city was wiped out by the Empire for hiding a Jedi fugitive and she was the sole survivior thaks to the Jedi’s astromech that helped her hide. She get’s taken in by a family of smugglers and raised as their own before joining the Rebels around the time of the Battle of Yavin. She fights, flys, and has spunk, and always has her “old friend” and trusty driod with her.

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