One more day until May the Fourth is upon us! To kick off the celebration, the Star Wars Rebels full trailer will debut at 3:01 a.m. ET/12:01 PT on several websites, including YouTube, Star Wars, Disney, Disney XD, Disney Channel, ABC, and ESPN. All links will go live at the aforementioned times. Additionally, the trailer will air during Disney XD’s Star Wars: The New Yoda Chronicles – Escape from the Jedi Temple on Sunday at 7 ET/PT.
Until then, we have small previews to keep us wondering what other footage we might see later tonight. Two different trailer previews premiered on Friday, May 2. The first was in Good Morning America and the other came from Empire Online (now available on the Star Wars YouTube account).
Let’s break down the trailer previews and highlight specific scenes of interest in preparation for the full trailer:
We still don’t know who voices the Inquisitor, but now we know where he places his lightsaber. If you look closely, he has it attached to his back. The placement instantly gave me Tron: Legacy vibes, since characters from that franchise carry their round identity discs on their back.
“What happened down there?” Hera asked Kanan with concern. This reinforces the fact that Hera will primarily be in the getaway position, ready to escape once the team is back on the ship.
Kanan responds to Hera’s question, “He did. The Force is strong with Ezra.” Here, we see Ezra attempting to stop a stormtrooper from taking that young Wookiee as a slave. Some of you may recall the list of upcoming Star Wars Rebels books and how one in particular is called “Ezra’s Wookiee Rescue,” set to be released on August 5, 2014. Will Ezra use his Force abilities to help rescue this defenseless Wookiee?
When Kanan states that the Force is strong in Ezra, Hera replies, “Sounds like someone I used to know.” As we discovered recently, Kanan and Hera have known each other long before the events in Star Wars Rebels. We will see the beginnings of that relationship in John Jackson Miller’s novel, entitled “A New Dawn,” which is coming out later this year on September 2, 2014.
I have to admit that I’m not all that familiar with lightsaber technology, but I found it captivating when Kanan pulled out two separate pieces of his lightsaber and connected them. I’m curious to know more about the function behind that process and if that’s a result of having to learn how to build his own lightsaber after the Great Jedi Purge.
I know the series in general has received some criticism from some older fans about it being too “childish,” often making complaints about Ezra’s “lame” weapon designed as a slingshot. Ezra is a kid from the streets, making his living out of being a thief. Personally, I think his slingshot represents his youth. He’s too young to be carrying a blaster and using one means that you have to take responsibility for the consequences that follow. A slighshot seems like the quickest way for him to disarm his attacker without killing them and suffering those consequences, and it gives him enough time for him to get away. I think it’s a clever and handy device, and I hope it’s something he keeps around until he’s ready to try something new.
Stay tuned for a similar post later tonight, where I will break down the full trailer in a similar manner.