Star Wars Rebels fans, rejoice! We finally have the premiere date of the third season of Star Wars Rebels and it’s closer than we originally expected. For the past two seasons, the show debuted an hour-long premiere during the summer and continued with regular episodes in October. Plans have changed this time around, and the show will now debut a one-hour premiere event on Saturday, September 24, at 8:30pm EST with every episode airing on Saturdays at 8:30pm thereafter.
The shift to Saturdays has received a mostly positive reaction from the fans, especially those with children, since some parents emphasized that it was difficult to watch on a late weeknight while school was in session.
Its predecessor, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, had also moved to Saturdays in its fifth season, specifically to Saturday mornings. Disney XD, however, doesn’t operate with morning programming blocks anymore. Currently, its only programming block is the Marvel Universe on Sundays from 8pm to 11pm EST. Regardless, the move to Saturdays makes it easier to sit down after a long week and enjoy it as a community.
The premiere event is called “Steps into Shadow” Part I and Part II, so what’s it and the rest of the season going to be about?
Having established a secret base on Atollon, the Ghost crew, now led by a more powerful Ezra, strengthens the rebel fleet by acquiring new resources and recruits eager to stand against the Empire. However, the Imperial efforts to eliminate the rebellion are now being led by the coldly analytical Grand Admiral Thrawn, whose strategic, tactical and cultural insights make him a threat unlike any they have faced before. In season three, Ezra and Sabine take on new roles and challenges as the rebels prepare for their biggest mission yet – a direct assault on the Empire.
The paragraph starts out with Ezra being known as the leader and taking charge, but what really has my attention is the fact that both Ezra and Sabine are paired up as the main focus of this upcoming season. It goes back to what executive producer and supervising director Dave Filoni originally mentioned back at last year’s Los Angeles press conference, “We’re working very far ahead in the show, and as the characters have evolved, I would argue that where we end up in the future on Rebels, Sabine kind of elevates and is every bit as important as Ezra as far as what you think of as dynamically moving the show about and where [it goes] because they’re both kind of the young people dealing with this war. And it just became more and more important to have them elevated and have the mentor characters [be] supportive.”
Tiya Sircar’s comments with IGN from Star Wars Celebration Europe also show that Sabine is concerned about Ezra’s well-being, so I’m definitely interested to see how these two characters work together and how they support each other.
We all know that A New Hope starts off with, “It is a period of civil war. Rebel spaceships, striking from a hidden base, have won their first victory against the evil Galactic Empire.” First victory implies that a lot of the action that took place before wasn’t as successful or they downright failed. So now that the Ghost crew and the other rebels are gearing up “for their biggest mission yet – a direct assault on the Empire”, you can’t help but have a bad feeling about this.
Without a doubt, Ezra has grown more powerful, but if it goes unchecked, what will become of him? Fans immediately think he’s going to fall off his current path to becoming a Jedi, and instead, become an agent of the dark side. (Get that Snoke theory away from my face, I don’t want to hear it!) Not only has that been done before, but it’s kind of boring. I like the question Star Wars in the Classroom posted a few weeks back on Twitter, “Will Ezra Bridger become the ‘bridge’ between dark and light?” Now that sounds more intriguing to me. We’re also going to be introduced to The Bendu this season, and in the trailer, he said, “Jedi and Sith. The light and the dark. I’m the one in the middle. The Bendu.” Although Kanan is the one who seeks him out, will Ezra partake in some of that knowledge and also become a bridge between the two?
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Also, before the season three premiere comes around, make sure to pick up the Star Wars Rebels season two DVD/Blu-ray on Tuesday, August 30, 2016.