When Star Wars Rebels took its usual mid-season break, fans were left with a good handful of questions. Will Maul and Obi-Wan face each other one last time? What is Thrawn’s ultimate plan? Will Sabine use the darksaber as a symbol of authority? What information did Hera gather from her recon mission on Lothal? Will Ezra’s dark side story line resurface?
For the rest of the holiday season, people eagerly waited for the mid-season trailer, keeping a close eye on social media for any hints of updates.
Our patience was finally rewarded!
The mid-season three trailer for Star Wars Rebels—edited by the brilliant Kevin Yost—surfaced on social media and it reminded fans that we’re in a golden age of Star Wars storytelling. Creative minds, like those of Rayne Roberts, Dave Filoni, Kiri Hart, and the rest of the Lucasfilm crew, are doing an amazing job at weaving multiple story lines and media together. The proof is in this mind-blowing trailer, so without anymore delays, here’s a closer look at what’s to come:
One word: pajamas. Ezra Bridger wearing pajamas! I know there are bigger things to take away from this trailer, but Ezra wearing pajamas and Thrawn sporting exercise/training attire made me incredible happy. For budgetary, practical, and maybe, traditional reasons, cartoons stick to the same clothing in every episode (with a few exceptions here and there, of course). Seeing Ezra and Thrawn in a different set of clothing made it feel more real, so in the end, it’s truly the small things and the attention to detail that tend to have a bigger impact on me!
The Jedi holocron still having some juice left is quite surprising, given what happened to it and the Sith holocron in “The Holocrons of Fate.” I’m curious to know what’s actually powering that message, especially since it clearly hasn’t been doing that before, and what Ezra will end up doing with it. We saw Ezra holding it at one point during the trailer, so it’ll be interesting to see where that will lead him and the others. It’s also great how the trailer started off with Obi-Wan’s message and ended with Obi-Wan himself.
The Empire just loves hanging out in orbit! I have a feeling Lothal is on the left and Geonosis (or Atollon) is on the right. Last time we saw Lothal, the Empire was building a secret weapon that would seriously hinder the efforts of the Rebellion. The blockade over Lothal might be a response to Ezra and Kanan stealing those plans, so I wonder how that will affect Phoenix Squadron’s desire to destroy the factory.
Speaking of secret projects, there’s the TIE Defender. Its plans had appeared in “An Inside Man,” but unfortunately for the crew, as least one of them is fully operational and ready to cause some serious damage as it chases the Ghost through some sort of space cloud. Its beauty reminds me of the space anomaly that we saw in “Legends of the Lasat,” but it also takes me back to Star Wars: The Clone Wars, where we first saw the Kaliida Nebula in “Shadow of Malevolence.”
In one of the upcoming Star Wars Rebels episodes, “Warhead,” Zeb and Chopper find a damaged droid in the wilderness of Atollon. The two decide to bring it back to the base. Unfortunately, they discover that the droid is a new Imperial probe programmed to spy on them, and ultimately, destroy them. Now, this droid isn’t exactly a probe as mentioned in the official description (and this scene could be from a completely different episode), but maybe the probe has the ability to expand and become the droid Zeb has to fight against. Poor Chopper got whacked by the droid, so here’s hoping Chopper gets his revenge. That said, an Imperial droid on Atollon is not good news for the Rebels. That means they have to abandon it and start the search for a new base again.
Death Troopers! I have to admit, I missed them the first time around, since they didn’t exactly stand out to me, but it’s great to see elements of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story trickle over to Star Wars Rebels. I don’t know if it’ll be too much, but I’d love to see the KX-series security droids (K-2SO’s model) in Rebels.
I originally thought this masked individual was an Inquisitor, since they are known to wear interesting shaped helmets. The fact that they’re being apprehended by Imperial forces and that they’re carrying a blaster shot that theory down. (By the way, I know I’m in the minority, but I really miss the Inquisitors.) Then, I thought it was Ezra in disguise because they wear similar boots, but I’m beginning to think that this might be a random Rebel informant mainly because the helmet appears on Thrawn’s desk later on, so whoever it was, I’m not sure if they made it out alive. Since we know Agent Kallus is Fulcrum and working with the Rebels, it could be a sign of bad things to come for his character.
I am so happy that we get the chance to go back to Ezra’s tower. It doesn’t look like anyone else has occupied it, so I wonder what Agent Kallus intends on doing once he’s there. Maybe, this is the place where he’s able to communicate with the Rebels? Or maybe, he’s meeting with someone there, like the helmeted individual who was captured by stormtroopers. In that case, it could be Ezra, since Ezra would pick an inconspicuous and familiar place to meet up with Kallus. Needless to say, like others in the fan community, I’m very interested to find out where Kallus’ story goes from here.
Finally, Mon Mothma! She’s such an integral part of the Rebellion, and now that the Ghost crew is fully part of the that and their forces are growing bigger, it makes sense that she’s making her appearance now instead of earlier in the series. As previously stated by Dave Filoni and the creative team behind Rebels, things are done with a purpose and reason in mind. We’re also much closer to the events of Rogue One and A New Hope, so bringing her in season one or season two wouldn’t have made sense, especially since the series was much more focused on a core group of characters who later joined a cause bigger than themselves.
I have to admit, when it comes to A New Hope and its pilots, I’m really not all that familiar because I’m terrible with names and faces. That said, I’m happy to add the observations made by other fans. According to Eric Goldman of IGN, the pilot in the back left-hand corner could be Jon “Dutch” Vander, also known as Gold Leader. If that turns out to be true, that’s another cool and subtle connection to A New Hope.
Other fans have been speculating that the man sitting behind Ezra could be Captain Cassian Andor. I could see that being true, especially since Cassian and Hera were mentioned in the same sentence in a message sent by Mon Mothma, as seen in the Rebel Dossier by Jason Fry. I know that’s not a lot to go on, but it’s a start! If this also turns out to be true, here’s hoping Diego Luna voices him just like Forest Whitaker voiced Saw Gerrera in the mid-season opener.
The members of the Ghost are in for one hell of a ride once they get to Geonosis. I know Ezra will survive this fall, but I really hope Sabine ends up catching him with her jetpack. If not, it’d be really cool for him to slow his descent with his Force abilities. The last time he tried to do that, he was free-falling with the Purrgil and almost died. Sabine and Zeb also look like they’re in a tight spot, but at least we know that the Rebels succeed in taking down a Star Destroyer!
Thrawn’s definitely getting in on more of the action in this second half of the season. At one point in the trailer, he pulled out a weapon and started shooting, so I wonder if this a confrontation between him and Kallus.
Also, it’s interesting to note the painting of Lothal in the background. Paul Bateman spotted the fact that it’s an exact copy of Ralph McQuarrie’s painting.
As for Thrawn sparring with two droids, this particular scene reminded me of a similar scene and character (Marcus Licinius Crassus played by Simon Merrells) in the television series Spartacus. Marcus was training with a servant of his, a former gladiator, as a way to become a better fighter against Spartacus. In a way, the two characters are alike in that they wanted to learn more about their opponent before facing them in one grand battle.
I have a feeling this scene might be related to them escaping Chopper Base, but the red blaster bolt could be from a different opponent. I do love, however, how Ezra protected Chopper from the blast!
This right here is what I’ve been craving to see! I know mothers are present in Star Wars, but we haven’t really seen a mother-daughter relationship play a big part in this galaxy, since we’re too busy focusing on father-child relationships. I have no doubt in my mind that the woman standing before Sabine is her mother, especially given the hints that we’ve been given here and there regarding Sabine’s mother. Lastly, I wonder if the wintry planet is Carlac, where we first met Bo-Katan in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode “A Friend in Need.” If it is, why is Sabine’s mother not on Mandalore? If she is, in fact, not in league with Gar Saxon, it just proves further that Saxon is a manipulative liar and only seeks to give himself more power, and I can’t wait to see Sabine take him down.
In order for Sabine to take him down, though, she has to learn how to use the darksaber. I completely adore the fact that Kanan is the one to teach her (and it looks like he’s teaching her in the spot where he normally meets Bendu on Atollon). Not only that, but Fenn Rau is there to pledge his allegiance and loyalty to her. It truly shows how far these two characters (Fenn and Sabine) have come in their relationship. Also, Sabine using the lightwhip made me (and writer Martin Fisher) excited because readers of the Star Wars Rebels Magazine comic will remember that MaDall, a Zygerrian slave master, had used that weapon against Sabine before Sabine managed to liberate herself with the same weapon.
I bet that’s Maul in the distance trying to look for Obi-Wan Kenobi. If that’s really the case, then Maul has a long way to go. I just found it hilarious that he would wander throughout the desert!
Sabine has the coolest gadgets in this series. In addition to the jetpack, the darksaber, and the lightwhip, she also has her own shield. Not only that, but she also borrowed Ezra’s lightsaber. Gar Saxon somehow got ahold of the darksaber, so Sabine owns up to her beliefs and responsibilities and decides to do something about it. Without a doubt, this battle between Sabine and Gar Saxon will sit at the top along with the battle between Pre Vizsla and Maul from Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Kanan and Rex are back in their stormtrooper suits ready to wreak some havoc! That’s definitely Lothal in the background, so these two (and whoever else is with them) are probably on their way to destroy the factory on Lothal. We know Thrawn is a few steps ahead of them, but the Rebels are known to have a few tricks up their sleeves. Will they be victorious? Probably not, especially given Thrawn’s forces, but I can still see them laying some kind of a blow against him and the Empire, even if it’s not at the grand scale that everyone imagines it to be.
Something bad is going on with Chopper. He’s in his Imperial disguise, but it looks like he may have suffered some damage from that surge of energy. He’s pulling off a similar blaster stunt, like the one we saw in “Brothers of the Broken Horn,” but it looks like he’s attacking AP-5 in the process. Then again, given the way the trailers are cut and edited, it could be misleading. Whatever happens, I hope both Chopper and AP-5 pull through.
Kanan and Zeb don’t look like they’re having the best day. I hope this doesn’t mean that this is the end of Kanan’s amazing speeder bike. I like that it’s been used occasionally throughout the season, and I’d hate to see it get damaged to the point where it would have to be left behind as scrap. I also hope Zeb and the pilot beside him (Is that Wedge? It’s interesting that this person in a TIE pilot suit) don’t get sucked into space. The Ghost doesn’t have any other shields in place, so here’s hoping Zeb and the pilot manage to live in order to fight another day.
It definitely looks like Phoenix Squadron will have to abandon their home base. Thrawn is not interested in taking prisoners or showing mercy to anyone who surrenders. Instead, he wants to wipe them out collectively and at the source. Thankfully, Sato appears to be somewhere else during this attack. I have this sickening feeling that we may be losing a key member of Phoenix Squadron, so let’s hope I’m wrong about that!
Most fans (including myself) believe this is Wullf Yularen! I really liked his character in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and part of me dislikes the fact that he stayed with the Empire. If he has a speaking role, it’d be great to hear Tom Kane voice the character again.
Not only does Hasbro have to do a pajama action figure for me, but they also have to do an action figure of Ezra in his awesome spacesuit! I was instantly reminded of the suits Anakin and Ahsoka wore in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. That said, I have absolutely no idea what is happening here, but I really love that Ezra has mastered the technique of switching between a blaster and lightsaber.
Last but not least, it looks like Star Wars Rebels is really going to go there. I had it in my head that Kanan and Ezra would intercept Maul and stop him from reaching his goal, but they don’t know where Maul’s going. The only information they have is that of a planet with two suns. Maul knows the exact location, so he has the advantage. I wonder if Obi-Wan foresaw this, however. It would explain why he was out in the middle of nowhere. The only thing he was missing was a giant neon sign that said, “I’m here!”
I’m also aware of people complaining about this confrontation taking place in the form of animation instead of on the big screen. I, for one, am excited to see it unfold in animated form. There’s something about this medium that really captures the twists, turns, flips, and all of the other cool moves that happen in a fight of that nature. A movie would end up using CG for that result. Plus, Maul’s story is what is it because of the animated shows. Star Wars: The Clone Wars gave that character life again, so it’s only fitting that Star Wars Rebels continues that (or ends it, since Obi-Wan will undoubtedly come out the winner).
What are your thoughts on the trailer? Have any theories or speculative thoughts? Share them in the comments section below.
Finally, make sure to tune into the mid-season premiere of Star Wars Rebels on Saturday, January 7, at 8:30PM EST on Disney XD.