We have some pretty big things brewing on the Star Wars Rebels front. Coming out of their panel today at NYCC2013 led by Pablo Hidalgo, we now have a time frame for when the show takes place, 14 years after Episode III. According to Big Shiny Robot this would effectively mean that all loose ends from the Clone Wars won’t be tied up on the show, but instead would already be history. A fair point, but if we didn’t see happen it’s still news to us so I’m perfectly fine with the show eluding to the closure of these threads rather than seeing them play out. They are also saying that the main setting for the show will be the planet Lothar, an outer rim planet, so the show could be focusing on the Empire’s expansion. That would make sense since the outer rim planets never really felt apart of the Galactic Republic so it figures they would spark rebellion against an ever-growing Empire.
They also touched upon the mock up of the Stromtrooper recruitment poster, and it turns out, it’s actually a recruitment poster. It seems that every day, good old fashionedly produced humans will be occupying the white armor now. Anyone who has ever read Karen Traviss’ Expanded Universe works will tell you that the clones actually have an issue with maturing to quickly so they are given to extremely short life spans. Could it be that since we are 14 years after Revenge of the Sith that many of those clones have already died off hence the human recruitment drive? Fans of clones worry no though; they will be present shown as training officers of the new human Stormtroopers. The report does state that some will be disgruntled, so maybe we can expect a few to show up on the Rebels side as either aiding the Rebellion, or taking an active role in it.
The art direction of the show was also discussed as it was stated that the art will closely resemble Ralph McQuarrie’s work, so much so in fact that any attempt to use a Clone Wars character would not transfer properly. I for one wouldn’t mind seeing a McQuarrie inspired Ahsoka, and I’m sure I’m not alone, so hopefully an attempt would made at some point.
Some vehicle art was shown as well, but the piece that steals the cake is the revelation of one of the Rebels baddies, a Sith Inquisitor. The Inquisitor is a Force sensitive officer of the Empire who’s job it is to hunt down Jedi who may have survived Order 66. He is shown here with a lightsaber and it has been confirmed that Jedi will appear on the show.
With all this news breaking today on Rebels I now more then ever can’t wait for it to make it’s premiere. Especially with the horrible climate in hero and adventure cartoons presently, a year ago we were sitting on another cartoon golden age. Then it all dried up slowly but surely. Hopefully Rebels can help to change that.
Source: Big Shiny Robot