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Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Blu-ray Review

Star Wars Rebels Season 1 Blu-ray

“Star Wars Rebels” is a must-see series.

In the 15 episode inaugural season of “Star Wars Rebels” (which is set 14 years after “Revenge of the Sith”), viewers are introduced to the crew of The Ghost. There’s the former Jedi Youngling (Kanan), a sly force sensitive teenage thief (Ezra), the strong leader of the pack (Hera), an artistic bad-ass teen Mandalorian (Sabine), the muscle of the group (Zeb), and a feisty droid (Chopper). Together, this crew is essentially part of the early days of the rebellion. Granted, they partake in smuggling and other illegal activities at times, but they go out of their way to help people and fight the evil Empire.

Among the plots you will see this season are: run ins with Imperial forces (namely Agent Kallus and the lightsaber wielding The Inquisitor), Ezra’s missing parents, a possible surviving Jedi, Ezra going undercover as an Imperial cadet, supply runs, the mysterious Fulcrum, a Jedi Temple visit, traps, a senator, Kanan and co. spreading the word of rebellion, and Kanan being held captive.

For the “Star Wars” fans that have been hoping for an animated series that captures the spirit of the original trilogy, you needn’t look any further as “Star Wars Rebels” does just that. From the introductory “Spark of Rebellion” to the action-packed “Fire Across The Galaxy,” “Star Wars Rebels” gives you that old school “Star Wars” feel thanks to the new rag-tag characters whom you instantly care about. Of course, it doesn’t hurt that you get to see several classic characters along the way such as Lando, Tarkin, C-3P0, R2-D2, and a few others I won’t spoil.

As much as I enjoyed stepping into this new “Star Wars” timeline, however, it is not without its issues. First and foremost, Sabine and Hera are severely underdeveloped at this point. We don’t know nearly enough about them and we should. I would hope (and assume) season 2 addresses this problem. Secondly, there are too many formulaic stories involving Lothal and escaping the Empire. Again, season 2 looks to be more epic in scale, but season 1 can be repetitive in spots. Thankfully, it’s easy to overlook these problems in great episodes like the Lando centric “Idiot’s Array” and the intense season finale “Fire Across The Galaxy” which is THE best episode by a mile. Seriously folks, it has everything from exciting character appearances, a major lightsaber duel, and enticing future episode hints that will have fans pining for season 2 come Oct. 14, 2015.

Video/Audio:

Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? Gorgeous. There is so much more detail to the animation on Blu-ray.

Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? Yes, you read that right. There is no hi-def track here which is very disappointing. Yes, the track is solid, but it could be so much better.

Extras:
* 4 animated shorts (“The Machine in the Ghost,” “Art Attack,” “Entanglement,” and “Property Of Ezra Bridger”) that spotlight the characters.
* 14 short “Rebels Recon” episodes for each episode of “Star Wars Rebels.” They feature individual episode clips, recaps, story discussions, animation and production information, as well as interviews.
* The second “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” trailer and other Disney trailers.
* “Rebels Infiltrate Star Wars Celebration”- Footage from the “Star Wars Rebels” cosplayers and events at the 2015 Star Wars Celebration.
* “Star Wars Rebels: The Ultimate Guide”- A season 1 recap hosted by Kanan.
* “Rebels Season 2: A Look Ahead”- Dave Filoni chats about what is ahead in season 2. Art stills and a trailer are included.

Overall Thoughts: While not quite on the level with “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” just yet, the potential for greatness is there (especially if the season finale is any indication). How can one not be excited for season 2 and beyond when we know that episodes will offer up major character appearances, ‘Clone Wars’ and original trilogy ties, and perhaps a much anticipated showdown between a light side and dark side character?

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September 12, 2015 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , , , ,

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