Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Blu-ray Review
“Star Wars Rebels” season two is a big step up from the first season.
The 22 episode second season of “Star Wars Rebels” digs further into the adventures of Ezra, Kanan, Hera, Sabine, Zeb, Chopper, and some new additions to the crew. The sophomore season contains stories involving Darth Vader hunting down the Rebels, the return of a few familiar Clone Trooper faces, Agent Kallus continuing to pursue the Rebels, three Inquisitors (the 7th Sister, the 5th Brother and the 8th Brother), the ever troublesome Hondo Ohnaka, the B-Wing, Sabine’s former friend Ketsu, a dangerous Imperial interdictor cruiser, Ezra’s force powers, Princess Leia helping the Rebels, Mandalorian Protectors, the Lasats, fuel, Cham Syndulla, a Jedi Temple, the Rebels searching for safe hideouts, and Malachor.
The first season of “Star Wars Rebels” was solid albeit uneven, but thankfully, season 2 is bigger and better in every way. What really makes this season such a success is that it digs into the main characters more here. This is a major plus since the lack of characterization was one of the issues of season one. In season 2, viewers can expect to learn more about Sabine’s past, Zeb’s species (the Lasats), Hera’s father, and Ezra’s parents. Even Agent Kallus gets a chance to shine here in the episode “The Honorable Ones” which raises questions about the character’s future.
The most satisfactory part of season 2, however, is the inclusion of beloved “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” characters Ahsoka and Captain Rex. Not only do both characters bring so much to the series, but their presence also helps give fans some much needed closure after the abrupt cancellation of the excellent “Clone Wars.”
Characters aside, there’s so much to geek out over in season 2. From the Geonosis revelation to appearances by major SW universe characters like Princess Leia, there’s something here for every “Star Wars” fan. With all of that said, I’d wager most fans will find the final 2 episodes (“Twilight of the Apprentice”) to be the big draw here. To say this 2 parter has everything is an understatement. You get to see Darth Maul, a Sith holocron, Vader V. Ahsoka, main characters in major peril, and a Sith Temple. These two episodes are far and away the best episodes of the entire series so far.
As rewarding as this season is, the show does stumble a couple of times along the way. “The Forgotten Droid” (which revolves around Chopper and the Alan Rickman sounding droid AP-5) and the dull giant spider episode “The Mystery of Chopper Base” rank as two of the weakest episodes to date. They feel like filler despite having a few key moments. Equally forgettable here are the three new Inquisitors. These characters never felt like a major threat as they always failed in their missions. Everytime the heroic Rebels had run-ins with them it felt so repetitive and boring.
Presentation: 1.78:1 1080p. How does it look? It’s amazing how much better this show looks on Blu-ray compared to other broadcasts. There’s so much more detail on Blu-ray and the colors are exquisite to boot.
Audio Track: Dolby Digital 5.1. How does it sound? Honestly, I want to know why this set only has a mere DD track. Granted, it’s a fine track, but it lacks the quality of the hi-def tracks we are all accustomed to.
* The first “Rogue One: A Star Wars Story” teaser.
* Andi Gutierrez hosts the 20 episodes of “Rebels Recon” which dives into each episode of the season. Each segment includes plot and character discussions, episode clips, cast and crew interviews, and more. They’re all solid bonus features that make fine companion pieces to the episodes.
* “Connecting The Galaxy: Rebels Season 2”- A short featurette that highlights easter eggs, clever factoids, and references to SW films that pop up in season 2.
* “From Apprentice To Adversary: Vader Vs. Ahsoka”- This extra contains episode clips, behind-the-scenes photos and illustrations, an interview with Dave Filoni, and an analysis of the Anakin/Ahsoka dynamic and the epic duel.
Overall Thoughts: If you haven’t seen “Star Wars Rebels” season 2 yet, pick up this set before season 3 starts Sept. 24, 2016.
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