In celebration of May the Fourth, also known as Star Wars Day, I’m reviewing the second season of Star Wars Rebels. Last year, I reviewed the first season.
The victory the crew gained has turned them into a target for the Empire. It’s become much more dangerous now, even if the crew has a powerful new ally. Things are going to get worse before they get better.
Note on ratings:
** Below average
*** Average. Not good or bad.
**** Above average
***** Above and beyond
Content: **** (Content based off my personal level of squeamishness.)
This season was similar in content to the last season, including a few cases of off-screen dismemberment, but the feel of things was darker. Instead of being hunted by a few Imperials like Kallus and one Inquisitor, the crew now has to deal with Darth Vader himself, and he’s just as terrifying as he was in the Original Trilogy.
Originality and world building: *****
Like all Star Wars media, the world feels deep. There’s the sense that the world doesn’t revolve around these characters, and ancient temples make things quite interesting.
Characters and their Arcs: *****
This is where Star Wars shines. Ezra is becoming a Jedi and Kanan is doing what he can to teach the kid, but as the show moves along, there are hints of darker things to come.
The other side characters each get at least one episode. The two non-powered villains also get some character development, though one of them doesn’t last long.
Pacing and action sequences: ****
The pacing was pretty good, with little hints that things would get darker throughout the episodes. The first two episodes and the last two were extremely good.
Maybe I’m just getting used to Rebels, but it seemed like the animation this year was a lot better. Darth Vader’s appearance is as frightening as it should be.
Episode Flow: ***
The flow of some episodes felt a bit episodic. A few of the storylines only got one episode even though it made them feel very rushed.
Addition to the Universe: ****
It is a worthy addition to the universe and should not be discounted just because it’s animated.
Other things I liked:
Vader and the darkness that comes with him. Talk about a terrifying villain. What makes him so scary in this show is he’d obviously much more powerful than any of the heroes. There’s no way they can beat him. All they can do is run, but they don’t give up.
I also liked that, in the last episode, no one escaped unscathed by the fight. Ezra is being tempted by the Dark Side, Kanan is blinded, and Ahsoka is on the planet and probably not returning to the rebellion after the trauma of realizing her beloved master has become Darth Vader.
I also enjoyed seeing Rex and Ahsoka again. It’s certainly cool to see her as the most powerful good guy around.
What I didn’t like:
The rushed nature of some of the episodes.
Is it worth watching?
Yes. At the very least, watch the first two episodes and the last two.