TV Review: Star Wars Rebels Season 3

I’ve sort of decided to post once a month or so. However, I did add a Gallery to this site, which is where I’ll be displaying my own art.

In celebration of May the Fourth, also known as Star Wars Day, I’m reviewing the third season of Star Wars Rebels. Last year, I reviewed the second season.
The crew took a beating last season, but now they’re back, and Ezra’s starting to take charge.

SPOILERS AHEAD!

Star_Wars_Rebels_Season_Three_posterNote on ratings:

*           Horrible.
**         Below average
***       Average. Not good or bad.
****    Above average
***** Above and beyond

Content: **** (Content based off my personal level of squeamishness.)
This season felt lighter than season 2 with less violence. Yes, it’s still Star Wars, but there was a bit less head chopping.


Originality and world building: ****

Like all Star Wars media, the world feels deep, but I think the show could have gone a bit deeper in this season. There are certainly a bunch of different cultures around.

Characters and their Arcs: ****
Ezra’s arc with Maul felt a bit choppy, but it was nice to see Ezra maturing. I enjoyed seeing more Sabine’s arc, which was good. We also had some of Rex, and Agent Kallus got a lot of development. Saw’s arc, though rushed, was also enjoyable.
I loved seeing Thrawn on the screen.

Pacing and action sequences: ***
The pacing felt a bit too episodic in this season. Though there were a lot of good episodes, it felt choppy, and some arcs seemed to be forced into too short of a space.

Animation: ****
The backgrounds are looking pretty good, but I didn’t feel the awe like I did in season 2.

Addition to the Universe: ****
It was really nice to see more of Saw Gerrera, and I think this show does fit the universe well.

hqdefaultOther things I liked:
Saw Gerrera showed up. Even though his character arc felt rushed, I was really glad to see him since his part in Rogue One had been so small. Having the rebel groups not get along, and having characters who disagree with each other really ups the tension.
Sato’s sacrifice in the last episode was good, even if the season final didn’t seem as good as the previous season’s final.
Thrawn is a great villain and I’m really looking forward to seeing more of him. He was one of the best villains I’ve read about, so I’m really glad Disney decided not to cut him from cannon.
It was good to see Maul’s arc ended. A long fight would have been cool to see, but the three-second one was fitting.

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What I didn’t like:
The episodic nature of the series. I also wasn’t that big of a fan of Bendu. This season’s climax wasn’t nearly as emotional as S2’s.

Is it worth watching?
Yes, though it wouldn’t hurt to skip episodes you’re not interested in. It also looks like Season 4 will be really good.

My rating:

fourstar

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About Jessi L. Roberts

I live and work on my family’s cattle ranch in eastern Montana. I have a flock of chickens, a hyper golden retriever, some cows, and a few horses. I enjoy fantasy and science fiction and my head is full of wild sci-fi story ideas, some involving apocalypses and others involving aliens. I have been published twice in Havok Magazine, an imprint of Splickity.
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