The Impact of Rebels on “Star Wars”

With the conclusion of the Emmy Award-winning animated series “#StarWars #Rebels” as it aired its final episodes on Mar. 5, 2018, it’s clear that the series left an significant impact on the “Star Wars” universe with its powerful storytelling, amazing characters and fantastic action.

Executive Producer Steve Filoni and the animation team at LucasFilm Ltd. added to the backstories of several characters, as well as filled in some missing mythology between the end of the prequels and the beginning of the original trilogy.

1. Darth Maul & Obi-Wan

After most people assumed that Darth Maul was dead after losing his fight with Qui-Gon Jinn & Obi-Wan Kenobi on Naboo that occurred in the first prequel (“The Phantom Menace”), Maul had apparently survived as revealed in the animated series “Star Wars: #TheCloneWars”. He then returned in Rebels and was set on having his revenge on Obi-Wan. After several encounters with Ezra Bridger, he finally got his wish and found Obi-Wan.

2. Ahsoka & Darth Vader

Introduced in the animated series “The Clone Wars”, Ahsoka Tano was Anakin Skywalker’s padawan, but she abandoned the Jedi Order before that series concluded. She returned in Rebels and was shown to be a key element in the formation of the Rebel Alliance. She also got to encounter Darth Vader.

3. Familiar Voices, Faces & Elements

Several veteran “Star Wars” actors returned to voice familiar characters in Rebels:

  • James Earl Jones (Darth Vader)
  • Ian McDiarmid (the Emperor)
  • Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian)
  • Frank Oz (Yoda)
  • Forest Whitaker (Saw Gerrera)
  • Genevieve O’Reilly (Mon Mothma)

Two veteran voice actors from “The Clone Wars” also returned:

  • James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi)
  • Stephen Stanton (Grand Moff Tarkin & the Alec Guinness version of Ben Kenobi)

4. Grand Admiral Thrawn

After Disney purchased LucasFilm in 2012, they declared all of the previously written “Star Wars” book & comics to be “Legends” and no longer part of the “Star Wars” canon. But, in the 3rd season of Rebels, Grand Admiral Thrawn (who was created by author Timothy Zahn in the early 1990’s) was reintroduced and is now a canon character thanks to Rebels. Timothy Zahn is also working on new Thrawn books that are and will be canon.

5. Formation of the Rebellion

With Rebels, the Ghost and its crew were instrumental in uniting the various bands into what became the Rebel Alliance, but we’ll leave their fates up to you to discover rather than reveal any more spoilers.


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Rian Johnson Scrapped J.J. Abrams’ Star Wars VIII Script

#StarWars actress Daisy Ridley (who plays Rey) has revealed that #StarWarsVIII (#TheLastJedi) director Rian Johnson scrapped a script that J.J. Abrams drafted after he directed #StarWarsVII: #TheForceAwakens.

In an interview for French magazine Le Magazine GEEK, Daisy Ridley revealed that J.J. Abrams drafted scripts for both Episode VIII and IX before Rian Johnson and Colin Trevorrow jumped in to direct the sequels.

“Here’s what I think I know. J. J. wrote Episode VII, as well as drafts for VIII & IX,” Ridley said. “Then Rian Johnson arrived and wrote TLJ entirely. I believe there was some sort of general consensus on the main lines of the trilogy, but apart from that, every director writes and realizes his film in his own way.”

“Rian Johnson and J. J. Abrams met to discuss all of this, although Episode VIII is still his very own work,” Ridley explained regarding Abrams’ involvement with The Last Jedi. “I believe Rian didn’t keep anything from the first draft of Episode VIII.”

As of 2017, J.J. Abrams replaced Colin Trevorrow as director of Episode IX, but we’ll never know what J.J. Abrams version of The Last Jedi would’ve been like.


Examining Death by Lightsaber and Stormtrooper Armor Effectiveness

One of the most popular #ScienceFiction franchises for over 40 years has been #StarWars and 2 of its most iconic elements are #lightsabers and #stormtroopers. If we applied about actual science to both, what would we find? Host Kyle Hill with #Nerdist’s #YouTube series of videos called “Because Science” did just that with 2 videos released last December.

First, what would death by lightsaber actually be like? Is the lightsaber as elegant a weapon as “Star Wars” Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi claimed way back in 1977, or would that death by lightsaber be far worse & gruesome? Let’s find out:

Next, stormtroopers. These helmeted, armor-clad soldiers of the Empire appear very imposing, but whenever they take a direct hit, the appear to die pretty much instantaneously. Let’s see what “Because Science” has to say about stormtroopers and their armor: