STAR WARS REBELS Review – “Rise of the Old Masters”

6 thoughts on “STAR WARS REBELS Review – “Rise of the Old Masters””

  1. “The idea that Jedi could not know passion or love was ridiculous …”

    It was also the central thematic premise of their presence in the prequel’s narratives. The fact that it was “ridiculous,” or more to the point, incompatible with base humanity and unsustainable as an organizational dogma is central to the drama not only of the universe itself, but the ensemble of lead characters and their respective journeys.

    Say what you will (and has been) said about the execution of those ideas, but the framing is sound, undeniably intentional, and establishes a natural arc with the original trilogy that I’m glad to here is being continued in Rebels. (and, hopefully, beyond …)

    A Beleaguered Apologist.

    1. I think you’re giving Lucas more credit than his first draft screenplays deserve. There were interesting ideas hinted at in the Prequels, but they were largely written between the lines and you kind of have to bend over backwards to dig them out of the shoddy execution they’re buried in.

      The idea of an oppressive emotionless society being undone by their own lack of humanity is interesting, but that’s not exactly how it plays out. There are pieces of it there, to be sure, but it never coalesces into any kind of thematic through line. If Lucas had handed these basic ideas off to a different, better writer, the Prequels could have been really interesting and thematically complex films. He didn’t, though, and they aren’t.

      A Bitter Malcontent Who Is Learning To Love Again

  2. “This new category that is not quite Sith”. It’s actually not a new idea but one that was explored in the Clone Wars cartoons (kid made me sit through all those…while I can forgive and even share his DW obsession, and sitting through Clone Wars wasn’t as bad as his Thomas the Tank obsession, he will be reminded when he’s older of the hours he made me spend on those…thankfully, as my nonexploding head will prove, he never got into Dora or Elmo) and expanded universe. The idea first sort of arose with General Grievous, but was expanded to Asajj, Savage Oppress and eventually the return of Darth Maul. By the end of the series, there were a lot of red lightsabers running around pretty much destroying the rule of 2.

    With sincere regards,
    Someone who is just happy to not have to sit through the silliness anymore

    p.s. agree with Nick on the concept but agree with Dave it was executed poorly and the message got muddled, given that episode ii is such a mess

    1. Interesting. After liking Rebels a lot I tried to get into The Clone Wars but couldn’t manage it. I hear it gets better later on, but those first few episodes are really rough and I didn’t have the patience to wait for it to improve.

      Either way, it’s a good thing. The rule of two was this weird platitude that never made any sense. It’d be nice if we could just ignore it wholesale, though I sort of have that opinion about most of what was established in the Prequels.

      1. I didn’t think the third film was so bad. It’s makes more sense than the 6th and is Ewokless. The first wouldn’t have been so bad but for jar jar. The second though is just a mess on every level.

      2. Also, rumor has it that the lead female alien in rebels was originally supposed to be Asoka Tano, who left at the end of Clone Wars. Someone thought better of it, though, and instead the crew is based on the concept explored in the novel “Dark Lord”. Clone War fans really still hope in later seasons Asoka will make an appearance.

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