This review contains spoilers.
One of the most exciting things about Star Wars Rebels has been its setting. Not only is the period of time directly preceding the original film rife with storytelling potential, but the way Rebels has gone about exploring this period has been fascinating. Each season of the show has covered roughly one year in the life of our characters, meaning that the show is essentially playing out in real time. Where the timeline of The Clone Wars was expanded to the point that six-and-a-half seasons of television still didn’t make it all the way through three years of story, Rebels’ focus makes it feel much more immediate. We’re hurtling rapidly toward the end of the five year window in which Rebels has to tell its story, which means there’s a clear, definitive end point in our future.
That also means that, with each subsequent season, the world of the show has to move closer to the world we know from the 1977 film. It’s almost surprising that now, less than three years out from Leia giving the Death Star plans to Artoo for safe keeping, the growing rebel movement still hasn’t coalesced into the Rebel Alliance. Even so, more and more pieces keep falling into place. We’ve seen Bail Organa and Princess Leia. The rebels have gotten their hands on B-wings, Y-wings, and even an Imperial carrier. In this season’s premier we even got a shout out to General Dodonna and saw how the Ghost crew indirectly aided in the assault on the Death Star. This time around we have two more faces to join those ranks, one familiar and one, er– maybe not so much.