When Rebels was first announced I was ecstatic! It was exciting to see the new characters be introduced and to find out more about the unchartered era Rebels would be taking place in. I eagerly read A New Dawn and shortly after watched the premier, Spark of Rebellion. Granted, it wasn’t a perfect premier, but I felt like the show was off to a great start. I was even happier when the episode Droids In Distress came on. R2 and Chopper together was like a dream come true for me.
Then, as the season went on, I wasn’t feeling it as much. I felt like the episodes were trying too hard to pull us into the Star Wars universe, and as a result, it felt even less like Star Wars. Don’t get me wrong, I still thoroughly enjoyed the show, but I just had a hard time investing myself emotionally in it. But then I saw the finale. Adding Ahsoka was a brilliant move! When Fulcrum was first introduced, I had predicted “An Organa/Ahsoka Alliance” partly because that’s what I personally wanted, but also because it makes a lot of sense. Obviously the Organas play a huge part in The Rebel Alliance, but adding Ahsoka beautifully links together the PT, OT, TCW and of course Star Wars Rebels (and possibly even the ST?). She is also a beloved character who is pretty much universally loved and we all wanted to see her fate. It also gives us tons of new stuff to look forward to, especially a Vader/Ahsoka showdown!
This incredible finale has given me hope for the future of Rebels. The cast and crew are tremendously talented and I know the future is bright. It will be interesting to see how The Rebel Alliance expands and how their stories intertwine with the future Star Wars movies, comics, books and more!