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Star Wars: Rebels (2014)
I've totally changed my opinion of this series...
About a week ago I wrote a comment that ranked "Rebels" as a 3 of 10 after watching all but the last episode on the 1st Season.
Well I stuck with the series and am about half-way through Season 2 and I gotta admit that the characters are really starting to grow on me. I'm even starting to love Chopper (the overly emotive astromech; think R2D2 on emotional steroids).
Maybe it was the appearance of Darth Vader, or maybe it was Ahsoka, or maybe it was Agent Kallus, or the Inquisitors, or all of the above, but I went from disliking this series to almost loving it. It's not up there with "Clone Wars," but I'd say it's a good, solid sequel.
So now I'd rate this series as 7.5 of 10.
Below is my previous review (I withdraw it).
What a huge disappointment...
A coworker of mine bought me a 3-month Netflix subscription card this past Christmas. So I'm checking out all the possibilities and I see the animated series "Star Wars - Clone Wars" and I think to myself: ah, sure, why not?
Well I got to tell you, that was an excellent choice! I absolutely fell in love with that series. I love the characters (especially Ahsoka Tano), the animation, the plot lines, the dialogue. It's an animated series for adults, with complicated plots and complex moral dilemmas.
But I finished watching the six seasons and felt a need for more Star Wars fare. Then I noticed that there's another animated series, "Star Wars Rebels" that takes place about 15 years after the conclusion of Clone Wars. I was super excited, but Netflix doesn't offer it, so I decided to buy the 1st season DVDs off Amazon.
That was a huge mistake.
A few minutes into the very 1st episode I realized that this is a children's cartoon -- totally different maturity level from Clone Wars. I'd say the target demographics would be children, maybe tweens, or early adolescents, but nothing beyond 16 years old.
Everything about this series is such a letdown: the characters, the silly dialogue, the "god-mode" invulnerability of the six Rebels themselves (no matter how many storm troopers or tie fighters are blasting away, none of the Rebels even suffers a scratch, while all of the Imperials are taken out of action -- with the exception of a newly introduced Dark Side character -- will not mention the name). He is actually a pretty cool antagonist, but he's not enough to make up for all the many, many shortfalls in this unworthy sequel to Clone Wars.
I'm struggling to get through episode 12, figured I spent the money, I should at least watch all 15 -- but it's a tough slog.
Rebels is so awful that I actually miss Jar-Jar Binks, and I never thought I'd live to see the day when I'd type that out onto the intertoobs for all the world to see (or at least the world as represented by IMDb).
3 out of 10.