"Do or do not. There is no try." That was the theme of the upcoming episode of Star Wars: Rebels screened for an eager audience at New York Comic Con. Because trying, as the padawan Ezra learned during lightsaber practice, isn't committing. And commitment is part and parcel of Jedi business.
Rebels and its accompanying novel, A New Dawn, are the first glimpses we have into the brave new rebooted world of Star Wars. As fans know from the first episode, the TV show is set after Revenge of the Sith but before A New Hope. The Jedi have been Order 66'd into oblivion ... but a few managed to survive, including Ezra's mentor, Kanan.
But in this episode, which fans will be seeing later this month, Kanan learns that Jedi Master Aayla Secura has been captured by Imperial forces, led by the Inquisitor. It's up to our misfit Rebels to rescue her. Without giving much away, it's a rollicking good adventure, full of little touches and big ideas that made Star Wars great. It also has moments of genuine menace. The evil Inquisitor has the slow pace of the serial killer who always manages to catch his fast-fleeing prey. For a brief flash, in the middle of New York Comic Con, I was suddenly afraid. I wasn't expecting that. It was pretty nifty.
Fans of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, will find a lot to love in this new TV show. Vanessa Marshall, who plays Hera, told a panel at New York Comic Con that the animation is done by the same team, and both are directed by Dave Filoni. But "The Clone Wars dealt with a time that was incredibly dark ... and dangerous." Rebels, however, will have more of Star Wars' humor, less Revenge of the Sith's horrific implications. "We're going from the darkness into A New Hope" (or perhaps she meant "a new hope" as a thing, not the title of a movie).
What do you think of Rebels so far? Are you on board for this new adventure in the Star Wars universe?