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As we get closer to the premier of Star Wars: Rebels, I get more and more excited about seeing the new series. As I get more and more excited about seeing the new series, I keep wondering why. What is it about the new series that has reignited my fire for new Star Wars? I enjoy Clone Wars very much, but I never really connected with it as much as I have already connected with Rebels, even though I’ve only seen about 9 minutes of footage. I’ve mentioned a couple of times on different podcasts (Assembly of Geeks and Coffee With Kenobi, to be exact), that this somehow feels like “My Star Wars” in a way that the prequels and the Clone Wars cartoon did not.

I’ve been trying to put my finger on why that is. Certainly the “vibe” of the show seems more in-line with the original trilogy, with the same snarky humor, and the colors seem warmer, much like the color palette of the original trilogy. The interplay between the characters seems a bit more mature, a bit more in-line with the relationships we had in the original trilogy. It seems like more of a lark, whereas the prequel era material seems very leaden and burdened. Maybe it’s because we aren’t dealing with established characters, so it seems like there’s less riding on the outcomes here, but I think there’s more to it than that. Along with the color palette seeming warmer, the attitudes around it seem lighter, brighter, less like an emo teenager than the prequel era material. You can look at the color of the costumes, the color of the skies, and even the color of Chopper to see that this corner of the Star Wars universe is going to be a lot more fun to spend time in.

One other thing that makes it feel more like MY Star Wars is the presence of Stormtroopers and TIE fighters. I never really connected with the ship designs in the prequels, they were too sleek for me, I like being able to see how everything is put together. I suppose it’s a result of this series taking place closer to the time of A New Hope that the technology seems to be more in-line with that era, and I am excited to see more from the artists who are designing the ships and characters. The Clone Trooper armor, like the ships, never really clicked with me. We had all manner of variation, but I just never thought it was as interesting as the Stormtrooper armor we got in the OT, from the normal Stormtroopers, through the Snowtroopers, on up to the Biker Scouts. I think it’s because (with the exception of the Snowtroopers), the helmets looked more like faces to me, so it gave them more personality. As for the ships, I may have actually clapped my hands when I saw a TIE fighter flying by the first time. There’s just something about that familiar H-design that makes me feel like a kid again.

Feeling like a kid again is something I think we can all relate to. If you’re like me, there’s no better feeling than flashing back to being younger, without a care in the world, to a time when Star Wars was everywhere and your only concern was when you were going to get to watch it again. I think one reason Star Wars meant so much to so many was that it was a story that was laced with hope. And I think that’s a big reason I’m so excited about Rebels. There’s a sense of hope, a sense that this fight has the possibility of ending well. The truth is, we know it will. Just like we knew how the prequels would end, we KNOW that Rebels will lead us into Episode IV, which, thanks to its subtitle, announces that there IS reason to have HOPE, and that, I think, is what has me so excited. It’s been a long time since we’ve had reason to be hopeful within a storyline, and I think that hope is spilling over into my reaction to the series itself. The prequels and Clone Wars were so cynical, because we knew that none of this would end well. We were watching the downfall of a Jedi, and along with it the downfall of a society, and that’s not fun. Where there is no hope, there is no light, and as much as I enjoyed Cad Bane and Asohka in Clone Wars, ultimately it always felt cold, distant, and dark. It’s hard to hold on to hope when there is no light, and we had very little light during the prequel era. As such, I’m very thankful that we seem to be getting back to the hope that was there in the beginning.

As Andy Dufresne wrote to Red in The Shawshank Redemption, “…hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things,” and I’m inclined to agree. I always say that Marvin lives in constant hope of getting food tossed to him, and he seems to enjoy life more than most of us, so maybe we can learn something from him. Hope IS a good thing. Maybe the best thing. I HOPE that Rebels is great, and I have a strong sense that my hope will be rewarded.

What say you? Are you as excited about Rebels as I am? Let me know in the comments section!

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  1. Becca Benjamin
    August 25, 2014 at 14:40 Reply

    Great entry, Jeff! Hi Marvin 🙂

    OMGAWD, cannot wait for REBELS. Funny, I never really gave it too much thought before on why this new series seemed more like “our SW.” Interesting, it’s really quite obvious too. Not just the coloring, but the whole “feel” surrounding the stroyline.
    You’re absolutely right! With the OT era, there’s so much Hope on the Horizon. Where as in the PT, there’s nothing but the feel of dread building with each episode, especially throught the CW. In fact, the only mention of Hope that we encounter is in Episode I, when Shmi tells Anakin that he has brought Hope to those who have none.

    Nicely done 🙂

    1. Jeff M
      August 31, 2014 at 22:55 Reply

      Thanks Becca! It’s interesting that i’m not even close to alone in my opinion of it feeling more like OT than the Clone Wars does, I guess time will tell. I CAN’T WAIT!!!!

  2. Melinda
    August 28, 2014 at 13:04 Reply

    Hope is contagious, infectious, Jeff. No doubt about it. It can spur even the most cynical to head in a new direction. 🙂

    I agree with you, at least in some detail, about the Prequel Trilogy. Yes, it was challenging — at least on one level — to watch the downfall of such a promising Jedi … and the galaxy, as a whole. However, the prequels, while concentrating on Anakin’s and society’s downfall, DID end on a positive note — one of hope — with Luke and Leia being turned over to parents/family who would love, shelter and care for them. There really was hope in those 2 little babes. 🙂

    Like you, I am thoroughly excited about “Rebels” coming out this fall. I CAN’T WAIT!!! 🙂 I don’t know if watching the series will make me feel like a kid again. (I must admit that I don’t always feel my age … although there are those moments, even days 😉 when I feel even older than my *ahem* years. lol) Yesterday, I dropped off some articles of clothing at our local dry cleaners, and the young man working the counter indicated he felt so old. “How old are you, Peter?” I asked with a smile on my face. (I knew he was considerably younger than me. 😉 ) “I just turned 30,” he replied. Okay, maybe I shouldn’t have laughed, but I couldn’t help it. “30?” I responded, my voice lifting slightly in a bit of playful mocking. “If you feel old at 30, how should I feel at 56? I certainly don’t feel my age!” He chuckled with me. Maybe I helped put everything into perspective. I don’t know. Yes, a 30-year-old CAN feel like an 80-year-old. I know a couple of 80-year-olds who feel 20 years younger! But I digress… 😉

    We were talking about “Rebels” bringing back that feeling of being a kid again. 😉 If that means being excited, and waiting with bated breath and anticipation — kind of like waiting for Christmas morning to FINALLY roll around so we can open our presents — then YES! I’m with you. That’s how I feel about “Rebels”! 🙂 It’s nice to know there are others in the same boat with me. 🙂

    Until next time, please say hello to Marvin for me, and — MTFBWY 🙂

    1. Jeff M
      August 31, 2014 at 22:57 Reply

      Thanks Melinda, I always look forward to your thoughts on my blogs (and any other blog, for that matter). You’re right about there being SOME hope at the end of RotS, but It’s really too little, too late by that point, we’ve been wallowing in the darkness for 2 hours, and it’s hard for me to keep from thinking about what’s going to happen over the next 18 years while the Emperor runs roughshod over the galaxy.

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