TV Show Review: Star Wars Rebels, Season 4

Details: First half aired in 2017 and second half aired in 2018 on Disney XD. Fifteen episode with most episodes at under thirty minutes long. The final episode was around forty-five minutes long.

Star Wars Rebels has come to an end. I am sad to see it go as it has been one of my favorite shows on television.

Star Wars Rebels is an animated show about a group of rebels and takes place shortly before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. This season picks up where the last season left off and can be divided into two parts. The first part is your standard Star Wars Rebels stuff that you’ve come to expect from the show. The second part of the season is where they start wrapping things up and gearing up for the finale.

I think the main reason why this show has grown to be one of my favorites is because it has continued to intertwine itself with the events of the Star Wars movies. A common practice with shows that spin off from movies is that the television show is embargoed from treading upon the events or characters of the movie. A good example is Arrow and The Flash and the relation to Justice League or Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. and its relation to the Marvel movies.

As Rebels has progressed however, the show has dived head first into Star Wars canon. Last season James Earl Jones reprises his role as Darth Vader. We met Princess Leia as well (though Carrie Fisher couldn’t voice her character for obvious reasons). The point is that Star Wars Rebels has progressively grown to be a part of the Star Wars universe instead of just some spin off with no relation to the movies.

The other reason I love this show is that it is unafraid to dive into Jedi lore. Man I love Jedi lore. In fact, I mostly disliked The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi was because of how they just ignored or contradicted all of the Jedi lore established in the prior movies. Star Wars Rebels doesn’t do that. Rebels respects the lore and builds upon it, adding meaningful additions to the Star Wars canon.

The second half of this final season was some of the best this series has to offer. It was often emotional, making substantial call backs to prior episodes as well as the movies. Ian McDiarmid reprises his role as Emporer Palpatine and it’s awesome to see another original actor showing up again.

Overall, this was a great season to a great show. If you like Star Wars, you need to watch this show. If you didn’t like The Force Awakens or The Last Jedi, you need to watch this show. In my opinion, Star Wars Rebels does two things the new movies arguably don’t do very well: it has heart and respects the history of the franchise.

Score: 8/10

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