Grand Moff Tarkin Returns in Star Wars Rebels – “Call to Action”
Spoilers for “Call to Action”
Tonight’s episode of Star Wars Rebels, “Call to Action,” saw the return of Grand Moff Tarkin and, from his first moment on-screen, his was a commanding presence. He’s definitely not up for any nonsense about a band of Jedi-led rebels – as he makes abundantly clear via The Inquisitor.
Take a behind-the-scenes look at the making of this episode in the video below:
In “Call to Action,” the notorious Grand Moff Tarkin comes to Lothal, planning to deal with the Ghost crew personally. Meanwhile, Kanan plans a different kind of attack against the Empire: to take control of a communications tower and broadcast an anti-Imperial, pro-rebel message. They’re ultimately successful, but the Inquisitor and Tarkin take Kanan captive in the resulting battle.
This week, the Recon team wraps up their look at lighting in Star Wars Rebels. In this episode, Tarkin’s arrival at Imperial HQ was lit to match the Emperor’s landing and descent on the Death Star in Return of the Jedi. “Very hard, top-down lighting,” CG supervisor Joel Aron points out. The lighting at the end of the episode, with the sun rising, was meant to convey a sense of optimism. “We wanted to represent the fact that the message…does in fact get out,” lighting concept artist Chris Voy says.
In this week’s deep dive, Lucasfilm’s Andi Gutierrez speaks with the Star Wars Rebels team about the return of Grand Moff Tarkin. For Freddie Prinze, Jr., the voice of Kanan, it’s a special event. “You gotta understand,” he says. “When you’re a kid and this is all you know, it means a lot to you.”
Stephen Stanton, who voiced Tarkin in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, returns to the role for Star Wars Rebels. “I was absolutely just bowled over,” he says of being asked to come back. It’s a particularly fun role for Stanton, as Tarkin is hugely powerful at this point, and everyone – heroes and villains – fear him. “There’s something that’s so terrifying about a severe British man,” Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo confirms.
Star Wars Rebels airs Monday nights at 9/8c on DisneyXD.Powered by Sidelines