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Go Behind-the-Scenes with Star Wars Rebels: Rebels Recon #14

Go Behind-the-Scenes with Star Wars Rebels: Rebels Recon #14

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*Spoilers for the season finale of Star Wars Rebels: Fire Across the Galaxy*

The thrilling first season finale of Star Wars Rebels just aired — and no doubt all of us are still trying to catch our collective breath!

In orbit over the planet Mustafar, The Inquisitor tortures a captive Kanan – physically and emotionally. Meanwhile, the crew of the Ghost executes their rescue plan, which involves infiltrating Tarkin’s Star Destroyer by making good use of a not-so-subtle TIE Fighter — and fighting their way through throngs of stormtroopers.

The plan succeeds, but not without its challenges. Luckily, our heroes are part of much larger scenario. The rescuers need rescuing — and the mysterious Fulcrum answers the call.

Time to look behind-the-scenes with the final edition of Rebels Recon for this season:

In “Fire Across the Galaxy,” the Lothal rebels make a desperate attempt to rescue Kanan from the Empire. They succeed, and Kanan faces the Inquisitor one last time. Ultimately, new allies — including Ahsoka Tano — emerge. But so do new enemies…

And the biggest new enemy of the Ghost crew is an iconic Sith Lord: Darth Vader. How do you translate his real-world gravitas to animation, asks Lucasfilm’s Andi Gutierrez? “You don’t mess with it too much,” says concept artist Kilian Plunkett.

“We try to constantly frame from below,” adds executive producer Dave Filoni. “The only person who would look down on him is the Emperor.” Vader’s former Padawan also returns in this episode — a major moment for the series.

“I got a call from Dave Filoni,” says voice actress Ashley Eckstein. “It was beyond exciting, to say the least. And then to find out that she was a rebel leader was so cool.” The Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo confirms that Fulcrum was Ahsoka from the beginning, and Filoni notes that her new design is meant to look like “ancient Jedi armor.” When she ignites her lightsabers – white-bladed! — for the first time in Season Two, it promises to be a “great moment.”

For this week’s fan question, TheNerfHerder asks is stormtrooper armor is air tight, and JacobLockett wonders if Tarkin should be overseeing the Death Star’s construction… Have a question you want answered? Tweet your questions to @starwars with #RebelsRecon, and we’ll pick one to answer online!

Finally, in a special feature, the Rebels cast and crew discuss their favorite moments from Season One, from Kanan’s reveal to an ol’ smoothie appearing. And what is everyone looking forward to in Season Two…?

“Season Two starts,” says Freddie Prinze, Jr., “literally right where you want it to. And it’s just perfect.” Get a sneak peek with never-before-seen concept art, unveiled exclusively in this episode of Rebels Recon!

Star Wars Rebels will return to Disney XD later this year for its second season. Stay tuned!

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5 Comments

  1. banistersmind
    March 3, 2015 at 00:07 Reply

    I was a little annoyed at the sacrifice of The Inquisitor. I think his death diminishes the gravitas of these supposed feared agents of The Empire especially if they are to be brought back for Episode 7.

    Ahsoka Tano’s return was insanely welcome. Took me a little bit to get used to her new appearence but I recognize the stylistic differences between The Clone Wars and Rebels.

    Bring on Season 2.

    1. Lisa
      March 3, 2015 at 06:31 Reply

      I was sad to see him go – I love Jason Isaacs! Fortunately, Tarkin is still pretty fearsome – as is Vader, of course. I wonder how much we’ll see of him in season two?

      Thrilled with Ahsoka! She’s also in her 30’s by this time, so that could account for changes in her appearance, along with the stylistic differences you mention. Ashley certainly made her sound older and more mature!

      Yes, season two NOW!

      1. banistersmind
        March 3, 2015 at 06:37 Reply

        I’m wondering if they’ve coaxed James Earl to do more voice work for Vader in Season 2 or whether they will default to someone else (hashtag sacrilege!!)

        What are we looking at in terms of wait time now for season 2? October?

        1. Lisa
          March 3, 2015 at 07:22 Reply

          My hope is that JEJ will be back *fingers crossed* — after all, I doubt Vader will be in every episode, so I don’t think it would be too much work for him to record some lines. I bet he could get it knocked out in a day or so. He seems like a good sport, so I bet he’d be game for it.

          My guess would be October. No official word just yet. They’re showing to season two premiere at Celebration, so they might announce the date at that time.

  2. Jon
    March 3, 2015 at 08:15 Reply

    Exciting Finale. I do wonder how they will handle Vader, but I am looking forward to Season 2. Good to see the Ghost crew and Ahsoka working together 🙂

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