The Star Wars universe never sleeps, but of course, I'm not complaining.
Over the weekend, Lucasfilm dropped an incredible, chill-bump-inducing, action-packed trailer for the fourth (and, sadly, final) season of the hit Disney XD show Star Wars Rebels. From the looks of it, Rebels is looking to go out with a bang.
Today, I'll be breaking down the trailer to see what goodies and hints are hidden within. If you're worried about spoilers, you may not want to continue. For everyone else, let's get to it!
The trailer opens with the sight of a burning city (Capital City, Lothal) mixed with the cries of the Ghost crew calling each other's names.
We suddenly realize that this scene is a dream (or perhaps a vision) of Ezra's. He wakes up alone in a quiet, almost desert-like area, a look of anger and confusion on his face.
"Loth-rat, Loth-cat, Loth-wolf, run. Pick a path and all is done," Ezra recites as he looks at cryptic cave paintings. According to Wookiepedia, this is a rhyme that Ezra's mother taught him when he was young. He then comes face to face with two of these aforementioned creatures, including the Loth-cat that has shadowed him throughout the Rebels series:
The theme in these opening scenes is clear: Ezra's past (Lothal is his home planet) will have a strong effect on this season. Ezra's parents were forceful (yet mostly peaceful) critics of the Empire, killed in a prison break on Lothal. The question still remains: to what degree will Ezra's parents' legacy affect the new series, and what new significance will Lothal hold, besides its history of causing headaches for the Empire?
Cut to a shot of a domed city or base on what is clearly Mandalore, a divided planet consisting of many clans but ruled in totality by the Empire. Most interesting though, are the scenes of Mandalorians fighting Imperials. Mandalore in general, especially Sabine's Clan Wren, seemed reluctant to resist the Empire in the previous season. Clan Wren did end up providing relief to the Rebels in the Battle of Atollon, but, as far as we know, Mandalore as a whole remained disunited. Could the Mandalorians seen fighting in these clips be Mandalorians united by Sabine's possession of the darksaber, the symbolic weapon of Mandalore's leader?
Um, okay, WHAT IS THAT? At first, it appears to be some kind of AT-ST variant, but the laser cannon has been replaced with this electrifying (pun totally intended) weapon on the front. To my knowledge this is an entirely new addition to the Star Wars universe (correct me if I'm wrong!), and it is pretty bad-to-the-bone:
The following shot seems to confirm my suspicion that the darksaber has united the Mandalorians, but, curiously, it doesn't appear at first to be Sabine they are bowing to. Notice the brown hair of the person holding the weapon. Turns out, this actually is Sabine--she apparently changes her hairstyle mid-season (well played, Lucasfilm).
The next shots further confuse things, showing Sabine, Ezra, and Fenn Rau surrounded by Mandalorian troops:
The voice in the trailer is almost foreboding: "It's time for you to prove your loyalty. Not just to your family, but to all of Mandalore." Whoever is speaking seems to be giving Sabine a choice: she's already proven her fervent devotion to the Rebellion, but is she equally as committed to the well-being of Mandalore? Perhaps she faces some strife ahead between those Mandalorians who believe in a greater cause and those who believe in only the good of their home planet.
The Rogue One connection
One of the big questions after Rogue One was announced was, "How is it going to tie in to Rebels?" With the introduction of Saw Gerrera last season, the gap between the two began to be bridged, and now, it looks like Saw is going to get even more screen time. In a conversation with Alliance leader Mon Mothma, Saw warns that "If you continue to allow this war to be fought on the Empire's terms, you are going to lose."
Mothma condemned Saw Gerrera as an extremist in Rogue One. Perhaps this is the beginning of his split with the Alliance as he begins to advocate more radical methods against the Imperials. In the following scenes, Mothma clearly takes a different approach, saying that the Alliance is not prepared for "open war."
LOVE this shot of a death trooper emerging from the fog. These special stormtroopers usually accompanied a high-ranking Imperial officer...could Krennic make an appearance in Rebels? It's certainly possible, considering that he is mentioned later in the trailer.
Ezra then asks Mothma about support for Lothal (there it is again!), as smoke rises from some kind of desert planet. The planet is likely Lothal, as it is known to have arid portions in addition to its largely lush landscape.
Again, Saw criticizes Mothma's handling of the Alliance, as we see shots of the Ghost's crew fighting some bad guys and running some "errands." Ezra blocks some kind of green electricity with his lightsaber, though it is unclear what it is coming from. You may have missed it, but a U-Wing, a Rebel craft introduced in Rogue One, zips by quickly:
Cue a huge, colorful explosion of an Imperial satellite dish, which I imagine was probably important and expensive. We then get a glimpse of yet another new craft, but this time an Imperial one: the TIE Defender.
In case you don't remember, the TIE Defender was developed under the supervision of Grand Admiral Thrawn as an advanced weapon capable of quelling Rebellion. In an endeavor to fix the issue of TIE fighters getting blown up so darn easy, the TIE Defender sports its own shield generator, making it a much more challenging target. However, Moff Tarkin warns Thrawn that Director Krennic has created a much more compelling project for the Empire to fund--the Death Star, aka Stardust.
Here's another clip of that Mandalorian killing machine, with Sabine in its sights this time. This is immediately followed by the Ghost weaving through a series of rocks and kicking butt while doing it--but what are they doing there? Bail Organa asks about a blockade, and the only planet currently featured in Rebels that has a blockade is Lothal. Again, it is becoming clear that Lothal will be extremely important in this next season.
Thrawn is next seen sending a bounty hunter to search for Hera, a fact which she clearly does not take well:
Ezra's encounters with the Loth-wolves continue. Kanaan says, "It's not whether or not we fight--"
"It's how we choose to fight that matters," Ezra replies as a scene of what looks to be a hyperspace tunnel reflects in his eyes.
"I know, Kanaan," he says. "Maybe we're choosing the wrong way." His vision of the hyperspace tunnel looks as if it might take place in the same cave as the cave paintings he saw earlier in the trailer. Ezra has always been the most headstrong of all the Ghost crew--has he begun to ponder Saw Gerrera's words? Has some tragedy happened that has caused him to reconsider the methods in which they fight the Empire? "Pick a path and all is done" seems to be having a profound effect on him. And what is the hyperspace tunnel all about? Is he seeing some kind of grand vision of the galaxy?
Next, X-Wings make their Rebels debut as we see several fight scenes. In the midst of the fighting, Kanaan asks Hera, "When will you feel like you've done enough for this Rebellion?"
"Guess I never really thought about it," she answers.
"So I guess you never really thought about us," Kanaan says.
I don't even care why Kanaan asked that first question, I'm just like ?! I've been waiting for a Kera (or Hanaan?) for so long. I'm not the only one who's noticed they are obviously in love, right?
Fight scenes, blah blah blah, AH!
"I wish I could see you," Kanaan says as Hera takes off his shades.
"You could always see me," she replies.
Yes, I am a guy. Don't ask me why I'm getting so excited about this.
Anyway, the final scene is perhaps the most powerful, as we see that Capital City, Lothal is being assaulted with some kind of missiles or torpedoes, an event Ezra seems to have foreseen. Sabine can be seen with her new hairstyle here as well.
This is no doubt painful for Ezra, who asks, "All the paths are coming together, right?"
"I'm just not sure if we're going to like where they lead," Kanaan answers.
I'm not sure either. We know that the Ghost crew at least survives until the Battle of Scarif in Rogue One, but the Ghost is never seen leaving Scarif. In the previous trailer, Hera says they "never imagined it would end like this." What is the "it" she's talking about, since it was already confirmed that the Battle of Scarif would not be shown in the series? I suppose we'll have to wait and find out when the final season of Star Wars Rebels premieres on October 16.
Comment below: What was your favorite part of the new trailer? Did you pick up on something I didn't? Let me know! Also, be sure to check out my full breakdown of The Last Jedi trailer right here.
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