Oct 13 2013

Star Wars Rebels: The Might Of The Empire

At New York Comic Con 2013, fans were treated to an hour long panel from Pablo Hidalgo of Lucasfilm entitled Star Wars Rebels: The Might Of The Empire. This panel was filled with wall-to-wall discussion and concept artwork from the upcoming television series, Star Wars Rebels. Below is a rundown of what we learned:

New York Comic Con 2013 Logo

  • Star Wars Rebels is set to launch in Fall 2014. The 1-hour premiere will air on The Disney Channel and then the show will move to Disney XD for weekly 30-minute episodes.
  • Star Wars Rebels is set 14 years after the events of Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith.
  • According to Hidalgo, when the Empire was first formed, the stability it provided was a welcome change in the galaxy from all of the turmoil caused by the constantly warring and declining Republic.
  • One of the goals of the Empire is expansion. It seeks to push into the Outer Rim territories that were never part of the Republic, but it lacks the resources to simply take all of those planets by force. So, instead, the Empire attempts to establish a presence and win over the hearts and minds of the inhabitants of those planets.
  • Star Wars Rebels begins on the Outer Rim planet Lothal. The promise of prosperity that the Empire will bring is welcomed by the local inhabitants at first. However, it quickly becomes evident that the Empire does not have the best interest of Lothal in mind. Before long, a feeling of rebellion is fostered among the locals.

    Star Wars Rebels Lothal Sienar Fleet Systems Propaganda Poster

    Image courtesy SienarFleetSystems.com

  • Star Wars Rebels is the story of a small brave group of individuals from Lothal.
  • Imperial Stormtroopers are enlisted men and women, not manufactured like Clone Troopers. Clones had too much unique personality to be of use to the Empire. Because of accelerated aging, the clones of Jango Fett would be in their 50’s by now. Some still work in the Empire as sergeants who train Stormtroopers.
Star Wars Rebels Propaganda Poster (Entertainment Weekly)

Image Courtesy Entertainment Weekly

  • Vehicle designs were shown. These include the All-Terrain Defense-Pod (AT-DP), the Troop Transport (modeled after the vintage Kenner Imperial Troop Transport toy vehicle), TIE fighters with larger ball cockpits and smaller wings based upon the Ralph McQuarrie designs, Speeder Bikes, the Imperial Freighter, and the Imperial Star Destroyer.
Star Wars Rebels The Inquisitor

Image courtesy StarWars.com

  • Star Wars Rebels will feature a new villain, the Inquisitor. The Inquisitor, a Pau’an, was tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down the remaining Jedi Knights who had been on the run since Order 66 was issued 14 years prior.
  • As part of the Q&A that followed the panel, Hidalgo stated that the creators of Star Wars Rebels are very cognizant of the importance of Luke Skywalker as the last of the Jedi: “If the Inquisitors are brought in, that means the Empire has reason to believe that Jedi are involved somehow. They are, but we are very cognizant of what happened with Order 66, and Luke’s importance as the last of the Jedi.”
  • There will be a big focus on the Imperials in Star Wars Rebels. They will be developed alongside the heroes as the show progresses.
  • The Ghost is not the original name of the heroes’ ship. It is christened with that name for a very specific reason.

Below is the Dave Filoni video that was presented in the Star Wars Rebels: The Might Of The Empire panel:

Below, broken into 4 parts, is a video of the Star Wars Rebels: The Might Of The Empire panel. Huge thanks go to The Wookiee Gunner on YouTube for the outstanding job filming the panel and sharing with all!


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