Premiering at the end of September.
Disney's first strike in their new STAR WARS multiverse.
When the first previews hit I was a bit skeptical about having another Jedi, another Padawan, another Sith...
But over the last month of watching the ramp up for this, I'm actually relatively optimistic about this show. Sure it's for DisneyXD, so maybe it might skew a bit younger than THE CLONE WARS- though maybe not, it's hard to say.
I never watched TCW until it's appearance on Netflix, then I worked my way thru the series over 6 months. It started off weak and got progressively better as it went on- turning initially gown-inducing characters like Ahsoka into fan favourites by the end of the run.
I'm getting my now 4 year old son all worked up for the premier- this will be his first real exposure to Star Wars.
I think what I initially found off-putting above is now what I'm most looking forward too about the show. Since none of the main characters are familiar or known to make it thru to either the OT or later- there's a real opportunity to do a story where you really don't know what's going to happen. This is in sharp contrast to TCW, where the fates of any of the leads was never in question. And in that context the villains were never really threatening. Obi-wan and Anakin could never get killed. Dooku or Grevious could never be truly defeated. It a way it trapped the show into a format very familiar to kids shows in general- where every week the hero would beat the villain, and then have to do it again next week.
Outside of knowing that these Rebels aren't going to topple the empire anytime soon, it's all up in the air. And if anything, the prognosis is pretty bleak for the heroes. I can't help think that Kanan, who isn't even a full Jedi, is ultimately a doomed character. Perhaps Ezra will ultimately survive and pop up in the new trilogy, but I think ultimately all the characters are expendable- which is a great thing story-wise.
Filoni certainly seems to be saying the right things about the overarching narrative of the show- and I'm sure for him it's somewhat freeing to not just be bounding around a narrative box between two movies.
Hopefully show can maximize the potential of it's setup. I'm very curious to see what comes of it- and see how my son reacts to his first long-form narrative experience.