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Tuesday, August 29 2017 23:03

Review: STAR WARS REBELS - Complete Season Three Blu-Ray

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Lucasfilm's Star Wars Rebels is a unique thing for our family when it comes to the grand scheme of Star Wars storytelling. Despite countless spin-offs in every possible medium, Rebels stands right alongside the cinematic feature films in terms of both importance and enjoyment, and for our children I expect it will remain just as memorable for them as the Original Trilogy has been for all of us. With Season Four set to debut on Disney XD this fall, the just-released Star Wars Rebels - Complete Season Three Blu-ray set is the perfect way to re-live the latest run before the series returns for its final season.

Set in the timeline prior to 1977's Star Wars: A New Hope, season 3 of Rebels was particularly interesting when viewed alongside 2016's Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. As the story moves closer to A New Hope, and thus Rogue One, we're starting to encounter characters and visuals that are familiar, yet new, along with old friends who've returned to tie-up loose ends that fans have wondered about for years.

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One of the biggest characters whose story finally comes to an end in Rebels is Darth Maul. While those who have only seen the films might think that Darth Maul met his end during a fight with a young Obi-Wan Kenobi, Maul returned in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, eventually making his way into Rebels as an important figure in the life of Ezra Bridger. It's only fitting that his real end arrives during a re-match with Old Ben Kenobi, set against the sands of Tatooine, right where it all began.

While there's much to love in season 3, the arrival of Grand Admiral Thrawn (created by Timothy Zahn, no relation) was a massive highlight, bringing with him Easter eggs galore, and presenting a terrifying adversary for the Rebellion as they become the Rebel Alliance under the leadership of Mon Mothma. We get hints of Thrawn's past conquests, while tying him to the future (he's accompanied by Rogue One's Death Troopers at one point).

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As the formation of the Rebel Alliance takes place, we also delve deeper into Sabine's Mandalorian roots, Ezra's path to becoming a Jedi and Hera's rise in rank, all while wondering where exactly Kanan and the crew of The Ghost will end up by the time A New Hope begins. As questions loom, the season 3 blu-ray is packed with bonus features that make an exceptionally entertaining watch. The development of characters like the Bendu, the return to Mandalore, and the care devoted to both story and visuals is captivating to see - especially as season 4 is promising to be massively epic.

Star Wars Rebels - Complete Season Three is available now.

James Zahn

James Zahn is not a journalist, nor a blogger, though he may be credited as such by others, or even accept the title... depending on the circumstance.  Instead, he considers himself largely to be an "entertainment and lifestyle writer," bringing 25+ years of experience in the entertainment and publishing industries into the family realm as THE ROCK FATHER™.

As a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur, James now finds himself raising a pair young girls - The Rock Daughters™ - along with his wife from their Illinois home.

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