The first teaser trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens arrives in limited theaters this weekend (find out where you can see it here), but fans of the iconic sci-fi saga who happen to have Disney XD have already gotten a taste of some new adventures with the animated series “Star Wars Rebels.” And the good news is, you can check it out now too.
Right now, over at StarWars.com, you can watch the first five episodes of “Star Wars Rebels” for free, beginning with the hour-long (45 minutes without commercials) TV movie special “Spark of Rebellion” and followed by the first four half-hour episodes of the series. And for those looking for a clear tie between this new series and what we’ve already seen, some familiar characters pop up early on, but the series doesn’t need to keep referencing them to keep interest.
“Star Wars Rebels” has solid characters, a story that isn’t unlike the journey of Luke Skywalker, but different enough so as not to just be a retread of what we’ve already seen. The one episode that really amps things up is “Rise of the Old Masters,” as it really lets the new villain, The Inquisitor, cut loose, complete with an awesome lightsaber battle. But don’t wait, because after December 7th, not all these episodes will still be available for free without subscribing to Disney XD. If you need any convincing, here’s the trailer for the animated series:
If you’re a die-hard Star Wars fan, this is a solid start to a new era of entertainment in a galaxy far, far away as part of Lucasfilm’s new initiative to make every single Star Wars story from here on out part of the saga’s canon and mythology. But how long can we expect the series to run?
Disney XD has already renewed “Star Wars Rebels” for a second season, and SlashFilm has just learned that the plan at Lucasfilm right now is to let the animated series run for about three or four seasons, and then they’re going to start a new animated series that will be set within the new Star Wars trilogy timeline. After all, “Star Wars Rebels” can only run so far before catching up to Star Wars: A New Hope.
It’s still too early to say what this other new animated series will be about, but we might have a better idea after The Force Awakens hits theaters and introduces us to a slew of new characters. Plus, we’re looking at a project that is still years from hitting the air, so Lucasfilm’s plans could easily change between now and then. But if these animated series continue to be this good, they’ll be welcome companions to the big screen stories we’ll get each year for the foreseeable future.
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