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'Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season 1' [Blu-ray]
(Taylor Gray, Vanessa Marshall, Tiya Sircar, Jr. Freddie Prinze, Steve Blum, et al / 2-Disc Blu ray / NR / 2015 / Buena Vista Worldwide Home Entertainment)

Overview: A spark of rebellion ignites in Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season One! Star Wars Rebels continues the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga with exciting action-packed episodes.

Blu ray Verdict: In truth, when 'Star Wars Rebels' was introduced in 2014, at the very least, I was underwhelmed. A new Star Wars animated series right after the amazing success of the Clone Wars show? How could it possibly surpass that? Well, this show is turning out to be what The New Batman Adventures was for Batman: The Animated Series.

Jump to January 2015, and us Star Wars fans are eagerly waiting for another episode after the incredible and darker 'Empire Day' arc. And we get possibly the darkest episode of them all: 'Path of the Jedi'. And I loved every second of the episode. It had better writing, better voice acting, and the neat and always welcome return of the original Yoda voice, Frank Oz, to Star Wars. Not to mention the episode 'Idiot's Array', which brought back the slick character of Lando Calrissian in grand fashion.

Hearing the classic voices of these loved characters is such a great dynamic to use in the shows, and instead of being cheap fan service, it works so well with the overall plot and theme of the show. Something else I should note is the animated design of the show, which is definitely growing on me. Inspired by Ralph McQuarrie's original conception of the Star Wars world, it's really one of the show's high points.

Despite being a TV-Y7 rated show on Disney XD, this is probably the most mature one I've seen. Allusions to the torment of the dark side of the Force, the seedy underbellies of the very galaxy, the despair and oppression of millions due to the unjust Galactic Empire. Of course there is a lot of humor to be found in the show as well, whereas some of it fell flat at first, even the humorous aspect of the show is starting to get a little sarcastic and better. Who said the show was just for kids?

Throughout the series, between the lighthearted humor and exciting adventure, you genuinely feel moments of danger and oppression for the rebel characters. The Inquisitor, the Empire's new bad guy, is a smart and cunning Charles Dance-like menace that threatens our heroes very existence.

Rebels is, thankfully, an experience that every Star Wars fan can enjoy thoroughly, old or small. If the Star Wars wonder and spectacle, and the uniqueness of the Star Wars universe is not what hooks you, you'll at the least find the drama intriguing. And of course, if you're a Star Wars fan to boot, and if you enjoyed the Clone Wars series, then you will definitely love Rebels. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1:78.1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Rebels Infiltrates Star Wars Celebration (Exclusive) - A virtual ticket to all the Rebels events at the Star Wars Celebration convention in Anaheim, C.A.
Exclusive to DVD & BD! Star Wars Rebels: The Ultimate Guide - Jedi Kanan hosts this exciting 22-minute recap of Season 1
Exclusive to DVD & BD! Rebels Season 2: A Look Ahead - Exclusive sneak peak as executive producer Dave Filoni reveals footage and concept art, plus a few inside secrets from the upcoming season
Rebels Recon - 14 fun, insightful, behind-the-scenes journeys archived as 5-minute companion pieces to episodes from Season 1
The Machine in the Ghost · Art Attack Short
Entanglement · Property of Ezra Bridger Short

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