Season 2 of Rebels to premiere at Celebration Anaheim. Dave Filoni and the lion’s share of the show’s cast will be there as well.
Rebels helps give Disney XD their best month in primetime ever, per a press release. It was their #1 series in November among Boys 2-11, and #2 in total viewers. The show also more than doubled its audience based on live + 7 ratings.
→ /Film today says that plans are already in the works for a post-Rebels series set during the sequel era and starring all-new characters. Not a tough call, though I am rather suprised that they’d skip right over the thirty years between Return of the Jedi and The Force Awakens, which is what I called for the next cartoon right after we learned about Rebels. (Not to mention that Reclamation thing that popped up back in 2013.) Still, we don’t know what the new movies will bring – or maybe they’ll leave the gap era to books and comics, for old time’s sake? Something to chew on, in any case.
→ Making Star Wars describes how we meet Daisy Ridley’s character, and what she’s wearing.
→ /Film also has a pair of fan-made trailers for The Force Awakens.
Rebels will go on hiatus after next week. Next Monday’s ‘Gathering Forces’ will be the last episode before the holidays. The show will return on January 5th.
For tonight’s ‘Empire Day,’ we get some in and outs on animation, VIPs on the Empire, and Pablo answers a question about fyrnocks and mynocks.
Dave Filoni talks about Mark Hamill’s role in The Clone Wars final season.
There are no books or comics on the horizon until next year, but we do have two long-awaited releases this week regardless, at least if you’re a The Clone Wars completeist. There’s the DVD and Blu-ray release of The Clone Wars: The Lost Missions and the series’ soundtrack.
Hero Complex has a brief behind-the-scenes clip from the former.
Last night’s Out of Darkness focused on Hera and Sabine. The latest Rebels Recon features Killian Plunket talking about design, talk about Hera and Sabine’s characters. And Pablo answers a question about Kyber crystals.
Why the Emperor’s Hands need to be in Rebels. Nanci at Tosche Station lays out why she thinks the role should make the jump from Legends. I mostly agree, but I don’t think the actual title is necessary. But between the Inquisitor and Asajj Ventress, there’s certainly plenty of precedent in canon – even if the concept of Emperor’s Hand actually predates both of them.