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.
Del Rey to give out Heir to the Jedi ARCs. You could get an early copy of Kevin Hearne’s Luke Skywalker book during the Rebels on Monday, November 24. The book is coming out in March.
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.
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.
Ezra goes undercover at Lothal’s Imperial Academy in tonight’s ‘Breaking Ranks.’ The video gives us a look behind the scenes, and Pablo Hidalgo answers (sort of) a question about last week’s episode. Plus a preview of next week’s Hera and Sabine-centric episode.
We didn’t actually see anyone rise, but what the hell. The fourth episode of Rebels aired tonight, and we finally got to see the Inquisitor in action, among other things. And Pablo answers a question about the Inquisitor and the Sith.
Meanwhile, Dave Filoni discusses the episode’s big spoiler over at IGN.