Friday, October 3, 2014


Much to my surprise this morning I came across a review on a new Star Wars animated half-hour television series. As reviewed by Washington Post TV critic Hank Stuever, Star Wars Rebels looks like something worth checking out; even for this non Star Wars fan (as in: not against Star Wars, just not a fanatic).

One thing jettisoned, which is good news to a Design Head like me, is the "failed art-deco/hotel atrium aesthetics of the prequel era". The extra good news for someone like me is the fact that the animators referenced original Star Wars conceptual artist Ralph McQuarrie's early concept sketches and paintings.

The stories are the most important thing; someone like me will have to see how good they are before committing to the new series. (Like many a Star Trek fan, the Star Wars type tends to be non discriminating. "Lightsabres!!!")

While aimed principally at kids, Star Wars Rebels will, or should, click with fans -- certainly fans of the previous animated series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. (There were loads of lightsabre battles. And I suspect there will be numbers to match in Rebels.)

Special note, and a possible taste of what 'attitude' is to come in Star Wars VII... Star Wars Rebels is the first SW product under the stewardship of Disney; the new owner of that universe.

‘Star Wars Rebels’: In visuals and in spirit, it’s a new hope

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