To quote the infamous Star Wars line, “I have a bad feeling about this.” The mid-season trailer for the fourth and final season of Star Wars Rebels dropped this weekend and it does a great job of setting the tone for the back half of the season, and it feels grim. Before diving into the specifics and breaking it all down, check out the trailer below:
From the outset, this trailer clearly shows a shift in focus as Ezra is at the heart of this preview. For nearly the first minute of the trailer, we only see clips from past episodes highlighting much of the personal journey and growth as a character Ezra has undergone throughout the series. He’s come a long way from the street urchin from Lothal that first fell in with Kanan, Hera and the rest of Phoenix Squadron, which is exemplified in the first new line of dialogue as they get ready to rescue Hera.
Speaking of, it looks like that’s pretty much where we’ll begin the back half of the season as we see Kanan dispatch a couple of stormtroopers in order to reach her. More important is the quick shared moment we see the two have after that scene in the trailer as it feels like it will be one of the last nice moments the two of them share. Though we know Hera survives past this season to fight in the Battle of Scarif – potentially through to the Battle of Endor as well based on the sort of canon-adjacent show the LEGO Star Wars: The Freemaker References – the same can not be said for Kanan. Since the beginning of the series, it seemed like Kanan potentially being killed off made the most sense as there can’t really be other Jedi actively fighting the Empire by the time we get to A New Hope, and he is conspicuously absent from other scenes in the trailer.
Ezra, on the other hand, seems to be on a very personal journey. We see him in a strange dreamlike place similar to the one he experienced in the Jedi temple on Lothal when he spoke to the Force projection of Yoda. Interestingly, he notices a green colored bird that he thinks he’s seen before. The reason this is interesting is that it potentially pertains to the reference we see later in the trailer of a mural showing the Father, Daughter and the Son from the Mortis story arc in The Clone Wars series. Not to mention the same kind of bird can be seen perched on the Daughter’s shoulder in the mural itself.
For those of you unfamiliar, the 3 were highly powerful Force-wielders encountered by Anakin, Obi-Wan and Ahsoka when they went to investigate a distress call during the Clone Wars. The Son represented the Dark side of the Force, and the Daughter the Light. The Father maintained the balance between the two on the world the 3 of them alone lived on. Both the Son and Daughter were able to take on other forms and it’s quite possible that the bird that Ezra sees is, in fact, a representation of the Daughter, especially as her griffin form was similarly colored.
Then there’s a huge reveal as we see the visage of Emperor Palpatine himself confront Ezra, even calling the young Jedi by name. It actually seems like Palpatine is more interested in perhaps taking the young Jedi as an apprentice as we hear him say “Ezra Bridger, mine at last!” Now, he could simply mean he has him dead to rights but considering Palpatine has always sort of coveted young Force users to train, it could mean that Palpatine hopes to even potentially replace Vader. On a fun side note, though Sam Witwer has voiced the Emperor in the past and has done work on Rebels, the voice you hear in the trailer is none other than the man that portrays the Emperor in the films, Ian McDiarmid.
Meanwhile, we get quick clips of the rest of our heroes with little context, making it difficult to infer much about what might happen with them. What can be said is that it seems they will have their hands full with Thrawn as he really begins pressing the Rebels. Two of the more notable shots are the one of Sabine assaulting an Imperial aircraft using her jetpack and the apparent fight we’re going to get between Rukh and Zeb.
Before wrapping things up, here are a few more quick takeaways from the trailer.
- Captain Rex appears in an outfit similar to the one he can be seen in on Endor.
- Both Hondo and his Ugnaut buddy will be making an appearance in the back half of the season as will Sabine’s bounty hunter friend Ketsu.
- Ezra’s connection to the Lothwolf’s appears to have deepened as we see him meet a massive Lothwolf we previously haven’t seen.
Overall, it was a fantastic trailer that didn’t give much away while setting the tone and focus for what we’re about to see when this fourth and final season resumes. On that note, Star Wars Rebels is set to return on February 19 with 2 new episodes. Another 2 new episodes will air the following Monday before the final 3 episodes air on March 5.
Be sure to comment below to let us know what you think about the trailer along with your predictions on what will unfold as the series comes to a close.
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