Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion, REVIEWED

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Select theaters around the country and across the world hosted advanced screenings for the Star Wars Rebels series pilot movie coming to The Disney Channel, this Friday. One of those screenings took place at the Megaplex Theater at Jordan Commons in Salt Lake City. writer, and founding editor of Big Shiny Robot, Bryan Young, emceed the event that featured a family friendly atmosphere. Face painting, balloon artists, and coloring stations were among the activities available for kids. Also in attendance were the 501st Legion, Mandalorian Mercs and the Rebel Legion, providing additional entertainment and photo opportunities for all ages. The atmosphere held a celebratory feel, as all in attendance seemed ready to burst with joy as if Episode VII were already here.

Prior to the beginning of the movie, Bryan Young held a Star Wars trivia event, where he invited fans, both young and old to participate for prizes. What intrigued me most was the diversity of the fans, especially the children. When asked their favorite Star Wars film, the vast majority of the kids spoke of their love of the prequels and Clone Wars, showing the ability of Star Wars, in particular George Lucas’ to span the generations.

I was both surprised and impressed at the knowledge many of these young padawans possessed of the Star Wars universe. Young asked many a difficult question that many of the youngsters answered with ease. The adults faced a tougher challenge, but all were applauded for their knowledge and dedication.

Upon completion of the trivia event, we sat back in our chairs to enjoy the crowning event.

Aladdin, lost in space or Aladdin and his light saber. Either way you look at it, Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion kicked off with a little familiar Disney flavor.

Ezra Bridger is a young, teenage street urchin who specializes as a con-artist, delving in simple thievery. He relies on his pick pocketing skills to survive on his home planet of Lothal. Sound familiar? The opening scenes held a nostalgic parallel to Disney’s 1991 film. The difference, Ezra had a little more than just your average street smarts. His instincts were, unbeknownst to him, linked to Force abilities.

Little did Ezra know that this particular day in the market would change the course of his destiny. He falls in with a band of rebels led by Kanan Jarrus, a renegade Jedi survivor of Order 66. Kanan has chosen to carry a blaster in favor of his light saber, which he locked up long ago. His identity, a secret, is eventually revealed in the heat of battle. The rebel band consists of Zeb Orellios, the muscle, Sabine Wren, the Mandalorian explosives specialist and artist, Hera Syndulla, the pilot and C1-10P “Chopper”, the astromech droid.

Spark of Rebellion is true to everything we’ve grown to love about Star Wars since the 70’s. It embraces the artistry and rich heritage established by the original trilogy while bridging the gap to the prequels. Creator and producer, Dave Filoni, captures the magic that made us all fall in love with the Star Wars universe. He carries on where he left off with The Clone Wars in this brilliant story depicting the dark times in the galaxy under the iron fist rule of the Empire.

I look forward to the first season of Rebels when it hits Disney XD on October 13th. If this pilot feature is an indication of what to expect, fans the world over are sure to fall instantly in love.

Spark of Rebellion is something to be enjoyed by the whole family, adult and child alike. When asked what he thought of the show, my eight year old son’s answer – an emphatic “GOOD!”  His favorite part, and mine – the moment of revelation, when Kanan ignites his light saber for the first time.

Rebels is a must see. So gather your family around your TV, grab a bowl of popcorn, and hold on tight for a galactic ride you’ll never want to end.

Star Wars: Spark of Rebellion hits a Disney Channel near you October 3rd (check local listings for times).


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