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Star Wars Rebels: Complete Season Two (Blu-ray Review)

30 Aug, 2016 By: John Latchem

Animated Sci-fi
$39.99 DVD, $45.99 Blu-ray
Not rated
Voices of Taylor Gray, Freddie Prinze Jr., Vanessa Marshall, Tiya Sircar, Steven Blum.

“Star Wars Rebels” spent its first season trying to find itself, but started coming into its own in the second season.

A good reason for this is the way the show expanded the stakes of its storytelling, from a small crew pestering the Empire on one planet to the role that crew is playing in forming the Rebellion seen in the original “Star Wars” trilogy.

The new sense of urgency for the crew of the Ghost comes into focus in the first episode of the second season, which sees Darth Vader (voiced by James Earl Jones) come into the picture to restore a measure of order before leaving his minions to mop up.

The show also begins to connect to storylines from “The Clone Wars” show, primarily the role that Ahsoka Tano, formerly Anakin Skywalker’s apprentice, plays in forming the Rebellion.

Interestingly, references episodes that were written for “The Clone Wars” but not completed since the show was canceled so that Disney could make “Rebels.”

Other characters are brought on board to provide a bit of fan service, building excitement for a final showdown that was a long time coming. The show also delves more into the personal stories of its own characters, including Jedi implications for Force-users Kanan and Ezra.

The Blu-ray includes a three-minute featurette highlighting some of the hidden references in the show, and another six-minute featurette delving into the history of the Ahsoka vs. Vader duel. The disc also includes the “Rebels Recon” featurettes for each episode originally featured online when the episodes aired.

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