Star Wars: Rebels Season 3 Premiere!


After having last season off of writing reviews for SWNN…I’M BACK FOR SEASON 3!

Rebels season three is almost upon us and it’s following up it’s previous season with many unanswered questions. What’s to happen to Ezra now that he’s tasted the Dark Side? Does Kanan’s loss of eyesight mean he’s going to taking a backseat on the crew of the Ghost’s adventures? Where does Maul fit into all this??!?!!? IS AHSOKA DEAD??!?!?!!


Not to be outdone by all these questions is the heavy hitting Legends character Grand Admiral Thrawn, who will be joining in on the fun this season. How will this character be accepted from the written word of Timothy Zahn to the cartoon medium? Will it be a slam dunk?


Last season was a mixed bag for me with season two of Star Wars: Rebels. I adored “Siege on Lothal” and “Twilight of the Apprentice” , but episodes like “The Forgotten Droid” and “Relics of the old Republic” fell flat for me. Even “Princess on Lothal” didn’t do much for me and it featured a Legacy character!


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What I would like to happen overall in season 3:

  • Adventures with higher stakes.
  • Ezra’s destiny not being clear one way or another.
  • No fishing episodes. (See Lost Commanders)
  • Return to more Jedi and Sith temples
  • Less funky CGI Yoda.
  • Thrawn being a legit threat and dangerous. No “I’ll get you next time, Rebels!”, ok?


I look forward to writing the reviews and discussing all of the forthcoming seasons happenings with you all!


Star Wars: Rebels season 3 premiers later today at 8:30 pm (EST). Join us in The Cantina for a special event with some prizes celebrating the premiere of the new season here. The thread will be opened at 3 pm (EST)



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36 thoughts on “Star Wars: Rebels Season 3 Premiere!

  • September 24, 2016 at 8:15 pm

    I agree with you on most points except for more jedi and sith temples and a return to dathomir. Dathomir to me never clicked… The witches never really fit in… They were more magic than forxe and i didnt buy it in the sw universe. I hope they steer clear of that mess.

    I also hope they move more away from the jedi stuff to really line up with obiwan and yoda being the last of the jedi by the time ANH roles around. I really expected this show to be more about the founding of the rebellion and such… Not the jedi/sith show. Although im not opposed to learning moee about the sith, per se, and the dark side since clearly that is around during this period.

    One thing that you didnt bring up was rex. I think it would be so great if rex was more involved. One he is a military allstar and would be instrumental to helping the rebels ground game. Two, that would be the perfect dose of sw irony if anakins own clone captain was instrumental in founding the rebellion. It just makes sense and connects so well.

  • September 24, 2016 at 9:09 pm

    I hope to see more banthas in season 3.

  • September 24, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    I wish Disney would up the budget to get the animation quality within the same ball park of Clone Wars.

    • September 24, 2016 at 11:15 pm

      To be fair, the first couple of seasons of CW do not look nearly as good as the last seasons. I’m willing to give them S1 and S2 as a time to build assets for the show.

      • September 25, 2016 at 12:14 am

        I agree. The first two seasons of TCW had stiff, ugly animation, but Season 3 looked great. Season 3 of Rebels seems to be pretty great as well.

        • September 25, 2016 at 3:15 am

          And they’re going to cancel Rebels after Season 3.

          • September 25, 2016 at 5:12 am

            You wish.

    • September 25, 2016 at 7:43 am

      More important is story. Im willing to cut slack if the story is good.

    • September 25, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      Personally, I think that although the animation is a little stiff, it has improved since the original series. But yes, the Clone Wars was better.

  • September 24, 2016 at 10:03 pm

    season two seems to be getting a bit a bad rap in retrospect but i think that is because of the filler they gave us after that great mid season trailer. i would submit we got a lot of great stuff between the premier and finale: rex and kanan, intro of the new inquistors, B-wing, mandalorians, interdictor cruiser, ahoska vs the inquisitors, the enemy mine redux, cham syndulla, and the great force episode where ezra talks to yoda and kanan gets knighted. season two added a lot of meat to the bone.

    • September 24, 2016 at 11:12 pm

      There are some nice…items on that list (sure it was nice to see Inderdictors), and on paper some stuff sounded good (Ahsoka vs the inquisitors…but who cares when the inquisitors were so poorly developed?) but the episodes around them were pretty underwhelming for the most part. I need more than a name check and eye candy.

      • September 24, 2016 at 11:58 pm

        yeah the inquisitors started out cool but by the end of the season they were little more than card board cut outs. the lack of fleshed out villain was definitely the main handicap of the season.

        • September 25, 2016 at 3:14 am

          That and all the filler episodes sandwiched in between the awesome season premiere and finale.

    • September 26, 2016 at 1:17 am

      Character arcs and stories are not filler. It makes those big moments matter when you lay the groundwork.

      • September 26, 2016 at 7:27 am

        Episodes about space whales are, however, filler.

        • September 26, 2016 at 2:49 pm

          TPM was filler, honestly.

  • September 24, 2016 at 11:30 pm

    I don’t think we will, but I’d like a few more episodes of Bendu. Reminds me of Master Thon.
    Would’ve liked an answer to Ahsoka too

    • September 25, 2016 at 7:46 am

      Did you see the previews for next week? Theres at least one more episode with bendu. Im guessing your wish will come true as i doubt they would have created him just to kill him off after a couple episodes.

      Can someone remind me… How did they find the planet the rebels are on again? Seems like quite a coincidence that they would end up on the same planet as bendu.

      • September 26, 2016 at 7:27 am

        AP-5 told them where to find it.

        • September 27, 2016 at 6:07 am

          In that case its a little too coincidental for me.

          • September 27, 2016 at 6:08 am

            I agree. I hope that that the Bendu is a spirit and he was just manifesting in the environment of the planet.

          • September 28, 2016 at 5:23 am

            Im kind of sick of the spirit thing after the last couple seasons and clone wars/mortis. Its kind of becoming a cheat. With the lone exception of them doing something with obiwan/quigon.

  • September 25, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Public service announcement:

    If you have access to the Disney XD TV channel, then you can download the Disney XD app and watch the Star Wars Rebels episodes the morning they premiere, hours before they get broadcast. The episode is pretty great, by the way.

    • September 25, 2016 at 6:42 am

      Maybe because we’ve moved on and we’re happy to focus on all the cool things happening in the Star Wars universe while pretending the prequels never happened…

      • September 25, 2016 at 7:38 am

        Prequels are so underrated. Take your hate elsewhere.

        • September 25, 2016 at 7:43 am

          You’re welcome to like the prequels. I’m welcome to dislike them. Both of us, equally, are Star Wars fans. I’m not going to tell you to go away. Don’t tell me to go away.

          As for how they were rated:
          – The Phantom Menace –
          – Attack of the Clones –
          – Revenge of the Sith –

          • September 25, 2016 at 12:30 pm

            The prequels finished 15 years ago. They’re old news. Time to move on!
            I get that some people hate them. But I don’t get why it’s so important to these people convince complete strangers that do like them that they are wrong!
            It’s as messed up as the console wars.

          • September 25, 2016 at 10:55 pm

            That means nothing. Critics have always panned the saga. What im tired of is a-holes coming into a thread and bashing the prequels everytime someone says something positive about one of them. Thats not being a fan thats being a tool. Give it a rest already its been over 15 years!

          • September 26, 2016 at 2:20 am

            So let me get this straight…

            – You like the prequels. Some people don’t.
            – You have the right to talk about how much you like the prequels. Others don’t have the right to talk about not liking them.
            – If you talk about liking them you’re a fan. If other talk about not liking them they’re a-holes?

            Am I understanding your correctly?

          • September 27, 2016 at 6:04 am

            Nope. Reread my post. And honestly if you only like 1/2 of something and spend as many posts as you do bashing 1/2 of star wars… I have to wonder if you even are a fan.

      • September 25, 2016 at 12:35 pm

        Talking prequel love, there were a couple of prequel references in this weeks episode.

    • September 26, 2016 at 1:17 am

      Because this is a story about rebels. Start a blog.

  • September 25, 2016 at 7:42 am

    Thoughts real quick. Great characterizations… Def a big improvement there. Thrawn is exactly the villain this shows needs… My only hesitation with using thrawn versus say an original character is i hope the show isnt reluctant to kill him at some point. Obviously the rebels will need some kind of victories.
    Overall a very good episode, good use of hondo, and rex (i love rex so much) but it was a little predictable.
    Bendu worked pretty good. The scenes with him and kanan were well written… Im not quite sure i understand why the spiders are no longer a threat though.

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