Star Wars Rebels short Ezra

September is here, which means next month your first look at the new Star Wars universe arrives. Star Wars Rebels premieres on Disney Channel October 3 before assuming its regular slot October 13 on Disney XD. Yes, the show – which is set between Episodes III and IV – is mostly aimed at kids, but it also sets up a lot of what we can expect from Star Wars in the days, months and years ahead.

What I mean is, Rebels – and likely the upcoming movies – will explore tangents fans may have thought about, but never got to see. For an example, see the latest Star Wars Rebels short, called Not What You Think. The three minute film stars Ezra Bridger, the “hero” of Rebels, as he investigates a TIE Fighter that’s been shot down. In other Star Wars properties, when a TIE Fighter was shot down, that was it. But here we see the aftermath, and get a great sense not only of Ezra as a character, but the tone of Star Wars Rebels itself. Check it out below. Read More »

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