Star Wars Rebels history

The first season of Star Wars Rebels is now in the books. The Star Wars history books, that is. Rebels was the first new piece of Star Wars content created after Disney bought the company in 2012. That in itself is pretty significant. Beyond that, the show was the first piece of official canon story linking what happened between the Original Trilogy and the Prequel Trilogy.

I know what you’re thinking. “Weren’t there numerous books and comics that told stories in that time frame?” Yes, but those never counted. Plus, but when Disney took over they wiped the Star Wars canon clean. The only things that officially happened in the new Star Wars canon are the six movies, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Any new content they release – books, comics, movies, etc. will all become official parts of the story, too.

So what does that mean? It means that what happened over the course of Star Wars Rebels season one matters. A lot. The actions of the characters and events that unfolded all have a real bearing on Star Wars as a whole. Those events have changed Star Wars history in some minor, and even some major ways. Ideally, you’d just watch all the episodes and see what I mean for yourself. Another option is to continue reading and find out how the Star Wars Rebels canon additions changed Star Wars history forever.

Note: I’m still catching up on The Clone Wars so if this is partially incorrect, my apologies. Thanks to commenter JabbaJohnL for his help. 

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Darth Vader Employs an Inquisitor to Hunt Down Jedi

Before now, we always assumed what the films had taught us: that Darth Vader himself hunted down and killed any and all Jedi that survived Order 66. We now know that’s not true. He employed The Inquisitor, a Force-using badass with a double-sided spinning lightsaber to kill any remaining Jedi. The idea of the inquisitors has been hinted at in previous iterations but this was definitely the most fully realized and specific version of the story.

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Lightsabers Can Be Blasters

In the Original Trilogy, lightsabers were all pretty similar. In the prequels, they were changed by adding second blades and curved hilts. They’ll change again in The Force Awakens. But first, they changed in Star Wars Rebels. Ezra, the young Rebel being trained by Kanan, made a lightsaber that also doubled as a blaster.

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You Get Your Lightsaber Crystal In a Jedi Temple

Star Wars: The Clone Wars touched upon this in a series of episodes involving Younglings but Star Wars Rebels adds upon it when we see the location, concealment and reveal of a Jedi Temple. More than that, we specifically see what one young Jedi in training must go through inside the temple, and what success reveals. It means you get a crystal to build your lightsaber.

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C-3PO and R2-D2 Work as Spies

Though they help a little bit in the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy established C-3PO and R2-D2 as ever present and crucial characters in Star Wars mythology. Star Wars Rebels added more by showing they occasionally undertake spy missions for Bail Organa, the adoptive father of Princess Leia, and a very important figure.

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Lando was Always a Scoundrel

Okay, so this isn’t really a change in history, more of a reinforcement. But Rebels shows us a bit of Lando Calrissian, voiced by Billy Dee Williams. All we know about Lando pre-Empire Strikes Back is that he’s a scoundrel who once owned the Millennium Falcon. And though we didn’t see that ship, we did see him gambling and wheeling and dealing.

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