Friday, March 6, 2015

Rebels Recon #14: Inside "Fire Across the Galaxy"

In Rebels Recon #14, takes a deep dive into the thrilling season finale of Star Wars Rebels, “Fire Across the Galaxy.”

In "Fire Across the Galaxy,” the Lothal rebels make a desperate attempt to rescue Kanan from the Empire. They succeed, and Kanan faces the Inquisitor one last time. Ultimately, new allies -- including Ahsoka Tano -- emerge. But so do new enemies…

And the biggest new enemy of the Ghost crew is an iconic Sith Lord: Darth Vader. How do you translate his real-world gravitas to animation, asks Lucasfilm’s Andi Gutierrez? “You don’t mess with it too much,” says concept artist Kilian Plunkett.

“We try to constantly frame from below,” adds executive producer Dave Filoni. “The only person who would look down on him is the Emperor.” Vader’s former Padawan also returns in this episode -- a major moment for the series.

“I got a call from Dave Filoni,” says voice actress Ashley Eckstein. “It was beyond exciting, to say the least. And then to find out that she was a rebel leader was so cool.” The Story Group’s Pablo Hidalgo confirms that Fulcrum was Ahsoka from the beginning, and Filoni notes that her new design is meant to look like “ancient Jedi armor.” When she ignites her lightsabers – white-bladed! -- for the first time in Season Two, it promises to be a “great moment.”

For this week's fan question, TheNerfHerder asks is stormtrooper armor is air tight, and JacobLockett wonders if Tarkin should be overseeing the Death Star’s construction… Have a question you want answered? Tweet your questions to @starwars with #RebelsRecon, and we'll pick one to answer online!

Finally, in a special feature, the Rebels cast and crew discuss their favorite moments from Season One, from Kanan’s reveal to an ol’ smoothie appearing. And what is everyone looking forward to in Season Two…?

“Season Two starts,” says Freddie Prinze, Jr., “literally right where you want it to. And it’s just perfect.” Get a sneak peek with never-before-seen concept art, unveiled exclusively in this episode of Rebels Recon!

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