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Rebels We Want for Star Wars Rebels

Our Rebel Scum for 2014

By Robert T. Trate     April 30, 2014
Source: Mania.com


Our Rebel Scum for 2014
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We have our main cast of characters for Star Wars Rebels. We have a lost Jedi, Kanan. A female Mandalorian named Sabine. We even have a Twi’lek pilot called Hera. What we don’t know, yet, is which original Star Wars characters will make an appearance on the series. 

What amazed us about Star Wars: The Clone Wars was its ability to blend pre-existing characters and new characters into the Star Wars mythos. Dave Filoni was also quick to dive into the pre-existing concepts that never made it to the big screen. Everything and anything was ripe for the picking. We, here at Mania, are sure that Darth Vader, Grand Moff Tarkin, the Emperor, and Boba Fett will all make an appearance in Star Wars Rebels. However, what Rebels will make it to the show? So, with that in mind, these Rebels are characters we want to see in Star Wars Rebels

General Jan Dodonna

General-Jan-Dodonna

Here is a character that was only briefly shown in Episode IV.  We know that he was a General at the Battle Yavin, but what is his real story? According to “Star Wars the Essential Guide to Characters” (1995) by Andy Mangels Jan Dodonna was one of the best Star Destroyer Captains in the days of the Old Republic. He was deemed too old for service in the new Imperial Navy and his execution was ordered. The Rebels got to him first. Now, whether or not the Star Wars Rebels writing team relies on this backstory, this grey haired old General in “A New Hope” deserves to have his complete story told.  
 
General Crix Madine

General-Crix-Madine

He might have had mere moments of screen time, but he was still a member of the Rebellion. His backstory is said to be one of a celebrated commander and top notch commando. He felt as if it was better to “change someone’s mind than eliminate them”. A philosophy of that nature does not earn points with a brutal leader like Palpatine. This Corellian switched sides with the help of a few friends that had already defected. That backstory, alone, makes him a character we want to see in Rebels
 
Bail Organa

Bail-Organa

The Senator who defied an Empire and whose daughter followed in his footsteps. The planet, Alderaan, should be a major setting in the Star Wars Rebels. Were they really peaceful? Did they have weapons there? Bail Organa’s appearance is almost a necessity in the interim between Episodes III and IV. What could truly be a great twist on the his story is if he did, in fact, save any of the Padawns. Zett Jukassa’s demise might have been Bail’s second or third trip back to the Jedi Temple.  
 
Wedge Antilles

Wedge-Antilles

Wedge’s history in “Star Wars the Essential Guide to Characters” is a sad one where he is orphaned and left a huge inheritance. He begins his own business and starts repairing ships for the Rebellion. Not much of a backstory, but still one that could easily be flushed out on the new series. Wedge looks to be about the same age Luke, but Dark Horse’s new Star Wars comic indicates that Wedge is one of the most trusted and seasoned pilots in the Rebellion. What made this wealthy man get into an X-Wing and fight the Empire? Wedge is a character ripe with possibilities and one who might not have to show up until season three or four. 
 
Admiral Ackbar
Admiral-Ackbar
The Mon Calamari were enslaved by the Empire for their skills in constructing space cruisers. When last we saw Ackbar, he was merely a Captain in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Years later, he would be imprisoned and made the personal servant of Grand Moff Tarkin. That is a great starting point for Ackbar’s character as well as the introduction of Grand Moff Tarkin. Here are two sides of a very different coin who both become major players in the fate of the universe. 
 
Mon Mothma

Mon-Mothma

She has her big speech in Return of the Jedi before the Battle of Endor and then she disappears. Currently, Brian Wood is giving her some panel time in Dark Horse’s Star Wars comic, but, even there, she is in the shadows. Long did fanboys and girls think that Mon Mothma would get screen time in the prequels. Her scenes were cut, but she did get an action figure produced, though not one of her from Return of the Jedi. Her story is long overdue.  
 
Admiral Firmus Piett

Admiral-Firmus-Piett

Piett quickly rose through the ranks of the Imperial Navy. That much is evident. However, what if Firmus Piett was a rebel at the beginning? Piett’s history (according to Star Wars Wikia) is extremely bland. What if Filoni, Weisman and Kinberg make him a Imperial Spy working with the Rebels-- a double agent, if you will. It would be interesting to see his relationship with Darth Vader at the very beginning. It would also be an incredible plot device to have a true Rebel among those rebelling that felt as if the Republic or Empire was worth fighting for. Who better than Piett?
 
Ahsoka Tano

Ahsoka-Tano

Her fate is still unclear. When she walked away from the Jedi Temple, she endeared herself to the fans forever. The same fans that scorned her appearance at the beginning now love the only padawan of Anakin Skywalker. Her story is cannon, yet how did it end? Ahsoka’s appearance on Star Wars Rebels is not a necessity, yet any fan of Star Wars: The Clone Wars will constantly be looking for that older version of her we saw in “The Mortis Trilogy”. Did she succumb to the Dark Side? Will she stay in hiding? If she is found, will her Master come calling?
 
Kyle Katarn

Kyle-Katarn 

The time frame for Star Wars Rebels  has been set. What we do know is that there is 18 years between the birth of the Skywalker Twins and the destruction of the first Death Star. A character like Kyle Katarn is perfect for Star Wars Rebels. Katarn went to the Imperial Academy and became a Stormtrooper. He also became aware that he was Force sensitive. Now, imagine a green Stormtrooper who doesn’t agree with the mission and begins to feel the force. If not Kyle Katarn, then someone like him will make their appearance in Star Wars Rebels.
 
UPDATE (9-26-14)
 
Continuing the epic tradition of the legendary Star Wars saga, an exciting animated one-hour movie Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion is set to premiere Friday October 3rd  (9:00 p.m. ET/PT in the US) on Disney Channels around the world, ushering in the highly anticipated series Star Wars Rebels on Disney XD. In the US,Star Wars Rebels episodes will debut Monday nights beginning Monday October 13th9:00 p.m. ET/PT) on Disney XD. Worldwide, the series will air in 33 languages across 163 countries in over 400 million households.
 
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rogue3 4/30/2014 6:50:14 AM

 A brief run-in with Hal Horn and his young son Corran would be cool. A story line set on Corellia could certainly involve CorSec, and who better to represent them than the Horns?

Shogunn2517 4/30/2014 11:36:04 AM

 The "problem" with this list is the show takes place 14 years after III/5 years before IV so AS WRITTEN, some of these characters may not have the relevancy we know them for until later in continunity.  Of course continunity can and has changed and now that we know that the Sequel Trilogy won't follow it(But the Clone Wars did inexplicably), it could mean different historys for Katarn, Ackbar, and Madine.  However it happens, I trust it will be done well.


And I'm equally surprised we really hadn't seen Corellia yet.  We've heard about it since 1977 and the Clone Wars took us to a number of planets, but this one.  Maybe Rebels can change that.
 

wrrlykam 9/27/2014 4:27:27 AM

The only Corellian stuff I ever recall seeing was as the planet was depicted in SOE's Star Wars Galaxies game.

ElBaz13 9/27/2014 7:37:05 AM

What about Gold Leader and Porkins?

C'mon, no love for Porkins? :)

There is even a video on you tube of Porkins added scenes on the blu-ray. LOL!

 

bennyhill 9/29/2014 12:43:57 PM

Dumb question... didn't the prequeels make it that all Stormtroopers in the OT are actually clones? 

RobertTrate 9/29/2014 7:27:27 PM

 No... they are not clones. They are recruited citizens from the Empire. 

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