On the outer rim world of Lothal, Ezra Bridger ekes out a life of causing mischief for the local Imperial garrison, getting what he can for himself, and escaping to do it all again another day. He also has an ability to stay one step ahead of the local Imperial forces, making quick getaways and startling leaps to safety. Ezra notices unusual activity surrounding a shipment of Imperial cargo crates, but what’s unusual is the motley group of people who try to steal that cargo. Since it’s obviously of value, Ezra decides to steal some of it for himself, which endears him to neither the Imperial stormtroopers or his rival band of thieves, led by Kanan Jarrus. Impressed by Ezra’s abilities, Kanan rescues the boy (and the crate of cargo he’s stolen) and makes a quick getaway about his cargo ship, the Ghost. Ezra finds he’s made an enemy of Kanan’s strong man, Zeb, and has simply annoyed explosives expert Sabine and the Ghost‘s pilot, Hera (and her C-10-P astromech droid, Chopper). But Ezra slowly begins to realize that he’s taken his first step into a larger world: Kanan Jarrus and the Ghost’s crew are fighting the Empire on principle, not for profit…and Kanan is not simply a sharp shot with a blaster, but one of the last remaining wielders of a Jedi lightsaber. Kanan believes that, like himself, Ezra has the ability to connect with the Force. Ezra’s life has just become a lot more dangerous.
Cast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Steven Blum (Zeb / Alton Kastle / Stormtrooper 3 / Stormtrooper 6), David Oyelowo (Agent Kallus), Keith Szarabajka (Vizago / Transport Captain / Imperial Officer / Old Man), David Shaughnessy (Aresko / Myles Grint / Refugee 1), Greg Weisman (Commander Stormtrooper), James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Greg Ellis (Stormtrooper 5), Liam O’Brien (Yogar Lyste / Morad Sumar / Vendor), Jason Isaacs (The Inquisitor)
Notes: Star Wars: Rebels takes place five years before the original Star Wars, and 14 years after Revenge Of The Sith. Few Jedi escaped the Order 66 massacre in the latter movie, but Kanan Jarrus was a young Jedi at the time and has escaped detection by putting his Force abilities to use as a privateer. The Jedi Holocrons were first seen on TV in Rebels’ predecessor series, Star Wars: Clone Wars, but mentions of them in print media preceded their appearance in filmed media. Many of the show’s designs were based on unused or early Ralph McQuarrie designs for the original trilogy.
LogBook entry by Earl Green