Star Wars Rebels Season Two Concept Art

3/03/2015 Stephen Colbert 0 Comments


Well, Season One of Star Wars Rebels is in the books, and it was mostly a massive success.  The ending of the show really has fans hyped for the next season, though, causing us to ask: when is Season Two airing?  Unfortunately, there's no firm release date yet, but we do know that the premier episode will be screened at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in mid April; however, it may be several months after that until the season airs for the general public (Sparks of Rebellion was released at the end of September, and Season One was aired on Disney XD starting in October).

Fortunately, the most recent Rebels Recon from StarWars.com did release some concept art for Season Two.  While it doesn't expose much in the way of plot, it does give us an idea of where the story will continue, and it's definitely exciting, at least from an aesthetic perspective.  Obviously, Spoilers to follow if you haven't finished Season One, yet.
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This first image shows what we already knew from the the ending of Fire Across the Empire.  The crew of The Ghost has joined the larger rebellion, and we see them here in a sort of briefing room reminicent of what we've seen from the Rebels in the Original Trilogy.  Obviously the exciting part is that Ahsoka is joining the show for the second season.  The other figure in the image is a new character, Commander Sato, leader of the Phoenix Squadron (more on that in a moment).  

Not to extrapolate too much from a concept image, but the fact that Ahsoka is standing off center, instead of alongside Sato, suggests that she may be positioned as a new crew member of The Ghost, instead of taking a more behind the scenes leadership role.  Speaking of Ahsoka...


She's back (obviously), and still wields two lightsabers.  Her role as a Jedi is definitely in question after leaving the order in The Clone Wars.  Many of the faults she found with the council were proven to be valid, especially in the way Palpatine was able to subvert and destroy them almost effortlessly.  How that reflects on her new persona will be interesting to explore.

Dave Filoni said in an interview that they were always sort of styling her after a Samurai, so that look is definitely more complete now, although, she may be considered more of a Ronin (a Samurai without a master).  The armor has a sort of ancient look to it, and may even have some sort of Jedi origin.  Although she is clearly still wielding the Jedi weapon, the blades of her sabers are both white.  whether this is by design, or if she had to invent some sort of alternate design due to an inability to recover new Kyber crystals has yet to be seen.  Either way, the white lightsaber concept is new and it will be exciting to see the series continue to explore alternate lightsaber design before we see the crossguard lightsaber in Star Wars: The Force Awakens this December.






Then there's Commander Sato and what I assume is the Phoenix Squadron.  There's really not much to go off of in these images.  There's no recognizable faces, but the look is definitely cool.  Again, blending some of the McQuarrie concept art with the Original Trilogy pilot look to create something that fits that time period.  The helmets and flight suits of the top two pilots are distinctly different than the bottom two.  The Rebels are a fairly rag-tag group, so it makes sense for them to not have much uniformity in equipment, but that may also indicate different roles/groups.  Maybe only one uniform type is actually Phoenix Squadron.  Who knows.  The helmets and uniforms lack any real clear branding, but the Phoenix name is a clear allusion to the classic rebel symbol, which we've seen a prototype of







There's really nothing new to these A-Wings.  They look incredibly similar to the A-Wings we see in Return of the Jedi, and it's unlikely there will be any huge differences.  The presense of A-Wings is cool, but it's also exciting, because it means we'll likely also get X-Wings and Y-Wings, the latter of which we already saw a prototype of in The Clone Wars.






We are also getting a new Rebel Capitol ship, and several Blockade Runners (which we've now seen in Revenge of The Sith, The Clone Wars, Star Wars Rebels, and, of course, it's the first ship we ever see in Star Wars after the title scroll in A New Hope.  Establishing that as the backbone of the rebellion at this time serves as a great lead-in to that moment.

Altogether, it looks great.  Rebels Season One was very entertaining, but it was undoubtedly a little more intimate and limited from some of the Star Wars we're familiar with.  Season Two is clearly going to expand that scope quite a bit, and it looks great.  Hopefully the months between now and Season Two are not too long.

The Star Wars Rebels Season Two premier episode will be screened at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim in April.  There is no official air date for the rest of the season at this time.

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