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In Its Last Season, Star Wars: Rebels Has Found What It's Been Missing: Focus

In Its Last Season, Star Wars: Rebels Has Found What It's Been Missing: Focus
From Gizmodo - November 12, 2017

Star Wars: Rebels has been a good show for almost its entire runtime. From the pilot, when exiled Jedi Kanan first pulls out his lightsaber to Ezras amazement, the show has had a spark of something excellent. But, often, it failed to delivery, offering periods of uneven or just plain bad episodes. But finally, as it all starts to wrap up, the series has found the focus it needed to hit consistent highs.

Tomorrow night, Rebels will air its midseason finale. Called Rebel Assault, the episode will be the culmination of the arc thats taken up the majority of the season so far: finally, the heroes are going to strike at Thrawns factories on Lothal. And that, right there, is the key to the shows success this season. Its learned how to stay in one place.

The fourth season of Rebels has taken place primarily in two locations: Mandalore, where the first episodes of the season dedicated time to wrapping up Sabines family arc and chronicling the burgeoning Mandalorian resistance against the Empire. The second location is Lothal, where the series began, an essential planet thats been the focal point of much of Rebelss best moments up until now. And this decisionto focus the series primarily on single planets, following the heroes as they travel and fight across them, has been a brilliant one.

Dont get me wrong, Rebels has had excellent episodes. The Twilight of the Apprentice two-parter at the end of season two is one of the all-time best chunks of Disneys Star Wars universe. But the show has suffered from a lack of focus and, at times, the sense that the show lacks a core identity.

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