I've mentioned in chatrooms and talkback boards everywhere that I'm struggling to get into Star Wars: Rebels. It isn't as if I don't appreciate another journey into the Star Wars universe because I entirely do. I think what it is mostly is that Rebels thus far hasn't really had the depth of storytelling that even The Clone Wars had in its first season. Granted, even TCW had some duds early on, but the program always tried to minimally dish out some great eye candy for those of us who are captivated by quality visuals.
By comparison, Rebels has been fairly flat in that department. The premiere movie had some solid work, but since then the show appears to have fallen a bit into a groove that suggests nostalgia for the Original Trilogy is enough to sustain it. I suspect the same nostalgia is why Rebels relies to heavily on adopting musical cues from the first trilogy's score in order to align itself with such greatness.
And now -- after going back to the well by having an appearance by Darth Vader, everyone's favorite robotic duo of C-3PO and R2-D2, and (most recently) bringing back Frank Oz to voice an angelic appearance of Jedi Master Yoda -- it's been reported by Cosmic Booknews that Billy Dee Williams will be back to voice Lando Calrissian for the January 19th episode, "Idiot's Array."
I can appreciate going back to the well in order to help give Rebels a healthy dose of continuity magic: I think it's grand that the Mouse House is working hard at showing this animated property is truly meant to be part and parcel of the Original Trilogy's greater story. But -- at some point -- I truly hope the showrunners amp up their storytelling for this generation of heroes so that they get the opportunity to stand on their own instead of playing in the shadow of something greater.
Anyone else feeling the same?
Billy Dee Williams Returning For Star Wars Rebels / Cosmic BookNews