Now -- in fairness -- some of that is obviously the dynamic of the program. Rebels is set presumably in the earliest days of the Rebel Alliance, and several of the key figures who play somewhat prominently in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope have only recently come into being on the show (as well as a familiar face or two from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). As a consequence, many of Rebels' stories clearly have these 'rebel scum' facing odds far too treacherous for a head-on confrontation, and audiences have instead been treated to fringe worlds and characters far too circumstantial for the program's own good. Also, it helps to keep in mind that this is a full-blown Disney production; and -- as such -- it's probably a bit more "kid friendly" than Star Wars: The Clone Wars ever way.
Still, Rebels has grown on me a bit as of late. This third season has finally put this particular excursion in a stronger light, with the stakes being raised significantly. Maybe it's taken longer than I would've liked, but I'm starting to finally "get" Rebels' vibe, and I'm liking its new direction.
In any event, its third season recently concluded with a pretty exceptional two-parter titled "Zero Hour." SciFi Pulse's Ian Cullen sounded off in a review, and I thought I'd share it for anyone who might be equally interested. You can follow the link right here for his thoughts.
As always, thanks for reading ... and live long and prosper!