'Star Wars Rebels' replacement show plot timeline and more

By @sachintrivedig on
'Star Wars Rebels'
A still from "Star Wars Rebels" season 3 episode 17. Facebook/Star Wars Rebels

“Star Wars Rebels” has ended, but the journey continues with a new animation series. The new show is entitled “Star Wars Resistance,” and as the name suggests, it will be about a new group of people banding together to fight the growing evil known as the First Order.

The season 4 finale hinted where the next story situates itself on the timeline. In the time jump, the war against the Empire has been won, and the expected attack on Lothal never came.

The next animated series, therefore, will be set sometime between “The Return of the Jedi” and “The Force Awakens.” A lot of exciting things happened in this 30-year time period, but very little was revealed in the films.

Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill), for instance, formed his new Jedi Order during this period. The institution came crashing down soon after, but the animated series has the opportunity to explore the lore behind the Grey Jedi theme that the new movies are exploring. This is also a chance to see Leia (Carrie Fisher) again, as well as Ben Solo (Adam Driver) as a young Padawan.

There may also be a connection to the “Rebels” TV series. Ezra (voiced by Taylor Gray) and Thrawn (voiced by Lars Mikkelsen) jumped into hyperspace. No one has heard from either of them ever since. Now, Ahsoka Tano (voiced by Ashley Eckstein) and Sabine (voiced by Tiya Sircar) are on a mission to find their long lost friend.

Perhaps the most significant storyline the show can explore in “Star Wars Resistance” is the background of Supreme Leader Snoke (Andy Serkis) and the formation of the First Order. Will Ezra turn into Snoke over the years? What will Thrawn do, now that the Empire is finished?