In the opening courtroom scene, Hera (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) says, “We have to prepare for the worst and hope for the best.” That quote is an accurate sentiment for how I’ve felt through the first seven episodes of AHSOKA. The show keeps raising the bar regarding gigantic space and lightsaber battles, but you must see REBELS. Otherwise, it all feels vacant.

I’ve gone so far as to confirm with a few friends that without REBELS, the emotional moments of this series will feel muted. In DREAMS AND MADNESS, I wanted to swoon for Dave Filoni’s extension of STAR WARS. But instead, I continue to shrug my shoulders while not getting it.

In the future, if a series is a direct sequel to something that has come before it, it should be called that. So, let’s start practicing now. STAR WARS REBELS II is a gift for any fan who has seen REBELS. If you haven’t, this show will be a chore to complete.

It’s available on Disney+.

Aaron "Dobler" Goldstein

Aaron Goldstein is a Product Manager by day, ludicrous speed content consumer by night. He’s a LA Film School Alumni and TV Academy / Producers Guild of America member. Aaron is a proud parent and dad joke enthusiast.

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