Sunday, July 17, 2016

'Rebels' Steals the Show at Celebration Europe

Star Wars Celebration Europe is now officially over, and in terms of Rogue One, Episode VIII, and other cinematic reveals, the event was, frankly, underwhelming. Yes, we did get a good amount of new Rogue One footage in the form of the sizzle reel, along with the film's epic teaser poster. We also got new details regarding VIII and the Han Solo spinoff, and some exciting announcements about upcoming video games and publications. 
But it didn't really compare to what myself and other news outlets were hoping for: a second Rogue One trailer for everyone to see (instead of just the Celebration audience), the true title of Episode VIII, potential Han Solo concept art, and an update on the third Star Wars Anthology film that was rumored to center on Boba Fett. 

Even the biggest revelations – including details on Rogue One characters and planets, the nonexistent time-jump between Episodes VII and VIII, and the official announcement that Alden Ehrenreich is playing Han Solo – were mostly just confirming what any serious fan already knew. 
Ben Mendelsohn arrived to the Rogue One panel in character  
Instead, the most exciting moment of the weekend came from a somewhat unlikely source: the Star Wars Rebels panel. The new Season 3 trailer contained a lot of teases (Darth Maul, Dash Rendar, Mandalorians, etc.), but the shiver-worthy reveal of Grand Admiral Thrawn had Star Wars fans across the world dropping their jaws and feverishly tweeting their joy. 
For those unfamiliar, Thrawn is one of the most popular characters born from the Expanded Universe. He first appeared in the Heir to the Empire trilogy of novels in the early 1990s as a brilliant strategist who took command of Imperial forces to fight the New Republic in the years following Return of the Jedi

Along with hundreds of others, Thrawn was torn from the Star Wars canon in April 2014 when Lucasfilm announced that they were planning to disregard the Expanded Universe and set up a new timeline to correspond with The Force Awakens. Thanks to Rebels, Thrawn has officially returned, albeit in a different time period than his original incarnation. 
Kathleen Kennedy and the other super-producers at Lucasfilm certainly have a right to decide exactly what they want to share at each Star Wars Celebration and which tidbits they want to save until later. But something just seems wrong when an animated TV show outshines multiple highly-anticipated movies. 
Over the past year, we've entered a Golden Age of Star Wars that hasn't been felt for at least a decade (arguably, not since 1980). Perhaps this weekend simply demonstrates the contrast between how Lucasfilm has adapted to this Golden Age and how much the expectations of fans have risen. Were we expecting too much, or should the studio have tried harder to quench our enormous thirst for spectacular revelations about our favorite film series?

No matter who's to blame, Celebration Europe was a genuinely fun event for both the London audiences and the thousands of fans watching over live-stream, even if some of us walked away a little disappointed. What are you hoping for at Celebration Orlando next year? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all. 

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