Artwork courtesy of Joshua Stolte
Welcome back to the Star Wars HoloNet Digest, a weekly feature where I bring you a recap of the latest news from the world of Star Wars. Whether it’s an Episode VII rumor or a noteworthy author interview, you’ll find it here. Let’s check the HoloNet and see what happened in the past week.
We’ll begin with the big news out of the Star Wars Rebels panel at New York Comic Con: The main villain in Rebels will be an Imperial Inquisitor “tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down the remaining Jedi Knights.” This Pau’an Force user will wield a new type of dual-bladed lightsaber and will serve as the foil for the heroes of the series, the crew of the starship Ghost, as they travel around the galaxy fighting the Empire and sowing the seeds of rebellion. Lucasfilm has not provided any addition information about the Inquisitor, such as his name or background.
Bringing the Inquisitors out of the Expanded Universe and into the realm of television is an interesting move. While I’m reserving judgment on the execution of this concept until I see the Inquisitor in action, I will say that I think it’s the best way to provide the heroes with a regular menace while avoiding Darth Vader. It can be hard to resist the temptation to use Vader, but in many ways, the more you use him, the less effective he is. Putting an Inquisitor on the rebels’ trail makes for more interesting television than assigning a series of nameless Imperial starship captains to the task. The audience will connect with this Inquisitor and he will soon become as familiar as the heroes. Given that the series’ goal is to introduce the era and not just the rebels –– in other words, to acclimate us to the Imperial side of things as well –– I expect the Inquisitor to play a key role in setting the tone for the series.
You can watch Dave Filoni discuss Rebels and announce the Inquisitor in this video clip that was shown at the NYCC panel.
Pablo Hidalgo revealed a number of other interesting tidbits about Rebels during the panel. I’ve collected the highlights on TheForce.Net, including information on timeline placement, the composition of the stormtrooper corps, and new Imperial designs. Hidalgo also said that the show will feature some kind of Jedi presence (unsurprising in light of the Inquisitor’s introduction), and he hinted that some characters from The Clone Wars could appear, although new digital assets will have to be created for the slightly altered animation style of Rebels. In addition to those highlights, you can check out a large photo report with additional panel notes over at TFN’s sister site Rebelscum.com.
Tying into the New York Comic Con revelations, Dave Filoni hit the interview circuit to discuss Star Wars Rebels and The Clone Wars. You can check out new interviews with him at The Los Angeles Times, IGN, and The Official Star Wars Blog. Filoni’s passion for and dedication to his work on both of his Star Wars shows really shines through in these interviews. You can tell that he loves being a Star Wars fan and a Star Wars creator. I couldn’t be happier that he has seen such success with his work at Lucasfilm.
Imperial Inquisitors aside, the most interesting bit of news that Filoni dropped in the past week related to The Clone Wars. You may remember that fans of TCW have been waiting for some time to hear details about the bonus content that we were promised. On Friday, Filoni shed some light on that content, tweeting that his team had recently wrapped production on the final episodes and that fans would get to see those story arcs in “early 2014.” He specifically mentioned episodes concerning “one of Master Yoda’s most challenging missions.” Filoni did not specify a release venue for the episodes, but he ended his message by asking fans to “Trust in the Force.” At the very least, it’s clear that Lucasfilm hasn’t forgotten about this content, which is all we can ask for during this hectic time for the company.
Another Star Wars series received attention at New York Comic Con, even if it won’t be seeing the light of day any time soon. During an interview with IGN, Star Wars Detours creator Seth Green addressed the series’ hiatus and the reasons for hitting the pause button, reiterating some of the points he made last month in an online Q&A. I continue to believe that Lucasfilm’s decision to put the series on hold was the right call, and that Detours will eventually air once the buzz over the sequels dies down.
With all the excitement over Star Wars on television and the constant background chatter about Episode VII, it’s easy to forget that Disney may have other plans for Star Wars as well. Last week, we heard some rumors about plans to bring Star Wars to Disneyland in a major way. MiceChat reported that the Anaheim, California, theme park will get a landing pad, life-size Millennium Falcon replica, Mos Eisley Cantina diner, Endor speeder bike course, and Ewok village. Both the Falcon and the Ewok village would be walk-through areas, where fans could interact with costumed characters made to fit into those environments. The Falcon would even include “your favorite Wookie [sic] co-pilot.” The Cantina rumor has been floating around (I reported on it back in June), so it’s not surprising to see it again. Some of these other ideas have also surfaced before in one form or another, although the Falcon walk-through environment seems new. Just another reason to get excited about the future of Star Wars under the Disney umbrella!
Eric Geller is a college student majoring in political science whose interests include technology, journalism, and of course Star Wars. He manages social media for Star Wars fan site TheForce.Net and Rebelscum.com, and he also co-hosts The ForceCast podcast. He is originally from the Washington, D.C. area.