Dan Pendleton’s review published on Letterboxd:
"This is master Obi-Wan Kenobi. I regret to report that both our Jedi Order and the Republic have fallen, with the dark shadow of the Empire rising to take their place. This message is a warning and a reminder for any surviving Jedi: trust in The Force. Do not return to the temple, that time has past and our future is uncertain. We will each be challenged; our trust, our faith, our friendships. But we must persevere and in time a new hope will emerge. May the force be with you, always."
Well I didn't expect to, but I really enjoyed that! I can confidently say that Star Wars is now is safe hands with Disney.
I was never a fan of the Star Wars: Clone Wars series. I heard it got better and better as it progressed but I never managed to get past the first season. The problem with Clone Wars was that it was based on the atrocious Prequel Trilogy, and everything I disliked about the prequels, from annoying and unlikable characters to terrible plots and writing, was magnified to unbearable proportions in the cartoon. But now we have a series that has real potential to stand out with so many connections to, and a clear appreciation for, the Classic Trilogy. There is a good mix of interesting characters, none of which I have yet to find annoying, and the story was fun and quick-paced.
A lot of heart has clearly gone into this and hopefully that will continue right through the series. Obi-Wan's line "in time a new hope will emerge" gave me goosebumps and a sudden urge to rewatch the Classic Trilogy. Star Wars: Rebels should hopefully keep me ticking by until next December when Star Wars: Episode VII is released at the cinema. One thing is for sure, now that my trust in Disney's handling of the franchise is growing, I'm even more excited for the continuation of the Star Wars Saga.