If the Star Wars Rebels season 4 Blu-ray was only 15 minutes long, it would still be worth the purchase. That’s because the release (which has about seven hours of content, don’t worry) includes an incredible 15-minute featurette called “Forces of Rebellion,” which is just series executive producer Dave Filoni talking about the Force. And it’s wonderful. A discussion like that might sound boring to some, but anyone who has listened or talked to Filoni knows he’s probably more knowledgeable and passionate about Star Wars than anyone in the world, including his mentor, George Lucas. So when he sits down and talks about how he wanted to represent this cornerstone of Star Wars on his Disney XD animated series, it’s hard not to marvel at the experience. Much of what Filoni talks about may already be familiar to longtime fans, but the way the piece is produced—linking the show to the movies and more—really works. Also, Star Wars fandom is so messed up right now, Filoni’s words really do hammer home what’s true and wise about Star Wars. He goes over how the light side is about those who use their powers to help others, never themselves. How the dark side is a vicious circle, because the more you use the powers selfishly, the more you have to use them in order to keep that power. And throughout, this idea is illustrated not just through the lead character on Rebels, Ezra, but also Luke Skywalker, Anakin Skywalker, and even Ben… [Read full story]
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