April 18 marked the release of the first trailer for season 2 of Disney XD's animated series, Star Wars Rebels, at Star Wars Celebration in Anaheim and based on the material shown, our intrepid rebel crew of the Ghost will be faced with darker and more sinister threats than seen in the previous season. Check out the exciting trailer below! Be forewarned, spoilers from season 1 are abundant moving forward. If you have yet to see season 1, it is strongly advised that you go watch it so that you are not spoiled and don't miss out on this amazing series!
While season 1 pitted our heroes against the menacing Inquisitor (fantastically voiced by Jason Isaacs), this upcoming season will see them up against a foe that you might just recognize. Darth Vader, who will in fact be voiced by James Earl Jones, enters the battle as the Empire increases their control and seeks to squash the rebel sect without a hint of mercy. We also see the return of Ahsoka (voiced by Ashley Eckstein), the former Padawan of Anakin Skywalker aka Darth Vader, as well as Captain Rex (voiced by Dee Bradley Baker) from the previous animated Star Wars series, Star Wars: The Clone Wars. With these veterans of the rebellion working alongside the crew of the Ghost, the rebellion just got a whole lot stronger. Hopefully we also get to see a light saber duel between Ahsoka and Darth Vader (please?!).
Season 2 also promises to delve into the pasts of our heroes, including revealing more about Ezra's parents and whether they are potentially still alive. With a comic story arc illustrating Kanan (voiced by Freddie Prinze Jr.) and his experience with Order 66, entitled The Last Padawan, it's clear that we have only scratched the surface of each character. It'll be exciting to see how Sabine (voiced by Tiya Sarcar) became the explosive loving graffiti artist she is today, what led Hera (voiced by Vanessa Marshall) to become such a talented pilot and wise leader, and what lies behind Zeb's (voiced by Steve Blum) tough exterior. We have learned a great deal about Ezra (voiced by Taylor Gray) and season 2 is sure to expand on his training as Kanan's Padawan as well as reveal even more about what his destiny ultimately is in the fight for freedom from the Empire.
Lucky convention goers got to see the season 2 premiere episode, however the rest of us must wait for its release later this year on Disney XD. With more episodes than season 1, this season promises to be a fantastic ride that will surely cause a great deal of emotional turbulence for fans. May the force be with us all.