'Star Wars Rebels' primer: What you need to know before the premiere

October 3, 2014 4:45 PM

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'Star Wars Rebels' primer: What you need to know before the premiere

It's five years before Star Wars: A New Hope, the movie that started it all, and 14 years after Revenge of the Sith, when the galaxy is firmly under the boot of the evil Empire. The Rebellion doesn't quite exist yet beyond various isolated cells that are too spread out and disorganized to put a dent into the Empire. Organizing the Rebellion will be a big focus of the series over time.

Star Wars Rebels is set on a heretofore unseen planet named Lothal, where the Empire has recently asserted its power and control. The five main characters are the crew of the Ghost, a Falcon-ish starship. The Ghost is a Corellian-made "VCX-100 light freighter," that comes complete with a smaller shu...

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