AVClub: Well, it’s about time.
Star Wars Rebels has been having a questionable season, hasn’t it? After an ambitious, promising start, the second season has fluctuated between “barely serviceable” and “kind of awful.” (The Seventh Sister and the Fifth Brother are freaking laughable at this point.) I don’t think Rebels ever really needed a long-term story arc, but it’s episodic stories were mostly unfocused, gimmicky, and/or just unnecessary. This show has so much potential with its characters and its world, but so far, it never gave its narratives the kind of weight they needed (whether those narratives were comedic or dramatic), so the show just felt like it was coasting. And I thought that maybe a story arc would force the writers out of their malaise.