They've said it's 5 (or was it 4?) years before the events of ANH... I agree Matt, you'd think pretty quickly after ROTS, but no.
I'd have preferred that, and maybe a little more of a TCW vibe and tie-in to it. Just my opinion. Less Stormtroopers, and "Empire in your face" stories, and more of the transitional period covered.
I'm with everyone on the McQuarrie stuff, the settings, the planets... That abandoned TCW base? Come on man! There wasn't a setting that well done in the entire TCW series if you ask me.
And I feel like Hera and Sabine as stand-alone new characters work great! Chopper works well too... And Kanan WITH Hera works great. There's spark, there's connection, there's banter but with some kind of romantic overtone to it...
Zeb and Ezra though, they are the Jake Lloyd and Jar Jar of this series. They can bring anything to a screeching halt with what seems like forced interaction.
I did get a laugh at Ezra riding Chopper and beating him, but his redeeming moments are few, and most of the time he's just grating, to be honest. And Kanan is a weaker character, and generally less interesting, when he's around Zeb and Ezra as well.
I thought the last episode with Hera and Sabine was really good, and while it's just voice acting, I feel like they do a better job at that too.
This show's trying very hard to be more kid friendly though, it's obvious. So I'm just going with the flow. I'll watch... I'm sure things aren't going to be as well liked as TCW generally was. It had a roller coaster feel to it at times, but it overall was a lot more mature in its tone (so far). They'll always be held to that standard too, especially keeping Filloni on and all, so that's on them. They may not give a hoot... Which is fine too.
The only thing about vehicles I've been a tad annoyed about, and the movies do this too, so whatever really, but they jump around in terms of scale... The AT-DP goes from tiny to not tiny quickly, haha. I still love seeing the design in the show though! And the Stormtrooper Transport... Sneak in an MLC-3 next maybe?
I'm with others though... This isn't the "Rebel Alliance". That's somewhere else. These are guys that may get caught up in it all, but they're just their own little side gig I think. Or that's how I'm viewing it anyway. It's either that or I'll just ignore the storyline for the mots part, haha.
Jeff beat me to the timeline thing, sorry.
Yeah I think the painfully unnecessary cameos are going to happen and it's going to hurt.
I can almost buy a younger Leia turning up since they've already intro'd her father, but I just will absolutely hate seeing Han, Chewbacca, Luke, or anyone like that turn up. Ugh.
Jeff, I actually don't mind the "physics" thing... Star Wars physics is **** anyway, so I have learned to ignore that.
The kids becoming Stormtroopers, I have 100% just rationalized it as the Star Wars version of the Hitler Youth or whatever... Grooming the youth to go to the academy and become soldiers when they're of age. Luke's whining about it and he's 17 or 18, and whining like he should've left by now, so I imagine there's little centers like Lothal's around the galaxy on any planet the Empire has a presence on... Anything to get their minds hooked while young.
Noticed they had a black kid in the group too. Dismissing "The Empire are also racist" notion somewhat?