Star Wars characters from the Original Trilogy are certainly no stranger to Star Wars: Rebels with fan-favorites like Princess Leia and Lando Calrissian — not to mention Darth Vader, of course — having already appeared in various capacities during the show’s run.
With Season 3 imminent and the timeline moving ever closer to the events of Rogue One and A New Hope, I thought it’d be fun to take a look at Original Trilogy characters that could do wonders to serve the story of the Ghost crew while adding to the larger Star Wars tapestry.
Remember that scene in A New Hope where Tarkin, Vader, and various Imperial officers are bickering about what to do with the fact that the Rebels have the Death Star plans? The palpable hubris foreshadows their inevitable defeat at the hands of Luke Skywalker, but there is one notable voice of reason among all the fragile male egos: General Cassio Tagge.
He’s literally the only member of the Imperial Ruling Council that recognizes the Rebels as a threat to the battle station. After being dismissed by all of his peers — and Vader and Tarkin as well — Tagge is proven to be right when Luke blows the place to smithereens. But wouldn’t it be great to understand why Tagge was so concerned with the Rebel threat when everyone around him were content with writing them off? It’s almost like he had a previous run-in with some Rebel forces and knew what they were capable of.
On the other side of the tracks from the Empire’s General Tagge is General Dodonna, the Santa Claus-looking gentleman that mispronounces Leia’s name and briefs the Rebel squadron before they go on their probable suicide mission to attack the Death Star in A New Hope.
Dodonna — at least in the Legends canon — defected to the Rebels about a year before the Battle of Yavin, so it’d be a thrill to see one of the Ghost crew’s missions be a rescue operation to extract Dodonna from the Imperials and watch him grow into the leader for the Rebellion that he becomes by the time we meet him in Episode IV.
Good old Wedge, future leader of Rogue Squadron, precursor to Poe Dameron and perpetual wearer of X-Wing flight suits. Despite never getting a single costume change throughout three movies — let alone only getting minimal screen time — Wedge is easily one of the most beloved characters in Star Wars, for both his piloting skills and his pleasant demeanor.
The that Wedge will indeed be making an appearance, but I’d love to see him incorporated into the Ghost crew, if only for a mission or two. Whether it’s seeing him defect from the Imperial Academy or just be a part of a Rebel cell that Kanan and the gang team up with, Wedge deserves more of our attention.
One of the few bearded heroes in Star Wars lore (seriously, I think it’s just Crix and Obi-Wan), I’d love to see former Imperial-turned-Alliance general make his way into Rebels. We don’t see him in canon until Return of the Jedi, so it’s likely he’d still be serving the Empire during the time of the show — maybe even alongside Tagge? — so perhaps the Ghost crew would somehow plant the seeds that leaving the Empire should be part of his future plans.
One of the best missions from the old Star Wars: Rogue Squadron game involved extracting a defecting Madine from an Imperial outpost — I wouldn’t complain about that scenario being adapted.
Ackbar is kind of a ubiquitous character in the expanded Star Wars mythology — despite only first appearing in Return of the Jedi, he’s been incorporated into numerous novels, comics, and video games, not to mention The Clone Wars and The Force Awakens. He’s just like a lovable grandfather, complete with a fish face and catch phrase.
But with Ackbar’s importance to the Rebel fleet, it would make sense for him to appear in some capacity in Rebels, be it as an ally or just a peripheral character that’s little more than a cameo inside a key Rebel base. As the Ghost crew becomes more closely affiliated with the larger Rebel Alliance, they’ll have to run into some of the higher ups eventually.
Poor Dak, we hardly knew you. Boldly claiming he felt like he could take on the whole Empire himself, he was crushed beneath the heel of an AT-AT walker during the Battle of Hoth despite Luke’s efforts to save him. Still, Dak would be only slightly younger than Ezra during the Rebels timeline, so it might be interesting to see the pair form a friendship that we know will one day end in tragedy.
Dak makes a similar sort of appearance in the excellent Star Wars: Lost Stars by Claudia Gray, but getting to know more about this young man and learning what his personal stakes are in taking down the Empire could make for a really engaging episode of Rebels.
I can’t imagine we’ll get through the entirety of Star Wars: Rebels without ever seeing Obi-Wan in the flesh — we’ve seen a holo of him a few times — but I tend to think vocalizing my dreams makes them come true, so here we are. It’s just too great an opportunity to see Ahsoka Tano and Obi-Wan united, particularly now that Ahsoka knows the truth about her former Master.
Though Obi-Wan is exiled on Tatooine, it’s not unreasonable to think that at least one member of the Ghost crew could wind up there. Perhaps Kanan discovers that Obi-Wan survived Order 66 and seeks his guidance for training Ezra.
Revisit that chilling battle between Ahsoka and Vader:
Fan service and staying true to the story/characters is a fine line to walk, but I think in the case of the characters above, Rebels has an opportunity to do both. Some Star Wars fans often cite a problem with the Star Wars galaxy feeling too small when characters are related or know each other, but I find it interesting — perhaps it’s just the will of the Force.
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Star Wars: Rebels Season 3 premieres September 24 on Disney XD.
Joey Esposito is a writer and hoarder of things from New England, living in Los Angeles with his wife Amanda and their cat Reebo. He thinks Cheers is the greatest television show ever made. Twitter: @joeyesposito