Dave Filoni Has an Awesome Vision for Introducing X-Wings to Star Wars Rebels

Thursday, 04 August 2016 - 12:55PM
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Star Wars Rebels
Thursday, 04 August 2016 - 12:55PM
Dave Filoni Has an Awesome Vision for Introducing X-Wings to Star Wars Rebels
It can't be easy being Dave Filoni. The creator of Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: Clone Wars is faced with an adoring, but demanding fanbase. For months we were calling for Filoni to bring Ahsoka Tano to Star Wars Rebels. Filoni duly obliged. Milliseconds after that particular request was satisfied, we begun calling for Thrawn to be introduced. Filoni delivered the goods once again, but already we've moved onto our next requests, such as Obi-Wan Kenobi and X-Wings. To put it bluntly, Dave Filoni is a generous God whom we all take for granted.

But seriously, when are we going to see X-Wings on Star Wars Rebels? That's a question SlashFilm asked the Rebels chief during Star Wars Celebration, and his response was a bit of a mixed bag for fans of the show.

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Everybody wants X-Wings, you know. It's a tricky thing in Star Wars because now we have so many things going on across so many platforms. That, you know, when you're creating a show and you're able to create, you know, stories in Star Wars, I try to see well how can we make this different? So one of the choices that we made early on was that we weren't gonna have X-Wings at least early on in the show. We've done B-Wings. Now we're doing Y-Wings. But I've tried to stay away from a lot of the original trilogy kind of New Hope backbone stuff, because that, I want that to be clearly this is not that story. We're a different cell.
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But, just because Filoni doesn't plan on bringing X-Wings in imminently, that doesn't mean he hasn't given some serious thought to how it could be done. 

Opening quote
If and when X-Wings do show up it'll probably be awesome. Kiri Hart and I always talk about Empire of the Sun. We love the movie Empire of the Sun. And to me the X-Wing moment, this is probably a giveaway, will be like the Cadillac in the sky moment when the B-51s come to the camp where the kid is. It has to have that kind of feeling behind it. That you're so excited to see these things. Then they have value again. As opposed to just saying, oh look there's an X-Wing. You know, I want them to appear in a moment of oh my gosh, I've been waiting for this.
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X-Wings are arguably one of the most-iconic space ships in Sci-Fi history, right up there with the Enterprise, Serenity, and the Millennium Falcon, so it's good to hear that Filoni isn't taking their introduction lightly. Empire of the Sun is a memorable movie, and this scene (featuring a little Christian Bale) is an absolute classic. But, replace those P-51's with X-Wings swooping in and you've potentially got yourself one of the most memorable scenes in Star Wars TV history.



Star Wars Rebels returns for its third season this Fall.
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