Review: Star Wars Rebels Seasons 1 and 2 Soundtracks
As an enthusiast of the music composed by Kevin Kiner in Star Wars Rebels, I am excited that Disney and Lucasfilm released the soundtracks from seasons 1 and 2 via digital download. I purchased and downloaded both soundtracks via iTunes as soon as they were released.
In general, I am happy with these releases and wanted to share some of my observations and favorite cues from the recently released Star Wars Rebels seasons 1 and 2 soundtracks.
Season 1 soundtrack contains 28 cues including themes for the following characters…
Unfortunately, the themes for Kanan, Hera, Zeb and Chopper were not included with the Season 1 release.
Some of my favorite cues from Star Wars Rebels Season 1 release are…
Rebels Main Theme, which can be heard in almost every episode, in my opinion, evokes the emotions of anticipation of adventure that is forthcoming. A great addition to the catalogue of Star Wars themes.
Glory of the Empire, which is in the Season 1 episode, Empire Day, is just a fun twist to one of the most recognized Star Wars Themes, The Imperial March.
lnquisitor Duel, heard in the Season 1 episode, Fire Across The Galaxy, which evokes the feelings of danger, fear and finally relief, that I experienced during the fight between Kanan and the Grand Inquisitor.
The Season 2 soundtrack has 33 cues including a new theme for the character of Darth Maul.
Some of my favorite cues from Star Wars Rebels Season 2 release includes:
Journey into the Star Cluster is a beautiful piece and definitely gives me the feeling that anything is possible.
The cue Kanan and Hera evokes the feeling that many of us already realized, that these two characters are meant for each other and are indeed, ‘space married’.
Anakin and Ahsoka evokes the heart break of Ahsoka as she realizes what her former master, Anakin, has become.
It’s Over Now cue evokes many feelings, especially the sadness of all the characters after the events on Malachor.
I also wanted to share a some opinions of these soundtrack releases from a few of my fellow Star Wars Rebels fans.
This series continues to be my bread and butter and the music from each of the seasons just fuels the obsession. The season 1 soundtrack is great, but it was merely the appetizer for the main course. The season 2 OST. Tracks to lift your heart like ‘Hera Soars’ or make you melancholy like ‘Twin Moons’. And also tracks to reduce you to a sobbing mess. I’m looking at you, ‘Where the Sun Sails and the Moon Walks’ and ‘It’s Over Now’. Matt Clifton
One of the things I love most about Kevin Kiner’s score for Star Wars Rebels, Season 2 are his subtle nods to well-known film scores. He is not only emulating John Williams, but others as well. In “You’re the Bait” from Episode 3 “The Lost Commanders,” there’s a not-so-subtle nod to the movie JAWS when the men go “Out To Sea” to catch that pesky shark. Captain Rex and his crew are trying to catch a large creature as well, so the scene mirrors JAWS both in picture and music.
“Hera Soars” from Episode 7 “Wings Of The Master” is a soaring, gorgeous track. Play that track side by side with the Main Title from THE ROCKETEER soundtrack, and you’ll notice the similarities immediately.
Between Kevin Kiner’s score and the story of Star Wars Rebels, the show runners are following the same plan George Lucas had from the very beginning for STAR WARS: delve deep into the past to create a story many will hold dear for the present and future. Sarah Woloski, aka JediTink from Skywalking Through Neverland
So are you a fan of the Star Wars Rebels cues?
Have you downloaded one of both of these season releases?
What is your favorite cues or themes from Star Wars Rebels?