Darth Vader Returns for Season Finale of Star Wars Rebels!

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Next Monday brings the Season 1 finale of the surprisingly enjoyable Disney XD animated series “Star Wars Rebels,” and the channel has released an exciting teaser featuring tie fighters vs. The Ghost, Kanan & Ezra vs. The Inquisitor, and (*drumroll*) DARTH VADER! Check out the trailer below!

The episode, titled “Fire Across the Galaxy,” will air on Disney XD at 9:00 p.m. and boasts the second appearance of Lord Vader after his opening cameo during the version of the pilot that ABC aired, in which he was voiced by the master himself James Earl Jones. So far the show has been full of excitement and lots of Original Trilogy cameos (Lando Calrissian, Yoda, Grand Moff Tarkin, C-3P0, R2-D2, etc), with the current cliffhanger being whether the team can successfully rescue Kanan from the hands of the Empire.

To whet fan appetite for the finale, Freddie Prinze Jr. posted the following tweet on Friday after viewing the final two episodes of the season:

Set between the events of Star Wars: Episodes III and IV, the “Star Wars Rebels” story unfolds during a dark time when the evil Galactic Empire is tightening its grip of power on the galaxy. Imperial forces have occupied a remote planet and are ruining the lives of its people. The motley but clever crew of the starship Ghost – cowboy Jedi Kanan, ace pilot Hera, street-smart teenager Ezra, the “muscle” Zeb, warrior firebrand Sabine, and grumpy old astromech droid Chopper – will face threatening new villains, embark on thrilling adventures and become heroes with the power to ignite a rebellion.

The voice cast includes Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan, Vanessa Marshall as Hera, Steve Blum as Zeb, Tiya Sircar as Sabine, Taylor Gray as Ezra, David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus and Jason Isaacs as the Inquisitor.

“Star Wars Rebels” is created by Dave Filoni (“Star Wars: The Clone Wars”), Simon Kinberg (X-Men: Days of Future Past, “Sherlock Holmes”), and Carrie Beck. The Lucasfilm Animation production is also executive-produced by Filoni and Kinberg as well as Greg Weisman (“Gargoyles”).