Excited, you should be: Jedi Master Yoda will be appearing in "Path of the Jedi," the next episode of Star Wars Rebels! The news was revealed by TV Guide. There is a catch, of course: we'll only be hearing his voice, not actually seeing him. But the voice will be none other than the legendary Frank Oz, who famously portrayed Yoda in five out of six live-action films (including being the character's puppeteer before Yoda became CGI in Star Wars: Episode II Attack of the Clones). The character was also masterfully voiced by Tom Kane in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
In the episode, the voice of Yoda offers counsel to Kanan and Ezra, two of the lead characters in the series. As to why Yoda will only appear as a voice, executive producer Dave Filoni said he felt it would "confuse the audience less," as he didn't want people to "think Yoda could be teleporting from planet to planet." After all, Yoda is in hiding on Dagobah and Filoni "didn't want anyone to think that he had left Dagobah."
Continuity within the official Star Wars canon will be a big deal for this episode. Says Filoni: "This show is meant to fit in with everything that's going on: Clone Wars, features, novels. We do a lot of work to make sure there's continuity between those things now." So, as TV Guide notes, expect to see homages to stories such as Star Wars: Episode V The Empire Strikes Back and the final episodes of The Clone Wars (where Yoda went on a quest to discover the secrets of immortality).
It will be interesting to see what this means for Kanan and Ezra. To have someone like Yoda appear suggests that these characters are a big deal—or is Yoda communing with many Jedi throughout the galaxy? Perhaps he knows of the "children of the Force" that Darth Vader referred to in Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion? We'll find out soon enough!
"Path of the Jedi" will air on Disney XD on January 5th. It will be available on WatchDisneyXD beginning December 29th.
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