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Did ‘Star Wars Rebels’ just introduce time travel to the Star Wars universe?

POSTED March 2, 2018 9:59 a.m.
A new scene from “Star Wars Rebels” just brought time travel back to the Star Wars universe.

In the scene, hero Ezra finds an ancient Jedi temple. He opens a door and finds a moving mural, which is actually a doorway to many paths across time and space.

As he approaches the space, he hears whispers from some Star Wars legends like Qui-Gon Jinn, Obi-Wan Kenobi and Princess Leia.

Ezra then spots scenes from earlier episodes of “Rebels,” including one in which Rebellion leader Ahsoka Tano battles her former master Darth Vader. He also sees images of himself.

However, this might not actually be the first time we’ve seen time travel in Star Wars.

In the old expanded Star Wars universe, which was downgraded from "canon" to "legend" after Disney took the reins of the franchise, two characters named Jacen Solo and Ben Skywalker use an ability called “flow walking,” which allows them to view the past and future (they just can’t change it,” according to Mashable).

In fact, Jacen travels back in time to watch his grandfather, Anakin Skywalker, be trained as a Jedi.

Audiences have also seen heroine Rey receive visions of the future and past in “The Force Awakens” and “The Last Jedi.” And if you really want to get technical, Luke saw visions of Cloud City and his friends back in “Empire Strikes Back.”

“In short, Star Wars likes to get timey-wimey with it — but only in brief glimpses,” Mashable's Chris Taylor wrote. “As much as it breaks new ground, the time travel of 'Rebels' is also extremely limited and judiciously used. The Force as we know it is still with us — but it also has a constant capacity to surprise.”


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