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Did you know 'Star Wars Rebels' is stacked with talented actors?

Great voices have always been a staple of the Star Wars universe. It’s the voice of Anthony Daniels that makes C-3PO so unique, and I’m pretty sure that none of us would be as affected by Darth Vader if he sounded like Bob from accounting. James Earl Jones and his iconic baritone play a huge part of Darth Vader and our Star Wars experience.

In that same vein, Star Wars Rebels is bringing its A-game when it comes to talented actors. Jason Isaacs (aka Harry Potter‘s Lucius Malfoy) and David Oyelowo (shortlisted for an Oscar, but we’ll get to that later) voice Rebel‘s two strongest villains, The Inquisitor and Agent Kallus, and bring such a delightful darkness to their characters. These are three-dimensional bad guys, who certainly think they’re on the right side of the issue, and both men play them to perfection.

Jason Isaacs as The Inquisitor

Isaacs is such a delicious bad guy, it’s amazing just how much his voice alone can freak audiences out. Add the dialogue and just how threatening The Inquisitor is, and it’s a great combination.

David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus

Oyelowo is fast becoming an Oscar contender thanks to his portrayal of Martin Luther King Jr. in Selma, and his impressive voice is a huge reason Agent Kallus is such a great bad guy. Kallus may look like your typical Imperial officer, but he sounds like the last person in the world you want to piss off. Alternately, with this voice, Kallus is just as believable as an officer who talked his way into the highest levels of The Empire.

Guest star voices are no less striking. We’ve already seen appearances by Star Wars fan favorites Dee Bradley Baker and James Arnold Taylor. James Earl Jones surprised fans in the ABC special “Spark of Rebellion.” Anthony Daniels dropped in as C-3PO, and, for fans of Disney’s Star Tours ride, Paul Reubens showed up as our favorite shuttle-driving RX series. If you’re a Star Trek fan, Brent Spiner is doing a fantastic job as Senator Gall Trayis. If you’re a fan of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, both Kath Soucie and Phil Lamarr are doing a tremendous job.

The main cast, however, really shines.

Freddie Prinze, Jr. as Kanan Jarrus

While you may know Freddie Prinze Jr. best as Fred in Scooby Doo or Cole Ortiz in 24, Prinze can also be heard in Mass Effect 3 and Dragon Age: Inquisition. His performance as Kanan Jarrus is a terrific blend of self-assuredness as a team leader, roguish charm as a partner to Vanessa Marshall’s Twi’lek Hera Syndulla, hesitation as a teacher to Taylor Gray’s Ezra Bridger, comfortable camaraderie as a fighter to Steve Blum’s Zeb Orellios, and stern but caring big brother to both Ezra and Tiya Sircar’s Sabine Wren.

That’s a lot for one voice and actor to encompass, but Prinze manages it.

Vanessa Marshall as Hera

Vanessa Marshall brings that same level of complexity to Hera. Hera is, without a doubt, my favorite character on the show, and that’s due as much to the way Marshall plays her as to how Hera’s written. Hera’s a crack pilot, a shrewd businesswoman, maternal in a way that’s both intimidating and heartwarming depending on the situation, and a purr of a flirt when it comes to Kanan.

Steve Blum as Zeb

Then there’s Steve Blum as Zeb. Blum has one of those resumes that you look at and realize you’ve heard him so many places that it’s hard to believe he has any free time at all. I’ll admit, I’ve been an unabashed fan of his voice since he did the English translation for Spike Spiegel in Cowboy Bebop—but Zeb is fast becoming one of my favorite characters thanks to Blum. He’s cocky, fierce, snarky, and unexpectedly heartbreaking when you least expect it. Plus, Blum voices other characters on the show, so it’s really fun to hear him talk to himself.

Tiya Sircar and Taylor Gray

Both Tiya Sircar (plays Sabine Wren) and Taylor Gray (plays Ezra Bridger) round out the talented cast. They walk a fine line, playing teenagers with attitude, between being edgy and being bratty. Case in point: Hayden Christensen’s Anakin, who always felt like a spoiled brat to me. So far, both of them are staying on the right side of that line, in my opinion.

But don’t take my word for it. Listen to their voices yourself and tell me if you don’t have nightmares starring The Inquisitor. It’s easy to dismiss Star Wars Rebels as a kids’ show or some cartoon on Disney X D, but with this level of talent, it’s proving itself as so much more—and I can’t wait to see what’s next.

Star Wars Rebels airs Mondays at 9/8C on Disney X D.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

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