While people who described Star Wars: The Force Awakens as a “remake” were clearly overstating the case, the hit movie was intentionally filled with references and callbacks — as is much of the Star Wars canon.

Case in point: Check out the mid-season trailer for Star Wars Rebels, below, and you’ll think you’re watching an animated remix of the best parts — and characters — from the original and prequel trilogies, not to mention a nod to a Force Awakens innovation.

First off we have Princess Leia, making her first appearance in the series as an agent for her stepfather Bail Organa. Then there’s her actual father, Darth Vader, who makes a second appearance in his black masked guise — and a first in his original Anakin Skywalker form Read more…

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