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B: Being a fan and stepping into the world of "Star Wars" that's gotta be a little bit overwhelming at times.
B: Is that how you'd define it, as terrifying?
S: No I mean it's daunting. It's different than anything I've done before. I've worked in other universes that are daunting and sort of deep in scale and scope like "Sherlock Holmes" or the "X-Men" movies but "Star Wars" is a religion, it's different than everything else. The only thing I can liken it to, which I've said to folks before is like, if you were a rabbi or a priest and somebody came to you and said you get to write a new book of the Bible, that's kind of what it's like. So it's really exciting and yet I feel a different responsibility than anything I've worked on before, so it's definitely daunting.
B: With "Rebels" and the biblical analogy, it seems like there are a lot of biblical names coming through, was that conscious or just that kind of happened?
S: Well I think it was conscious in the sense that a lot of the classic characters had biblical names, whether it was Ben or Luke, on down the line. There was, as you know I'm sure, the Joseph Campbell sort of rules and guide to mythic story telling was a huge part of George Lucas' inspiration for the films and the Bible plays a big part in that sort of myth making tradition. So it's always been a part of "Star Wars" and like you said, there's a lot of fans who are the writers, the creators, the directors of "Rebels" so it's not so much a strategic return to the originals or a respect for the prequels, it's just natural, we're all actually fans of these things and so we get excited about the same things that I think initially excited George about the universe.