Episode: "Water War"
Series: Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Season 4, Episode 1
Original Air Date: September 16, 2011
This story arc is a welcome opportunity to expand on the character of Ackbar, an admiral with the Rebel Alliance once he turns up in Return of the Jedi. Ackbar has long been one of my wife's favorite Star Wars characters, though mostly I think she just enjoys the opportunity to mock his piscine appearance. "I smell butter... and lemon..." she jokes, "it's a trap!"
My favorite Ackbar-related story came up a few years ago when the University of Mississippi sought to clean up its public image by replacing its on-field mascot. Ole Miss's sports teams are known as the Rebels, named for the Confederate soldiers of yore and the old mascot was essentially an antebellum plantation owner, understandably seen as offensive by many. One geek-minded group of students advocated for Admiral Ackbar to be the school's new Rebel.
|via Edmonton Singh Speaks!
Lucasfilm is flattered that our Star Wars fans at the University of Mississippi are considering electing Admiral Ackbar as their mascot. The last time we checked in with Admiral Ackbar he was leading the Rebel Alliance Fleet on a critical mission so it will be difficult for him to show up for the games!Alas, the Admiral lost out to the Rebel Black Bear: