Star Wars Rebels: “The Occupation” & “Flight of the Defender”: episode review

Welcome back to The Elven Padawan’s reviews of Star Wars Rebels‘ fourth and final season!

Shay and Audrey are back to review the latest two episodes from season four, “The Occupation” and “Flight of the Defender”, both of which aired in the U.S. on Disney XD on October 30th, 3017.

These episodes saw our favorite Rebel team return to the place where it all got started, Ezra Bridger’s home planet of Lothal. Currently under Imperial occupation and being used to manufacture countless war-machines as testaments of the Empire’s might, Lothal has changed a lot since we last saw it, and Shay and Audrey share their reactions to that, as well as to the new hints these episodes gave on some mysterious creatures who seemingly will play a big part in this story, as well as where the series is taking us overall. There are plenty of SPOILERS for the current episodes of the fourth season here, so read at your own risk!!

I hope you enjoy this review, and be looking forward to The Elven Padawan’s reviews for the rest of the season, including “Kindred” and “Crawler Commanders”, two new episodes that will be airing this coming Monday. You can also get caught up on Shay and Audrey’s past reviews for Star Wars Rebels season 4 episodes here: “Heroes of Mandalore” and “In the Name of the Rebellion”.


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The Ghost crew is back to fighting the Empire on Lothal! But so many things are different now…. Source: StarWars.com

Shay: Before we even get going on the details of these two episodes, I was wondering if you had any initial thoughts or reactions, things that really stood out to you, from them?

 

Audrey: I spent pretty much the whole day after I watched them thinking about Loth-Wolves and “Dume.” I also realized how many things mirror past episodes, mostly from season one, only with the stakes much higher.

Shay: I did the same when it came to those wolves! There was a lot of very intriguing stuff there, and I’m really impatient to find out what they meant by it all….
I’m also realizing just how right Mr. Dave was when he said everything since the beginning has been all thought-out and nothing was filler, that it all had a purpose. It all makes so much sense now that we’re here and the end and it’s all tying together.
I also was thinking about how strong Ezra’s ties to his home were, as opposed to Pryce, who is also from Lothal, and couldn’t care less about how the Empire is destroying it.
Audrey: Lothal is so sad looking! It’s changed so much. I forgot how long it’s been since we’ve really seen much of it. I think the only episode on Lothal last year was “An Inside Man”.

 

Shay: When Vizago’s ship first went into the atmosphere and we got a good look at the surface of the planet, I felt like someone had punched me in the stomach. It was so natural before, something we don’t get a whole lot of in Star Wars, and seeing it the way they’ve done it now makes me want to cry.

Something that also struck me really hard about it was how much it reminded me of Dathomir, for some reason. And Dathomir is such a dead, desolate world, everything about it seems so dark and heavy.

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Lothal….

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and Dathomir… Source: StarWars.com

Audrey: I think Ezra handled it pretty well though; if that was my planet that entire parts of where burning, I don’t even know how I would handle it.
When Mon Mothma told him he could go, Ezra made it sound like he wasn’t coming back to the Rebellion, so at least that provides a good way he doesn’t have to meet Luke in between now and ESB. I love how Hera immediately said they were all going.

 

Shay: He did very well not letting his anger get a hold on him, and instead using those feelings to make him more determined to get rid of the Empire. I love seeing how much our little Blueberry has grown!

That’s a very good point, and something I want to touch on for a moment: Ezra seems like he’s decided that he’s staying on Lothal. Now, we know Ezra has said things in the past that he’s regretted later, and he often makes rash decisions. Do you think this could turn into one of those, where he eventually sees that, like Hera believes, the only way to free one planet is to get the entire Empire out of the way? Because Ezra at this point seems to be taking much of the same mentality as Cham does, and wanting to try to free his people first, when that’s really pretty impossible. What do you think about all this?

Audrey: I think if they can do some good for the people on Lothal, then Ezra won’t completely regret it. He might regret having everyone come with him if something happens. He said he’s had a long time to think about this, so it’s not his most rash decision, but he sure seemed to be questioning his choice while they were in the sewers.
Also, about only freeing one planet, it could be argued that some planets are suffering worse than others. Maybe the Empire doesn’t have a factory on a certain planet, or they’re not mining kyber from it. Some worlds won’t make it if they have to wait until the Rebellion is strong enough to take the Empire down completely.
Shay: I wonder, though, if something very bad does happen, could it result in him walking away entirely? Not turning Dark, but just walking away like Ahsoka? So he can have a chance to watch from a distance and figure things out for himself?
Audrey: It’s hard to picture Ezra watching from a distance, he’s so involved. But if something happened, it would change him a lot, like after Malachor. If he did step back, I feel like it wouldn’t be for very long, unless he completely gives up hope.
Shay: But do you think it’s a futile effort, that in the end they’ll realize that there’s no way to push the Empire off of just one planet at a time?
Audrey: That’s true, they definitely can’t win the entire war that way. They’re in a tough spot. It’s like what Mon Mothma said about this being a time of difficult choices.
Shay: I would like to know what all the others characters think about what they’re doing. It’s obvious that Lothal has a special place in all their hearts, and I know they talked about this in the Rebels Recon for these episodes. But I’m curious about whether the others have decided what they’re really planning to do in the long run or not. Like you mentioned before, Hera quickly said that the whole crew was going together, and it reminds us all again that they really are a family and all stick together when it comes to these situations. But do you think they know about Ezra’s implied decision to stay with Lothal for good? It seems that if he does that, he would have to leave not only the greater Rebellion, but his family on the Ghost as well, and unlike Sabine and Zeb, and even Hera, he doesn’t have any family anywhere else. He and Kanan are really alone aside from each other and the rest of the Ghost family. And we know Hera eventually goes back to the Alliance and is there for quite a few more years. So is that to be taken as a sign that something bad will happen and the survivors will go back to the Alliance alone, or just that they’ll have to make hard decisions and the family will have to break up while the war is going?
Audrey: As sad as breaking up the family would be, I’d like that better then something awful happening.
Shay: I will have to agree with you 100% on that…
Here’s an item that I totally loved in these episodes: all the connections! I know we touched on this a little before, but just wow. Puffer pigs, Vizago, references to Hondo Ohnaka and Lando Calrissian, Jai Kell, Baron Valen Rudor, the “Academy days”, Sabine’s symbol, escaping through the sewers…. and not to mention the whole “We just stole a TIE Fighter when we didn’t mean to” thing! These episodes were not only amazing call-backs to the earlier seasons, but showed just how much everything has changed since then.
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Return of the Puffer Pigs! Source: StarWars.com

Audrey: I love how “all the paths are coming together.” (So far, at least..) All the episodes that some people looked down on when the show started up are coming into play. I really don’t know how people can say this show is terrible.
Shay: I know! I do understand how some people kinda rolled their eyes at the first several episodes of the first season, even I did that. But people still hate on it because of those ones, and it’s grown so much from then! And we’re seeing all the time that what they’ve always said is absolutely true, there is no filler in this thing. Everything that has happened has been important and is now coming back to remind us of that, and even the entire show is coming to be connected to the rest of the series in such awesome ways.

Just look at what they’ve done with Jai! I really never expected to see him back again, even though I have wanted it really bad since first seeing the episode with him and Ezra in the Academy.

There is one thing that really throws me, however, and that’s why he was even on Lothal in the first place. After Ezra was able to help him escape from the Empire way back in season one, it was implied that the Rebellion helped him and his mom get into hiding somewhere, since they were pretty sure he was Force-sensitive and Project Harvester was still in full-swing then. But now we find him right back on Lothal and helping with Ryder’s rebel cell there.
Audrey: Maybe he felt like Ezra, that he needed to come back and help his people. Or maybe they found him a hiding place on Lothal, though that does seem like they would have gone for a less obvious choice.
Shay: You would have thought the Empire would have been able to hunt him down by now if he was nearby, especially if he was around Old Jho’s place a lot. Of course, he does look pretty different now, even Ezra didn’t recognize him…
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Jai Kell in the Imperial Academy, from the season one episode “Breaking Ranks”. Source: StarWars.com

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Jai Kell now, from the season four episode “The Occupation”. Source: StarWars.com

Audrey: We haven’t talked about a very important part! That Kanera moment!
Ok I actually don’t have many thoughts on it except how disappointed Kanan looked, but it still definitely needs to be mentioned.
Shay: Yes we have to talk about that!
Poor Kanan, I kinda feel bad for the guy… every time they start to get somewhere concerning their relationship something else has to get in the way.
Do you think we’re actually going to get some more resolution on this soon, or is it Mr. Dave teasing us and we’re gonna keep getting little “almost” things like this throughout the whole season? I don’t know what I’m going to do if I have to go all mid-season break wondering about it, but it really looks like that’s the way it’ll go!
Audrey: Mr. Dave loves to tease us so much, so I bet he waits until the finale or the episode right before to really resolve anything. Mid-season break is going to feel loooong.

 

Shay: Ug, I know!! I’m already feeling it, and it’s still weeks away!!

And now, because we haven’t actually talked about it yet…
THE LOTH-WOLF!
Just give me what you were thinking when it first came on and knocked Sabine out.
Audrey: First I was thinking “What just happened, how did it do that?” And I was a bit put-off, and felt like Ezra when he almost reached for his lightsaber. Definitely not how I imagined Sabine getting knocked out.
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Ezra and an unconscious Sabine take a ride on a mystical white Loth-wolf to escape the Empire. Source: StarWars.com

 

Shay: I’m not even sure if I was thinking clearly when I first saw it… I didn’t know what exactly was going to happen, but like you said, I definitely never imagined that happening to Sabine! I figured the wolf wasn’t going to out-right hurt them at that point, though, as it and the cat had seemed to be trying to keep up with them and help guide them for a while now.

What do you think about the wolf having that effect on Sabine, and actually seeming to have the ability to talk some? Do you think that was all through the Force, or was it something the wolf just naturally has the ability to do?
Audrey: I get why the wolf had to do that, Sabine can’t see it (it also seemed like she couldn’t see the white Loth-Cat earlier), and if Ezra told her to ride on something that she couldn’t see was there, even with the trust she has in Ezra, I don’t think she’d believe him…
I think the talking ability comes from the Force, because no other animals have talked, have they?

 

Shay: Not that I know of…

I think it was all through the Force as well, because it wouldn’t work for the wolf to just be invisible and her to still be able to ride on it… That just doesn’t seem like it would follow with the rules of how these things tend to go…
I wonder if it’s only Ezra that can see these animals, or if it’s all, or at least certain, Force users? We know Ezra could hear the purgill singing and it seemed like even Kanan was unable to hear that, and I don’t think it was ever fully confirmed whether he saw the white loth-cat before, when Ezra followed it to Ryder in season two.
Audrey: I think at least Kanan will be able to see them– Wait, what am I saying??He’ll be able to hear/touch them, because we know he gets to meet them later and that they have something to do with him directly.

 

Shay: That makes sense.

Here’s something else I noticed, too: do you think there’s a connection between the white Loth-wolf, the white Loth-cat, and the Convor-owl with the light markings? There seems to be a common thread through all of them and the way they seem to be watching over Ezra, Kanan, and even Ahsoka while she was around. 
Audrey: They each seem to be trying to help and protect them, like they’re trying to help make up for the fact that they’re some of the only Jedi, or near-Jedi, left.
Shay: I find it especially interesting that that one convor was on Malachor after Ahsoka disappeared, almost as if it were continuing to watch over her even though everyone else had given up on her, thinking she was dead.
It’s also interesting how each one seems attracted to a particular member of that group: the convor to Ahsoka, the loth-cat to Ezra, and the wolf possibly to Kanan. Each those animals really symbolize each of those characters, and seem to almost represent them, in some way, though we don’t know what it is yet.

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Audrey: I wonder what the dark colored wolves represent? The white ones are beautiful and majestic, their size makes them a little intimidating, but the dark ones that are growling at Ezra in that part in the trailer are just a tiny bit creepy to me. Also that part where you see their eyes coming out of the darkness. That’s going to be interesting.
Shay: I’m assuming those are just the “normal” ones, like how there are regular loth-cats and convorees that have regular coloration and don’t seem to have anything special about them.
Do you have any thoughts on what the wolf meant with the last thing it said to Ezra? If the closed captioning on the episode is to believed, it said “Dume”, which we can take as a reference to “Caleb Dume”, Kanan’s real name. No one has called Kanan that since Order 66, and the only reference we’ve have to it in Rebels was Maul seemingly pulling it from Hera while mind-probing her.
Audrey: It might have something to do with the revelation that Mr.Dave said Kanan was going to have.
I wonder if it will tie into his fate over all, or will just guide him on the right path?
Shay: I don’t know, but I certainly can’t wait to see how it all goes down!
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What did you think of these episodes? Do you have any predictions for what the wolf has in store for Kanan and Ezra? How do you plan to survive the mid-season break? Let me know in the comments!

“In the Name of the Rebellion”: episode review

Welcome to The Elven Padawan’s review of “In the Name of the Rebellion”, episodes 3 and 4 of the finale season of Star Wars Rebels. This episode featured the return of Saw Gererra, a character first appearing in the pevious Star Wars animated series, The Clone Wars, and who also played a key part in last year’s entry to the Star Wars anthologies, Rogue One. This episode also featured the first appearance of the Massassi Rebel base seen in both Rogue One and A New Hope, as well as many clues about the ongoing construction of the Death Star and the current state of the Rebel Alliance.

Just like last week, I reviewed this episode with my friend Audrey via email. There are some petty major spoilers here, so read at your own risk!

I hope you enjoy this review, and be looking forward to The Elven Padawan’s coverage of the next episodes of Star Wars Rebels, “The Occupation” and “Flight of the Defender”, which will be airing this coming Monday.


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Several members of the Ghost crew finally arrive at the Rebel Alliance base on Yavin 4. Source: StarWars.com

Shay: This episode starts with Kanan, Ezra, Sabine, and Chopper heading to the Rebel Alliance base on Yavin 4 after the events of “Heroes of Mandalore”.
What was very interesting to me about all this is that it seems like those guys hadn’t even been to Yavin 4 yet, and they hadn’t even really met the rest of Rogue Squadron. They really seemed kinda clueless. Which is odd if we’re assuming that about 6 months has passed between the end of the beginning of this season and the end of last, which is how it usually goes.
Audrey: I guess they left right after “Zero Hour” with Sabine and Tristan, though it doesn’t make sense why Hera would have to convince Mon Mothma to let them go if they hadn’t even met up yet.
Shay: That’s what I was thinking as well. I’m guessing that, after everything went down on Attolon, Mon expected all the remnants of the Rebellion to go straight to Yavin 4 and continue their work there.
Maybe she didn’t want any members of the official “Rebel Alliance” involved in the war on Mandalore, which would makes sense considering her talk with Ezra in this episode. Perhaps that is what Hera had to convince her of.
But the odd thing was, at the very end of last season, it seemed they were all heading straight back to Yavin, except for maybe Sabine.
And that also means that if about 6 months has passed between seasons, those guys haven’t seen Hera and Zeb for that long. That’s kinda crazy, if you think about how close they’ve always been throughout the rest of this series. It also explains how excited Hera was to see them all back again.
Audrey: Especially Hera and Chopper! I bet they haven’t been parted for more than a few days since she found him. They returned at the perfect time, right after Hera was devastated because of the attack on her squadron. That reunion was so neat!
Shay: Ahh, I loved it so much too! Space family forever! 
But I also think this might help explain some things from the last episode, as well, especially about Kanan and Hera’s conversation. Remember how we said it was kind of odd, because he hasn’t acted that way in a long time and it seemed to throw her a bit? We were wondering what had changed between seasons for them to be back in their old back-and-forth thing like that. And also, we know that in this season both of them are really giving a lot of thought into what’s gong on between them and their future, especially Kanan. To me, it makes a lot of sense that, if they had been apart for that long, he would have really started thinking about that, and it also makes sense that she’s a little more open to the idea now that she’s realized just how easy it would be to loose her family (“Zero Hour” showed her that), and she’s realizing just how much she’ll miss them if they’re gone.
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Mon Mothma, General Dodonna, and Senator Bail Organa fill Hera Syndulla and her crew in on the most recent happenings in the Rebellion. Source: StarWars.com

Shay: So after the family gets back together, they all head to see Mon Mothma and talk about their next mission.

And can we just please talk about Kallus for a moment.
Audrey: Yes!! Rebel Kallus! I never expected him to be such an important character or to really have any development. They’ve done a great job making you care what happens to him. He’s used to be one of those characters I’d think “Oh great, it’s him.” whenever he appeared, but now I want to see more of him and what his place will be in the Rebellion.. They never called him Alexsandr though. That disappointed me a little.

Shay: They definitely need to get that in sometime before this season is over. 

Or maybe he should just get his own comic book series!
I’m really happy with all the development we’ve seen from him, it’s amazing how he’s become such a big fan-favorite when originally he was just a petty “meh” villain.
 
Shay: Mon Mothma and Ezra had a very interesting discussion in this season, about the whole idea of “how we choose to fight”. This seems like it’s going to be a reoccurring theme throughout this season, and it’s really been something the crew has been dealing with every since the beginning.
What did you think of what Ezra was saying, and Mon’s explanation to him?
Audrey: I can understand Ezra completely. His home and his people are suffering under the oppression of the Empire, and he wants to do something about it. I’d feel that way too. But Mon Mothma points out that there are many, many more plants and people going through the same things, that they can’t just focus on one planet. Also, she says how they still aren’t ready for open war. She has to think about the safety the people involved in the Alliance and the bigger picture over all.

Shay: I loved how she explained everything out to him, and even revealed that her world is in a very similar situation to Lothal.

I find Ezra to be extremely relateable in a lot of the things he does and says, so like you, I did understand what he meant. But at the same time, I did understand what Mon was trying to get across to him.
Of course, this is the point where Saw pops up and he and Mon have an argument about the way the Rebellion is being run. It’s been amazing getting to see how Saw has progressed as a character over the years, from where he started out in The Clone Wars, to showing up again in Rebels, and eventually where we find him in Rogue One.
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Rebel extremest Saw Gererra argues with Mon Mothma about how the Rebellion should be doing things. Source: StarWars.com

Shay: What did you think of the way Mon handled Saw at this point? We’ve always seen her so calm and collected, no matter what happens, so it was definitely mixing things up to see her get very upset like she did here.
Audrey: For the most part, I didn’t agree with what he was saying. If the Rebels are trying to fight terror of the Empire, they can’t fight it by causing more terror. But when Mon Mothma says they’re still trying to find a peaceful way in the Senate, I kinda laughed because the Senate won’t be around much longer, and even if it was, what’s the Emperor going to do? Say, “Oh I didn’t realize I was causing so much trouble. I’ll stop being so evil now”?
I’m glad she tries to reason with him, instead of just shutting him off right away. She makes her points without being mean, but when it’s clear he’s not going to listen, she walks away.
They also listened to each other without interrupting, which doesn’t happen in many disagreements.

 

Shay: I thought the same thing when I first saw it! She basically said that the Senate no longer had any hope when she resigned and began the Alliance last season, so it made me scratch my head when she went right back to that argument again here.
I understand that she wants to hold out hope that the Senate will be able to work things out, but at the same time, it’s beginning to make her look a little naive. Don’t get me wrong, I love Mon Mothma, and I respect how strong she’s been about making sure everything the Rebellion does is held up to a strict moral code. But sometimes I think she tries so hard to keep hoping something will happen peacefully that she misses what’s going on in the rest of the galaxy. It reminds me of Satine’s quote from The Clone Wars: “Hope will only go so far.” 

I do really like how, like you said, they handled the whole thing very civilly and gave a good example of how to deal with conflicts like that.

 

Shay: And then the family heads off on another adventure! Man, it was just so good to see them all back together and doing missions as a group like old times. Even though a lot of things are different now, and there’s a bit of tension between everyone because of everything (Hera trying to be devoted to the Rebellion, Ezra wanting to help his people and also trying to figure out his own destiny, Kanan trying to figure out his path), but it still just made me so happy.

Plus all the times they kept referring to Ezra and Sabine as “the kids”.
Audrey: I loved seeing them all together again too! (Even though I think Ezra and Sabine have been getting a bit too much screen time lately.) At first I thought Kanan wasn’t even going to be part of this mission, so I’m glad he tagged along.
Everyone was using their gifts in this one, Kanan’s force-sight, Hera’s flying, Zeb’s TIE defender shooting, Sabine’s explosives and technology knowledge, Ezra’s… impersonating and blaster fire cover, and Chopper’s droid abilities. They make such a great team!

Shay: It’s because they’re a family!

And poor little Ezra…. I loved how exasperated Sabine kept getting with him. Especially over the whole “Brom Titus” thing, and his wave when they were there on the dish. That was so Ezra!
And I have to bring up Kanan and Hera’s flying together, too. I loved how trusting they were of each other, and how they are pretty much unstoppable when they’re doing that.
Audrey: “Boy, I must trust you a lot.” “I know you do.”
I loved that part…
Shay: Ahh, it was so good!!
Kanan’s “Force sight” has really developed a lot since he first started using it, way back in the beginning of season 2 when they were in that sandstorm with Rex and his buddies. It’s really interesting to see yet another example of how each Jedi has their own gifts, and how their circumstances help bring that out and cultivate it.
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Hera flies the Ghost as Kanan uses the Force to help guide her through the mist. Source: StarWars.com

Shay: And then in comes Saw to save the day!

I wonder if those bombs he threw down onto the dish were proton bombs, like what the Rebel kept trying to find last season, or if they were rhydonium, like what they used against the fyrnocks in season 1? Because the explosion had all the colors like a rhydonium explosion would…
Audrey: They looked like the proton bombs from “The Wynkathu Job”, but that was a beautiful explosion.
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Audrey: And no more Commander Brom Titus.
Shay: Honestly, I can’t say I’m gonna miss him very much… Of course, now Ezra can’t impersonate him, either, and it was always funny when he did that. 
I also loved it when Saw called in to Hera and said, “Don’t worry, your kids will be safe with me.”
Saw’s basically just this guy who goes around the galaxy stealing other people’s kids and bringing them over to his way of thinking, then deserting them and making them go to the other way of thinking.
Audrey: Basically. XD
Shay: Now Saw, Two Tubes, Ezra, Sabine, and Chopper are all headed to a mission at Faos Station, where Saw has some intel about a top-secret Imperial shipment there.
We know Saw has been chasing this mysterious “Imperial superweapon” around since “Ghosts of Geonosis”, and really even before that he was obsessed with finding out what the Empire wanted with kyber crystals. I have to wonder exactly how much he knew about it all at this time. Because, and correct me if I’m wrong,but they didn’t really even know about the Death Star until Rogue One, right?
Audrey: Yes, they didn’t know what its purpose was, or the name of it until then. I’m really curious about where exactly they’re hiding it at this point.
Shay: Me too. We know from the trailer that it looks like the Rebels will end up coming across some of the construction modules, so I’m guessing they’re moving it around from place to place as the Rebellion keeps finding out more.
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What did you think of “In the Name of the Rebellion”? What are you expecting from next week’s episodes? Did you have a favorite moment from these episodes, or something you wish would have been in there? Let me know in the comments below!

“Heroes of Mandalore” parts 1 & 2: episode review

Welcome to The Elven Padawan’s review of the season 4 opener of Star Wars Rebels, “Heroes of Mandalore”. This episode marks the beginning of the end for Rebels, as season 4 will be the final season. This was an amazing episode, featuring Mandalorian Rebel Sabine Wren’s return to her homeworld to rescue her father from Imperial captivity.

To review this episode for you, I got together with my good friend and fellow Rebels fan, Audrey, and we talked through our thoughts on the highlights of this episode.

I hope you enjoy our review, and be looking forward to The Elven Padawan’s coverage of the next episode, “In the Name of the Rebellion”, after it airs next week.


Shay: So the episode starts out with Sabine, Ezra, Kanan, Fenn Rau, and a group of fighters from clan Wren in a trench, heading to an Imperial facility on Mandalore where they think Sabine’s dad is being kept. But since this is Rebels, nothing goes exactly the way it’s supposed to.

We haven’t seen Mandalore since the The Clone Wars arc there with Maul and Obi-Wan, and it’s the first time it’s ever appeared in Rebels. What were your thoughts on how it looked in this style?

Audrey: It was very dry looking. The only pictures I had seen before were of cities, so this was different than the image that would have popped into my head if someone told me to imagine Mandalore.

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One of Mandalore’s highly civilized cities from The Clone Wars (top), vs. the barren wasteland of outside from Star Wars Rebels (bottom). Source: StarWars.com

Audrey: It also didn’t start out as I imagined. I thought they’d be at Yavin IV, and Sabine would be convincing them to come help. But we started right in the middle of the action!!

Shay: Exactly! In fact, when we first started the episode, my sister was trying to figure out how exactly they had gotten to that point where it picks up. Really the only thing we know is that Hera was able to convince Mon Mothma to let the Ghost crew go to help out the effort to free Sabine’s father, but beyond that it’s just a pretty big blank.

Once the Rebels make their way to the facility, they fight their way inside, only to discover that Alric Wren is not there. Bo-Katan and other members of clan Kryze greet them at this point, and let them know that everything was a trap.

One thing that really made me laugh at this point was Dave Filoni as a Stormtrooper. There’s this one point where he’s actually threatening Sabine’s life, he’s got a blaster pointed at her, and I was just thinking how in-character that seemed for him…

Audrey: Wait that was Mr. Dave? Now I’m going to have to watch it a third time just to hear that!

Even though that’s supposed to be a serious scene, they put several goofy things in it. Ezra trying to figure out his jet pack cracks me up.

Shay: It sounded just like him to me…

Also, you could tell one of the other troopers was Freddy Prinze Jr., who plays Kanan. His voice was pitched a little different, but it just cracked me up to think that Kanan and Mr. Dave somehow got recruited by the Empire.

And Ezra’s jetpack! I loved all that! Poor guy just really doesn’t have a chance when it comes to the Mandos.

Audrey: Ezra seems much less angry in this premier. He actually deactivated his lightsaber at that part without trying to put up more of a fight.

Shay: That’s true. And it made me so happy to see everyone finally getting back to their true personalities!

We know this season is supposed to get pretty dark, and very “adult”, and you can tell just from the trailer that the Rebels are gonna go through some really hard times. But I love those little bits when everyone’s just being themselves, and it doesn’t seem so heavy anymore. I think they did a really good job balancing those two things out in this episode.

I feel like a lot of people are probably gonna hate on all that goofiness in these episodes, but that’s what Ezra’s always been. He’s one of those kids who always manages to be silly, even when he’s not trying to be, and even with as dark as he got in some of the places last season, it’s in his personality to see the good and light moments in everything. I think that’s why we’ve loved him so much, because he’s not a dark, foreboding hero like Anakin, and he’s different from Luke in a lot of ways as well.

 

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Ezra’s taking a while to figure out these jetpacks. Source: StarWars.com

Audrey: I loved seeing Sabine take charge throughout this episode. In Trials of the Darksaber, she was questioning why anyone would follow her, and now she’s coming up with all sorts of plans and leading her clan on this mission.

Shay: Yes, I totally agree! Over the course of this entire series we’ve seen her change a lot, from being really closed off to everyone, then beginning to really find her place in the Ghost crew “family” in season 2, then in season 3 she had a whole host of new issues to deal with, like her guilt over what happened with the weapon, and having to believe in herself enough to take up the Darksaber and go back home.

I don’t want this to be taken wrong, but I’m starting to think that her arc in this series is beginning to draw to a close, or at least this part of it is. I’m sure she’ll go through a lot more, and I don’t want to see her story stop with Rebels, I think they could do so much with this character heading into the New Republic era. But the whole thing with her having to find her place, and coming out of her shell and us discovering her past… that’s all drawing to a close.

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Sabine leads the charge across Mandalore’s wasteland with the Darksaber as her battle standard. Source: StarWars.com

Shay: We’re also seeing that in Kanan. It made me so happy to see him have a little of his attitude back in this episode, like when he’s jumping all over the place and taking down those troopers. He’s so much more confident in everything by now, it was kinda easy to forget he’s actually blind!

Audrey: He even smiles a few times in this episode! Even with all the other tough things happening in this episode, it makes me really happy to see him back to his old self a bit.

Shay: Yess!! And his interaction with Hera in the beginning! It made me so happy to finally see them back at ease with each other, and starting to fall back into their old back-and-forth. What did you think about their conversation there, and the fact that she wasn’t even part of this mission?

Audrey: At first I was like, “Um Kanan, What are you doing?” Because last season, if Hera had told him to come back, I don’t think he would have replied with “Oh, are you having trouble toppling the Empire without me?” I wonder what changed in between S3 and S4? Hera seems a little confused. They joke around like that all the time, (or used to) so I think it might take a few tries before she decides he’s being serious.

It was a little sad that she wasn’t in the episode at all. I guess she has other Rebellion Captain jobs to do.

And then Bo-Karan comes in! Since I’ve never seen The Clone Wars, this was my first time seeing her in an episode. I liked her a lot, but she is so different from her sister. I know in TCW they were on opposite sides of how Mandalore should be ruled, but she still seems very proud of her sister in this episode.

 

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Lady Bo-Katan Kryze, sister to the fallen Duchess Satine Kryze, as she appears in both the Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Source: StarWars.com

Shay: Yeah, I kinda felt bad for Hera, because it made me think about how apart they were in season 3, compared to how close they were in season 2. (Well, it made me think about it again. It’s not like I’ve never thought about it before.)

But I always loved their interaction and bantering together, and they really seemed to be pulling apart in season 3, so it made me really happy to see him going for it again.

And also, I think this might be answer to what we’ve talked about before, concerning that clip from Fan Expo Canada (where she says “We’ve talked about this before”, and we were wondering if that would actually be on-screen or not).

I was a little miffed that she didn’t have much of a part in this episode, but I did understand that she’s still a big part in the Rebellion, so it made sense that she wouldn’t be there. Plus we know that Vanessa Marshall has been saying that she has a big part in this season, so I’m sure we’ll get a lot of her soon.

I thought the change in Bo’s attitude was really interesting. She seemed much milder and and more worried about her followers than she was in The Clone Wars. There she was very sardonic and harsh, and like you said, on the complete opposite side of her sister. Of course, you could see that she was heartbroken when Satine actually got killed, as she had never signed up for that.

I wonder what happened in-between where TCW got cut off and where this picked up what changed her so much?

Audrey: Especially when she said she had her chance to lead and failed. When was that?

Shay: I’m assuming that was when the Jedi made her the Regent over Mandalore, but then then the Empire took over.

Here’s even more reasons why need need a whole anthology movie on the Siege of Mandalore! With a live-action Ahsoka!!

Audrey: YES!

Shay: I’m curious about your thoughts on that scene with Ezra and Sabine, where they’re standing on the balcony of the Imperial outpost. I know you like their relationship, but don’t actually ship them, and I feel like a lot of fans are gonna try to take that scene to support the MandoBerry argument.

Audrey: That part was really nice and I think whether you ship them or not, you can see they have a strong friendship. They both encourage each other and carry each other’s burdens.

Shay: They did have a lot of really good interaction in this episode, the writing for all the characters, but especially between them, I think, was very good.

I think you can take a lot of the stuff between them either way. I see a lot of connections in their relationship to my sis and me, but I also kinda get why people like to ship them…

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Ezra and Sabine teasing before heading back into battle. Source: StarWars.com

Shay: I also loved how Sabine tagged the transport that Alrich was in, and he immediately knew it was her.

What did you think of his character, and the little we saw of his relationship with Sabine? And Ursa, too; it’s really interesting that they chose to have the mother be the hardened warrior, and the father the one who’s more artistic and maybe emotionally supportive.

Audrey: I really liked Alrich, he’s not your typical Mando at all, very different from Sabine and Ursa, but in lots of ways the same. I was glad to have someone else comment on Sabine’s art who wasn’t Thrawn! He didn’t have any problem walking right up to Sabine even with everything she did, while with Ursa and Tristan it took time for them to really stop being cold to her. Both parents have shaped Sabine into who she is, Ursa helping her to become a warrior, and Alrich encouraging her art.

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Sabine is finally reunited with her father, Alrich. Source: StarWars.com

Shay: Besides Thrawn showing up for a few moments when they’re showing him footage of The Duchess in action, we really didn’t see much of him in this episode. Instead we had a new villain, a Mandalorian named Tiber Saxon. And man, that guy was brutal! Thrawn asks him what his brother (Gar Saxon, who met his end when Sabine first returned to Krownest) would have thought about using The Duchess against fellow Mandos, and he bluntly answers, “He doesn’t feel anything now.” Yeesh!

When I first saw Tiber, though, it really scared me, because I was afraid he was actually Korkie Kryze, Satine’s nephew that we saw in TCW.

Do you have any thoughts on Tiber?

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Lord Tyber Saxon tortures Rebel Mandalorians Sabine and Bo-Katan, as well as Captain Hark, one of his own men. Source: StarWars.com

Audrey: That guy cares about people about as much as Tarkin. He didn’t flinch slightly at injuring his own people and was very confident that the Empire wouldn’t use the weapon on them. He seemed to think he had a lot more power than he actually did; definitely another person corrupted into a lust for position by the Empire. I was happy to see Captain Hark question his methods a bit, he ran out at the end. Maybe there’s still hope for him.

Shay: That’s a good thought, I had almost forgotten about Hark!

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Captain Hark, played by Andrew Kishino (who also voiced young Saw Gerrera from The Clone Wars.) Source: StarWars.com

Shay: So in closing, did you have a favorite moment or quote from the premier?

Mine were when Bo was talking to Sabine about destroying the weapon instead of using it, and at the end, when she excepted the Darksaber. “I take this sword for my sister, for my clan, and for all of Mandalore!”

 

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Bo-Katan Kryze accepts the Darksaber and her position as leader of the Mandalorians. Source: StarWars.com

Audrey: It’s so hard to pick one part! But I think my favorite would have to be after everyone is trying to protect her from some of the clan Kryze members and she says “No. I am prepared to take responsibility for my actions.” Most people’s first reaction would be to blame the Empire and say they were deceived or come up with some other excuse, but she takes responsibility and holds herself accountable for her choices.

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Sabine explains to an infuriated Bo-Katan why she created the Duchess, a horrible weapon that turns a Mandalorian’s greatest pride into a horrible downfall. Source: StarWars.com


What did you think of “Heroes of Mandalore”? Did you have a favorite line, or scene, or an interesting observation about this episode that you would like to share? Are you excited for the rest of this last season of Star Wars Rebels? Let me know in the comments below!

Description for Star Wars: Rebels mid-season finale | Seasons 1-3 recap | “Heroes of Mandalore” preview

The episode description for “Rebel Assault”, the mid-season finale for the finale season of Star Wars: Rebels, has been released.

Rebel AssaultHera leads a courageous attack against Grand Admiral Thrawn’s forces, but when things go awry, her battle to win must become a daring escape if she is to survive.

Source: zap2it.com

The finale season of Star Wars: Rebels begins airing at 12:30 a.m. ET Monday, October 16 on Disney XD. New episodes will release at the same time every Monday for the next several weeks until the episode “Rebel Assault”, which will air at 12:30 a.m. ET Monday, November 13. After this episode Rebels will take a mid-season break during the holiday season, then resume airing to finish out the season sometime in early 2018.

We also recently got a recap of the entire show so far, featuring key points from season 1, 2, and 3, as well as shots teasing the upcoming season 4.

 

 

And finally, we’ve been given a special clip from the season 4 premier episode, “Heroes of Mandalor”, which will begin airing on Disney XD within 24 hours of this post.

The new clip features Sabine and her fellow Rebel friends, including Jedi-in-training Ezra Bridger and Mandalorian Protector Fen Rau, arriving on the planet of Mandalore and being greeted by Bo-Katan Kryze. Bo has become a fan favorite for her appearences in the Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series, and this will be her first appearance in Rebels, though her addition to this show has long been speculated on and expected by fans.

 

 


This article was written by Shay S., Creator, Chief Editor, and Podcast Host for The Elven Padawan, and first appeared on ElvenPadawan.com

New Star Wars Rebels season 4 teasers!

 We have a new preview for Star Wars: Rebels, featuring brand-new clips from the season opener, “Heroes of Mandalore”!!

Less than an hour ago on Disney XD’s official Twitter, this new preview for the 4th and final season of Star Wars: Rebels was dropped:

The new preview features shots from the war-ravened surface of Mandalore, including our first long, hard look at the devastation left by that now-infamous weapon, which we can assume is the same one built by Sabine Wren, all those years ago. It would seem that Grand Admiral Thrawn is more than happy to bring this weapon back to use, and once again stir up the fight, both inwards and outwards, of the girl who created it. No doubt about it, this season premier is going to be a wild ride, and for those of us who didn’t have the privilege of watching it at Celebration Orlando or Fan Expo Canada earlier this year, the days are drawer nearer when we’ll be finally be able to get all the details on the war about to break out on Mandalore.

Two other teasers for the 4th season of Rebels were also revealed recently, and though these don’t seem to include any new shots of distinct importance, they are interesting and are serving to get us all even more hyped before the show starts back on the 16th of this month.

A big thanks to Johnamarie Macias (@BlueJaigEyes) of The Wookiee Gunner for spreading those last two teasers around! 🙂

These teasers serve as a reminder of just how far the show has come since it’s beginning on Lothal, smoking out Imperials and stealing food for displaced civilians. Although we still all loved those days when things were simpler, and to be honest, I sometimes miss the happier-toned, family adventures of the Ghost crew. But Ezra is right when he reminds us, “This is how a rebellion starts.” Last season we saw the actual formation of the Rebel Alliance, and now we’re seeing that last bit of time that led up to events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and finally to the full-out Galactic Civil War showcased in the original trilogy of Star Wars films. And that’s the part I want people to understand. It’s not just some badly animated, kidsy-fied, Disney-channel Star Wars show. This is showing us history, pieces that may not be totally necessary to understanding the rest of the saga, but sure do explain a lot and make you realize just how much the whole story is tied together, just as Rogue One did. Not to mention how much has been drawn from the old Legends brand back into the New Canon storytelling. But I’m afraid too many people dismiss this great piece of storytelling because they don’t care for the animated, or, as I’m truly starting to think, because it’s become “cool” to hate on the show. And that’s a shame, because they’re missing out on some fantastic Star Wars.

Ok, sorry for the rant. I’m finished now. 🙂


This article was written by Shay S., Creator, Chief Editor, and Podcast Host for The Elven Padawan, and first appeared on ElvenPadawan.com


What are your thoughts on these new previews? Is there are certain part you’re most excited for from season 4? Let me know in the comments below!

 

New episode descriptions for Star Wars Rebels season 4

Descriptions for the first six episodes for the upcoming 4th and final season of Star Wars: Rebels have just been released on the press site for Disney XD.

Episode descriptions for the first six episodes of Star Wars: Rebels season 4 have just been officially released!!

Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney XD
Star Wars Rebels “Heroes of Mandalore: Part 1”
(12:30 – 1:00 A.M. EDT) 
Sabine leads Ezra, Kanan and an army of her fellow Mandalorians back to her home world to rescue her father from the clutches of the Empire.
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Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney XD
Star Wars Rebels “Heroes of Mandalore: Part 2”
(1:00 – 1:30 A.M. EDT) 
When Sabine discovers the Empire has resurrected a devastating weapon she created and plans to use it against her people, she must decide whether to destroy it or use it herself.
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Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney XD
Star Wars Rebels “In the Name of the Rebellion: Part One”
(12:30 – 1:00 A.M. EDT) 
As members of the Rebel Alliance, Ezra and the Ghost crew must accept a mission to spy on an Imperial outpost they would rather destroy.
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Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney XD
Star Wars Rebels “In the Name of the Rebellion: Part Two”
(1:00 – 1:30 A.M. EDT) 
After being separated from Hera and Kanan, Ezra and Sabine join the desperate quest of Saw Gerrera to hunt down the Empire’s elusive secret super weapon.
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Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney XD
Star Wars Rebels “The Occupation”
(12:30 – 1:00 A.M. EDT) 
Ezra and the Ghost crew are called back to Lothal when a new Imperial threat rises.
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Original Series – Episode Premiere on Disney XD
Star Wars Rebels “Flight of the Defender”
(1:00 – 1:30 A.M. EDT) 
Ezra and Sabine steal an Imperial prototype TIE fighter but must rely on some unexpected help to escape from Thrawn.
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We’ve had quite a bit of news on this last season tricking out lately, starting with the new trailer release at Fan Expo Canada. Now we have the official episode descriptions for most of the first half of season 4, and when added to what we know from the recent descriptions that came up on zap2it recently (you can find my report on those here), we can get a fairly good idea of what the first half of this season will hold.

What do you think about all these new announcements concerning Rebels? Are you as excited for the new season as I am? Let me know in the comments!


This article was written by Shay S., Creator, Chief Editor, and Podcast Host for The Elven Padawan, and first appeared on ElvenPadawan.com

NEW Star Wars Rebels season 4 info! Season 4 poster just released!!

The new key art for season 4 of Star Wars: Rebels has just been revealed!!

StarWars.com has just revealed the brand-new key art for the final season of the Disney XD show, Star Wars: Rebels.

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Full original article from StarWars.com.

The 4th and final season of Rebels will begin airing on October 16th at 12:30 a.m., and will continued airing every Monday at that time until November 13th, with most weeks seeing the release of two episodes aired back-to-back. After this the show will go on it’s typical mid-season holiday break, then resume airing sometime in early 2018.

You can read The Elven Padawan’s other posts about the upcoming season, including coverage of all the info about the episodes that’s come out so far, here:

Star Wars: Rebels Season 4 Trailer & News

New Star Wars: Rebels trailer!!

Star Wars: Rebels Season 4 Airing Schedule & Episode Titles

Updates on Star Wars: Rebels season 4 info!


This article was written by Shay S., Creator, Chief Editor, and Podcast Host for The Elven Padawan, and first appeared on ElvenPadawan.com

Updates on Star Wars: Rebels season 4 info!

Last week we were given an article straight from StarWars.com with the episode titles and airing dates for the first half of the 4th and final season of Star Wars: Rebels, which you can see here. (I have already written up a post covering that, which you can read here, if you have not done so already.)

Since then, we’ve been able to find out more little bits on what the last season will hold.

First, Den of Geek has updated their page on the last season of the the show, and included episode descriptions for the first two episodes (both of these are “two-parters”, so if we’re being technical that’s actually four episodes).

Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Episode 1: Heroes of Mandalore Pt. 1

The rebels work together with Clan Wren to free Sabine’s father from the clutches of the Empire on Mandalore. However, deadly consequences await them at the end.

This description is the same for both parts of “Heroes of Mandalore”, which will air back-to-back starting at 12:30 a.m. ET on Monday, October 16.

Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Episode 3: In the Name of Rebellion Pt. 1

After Saw Gerrera informs the Rebellion of a shipment of Kyber Crystals in the hands of the Galactic Empire, Hera sends Ezra, Zeb and Sabine to steal it.

Just as before, both parts of this episode have the same description, and will air back-to-back starting 12:30 a.m. ET on Monday, October 23.

You can read their full page on season 4 of Rebels, including a spoiler-free review of the first half of the premier episode, “Heroes of Mandalore” (which was shown at Star Wars Celebration Orlando earlier this year) here: “Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Release Date, Trailer, Episode Guide, & Everything Else We Know” from Den of Geek.

Next up, the air dates for the episodes from the first half of the season have been added to zap2it, and from that we’ve been able to find out the episode descriptions for two of the episodes that will air right before the mid-season break.

Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Episode 7: Kindred

Tracked back to their hidden base by a mysterious Imperial agent, the rebels must trust some seemingly dangerous native creatures, who are far more than meets the eye.

This episode will air back-to-back with episode 8 (“Crawler Commandeers”) starting at 12:30 a.m. ET on Monday, November 6.

Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Episode 8: Crawler Commandeers

Desperate to contact Rebel command, the Ghost crew pirates a mining vehicle with long range communications gear, but the Empire arrives to spoil their plans.

This episode will air directly after episode 7 (“Kindred”) on Monday, November 6.

You can see the full episode guide from zap2it here: Star Wars: Rebels episode guide, season 2017.

One interesting note is that there is a slight difference between the spelling on the name from episode 8. StarWars.com lists it as “Crawler Commandeers”, which is what I used here, but the episode guide on zap2it lists it instead as “Crawler Commanders”.

So far, we have very little information on what the couple of episodes in between “In the Name of the Rebellion” and “Kindred” will hold, but based on information we have from Dave Filoni and others from Lucasfilm, plus the hints from the trailer and episode titles, we can suppose that they will deal with the beginning of this same mission the Ghost crew is on during episodes 7 and 8, which seems to deal with Lothal and Grand Admiral Thrawn’s TIE Defenders. This seems to be hinted at in the titles of episodes 5 and 6, “The Occupation” and “Flight of the Defender”. We’ve been told that the latter parts of this season will be extremely connected, maybe even more serialized than the arcs of Star Wars: The Clones Wars, which is often praised for its tight-knit storylines spanning multiple episodes. Also, it was revealed at the Star Wars: Rebels panel at Fan Expo Canada not long ago that the first several episodes of season 4 would wrap up loose ends from season 3, and from then on would mainly center on wrapping up the story of the show’s central character, Jedi-in-training Ezra Bridger, as well of the story of his home planet, Lothal, which has been an overarching theme throughout the entire run of the show.

What do you think about these new tidbits? Are you looking forward or hoping for something in particular for this last season? Let me know in the comments below!


This article was written by Shay S., Creator, Chief Editor, and Podcast Host for The Elven Padawan, and first appeared on ElvenPadawan.com