Hey everyone! Welcome back. Let’s jump right on into the newest episode of Star Wars Rebels Warhead.
Actually, before I do, I would like to give a big thank you shoutout to Phil Roberts for recomending my last two posts about Star Wars Rebels Ghosts of Geonosis Parts 1 and 2. Thank you so much! Every recomendation and follow helps more than you can imagine. I just hope this post lives up to my last ones.
Now on the review. Enjoy. Spoilers ahead. You have been warned.
When I originally heard the title of this episode, I was surprised simply because I wasn’t expecting it. I think was simply due to the fact that I hadn’t looked at the titles for upcoming episodes in a bit due to being so focused on the 2-part return episode Ghosts of Geonosis Parts 1 and 2. (If you want to know my reaction to that, please read my two part post on it.) Originally, I thought this episode went by a different name. Oh well, shows my memory.
With that out of the way, let’s jump right into the episode. What did I think of it overall? It was pretty good and drew me in more than the previous episode. Although this was likely because the stakes felt higher. Thanks to the disguised Imperial droid, The Empire could find Chopper Base and force the rebels to move on short notice. Not this is hasn’t ever happened before in the show, just that moving on a short time frame, with part of the team gone, is never fun or easy. That and for a second during the middle part of the story, it looked like Zeb could actually get hurt. To me, that added up to higher stakes.
Then on top of the higher stakes was also AP-5. For a second I thought of the name K-2SO because of how similar these droids are. The main difference I’d say is that AP is able to regulate what he says while K2 literally can’t help but speak his mind. Kind of like me at times. Might be why I like him so much.
AP had so many standout lines in this episode that it’s hard to pick a favorite. Even before the rest of the Ghost crew leave Zeb alone with him and Chopper, AP is already cracking jokes such as, “Did they seriously leave you in charge of this entire facility” and “I just always assumed you were more of a lift heavy things and punch anything in your way type. You know, a grunt.” Of course Zeb doesn’t take too kindly to this and banters right back.
Speaking of him, Zeb did have his own funny moments in this episode as well. The comedy for him started when the rest of the Ghost was leaving for what I’m assuming, going off of Hera’s words towards the tail end of the episode, was a multi day training exercise. He kept emphasizing how he was going to be bored to death being left alone with Chopper and AP-5, then bantering back with the latter. In repsonse to AP being suprised that he was left in charge of the entire base, Zeb shot back, “Something wrong with that” to which AP responded and Zeb just grunted back, thus partially proving the droid’s point.
Side note, I only wish I could have been in the studio when Stephan Stanton and Steve Blum were recording this episode as it must have been crazy fun. How they even got one clean take, I don’t know. I also wonder how many of AP-5’s lines were improvised as Stephan seemed like he was having too much fun not to have done some.
Moving on though, I would have to say that one of the stand out lines from this episode was of course AP-5 to Zeb after the former asked the latter if he wanted to help him inventory (Zeb: counting) the base’s munition supply depot, “Is that because you never learned to count? I can teach you.” He is just so insultingly helpful you can help but love him. At least I can’t.
It was like, from beginning to end, this episode was almost non-stop comedy with some drama thrown in for good measure.
On a side note, I actually once talked to someone in the industry who told me that dramedy couldn’t be done in a half hour. I like to think this proves him wrong, and that as long as you’re skillful, it can be.
Back to the episode, the more serious drama stuff starts after Zeb is sent to check out “an astroid that took out a perimeter sensor in sector six”. Turns out, it wasn’t an astroid after all. It was an imperial infiltration droid in disguise. This means it remained docile and in “protocol mode” until it heard the words “rebel base”. After this, it transformed into it’s true form and went on a rampage, taking out anything in its way.
From here on out, the show goes from straight comedy, to dramedy, with AP-5, Zeb and Chopper all working together to keep the location of their base secret from the Empire. They of course succeed (sort of), and send the droid back just in time to explode on one of their Star Destroyers.
So overall, what did I think of this episode? I thought it was pretty fun and interesting. The only problem I had, and this may be a nit pick, was when the droid scanned all rebel inventory and Zeb, Chopper and AP-5 all thought nothing of it. Even if it didn’t belong to the Empire, information like that shouldn’t just be allowed to get out. If it got into the wrong hands, who is to say that it couldn’t wind up in the hands of the Empire. I could imagine that information like that would fetch a nice price. Also, the bit with Thrawn at the end, fun as well. He always makes me smile in nervous concern.
In closing, even after watching this episode several times to get everything I needed for this, it’s still just as fun as the first time around. I could watch and listen to Zeb and AP-5 banter all day.