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Following chapter one, episode one, the next part opens the same way as the first with the main theme and those very famous words. Come on, say them with me now:
After listening to the entire radio play, I can tell you that it starts that same way every time: opening credits score, narration about the formation of the Rebel Alliance and a summary of what is going to happen in the following part of the story. This was done in order to allow people to catch up, as it was originally aired over a multi-day period.
The chapter opens with something similar yet different to the 1977 movie. Princess Leia’s ship Tantive IV is intercepted by an Imperial ship, but this time over the planet Ralltiir instead of Tatooine, “and forced to land under escort”. It isn’t Vader who captures her, it’s someone named Lord Tion. Only having read a small selection of Legends novels, there is not much I can glean from this. I don’t recall coming across Tion — is he someone to be feared like Thrawn or simply some lower ranking Imperial sent to retrieve her? If anyone knows, please explain in the comments below.
Then — as per the movie — in order to hide her involvement with the Rebel Alliance, Leia repeats her standard line of her ship being that of a consular on a diplomatic mission. In my mind, I couldn’t help but add “to Alderaan,” as that is the famous line, even though that part has yet to come up. At this point, she is simply trying to re-equip the rebels on the planet below. It is only through her keen skills of diplomacy that she is able to escape this encounter without having her ship immediately searched. The catch is that she has to agree to have dinner back on her home planet with the arrogant Lord Tion, the man who captured her ship. What Leia does for the rebellion…
After agreeing and leaving in order to make way to her ship, she has her first encounter with the Dark Lord of the Sith, Darth Vader. Again, it is only due to her knowledge of Imperial protocol and Vader’s desire to keep everything legal that she is allowed to remain free. One problem down, another to go.
This part is interesting in that it shows yet another time Leia was able to skillfully slip through the Empire’s grasp. Not just the Empire’s, but Vader’s to boot. As she’ll later learn, escaping from him is not the easiest thing in the galaxy. To do so now re-enforces her knowledge of Imperial regulations and protocols.
After setting a trap for Lord Tion that will lead to an important discovery later on, she meets a wounded rebel solider who passes on important information.
Leia then makes her way back home to Alderaan via “the old roads” on foot. She does this in order to sort out her thoughts about what she saw on Ralltiir. Being as it is a day’s journey, it gives her a nice long while to think everything over and figure out how she is going to help them.
According to Leia, “people on Ralltiir have been chased from their homes, penned up like animals, executed without trial. Torture chambers are set up everywhere, they [The Empire] call them interrogation centers.” To this her father simply comments that it is the “usual Imperial procedure.” I found this fascinating because it shows two different levels of experience in this way of life. Her father has come to expect it and adjusted accordingly, while still of course disagreeing. His daughter, on the other hand, is still amazed by it all. It goes to show how an event that affects two people — in this case a father and daughter— can result in completely different reactions.
Hope to see you all next post. Until then, May the Force be with you…always.
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Hello everyone and welcome back. I hope you’re doing okay. If not, hopefully this will cheer you up. In this next section of the radio drama the excitement really begins. I’d tell you everything I’m going to be talking about, but that would ruin the surprise. So let’s get into it.
Picking up where we last left off, Luke now knows of his friend’s plan to jump ship and join the Rebellion. Just like in the movie of course.
A new scene follows. Luke and Biggs argue over the former’s decision to put off going to the Imperial Academy another season, even though both know that there’s no place he’d rather be. In this debate, Biggs tells his friend that in the process of putting off his application it was cancelled, thus sending the point home that unless Luke applies again, he really is stuck on Tatooine.
During the course of this dispute, Biggs manages to really infuriate his friend by saying, “Your uncle uses that ‘I fed you and brought you up’ line to keep you here. Can’t you see that?” By doing this, he is implying that Luke’s uncle is simply manipulating him. While the young man may know this to be true, he is still tied between his duty to help his only remaining family — “My aunt and uncle are the only family I’ve got. They’re all I’ve got” — and his desire to follow his dreams off-planet into whatever adventure awaits him. Oh, if only he knew! This leads me to wonder what would have happened if Luke had left his family behind and gone to the academy. Well, that’s a topic for another day.
Luke eventually drops his friend off at his destination. Seconds pass before Biggs starts the conversation again, not yet ready to get out and leave. People in the Imperial Academy — and indeed the Rebellion — don’t know what will happen to them day to day. As such, he wants to leave things between himself and Luke as amicable as possible.
The first episode of the radio play thus comes to a close with the traditional end title score and a narrator giving the participants the credit they deserve.
So, what did I think of the first episode overall? It was…fun. Nothing too dramatic has happened yet, but it still managed to suck me in by giving more detail to one of the most well known characters in the saga: Biggs Darklighter. No, of course not, I’m talking about Luke Skywalker! Again, it was nice to see a more relaxed and playful side of him.
The first episode does an excellent job of giving more depth to Luke’s character by showing exactly how good a pilot he is along with establishing his relationship with Biggs. While obviously not as big a character, it’s still nice to see more of him and get more depth to his character as well. Things like this really bring a story to life.
Before I go I would like to give a big shout-out to Phil Roberts for liking my posts and passing them on to Future of the Force, with whom I am obviously now working. Thank you so much! Also to everyone who has liked and retweeted my articles both on here and Twitter such as Andrew in Belfast, MonkeesbloodCreative, Bryan Fontaine, Stephanie Hope, Ken $olo, Wesley van Wensen, Stewart Gardiner, Chris White and Zoe Roberts. Thank you all from the bottom of my heart and I hope to see you in my next post. May the Force be with you…always!
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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.
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Welcome back everyone! Let’s get started with part two shall we? It obviously picks up where part one dropped off.
More spoilers ahead. You have been warned.
Saw has just released the Geonosian after aggressively questioning it. Shortly after, the newly named Klick-Klak draws what we know to be the infamous Death Star in the dirt, the one that orginally upped the anti. To me it was just funny how Saw, Rex and Ezra kept bringing up the different things that the circle inside a circle could be. First they think it could be the planet, then later in the episode the egg it was carrying and finally the gas canisters that they find. It was funny to me because obviously living outside this fictional world, I’m able to look down the line and realize what it actually is. Although it’s more of that, nervous kind of laughter.
Moving on, as much as I am a rebel through and through, I have to admit that it was nice to see a female in charge of an Imperial ship. It’s not something you see too often, although luckily that is changing. Yes her ship eventually gets destroyed (and her likely killed from the exploding gas canisters later in the episode), but it was still cool to see.
Now, following along with the episode, Zeb and Sabine arrive back at the Ghost with a military grade shield generator they managed to grab and Hera immediately calls for him. Upon hearing him groan, I couldn’t help but laugh in sympathy as the same thing has happened to me many more times than I bother counting at this point. Come through the door after a long hard day, only to hear my name called. Kriff! No rest for the weary as they say. Sorry Zeb, I really feel for you big guy.
Shortly after this, I am once more forced to laugh as Klick-Klack again draws what we know to be the Death Star. I laugh this time because I can only imagine Ezra and Rex’s face when they finally realize what he was really drawing in the dirt years ago, assuming they’re still alive of course. Well Rex may be, but Ezra…uh, yeah, sorry, you have no plot armor. May the force be with you though. *Nervously smiles and two thumbs up*
“Stupid sand. It gets everywhere.” Now you guys know why I don’t like the beach…well besides constantly getting sunbunt due to my light skin that is. As put off as I was by Hayden’s delivery of this line years ago, I also couldn’t help but internally laugh at how I was able to relate. Aside from Kayaking, running and the occasional bonfire, I don’t go there. You can try all you want to get me to go there for any other reason, but I wish you luck as it’s likely not happening. The difference this time around though, was I was able to let out a bigger and more appreciative laugh for two reasons. One, I liked the call back, no matter how much that movie utterly sucked, and two I still agree with it to this day.
Fast forwarding to further into the episode and we see Saw shocking the poor Geonosian. He did nothing wrong, he was just trying to protect the egg. I hated this for two reasons. One because it was just plain torture and two because it just comes out of nowhere. Yes we know Saw is an extremist and has all but admitted to this fact, but for me this torture seems to come out of nowhere. One minute he’s tolerating the bug and the next he’s torturing him. This part just didn’t work for me. This is only compounded by the fact that he threatens to shoot the egg, the last chance this species has of surviving after being denied use of the Phantom.
Speaking of the auxiliary ship, did he honestly think he could get away on it, with Klick-Klack as well? I thought he was supposed to be smart…apparently not. I couldn’t help but drop my head and think ‘dude, you’re an idiot’ at this part.
Luckily the next part cheered me back up: rocket troopers! Again, as much as I am a rebel, I have to admit I liked these guys, because how can you have good heroes without good villains? These guys are cool. Well that and like with the female in charge of the Star Destroyer, it’s not something you see everyday.
Speaking of rocket/jetpacks, it was nice to see that Sabine had fixed hers. Guess she finally has that jetpack that she’s always wanted. Since we weren’t given a chance to get a good look at it, I wonder how she designed the outside? My guess is maybe with her Starbird symbol. Either way, like Ezra, I want one. “I know.” -Sabine.
Then, watching the end of the episode where Hera takes off practically vertically out of the tunnel, I couldn’t help but laugh and think, ‘And I thought commercial airliners took off steep.’ They had to be feeling some G-forces during theirs. If this weren’t a science fiction show, I’d be surprised that the missiles left the tubes with how many G-forces were likely pushing against them.
If I’m wrong and this would actually work, someone please tell me in the comments as I’m honestly curious. Yes I know that’s what killed the cat, but it was satisfaction that brought it back. No, I don’t take credit for the second part of this saying, I just remember hearing it years ago and have been using it ever since.
Since the episodes ends shortly after this, I am going to end here and say thank you all for taking the time to read this. I greatly appreciate it and want to give a special shoutout to Phil Roberts for following me. It means so much and I hope you continue to like my work.
So until next time everyone, bye!
Before I get started reviewing this episode, please just let me take the time to say how extremely sorry I am for not updating this sooner. Due to a personal reason that some of you may have read about on my Twitter, this sadly had to keep taking a back seat. Please believe me when I say that even with my personal situation going on, I honestly felt back for every day that went by where I didn’t post for you guys. Due to that, I’m going to give you a double dose. Instead of posting my review on two consecutive days, I’m going to post them both today. Don’t worry. They will be in two separate, hopefully bite sized as usual, chunks. With that explained, I will now finally get on to my review.
Spoilers ahead. You have been warned.
So originally I watched this episode at eight in the morning after getting very little sleep due to being a night owl (and more than a little excitement about this coming back due to how built up it was). I’m still not sure what woke me up at that time, up I was up and decided to watch the new episode.
To start with, let me just say that while I have been hearing everyone singing the praises of this episode, I actually thought that was very…underwhelming. I thought that after I saw it the first time and I still think it now. I mean, I guess I can see why people would think it was great, but I just didn’t. Don’t get me wrong, there were things in it that I enjoyed, but overall it just didn’t impress me much.
Ok, so, what did I like about the episode? Well to go in order, it was nice to still see Kanan still attempting to guide himself with his hand. Shows that he hasn’t completely mastered using the Force as his new set of eyes. You can see him do this when he first enters the save with Rex and Ezra. It’s only a quick second, but still visable.
The second thing I liked was Chopper actually listening to someone other than Hera and demonstrating that he actually can be serious and more than everyone’s favorite grumpy cat. He does this on a few occasions throughout the episode. As much fun as it is to see him tease and torment (and kill) others, at the same time, it also gives him more depth to know that he is actually capable of following orders when needed.
Something else that was cool was getting the Geonosian’s point of view when Kanan was first looking…er listening for it. Sorry Kanan! Anyway, moving on, it was something I LOVED in the battle of Scarif in Rogue One and it was something I loved her. Outside of first person video games, it’s not something you see much, so it’s nice to get it every now and again.
One thing I actually loved in this episode though was Rex’s line, “He’s no Skywalker”, to which Kanan answered back, “I heard that”. It’s funny because while Rex is right, to me it’s not for the reason he thinks. He’s right because Kanan is no Skywalker, he’s better. I’d like to see Anakin make a leap like that blindfolded. Heck I’d like to him do even half the things Kanan does, blindfolded. It would definitely make a more interesting prequel story than we given, am I right?
Now, to briefly go over the things I didn’t like. In short, it was Ezra’s constant questions, Chopper not getting a vote and the code names. To start with, while I know the questions were natural and needed to help move the story along, it would have also been nice to have Kanan ask one or two so it wasn’t just coming from one character. Guess I’m just not a fan of one person asking so many obvious questions. Don’t know what caused it or why they did so, so let’s investigate.
Something else I didn’t like during the first part of this episode was Chopper not getting a vote when Rex, Kanan and Ezra were attempting to figure out whether or not to continue looking for Saw and his group without backup. The only reason I can think of is because depending on how Chopper voted, it could have been another deadlock. Either that or Ezra was just being a dick. Although that when then bring up the question of why Kanan allowed it in the first place. I thought Chopper was a part of the crew and as such was allowed a vote. Huh, guess not.
Now, on my final point of things I didn’t like in this episode was the use of the code name ‘Specter’, when they also use their real names on the same communication system. I thought that the point of code names was to cover one’s true identity, not give it away by saying it shortly after. Hey, what do I know? I have been known to be wrong from time to time.
In closing, while it does seem like there were more things about this episode that I liked than disliked, somehow it was still underwhelming for me. Might have just been because the stakes didn’t feel all that high in this episode, but who knows? From the look of the trailer though, it looks like this will eventually change.
So hope to see you in part 2! Bye!
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Hey guys. I’m back. Well we are little more 24 hours away from the mid-season 3 premiere of Star Wars Rebels. Although for some lucky people reading this, it’s even sooner. So, who’s excited? (Waits for a show of hands) Oh wait, I can’t see any of you. Oh well.
Spoilers ahead. If you have yet to see the trailer, please go to my previous post.
If you’re reading this, then I take it you are excited and looking for more information on it. Obviously you aren’t the only one. While I can’t provide anymore than what’s already been released in the previous days, what I can do is explain my initial reaction to the trailer to you. To keep this as short as possible, I’ll just talk about the main points that stood out to me.
First off, Ezra in what looks to be pajamas. Cool. Not something we’ve seen before. When we have seen him sleeping before, it has been in his standard orange jumpsuit which makes sense. When part of a rebellion, one always has to be dressed and ready to go at a moments notice. So to see Ezra in them is cool and interesting.
Tie Defenders. Cool. Haven’t really seen them before as I’m not much into video games (sadly no time). From what I have heard about them though, when the rebels go up against them, they’re basically dead. As such, I can’t wait to see how they get away from them.
Death troopers and Thrawn, awesome! The question is, where did they come from? Were they on loan to him from Krenic? If so, why did he give them to Thrawn?
Now, even though I am a rebel through and through, I can’t help but like these guys. After all, what good are heroes if they don’t have good villains to fight? After hearing what I have about them (that they are basically the Navy Seals Special Forces guys of this universe), I have to say that they are pretty terrifying. Not as much as Vader or Thrawn, but still up there.
As we thought, Thrawn knows who Fulcrum is, he’s just waiting for the right moment to reveal it and thus kill Kallus. I’ve already told other fans that my money says he’s either dead by season’s end or forced to betray the rebels for his life.
Thrawn getting hands on. Nice to see he’s more than just a tactician. Although for him to do so must mean something’s gone horribly wrong. Can’t wait to see what it is. Also, just putting this out there, but Thrawn training, hot. Still hate him, but hot none the less.
Kanan training Sabine with the Dark Saber, awesome as well. Didn’t think we’d get to see that. I thought that like Ezra learning to use his first saber, it would happen off screen. I don’t know why, but it’s just so cool to see one character training another in anything. Also, where did that whip that Sabine uses to retrieve her saber come from? It looks kind of like a light whip that was used during the Zygerian slave trading arc in The Clone Wars episodes.
Something else it looks like Sabine is using during the trailer is Ezra’s saber during her fight with Fenn Rau. Not sure how or why this happens, but it looks like that is what she is using for whatever reason.
Was that Admiral Yularen and Ezra in a space suit? Cool! Two more things I thought I wouldn’t see in this series.
Now to the grand finale, Obi-Wan “Old Ben” Kenobi. Before I go any further, please just let me say that unlike most, I went into this trailer knowing nothing. To me, him showing was a strong possibility, but not confirmed. After watching various other peoples’ reactions on youtube, I came to learn that apparently I was in the minority and that this information had previously been released. That left me to ask one question, where the heck was I when that happened?
Anyway, seeing him in the end of this trailer obviously confirmed it for me and caused me to really go nuts. It was at this point I was severely grateful I was home alone. My screams as I saw this part…let’s just say that it was a good thing I had something to stuff in my mouth to quiet my screams. Words could not explain how happy I was to see this.
So with that, I thank you all for reading this longer than usual post and AndrewinBelfast for recommending my last one. Thank you so much and I hope to see all of you in my next one with my review of the episode. Bye!
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Spoilers for the mid season 3 trailer. If you have yet to watch it, please click the video on the left. You have been warned.
Ok wow. Ever since watching this earlier today, I cannot stop thinking about how good it was. From the music to James Arnold Taylor’s Kenobi continually saying “warning” through out the entire thing to actually seeing him at the end with Maul. Everything was just brilliantly done. There were a few parts where I was literally had to stuff part of my blanket into my mouth (as I woke up to see this had dropped), just to keep from screaming too loud. Although truthfully, even that didn’t help much.
So, where to start with this trailer? I’ll go with the part about Obi-Wan saying ‘warning’ throughout the entire thing. Being as it kept the beat of an alarm I’ll say that this could have been for one reason, to warn us as fans about the dark direction the rest of this season is going to go. If the trailer is anything to go by, it’s going to get crazy dark. In one shot, it looks like something big happens to Chopper, Sabine debuts her new Dark Saber that her people want to fight her for, Thrawn gets ‘hands on’ as opposed to directing from above, and we get to meet members of the alliance such as Mon Monthma and maybe even Cassian Anador whom we first saw in Rogue One.
Now, the reason why I specifically referred to James Arnold Taylor’s Obi-Wan in the opening is because shortly after watching this twice through (as I needed confirmation that I really just saw what I thought I saw), it was confirmed that Stephan Stanton, the voice of Admiral Raddus in Rogue One, along with Tarkin and AP-5 in this series is also voicing this new (or old depending on how you look at it) Obi-Wan. What I mean is, while James Arnold Taylor’s Obi-Wan can be seen and heard in the beginning of this trailer coming from Kanan’s malfunctioning holocron, it’s actually Stephan that is voicing him in this show. While I think he does an amazing job at voicing him, I still can’t help but miss JAT’s take on him. It’s just something I’ve grown so used to hearing.
Moving on, we have “formerly Darth” Maul. From the looks of the trailer, we’re finally going to be seeing him and Obi-Wan meet up (on Tatooine?) for their long awaited battle. Being as we only see the former in the Original Trilogy, I think it’s safe to say that the latter does not make it out of the battle. This is something I can’t wait to see, Obi-Wan finally killing Maul off for good. Then again, who’s to say that he does make it out alive and is just doing his own thing in another part of the galaxy? Eh, who am I kidding, smart money says we see Obi-Wan finally kill him once and for all.
So overall, what did I think of this? Well, now like this morning, there are no words to describe it. Sure I can talk about it as I did here, but to describe it would be difficult. Again, from the music to Obi-Wan continually saying “warning” throughout the entire thing like an alarm to actually seeing Kenobi more than likely facing off with and killing Maul….just wow. The places they’re able to go in this show that is supposedly for kids.
Well until next time everyone, bye!
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“The Wynkahthu Job” was written by Gary Whitta, who provided the first draft for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. Before it aired fans were wondering what that name could mean. Actually, it’s very simple, Wynkahthu is the name of the planet where the episode takes place.
We got another adventure with the one and only…Hondo Ohnaka! The last time we saw him was during the season 3 premiere — he had been captured by the Empire and “helped” our heroes, depending on the perspective you see things from (as always with Hondo). With Hondo back, it obviously means troubles because it’s him and don’t forget the lies. Even though you may remember what he once said: “Oh the stories I could tell, so many of them true.” He’s always up to something and he never comes to see the Ghost crew for a friendly chat, if he’s there…he needs help. This time he asked the Rebels to work with him and Azmorrigan (yes, him, the one who tried to kill Hondo and who also tried to kill the Ghost crew). The job was to go to Wynkahthu to retrieve proton bombs for the Rebels and for Hondo and his new friend some treasure left by the Empire on the cargo ship.
So we’ll split the treasure? — Zeb
Split the treasure, oh that’s a classic. — Hondo
As always with Hondo, he gave us some extremely funny lines typical of him. I think this dialogue with Zeb was the best of the episode (something we had seen in the trailers already).
As you may have guessed, this mission to an abandoned Imperial Cargo wasn’t without surprises. First, it was Hondo’s fault the cargo was in a storm on the planet and one of his Ugnaught crew members had been left there … Additionally, there were some new Imperial battle droids reminiscent in design of the Aqua Droids from Star Wars The Clone Wars. Previously, we had seen Azmorrigan as a tough criminal but this episode showed us that he was more like the contrary. When he killed the first droid he was so happy, barely believing it and already seeing himself as a hero.
The Rebels did manage to bring back the proton bombs on The Ghost. However, the only gift Hondo brought back was his crew member, friendship being the most important treasure…or not really, well, you know, depending on the situation for Hondo.
This episode also marked the return of AP-5A voiced by Stephen Stanton.
Another interesting element to talk about this episode was Zeb. From The Ghost crew, Ezra, Zeb and Chopper went to help Hondo. And I think for the first time in the series, we saw Zeb leading the group. It was great to see him take on more responsibilities and get a bigger role in the team. Now his dynamic with Ezra works better than it first did which is also a nice to see development.
6.8/10 A good adventure as always with Hondo — troubles and fun!
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Who would you be in the Star Wars Universe?
The famous vessel from the Expanded Universe story Shadows Of The Empire returns in Star Wars Rebels
From The Clone Wars to Star Wars Rebels: The hunt begins…Indiana Jones style!
Beware! Mando spoilers ahead!
The animated series Star Wars Rebels continues to tell the story of the growing Rebellion against The Empire through the characters of The Ghost crew. Episode 3.7, “Imperial Super Commandos”, continues this with a combination of great action/adventure with a strong emphasis on character development.
Sabine and her Jet Pack
Sabine gets to further show off her fighting skills and abilities in this episode. We already saw her fight hand to hand with Empire trained Governor Pryce and won. In this episode, she fights toe to toe with the Imperial Super Commandos and Viceroy Gar Saxon, who is also from her clan and I am sure trained with the same skills as she has.
She was able to not only to stand her ground during these encounters, but to out think them, escape and fight back against them as well. These scenes show that Sabine’s skills are just as good as seasoned Mandalorians, even those like Saxon, who are older, bigger and male! Go Sabine!
Sabine also acquires a jet pack and we see her use it! The jet pack scenes are well choreographed and Sabine maneuvers with it flawlessly, in my opinion, not only to fly, but to fend off and attack as well. I felt her sadness when Saxon damaged it and I sure hope it is repairable!
My friend, Matt Clifton, has this to say about Sabine during this episode.
“This season hasn’t disappointed this fan in further developing one of his favorite characters. Getting a jet pack, defending the honor of her house, and winning the trust and respect of a former enemy. The only thing that would have made this gift of an episode better is if it came with a ….Bo. 😉”
In addition, her character continues to be fleshed out in this episode through not only her actions and fighting skills, but through her conversations with the two different Mandalorian fighters. Fenn Rau, who she wants to ally with and Gar Saxon, who is from her Clan, but embraces The Empire to further his power and influence.
From Antagonist to Ally
I love how this episode starts with Sabine attempting to convince Fenn Rau, the Leader of Concord Dawn, to join The Rebellion. In addition, I like how Kanan says that Rau is just a “cranky guest”. These two scenes show that both Sabine and Kanan feel that eventually Rau would join the Rebel cause and would be someone they could trust despite how he was introduced in Star Wars Rebels as an antagonist.
Rau constantly challenged Sabine and her decisions throughout this episode. Including telling her that Ezra is a Pawn to be sacrificed. Of course she told Rau that Ezra is not a pawn! I believe that it is through these challenges that Rau places his trust in Sabine and in turn The Rebellion.
Johnamarie Macias from the Rebels Chat podcast, provides this insight on this complex character…
“Fenn Rau is one of those characters who gradually grows on viewers. Although he wronged the Rebellion by attacking Hera and her A-wings, he has proved that he has much potential, and I’m glad that he’ll be a force for good, since he could have easily been a personal enemy to Sabine. Now, Fenn is a great resource and ally to her and her group of rebels, so it was great for him to have appeared in this action-packed follow-up episode.”
On a personal note, I really loved how the episode shows the indecision on Rau’s face when he is thinking about taking the Phantom II and running. This scene makes me think that this might have been the look on Han’s face when he was deciding to help Luke and Leia at the end of A New Hope.
Ezra and his quick thinking and of course wit
Let us not forget about Ezra and the wit he displays in this episode! He is still a con artist at heart. The different reasons Ezra gives to Saxon about why he was on Concorde Dawn just proves that this is how he survived on his own for so long on Lothal. In addition, his comment to Sabine about her Mandalorian relatives is also one of the best lines I have heard in awhile!
Visuals and Music are key storytelling elements
The episode shows the landscape of Concord Dawn as rough, but beautiful, despite the toll of war on this world. Of course the music, especially the scenes that utilize Sabine’s trademark theme, are as always well done to fit the story.
In addition, the episode also gives you a glimpse of the new Paint job on the Phantom II, seen in the screenshot above as Chopper is arriving onboard. I hope we will see even more of the artwork and design given to this new ship in upcoming episodes.
Imperial Super Commandos
Finally, the introduction of the new Mandalorian soldiers is interesting. Those that do not know the Legends stories about the Imperial Super Commandos, like myself, may not get just who these new Mandalorians are. All we have is what we learn from the episode, which is that they are Mandalorians with Imperial markings that have cool armor and have awesome jet packs. Not once are they referred to as “Imperial Super Commandos” by Fenn Rau or anyone else during the episode. Rau only says that these Mandalorians are “traitors who work for the Empire”. I am sure we will learn more about these Mandalorians as season three progresses, especially if Sabine’s Mom is one of them.
So what is your opinion of this episode?
Did I miss anything that you wish to highlight and discuss further?
Patty is the Everyday Fangirl from Michigan who has a disguise as a mild mannered data analyst. You can find Patty on Twitter @PattyBones2 or blogging at everydayfangirl.com, TheCantinaCast or TheBeardedTrio.com talking about Star Wars and much more!
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