Star Wars Rebels: The Lighter Side

Team-Building has Its Challenges

In a galaxy far far away sometimes we need to stop for some simple supplies and see where it takes us!! Tonight our budding heroes did just that. Not to say it wasn't without drama but ultimately the episode brought us funny moments and a few important nuggets. The tone was a bit lighter but that didn't stop us from enjoying some links to the past and getting some personality depth with our characters. 

To begin,  we have our two roomies, Zeb and Ezra, bickering about an issue that Chopper helped create. This argument eventually led to Hera sending them out on a supply mission to a Lothal market. One thing we have learned is that Zeb seems to be eternally conflicted with his past and he finds a new family within this crew. The connection is obvious and the show does a great job in portraying this. 

Now we know that their trip couldn't go without a hitch and Ezra stumbling upon an old friend is the beginning of his and Zeb’s fun.  As you can imagine things go from bad to worse and Zeb somehow turns up piloting a Tie Fighter and Ezra is pummeling Stormtroopers with fruit. This all occurs while Hera and Kanan are back at the Ghost playing Holochess (Awesome!). During the chase Ezra frees his friends who we later find out to be an acquaintance of his parents! A stunning revaluation based on the fact we thought he was a long-time orphan. This nugget could be a very interesting plot point in the future and makes us wondering who his parents may be. A Jedi during the Clone Wars? Or did the Empire take them away? Time will tell…. But the line of the night cam from Zeb as he flew the tie fighter and was asked over the com-link if that was the stolen Tie. Zeb simply replies “This is not the Tie your looking for”. Obviously an ode to A New Hope.

I will say that this episode had a great humor to it and continues to show the depth of our characters. Zeb and Ezra work very well together and are creating a bond that is very entertaining. Although the tone of the episode lighter it was still very effective.

What did you think if the episode?? Did you like the tone? What about the story.

Star Wars Rebels: Two for Two

Nostalgic Tone Makes Fledgling Series Shine

DisneyXD premiered its first regular episode of Star Wars Rebels tonight and it took us on a journey that was filled with past references that would make any Star Wars fan excited. We have long come to appreciate the way Dave Filoni's and team have interwoven story lines but tonight gave us a glimpse of the depth these stories will go. I for one was the kid in 1990 visiting Disneyland who rode Star Tours 32 times in a row and had my trusted video camera taping every second of it. So when the Rebels gang begins their mission on a StarSpeeder piloted by a Captain Rex (or a similar model) nostalgia set in. I never thought I’d see my childhood buddy again (accept of corse for in the packaged box in the queue of Star Tours). With this incredible addition, the audience was immediately connected to the episode. On top of this, we are reunited with out favorite two droids R2-D2 and C-3PO. In this world they didn't skip a beat,  the 2 droids, as usual, are a part of an undercover mission that Threepio hasn't a clue and fight every step of the way. This leads to an exciting ploy by the team to steal weapons from an Imperial Commander that hits a few bumps on the way.  When all is about to go horribly wrong Ezra taps into an unknown resource and saves the day. 

This episode, like the Spark of the Rebellion movie, has a basic premise but it is filled with nuggets of important information about the characters and story. We get an opportunity to dig deep into Zebs past and learn about his species downfall at the hands of the Empire. His history alone links his alliance with the Rebel cause. The core of this emotion nearly gets him killed at the hands of Agent Kallus who shows his superior fighting skills and reason for being so feared. He will be a handful for the Rebels as they spread the spark throughout the galaxy. But alas, in another stellar ending, we see a familiar face, along with one of our favorite vessels get their first air time. Senator Organa makes his debut and steals the show with a few pivotal revelations. If you haven't seen it you really need to. Where the story goes from here is anyones guess but the links to the original trilogy are strong and gives me reason to pull out those old VHS tapes again and go with Rex on his first flight again, and again, and again.

What did you think? Was this ending as good as the Spark of the Rebellion ending? Let us know.