Star Wars Rebels
“Fire Across the Galaxy”
This episode first draws us in with a daring storm trooper distraction from Sabine. Guns shoot and miss as usual, rebels run into an imperial ship, and Sabine does some acrobatics that only a Jedi should be able to accomplish. The stolen ship takes off with the dust setting subtly into Sabine’s famous Rebels’ symbol.
This introduction followed the teaser rules, a hook, action, and a nice end to lead us onto the next scene. But this scene was still a mess. Sadly, Sabine’s acrobatics’ were just unbelievable (I’m a gymnast and she was defying gravity) and I know the storm troopers never make a hit, but they just looked like fools out there. Their behavior is not justified by 1970’s technology anymore. The ability level between Sabine and the storm troopers was just too distant. It made their fight unbelievable, as there was no real question as to if Sabine would win or not. We weren’t pulled into cheering for Sabine because we’re expected to be awestruck by her performance. I’m sorry, I was not.
The secret tie fighter was rather convenient. A little too much. We’re first introduced to that tie fighter was the second episode, it took a little while for fans to remember it. But the colorful tie was a clever idea that added just the right amount of panic for characters and laughter at the absurdity of the situation.
Kanan’s interrogation was one of the best scenes I’ve seen in the whole series. However, I questioned Kanan’s feeble reaction to the Inquisitor. It doesn’t add up to me that he can take physical torcher, but he looks utterly fearful and ashamed at the mention of his past. This is the perfect opportunity to peer into Kanan’s past, give the audience something to fill in some questions, but Kanan’s didn’t look like the tragic hero we want to love. However, this scene is very much tied to the next.
Hera relies on Ezra’s ability to sense Kanan to as the cue to send the tie fighter in the Impearl cruiser. This is a redemption scene in disguise. Ezra doesn’t know anything about Kanan’s past. Kanan won’t talk about it. Even though Kanan is haunted by his memories as a padawan, his own padawan will save him from it, physically and emotionally. This is such a strong story line and relationship. I truly hope it grows deeper in the second series.
I’m so glad the Inquisitor predicted their arrival. Almost as if he were the voice of the audience. There isn’t much diversity in the decisions these rebels make. You know they’ll do anything they could to rescue each other, as seen when they rescued a random street rat (as we come to know as Ezra) who helped then out in the Rebels movie. If they’re willing to save someone they don’t even know, it’s no question they would save their leader Kanan. Hera should have put up a bigger fight in the pervious episode, to create more believable drama.
I also think Sabine is small and flexible enough to fit in that shaft Hera implied only Ezra could fit into. But everyone knows it had to have been Ezra to who saved Kanan, even if Ezra’s fighting skills were much below Sabine’s level as established in the teaser.
This lightsaber duel was much much anticipated. After Clone Wars, I was acing for some light saber battles. Kanan falls right into form III as Ezra demonstrates that he hasn’t really found a form he’s comfortable with yet. This is to his disadvantage even thought the Inquisitor calls it a “challenge”.
This duel turns into a recreation of the Darth Maul, Qui Gon, and Obi Wan duel from Episode I. It starts out with three force wielders until the Padawan is tossed off the balcony. In rebels, this is what empowers Kanan to beat the Inquisitor. Kanan believes Ezra is gone. But this plays to his advantage momentarily. Kanan proves he is a Jedi by seeking justice without giving into emotion like Obi Wan did after his master was impaled. Instead, Kanan “has nothing left to fear”, enabling him to let the force influence him instead of fear or hate. This is the moment when Kana becomes a true Jedi. Unlike Obi Wan who gave into his hate and fear momentarily causing him do a forbidden Jedi move. (slicing Maul in half) Although I would have preferred a more dramatic ending here, the deeper meaning and symbolism behind it was beautiful.
Once Kanan let’s the force fill him, we see him change lightsaber forms from form III to form V. Form III is an defensive move with almost no attacks, just reflections. Form V is purely offensive. (Darth Vader’s form) Now that’s he’s gone through such a character development, will he change lightsaber forms like how Obi Wan changes from form IV to form III after Qui Gon’s death? Form V would show how Kanan now believes in himself and his ability as a true Jedi. This would be a positive change, as opposed to Obi Wan’s form change symbolizing his shame and lack of confidence in himself. However, Obi Wan’s form III was a nice comparison to Anakin’s offensive style. Are the producers going do the same with Kanan and Ezra and make their forms match their personalities and life season?
If you guys think the Inquisitor is dead, I’m ashamed. If you’ve learned anything from any fandom it’s the no one stays dead. Not even (spoiler) Darth Maul stayed dead, and he was cut in half!
When Hera sees Kanan for the first time since his capture, the other rebels watch closely to see just how much affection he’s willing to give her in front of them. (Not enough in my opinion) She touched his hand affectionately, calls him “dear” and they have a nice hug. But I was hoping for a kiss or something. This scene felt too awkward for me.
When they open the doors to the Ghost, there a beautiful camera angel of them all standing together as a team. The angle them moves to chopper leading them past four guards to the door. Who are these guards? Who was flying the ship? These guards give a sense of official-ness. The situation is easing into more seriousness, as the audience knows there are more surprises to come. (There’s 2 minutes left, what are they going to do?)
It’s Bail Organa! Well, that’s a nice cameo, but I was really looked forward to something more shocking.
The rebels learn they are a cell, part of something bigger. If their courage as one small team is enough to do so much damage, what could a whole group of “cells” accomplish? This is the same courage fans first encountered in a New Hope, and Disney is recreating it for a whole new generation.
But then it happens.
This generation will always compare this show to Clone Wars, because Clone Wars was the best cartoon ever made. (In my humble opinion) So when half the fandom discovers that Ahsoka is a rebel leader and the other half who already guessed this scream because their suspicions are correct, a whole different kind of hope arises. The hope we have in the direction this story is going now that we have our favorite character back! Ahsoka not only survived order 66, she survived vertical integration, aka Disney buying Lucas Films.
We hear her voice first and we immediately recognize it. But we sit on the edge of our seats waiting for our eyes to prove it.
“Fulcrum.” Said Hera
“Ahsoka.” She corrects, “My name is Ahsoka Tano.”
And how has she grown up!
The scene shifts to the rebels staring at her. They don’t know who she is, but that doesn’t matter because the fans are screaming at the top of their lungs.
She affirms Ezra and he smiled unknowing that when we last saw her, she was the padawan receiving affirmations like that. Now, she’s the leader, and Ezra should be honored to hear such a thing from a character this fandom has followed and wept with. If Ahsoka affirms you, you deserve it.
We leave the scene trying to remember what Ahsoka looked like before she grew up to compare the two images in our heads. Then at the same time the scene shifts to the Empire base. Now, even the Empire is questioning it’s effectiveness against these rebels. Then, like Ahsoka’s entrance, we hear the deep breathing that every parent watching this remembers from Episode IV. The deep ominous breathing of Darth Vader. He enters and the camera looks up at him as he passes by into the shot. Darth Vader, Ahsoka’s old Master. After all our excitement for Ahsoka’s return, we forget that Anakin is the character who has gone through the most pain and change out of all the characters in this show. The comparison between Ahsoka and Anakin is too great for words. Our brains can only process this through their images singed in our brains. So much time has passed since we last saw these characters. The questions are unbearable. Does Ahsoka know what Anakin has done? Now, this pair who were once as close as siblings are fighting on opposite sides. You can’t even imagine what an interaction between the two would look like. The scene goes black and we hear his breathing continue. It follows you to the end of the episode.