Star Wars: Rebels – Twilight of the Apprentice

Ahsoka lives? Ezra is seduced to the Dark Side? These were the major questions for fans prior to the airing of “Twilight of the Apprentice,” the Rebels’ Season Two finale. There was an attempt to make a bit of a big deal over the return of Darth Maul, but the slayer of Qui-Gon Jin genuinely…

Star Wars: Rebels – The Mystery of Chopper Base

In the penultimate episode of Rebels’ Season Two, the mystery isn’t the local fauna of the planet the rebels are trying to call home, but whether additional hints are being laid down to foreshadow something or somethings terrible in next week’s season finale.  “The Mystery of Chopper Base,” tentatively is a straight forward episode along…

Star Wars: Rebels – The Forgotten Droid

Season Two of Rebels has made a point to develop characters, from Zeb to Ezra, and Agent Kallus to Hera, but one character so far has been excluded from this group, Chopper.  The resident astromech has played the odd role of being exaggerated comic relief, but also on several occasions, savior of the crew of…

Star Wars: Rebels – Shroud of Darkness

Regret is not a theme commonly associated with the Star Wars universe, though it was present in the earliest exploration of the franchise.  One can hear it in Alec Guiness’ expertly delivered lines as he tells Luke Skywalker of his mistaken belief that he believed himself capable of training Anakin’s father on his own.  Almost…

Star Wars: Rebels – The Honorable Ones

In 1985, Dennis Quaid and Louis Gossett, Jr., found themselves marooned on an alien planet where they were forced to rely on each other to survive.  Also, Gossett was an alien and the two hated each other courtesy of a galactic war between humans and Gossett’s alien race.  Enemy Mine took the plot point of…

Star Wars: Rebels – Homecoming

We criticized the tepidly received “The Call” on a variety of grounds, be it space whales or characterization.   One specific attempt at characterization we found underwhelming was that of Hera Syndulla, who was provided a story arc which went from, “I hate the space whales!” to “I love the space whales!”  The space between…

Star Wars: Rebels – The Call

Rebels has always existed as a hybrid television show, neither completely serialized nor built entirely of stand alone episodes.  However, usually when the show dips into stand alone episodes, they are episodes built to focus on specific characters and offer a deeper understanding of them. They’re characterization episodes to put it bluntly.  Season Two has…