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STAR WARS REBELS
First the bad news : we are still on Lothal and it is still the most boring planet in all of Star Wars. Not much actually happens in these episodes and Crawler Commanders almost violently put me to sleep about 45 times. If you’re still reading and you are curious about the good news, Kindred isn’t that bad. It hints at some interesting stuff that could be coming and there’s just something dang intriguing about those giant Force Wolves. So in our last back to back, let’s hurry up and get this show over with, two episodes at a time style, we get a very mixed Rebels bag. There’s decent stuff in especially the first one but man oh man, this show is riding a speeder bike straight to it’s quickly approaching end.
Things get started with Hera and Kanan spending some time together having deep thoughts on what we’re all wondering, just why they are still on Lothal. Kanan wonders if there’s a deeper purpose that keeps bringing them back there and I honestly hope that’s the case. Cut to that dastardly villain who can’t get anything done, Thrawn as he unleashes his gorilla mixed with a pencil eraser assassin thing named Ruhk on the Rebels. Ruhk jumps out of his ship smelling for Zeb, rides a speeder bike, fights Ezra and then he’s pretty much out of the episode. Maybe and hopefully he’ll turn up again in another episode but for now he was a total waste of time.
Ezra and crew hide out in the cave mountains and the Force Wolves show up and naturally they ask for Kanan. Next thing you know Ezra’s eyes get crazy and faster then you can say Carlos Castaneda in the desert, they’re on the other side of the planet. Just like last season’s Bendu, I like the idea of creatures that thrive of the living and cosmic Force but aren’t necessarily Force users. I’m hoping and sensing that these wolves will actually lead to something at may help bring a satisfying conclusion to some of our main characters. Or maybe they will talk more and remind Kanan and Ezra that the greatest power in the universe is the strength of family. We’ll find out!
After that, there’s some stuff about a giant mining crawler, some Trandoshans with electric whips and Ezra grinning when a Seth Green voiced lizard man accidentally falls to his death. It’s weird and it definitely is not one of Rebels’ best episodes.
The good thing going on with Kindred there’s moments that feel like this thing is going somewhere. It has a nice forward momentum to it that sometimes Rebels episodes severely lack. Watching it though I can’t help feeling like this first half of season four has been phoning it in. I think back to episodes like Maul’s flirting with the Ezra and the dark side in Twilight of the Apprentice, the Bendu’s lesson for Ezra and Kanan to learn that they needed each other last season and it makes we wonder what’s going on this season. We’ve got a handful of episodes left and we are getting Bossk dudes with electric whips. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good Bossk with an electric whip and the promise of X-Wings next week but that leads to my weekly gripe that’s still valid, what about the characters? And not the characters from Star Wars movies or Clone Wars, what about the Rebels characters? It’s time for this show to address the Bor Gullet in the room and start to lay the foundation that give these Rebels their final act. Save the Bossks with whips for the next show. Or my dreams.
Kindred : B
Crawler Commanders: D
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STAR WARS REBELS
“Flight of the Defender”
Does anyone really, REALLY care about Lothal? It’s been the planet on Rebels that they never seem to leave or are constantly coming back to. It has been interesting to see how with each visit it becomes more and more under Imperial control, but has anyone anywhere proclaimed how excited they were for the next episode of Rebels where they go to Lothal and wear funny hats to blend in? Anyone? … Anyone?
This week finds two Lothal centered episodes that happily don’t rely on plot lines connected to previous Star Wars movies or shows but still features its own unique set of issues. The action begins with Ezra straight up throwing a fit that he has to go back to Lothal and check up on everyone’s favorite Star Wars background character Old Jho. Remember him? No? Well that’s okay as things don’t go too hot when they arrive as the planet. Lothal has seen better days as it looks like it’s been burned down and the Empire is literally hanging out everywhere. Ezra goes to a bar, runs into some goofball from the Imperial Academy there and that’s pretty much all that happens in that first pretty much lackluster yawn of an episode.
Things pick up a little in the second one as Sabine and Ezra (who seem to get all the missions now) head out to steal some info on a new super advanced TIE Defender. Everything seems fine until Thrawn shows up and once again let’s the Rebels escape right in front of him as it’s still all part of his master plan or something.
Thrawn does manage to disable the prototype TIE enough so that it crashes and Ezra and Sabine have a trippy Lewis Carrol meets Jim Morrison in the desert moment with a white Loth Cat and giant mystical wolf who may or may not be connected to the Force somehow.
For the most part these episodes seemed to be going through the regular Star Wars Rebels brats and motions and repeating the same kind of stories and action we’ve been seeing for the past few seasons. However, I’m intrigued by the idea of the giant Force Wolf as it reminds me of Bendu-esque stuff when the show branches out from just doing Star Wars and pushes the ideas of the saga and The Force forward a little.
Having two Jedi in the Rebel Alliance before Luke Skywalker blows up the Death Star has always been Rebels’ biggest “what’s up with that” obstacle and when they stretch out the interpretations of Force Users to include giant wolves and a huge rock moose, they’ve got our attention. As often as Rebels has been wildly frustrating for me at times, it’s also been game changing awesome. These giant Force Wolves, while feeling a little shoehorned into an episode about stealing a TIE Defender, is a good reminder that the show continues to at least explore the rich mysticism of The Force and reminds me that I can’t wait to see how this whole thing wraps up.
The Occupation : C
Flight of the Defender: B+