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Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Review

Another season of Star Wars Rebels wrapped up tonight with Zero Hour where the rebel alliance literally got it’s ass kicked by the Empire. I really enjoyed this episode and most of season 3 of Star Wars Rebels. There were some filler episodes I didn’t (Iron Squadron…)

Sorta Spoilers from this point on, I’ll kind of be conversing with this blog post. For reviews for each episode individually, please watch the reviews on Star Wars Explained. I really like this channel and find it very informative for both new and old fans of Star Wars.

Characters

So this season was advertised as Ezra being tempted by the dark side, Kanan discovering new powers in the force despite being blind, Maul being a big threat, Sabine having her own character arc, Kallus taking Ahsoka’s position as Fulcrum, and so much more.

The season brought more of Star Wars Legends back into canon with the characters Thrawn and Wedge. Thrawn poses as a major threat by allowing minor victories with the rebel alliance to happen in order to better study them and defeat them. I can’t speak too much about my opinion of Thrawn in Star Wars Rebels because I didn’t know of the character or his book series because the old expanded universe was too large for me to handle.

The season kicked ass in so many ways; the first thing fans noticed was that characters besides Sabine got new models to be used with Ezra and Kanan getting the most dramatic changes and Hera and Zeb getting the least changes in design. Ezra’s physical puberty finally caught up with his voice! It was nice to see all the characters given a redesign sooner in the series since the events of the season 2 finale left it’s marking on the main cast both physically and mentally.

Ezra’s journey this season starts off with him being seduced by the darkside; Ezra had been studying from the Sith holocron and through it gained some impressive battle tactics through it. At the start of the season Ezra has confidence and arrogance that concerns his friends since he willingly kills Stormtroopers in very dark ways and was reckless on missions leading him to almost getting killed. As soon as Maul came into the picture, he more or less snapped away from the dark side and the rest of the season is Ezra just being himself.

Kanan has issues at the start of the season due to losing his eyesight and feels incompetent as a person, Jedi, teacher, and soldier. It is after meeting and learning some wisdom from a force sensitive known as the Bendu does Kanan return to his normal self.

Hera is a slightly more stressed out version of herself, Zeb is more relaxed and brudes less, and Chopper continues to stir shit up in a comical way for fun. Sabine got her own character arc and I am very happy for that. Sabine’s past of working with the empire is slowly brought up again until she gets her hands on the dark saber from Maul. I liked her journey this season and how we learn of her backstory and the pain she had to live with knowing that she could never return home without the traitor brand being lifted from her.

I liked seeing Sabine wield a lightsaber, I actually had her wield one in Disney Infinity a few times so there was definitely something cool about having her actually use one in canon. My only complaint is that Sabine’s character arc was about three episodes in total this season, but with news that there will be a season 4 of Rebels and the Mandalore plotline still open I’m very confident that her story will continue on.

Maul’s arc this season actually got on my nerves a bit; I felt he just popped up to annoy Ezra and Kanan because they were the only force users left for him to annoy since all the other jedi that he knew of were dead and because he knew Palpatine would destroy him with ease. This led up to Maul meeting Obiwan one last time and the two having a duel with obvious results. All I can say is, that’s what he gets for killing Satine.

I was very excited to see the Bendu in the show since he is voiced by Tom Baker and I am a very big fan of Doctor Who. I was satisfied with the character of the Bendu because he was a neutral in terms of the light and darkside of the force choosing to be like nature. Instead of taking a particular side the Bendu chose to let let things fall as they may and help Kanan and Ezra (and maybe even Sabine) in their emotional journeys providing wisdom. In the series finale he is pissed at both the rebels and the empire for messing around with his sleeping patterns. After Kanan pisses him off further, the Bendu takes his anger out on both sides with Thrawn barely being able to guess a weakspot to defeat the being…or not.

Finally as mentioned above Kallus took on the position of being Fulcrum; at the start of the season he is pretty incognito about being a double agent with even the rebels not knowing who he was. It was interesting to see how he would continue to throw off suspicion that he was the spy for the rebels and staying clear of Thrawn’s suspicion of who he was. He gets discovered in the end, complete with a physical beating and being held hostage (oh how I wish he had been shirtless with his unkempt hair in that scene…), and at the end of the season he finally joins up with the Rebel alliance.

Favorite Episodes

My three favorite episodes would be Double Agent Droid, Secret Cargo, and Trials of the Darksaber. Double Agent Droid brought focus towards Chopper, AP-5, and Wedge. I thought it was a nice episode at how it was finally acknowledged that Chopper frequently went into Empire territory with nothing more but a paintjob and no one ever noticing it. Then in this episode, IT BACKFIRED! It also showed that AP-5 is significantly more observant and a more valued part of the rebellion than most of the rebels are giving him credit for. Also, WE GET AP-5 SINGING! I swear I fell off my chair laughing at the tragilarious sight. We also get to see what happens when someone truly pisses off Hera, and how she probably has the highest headcount of the Ghost crew. Also there’s space toilets!

Secret Cargo and Trials of the Darksaber were two emotionally driven episodes on two opposite spectrums. Trials of the Darksaber showed Kanan and Ezra training Sabine to use a lightsaber since she would have people coming after her because of her possession of the darksaber. The acting from Tiya Sicar and Freddie Prince Jr. really got to me leading me to relate more to the character of Sabine.

Secret Cargo was an interesting episode to watch, particularly considering the current time political situation we live in and how Mon Mothma was able to unite all the rebel cells into the rebel alliance.

The Season as a Whole

I will admit I wasn’t feeling it this seasons as much as I was last season, I think it’s because the mystery of the fate of Ahsoka Tano interested me significantly, I do have my favorite moments and episodes though. There are some concerns that next season will be the last for Star Wars Rebels and I wouldn’t be shocked if that were true. I was hoping the series would end with the Rogue One storyline, except through the perspective of the Ghost crew.

I liked the development of the characters, the voice acting, the fact that not all fallen allies are forgotten too. I look forward to the next season of Star Wars Rebels, hopefully I’ll be in graduate school then.

I give Star Wars Rebels season 3, three and a half space toilets out of five.

 

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Thoughts on Star Wars Rebels Season 2 Finale

Spoilers for the season 2 finale of Star Wars Rebels Starting right from the begging! 

The season two finale to Star Wars Rebels ended in stark contrast to the season one finale; this is not shocking since prior to the events of A New Hope the rebel alliance had been struggling so happy endings in this series wouldn’t (and shouldn’t) be expected even if it is owned and produced by Disney. Don’t believe me? Go watch season one of Star Wars Rebels and tell me this is sunshine and rainbows after Rise of the Old Masters.

Things are different in this season two finale, unlike season one where the Ghost crew successfully rescued their leader Kanen from the empire and Ahsoka Tano is revealed to be alive and a head figure to fully unite the rebel cells into a Rebel alliance. Let’s stop and think about the word united and how important it is to the Star Wars world and Rebels.

Here are shots from the two season finales; in season one we have the Ghost crew smiling happily after the events of the season. In season two they are separate and recovering from the aftershocks of the events on Malachor. Here’s the biggest deal from the season finale that many people are overlooking. Ezra’s lightsaber has been destroyed by Vader.

Some people are thinking ‘big deal it looked like an ugly, clunky staple gun anyways,’ and yes it is a big deal in the show than more people realize. First the kyber crystal in that lightsaber was shown to Ezra by the Force on a Jedi temple on Lothal and let’s be honest with ourselves kyber crystals are hard to find in this universe at this time. Second Ezra’s lightsaber is more significant beyond Jedi weapon or toy for kids and fans to buy. Ezra’s lightsaber was made from something each of his friends gave him; from his mentor Kanen, the woman who opened his eyes to the good that the rebels do Hera, the Lesat who taught him the value of life Zeb, the pretty badass girl he had a crush on Sabine, and the selfish droid who gave up power cells for that lightsaber Chopper.

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It makes this final shot of Ezra holding a Sith holocron even more saddening. Ezra is alone separated from those important to him. Even more saddening is that Ezra activates this holocron showing that he is tapping deeper into the dark side of the force.

We will have to wait and see what will happen to the rebels after these events and how the Rebel Alliance will continue without the guidance of Ahsoka Tano and what will become of Ezra and Kanen to see if they will survive the series (if Disney is ok with them being killed off or worse.)

Let’s Talk About Ahsoka Tano

Let’s try something a little different, I’m going to talk about an animated character I’ve recently found to be pretty interesting, and yes it’s because an important matter that needed to be addressed concerning her existence will finally be addressed; I’m talking about the fate of Ahsoka Tano.

Spoilers from this point on concerning Star Wars Clone wars and Star Wars Rebels. 

Before I continue I will say I’m sorry to Star Wars fans, I’m going based off the new canon, yes I know you all still aren’t happy about your entire expanded universe being set on fire, I understand it’s not easy to overcome. Please don’t get pissy on this blog, there are other parts of the internet for you to express your anger and grief over with other fans with the same feelings.

When the world was first introduced to Ahsoka Tano, she didn’t have too many fans, it’s not hard to see why. She was introduced in a Star Wars movie that probably should have been a tv special than theatrical release and she was obviously the mandatory kid character for the kids watching The Clone Wars to relate to. Oh and she was Anakin Skywalker’s padawan.

When I first saw Ahsoka my thoughts were ‘when this series ends…it’s not going to be pleasant for her.’ There were many possibilities to her fate; she was killed offscreen during the events of Revenge of the Sith, or she died at some point late in the clone wars helping in the fall of Anakin Skywalker to the darkside.

By season five we were all pleasantly surprised by the character, yes she was the typical token kid and had typical token kid episodes, but she got better as the series went on. She did missions on her own, held her own in a fight, was reckless and sensable as a jedi and saved the day her fair share of times.

Then came the season five finale; Ahsoka was framed by her friend Barriss Offee for a terrorist attack and was being held on trial. It was then that Ahsoka truly grew up, through this trial she discovered she had more in common with the bounty hunter Asajj Ventress than she believed and through Bariss’ betrayal and confession questioned the jedi order and through many realizations left the order.

For three years no news came from the character, until March 2nd 2015 where Ahsoka’s importance to the Star Wars universe was revealed. Up until four years before the events of A New Hope the rebels had been functioning through multiple cells with only one member of each rebel cell being given need to know information so that incase one member of the crew was caught, no rebel secrets would be lost.

Until the Ghost crew performed a rescue mission for one of it’s members. It was then the mysterious Fulcrum made a decision to change rebel cell protocal and unite all the cells as a full rebellion and the identity of Fulcrim was revealed to be Ahsoka Tano. That’s right, the kid created to appeal to younger characters became the woman who had united the rebels against the Empire.

Throughout season 2 of Rebels Ahsoka has been keeping an eye on bigger events trying to piece things together and find the fate of Anakin. Things have been hard on her and many fans are convinced she will be killed in her fight against Darth Vader at the end of the season. Some new revelations have been presented though; what if Ahsoka hadn’t left the jedi order? Could she have reasoned with Anakin and the Jedi masters to not punish Anakin for his secret life with Padme? Could she have kept Anakin on the light side and prevented the horrors that would have happened at Revenge of the Sith?

It’s all so interesting to see how someone so minor became so important. I’m convinced she will not live past the events of Rebels season 2, but we’ll wait and see.