Star Wars: Rebels (2014/2015) – Path of the Jedi, Idiot’s Array, and Vision of Hope

Path of the Jedi first aired on 20 December 2014, and was written by Charles Murray. Following last week’s episode that saw young Ezra (Taylor Gray) dip a little into the Dark Side, Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) takes his young apprentice on a search for a Jedi temple where they can perform a test to see if Ezra is worthy of becoming a Jedi.

While Kanan waits, Ezra must delve deeper into the temple, and confront the visions which manifest around him, causing him to face his fears, and hopefully, come through on the other side more committed to the Jedi way, and the rest of the Ghost crew.

This ends up being a very important episode, because both teacher and apprentice need some guidance, and who better than Yoda (Frank Oz) giving them some advice and assistance, getting them to re-focus on what they need to do.

It’s also important because Ezra is given a kyber crystal, and as the episode draws to a close, he constructs his first lightsaber. And it’s of great import to note, as a sign of how important the crew is to one another, and how Ezra has been accepted by them, that everyone chips in with parts of various natures to assist in the build.

Ezra has just taken another big step into a larger universe.

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Idiot’s Array was written by Kevin Hopps and first debuted on 12 January, 2015. It sees the return of another cast member from The Original Trilogy. Billy Dee Williams reprises his role as Lando Calrissian.

When Calrissian shows up, and wins in a game of sabacc, with a hand known as the idiot’s array, he has the Ghost transport some unusual cargo.

James Hong delivers a fun vocal appearance in a long con that Calrissian has on the go, and the Ghost crew get inadvertently mixed up in.

It’s a lighter episode, and coming on the tail of the previous episode feels a little out of place, though I am delighted that Calrissian shows up. Still, not all the stories are going to be so focused on Ezra’s journey as the previous one, and sometimes you just want to go on an escapade.

What’s really enjoyable is seeing how the crew all react to Calrissian being aboard. It’s a lot of fun.  And we also get to see some of the cool things that Ezra’s new lightsaber can do. So not a solid episode in terms of the overall series narrative but enjoyable nonetheless.

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The last episode this week, Vision of Hope, was penned by Henry Gilroy and first aired on 26 January, 2015 and sees the Gall Trayvis (Brent Spiner) story thread play out as the crew of the Ghost work to stop an Imperial plan to capture the rebellious dignitary.

A vision sets Ezra off on the adventure when he sees Gall revealing that he knew Ezra’s parents. Ezra’s old cadet ally, Zare (Bryton James) makes a welcome appearance, feeding him intel, including the fact that they could be walking into a trap set by Agent Kallus (David Oyelowo).

But there is more going on than Ezra, Kanan, Hera (Vanessa Marshall), Zeb (Steve Blum) and Sabine (Tiya Sircar) know, and there’s a reason they are meeting Gall. A reason that becomes glaringly apparent to our heroes, and is a troubling moment for Ezra.

The characters are growing and moving forward as they continue to take the fight to the Empire.

The high adventure in a galaxy far, far away continues next week with the final episodes of the first season of Star Wars: Rebels. Until then, may the Force be with you…

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