Star Wars: Rebels (2015) – Call to Action, Rebel Resolve, and Fire Across the Galaxy

We dive into the final three episodes of the inaugural season of Star Wars: Rebels this week. First up is Call to Action. Written by Greg Weisman and Simon Kinberg and originally aired on 26 January, 2015.

The spark of rebellion is spreading across the galaxy, so to draw even more attention to it, the crew of the Ghost turn their attention to disrupting an Imperial network. But perhaps they’ve draw too much interest when not only Agent Kallus (David Oyelowo) doggedly pursues them, but they’ve also drawn the ire of Tarkin (Stephen Stanton), who doesn’t believe their could be a possible Jedi involved with the blossoming rebellion.

Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Hera (Vanessa Marshall) come up with a plan to hijack the network, and much like the Imperial spy Trayvis (Brent Spiner) send out a broadcast. But this time, tell the truth, as opposed to the lies the Empire, and Trayvis spread.

Tarkin is more than able to show how cold-blooded and ruthless he is, as he has the Inquisitor (Jason Isaacs) execute those who have disappointed him.

As the stakes seem to increase, young Ezra (Taylor Gray) must face his fears over the loss of his parents for doing what is right, and the possibility that he may lose his new found family to the same cause as well.

And that fear is brought to haunting reality as Kanan is captured by the Inquisitor as the Ghost crew make their escape, getting one important broadcast out before Tarkin destroys the transmitter.

tarkininquisitor

Rebel Resolve was written by Charles Murray and Henry Gilroy. It first debuted on 16 February, 2015. The story focuses on the Ghost crew trying to learn Kanan’s location so that they can free him, all while the former Jedi is undergoing interrogation.

Ezra goes against Hera’s orders, and develops a plan of his own, which includes dealing with the pirate Vizago (Keith Szarabajka) and abducting an Imperial droid so they can sneak their own droid, Chopper, aboard an Imperial cruiser to hack the comm channels to get a trace on Kanan.

Hera meanwhile catches a little grief from her contact, Fulcrum for their attention their actions are getting. It’s mentioned that they have garnered the interest of the top tiers of Imperial command, you know who that means!

There is lots of action in this episode, space battles, and we see how much the characters and the team have grown over the course of the season, but I’m unsure if anything will prepare them for the cliffhanger ending when Kanan’s location is revealed.

It’s a name that strikes fear into the hearts of those who inhabit the universe, and a world of great import as fans know. The team gears up to rescue Kanan in the season finale of Rebels, by boarding Tarkin’s cruiser, the Sovereign, before it heads to Mustafar.

Rebel_resolve_1

Fire Across the Galaxy was written by one of the series show runners, Simon Kinberg, and directed by another one, Dave Filoni. It first aired on 2 March, 2015, and is a rousing end to the first season with secrets revealed, familiar characters stepping from the shadows, a set up for the following season, and lots of Star Wars action!

The crew of the Ghost board the Sovereign, but soon find themselves clashing with the Inquisitor, all while the ship travels to Mustafar.

Kanan and Ezra find themselves in a final encounter with the Inquisitor, and Ezra has never seen Kanan better or stronger than this moment, and the young Padawan sees all the he, himself, could become.

The Ghost crew take their first step into a larger universe as Hera reveals that they are only one cell of the Rebellion, and the rest of the blossoming group come to help the escape from The Sovereign.

This leads to a brief encounter with Bail Organa (Phil LaMarr), and a one two punch of the reveal of Fulcrum as Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein) and the arrival of Darth Vader aboard Tarkin’s Sovereign.

Great ending!! And gets the viewer amped for what comes next! The second season of Star Wars: Rebels starts on the blog next Saturday! May the Force be with you!

vader-rebels-jpg

 

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s