Star Wars: Rebels (2018) – Jedi Night, DUME, and Wolves and a Door

The end is closing in for the Rebels series, and the stakes have never been higher. Kanan (Freddie Prinze jr.) turns to Ezra (Taylor Gray) to concoct a plan to break Hera (Vanessa Marshall) out of the hands of the Imperials.

Jedi Night, written by Dave Filoni and Henry Gilroy, first aired on 19 February, 2018.

Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) is summoned to Coruscant to make his case for the TIE Defender programme, as it seems Krennic’s new project, Stardust (we all know what that is) is competing for funds.

This opens an opportunity to rescue Hera, who, in the interim, is being tortured by her interrogators. Racing to put a plan together, Ezra gets them in, even as Kanan prepares a new look for himself, and ably rescues Hera.

Unfortunately, Rukh the Noghri is in pursuit. A confrontation with Kanan, causes the Jedi to lose his lightsaber, but things get even more drastic when Governor Pryce (Mary Elizabeth McGlynn) fires on the fuel depot the rebels are using for the site of their pickup.

And of course, this emotional moment hits like a ton of bricks, because just before it we get an emotional high with Hera admitting, finally, how she feels for Kanan.

It’s a jaw-dropping ending that even you know its coming, completely stuns in its execution.

DUME serves as an immediate follow-up to the events of the previous episode. Written by Christopher L. Yost, it aired back to back with Jedi Night.

Dealing with the loss of Kanan, the crew of the Ghost are lost, but must find a way to come together and find new purpose.

Hera takes some time to herself,despite not being able to spare the time, to mourn her loss. Ezra has an encounter with some loth-wolves that reveal to him that the hidden Jedi temple on Lothal still has knowledge and secrets within it, and that it may be in danger.

Sabine (Tiya Sircar) and Zeb (Steve Blum) learn that their mission to stop the Defender production ended up succeeding after all. Once Pryce blew up the fuel depot to stop the rebels, the Imperials discovered they didn’t have enough fuel to keep the factories running, and had to shut them down.

The duo also have an almost lethal encounter with Rukh, but the pair best him, and send him back to the city as a message to the Empire.

The team comes together, with the seeds of a plan, the beginning of which will see a return to the Jedi temple…

Wolves and a Door first aired on 26 February, 2018, and was written by Dave Filoni.

The Ghost crew return to and enter the hidden Jedi temple on Lothal, and Ezra is determined to learns what the Empire plans to do with the knowledge they are seeking there.

At the site of the imperial excavation of the temple, there are some background pieces of dialogue,which mirror dialogue from Close Encounters of the Third Kind. And I was wowed when I heard the voice of the character overseeing the dig. Minister Hydan is voiced by Malcolm McDowell, and he reports directly to Ian McDiarmid’s Emperor.

The episode gets a little mystical as a mural has been unearthed by the Empire, featuring some familiar Force wielders including the loth-wolves, and Ezra puzzles out how to interact with it, which in turn brings the mural to an unusual form of life, guiding Ezra to the entrance.

Which is good, because Sabine is captured by some stormtroopers, and her identity is rumbled. Ezra dives through the revealed gateway just before the credits roll, leaving a shocked Sabine, Hydan, and imperials behind.

Next week we come to the conclusion of the series, but the Force will be with you, always…

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