This is it, the last trio of episodes of the highly enjoyable follow up to Star Wars: Clone Wars, Star Wars: Rebels. The series has tied the film series, the television and growing universe together nicely and it’s hard to believe that it comes to an end with the fourth season.
A World Between Worlds was written by Dave Filoni, and originally aired on 26 February, 2018. Ezra (Taylor Gray) has entered the temple through the strange gateway formed by painted loth-wolves, and is delivered into a strange spatial/temporal passage connecting lives, time and space.
Something that allows him to save one friend, but not another, though where they end up…?
It is in this pathway that he learns to let go of the loss of his master, and has a confontation with the Emperor (Ian McDiarmid) himself.
Meanwhile at the Imperial’s temple excavation site, Sabine (Tia Sircar) finds herself helping Hydan (Malcolm McDowell) in the study of the Force painting, and perhaps finds a way to close it permanently even as Hera (Vanessa Marshall), Zeb (Steve Blum) and Chopper (Filoni) lead an assault to rescue her and Ezra.
A fantastic episode that brushes up against the fantastical, something Star Wars, when done right, does easily, and it ends up being a very powerful and emotional tale, and prepares us for the series’ last act.
A Fool’s Hope was written by Steven Melching and Henry Gilroy. The series’ penultimate episode aired on 5 March, 2018, and is an all out battle as plans to liberate Ezra’s homeworld of Lothal are put into action.
Hera reaches out to all of Ezra’s friends across the galaxy (and series) bringing them altogether, while on the plant, Ezra puts a risky plan into action, relying on the apparent betrayal of the rebels by the planet’s former Governor Ryder (Clancy Brown).
But it’s all a gambit to draw Governor Pryce (Mary Elizabeth McGlynn) into a trap, that allows the rebels a towering first victory in their path to reclaim Lothal, and free it from the Empire.
There are action beats aplenty as we travel from air battle to land battle to an all out loth-wolf attack. Does Rukh the Noghri (Warwick Davis) survive? I dunno… we don’t see him die… So maybe some of the Star Wars: Legends tale of the original Thrawn trilogy come to pass later on.
It’s a fast moving tale, filled with iconic John Williams’ Star Wars cues, and it feels and looks epic, we’re obviously coming up on the end. And with a triumph over Pryce, Ezra, the Ghost crew and friends and allies from across the galaxy prepare for one last battle… to free Lothal.
Family Reunion and Farewell is the series’ finale, a double episode, it sends everybody off beautifully, ties up a number of story threads, and delivers a wonderfully emotional ending.
Written by Filoni, Melching, Gilroy, Kiri Hart and Simon Kinberg, Rebels came to an end on 5 March, 2018 with a final battle for Lothal, and Ezra facing his destiny.
That destiny includes a confrontation with the Emperor, who tempts him wit a reunion with his parents.
But Ezra has a plan, that appears to go sideways with the arrival of Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen), who may or may not have met his ultimate destiny, and so much for Rukh’s continued existence…
The episode pays off for the viewers who have followed the series since the beginning. I was actually rather wowed by how emotional the final moments of the episode made me.
There are sacrifices, moments of loss, moments of hope, and all of it works to tell a story that is undeniably, Star Wars.
Next week, I take on a different war, but I loved my time with this series. And as a reminder, the Force will be with you… always.