Star Wars Rebels – Season 4 Episodes 10 – 15 Review

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Star Wars Rebels comes to a close in the best way possible: with a cracking set of episodes full of loss, action, interesting new spins on Star Wars themes, and a big, exciting finale that ends with a “what they did afterwards” montage. Honestly couldn’t ask for a better send off… Let’s take a deeper look!

Synopsis:

While Hera is being tortured by Governor Pryce, Ezra, Kanan and Sabine prepare to extract her from Imperial captivity…

*spoilers appear from here on out!*

Cast of Characters:

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It’s the supporting cast! … Wait, does that mean that the lead Jedi characters….

Ezra Bridger (Taylor Gray) – Ezra feels responsible for Hera’s kidnapping, it being his idea and personal goal to free his homeworld of Lothal and all. Because of this he will stop at nothing to save her…

Kanan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze Jr.) – Kanan has realised how much he truly loves Hera, and due to his Jedi powers, has a strong feeling that he really will give anything to see her safe…

Hera Syndulla (Vanessa Marshall) – Hera has been captured and tortured by the Empire, but she will die before she rats out her comrades… She hopes…

Sabine Wren (Tiya Sircar) – Sabine is worried about Hera, and worried about her friends too, especially if their plan doesn’t work out…

Zeb Orrelios (Steven Blum) – Zeb is the muscle of the group, and not very bright. He isn’t pleased about being left behind on the mission to save Hera, but he’s sure it will all work out…

Chopper – Trademark comedy droid. Makes bleeps and bloops and sometimes falls over. Hooray!

The Emperor (Ian McDiarmid) – Leader of the Empire who still wishes to gain even greater power. To do so, he must infiltrate a certain Jedi temple and for that he needs one of the last remaining Jedi…

Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) – Cold, calculating and extremely intelligent, Thrawn has been called away from his position on Lothal, but has every intention of returning…

Governor Pryce (Mary Elizabeth McGlynn) – Pryce is Imperial through and through, proud of her rise through the ranks and wants nothing but recognition from her Emperor…

Agent Kallus (David Oyelowo) – Formally a member of the Empire, Kallus had a change of heart and joined the rebellion. All but entirely wiping out Zeb’s race weighs heavy on his mind, but he knows he can still do good…

Rex (Dee Bradley Baker) – Rex was a clone commander during the Clone Wars, managing to avoid Order 66 and keep his head. He has been serving the rebellion for a while now, and is happy to be given commands from a Jedi again…

Plus more!

The Good:

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Ezra in the “World Between Worlds”.

As this half of the series was split into three chunks, may as well look at them each in order!

The first double episode, “Jedi Night” and “DUME”, it’s all about the rescue of Hera, and how it leads to Kanan’s death. Now, Kanan is Ezra’s master, and we all know what eventually happens to all mentor figures in Star Wars, so his death wasn’t a surprise, but it was really well done. He and Hera finally kiss (though given the reveal in the end series they must have done more than that beforehand…) before the fuel depot they were standing on get hit, leading to Kanan using the force to hold back the flames long enough to push his allies a safe distance away in their ship. What I liked best about this was that there was no grandiose speech, no long farewell, instead just a scenes of a serious Kanan silently holding back the flames and pushing his friends away, his eyesight seemingly returning moments before his death. Perfect, dramatic send-off. The second half dealt with the aftermath, some characters trying to find some Imperials to kill as payback, others just grieving. We get more of the large Loth-Wolves and their connection to the force and Ezra, leading into their next target: The Jedi Temple…

The second double episode (unless you live in the UK and had to wait a week in between episodes…), “Wolves and a Door” and “A World Between Worlds” was extremely interesting. Ezra finds a way into the Lothal temple (via a mural depicting the Mortis Gods from the Clone Wars cartoon, in a nice call back!) and it turns out it doesn’t lead to the temple, it instead leads to a strange in between dimension, devoid of time and reason, and with a strong connection with the Force. As Ezra was walking around you could hear clips from the Clones Wars and Rebels cartoons, but also from the films… including the sequel trilogy! Showing this place really does have all of time at once. Ezra pulls Ahsoka through a similar door moments before her death from the battle with Darth Vader from season 2, and the two have a bit of an explore (and Ezra resists saving Kanan as it could lead to more of his friends dying, “learning to let go” being a key Jedi thing…) before coming into contact with Emperor… voiced by Ian McDiarmid! The Emperor wants a way into the “World Between Worlds” but is somehow prevented from doing so without a Jedi letting him through, seemingly. Anyway, Ezra and Ahsoka leave through the portals they came in through while avoid Palpatine’s long-distance Sith powers, and that’s that, but man… did that ever have fun playing with Star Wars continuity and physics in ways we never knew possible. Loved it!

Finally we get to the finale, fittingly. “A Fool’s Hope” and the double length/two episodes at once “Family Reunion and Farewell”. This deals with Ezra finally freeing his homeworld and features just about every side character from the series so far teaming up to take on Governor Pryce while Thrawn is away. They manage to capture her (with some help with the Loth-Wolves in a rather savage moment) and get into the main Imperial base, but soon the Grand Admiral arrives and starts blasting random homes and buildings in the city until Ezra gives himself up, which he does. The Emperor appears via a hologram to try and tempt Ezra to open the gate to the World Between Worlds again, but Ezra learned his lesson and defies him.

Meanwhile the rest of the cast battle to bring the city-wide shields up to save the populace and do so with only minor casualties. Ezra and Thrawn have a showdown, which includes the hyper-space travelling whales from Season 2 appearing, and soon they’re pulled into hyper-space, never to be seen again… or at least, never to be seen until after the Empire’s decisive blow is dealt on Endor, as we see what the rest of the crew got up to post-Endor before the credits. Zeb shows Kallus that he didn’t wipe out his entire race (which would think he could have done sooner, rather than let the guilt eat him alive, but then maybe he just wanted to punish him a bit more…), Hera has a son, with Kanan being the father, and had taken part in the battle of Endor with former Clone trooper Rex, and finally Sabine had been living on Lothal, wanting to make sure the Empire never came back, which they didn’t. Ahsoka soon arrives and the two leave to find Ezra, setting up a third series in this run of cartoons set in between Episodes VI and VII… I’m looking forward to it!

So yeah, this delivered some cracking stories, added some great new lore and even had some good drama going for it. The final motage was satisfying and set up a potential new series, so all’s good there. Thumbs up!

The Bad:

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Love how the Emperor is seemingly vain enough to use a hologram of his non-scarred self…

My only real complaint comes from “DUME”, where Zeb and Sabine capture Thrawn’s aide Rukh and Sabine stops Zeb from killing him as doing so due to revenge would make them no better than the Empire… but I mean… come on! Before you captured him you gunned down a bunch of Storm Troopers, how would this be any different? Rukh being alive lead to serious trouble down the line, too… I’m just glad Zeb fried him alive during the finale, at least that was something…

Overall Thoughts:

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Kanan’s fiery send off!

As a finale to the show, these episodes deliver a satisfying conclusion and makes sure that any characters that should have made a big impact in the original movies were dealt with. “A World Between Worlds” is the standout for giving us some new and interesting ways to look at the Force and the future of the franchise, but the finale still did what was needed. I can’t wait to see what we have next in store…

5 Star Watch

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