[Review] Star Wars Rebels: ‘The Future of the Force’

Yesterday night, the newest episode of Star Wars Rebels aired on Disney X.D. It felt like an homage to the episode ‘Children of the Force’ from the award-winning series Star Wars The Clone Wars – the plot was the same and even the title was quite similar. In TCW, it was Cad Bane who was supposed to capture Force sensitive children to bring them to Darth Sidious and it was up to the Jedi to save those children. In this episode of Rebels, it’s up to Ezra, Kanan and Zeb to stop the Inquisitors from capturing the Force sensitive children.

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Unlike the jedi, the rebels team didn’t really know how to handle babies and had some real troubles to keep them calm which brought some fun scenes in an overall dark episode. I really liked the opening scene showing us the fearless Inquisitors. It is with no doubt that we can make the conclusion that the Force sensitive children the Inquisitors are kidnapping are to train more Inquisitors continuing Darth Sidious plan’s from TCW. So this episode really connected the two series together.

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We were introduced to a new planet – Takobo. The name seemed that they were not quite inspired, it’s very similar to Takodana (from The Force Awakens) but it’s not really important as the planet had an amazing architecture. I liked that there was a great inspiration from Pantora from The Clone Wars (from The Dark Disciple novel, there are some concept arts on the official site.) I always love when we get to see some new places especially when we get to have some particular architectures in the buildings. I think this one, at least it seemed so, was inspired by Hindi culture. It was also nice to see a vehicle from the Prequels used in this episode – the Naboo speeder!

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This episode marked the return of Ahsoka Tano after being away for several episodes. We learned that she was using an A-wing, I was a bit disappointed, I thought she would have at least a ship to herself not some just basic rebel starfighter, the A-Wing she was piloting was not even customized. It definitely was awesome to see Ahsoka again, she should be in way more episodes! Her entrance in the fight against the Inquisitors was just brilliant! It was really the Gandalf The White (from The Lord of the Rings) style – powerful and wise. Her white lightsabers looked great! She showed how powerful she was during this fight and I loved that she did like Qui-Gon Jinn a bit of meditation in the middle of the fight. The Inquisitors were definitely no match against her, they were beaten very easily which was fantastic!

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However, the Fifth Brother and the Seventh Sister both survived which was a huge disappointment after such an epic duel everyone survives. Ahsoka was way more stronger than them but none died! One other weak point of this duel was “Well, who doesn’t want to be a mother?” it was really a bad line, it didn’t fit at all with the character of an Inquisitor, plus we know it’s not the Inquisitors who train Inquisitors, it’s Darth Vader (according to some books).

8/10 An intense episode making a great homage to The Clone Wars with an epic lightsaber duels and Ahsoka even more powerful than ever!

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