I already talked about the season 3 premiere of Star Wars Rebels, in my post about the series at the Star Wars Celebration so I will only add a few more things about this double episode.
There’s a time jump between season 2 and 3 and there’s the question about Ezra’s lightsaber. He has a new one, a real one this time not like the weird blaster/saber he had in the first two seasons. It’s unknown how he got it but we can guess that he returned to the temple on Lothal to get one, though it would be interesting to get that story. Everyone in the team has a new look. For Hera and Zeb, it’s just some things that have changed, Sabine it’s new hair color and new armor color but for Ezra and Kanan there’s a real big change. Sabine’s new colors make her look older. Ezra’s new outfit makes him look way older as well and it’s more simple at the same time.
About this beginning, we get a much more violent Ezra, he does not hesitate to kill which was not the case in the previous seasons. The most shocking Ezra scene is when he executes the troopers on the platform, he uses the Force and throws the AT-DP of the platform. The pilot of the vehicle has no chance to defend himself. That’s a totally new Ezra we see there. He’s different and that’s interesting, I’m looking forward to see where it’s going. He’s no Jedi anymore, he opened the Sith Holocron, he talks to it, I wouldn’t say he is a Sith but he’s definitely at the limit between dark and light side, he does questionable things.
Kanan struggles with his blindness and encounters the Bendu, a Force creature. This episode is a lot about Kanan’s acceptation of his condition and learning how to live with it. The Bendu adds another layer to the Force mythology, he’s in between the two sides but when he gets the Holocron, he seems more than interested by it than it first appears so, there’s more to him than just being a guide. I think it’s not the last time we’re going to see him.
Admiral Thrawn’s introduction was good, there’s a lot of potential with his character from the Expanded Universe. He’s a great addition to the villains of Rebels! He’s a strategist, it takes time to win, he has a masterplan to destroy the rebels and it’s going to be great to see him tracking them and trying to stop them. We also have Tarkin in this episode and despite Thrawn’s presence, I hope we still get to see him in more than just one episode, this season, he’s with Vader, the best villain of the Empire.
Hondo Ohnaka, the galaxy’s best pirate is the one bringing the Y-Wings to the rebels, Y-Wings we see in A New Hope. It’s surprising coming from the character but it’s great to see these connections between the different Star Wars mediums and how it fits together. This season seems like it’s going to be a lot of making the Rebellion bigger which will be great to see!
8.5/10 Excellent episode, a lot of action, fun moments and a dark path for Ezra!