It’s Monday, which means it’s Star Wars Rebels day! Disney X.D. is airing tonight at 9PM two more episodes – “Kindred” was written by Dave Filoni and Henry Gilroy, “Crawler Commanders” by Matt Michnovetz.
These two new episodes basically acted as a direct follow-up to last week’s episodes and I loved it, these episodes felt a lot more connected, it felt like a bigger story arc. Rebels isn’t just doing one story – one episode or one story two episodes, it’s just one big story now. Of course, each episode has a self-contained story but it’s a story that is deeply connected to the following episode, the show turned into serials, it’s no longer an episodic style. Considering, the story they are telling, that was the best choice!
“Kindred” featured the first appearance of Rukh on the show, Thrawn’s assassin voiced by Warwick Davis. Not being a fan of Legends, I don’t know how he was portrayed there but in Rebels, it was rather good. It felt like Rukh was a highly skilled hunter, a predator. I’m interested to see what they’re going to do with the character and if we’re going to see him again.
The two highlights of the episode were the Kanan and Hera kiss and the loth-wolves. So let’s talk about that HUGE Kanera moment, I had stopped hoping for it and it finally happened, yes they kissed! There was a first attempt that was interrupted, another one and finally Hera kissed him. This episode has heavy in Kanera feels. However, after the kiss, Kanan and Hera got separated as she left with the U-Wing to bring the data of the Tie Defender to Rebel Command on Yavin. I’m not trying to feel pessimistic or anything but it felt like a goodbye kiss, we have yet to see what will happen next week but I have a bad feeling about it. When something like that happens in other tv shows, there’s a death coming not long after, so who knows.
Now about the loth-wolves. We learned a lot more about them but it brought a lot of questions as well. The loth-wolves have a deep connection to the Force and to Lothal and Kanan felt like they had a purpose but the question is – what is their purpose? The white wolf repeated once again the word “Dume,” which is Kanan’s name but there again, it doesn’t help to answer our questions and keeps bringing more questions. Why Kanan? We will have to be a bit more patient for answers but this episode, especially with the loth-wolves part was breathtaking in terms of Force content. The wolves reminded me a lot of the Daughter-Father-Son from the Mortis arc of The Clone Wars, in fact this episode reminded a lot of that. One last thing about this was the place the wolves took the rebels to. It felt like these structures were from an ancient time like the Jedi temple on Lothal, like if all of this was somehow connected. Lothal is important and probably not just for our heroes but for the Force as well.
“Crawler Commanders” was a different episode. It focused on the rebel team on Lothal trying to contact Hera while on Yavin Hera was trying to convince Bail, Mon and Dodonna to launch a group of starfighters to attack Lothal and destroy the Tie Defenders. I want to thank Michnovetz for Hera’s speech in this episode because it was truly amazing!
“We will not stand down, we will not be broken by fear, we are strong, united by our courage, now is our time!“
That speech was so inspiring and powerful. It was enough to convince rebel command to launch that strike team. And considering the name of next week’s episode “Rebel Assault,” things are going to get explosive when Hera arrives with her X-Wing squadron! I really love all the sequences with Hera, Mon, Bail and Dodonna, I want more of this!
The part on Lothal was compelling too and I was happy to see Cikatro Vizago again! He was a prisoner forcing to work on a crawler ship. The crawler ship were destroying Lothal by taking its resources. That ship had a nice design, reminiscent of The Clone Wars. The highlight definitely had to be Zeb fighting the Trandoshan, it was badass! Among all, the fun in that part of the episode, there was a dark scene when Ezra lead the captain of the ship to his death, while he could have saved him and just capture him instead. After “Twin Suns,” Ezra headed back to the right path but it seems there’s still some darkness in him and he’s still ready to kill people like that. It was a short scene but I think what happened there was important enough to mention it.
8.5/10 Two more amazing episodes with “Kindred” having some great Force content with the Loth-wolves!