We have come to the mid-season finale of Season 3 of Star Wars Rebels and, at this stage, this season is on the path to being the best we have had so far in Rebels. Sure, we have had a mix of episodes which have focused on the main story-line and episodes which have essentially been side-quests which has frustrated some fans of the show.
My Thoughts on ‘Visions and Voices’
For me personally, this did not bother me and this mid-season finale, titled ‘Visions and Voices’, was a great episode which will please all fans of the show. The main reason why this episode was so good was down to the use of Maul. Certainly, Maul is a great character for Rebels to use due to his history in the Star Wars universe but, more importantly, due to the affect that he has on Ezra. We see in this episode that Ezra is suffering from a form of PTSD after his experiences with Maul and it was interesting to see their dynamic showcased in this episode.
Additionally, this episode progressed Maul’s storyline as he is now one step closer to achieving his obsessive aim of finding Obi-Wan Kenobi while Ezra is now closer to finding the way to destroy the Sith which also requires him to find Obi-Wan. As we can see, the journey that these two characters must go on are intrinsically linked which really excites me for future episodes.
Another interesting aspect of this episode was Sabine’s recognition of the darksaber; a weapon which is a symbol of Mandalorian leadership. To me, this infers that Sabine has some sort of connection to an old leader of Mandalore, perhaps Satine Kryze who was a character in Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Certain Episodes of Star Wars: The Clone Wars are now Vital Viewing
This leads me onto the biggest highlight I took away from this episode which was that I am now really eager to watch the best/most important episodes/arcs of The Clone Wars, an animated TV show in the Star Wars universe which I have not watched. By doing this, I will further immerse myself within the lore of Star Wars and enhance my appreciation of Star Wars Rebels which has a strong link to The Clone Wars.
Indeed, the use of characters from The Clone Wars in Rebels such as Ahsoka Tano and Rex is evidence of this along with the mention of past events/easter-eggs in certain episodes such as this one which will please fans who have a deep attachment to The Clone Wars. I am not one of these fans yet but, for now, this episode is strong enough to please a wide array of fans due to its use of Maul and the development of his and Ezra’s story-line along with Sabine’s recognition of the darksaber.
All of this excites me for the future while, at the same time encouraging me to go back and delve into The Clone Wars which is something I would never imagine happening due to the hesitation I had about learning more about this time period thanks to the poor execution of the Prequel Trilogy. This is a credit to how good Star Wars Rebels is.