We are edging closer and closer to the final episodes of this season of Star Wars Rebels and, as a result, the stakes are being raised with each new episode. We saw this in the previous two episodes which focused on Sabine, the future of Mandalore and what its role will be in the fight between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire. In this recent episode, titled ‘Through Imperial Eyes’, the stakes are raised in relation to Thrawn and how the Empire is getting closer to both exposing Agent Kallus as Fulcrum and finding the Rebels’ secret base.
My Thoughts on ‘Through Imperial Eyes’
I thought this episode was great right from its distinctive beginning. Indeed, we start ‘Through Imperial Eyes’ from the view of Agent Kallus and the use of the camera being shown from a first-person perspective made me feel like I was playing a video game. It was a very unique and cool way of starting an episode and unlike anything we have seen in Rebels so far.
It was great to have Agent Kallus as the focal point of this episode because, ever since ‘The Honorable Ones’, he has become a much more layered character. Additionally, to see him try and manipulate the Imperials around him in an effort to not get caught and be exposed as Fulcrum was very entertaining and humorous at times.
Thrawn and Wullf Yularin
Certainly, the whole episode was a game of cat and mouse with Thrawn as the puppet-master. This episode once again highlighted how methodical Thrawn is at playing the long game in terms of his plans to annihilate the fledgling Rebel Alliance. Additionally, seeing the return of Wullf Yularin, who served Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, was great to see. Yet again, it was a nice tie-in to The Clone Wars.
Overall, this episode did a great job of furthering the story of Rebels with some unique elements helping it standout from the rest of the episodes we have had in this series so far. The focus on Fulcrum made for some tense moments with some occasional humour and, more importantly, everything served Thrawn’s masterplan which will begin to unfold once we near the climax of this season.