Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Episode 20 (Television Review) – A Swift End to Maul

Whatever your opinions of the Prequels, you cannot deny that Maul, formerly Darth Maul, is an iconic figure within the Star Wars universe. We were first introduced to him in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace where he was killed off too quickly. This was a shame because, for me, he was one of the few decent elements of an otherwise terrible film. He should have been an antagonist throughout the Prequels.

Maul was brought back to life in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It was on this show that he was fleshed out as a character. He returned again in Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels. Since his introduction in Rebels, he has appeared in some of the best episodes of this current season. Because of this, I was going into this latest episode, titled ‘Twin Suns’, with high expectations as we would finally see Maul confront his oldest foe, Obi-Wan/Ben Kenobi.

Ben Kenobi in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 20 Twin Suns

My Thoughts on ‘Twin Suns’

I liked this episode a lot. It does a good job of building the anticipation for the re-uniting of Maul and Kenobi and, before that, seeing Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan/Ben Kenobi in animated form. When Kenobi finally appeared, I was blown away with the quality of the voice work. Stephen Stanton was the actor who voiced Obi-Wan/Ben Kenobi in this episode and he sounded just like Alec Guinness. It was truly uncanny and it was a brilliant element of the episode.

The confrontation between Maul and Kenobi itself was….very….swift. To be honest, I was surprised how quickly their fight ended. I really liked the dialogue that they had with each other before they clashed but I expected a bit of a longer fight. Perhaps the reasoning behind such a short duel was to emphasise how far Maul has fallen as a warrior and how in tune with The Force Kenobi is at this stage of his life. Still, I was satisfied with the final outcome which was the death of Maul. He died with a bit of grace and acceptance of his fate. It was a fitting way to say goodbye to the character.

Maul in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 20 Twin Suns

We Saw Luke!

I also liked how Ezra went through some important character development in this episode by realising where he is needed the most and that is with the Ghost crew and the Rebel Alliance. Yet, while there were a lot of things I liked, it was the final scene which really got me. We see Kenobi looking in the distance towards Luke Skywalker at the Lars homestead. This was an emotional tie-in to Star Wars: A New Hope, especially as Binary Sunset played in the background.

Overall, this episode was very good at bringing Maul’s journey in Star Wars to an end. Additionally, Ezra was developed as a character and the team behind Rebels achieved the difficult task of respecting Alec Guinness’ portrayal of Obi-Wan/Ben Kenobi by nailing his voice and staying true to the essence of the character.

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Episode 19 (Television Review) – Unnecessary Filler

Before this latest episode of Star Wars Rebels, titled ‘Double Agent Droid’, there were only two episodes in Star Wars Rebels that, in my opinion, were not worth watching. The first is Season 1’s ‘Fighter Flight’ and the second is Season 2’s ‘The Call’. To me, they are filler episodes that do not further the story in any way, shape or form and you can skip them without degrading your experience of watching Star Wars Rebels. After this latest episode, there is now a third.

Wedge Antilles and AP-5 in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 19 Double Agent Droid

The Story of ‘Double Agent Droid’

The story of ‘Double Agent Droid’ focuses on Wedge Antilles, Chopper and AP-5 who infiltrate an Imperial station to steal Imperial codes. But, an Imperial specialist turns the droids against the crew and chaos ensues. Now, I have liked AP-5 since he was first introduced in Season 2 in ‘The Forgotten Droid’.

His interactions with Chopper and the dry delivery of his dialogue which I find to be very funny make him a very underrated character in the show. I like Chopper too and to see these two in their own episode with a legendary character like Wedge Antilles should, on paper, really entertain me.

My Thoughts on ‘Double Agent Droid’

Overall, this episode disappointed me because, in the end, none of the various story arcs within Star Wars Rebels were developed. Nothing happened. There was no character development either and this makes me believe that this episode did not need to be made. Still, I did find moments of it to be funny thanks to AP-5.

AP-5 in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 19 Double Agent Droid

However, the episode was completely ruined at the end when it turned into a musical (No, I am not joking). My disbelief about what happened was then followed by uncontrollable laughter at just how bad it was. This prequel-esque moment cemented ‘Double Agent Droid’ as one of the weakest episode of Rebels. Along with ‘Fighter Flight’ and ‘The Call’, it is an episode which is not essential viewing and you never need to watch it. I certainly never will again.

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Episode 18 (Television Review) – An Important Story

Mon Mothma is a very important figure in the Star Wars universe. Our first introduction to this character was in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi as one of the leaders of the Rebel Alliance. She also recently appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. She has also made appearances in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and novels such as Lost Stars, Aftermath, Aftermath: Life Debt and Aftermath: Empire’s End. Now, she has made her first appearance in Star Wars Rebels in this latest episode, titled ‘Secret Cargo’, where she must be led to safety by the Ghost crew after speaking out against the Emperor in the Imperial Senate.

Ezra and Mon Mothma in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 18 Through Imperial Eyes

My Thoughts on ‘Secret Cargo’

While I would say that there are better episodes in this season of Star Wars Rebels, this is probably one of the most important stories which has been told within the canon of Star Wars. Certainly, Mon Mothma openly rebelling against the Empire is a critical moment in the war between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire and it was shown in a very entertaining episode of Rebels.

Links to Rogue One

There were a lot of things I liked about this episode. For instance, having Mon Mothma voiced by Genevieve O’Reilly, the actress who played Mon Mothma in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, was a nice link to the films. Additionally, seeing Gold Leader was another great tie-in to the films and it added to an episode which really ushered in the birth of the Rebel Alliance as we know it.

Rebel Alliance Fleet in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 18 Secret Cargo

We also saw a new iteration of a TIE Fighter in this episode which was cool to see. Those battle scenes involving that TIE Fighter were elevated with an especially great piece of music which was used during the action scenes in the nebula. Overall, while I would say that episodes such as ‘The Holocrons of Fate’, ‘Visions and Voices’ and ‘Trials of the Darksaber‘ are the best episodes that we have had so far this season, ‘Secret Cargo’ ranks amongst the most important. This is due to its relevance within the lore of Star Wars and this critical story was well executed.

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Episode 17 (Television Review) – A Tense Hunt for Fulcrum

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.

Thrawn, Kallus, Pryce, Konstantine and Yularin in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 17 Through Imperial Eyes

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.

Agent Kallus and Wullf Yularin Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 17 Through Imperial Eyes

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.

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Episode 16 (Television Review) – A Good Continuation of Sabine’s Arc

It has been one month since the last episode of Star Wars Rebels which itself ranked among the best of this season, and the television show as a whole, so far. Moreover, it raised our expectations for the remaining episodes of this season and made the wait for this latest episode, titled ‘Legacy of Mandalore’, even more arduous, especially as we would begin where we left off last episode and continue Sabine’s story.

My Thoughts on ‘Legacy of Mandalore’

While I would say that this episode is a step-down from ‘Trials of the Darksaber’, it is still a good episode that continues Sabine’s arc in a compelling way. Certainly, this episode delves deeper into Sabine’s tumultuous relationship with her family by introducing her mother, Countess Ursa, and her brother, Tristan. This provided us some with some intriguing insight into how Sabine’s actions really affected her family and their status on Mandalore.

Countess Ursa and Sabine Wren in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 16 Legacy of Mandalore

Furthermore, learning more about the politics of Mandalore was another strong element of this episode. Indeed, Mandalore and Mandalorian culture has provided us with some of the strongest stories within the Star Wars universe, especially in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I believe that the legacy of The Clone Wars episodes which focused on Mandalore will play a big part in Sabine’s story going forward in Rebels.

Who will rule Mandalore?

Mandalorians in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 16 Legacy of Mandalore

Indeed, this episode ends with Sabine staying on Mandalore in order to search for a new leader who will unite all of Mandalore. This is me speculating, but I believe that leader will be Bo Katan. Bo Katan was a character that was first introduced in The Clone Wars and she is the sister of Satine Kryze who once ruled Mandalore. Her family ties to Mandalorian leadership and her strength as a character make her an obvious choice to unite the clans of Mandalore. Regardless of my theories, I am sure we are in for something special as we edge closer to the end of this season of Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Episode 15 (Television Review) – Sabine Shines In The Spotlight

One of the strongest aspects about Star Wars Rebels is its ability to develop its characters  and strengthen our connection to them in the process. Nearly every crew member of the Ghost has had episodes which mainly focus on them whether it is Zeb in an episode such as ‘The Honorable Ones’ or Hera in ‘Wings of the Master’. This latest episode, titled ‘Trials of the Darksaber‘, heavily focuses on Sabine, a character who I believe is one of the strongest that Rebels has and should be in the spotlight more.

Sabine and Ezra in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 15 Trials of the Darksaber

My Thoughts on ‘Trials of the Darksaber’

After this episode, my desire for Sabine to be utilised more than she has been is now even more enhanced. For me, this is one of the richest episodes of character development we have ever had in Star Wars Rebels. We gained so much insight on Sabine’s past and the conflict she has within herself and it really made her more of a character with depth and layers. Moreover, seeing Fenn Rau back after we last saw him in ‘Imperial Supercommandos‘ was great as he contributed a lot to Sabine’s arc in this episode.

In addition to Sabine’s development, Kanan was another character in this episode that got some attention and it was interesting to see his struggle to embrace the role of teaching Sabine as it was a very different situation to his teaching of Ezra. It was also really cool to learn more about the darksaber in terms of how it, and lightsabers in general, connects with its user. Additionally, we also found out about the darksaber’s legend within Mandalorian culture through a nice piece of animation which reminded me of the telling of the Deathly Hallows in Harry Potter.

Kanan and Sabine in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 15 Trials of the Darksaber

The calibre of voice acting in this episode was another strong aspect of this episode and it ranks among the best this show has offered so far. Credit goes to Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Tiya Sircar, who voice Kanan and Sabine respectively, in achieving this. The voice work they did for their characters was exceptional, particularly towards the end of the episode.

As you can see, I think that this episode was pretty great and it just furthered my belief that Rebels is going from strength to strength as a show and that this season is the best we have had so far. The next episode is set to continue where we left off with Sabine and I cannot wait for it.

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Episode 14 (Television Review) – A Funny Yet Important Episode

Last week’s double-feature of Star Wars Rebels was a great way to start this next run of episodes in Season 3 and this latest episode, titled ‘Warhead’, was very enjoyable but the tone was very different. Certainly, the fact that there was a lot more humour in this episode is evidence of this shift in tone but it made for a really fun episode which I enjoyed from the opening which itself echoed the beginning of Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back.

What I Liked

Still, the consistent highlights throughout this episode were the interactions between Zeb and AP-5. This whole episode was focused on Zeb and I like it when we get episodes which focus on one or two characters as it gives us a chance to form a deeper connection to them. Additionally, I feel that we have not had a Zeb-centric episode for a while so it was good to see him get some more screen time.

Thrawn and Kallus in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 14 Warhead

I also believe that AP-5 is an underused gem in Star Wars Rebels. I have liked this character since he was introduced at the end of Season 2 and have been wishing that he was used more in Rebels for a while as he provides some brilliant comedic lines thanks to his dry, monotone delivery. In fact, he is like the Alan Rickman of the Star Wars universe and the back-and-forth between him and Zeb was really entertaining. I hope they use more of AP-5 going forward.

The Importance of ‘Warhead’

It was also good to see Agent Kallus continuing to embrace and enjoy the role of being one of the many “Fulcrum’s” working for the Rebel Alliance. Indeed, he warned Chopper Base about the droids sent to Outer Rim worlds to scout for Rebel activity. This was the primary story of this episode which could have been considered filler if we didn’t have Kallus’ involvement or the end of this episode.

Indeed, the end, which involved Kallus and Thrawn, makes this a very relevant episode going forward as the events of this episode plays into Thrawn’s plans to completely destroy the Rebel Alliance. All of this makes this an episode which, while different in tone to the previous double-feature, gives us a pleasant and refreshing focus on Zeb and AP-5, good humour and important developments in the story going forward in Rebels.

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Episode 12-13 (Television Review)– A Great Character Study of Saw Gerrera

It has been just about a month since the mid-season finale of Season 3 of Star Wars Rebels but it feels so much longer considering how strong that episode was and how it ended. It really set up some exciting things ahead for the show. Moreover, the trailer that was released this week for the remaining episodes made me even more excited to get back into this season of Rebels with this double-header return, titled ‘Ghosts of Geonosis’.

Saw Gerrera

One of the strongest elements of Star Wars Rebels, and the new canon in general, is its ability to tie-in to wider events and enhance your experience with Star Wars and this is what made this double-feature, on the whole, such a pleasure to watch. For instance, a heavy presence in this two-parter was Saw Gerrera, a character who was first introduced in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and, more recently, played by Forest Whitaker in Rogue One.

Ezra, Kanan, Rex and Chopper in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 12 and 13 Ghosts of Geonosis

Whitaker actually came back to voice Gerrera in these episode of Rebels and it was great to delve deeper into Gerrera’s methods and his mentality in fighting the Empire. He was really fleshed out in these episodes and we now have more understanding about why he is so unhinged and extreme in his approach. I also appreciated how the Ghost crew reacted to Saw Gerrera as it highlighted the stark differences in principles between them and gave the Rebel Alliance more depth.

More Connections

Other links to The Clone Wars and Rogue One which were cool to see included a Geonosian trying to draw the Death Star to warn the crew about what the Empire were doing on Geonosis. Obviously, no one could understand it. Indeed, Rex called it “the circle in a circle”. Seeing Rex and Gerrera back together was great too as it linked back to the Onderon Arc in The Clone Wars, an arc which I recently watched and very much enjoyed. As such, those immersed in the Star Wars universe will appreciate this episode to a much greater degree than casual fans which may be a negative for some.

Drawing of Death Star in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 12 and 13 Ghosts of Geonosis

Still, the only criticism I would levy at this double-header was that there was a particular line about “sand” which I could have done without. I know that the line was a little dig at the Prequels but all it did was bring back some repressed memories about those films. Still, this is my only little nitpick about what was otherwise a very strong start to the next batch of episodes we’ll get in Season 3 of Rebels.

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Episode 11 (Television Review) – A Strong Progression of Maul’s Storyline

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.

Ezra and Maul in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 11 Visions and Voices

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.

Sabine Wren and the Darksaber in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 11 Visions and Voices

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. This 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.

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Episode 10 (Television Review) – A Great Return to Lothal

There has been some angst among fans of Star Wars Rebels who have been disappointed in the last couple of episodes. This recent disappointment stemmed from the feeling that this season of Rebels had shifted too far away from the main story-lines and, in the process, had stagnated.

Thrawn, Governor Pryce and Agent Kallus in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 10 An Inside Man

I was not one of these fans as I enjoyed these side-quest episodes for what they were and they were of a much higher quality than similar episodes we received in previous seasons of Rebels. Still, I also believed that we needed to return to the main story-lines in order for the show to progress.

My Thoughts on ‘An Inside Man’

I am happy to say that the most recent episode, titled ‘An Inside Man’, achieves this. Indeed, we returned to Lothal; Ezra’s home planet which has always had an importance in this show. Moreover, we saw characters from previous seasons return such as Ryder Azadi which is a great example of how Rebels connects seemingly inconsequential characters/events to the wider story at play.

The story in this episode involved Ezra and Kanan infiltrating an Imperial factory on Lothal in order to gain intelligence on a new weapon the Empire is developing (No, it’s not the Death Star). However, Grand Admiral Thrawn is also present at this factory and we once again see just how ruthless and calculating he is.

Agent Kallus, Ezra and Kanan in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 10 An Inside Man

In fact, Thrawn had a huge involvement in a very dark moment in this episode which showed that Rebels can be mature when it wants to be. Thrawn continues to develop as a great villain in Rebels and he is still continuing to let things run its course while he secretly plots the downfall of the fledgling Rebel Alliance.

Development of Agent Kallus

We also got a really interesting development with Agent Kallus who is having a great character arc since ‘The Honorable Ones’ in Season 2. We learnt in this episode that he is one of the many “Fulcrums” who are providing the Rebel Alliance with secret information which really shows us that Kallus is changing as a character and is on the way to deserting the Empire and joining the Rebel Alliance (Unless he dies…).

Another positive aspect of this episode was the great action sequence at the beginning of the episode which shows how far the quality of the animation has come in Rebels. This really added something to an episode which I had no problems with. Overall, this was a very strong episode which sets us up nicely for the mid-season finale which I hope will deliver.