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.

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (Film Review) – A Great Film That Expands Star Wars Lore

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story is a space opera film directed by Gareth Edwards and stars Diego Luna, Ben Mendelsohn, Donnie Yen, Mads Mikkelsen, Alan Tudyk, Riz Ahmed, Jiang Wen, Forest Whitaker and Felicity Jones as Jyn Erso. Rogue One is the first stand-alone film in the Star Wars universe and takes place just before the events of Star Wars: A New Hope. The story centres on Jyn Erso and her journey to obtain the plans for the Death Star which was unwillingly designed by her father Galen Erso, played my Mads Mikkelsen.

My Knowledge and Expectation of Rogue One

It is fair to say that this has been my most anticipated film of the year. In fact, every year that a Star Wars film will be released will automatically make it my most anticipated film due to my love of the franchise. I grew up watching the Original Trilogy on VHS (yes, the version of the Original Trilogy before it was ruined by the Special Editions) and that was really the basis for my love of film in general.

I owe this franchise a lot of gratitude even though it went through a very rough patch with the Prequels and the constant and unnecessary tinkering to the Original Trilogy with the Special Editions. For a time, that did leave me in a state of uncertainty about how Lucasfilm could recapture the glory days.

However, my faith has been restored in recent years. Under the ownership of Disney and the leadership of Kathleen Kennedy, Lucasfilm delivered a great film with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. They have also been gradually giving hardcore fans such as myself with new canon material that is finally coherent and on an equal level of importance as the theatrical films. They have done a good job of paying homage to the Original Trilogy while setting up exciting new narratives.

Death Star firing on Jedha

Consequently, I was really eager to see if Rogue One would continue the great work that Lucasfilm has been doing so far. Going into this film, my experience would already be enhanced due to the fact that I read Catalyst: A Rogue One Novel, a book which came out a month before Rogue One was released.

The book is set before and ties into Rogue One by focusing on Galen Erso, his relationship with Orson Krennic and the Republic’s, and later the Galactic Empire’s, project to develop the Death Star. It was a really good book and I learnt a lot of back-story to Rogue One which I hoped would enhance my appreciation of what would be a great film.

My Thoughts on Rogue One

My hopes were realised. Rogue One is a great film that really expands the lore of Star Wars. Truly, this film ties in really well to A New Hope while giving us new information and a greater perspective of the wider universe. For instance, seeing the Empire and the Rebel Alliance be fleshed out was great to see. We get to see the extent of the Empire’ s control over the galaxy while also seeing that the Rebel Alliance are not the altruistic good guys we always thought they were. The way in which this film enhanced our understanding about the Empire and the Rebel Alliance was a really strong point about the film.

Another great thing about Rogue One was the ensemble cast who gave really good performances. Felicity Jones and Diego Luna are great as Jyn Erso and Cassian Endor respectively. But, the standout characters for me were the droid K-2SO, played by Alan Tudyk, and Chirrut Îmwe who was played by Donnie Yen. K-2SO provides some really humorous moments with the dry delivery of his lines while Chirrut was an absolute boss in some of the action scenes while having a spiritual connection to The Force.

Baze Malbus and Chirrut Imwe on Scarif in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

I also liked Ben Mendelsohn’s portrayal of Orsen Krennic and his strained relationship with Tarkin which, if you read Catalyst, was established in that book and developed in this film. And yes, Tarkin is in this film and I thought the use of him was necessary given his connection to the Death Star and A New Hope. At the same, it was organic as it could possibly be given the fact that Peter Cushing, who played Tarkin in A New Hope, is no longer alive.

Tarkin is played by Guy Henry whose face is digitally manipulated to resemble Peter Cushing and, for me personally, the CGI used to accomplish this is the best I have seen in a film so far. True, it is not flawless but it never took me out of the film. In fact, it enhanced Rogue One for me and the same can be said when the technique used to bring Tarkin back to life was used on another character towards the end of the film. Again, it was another example of how successful Rogue One was in tying into A New Hope.

Darth Vader

Still, while Tarkin is a great villain and was used well in this film, one villain will always stand head and shoulders above the rest. Of course, I am talking about Darth Vader whose role in this film, while small, was very impactful. Certainly, I was captivated whenever he was on screen with one scene in particular instantly becoming one of my Top 10 scenes in Star Wars history.

Additionally, James Earl Jones came back to voice Vader and he did a really good job too. Selfishly, I would have loved to have seen more of Vader in this film seeing as he is my favourite Star Wars character and the greatest villain of all time. Still, his role made sense within the film. Moreover, it was another great way in which Rogue One tied into A New Hope.

Darth Vader and Orsen Krennic in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Additionally, the use of cameos of characters from A New Hope in Rogue One was also a nice nod to the fans without feeling forced. Still, there is plenty of stuff within this film that has never been seen in a Star Wars film. For one, the variety of locations we got to see in this film was great to see, the cinematography is the best we have ever had in a Star Wars film and the action in Rogue One is fantastic. Certainly, there is great action throughout but it reaches its peak in the final act, especially with the space battles which are stunning.

As well as being a great action film, Rogue One is also quite emotional when it matters, especially in relation to Galen Erso and Jyn Erso. It is even more emotional if you read Catalyst. Indeed, hardcore fans of Star Wars who are immersed in the new canon will appreciate this film to a much greater degree due to the references and links to the wider material that is available.

A Great Film…But Not Perfect

As you can see, I think Rogue One is pretty great but I do feel that, like every film, there are some minor flaws. For one, I thought the text used in the title for Rogue One at the beginning of the film could have been much better. I’m not sure why they could not have used the same text for Rogue One as they did for the other films in the franchise. Also, I thought the score, composed by Michael Giacchino, was just okay. Don’t get me wrong, it was not bad and at certain moments it is very effective but I struggle to think of a memorable piece of music from it.

I would have also cut out one scene involving a CGI creature which I thought was unnecessary but these are my only issues with Rogue One and they didn’t spoil my overall enjoyment of it. Moreover, I might not see these as issues upon multiple viewings of the film. One thing I will mention though is that I can completely understand if people are upset with the lack of an opening crawl. I respect the fact that some will have an issue with it but, for me personally, it never held the film back from being as great as it is.

X-Wing in Battle of Scarif in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story

Overall, Lucasfilm has once again given us another worthwhile entry in the Star Wars franchise with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. While there are minor issues, there are plenty of great things in Rogue One to help it achieve the tough task of expanding the lore of Star Wars while making sure it both ties into A New Hope and enhances it in the process. The great action, the cinematography, the strength of the ensemble cast, the characters, the use of Tarkin and the CGI used to bring characters like him to life as well as the added bonus of Darth Vader make this a great film which you need to see as soon as you can.

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.

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Episode 9 (Television Review) – A Good Heist Episode

We are edging closer to the mid-season finale of this season of Star Wars Rebels and what we have had so far are a blend of episodes which have focused on the main story-lines in the show and episodes which have been side-quest episodes. The past few episodes have been the latter.

This episode, titled ‘The Wynkahthu Job’, is another side-quest episode which will understandably cause frustration amongst fans who want the show to focus more on the main story-lines involving Maul, Thrawn, Ezra/Kanan and the birth of the Rebel Alliance.

Ghost in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 9 The Wynkahthu

Why I Am Not Frustrated

However, for me, the side-quest episodes we have had this season are considerably better than the similar type of episodes which were in Season 1 and 2 of Rebels. This means that it does not bother me that, for the time being, we are not focusing on the main story arcs. Certainly, these episodes have been enjoyable and I found ‘The Wynkahthu Job’ to be a good episode.

My Thoughts on ‘The Wynkahthu Job’

The main reason why I enjoyed this episode is because we saw the return of Hondo who provided some good humorous moments in the episode. While I believe that Ezra is still naive about Hondo’s true intentions/character, he does provide a different personality to the show and it is nice to see him pop-up once in a while. One character I could have done without was Azmorigan as he is a bit annoying but it didn’t detract too much from my enjoyment of the episode.

Imperial Sentry Droids in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 8 The Wynkahthu Job

Seeing AP-5 back was also nice as the dry delivery of his dialogue also provided some comedic moments in this episode. Indeed, particular bits of dialogue throughout this episode were really funny. One line which really made me laugh was Ezra’s reply to Chopper during a battle which was “What do you mean every-man-for-himself, you’re a droid!”. In the moment it was said, it did make me chuckle!

The actual story in the episode, i.e. the heist, was fine. Unlike other episodes, I don’t know how relevant this heist will be in future story-lines but overall, it was enjoyable. Still, we do need to get back to the main story-lines sooner rather than later to quell discontent amongst fans of the show and to progress the story and I think we will seeing as we are very close to the mid-season finale.

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Episode 8 (Television Review) – Another Enjoyable Side Story

The past couple of episodes of Star Wars Rebels have been stories which have been separate from the main story-lines established in the series. Yet, they are bound to have some relevance in future episodes and this recent episode, titled ‘Iron Squadron’, is just the same. However, I found it to be one of the best of these side story episodes which have been in this season so far.

Thrawn

One of the main reasons was due to the small part that Grand Admiral Thrawn had in this episode. This guy just oozes confidence and class to such a large degree that he just stands head and shoulders above the rest of the Imperials. He is my favourite villain that Star Wars Rebels has had and that is down, in part, to the fantastic voice work by Lars Mikkelsen (Brother of Mads).

Thrawn and Admiral Konstantine in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 8 Iron Squadron

My love of Thrawn is also caused by how patient, strategic and calculating he is as a character. Certainly, he is playing the long con in regards to dealing with the flourishing Rebel Alliance and this episode also established that he has a past with Commander Sato which could be an interesting dynamic in future episodes.

The Kids

I also really liked the comedic elements of this episode which were largely seen between the interactions between Chopper and R3, a droid who was part of Iron Squadron which itself was largely formed of three kids who, to be honest, were a bit whiny and naive which was a bit annoying.

Still, it didn’t really detract from my overall enjoyment of the episode, especially as the kids featured in some really good space combat. Certainly, the space combat was a pleasure to watch and it just added to the episode which, while a side story, will have larger significance in the future.

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Episode 7 (Television Review) – A Fun Side Story

Imperial Supercommandos’ was the title of this episode of Star Wars Rebels and the focus was on Sabine and the Mandalorians which is the race that Boba Fett belonged too (Well, he did until the Prequels ruined him and made him just a generic clone of his Dad). We are now well into Season 3 of Star Wars Rebels which, on the whole, has been an improvement over Season 2 and even side story episodes like ‘The Last Battle’ have been entertaining and worthwhile in their own right.

Gar Saxon in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 7 Imperial Supercommandos

My Thoughts on ‘Imperial Supercommandos’

This episode is another side story that is self-contained and entertaining. One of the positive aspects of this episode was that we learnt more about Sabine’s background in terms of her past and also her mother who is bound to show up in a future episode. It was really good to see some character development with Sabine who I hope has a bigger presence in Season 3 going forward.

Additionally, we also saw the return of Fenn Rau who was first introduced in Season 2 in ‘The Protector of Concord Dawn’. It was nice to see that he was not a throwaway character and his arc in this episode leads me to believe that he will become a more important character in the future. While he probably won’t appear in every episode, I have little doubt that he will be more involved in the show in relation to the wider conflict between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire.

Ezra, Chopper and Gar Saxon in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 7 Imperial Supercommandos

These were the most interesting developments in this episode which are most likely going to have some importance in the future. Nevertheless, this episode still took place away from the main story-lines in this season and, while it is not a filler episode, it does make me wish that we can get back to focusing on other elements of the show such as Maul and Thrawn sooner rather than later.

I understand the need for episodes like ‘Imperial Supercommandos’ but I just hope they are not the majority of episodes going forward. Overall, while this episode was not part of the main story-lines within Star Wars Rebels, it was a fun side-story with interesting developments for both Sabine and Fenn Rau which I’m sure will be important in later episodes.

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Episodes 1-6 (Television Review) – A Strong Start That Expands Star Wars Lore

Star Wars Rebels is a show which has become progressively better. While this should be the normal expectation for every show, it is much easier to say than it is to pull off in practice which is a credit to the talented people behind Star Wars Rebels. The show has gradually improved in terms of its animation, its storytelling and, most importantly, its consistency.

Season 1 was a very mixed season with some episodes being great while others were just filler. Season 2 was a much improved effort with better story-lines, character arcs and world-building and Season 3 has continued this upward trend.

My Thoughts on Season 3 Episodes 1-6 of Star Wars Rebels

Certainly, the start of Season 3 is, for me personally, the strongest we have had to date in Star Wars Rebels, especially in terms of world-building. The episodes released so far have added to the mythology of Star Wars by, for the most part, strongly focusing on the main story-lines that the show has set up.

These story-lines include the relationship between Kanan and Ezra, Ezra’s flirtations with the Dark Side and the overriding focus of the show which is the birth of the Rebel Alliance. Indeed, so far in Season 3 we have found out how the Rebel Alliance were able to gain Y-Wings (which would be used for the assault on the First Death Star) and how Wedge Antilles (the unsung hero of the Original Trilogy) was recruited into the Rebel Alliance.

Ezra in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 1 and 2 Steps Into Shadow

Thrawn

Nevertheless, the strongest elements of Season 3 have been seen when we focus on arcs involving the main antagonists such as Grand Admiral Thrawn. For those who don’t know, Thrawn was one of, if not THE most beloved character in the old Star Wars Expanded Universe. The old-EU was re-branded as Legends in 2014 and, as a result, it was no longer canon which therefore meant that Thrawn was no longer canon.

However, the beauty of this was that Lucasfilm, if they wanted, could cherry-pick from this wide range of material and add particular elements of the old-EU into new-canon story-lines told in books, comics, video games or TV shows such as Rebels. They made the great decision to cherry-pick Thrawn and make him a part of Rebels. While he now exists in a new period of time, this popular character is now canon to the delight of many who adored him in the old-EU.

Hera Syndulla and Thrawn in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 5 Hera's Heroes

Personally, I had never delved too deep into the old-EU (partly because it was so convoluted and confusing) so I never had an affinity with Thrawn like other Star Wars fans did….until now!!! Undoubtedly, he has been my favourite part of Season 3.

The character of Thrawn is cunning, calculated, articulate and a very layered villain which I believe has been lacking from Star Wars Rebels, at least on a consistent basis. Sure, we had the Inquisitor in Season 1 and Darth Vader in a few episodes in Season 2 but we have not had a long-standing villainous presence in Rebels.

Maul

However, now we have Thrawn who I think (and hope!) will be a big part of this show for the foreseeable future. In addition to Thrawn, we have Maul (formerly Darth) who will also play the role of antagonist in Season 3, although probably to a much lesser extent than Thrawn.

Nevertheless, Maul was in my favourite episode of Season 3 so far (‘The Holocrons of Fate’) and the way that episode played out expanded the lore of Star Wars and sets up some really exciting things for the future. When we put all of these things together, Season 3 has been great so far.

Still, it is not without fault but, for me personally, this is confined to the most recent episode (‘The Last Battle‘). The purpose of this episode was to bring closure to The Clone Wars and, in essence, the Prequels (REJOICE!!!!!!!). Still, why this thought gives me great feelings of joy, it did mean that this episode was a distraction from the main story arcs in this show which we discussed above.

Maul in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 3 The Holocrons of Fate

However, despite this and the amount of Prequel influences in this episode, it was enjoyable. In particular, the humour was very good in the fact that this episode poked fun at the battle droids (the roger roger’s) and their stupidity both in the way they act and they’re creation by George Lucas in the first place. At least that’s how I saw it. Additionally, Ezra’s thoughts about the meaning of The Clone Wars along with the themes of PTSD and letting go of the past gave the episode depth and a mature, poignant message.

Therefore, even with this episode, it was still able to add something to the Star Wars universe. Overall, Season 3 of Star Wars Rebels has started in a very strong way by, on the whole, pushing the main story arcs within the show forward while still being able to add to the lore of Star Wars. Moreover, the addition of Thrawn and the use of Maul in these early episodes give me hope that this consistency in quality will continue throughout the season.