[This is a review of Star Wars Rebels season 2, episode 2. There will be SPOILERS.]
For Star Wars fans around the world, this has been an incredible week. Not only do we have a wonderful new trailer to feast our eyes on, but also another fun-filled week with our favorite characters from Star Wars Rebels.
This week’s episode, entitled ‘Relics of the Old Republic’, picks up immediately after the events of last week’s cliffhanger. With the Imperials just minutes away from attacking, Kanan continues to struggle trusting the old clone troopers – but soon realizes that there aren’t any alternatives.
Ezra has more to do this week, with a scene that was reminiscent of Luke Skywalker’s adventures in Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope. With a Mad Max: Fury Road-like sandstorm fast approaching, Kanan and Ezra had to learn to use their senses instead of simply relying on sight. Ezra especially, like Luke, had to learn to let go of what he thought he believed. Obi-Wan Kenobi’s words ring true when he says, “Your eyes can deceive you, don’t trust them.” Kanan’s young padawan put that statement to the test and executed a one-shot kill on an AT-AT that was for lack of a better word, epic.
Rex and the rest of the old clones had their moments to shine. too. Seeing at modified AT-TE go up against the Imperials’ more advanced walkers was a sight to behold. Showrunner Dave Filoni has said before that the show’s AT-AT were meant to look different from those seen in Empire Strikes Back. They are supposed to be a kind of prototype, and obviously still need some modifications. The ultimate team-up of ex-clone troopers and new members of the Rebel Alliance were too much for Agent Kallus and his men, as it were.
In the sky above, Hera was having her own troubles, while taking a backseat yet again to the action on the ground- yet, her observations of a Star Destroyer’s strange activity were far more interesting. Lord Vader’s summoning of Admiral Konstantine’s ship was a surprise, especially as the masked Sith wasn’t there upon the rendezvous. Instead, we met one of the Inquisitors hunting down Kanan and the rest of the Ghost crew. Fifth Brother is an imposing grey-toned humanoid, who is eerily (as a result of his size) reminiscent of Savage Opress from the Star Wars: Clone Wars series on Cartoon Network.
Where was his partner, though? We know that Sarah Michelle Gellar (Buffy The Vampire Slayer) is giving voice to the Seventh Sister (another member of the Inquisitor pack), but she did not exit the shuttle with her fellow Inquisitor in this episode. It will be interesting to see what she’s up to in next week’s adventure, for that reason.
Rebels could easily be written off as a show constructed for children, but co-creators Dave Filoni, Carrie Beck, and Simon Kinberg know how to craft a beautiful story that is equally captivating for adults. Ahsoka’s reunion with Rex was one such moment, especially if you’ve seen Clone Wars. There’s just so much history in that embrace – a history that includes joy and loss. These two warriors have been through a lot over the years and it’s nice to know that we will get to see them in action once more.
This reviewer couldn’t be happier with the way Rebels has started its second season. What did you think about the events in ‘Relics of the Old Republic?’ Keep watching to see what happens next.
Star Wars Rebels continues with ‘Always Two There Are’ next Wednesday @9:30 on Disney XD. Check out a behind the scenes look at this week’s episode below: