[This is a review of Star Wars Rebels season 2, episode 3. There will be SPOILERS.]
In a bone-chilling episode worthy of the fast-approaching Halloween weekend, Star Wars Rebels continues to surge in its expanded second season with the reveal of two new villains in the form of Imperial Inquisitors.
We met Fifth Brother briefly last week, when Admiral Konstantine left Agent Kallus planet-side on direct orders from Darth Vader. This time, however, the grey-humanoid Inquisitor is joined by Seventh Sister, voiced by Buffy the Vampire Slayer herself, Sarah Michelle Gellar. Together, they are a menacing duo, looking to put the fear into Ezra, Zeb, and Sabine as they search for medical supplies at an abandoned outpost.
Before we get to all that dark side goodness, let's focus on what was happening back on Ghost. Rex and Kanan's relationship is quickly developing into something special. The walls that Kanan has built up over the years are beginning to fall, as a competitive game between him and Rex bring the two closer together. They are both Rebels now, so being able to coexist is essential, or else the group will tear itself apart from the inside. Hera is once again cast to the side, but Filoni has stated for certain that we are going to learn more about her character in the coming weeks. If you want to know about her father (Cham), be sure to read Paul S. Kemp's best-selling Lords of the Sith novel. You won't regret it.
Back on the installation, the eerie, dimly lit hallways added to the already tense atmosphere. This was truly a Halloween-like episode, even if wasn't the writers' intent. Both the Seventh Sister and Fifth Brother look like they could be pulled straight from any horror film out today. Friendly in their appearance, they are not. Creator Dave Filoni said last season that the Inquisitors have those motorized lightsabers due to their lack of knowledge in the Force. They are not true Sith Lords, but that doesn't make them any less of a danger to Ezra, who is still a Padawan. Ezra spoke the truth when he said that he's getting stronger everyday, but he is most assuredly not strong enough to handle Seventh Sister on his own.
Sister revealed to Ezra that the Grand Inquisitor was in fact their leader, and with his death there are now new opportunities for her to move up in Imperial status. She is the smarter of the two and has a long-game approach that Fifth Brother seems to lack. For instance, instead of killing Ezra like Brother wanted to, she decided to spare him in order to obtain more information. Unfortunately for her, that decision would come back to haunt her, as Ezra, Zeb, and Sabine managed to escape unscathed.
The lovable astromech droid Chopper looks to have been tampered with by Seventh Sister's droid. Even though she appeared to be furious after the rebels escaped, one has to wonder if the devilish droid put a tracking device inside Chopper, or better yet, tampered with his programing to turn him against the crew of Ghost? Only time will tell, but this is surely not the last time we will see these two Inquisitors in action.
What did you think of Seventh Sister's reveal in this exciting new episode? Stay tuned to see what happens.
Star Wars Rebels continues with 'Brothers of the Broken Horn' @9:30pm on Disney XD.