[This is a review of Star Wars Rebels season 2, episode 18. There will be SPOILERS.]
The phrase "parting is such sweet sorrow" should be the headline to this week's Star Wars Rebels episode, which has a strong sense of foreboding underlying ever scene and word spoken by our heroes. This could be the last time we see the crew of the Ghost together like this.
It all begins with an intense lighsaber duel between Ezra and Kanan who informs his young padawan that he should never turn his back on an enemy. The statement seems to perplex Ezra, who asks his master why he would ever be considered his enemy. Perhaps this is some kind of foreshadowing that will give us insights for what is to come in next week's hour-long finale, or it could just be misdirection. Only time will tell.
Hera, who this reviewer has always considered to be the wisest of the bunch, wears a saddened look on her face for the entirety of 'The Mystery of Chopper Base'. It's like she can see what no one else can. There is a telling moment when she informs Sabine that we (the Ghost crew) are going to have to learn to do things without the help of Ezra and Kanan. It will be interesting to see if season 3 begins with the team still apart from each other. Kanan and Hera's loving embrace as the sun sets over the Atollon landscape was a touching moment that we may not see for some time.
Ezra's fate still remains uncertain, but the constant hum of John Williams famous Imperial March anthem might lead one to think that our young Jedi could go to the dark side. Even though many are predicting this, Ezra's jovial spirit still appears to be in tact. Sure, he was frustrated over not being able to connect to the local wildlife, but he never lost his temper. He's still at an impressionable age, but let's not write him off yet. Either way, it will be fun to watch what Ahsoka, Ezra and Kanan encounter in their final adventure of season 2.
Another highlight from this week took place between Zeb and Ezra watching the horizon while listening to rock music. Zeb may be scared of the creepy insect-like monsters, but he otherwise seems right at home on Atollon. Both warriors recognize that his is the calm before the storm, but Zeb tries to see the good in it and tells Ezra that they can share war stories when they meet up again. Hopefully that's just not wishful thinking.
Sabine had her uses this week, but she is still the least developed character on the show. Even Chopper has more screen time than her. Let's hope that we'll get even more stories centered around her when season 3 premieres later this year. Perhaps with the crew split up after the finale, the writers will have ample opportunities to delve deeper into each of our heroes' past lives. Next week season 2 will come to an end, as Ezra, Kanan and Ahsoka bring the fight to the Inquisitors. What do you think awaits our heroes as they journey closer to the dark side of the force?
Star Wars Rebels season 2 will conclude with 'Twilight of the Apprentice' next Wednesday @9:00 on Disney XD. Check out a behind the scenes look below: