Warning! SPOILERS for Star Wars Rebels Season 4 ahead!
The latest episode of Star Wars Rebels features voices cameos from nearly a dozen classic Star Wars characters - and we're going to break down who they were and where their lines came from.
The final season of Star Wars Rebels has been full of surprises, from Kanan's shocking death to Ahsoka's surprising return. But beyond just shocking fans with big moments, Rebels has also been reflecting on how far its characters have come and what its place will be within the Star Wars saga. In tonight's episodes, that reflection comes through in the form of visions and voices.
The visions appear in tonight's first episode, "Wolves And A Door", when Ezra, Sabine, Hera, Zeb, and Chopper travel with the Loth wolves through a hyperspace tunnel to the Jedi Temple. While inside the tunnel, images from previous seasons flash before them. Primarily, these visions show moments from the earliest interactions between Ezra and the Ghost Crew, but they also show moments where Kanan embraces his Jedi training and begins passing it on to Ezra. These are fundamental moments from the series - especially for Kanan and Ezra's relationship - and they remind us how close-knit a family the Ghost crew really became over these past four seasons.
As for the voices, these can be heard in tonight's second episode, "A World Between Worlds", when Ezra opens the portal to the surreal Force realm that exists outside of time and space. The biggest clue that this place isn't of the normal universe are the voices Ezra can hear talking - snippets of lines heard in Star Wars Rebels, yes, but also other in other Star Wars films that come both before and after.
It is a truly fascinating collection of quotes from all throughout the Star Wars saga, from as early as Attack of the Clones all the way to The Force Awakens. The first batch can be heard right before and directly after Ezra first comes through the portal and enters the world between worlds:
"Truly wonderful the mind of a child is." - Yoda to Obi-Wan, Attack of The Clones
"Obi-Wan: What is this place?
Qui-Gonn's Force Ghost: A conduit through which the entire Force of the universe flows." - Star Wars: The Clone Wars, "Overlords"
"Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter." - Yoda to Luke, The Empire Strikes Back
"Just when you think you understand the Force, you find out how little you actually know." - Ahsoka to Ezra, Star Wars Rebels, "The Mystery of Chopper Base"
"Train yourself to let go of everything you fear to lose." - Yoda to Anakin, Revenge of the Sith
"What you need, you already have. Unfortunately, you seem to be letting it all go." - Obi-Wan Kenobi to Ezra, Star Wars Rebels, "Twin Suns"
"I won't let home lose his way, not like I did." - Kanan to Yoda, Star Wars Rebels, "Path of the Jedi"
"The Force is what gives a Jedi his power. It's an energy field created by all living things. It surrounds us and penetrates us. It binds the galaxy together." - Obi-Wan Kenobi to Luke, A New Hope
Each of these quotes deal with the Force and a Jedi's relationship to it, which makes a lot of sense given that this world between worlds is also deeply connected to the Force. They can also each be understood as valuable lessons for Ezra to learn if he is to continue on his path towards becoming a Jedi - something that will prove more difficult without his master.
The next group of quotes are more jumbled together, with lines of dialogue overlapping and, in some cases, only brief sections of a full quote being distinct enough to hear. Still, as best we can tell these are the full quotes of what's being heard in the scene of Ezra walking along the pathway in the world between worlds:
"Death is a natural part of life. Rejoice for those around you who transform into the Force. Mourn them do not. Miss them do not. Attachment leads to jealously. The shadow of greed, that is." - Yoda to Anakin, Revenge of the Sith
"Dear child. I see your eyes. You already know the truth. Whomever you're waiting for on Jakku... they're never coming back... But... there's someone who still could... The belonging you seek is not behind you... it is ahead." - Maz Kanata to Rey, The Force Awakens
"You give way to an enemy this evil with this much power and you condemn the galaxy to an eternity of submission. The time to fight is now!" - Jyn Erso to the Rebellion, Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
"We'll see each other again. I believe that." - Rey to Finn, The Force Awakens
"Show me… Grandfather… and I will finish… what you started." - Kylo Ren to Darth Vader's helmet, The Force Awakens
"The Resistance will not be intimidated by you." - Poe Dameron to Kylo Ren, The Force Awakens
"This is our most desperate hour. Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope." - Princess Leia to Obi-Wan/Luke, A New Hope
"You never would have made it as Obi-Wan's padawan, but you might make it as mine." - Anakin to Ahsoka, Star Wars: The Clones Wars (2008)
Again, like the first batch of quotes, these also contain references to the Force and the Jedi as well as their master/apprentice relationships. But among these dialogue snippets are also references to the Rebellion, the Resistance, and the ongoing struggle that plagues the galaxy long after Ezra fights with the rebels on Lothal. Just why these quotes are included isn't exactly clear, but they may be a somber reminder that no matter what Ezra and the Ghost crew accomplish in upcoming episodes of Star Wars Rebels, the galaxy's future is already set in stone - even if Ezra believes this world between worlds gives him the power to change it.
Star Wars Rebels season 4 concludes next Monday with 'A Fool's Hope' and 'Family Reunion - and Farewell' at 9pm EST on Disney XD.
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