On this week’s episode of Star Wars Rebels our crew make preparation at the new base for the fleet, Hera is preparing herself for the eventual departure of Kanan and Ezra, and there are some creepy crawlies about that are causing problems. Let’s take a look at this week’s episode, “The Mystery of Chopper Base.”
I’m going to come right out and say it, this was probably my least favorite episode of the season. Save for a couple of what I think are key moments, this episode didn’t have much to offer. First of all, I didn’t even think the name of the episode really made that much sense. At the very least it was misleading. There wasn’t really a mystery. They found out about those spider creatures fairly quickly. Also, when you have “Chopper” in the title, one stands to think that the focus of the episode might be around Chopper or that name of the base would even be mentioned. Was it called Chopper Base because Chopper found it? That’s the only thing that makes sense to me. Not that we needed another Chopper centric episode (one is plenty) but the title of the episode didn’t really fit.
I will say that those spider creatures were pretty terrifying. Anytime there’s some giant insect-like creature in a film or tv show, that’s a big fat NOPE for me. And when you see someone or it’s implied that they were eaten alive (poor Dicer), that’s even a bigger nope. That scene in Peter Jackson’s King Kong where those giant insects and bug creatures eat half the cast alive, hell no…I’m getting creeped out just thinking about it. And yet, Shelob in The Return of the King doesn’t bother me. Enough about me, let’s get back to Star Wars.
The most important and interesting aspects of this episode centered around Hera, Kanan and Ezra. During Kanan’s and Ezra’s training session Hera watched on as the two prepared to go up against the Inquisutors and you could see the concern and fear on her face. Speaking of that training sequence, at first I thought Kanan and Ezra were using some sort of training sabers but they were most definitely their usual lightsabers. They looked to be a duller shade of blue and the sound was different. This may have been referenced in The Clone Wars or maybe in a book somewhere but is there a different setting on lightsaber’s that’s used for training? There was most definitely something different about them in the beginning of the episode because later when they were fighting those creatures the lightsabers looked and sounded like what we have grown accustomed to.
The scene between Hera and Kanan at the end of the episode was excellent. Kanan admitted to Hera that he had come to realize that being a part of this larger Rebel group was the right thing, something that he was hesitant about going back to the very beginning of this show. Hera has grown into this strong leader within the Rebel fleet. Their duties have begun to pull them in different directions. Hera always thought that she, Kanan and the rest of the crew would face the Inquistors together but she realizes (as well as Kanan) that they each have their own roles to play in this war against the Empire. I particularly liked the scene of the two of them in each other’s arms silhouetted in the sunset.
There is also some powerful foreshadowing with Ezra. Early in the episode, during his training session with Kanan, he poses the question “why would I fight you?”. He also has trouble connecting with those spider-like creatures whereas we’ve seen him connect with various animals by use of the Force throughout the series, especially more recently. As Ahsoka eludes to at the end, the Force is always changing and when you think you’ve figured something out, it will often throw you a curve ball. I don’t know if it was something special about the creatures or if it has to do with the darkness that looms over all of them as the reason for his struggles. There was also the very ominous music of Darth Vader and the Sith that played at the very end of the episode during Ezra’s scenes. Could this be another sign of a potential turn to the Dark Side?
It was also nice to see Ahsoka again even if it was briefly. They are preparing for the journey and for their confrontation with the Inqusitiors (and Vader). I would have liked to have seen more of their preparation (with Ahsoka) for this impending battle. We’ve seen in the trailers for this season that Ahsoka will fight Vader and all signs point to the upcoming season finale as being her final episodes. I know that her story was told in The Clone Wars but if this is to be the end of Ahsoka I would have preferred to spend more time with her and have the focus be on that final confrontation rather than some of these side stories.
I can’t wait the season finale, however, I’m preparing for my heart to be completely shattered.
Star Wars Rebels can be seen on Wednesday nights on Disney XD.
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