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Star Wars Rebels

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This article is rife with Star Wars Rebels spoilers…

Strategy

Full disclosure, I was enthralled by last night’s episodes, but I am in serious need of a re-watch before I move into any sort of breakdown. So, regarding Star Wars Rebels penultimate evening, I am going to take an objective approach. However, here was my gut reaction and not-so-hot take:

Lussier sheds some light

Our friend at io9, Germain Lussier, gave his insight into what we all witnessed via the episodes, “Wolves and a Door” and “A World Between Worlds.” The remaining crew of the Ghost finds themselves back at the hidden Jedi temple on Lothal – the same one Ezra Bridger and the now late Kanan Jarus visited earlier in the series.

The outskirts of the temple are being excavated in a setting that is a cross between Close Encounters of the Third Kind (complete with quotes from the landing strip) and Raiders of the Lost Ark (with Kevin Kiner’s SWR score echoing “The Map Room” theme from ROTLA).

An unnatural ability…

Overseeing the dig is Minister Hydan — a creepy minion of Emperor Palpatine — and, cutting to the chase (because chances are good you’ve seen the two-episode arc), Lussier wrote:

Yup, Rebels just introduced Star Wars time travel. Canon time travel. (In the old expanded universe, time travel was a thing, but it was extremely rare—whether in the form of hyperspace accidents or Jacen Solo’s “flow-walking” ability. But now, it’s actually canon.)

This place makes it possible for people to change the past. And it’s out there, right now, for (almost) anyone to access. Ezra even almost uses it to try and save Kanan, which he could have, but Ahsoka talks him out of it, leading Ezra to a lesson we have yet to fully grasp.

Yes, he said time travel. And via that mechanism we see the return of Ahsoka Tano, to which Lussier asks:

[H]ad Ahsoka been dead this whole time? Did the temple crush her and she was gone until Ezra reached back in time and pulled her out of the battle?

My answer, is “no,” as we saw Ahsoka’s same retreat back into the Sith Temple at the end of “Twilight of the Apprentice.”

Furthermore, now I think we’ll see at least Ahsoka (“I am no Jedi…”) survive into a later era of Dave Filoni’s storytelling.

Rebels Recon fills in the gaps

Lussier updated his piece to add this note about the latest Rebels Recon episode, which released after the premiere of Monday night’s main events:

In Rebels Recon… they say that Ezra “destroyed” the Jedi Temple. So, maybe, the time travel isn’t possible anymore. There’s also insight at how Filoni seeded ideas throughout the seasons to lead to this place. Worth a watch.

Get your RR here:

BTW: This tweet thread spoke to me…

I too wonder if the temple on Lothal was the method by which Darth Sidious teased Anakin Skywalker at the Mon Calamari ballet in Revenge of the Sith.

Listen up…

This morning, I saw Stephen Stanton tweet:

Here are just a few listed by Sarah Moran on Screenrant.com:

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

Be sure to check out the full list at Screenrant

Also, check out this tweet:

Things get trippy

Star Wars Explained also pulled together a video recap:

I loved Alex Damon’s reaction to the return of Ahsoka and the resolution of the Tano vs. Vader duel.

“Ezra saves her life in a way that not even the chosen one could’ve predicted,” said Damon.

SWE also gives us a refresher on the “Living Force” and the “Cosmic Force” – very helpful regarding these episodes.

Also helpful was Alex’s breakdown of the Kanan portal sequence; showing that sequence to be a way for Palpatine to tempt Ezra. A terrific take.

As always, excellent work Alex…

Wired in…

Nice work by another of our usual suspects, Shana O’Neil (a.k.a. @geekgirldiva).

While we’re talking about it, this exchange caught my attention:

Ezra: “When you get back, come and find me.”

Ahsoka: “I will. I promise.”

Does that mean she’ll be back for the finale?

Love the speculation…

More Helpful Info

StarWars.com collected everything for the two episodes on two pages and added a database update:

Pablo tweets!

This is new, and casts new light on Dave Filoni’s greater plan:

https://twitter.com/pablohidalgo/status/968553645145862144

Coming Attraction

Needless to say, I can’t wait until next week. JB