This article is rife with Star Wars Rebels spoilers…
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.
— Germain Lussier (@GermainLussier) February 27, 2018
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…
Maybe this is how Plagues learned how to defeat death? And how Sidious knew it’s purpose?… seems the simplest way to save the ones you love.
— Don (@Conduit_Flux) February 27, 2018
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.
This morning, I saw Stephen Stanton tweet:
— Stephen Stanton (@Stephen_Stanton) February 27, 2018
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:
— William Devereux (@MasterDevwi) February 27, 2018
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…
Nice work by another of our usual suspects, Shana O’Neil (a.k.a. @geekgirldiva).
Enjoyed this as well:
This week's Star Wars Rebels transcends time and space to answer some very important questions https://t.co/T63IG9qMQN
— John Bishop (@jmbishopjr) February 27, 2018
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:
— Star Wars (@starwars) February 27, 2018
— Star Wars (@starwars) February 27, 2018
— Star Wars (@starwars) February 26, 2018
This is new, and casts new light on Dave Filoni’s greater plan:
Poor Maketh Tua. Killed in Season 2 for knowing what happens in Season 4. pic.twitter.com/mz74IzIPBb
— Pablo Hidalgo (@pablohidalgo) February 27, 2018
Needless to say, I can’t wait until next week. JB