For Tonight We Might Die

ClassShadows stalk the students of Coal Hill School in Shoreditch, London. For some, it’s the shadow of loneliness, while for others, it’s the shadow of their parents’ expectations and lack of understanding. For Charlie, however, it’s a more literal threat, an alien race called the Shadow Kin who wiped out the entire species he ruled over as its prince. A soldier of a rival species, the Quill, is beholden to protect him for the rest of his life. Rescued from the last days of the Shadow Kin’s genocide against Charlie’s people by a time traveler called the Doctor, Charlie and “Mrs. Quill” are quietly dropped into Coal Hill School as enigmatic student and short-fused teacher. The Doctor believed both of them could learn much from each other, and from humanity. But when the Shadow Kin rip open a tear in the fabric of space and time, allowing them to run riot at Coal Hill on prom night, time may be up for Charlie, for Mrs. Quill, and for the entire human race unless the Doctor intervenes again.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Patrick Ness
directed by Ed Bazalgette
music by Blair Mowat
theme song “Up All Night” by Alex Clare

Cast: Katherine Kelly (Miss Quill), Greg Austin (Charlie), Fady Elsayed (Ram), Sophie Hopkins (April), Vivian Oparah (Tanya), Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Jordan Renzo (Matteusz), Ben ClassPeel (Coach Dawson), Shannon Murray (Jackie), Aaron Neil (Varun), Natasha Gordon (Vivian), Anna Shaffer (Rachel), Paul Marc Davis (Corakinus), Nigel Betts (Mr. Armitage), Pooja Shah (Miss Shah), Alex Leak (Kevin), Laura Jane Hudson (Mrs. Linderhof), Satnam Bhogal (Counter Clerk), Ellie James (Student 1), Moses Adejimi (Student 2), Assay Hagos (Student 3), Shalisha James-Davis (Student 4)

ClassNotes: Long-suffering Coal Hill head teacher Mr. Armitage, played as always by Nigel Betts, previously appeared in the Doctor Who episodes Into The Dalek, The Caretaker, and Dark Water. Due to a year-long hiatus in the show as a result of the changeover from Steven Moffat’s production team to that of incoming Doctor Who showrunner Chris Chibnall, this was – apart from a specially-made trailer to introduce new companion Bill – Peter Capaldi’s only in-character appearance as the Doctor between the 2015 and 2016 Doctor Who Christmas episodes; he is not expected to be a recurring fixture of Class.

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The Coach With The Dragon Tattoo

ClassRam is having difficulty adjusting to the artificial leg given to him by the Doctor to replace the leg severed by the Shadow Kin. His once-promising soccer performance suffers as a result, but psychologically he’s still suffering from the trauma of seeing the Shadow Kin on a killing rampage. As he changes after soccer practice, he’s convinced he sees evidence of another horrifying death, but can’t do anything about it. Later, he witnesses an otherworldly being snatch a cleaning lady from the school grounds, but can’t prove it happened. Worried that Ram is becoming increasingly isolated from them, Charlie, April and Tanya take their case to Mr. Armitage, only to see him snatched away by the same being Ram saw earlier. They turn to Miss Quill for protection, but she is preoccupied – almost obsessed – with an “observer” sitting in on her classes.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Patrick Ness
directed by Ed Bazalgette
music by Blair Mowat

ClassCast: Katherine Kelly (Miss Quill), Greg Austin (Charlie), Fady Elsayed (Ram), Sophie Hopkins (April), Vivian Oparah (Tanya), Jordan Renzo (Matteusz), Ben Peel (Coach Dawson), David McGranaghan (Assistant Coach Carroll), Aaron Neil (Varun), Nigel Betts (Mr. Armitage), Jami Reid-Quarrell (The Inspector), Cally Lawrence (Cleaner)

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The Last Battle

Star Wars: RebelsCaptain Rex leads Kanan, Ezra and Chopper to a crashed Separatist ship left over from the Clone Wars, hoping that its stockpile of munitions will be intact. To his amazement, that’s not all that’s intact – there are still functioning Battle Droids guarding the ship, and they believe the war between the Republic and the Separatists is still on. Since he wasn’t alive to experience the horrors of the Clone Wars, Ezra makes a bet with the droid army’s strategist: if the Battle Droids can be beaten, Ezra and his team can take the remaining weapons back to the Rebellion. For Rex, it’s a nightmare: the war that cost him so many of his friends and comrades is about to be fought again. Worse yet, the Empire arrives, and has no qualms about wiping out all of the combatants.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Brent Friedman
directed by Bosco Ng
music by Kevin Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Stormtrooper #1), Dee Bradley Baker (Admiral Konstantine / Red Pauldron Trooper / Rex), David Oyelwo (Agent Kallus), Matthew Wood (B1-268 / Battle Droids), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Governor Pryce), Gregg Berger (Kalani)

Notes: As the episode hearkens back so strongly to the animated Clone Wars series that preceded Rebels, the end credits and music appear as they would have in an episode of that series, rather than using the standard Rebels musical theme.

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Can Of Worms

Red DwarfAboard Starbug, Lister and the others find a promising derelict ship on the edge of a black hole. But when Rimmer warns that it could be a trap set by Gelf Vampires who feast on the blood of virgins, Cat is suddenly less enthusiastic about the salvage operation. Lister decides to board the ship, with Cat and Kryten in tow, and they disable a mercenary mechanoid and free his sole surviving prisoner, who seems to be a female Cat. Once she is brought back aboard Red Dwarf, and expresses more than a passing interest in Cat, Kryten discovers only too late that their new crewmate is not what she appears to be, and Cat could pay the price.

Order the DVDswritten by Doug Naylor
directed by Doug Naylor
music by Howard Goodall

Red DwarfCast: Chris Barrie (Rimmer), Craig Charles (Lister), Danny John-Jules (Cat), Robert Llewellyn (Kryten), Bentley Klau (Mercenoid), Dominique Moore (Ankita), Daniel Barker (Alien Natural History Presenter), Maria Yarjah (Cat Lady 1), Shanice Stewart-Jones (Cat Lady 2)

Red DwarfNotes: Much like the last episode of season two (Parallel Universe, 1988), Can Of Worms concerns a pregnant male member of the Red Dwarf crew. Polymorphs were previously encountered in Polymorph (1989) and Emohawk: Polymorph II (1993).

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Nightvisiting

ClassDaddy’s home. That comes as a bit of a shock to Tanya, since it happens on the second anniversary of his death. And he’s not quite the same – maybe it’s the constant pleading for her to take his hand, or maybe it’s the vine-like root connected to his back, snaking out the window and connecting to a network of similar tendrils, all of them connected to others who have apparently risen from the dead. Ram sees his late girlfriend and runs rather than trying to reconnect with her, meeting up with April in the process. Even Miss Quill has a visitor who seems to be from the other side, though she is skeptical about it all. What has taken root across London and brought the dead back to their loved ones?

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Patrick Ness
directed by Ed Bazalgette
music by Blair Mowat
“Nightvisitor” written & performed by Jim Moray

ClassCast: Katherine Kelly (Miss Quill), Greg Austin (Charlie), Fady Elsayed (Ram), Sophie Hopkins (April), Vivian Oparah (Tanya), Jordan Renzo (Matteusz), Kobna Holdbrook-Smith (Jasper), Natasha Gordon (Vivian), Anastasia Hille (Orla’ath), Anna Shaffer (Rachel), Andrew Frame (Man), Janie Booth (Old Woman)

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Imperial Supercommandos

Star Wars: RebelsPassage through Mandalorian space near the planetary remnant Concord Dawn has once again become hostile to Rebel traffic, and Sabine pays a visit to Fenn Rau, the Mandalorian leader she captured there. Rau has no idea what has changed, but offers to return with Sabine to find out; of course, he’s also planning to escape while he’s there. But even Fenn Rau finds no welcoming party at Concord Dawn: the Mandalorians there have thrown their lot in with the Empire, taking up arms as Imperial Supercommandos. Anyone who doesn’t join them in bowing to the Empire – even fellow Mandalorians – is marked for capture or death.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Christopher Yost
directed by Steward Lee
music by Kevin Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus / Supercommando #2), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Supercommando #1), Keone Young (Commander Sato), Kevin McKidd (Fenn Rau), Ray Stevenson (Gar Saxon), Dave Filoni (Supercommando #3)

Notes: In a bit of a meta-gag, the all-white-armored Mandalorians hearken back to Ralph McQuarrie’s original design for Imperial “Supertroopers”, a costume design that was earmarked for a character that came to be known as Boba Fett during pre-production of The Empire Strikes Back.

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Novo Mundo

Mars2033: Daedalus, a multi-national, partially privately funded interplanetary vehicle, is about to land the first human expedition on the surface of Mars. After a year traveling from Earth to the red planet, a fault develops in one of the braking thrusters used to slow Daedaleus for a soft landing. Mission Commander Ben Sawyer personally takes on the task of replacing the circuit that will allow the thruster to fire, but this means he’s out of his seat when Daedalus enters the Martian atmosphere, subjecting him to a sudden return of gravitational G forces without the benefit of his seat in the crew cabin. Daedalus also lands off-course, away from a habitat/lab module already delivered to Mars via an unmanned rocket, but a closer workshop module may offer shelter in the meantime.

Download this episode via Amazonteleplay by Karen Janszen
story by Karen Janszen and Paul Solet
based on the book “How We’ll Live On Mars” by Stephen Petranek
directed by Everardo Gout
music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

MarsCast: Jihae (Hana Seung / Joon Seung), Alberto Ammann (Javier Delgado), Clementine Poidatz (Amelie Durand), Anamaria Marinca (Marta Kamen), Sammi Rotibi (Robert Foucalt), Ben Cotton (Ben Sawyer), Olivier Martinez (Ed Grann), Nick Wittman (Oliver), Antoinette Fekete (Sam), Kata Sarbo (Ava Macon), Laurent Winkler (Flight Director, Mission Control), Sara Martins (Louise Varda)

MarsNotes: Interspersing dramatic re-enactments of a potential Mars landing scenario with modern-day interviews with such figures as Elon Musk (SpaceX) and Andy Weir (author of The Martian), Mars is produced by Ron Howard and Brian Grazer (producers, through Imagine Entertainment, of such past space exploration fare as Apollo 13 and From The Earth To The Moon).

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Iron Squadron

Star Wars: RebelsThe Ghost is sent to help evacuate a Rebel cell from the planet Mykapo, but a freighter identifying itself as “Iron Squadron” is already putting up a fight against the Empire, even though it’s readily apparent that the freighter has no hyperdrive of its own and can’t escape. The leader of “Iron Squadron” – all of whom are teenagers – is Mart Mattin, nephew of Commander Sato of the Rebel fleet. Sabine and Ezra offer to stay and help Mart and his friends repair their ship, unaware that Grand Admiral Thrawn is using Mart as the bait in a trap to lure the Rebel’s leadership out into the open.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Matt Michnovetz
directed by Saul Ruiz
music by Kevin Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Imperial Officer), Dee Bradley Baker (Admiral Konstantine / Rex), Keone Young (Commander Sato), Meredith Anne Bull (Gooti Terez), Lars Mikkelsen (Grand Admiral Thrawn), Eric Lopez (Jonner Jin), Zachary Gordon (Mart Mattin), Dave Filoni (Phoenix Two)

Notes: “Iron Squadron”‘s ship is a Corellian YT-2400 freighter, of the same design as the Outrider, Dash Rendar’s ship in the Shadows Of The Empire novel and video game; a similar ship was also added to the Mos Eisley scenes of the 1997 “special edition” of Star Wars.

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Grounded

Mars2033: Injured in Daedalus’ landing, mission commander Ben Sawyer is in worse shape than he’s letting on to his crew. Internal injuries are slowly killing him. He authorizes a modification to the crew’s rover, allowing it to exceed its maximum safe speed of 10kph, but the time saved by speeding up the 75-kilometer drive is sacrificed when the rover hits an obstacle that destroys its suspension system. Left with nothing but an equipment and sample cart that they must push, the Daedalus crew must set out on foot, fully aware that failing to reach the workshop module will subject them to cold from which their EVA suits can’t protect them. And even if they reach shelter, it may not be in time to save Ben’s life.

Download this episode via Amazonteleplay by Andre Bormanis and Paul Solet
story by Andre Bormanis
based on the book “How We’ll Live On Mars” by Stephen Petranek
directed by Everardo Gout
music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

MarsCast: Jihae (Hana Seung / Joon Seung), Alberto Ammann (Javier Delgado), Clementine Poidatz (Amelie Durand), Anamaria Marinca (Marta Kamen), Sammi Rotibi (Robert Foucalt), Ben Cotton (Ben Sawyer), Olivier Martinez (Ed Grann), Nick Wittman (Oliver), Antoinette Fekete (Sam), Kata Sarbo (Ava Macon), Stephen Saracco (Ben’s Father)

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The Wynkahthu Job

Star Wars: RebelsAn old friend has contacted the crew of the Ghost…and an old fiend as well. Smuggler and swindler Hondo, who still regards Ezra as a partner in crime, has a new partner in crime: repugnant slave trader Azmorigan. They know where a stockpile of treasure can be found, treasure stolen from the Empire – and if that includes weapons and other valuables, Hondo’s willing to cut Ezra in on the deal in exchange for the Ghost’s support. But Hera decides to put Zeb in charge of this caper, because she correctly guesses that, much like every other time Hondo has presented her crew with an offer they can’t refuse, they’re not hearing the whole story just yet.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Gary Whitta
directed by Mel Zwyer
music by Kevin Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios), Stephen Stanton (AP-5), James Hong (Azmorigan), Jim Cummings (Hondo Ohnaka), Dee Bradley Baker (Melch)

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Pressure Drop

Mars2033: Ben Sawyer has died from his injuries, leaving Hana Seung in charge. As the mission’s ground controllers scramble to devise alternatives and solutions for the astronauts on Mars, they also find themselves struggling to justify continuing the mission to the international consortium funding the exploration of Mars. The workshop dome providing the crew’s shelter is not meant to serve as a long-term habitat, and its overworked electrical system catches on fire, leaving it partially uninhabitable. The only chance the mission has to succeed – and the only chance humanity has to colonize another planet – is to find an underground chamber with abundant ice.

Download this episode via Amazonteleplay by Mickey Fisher and Paul Solet
story by Mickey Fisher
based on the book “How We’ll Live On Mars” by Stephen Petranek
directed by Everardo Gout
music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

MarsCast: Jihae (Hana Seung / Joon Seung), Alberto Ammann (Javier Delgado), Clementine Poidatz (Amelie Durand), Anamaria Marinca (Marta Kamen), Sammi Rotibi (Robert Foucalt), Olivier Martinez (Ed Grann), Nick Wittman (Oliver), Antoinette Fekete (Sam), Kata Sarbo (Ava Macon), Mimi Tyler (young Hana), Mila Tyler (young Joon), Karen Gagnon (ORB Solutions Senior Board Member), Miklos Banyai (ORB Solutions Board Member), Mate Haumann (IMSF Member USA),

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An Inside Man

Star Wars: RebelsKanan, Ezra and Chopper return to Lothal after receiving a summons from Ryder Azadi, warning of a new Imperial weapon under development. Ezra’s home planet is now under total Imperial control, but there is a bright side: according to Ryder, the Empire’s best and brightest laborers have been reassigned to the new weapon, leaving the Empire no choice but to draft locals to build speeder bikes…and the people of Lothal have been deliberately turning out fatally flawed vehicles. But this has also drawn the attention of Grand Admiral Thrawn, who arrives to personally crack down on the sabotage. What started as a simple fact-finding mission is now something much more dangerous.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Nicole Dubuc
directed by Steward Lee
music by Kevin Kiner
additional music by David Russell, Sean Kiner, and Dean Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla / Female Citizen), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus / Stormtrooper Guard), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / AT-AT Pilot #2), David Oyelowo (Agent Kallus), Dave Filoni (AT-AT Pilot #1), Clancy Brown (Factory Worker / Ryder Azadi / Stormtrooper Commander), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Governor Pryce), Lars Mikkelsen (Grand Admiral Thrawn), Liam O’Brien (Lt. Lyste, Morad Sumar), Dee Bradley Baker (Old Jho / Stormtrooper #1 / Stormtrooper #2), Bonnie Wild (Imperial Female PA), David Acord (Imperial Male PA)

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Power

Mars2037: Four years after the discovery of a suitable place to build the first human settlement on Mars, the base has expanded rapidly, and a second spacecraft with its own crew has joined Hana Seung’s expedition there. Medical, lab, and hydroponic facilities have been set up, though it’s the latter that proves the most worrisome – plants, the key to a sustainable food supply that doesn’t rely on resupply from Earth, are not growing at the expected rates. A third ship arrives with an even larger crew of new Mars colonists, including a supervisor to spearhead even further expansion. Her husband, a hydroponic expert, takes some of Javier’s workload off of him, but seems distant and obsessed with his work. But these new settlers have arrived just in time for trouble.

Download this episode via Amazonteleplay by Ben Young Mason and Paul Solet
story by Ben Young Mason
based on the book “How We’ll Live On Mars” by Stephen Petranek
directed by Everardo Gout
music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

MarsCast: Jihae (Hana Seung / Joon Seung), Alberto Ammann (Javier Delgado), Clementine Poidatz (Amelie Durand), Anamaria Marinca (Marta Kamen), Sammi Rotibi (Robert Foucalt), Cosima Shaw (Dr. Leslie Richardson), Olivier Martinez (Ed Grann), John Light (Dr. Paul Richardson), Nick Wittman (Oliver), Antoinette Fekete (Sam), Kata Sarbo (Ava Macon), Paul Solet (Cygnus Pilot), Karen Gagnon (ORB Solutions Senior Board Member), Rebecca Emekandoko (Joon’s Assistant)

Notes: This isn’t Cosima Shaw’s first struggle to survive on Mars – she was one of the crew members of Bowie Base One in the 2009 Doctor Who episode The Waters Of Mars.

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Visions And Voices

Star Wars: RebelsDuring a briefing for an upcoming mission that he will lead, Ezra begins hearing, and seeing visions of, Maul. Kanan quietly makes changes to the mission plan, and goes with Ezra to visit the Bendu to see if Ezra is experiencing Force visions. Maul is already there, and insists that Ezra join him to complete the extraction of knowledge that began with the joining of the Jedi and Sith holocrons – and if Ezra refuses, Maul will reveal the location of Chopper Base to the Empire. With the Phantom tracking his ship at a discreet distance, Maul takes Ezra to the ruins of a temple on his home planet, the former refuge of the Nightsisters. Ezra wants to know how to destroy the Sith. Maul wants to know how to find an old enemy to settle a score. Both of them get the same answer: a desert world with two suns.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Brent Friedman
directed by Bosco Ng
music by Kevin Kiner
additional music by David Russell, Sean Kiner, and Dean Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Rebel Trooper #2), Stephen Stanton (AP-5), Tom Baker (Bendu), Sam Witwer (Maul), Meredith Salenger (Nightsister Ghost Kanan), Anna Graves (Nightsister Ghost Sabine), Dave Filoni (Rebel Trooper #1)

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Darkest Days

Mars2037: A massive dust storm plunges the only human settlement on Mars into darkness for months. EVAs on the surface are out of the question for obvious safety reasons, and due to the interrupted work on power upgrades, it’s not long before power has to be carefully rationed for everyone to survive. One casualty of the power cuts is the greenhouse, leaving Paul Richardson nothing to do but over about his dying crops. Base lighting and heat are next, and cabin fever begins setting in. Someone will have to venture outside to reconnect the base to power…while someone else will venture outside just to end it all.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Paul Solet
based on the book “How We’ll Live On Mars” by Stephen Petranek
directed by Everardo Gout
music by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

MarsCast: Jihae (Hana Seung / Joon Seung), Alberto Ammann (Javier Delgado), Clementine Poidatz (Amelie Durand), Anamaria Marinca (Marta Kamen), Sammi Rotibi (Robert Foucalt), Cosima Shaw (Dr. Leslie Richardson), Olivier Martinez (Ed Grann), John Light (Dr. Paul Richardson), Nick Wittman (Oliver), Antoinette Fekete (Sam), Kata Sarbo (Ava Macon), Karen Gagnon (ORB Solutions Senior Board Member)

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Rogue One

Rogue One: A Star Wars StoryOrson Krennic, an Imperial officer, tracks down Galen Erso, a science officer who defected from the Empire to avoid allowing his talents to be used to perfect the primary weapon of the Empire’s giant battlestation. Krennic’s squadron of Death Troopers guns down Erso’s wife, but fails to find his young daughter, who has gone into hiding in a prearranged shelter, to be picked up later by Rebel insurgent Saw Gererra. Galen Erso is taken back to work for the Empire; his daughter grows up without seeing him again.

But she does hear about him. Rescued – or is it abducted? – from an Imperial slave labor detail on Wobani, Jyn Erso is taken to a secret Rebel base in the Yavin system, and questioned about her father’s work. An Imperial Pilot has defected from the Empire, carrying a message from Galen Erso to Saw Gerrera with details of the secret weapon. Under the careful supervision of Rebel intelligence agent Cassian Andor and his caustic, reprogrammed Imperial droid, K-2SO, Jyn joins a mission to Jedha, home of Gerrera’s extreme faction of Rebels. The Empire is present in force, both mining kyber to complete the secret weapon and trying to track down the defecting pilot, and Jyn and Cassian stumble into guerilla warfare that has nothing to do with them – indeed, Cassian decides it’s more of an obstacle than useful cover for their mission. They befriend a blind fighter named Chirrut, who claims a personal connection to the Force, and his heavily-armed comrade Baze, who has grown skeptical of the Force…and all of them are taken to Saw Gerrera. Jyn sees a holographic message from her father, detailing a weakness that he has carefully built into the main reactor of the Death Star, the Empire’s new weapon…but just after viewing the message, Jyn and the others, with former Imperial pilot Bodhi Rook in tow, must escape the destruction of Jedha, whose surface is tearing itself apart after a single shot from the Death Star.

From Jedha to an Imperial weapons development base on Eadu to the Empire’s repository of technical schematics on Scarif, the Rebels are fighting not just the pursuing forces of Krennic and the Empire, but one another. Word of the Death Star’s power fails to galvanize the Rebellion’s leadership into action, leaving Cassian, Jyn, Chirrut, Baze, K-2SO, Bodhi, and a ragtag group of volunteers to try to steal the Death Star plans from Scarif. Grand Moff Tarkin, keen to seize control of the Death Star from Krennic, is more than happy to demonstrate his fully armed and operational battle station to the Rebelliion. With the Empire’s technological terror now roaming the galaxy, it will take no less a miracle than the return of the Jedi themselves to save the Rebellion.

Order the DVDsscreenplay by Chris Weitz and Tony Gilroy
story by John Knoll and Gary Whitta
directed by Gareth Edwards
music by Michael Giacchino / original Star Wars music by John Williams

Rogue OneCast: Felicity Jones (Jyn Erso), Diego Luna (Cassian Andor), Alan Tudyk (K-2SO), Donnie Yen (Chirrut Imwe), Jiang Wen (Baze Malbus), Ben Mendelsohn (Orson Krennic), Guy Henry (Governor Tarkin), Forest Whitaker (Saw Gererra), Riz Ahmed (Bodhi Rook), Mads Mikkelsen (Galen Erso), Jimmy Smits (Bail Organa), Alistair Petrie (General Draven), Genevieve O’Reilly (Mon Mothma), Ben Daniels (General Merrick), Paul Kasey (Admiral Raddus), Stephen Stanton (Admiral Raddus – voice), Ian McElhinney (General Dodonna), Fares Fares (Senator Vaspar), Jonathan Aris (Senator Jebel), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (Senator Pamlo), Spencer Wilding (Darth Vader), Daniel Naprous (Darth Vader), James Earl Jones (Darth Vader – voice), Ingvild Deila (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Valene Kane (Lyra Erso), Beau Gadsdon (young Jyn), Dolly Gadsdon (younger Jyn), Duncan Pow (Sergeant Melshi), Rogue OneJames Harkness (Private Basteren), Derek Arnold (Pao), Matt Rippy (Corporal Rostok), Nick Kellington (Bistan), Michael Nardone (Shield Gate Officer), Nathan Plant (Imperial Guard Droid), Christopher Patrick Nolan (Alderaanian Guard), Michael Smiley (Dr. Evazan), Warwick Davis (Weeteef Cyubee), Dee Tails (L-1), Ruth Bell (Jedha Server), May Bell (Jedha Server), Angus Wright (Hammerhead Captain), Keith Dunphy (Blockade Runner Pilot), Alan Rushton (Eadu Engineer), Robert Bendetti-Hall (Eadu Engineer), Richard Franklin (Eadu Engineer), Weston Gavin (Eadu Engineer), Nick Hobbs (Eadu Engineer)

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Crossroads

Mars2037: Paul Richardson’s suicidal step out onto the Martian surface has resulted in the decompression of other nearby parts of the base, and the instant deaths of six others in the sections adjacent to the greenhouse. His wife is wracked with guilt for not having seen the signs of his mental state earlier, while Hana Seung bears the burden for the entire mission, which is now likely to be cancelled by the IMSF. Hana and Foucalt visit the Daedalus, the vehicle that brought them to Mars, and begin reactiviating it in anticipation of being recalled to Earth. Attempting to salvage usable hardware to continue powering the base, Javier and Marta visit the abandoned workshop module that was their crew’s makeshift first shelter on Mars, where Marta makes an unusual discovery that could forever change science…and change humankind’s destiny on Mars.

Download this episode via Amazontelelplay by Andre Bormanis and Paul Solet
story by Andre Bormanis
based on the book “How We’ll Live On Mars” by Stephen Petranek
directed by Everardo Gout
music by Jake Jackson, Nick Cave and Warren Ellis

MarsCast: Jihae (Hana Seung / Joon Seung), Alberto Ammann (Javier Delgado), Clementine Poidatz (Amelie Durand), Anamaria Marinca (Marta Kamen), Sammi Rotibi (Robert Foucalt), Cosima Shaw (Dr. Leslie Richardson), Ben Cotton (Ben Sawyer), Olivier Martinez (Ed Grann), John Light (Dr. Paul Richardson), Nick Wittman (Oliver), Antoinette Fekete (Sam), Kata Sarbo (Ava Macon), Eva Magyar (IMSF Member Russia), Mirjam Novak (IMSF Member USA), Mate Haumann (IMSF Member USA)

Notes: Early in 2017, it was announced that National Geographic Channel would produce a second season of Mars, but that season would be produced under the auspices of a new showrunner, Dee Johnson (formerly of Nashville, Rizzoli & Isles, Army Wives, Commander In Chief, and ER).

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Ghosts Of Geonosis – Part 1

Star Wars: RebelsThe Ghost crew is tapped for a mission to the apparently abandoned planet Geonosis…to see what happened to the previous Rebel expedition to that planet, led by a freedom fighter named Saw Gerrera. But where their previous visit revealed useful debris scattered around the planet, and no signs of the planet’s natives, this time the debris has been cleared up, and battle droids dating back to the Clone Wars are still active on the surface. Kanan, Ezra and Captain Rex find Saw Gerrera, as well as a surviving Geonosian who panics and remotely activates the battle droids, putting Zeb, Hera and Sabine in danger. Saw is obsessed with discovering what the surviving Geonosians – presumably in hiding – are doing for the Empire, and is willing to kill to get that information.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Dave Filoni and Steven Melching
directed by Saul Ruiz
music by Kevin Kiner
additional music by David Russell, Sean Kiner, and Dean Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios), Phil LaMarr (Bail Organa), Matthew Wood (Battle Droid Commander / Klik-Klak), Keone Young (Commander Sato), Dee Bradley Baker (Rex), Forest Whitaker (Saw Gerrera)

Notes: The Ghost crew previously visited Geonosis in the season 2 episode The Honorable Ones. Saw Gerrera first appeared in the fifth season of The Clone Wars (A War On Two Fronts), but had also recently appeared (in, chronologically, the character’s Rebelsfinal adventure) in the live-action film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story; he was played by Forest Whitaker in both Rogue One and his appearance in Rebels. Geonosis and its indigenous insectoid people – as well as the first hint of their massive construction project – first appeared in Star Wars Episode II: Attack Of The Clones (2002).

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Ghosts Of Geonosis – Part 2

Star Wars: RebelsAn Imperial cruiser closes in on Geonosis as the battle droids and destroyer droids activated by the sole surviving Geonosian continue their attack on the surface, an attack brought to a halt by destroying the Geonosian’s remote trigger. Saw Gerrera is eager to interrogate the “bug”, though it seems more scared than aggressive, trying to protect an egg – possibly the last Geonosian other than itself. Hera maneuvers the Ghost down a tight passage from the surface to pick up Kanan and the others, and warns him against Saw’s extremist streak. Saw proves her right by taking the Geonosian hostage and trying to take command of the Ghost from Hera and her crew. With tensions among the Rebels threatening to explode into violence, they may be too preoccupied to notice that an Imperial platoon is approaching…and the stormtroopers won’t care which side of the Rebel ethical divide their targets fall on.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Dave Filoni and Matthew Michnovetz
directed by Mel Zwyer
music by Kevin Kiner
additional music by David Russell, Sean Kiner, and Dean Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Imperial Officer), Phil LaMarr (Bail Organa), Leslie L. Miller (Captain Brunson), Keone Young (Commander Sato), Matthew Wood (Klik-Klak), Dee Bradley Baker (Rex), Forest Whitaker (Saw Gerrera)

Notes: Hera and Anakin Skywalker share similar views on the subject of sand. Saw Gerrera’s extremist tendencies are also noted by Hera; by the time of the movie Rogue One, Saw and his extremist cell are all but exiled on Jedha with no contact with the Rebellion as a whole. Saw has yet to suffer the Rebelsinjuries in battle that will see the loss of his legs and his dependence upon a portable source of oxygen. By the time of this adventure, it has been several years since Saw helped Galen Erso go into hiding from the Empire, and he has already rescued Erso’s daughter Jyn after the death of her parents (as seen in the “flashback” opening of Rogue One). (Neither of these characters are mentioned or seen in this episode; these notes offer chronological context.)

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Warhead

Star Wars: RebelsA pod slams into the desert near Chopper Base, and a droid emerges: not an Imperial probe droid, but something more like a protocol droid. The desert-dwelling spiders find the droid and descend upon it, rendering it harmless. Zeb and Chopper, left behind to mind the base while the rest of the Ghost crew goes on a mission, discover the droid during a perimeter sweep, taking it back to the base and reactivating it. An urgent message from Fulcrum alerts Zeb to the droid’s true origins: disguised as a protocol droid, EXD-9 is in fact a killing machine. A fierce fight ensues, but Zeb and AP-5 manage to shut down the Imperial droid…only to discover a failsafe mechanism that will detonate a proton warhead within the droid’s casing in the event that it is captured. If Zeb, Chopper and AP-5 can survive long enough, they intend to return EXD-9 to the Empire…with interest.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Gary Whitta
directed by Bosco Ng
music by Kevin Kiner
additional music by David Russell, Sean Kiner, and Dean Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Droid Technician #1), David Oyelowo (Agent Kallus), Stephen Stanton (AP-5 / Droid Technician #2 / Imperial Officer), David Acord (Imperial Infiltrator Droid EXD-9 / Rebel Officer #1 / Rebel Officer #2), Lars Mikkelson (Grand Admiral Thrawn)

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Trials Of The Darksaber

Star Wars: Rebels Among the items recovered from Maul’s hdeout is the Darksaber, the weapon of the first Mandalorian Jedi that later became a symbol of power that once unified the Mandalorians. Since Sabine found it, it is expected that she will wield it to unite Mandalore once again, but she has not interest in doing so. This means she’s appalled when Kanan and Hera suggest that she take up the role that is expected of her as the finder of the blade. Kanan takes Sabine to begin her training, enlisting Ezra’s help as well, finding it difficult to teach a student with no connection to the Force. Sabine thinks the leading the Mandalorians is a task for which she’ll never be ready; Kanan realizes that forgiving herself for her own past is the task at hand.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Dave Filoni
directed by Steward Lee
music by Kevin Kiner
additional music by David Russell, Sean Kiner, and Dean Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios), Kevin McKidd (Fenn Rau)

Notes: The Darksaber was found in the Nightsisters’ temple on Dathomir in Visions And Voices, but Rebelsmade its first appearance in the second season of The Clone Wars (The Mandalore Plot, 2010). It appeared in six further Clone Wars episodes, as well as a short series of Dark Horse comics based on unproduced scripts for a never-made seventh season of The Clone Wars.

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Legacy Of Mandalore

Star Wars: RebelsSabine returns to Mandalorian territory to the kind of welcome she expects – the moment she identifies herself, her vehicle is shot down. Her mother gives her a chilly reception, her brother only slightly warmer, and soon it becomes apparent to Sabine that her mother has sold her out to Gar Saxon, the Mandalorian governor loyal to the Empire. The Darksaber, which everyone had hoped would rally Mandalorians behind Sabine, is handed to Saxon; Ezra throws his lightsaber to Sabine to even the odds. Even if she can use all of Kanan’s training to survive the duel with Gar Saxon, can she deal the death blow required of the victor by Mandalorian custom?

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Christopher Yost
directed by Mel Zwyer
music by Kevin Kiner
additional music by David Russell, Sean Kiner, and Dean Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Kevin McKidd (Fenn Rau), Ray Stevenson (Gar Saxon), Dave Filoni (Mandalorian Warrior), Ritesh Rajan (Tristan Wren), Sharmila Devar (Ursa Wren)

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Through Imperial Eyes

Star Wars: RebelsA stolen shuttle blasting its way out of Lothal is quickly captured by an Imperial Star Destroyer. The pilot is taken into custody by Agent Kallus, who is stunned to see that it’s Ezra Bridger, though he doesn’t reveal this to his superiors. During a closed-door “interrogation”, Ezra reveals that the Rebellion has reason to believe that Kallus’ transmissions as “Fulcrum” have gotten the attention of the Empire, and Kallus’ collusion with the Rebels is on the verge of being discovered. Ezra’s mission: to break Kallus out and get him to safety. Grand Admiral Thrawn arrives to continue his own investigation into the “Fulcrum” problem, raising the stakes considerably for any plan to escape the Empire with Kallus in tow…and worse yet, Kallus thinks he can do more to help the Rebellion from inside the Empire. Whoever “Fulcrum” may be, Thrawn is counting on them to make precisely that decision…

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Nicole Dubuc & Henry Gilroy
directed by Saul Ruiz
music by Kevin Kiner
additional music by David Russell, Sean Kiner, and Dean Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Dee Bradley Baker (Admiral Konstantine / Rex), David Oyelowo (Agent Kallus), Stephen Stanton (AP-5 / Pilot / Thrawn Trooper #2), Tom Kane (Colonel Yularen), Stormtrooper #3), Liam O’Brien (Deck Officer / Imperial Tech / Lt. Lyste), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Governor Pryce), Lars Mikkelson (Grand Admiral Thrawn), David Acord (Stormtrooper #1 / Stormtrooper #2), Dave Filoni (Thrawn Trooper #1)

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The Farthest

The FarthestOriginally proposed in the late 1960s to take advantage of a rare planetary alignment in the 1970s, NASA’s Voyager missions are slated for launch in 1977, loaded with the best technology available in 1972. The Farthest chronicles the design and construction, the launch, the discoveries and the in-flight triumphs and travails of the twin Voyager spacecraft, as told by the scientists and engineers who sent them on their journey and waited eagerly for the data from planets that, in some cases, had never been seen as more than a pinprick of light in a telescope. The Voyagers continue onward into interstellar space, having completed their planetary explorations, each carrying gold-plated “Golden Records”, audiovisual time capsules of life on Earth in 1977 that may outlive the entire human race.

Order DVDs & Blu-RaysDownload this episodewritten by Emer Reynolds
directed by Emer Reynolds
music by Ray Harman

The FarthestAppearing as themselves: Fran Bagenal (Co-Investigator, Plasma Science), Jim Bell (Author, “The Interstellar Age”), John Casani (Voyager Project Manager), Timothy Ferris (Golden Record Producer), Suzanne Dodd (Current Voyager Project Manager), Don Gurnett (Principal Investigator, Plasma Wave Science), Heidi Hammel (Planetary Science), Candy Hansen-Koharcheck (Imaging Science Representative), Andrew Ingersoll (Atmospheric Science), Charley Kohlhase (Mission Design & Navigation), Lawrence Krauss (Theoretical Physicist & Cosmologist), Stamatios “Tom” Krimigis (Principal Investigator, Particle Science), Dave Linick (Sequence Team Chief), Frank Locatell (Project Engineer, Mechanical Systems), Jon Lomberg (Golden Record Design Director), Linda Morabito (Navigation Engineer), Carolyn Porco (Imaging Scientist), Nick Sagan (Author & Screenwriter), Brad Smith (Imaging Science Team Leader), Larry Soderblom (Imaging Science), Ed Stone (Voyager Chief Scientist), Linda Spilker (Infrared Science Representative), Janet Sternberg (Golden Record Greeting), Rich Terrile (Imaging Science)

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Secret Cargo

Star Wars: RebelsThe Ghost lies in wait, powered down until spotted by an Imperial probe, which they then pursue and destroy just as a small force of Rebel ships arrive. Only now do Hera, Ezra and Zeb learn their orders: to transport Senator Mon Mothma, who now has a target on her back after speaking out in no uncertain terms against the Emperor’s tyranny, to a remote outer rim planet called Dantooine. There, Mon Mothma intends to transmit a message to the other disparate Rebel cells, inviting them to join an alliance of Rebel groups. The Emperor has naturally dispatched Grand Admiral Thrawn to make sure that Mon Mothma never gets there, and Thrawn has brought a new secret weapon with him.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Matt Michnovetz
directed by Bosco Ng
music by Kevin Kiner
additional music by David Russell, Sean Kiner, and Dean Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Alton Kastle / Probe Droid), Dee Bradley Baker (Admiral Konstantine / Gold Four), Josh Brener (Erskin Samaj), Bonnie Wold (Gold Five), Yuri Lowenthal (Gold Leader), Phil LaMarr (Gold Three), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Gold Two / Governor Pryce), Lars Mikkelson (Grand Admiral Thrawn), Matthew Wood (Imperial Officer), Genevieve O’Reilly (Mon Mothma), Mario Vernazza (Vult Skerris)

Notes: This episode brings Hera’s Rebel cell into contact with characters from the original trilogy, including Jon “Gold Leader” Vander (Star Wars, Rogue One) and RebelsSenator Mon Mothma (Return Of The Jedi, Rogue One). Furthermore, Genevieve O’Reilly, who played Mon Mothma in Rogue One and in scenes cut from Star Wars Episode III: Revenge Of The Sith, provides the character’s voice here. The three-winged TIE Defender prototype was first revealed in An Inside Man. This episode ends with the formation of the Rebel fleet proper as seen in later live-action films in the Star Wars saga.

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Double Agent Droid

Star Wars: RebelsAP-5 and Chopper (in the guise of an outdated Imperial droid) are assigned to infiltrate an Imperial installation to read the Empire’s data stores; Wedge acts as their chauffeur in a stolen Imperial shuttle (and puts up with their banter). But Grand Admiral Thrawn has studied Hera’s Rebel cell closely and has circulated a warning about Chopper; Imperial data gatherers are not only aware of him, but eagerly await him connecting to the data net so they can hack him and take him over. Despite Chopper’s stubborn resistance, he is reprogrammed remotely to act as a spy for the Empire. Only AP-5 suspects anything is amiss…but no one’s listening to him.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Brent Friedman
directed by Steward Lee
music by Kevin Kiner
additional music by David Russell, Sean Kiner, and Dean Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla / Inventory Droid / Imperial Technician 2), Steve Blum (Zeb / Stormtrooper), Stephen Stanton (AP-5 / Imperial Technician 1 / TIE Pilot), Josh Gad (Controller), Nathan Kress (Wedge Antilles)

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Twin Suns

Star Wars: RebelsEzra awakens to the sound of the holocron recording of the Jedi Master Obi-Wan Kenobi, and then has a vision of Maul bellowing Kenobi’s name. Ezra tries to convince the others that this must mean Kenobi is alive and in danger, but Hera isn’t convinced, and is more focused on preparing for an attack on Lothal. Ezra takes matters into his own hands, stealing an A-Wing and heading for Tatooine. Almost immediately upon landing, Ezra figures out that it’s a trap, but it’s too late – his fighter is attacked by Tusken Raiders and destroyed. The trap, however, has not been laid for Ezra; he’s merely the bait. Maul plans to use the wayward Jedi apprentice to lure Kenobi out into the open for a final duel. Kenobi does indeed help Ezra, but he has no intention of ending the rivalry with Maul on the disgraced Sith Lord’s terms.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Dave Filoni & Henry Gilroy
directed by Dave Filoni
music by Kevin Kiner
additional music by David Russell, Sean Kiner, and Dean Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Steve Blum (Zeb), James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi hologram), Sam Witwer (Maul), Stephen Stanton (Ben Kenobi), Dee Bradley Baker (Rex / Rebel Crewman)

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Zero Hour – Part 1

Star Wars: RebelsGrand Admiral Thrawn arrives on Lothal with word that various Rebel cells are joining forces to attack and destroy the TIE Defender factory on Lothal. Using a bugged mouse droid, Agent Kallus listens in and tries to warn the Rebel fleet that Thrawn is expecting them…only to discover that Thrawn is expecting him as well. Following the direction of Kallus’ transmission, Thrawn brings a fleet of Imperial Star Destroyers to the Rebels’ meeting place, cutting off their escape. Kanan goes to the desert to demand help from the Bendu, while Ezra and Chopper alone must convince Mon Mothma to commit the rest of the Rebel fleet to reinforcing the forces gathered by Hera, Captain Sato, and General Dodonna. Mon Mothma, however, is unwilling to put all of the Rebellion’s assets on the front line, leaving Ezra to seek help elsewhere.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Steven Melching
directed by Justin Ridge
music by Kevin Kiner
additional music by David Russell, Sean Kiner, and Dean Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Steve Blum (Zeb / Commander Woldar / Rebel Officer), Dee Bradley Baker (Admiral Konstantine / Rebel Crewman / Rex), David Oyelowo (Agent Kallus), Tom Baker (Bendu), Keone Young (Commander Sato), Michael Bell (General Dodonna), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Governor Pryce / Rebel Pilot #1), Lars Mikkelsen (Grand Admiral Thrawn), Stephen Stanton (Grand Moff Tarkin / Imperial Officer), Dave Filoni (Green Leader), Genevieve O’Reilly (Mon Mothma), Clancy Brown (Ryder Azadi / Rebel Pilot #2), Nathan Kress (Wedge Antilles)

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Zero Hour – Part 2

Star Wars: RebelsUnable to raise Rebel reinforcements, Ezra and Chopper go to Mandalore to ask Sabine for help. The Mandalorians have their own problems, namely a civil war in which the Empire is backing Sabine’s enemies, but Sabine still commits a small Mandalorian force to return with Ezra to help the Rebel fleet. Kanan’s attempts to persuade the Bendu to help have fallen on deaf ears, and Thrawn’s fleet begins bombarding the Rebel base from orbit, with a ground assault to follow. The Mandalorians take out the Imperial Interdictor Destroyer, but it will take something even more unexpected for the Rebels to escape Thrawn to fight another day.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Henry Gilroy & Matt Michnovetz
directed by Justin Ridge
music by Kevin Kiner
additional music by David Russell, Sean Kiner, and Dean Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb / Commander Woldar), David Oyelowo (Agent Kallus), Stephen Stanton (AP-5 / Mandalorian Pilot), Tom Baker (Bendu), Matthew Wood (Death Troopers / Stormtroopers), Kevin McKidd (Fenn Rau), Michael Bell (General Dodonna), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Governor Pryce), Lars Mikkelsen (Grand Admiral Thrawn), Dee Bradley Baker (Imperial Technician / Rex), Ritesh Rajan (Tristan Wren), Sharmila Devar (Ursa Wren), Nathan Kress (Wedge Antilles)

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The Pilot

Doctor WhoBill Potts works in the university cafeteria, and though she’s not taking his classes, she attends lectures by a mysteriously tenured professor known only as the Doctor. He’s as likely to lecture on poetry as on physics, and seems to know a little bit about everything – a lot, actually. He’s also very observant, and knows that Bill isn’t one of his students, and offers to tutor her anyway.

Bill catches the eye of a fellow student named Heather, though their conversations never seem to go where expected. Heather is preoccupied with a puddle of standing water which has the audacity to exist in a fenced-in concrete area where there has been no rain for days. Bill relates this to the Doctor, who is suddenly very curious about the puddle, and the scorch marks surrounding it on the concrete: the telltale sign of a recently landed spacecraft. The next time Bill sees Heather, the girl is drenched in an unending torrent of water, has dead eyes, can only repeat what Bill says, and seems to be following her obsessively. Bill races into the Doctor’s office to get away from her, and the Doctor (with Nardole still in tow) whisks her away in the TARDIS. But wherever they go in time and space, whether it’s sunny Sydney or the hell of the Dalek-Movellan war, Heather follows…and won’t give up until Bill joins or rejects her.

Order the DVDDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Steven Moffat
directed by Lawrence Gough
music by Murray Gold

Cast: Peter Capaldi (The Doctor), Pearl Mackie (Bill), Matt Lucas (Nardole), Jennifer Hennessy (Moira), Stephanie Hyam (Heather), Nicholas Briggs (Dalek voices)

Doctor WhoNotes: This is the first (and only) screen appearance of the Movellans since their only other appearance in 1979’s Destiny Of The Daleks; they are primarily a background detail here, and not central to the plot, just like the Daleks that show up without being the central threat. The Doctor seems to have an abundance of his retired sonic screwdrivers on hand – score one product placement for Character Options and Underground Toys – and has framed photos of River Song and Susan on his desk.

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