Shroud Of Darkness

Star Wars: RebelsAs the Ghost crew continues searching for a base for the Rebellion, the Inquisitors keep pursuing Kanan and Ezra, to the point that Kanan believes their presence is endangering the rest of the Rebellion. They seek Ahsoka’s advice, but she has none – at time like these, she would always turn to Master Yoda. With Ahsoka in tow, Kanan and Ezra return to Lothal and reveal the hidden Jedi temple there, where Kanan hopes to seek Yoda’s counsel. Instead, Kanan receives a dire warning that he will fail to protect Ezra, and Ezra will turn to the dark side. Ezra sees Yoda, while Ahsoka sees a vision of Anakin, berating her for failing to be at his side when he needed her most. And during all of these Force visions, the Inquisitors are once again close by…

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

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Matt Lanier (Anakin Skywalker), James Earl Jones (Darth Vader), Philip Anthony Rodriguez (Fifth Brother), Jason Isaacs (Sentinel), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Seventh Sister), Frank Oz (Yoda)

RebelsNotes: The powerful Force user known only as the Grand Inquisitor was previously a Jedi Knight. This is Anakin’s first appearance since the Clone Wars series finale; the Lothal Jedi temple was previously visited by Kanan and Ezra in season one’s Path Of The Jedi.

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The Forgotten Droid

Star Wars: RebelsThe Rebel fleet prepares to jump to the Yost system, a system rumored to have little or no Imperial presence, a promising site for a future Rebel base. But the Rebels’ stolen Imperial carrier doesn’t have enough fuel for that kind of hyperspace trip, and more must be stolen from the Empire. The Ghost lands at a remote Imperial depot, but as Hera and Kanan fight their way into an Imperial complex, Chopper is more interested in getting a new left leg. The cranky old droid finds a suitable leg at a nearby dealer of droids and droid parts, but is so preoccupied with this leg that he fails to notice the Ghost leaving without him…

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

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus / Stormtrooper #4), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Imperial Officer / Stormtrooper #5), Dee Bradley Baker (Admiral Konstantine / Rex / Ugnaught Shopkeeper), Stephen Stanton (AP-5 / Stormtrooper #1 / Stormtrooper #3), Dave Filoni (Cargo Deck Officer / Stormtrooper #2), Keone Young (Commander Sato), Gina Torres (Ketsu Onyo), James Adomian (Imperial Captain)

Notes: Ketsu had first appeared in Blood Sisters earlier in the season.

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Mystery Of Chopper Base

Star Wars: RebelsThe planet suggested by Chopper’s new friend, AP-5, as a possible Rebel hideout is indeed promising. The Empire’s influence is nowhere to be found, and a desert planet attracts little interest from anyone else. But the Rebels haven’t counted on hostile local life forms, and soon find themselves fighting to save their new base from creatures that already lived there. Meanwhile, Kanan and Ezra are training furiously for a showdown with the Inquisitors, a duel they know they cannot avoid – and a duel which Hera knows may cost her two of her most valuable crewmates.

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

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Phoenix Two), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano / Deiser), Stephen Stanton (AP-5), Keone Young (Commander Sato), Dee Bradley Baker (Rex)

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Twilight Of The Apprentice – Part 1

Star Wars: RebelsKanan, Ezra, and Ahsoka set out with Chopper to find out why the vision of Yoda directed Ezra to go to Malacore. The answer is obvious when they arrive: an ancient Sith temple lies waiting. And that’s not all that lies in wait: the Inquisitors are already there, though not all of them are expecting the Rebels. A third Inquisitor is hunting “the shadow”. A floor collapses in the temple, separating Ezra from the others, and he befriends an old man who simply calls himself the Old Master. The Old Master has been trapped alone in the Sith temple for years, but since all Sith technology and architecture requires two people – a master and an apprentice – to operate it, he enlists Ezra’s help to retrieve a Sith holocron. The Old Master is the shadow.

But he was once known as Darth Maul.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Dave Filoni
directed by Simon Kinberg & Steven Melching
music by Kevin Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Robbie Daymond (Eighth Brother), Sam Witwer (Maul), Dee Bradley Baker (Rex), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Seventh Sister)

Notes: Introduced – and then dispatched (or so we thought) – in live action in Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Maul returned to hound Obi-Wan and the Jedi in the fourth and fifth season of Clone Wars.

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Twilight Of The Apprentice – Part 2

Star Wars: RebelsTo everyone’s surprise, Maul renounces his loyalty to the Sith and the title of Darth: he is at the Sith temple on Malacore to claim the Sith holocron for his own reasons. Maul joins the Jedi to fight off the Inquisitors, though Ezra and Ahsoka are very skeptical of him. Impressed by Ezra’s Force ability, Maul decides that the boy is now his apprentice, and Kanan attacks the ex-Sith, only to be blinded by his lightsaber. Ezra is busy trying to put the Sith holocron into place, unwittingly powering up a Sith superweapon which Maul intends to use against all who oppose him, Jedi or Sith. To make matters worse, Darth Vader arrives to claim that weapon for the Empire…and the only one left to stop him is his former padawan.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Dave Filoni
directed by Dave Filoni & Simon Kinberg
music by Kevin Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Matt Lanier (Anakin Skywalker), James Earl Jones (Darth Vader), Robbie Daymond (Eighth Brother), Philip Anthony Rodriguez (Fifth Brother), Sam Witwer (Maul), Nika Fullerman (Presence), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Seventh Sister)

Notes: This episode would appear to see the exit of Fifth Brother and Seventh Sister, the Inquisitors who pursued Kanan throughout the second season of Rebels.

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Steps Into Shadow

Star Wars: RebelsEzra leads a daring raid on a fully staffed Imperial outpost on Naraka to rescue Hondo, who has been a useful informant for past Rebel operations. Hondo points the Alliance toward an Imperial salvage yard where captured Rebel Y-Wings are being dismantled for scrap; recovering them intact would boost Rebel firepower significantly, despite the fighters’ age. Ezra, Sabine, Chopper and Rex scout the salvage yard out in the Phantom, only to discover that only a few Y-Wings remain intact. Ezra, promoted to lieutenant commander in the Rebel Alliance, decides that the scouting mission has become a recovery mission on the fly. Missing all of the action is Kanan, still blinded after his duel with Darth Maul, and deeply disturbed to find that Ezra has been gaining knowledge from the Sith Holocron. Kanan hears a voice that leads him away from the safe confines of Chopper Base, where he discovers a creature that calls itself the Bendu – a being whose Force abilities lie between the light and dark sides. The Bendu begins trying to teach Kanan to use the Force and his own remaining senses to “see” what his eyes can no longer see…but what he sees now is his own fear. But at the Imperial salvage yard, Ezra’s lack of fear and his confidence and reliance on his new abilities may lead him to his own doom.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Steven Melching and Matt Michnovetz
directed by Bosco Ng and 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 / Stormtrooper), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Imperial Officer #2 / Rebel Soldier), Dee Bradley Baker (Admiral Konstantine / Melch / Rex / Stormtrooper Guard #1), David Owelyo (Agent Kallus), Tom Baker (Bendu), Derek Partridge (Commander Brom Titus), Keone Young (Commander Sato), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Governor Pryce), Lars Mikkelsen (Grand Admiral Thrawn), Stephen Stanton (Grand Moff Tarkin), Jim Cummings (Hondo Ohnaka / Imperial Officer #1 / Mining Guild Captain / Terba), Nika Futterman (Presence), Dave Filoni (Rebel Trooper / Stormtrooper Guard #2)

RebelsNotes: Grand Admiral Thrawn has a considerably complex history considering that this is his first appearance in any non-print Star Wars media. Created by author Timothy Zahn and introduced in the 1991 novel Heir To The Empire, Thrawn had become a casualty of the Lucasfilm Story Group’s massive realignment of Star Wars canon in the wake of Lucasfilm’s sale to Disney. However, Zahn wrote a new novel – simply titled Thrawn – to realign the calculating Imperial tactical master with the new continuity, and Thrawn was also introduced as an on-screen character for the first time in this episode. Thrawn lives once again in the larger Star Wars canon. Hera says that the Y-Wings are being sent to “General Dodonna’s unit”, meaning that these may well be the Y-Wings flown by Porkins and his wing during the attack on the Death Star in Star Wars. The name “Bendu” has an even longer history in Star Wars Rebelslore, back to early drafts of George Lucas’ The Star Wars, which featured the Jedi Bendu order rather than Jedi Knights. Bendu is voiced by Tom Baker, best known for his lengthy tenure as the fourth Doctor Who. Baker is the second Doctor to lend his voice to the Star Wars animated universe; one of his successors, David Tennant, voiced a droid character in an episode of The Clone Wars.

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Holocrons Of Fate

Star Wars: RebelsKanan and Ezra race to the scene of an attack on a Rebel cruiser, only to discover it’s a diversion: the twisted Sith Maul has taken Hera and the reset of the Phantom crew hostage, and demands both the Jedi and Sith holocrons. When retrieving the Sith artifact from Bendu, Kanan and Ezra are warned that the two holocrons together are a powerful threat. The holocrons are delivered to Maul by Ezra, while Kanan barely survives a trap set by Maul. Kanan is left for dead, making it easier for him to free the others, while Maul discovers something from the combined holocrons that leaves him repeating “He lives! He lives!” as he makes his escape. But what did Ezra see?

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Henry Gilroy
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), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Rebel Trooper), Tom Baker (Bendu), Sam Witwer (Maul), Dave Filoni (Rebel Crewman)

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The Antilles Extraction

Star Wars: RebelsWord reaches the Rebellion that there’s a dissident faction among students at an Imperial flight school, wishing to defect. Since she has prior experience as an Imperial pilot trainee, Sabine is enrolled at the school with a new identity and a cover story, and meets three pilots who want to escape the Empire and join the Rebellion. Sabine engineers an escape plan, but the Empire, aware that there are traitors in their midst and aware that a Rebel agent is among their trainees, has already planned to stop them. Ezra’s impatience to get Sabine and her trio of defectors to safety is as much of a danger to the operation as the Empire.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Gary Whitta
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 / Imperial Technician / TIE Cadet #1), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Green Leader), David Oyelwo (Agent Kallus), Corey Burton (Bridge Officer / Instructor Goran / Rake), Keone Young (Commander Sato), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Female Civilian / Governor Pryce / TIE Cadet #2), Dave Filoni (Green Five / Imperial Officer), Trevor Devall (Hobbie / Rebel Captain / Transport Captain), Mario Vernazza (Vult Skerris), Nathan Kress (Wedge Antilles)

Notes: This episode is as close as we’ve gotten to an origin story for (future) Rebel flying ace Wedge Antilles, as well as his fellow Rebel pilot, Hobbie, who would prove instrumental in the Battle of Hoth.

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Hera’s Heroes

Star Wars: RebelsHera and the crew of the Ghost race to rescue Hera’s father, Chaim Syndulla, and his inner circle of revolutionaries from an Imperial garrison on Hera’s home planet. Where previous Imperial attacks there have been hit-or-miss, Chaim Syndulla now says that there is a new focus and ferocity in their actions. Hera enlists the help of her friends to retrieve a personal item from the palace, only to discover that the Empire is more deeply entrenched there than previously believed. Grand Admiral Thrawn himself has taken personal command, and knows exactly who Hera and Ezra are. Now, if Hera’s father does not surrender himself to the Empire, Hera and Ezra will pay the price unless they can outwit Thrawn.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Nicole Dubuc
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 / Stormtrooper #2)), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Imperial Officer), Andre Sogliuzzo (Captain Slavin), Robin Atkin Downes (Cham Syndulla / Stormtrooper #1), Corey Burton (Gobi Glie), Lars Mikkelsen (Grand Admiral Thrawn), Catherine Taber (Numa), Dave Filoni (Scout Trooper / Stormtrooper #3)

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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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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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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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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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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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