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Spark Of Rebellion

Star Wars: RebelsOn the outer rim world of Lothal, Ezra Bridger ekes out a life of causing mischief for the local Imperial garrison, getting what he can for himself, and escaping to do it all again another day. He also has an ability to stay one step ahead of the local Imperial forces, making quick getaways and startling leaps to safety. Ezra notices unusual activity surrounding a shipment of Imperial cargo crates, but what’s unusual is the motley group of people who try to steal that cargo. Since it’s obviously of value, Ezra decides to steal some of it for himself, which endears him to neither the Imperial stormtroopers or his rival band of thieves, led by Kanan Jarrus. Impressed by Ezra’s abilities, Kanan rescues the boy (and the crate of cargo he’s stolen) and makes a quick getaway about his cargo ship, the Ghost. Ezra finds he’s made an enemy of Kanan’s strong man, Zeb, and has simply annoyed explosives expert Sabine and the Ghost‘s pilot, Hera (and her C-10-P astromech droid, Chopper). But Ezra slowly begins to realize that he’s taken his first step into a larger world: Kanan Jarrus and the Ghost’s crew are fighting the Empire on principle, not for profit…and Kanan is not simply a sharp shot with a blaster, but one of the last remaining wielders of a Jedi lightsaber. Kanan believes that, like himself, Ezra has the ability to connect with the Force. Ezra’s life has just become a lot more dangerous.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Simon Kinberg
directed by Steward Lee & Steven G. Lee
music by Kevin Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

Cast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Steven Blum (Zeb / Alton Kastle / Stormtrooper 3 / Stormtrooper 6), David Oyelowo (Agent Kallus), Keith Szarabajka (Vizago / Transport Captain / Imperial Officer / Old Man), David Shaughnessy (Aresko / Myles Grint / Refugee 1), Greg Weisman (Commander Stormtrooper), James Arnold Taylor (Obi-Wan Kenobi), Greg Ellis (Stormtrooper 5), Liam O’Brien (Yogar Lyste / Morad Sumar / Vendor), Jason Isaacs (The Inquisitor)

RebelsNotes: Star Wars: Rebels takes place five years before the original Star Wars, and 14 years after Revenge Of The Sith. Few Jedi escaped the Order 66 massacre in the latter movie, but Kanan Jarrus was a young Jedi at the time and has escaped detection by putting his Force abilities to use as a privateer. The Jedi Holocrons were first seen on TV in Rebels’ predecessor series, Star Wars: Clone Wars, but mentions of them in print media preceded their appearance in filmed media. Many of the show’s designs were based on unused or early Ralph McQuarrie designs for the original trilogy.

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Droids In Distress

Star Wars: RebelsWith their raids on Imperial cargo flights not going well and supplies running low, the Ghost crew is becoming demoralized. Ezra is doubly frustrated because the repeated attempts to intercept Imperial cargo have left no time for the Jedi training that Kanan promised him. Kanan opts for a straightforward bit of piracy, stealing an Imperial weapons shipment under cover, but when Zeb recognizes the stolen guns as the same kind of banned weapons that killed most of his people, the fight becomes personal. In the meantime, Chopper runs afoul of a pair of droids tagging along with an Imperial dignitary, butting metal heads with the newer-model blue astromech droid and his protocol droid counterpart. But C-3PO and R2-D2 are on a secret mission of their own, one which lands them in trouble again.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Greg Weisman
directed by Steward Lee
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), Steven Blum (Zeb / Amda Wabo / Stormtrooper Commander), David Oyelowo (Agent Kallus), Phil LaMarr (Bail Organa), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Keith Szarabajka (Vizago / Dispatcher / Imperial Officer), Kath Soucie (Minister Maketh Tua), Paul Reubens (RX-24)

RebelsNotes: Anthony Daniels continues his hat trick of having played C-3PO in nearly every audiovisual offshoot of the Star Wars universe, including the original films. Phil Lamarr reprises the role of Bail Organa, who he voiced in many Clone Wars episodes (as well as other characters such as Jedi Knight Kit Fisto). Paul Reubens originated the voice of RX-24 in Disneyland’s long-running Star Tours ride in 1987, which was also the source of the passenger vehicle piloted by RX-24 in this episode, marking the first on-screen validation of Star Tours.

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Fighter Flight

Star Wars: RebelsAs punishment for scuffling in the cargo bay and leaving it a mess, Zeb and Ezra are sent on a supply procurement mission that’s a bit more like a scavenger hunt. One of the items, an imported fruit, can only be stolen from Imperial supplies, a caper which becomes bigger than either bargained for when Zeb steals a TIE Fighter. Under stritct orders from Kanan to ditch the TIE Fighter and return to the Ghost on foot, Zeb and Ezra make a detour to help some oppressed locals, a task easier said than done unless Ezra can continue to strengthen his prowess in the Force.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Kevin Hopps
directed by Steven G. Lee
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), Steven Blum (Zeb / Stormtrooper Commander), David Shaughnessy (Vendor 1 / Imperial Transport Driver), Liam O’Brien (Yogar Lyste / Morad Sumar / Stormtrooper 1), Greg Ellis (Baron Valen Rudor)

Notes: The episode’s title is a play on the phrase “fight or flight”, referring to the psychological response to imminent danger. The Imperial prisoner transports are modeled closely Rebelsupon Kenner’s Imperial Troop Transport toy from 1979, a vintage vehicle which was actually loosely based upon a transport seen in the Rebel base in Star Wars. The only thing missing is the strangely blocky “blinder” devices for the prisoners.

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Rise Of The Old Masters

Star Wars: RebelsEzra’s Jedi training has finally begun, but Kanan, not exactly a Jedi Master himself, finds his student to be undisciplined and unfocused. When word reaches the Ghost that Jedi Master Luminara Unduli is still alive and being held captive by the Empire, Kanan sees an answer to his problems, and makes saving her the crew’s next mission. But even with Kanan utilizing the full measure of his Jedi training, the odds are against the Ghost’s crew, and they discover that a trap has been laid for them with a Jedi’s remains. The Grand Inquisitor, having followed Kanan’s prior exploits with interest, appears with his own lightsaber…and takes an interest in luring Ezra to the dark side.

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), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus / Stormtrooper 1), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Steven Blum (Zeb / Alton Kastle / Stormtrooper Commander), Brent Spiner (Gall Trayvis), Greg Weisman (Stormtrooper 3), Jason Isaacs (The Inquisitor)

Notes: The Inquisitor remarks that Kanan’s reliance on Form III lightsaber combat means he was an Rebelsapprentice of Jedi Master Depa Bilaba, a fact confirmed both by the Rebels prequel novel A New Dawn and future episodes of the series. Luminara Unduli’s death in Imperial captivity contradicts some earlier accounts of the Jedi Master’s death; those earlier reports of her death on Kashyyyk have been relegated to the “Legends” timeline, along with much of the Expanded Universe predating the Lucasfilm sale to Disney. Guest star Brent Spiner played Lt. Commander Data in every season and movie spinoff of Star Trek: The Next Generation; this is his first role in a Star Wars production.

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Breaking Ranks

Star Wars: RebelsEzra goes undercover as Cadet “Dev Morgan” at an Imperial Academy for young Stormtrooper trainees, where he impresses his superiors with his well-above-average reflexes and agility. His real mission is to intercept Imperial information on a shipment of Kyber crystals being delivered to the Emperor. But he also discovers he’s not the only cadet with no love for the Empire, and Ezra decides to make some very dangerous modifications to the mission plan to help his new fellow Rebels…only to come to the attention of the Inquisitor.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Greg Weisman
directed by Steven G. Lee
music by Kevin Kiner
based on original themes and music by John Williams

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus / Stormtrooper 1), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Steven Blum (Zeb / Walker Pilot), David Oyelowo (Agent Kallus), David Shaugnessy (Commandant Aresko / Taskmaster Grint), Liam O’Brien (Commander), Dante Basco (Jai Kell), Eric Lopez (Nazhros Oleg / Technician), Jason Isaacs (The Inquisitor), Bryton James (Zare Leonis)

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Out Of Darkness

Star Wars: RebelsNo sooner have Hera, Sabine and Ezra barely survived their latest mission, another mission beckons, all based on intelligence from a mysterious Rebel source known only as Fulcrum. Sabine, tired of the secrecy, tags along with Hera to find out who Fulcrum is and why their intelligence so often leads the Ghost‘s crew into danger. The payoff for Sabine’s curiosity? More danger, and this time from a source that can’t be reasoned with, as the two are surrounded by wild animals and stranded without fuel.

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

RebelsCast: Taylor Gray (Ezra Bridger), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus / Stormtrooper 1), Vanessa Marshall (Hera), Tiya Sircar (Sabine), Steven Blum (Zeb)

Notes: Despite the mention of the abandoned outpost as a strategic site in the Clone Wars, it had not appeared at any point during the Clone Wars animated series. For the first time, a clear chain of command is in evidence, with Kanan commanding the missions while Hera commands the Ghost. This is the first episode of Rebels to mention Fulcrum, whose identity is revealed in the season finale.

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Empire Day

Star Wars: RebelsIn the capitol of Lothal, Kanan and the rest of the Ghost crew prepare to spoil the Empire Day parade, celebrating the anniversary of the formation of the Empire from the ashes of the Republic. But Ezra is distant and distracted: Empire Day is his birthday, and the day he lost his family. When the fighting starts, Ezra joins his teammates to help, and he even stumbles upon a Rodian that both the Empire and the Rebels are looking for: his old family friend, Tseebo. Fitted with a cerebral implant as part of his job in the Empire’s information division, Tseebo can access troop and ship movements, blueprints for vehicles still on the drawing board, and other information vital to the Rebels. And when his implant is disconnected and he regains his personality, he claims to know what happened to Ezra’s parents…

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Henry Gilroy
directed by Steven G. Lee
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), Steven Blum (Zeb / Alton Kastle / Stormtrooper Commander), David Oyelowo (Agent Kallus), David Shaughnessy (Commandant Aresko/ Stormtrooper / Taskmaster Grint), Dee Bradley Baker (Ephraim Bridger / Old Jho), Brent Spiner (Gall Trayvis), David Acord (Lead TIE Fighter Pilot / Pilot #2), Kath Soucie (Minister Maketh Tua / Mira Bridger), Jason Isaacs (The Inquisitor), Peter MacNicol (Tseebo)

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Gathering Forces

Star Wars: RebelsThe Ghost beats a hasty retreat from Lothal, with the Inquisitor leading Imperial fighters to it. A tracking device is fired toward the Ghost, but instead attaches to its shuttlecraft, the Phantom. Realizing that both the tracker and their sensitivity to the Force are leading the Inquisitor to them, Kanan and Ezra depart in the Phantom to set a trap for their pursuers, a trap that will require Ezra to learn new skills with the Force. But when he finds himself trying to protect the fallen Kanan from the Inquisitor, Ezra takes a step toward the dark side.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Greg Weisman
directed by Steward Lee
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), Steven Blum (Zeb / Alton Kastle / Stormtrooper Commander), Dee Bradley Baker (Admiral Kassius Konstantine), Matthew Wood (Stormtrooper Squad Leader), Jason Isaacs (The Inquisitor), Peter MacNicol (Tseebo)

Notes: The abandoned Clone-War-era asteroid base, and its current population of carnivores, was first visited by Hera and Sabine in Out Of Darkness. Fulcrum is again heard but not seen, and Hera again refuses to introduce other members of the crew to Fulcrum. The fate of Ezra’s parents is revealed in the second season episode Legacy.

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Path Of The Jedi

Star Wars: RebelsConcerned about Ezra’s fleeting taste of the power of the dark side of the Force during a battle with the Inquisitor, Kanan takes the boy to a hidden Jedi temple buried on Lothal. Kanan doesn’t give Ezra much of a hint of what to expect, and the Jedi-in-training is subjected to a rapid-fire series of terrifying visions, including the death of all of his friends at the hands of the Inquisitor. Only when Ezra realizes that this would simply leave him alone again – a state with which he is well acquainted – does he shed his fear and begin to walk down the path of the Jedi, with the voice of a long-lost Jedi Master as his guide.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Charles Murray
directed by Dave Filoni
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), Steven Blum (Zeb), Jason Isaacs (The Inquisitor), Frank Oz (Yoda)

Notes: This is the first “appearance” of Yoda – who communicates by voice only through the Force to both Kanan and Ezra – in Rebels. A vision of the exiled Jedi Master was originally part of the story, but the role was reduced to a voice-over to avoid making viewers think that Yoda had left Dagobah. Yoda is instead represented by floating lights similar to those that he witnessed himself in the Clone Wars episode Voices.

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Idiot’s Array

Star Wars: RebelsThe Ghost crew is down on its luck on Lothal, unable to find any paying work. Worse yet, in his own attempt to come up with some money, Zeb takes on a stranger in a game of sabacc…and loses, because his opponent is smuggler and swindler Lando Calrissian. Zeb has bet Chopper away, but Lando is willing to haggle: he needs a ship and a crew to pull off a swindle that he promises will make them all wealthier. But what he hasn’t revealed is that this swindle involves presenting Hera as a slave to Lando’s next victim. The Ghost‘s crew finds itself hanging on for dear life as Lando goes on the run from a crime lord and the Empire…using their ship.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Kevin Hopps
directed by Steward Lee
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), Steven Blum (Zeb / Scanning Technician), Dee Bradley Baker (Admiral Kassius Konstantine / Old Jho / TIE Pilot #2), James Hong (Azmorigan), Billy Dee Williams (Lando Calrissian), Ben Diskin (TIE Pilot #1)

Notes: Billy Dee Williams reprises the (voice) role of Lando yet again, having done so for everything from the Dark Empire audio dramas to Robot Chicken to the Lego Star Wars animated stories. He would later repay the Ghost crew with a favor in The Siege Of Lothal.

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Vision Of Hope

Star Wars: RebelsEzra experiences a powerful premonition while honing his Jedi skills between missions, a vision in which he sees Rebel sympathizer Senator Gall Trayvis on the run alongside the crew of the Ghost. Kanan warns Ezra that this Force vision lacks context, but when Trayvis’ next pirate broadcast makes it clear that he is coming to Lothal, Ezra has to know more. Contacting one of his fellow students from the Stormtrooper cadet academy, Ezra learns that a major Imperial operation is planned at the time of Trayvis’ arrival, and convinces Hera and the others to put everything on the line to save the man they know as the voice of the Rebellion. But when Trayvis finds himself in as much danger as his rescuers, will he stick to his ideals?

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Henry Gilroy
directed by Steven G. Lee
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), Steven Blum (Zeb / Alton Kastle / Stormtrooper Commander), David Oyelowo (Agent Kallus), Brent Spiner (Gall Trayvis), Kath Soucie (Minister Maketh Tua), David Acord (Protocol Droid #2), Matthew Wood (Stormtrooper), Bryton James (Zare Leonis)

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Call To Action

Star Wars: RebelsWith Gall Trayvis revealed as an Imperial collaborator, Kanan decides to borrow a strategy from the playbook of Ezra’s parents, and launch a Rebel pirate broadcast to inform everyone on Lothal and in nearby systems of the truth of Imperial rule. But rather than constructing a crude transmitter in a building, Kanan wants to hijack the Empire’s own communications array – the biggest transmitter on the planet. His move, however, is anticipated by the latest Imperial arrival to Lothal: Grand Moff Tarkin, governor of the outer rim worlds. With a ruthless attitude toward those who have repeatedly failed to capture Kanan and his crew, and cold, calculated strategic thinking, Tarkin allows Kanan to take the transmitter – and then destroys it himself, capturing Kanan in the process.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Greg Weisman and Simon Kinberg
directed by Steward Lee
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), Steven Blum (Zeb / Alton Kastle / Stormtrooper #1), David Oyelowo (Agent Kallus), David Shaughnessy (Commandant Aresko / Taskmaster Grint), Brent Spiner (Gall Trayvis), Stephen Stanton (Grand Moff Tarkin), Kath Soucie (Minister Maketh Tua), Jason Isaacs (The Inquisitor)

Notes: This episode is effectively the beginning of a three-part season finale, and introduces Tarkin to the Rebels storyline. It also sees the exit of incompetent Imperial officers Aresko and Grint, beheaded (offscreen) by the Inquisitor in one of the darkest plot developments of the series to date.

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Rebel Resolve

Star Wars: RebelsEzra and the others are nearly obsessed with trying to locate Kanan, even to the point of taking on riskier offensives against the Empire than usual. But Hera receives a message from the mysterious Rebel leader Fulcrum: the search for Kanan is too risky, and has to stop. Undaunted by this, and unimpressed with Fulcrum, Ezra, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper launch their own rescue mission anyway. Kanan, in Imperial custody, refuses to talk even under the Inquisitor’s torture, so Governor Tarkin sets a course for a planet that has spelled the end of Jedi in the past: Mustafar.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Charles Murray and Henry Gilroy
directed by Justin Ridge
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), Steven Blum (Zeb / Stormtrooper Commander / Shuttle Trooper #1), David Oyelowo (Agent Kallus), Keith Szarabajka (Cikatro Vizago / Shuttle Trooper #2), Stephen Stanton (Grand Moff Tarkin / Imperial Cruiser Officer / Stormtrooper #1), Liam O’Brien (Yogar Lyste / Imperial Technician / Shuttle Pilot), Jason Isaacs (The Inquisitor)

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Fire Across The Galaxy

Star Wars: RebelsTarkin is transporting Kanan to the planet Mustafar in a fleet of Star Destroyers, with the Inquisitor continuing to torture the Jedi along the way. With a stolen Imperial transport (and a TIE Fighter that Zeb and Ezra didn’t crash after all), the crew of the Ghost sets out on their riskiest mission yet, one which hinges entirely on Ezra’s ability to sense Kanan with the Force. The Rebels fight their way aboard Tarkin’s Star Destroyer, but Ezra must set out alone to find Ezra – and fight the Inquisitor alongside his fellow Jedi. Against two Jedi, even with limited training, the Inquisitor is outmatched, but promises that something even more powerful will follow in his footsteps. An entire Rebel fleet blasts out of hyperspace to rescue Kanan and his crew from Mustafar, and once back aboard the Ghost, he and the others meet Fulcrum in person: a Jedi survivor of the Clone Wars named Ahsoka Tano. But unknown to Ahsoka, the man she once knew as her Jedi mentor has been summoned to quash the rising rebellion on Lothal…

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Simon Kinberg
directed by Dave Filoni
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), Steven Blum (Zeb / Stormtrooper #1 / Stormtrooper #3 / Imperial Crewman)), David Oyelowo (Agent Kallus), Phil LaMarr (Bail Organa / Bridge Official / Official), Dee Bradley Baker (Ephraim Bridger), Ashley Eckstein (Fulcrum / Ahsoka Tano), Stephen Stanton (Grand Moff Tarkin / Stormtrooper #2), Kath Soucie (Mira Bridger), Peter MacNicol (Tseebo), Jason Isaacs (The Inquisitor)

RebelsNotes: Where previous episodes made vague references to the Clone Wars, this story reveals that Rebels is part of the same timeline as the much-loved (but recently concluded) Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. (The then-recent acquisition of Lucasfilm and the Star Wars properties by Disney had left some doubt about whether the pre-Disney Clone Wars series was still “official”.) Ashley Eckstein returns to the role of Ahsoka, who would become a regular fixture of Rebels in its second season.

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