Heroes Of Mandalore – Part 1

Star Wars: RebelsKanan, Chopper and Ezra return with Sabine to Mandalore to fight the Imperial occupation of that planet, only to find that they’ve walked into a trap designed to deliver Sabine into the hands of the Saxon family. With the help of Mandalorians and Jedi alike, Sabine escapes the trap, only the discover that her father is being moved to another facility for public execution. Sabine and her ragtag group of followers, now including Mandalorians from House Kryze, intercept the convoy transporting her father. A fierce fight ensues, but he is rescued – just before a sound very familiar to Sabine heralds a new tragedy about to strike.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Henry Gilroy & Steven Melching
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 / Stormtrooper #2), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb / Stormtrooper #3 / Stormtrooper #4), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Alrich Wren), Katee Sackhoff (Bo-Katan Kryze), Andrew Kishino (Captain Hark / Stormtrooper #1 / Imperial Transport Driver #1), Kevin McKidd (Fenn Rau), Dave Filoni (Imperial Mandalorian Commander), Ritesh Rajan (Imperial Transport Driver #2 / Tristan Wren), Matthew Wood (Stormtrooper #5), Tobias Menzies (Tiber Saxon), Sharmila Devar (Ursa Wren)

RebelsNotes: Genre royalty peppers the cast of the two-part season opener, includuing Katee Sackhoff (Starbuck from the reimagined 21st century version of Battlestar Galactica) and Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, whose credits both in and out of the science fiction genre are almost too numerous to list here, including a regular role on the short-lived ’90s space opera Space Rangers, guest appearances on Star Trek: The Next Generation, Alien Nation, Babylon 5, Stargate SG-1, and many others.

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Heroes Of Mandalore – Part 2

Star Wars: RebelsSabine’s family narrowly escapes the fate that befalls many Mandalorian warriors on the field of battle, their deaths caused by a weapon that Sabine designed before leaving Mandalore. The Empire has taken control of the weapon, which renders Mandalorian armor brittle to the point of uselessness, but the leader of House Saxon receives orders from Thrawn to take Sabine alive to further refine her creation. Sabine, however, has no intention of being taken prisoner either dead or alive…but she has to risk it to join a Mandalorian task force on a mission to destroy the weapon before it can be used again.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Christopher Yost
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 / Lead Viszla Warrior / TIE Fighter Pilot), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa (Alrich Wren), Katee Sackhoff (Bo-Katan Kryze), Andrew Kishino (Captain Hark / Lead Kryze Warrior), Kevin McKidd (Fenn Rau), Lars Mikkelsen (Grand Admiral Thrawn), Dave Fennoy (Kryze Pilot / Lead Eldar Warrior / Stormtrooper), Bonnie Wild (Lead Rook Warrior), Dave Filoni (Lead Wren Warrior), Tobias Menzies (Tiber Saxon), Ritesh Rajan (Tristan Wren), Sharmila Devar (Ursa Wren)

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In The Name Of The Rebellion – Part 1

Star Wars: RebelsKanan, Sabine, Ezra and Chopper, fresh from Mandalore, return to the center of Rebel operations on the fourth moon of Yavin…just in time to see Hera, Wedge and other Y-Wing pilots make a barely-survivable emergency landing after a vital mission collapsed due to bad intel. With the Ghost crew reunited, Mon Mothma gives them new orders to modify an Imperial relay station, allowing the Rebellion to listen in. On the eve of the mission, Saw Gerrera transmits a hologram to Mon Mothma, challenging her authority in public: like it or not, war with the Empire is coming…and playing by the rules of engagement will get the Rebellion nowhere. When the relay station mission goes awry, and Saw intervenes, Ezra and Sabine suddenly have a new mission.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Gary Whitta
directed by Sergio Paez
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 / Rebel Officer), Phil LaMarr (Bail Organa / Stormtrooper), Derek Partridge (Commander Brom Titus), David Acord (Edrio Two Tubes), Michael Bell (General Dodonna), Dee Bradley Baker (Imperial Bridge Officer / Rex), David Oyelowo (Kallus), Genevienve O’Reilly (Mon Mothma), Forest Whitaker (Saw Gerrera), Nathan Kress (Wedge Antilles)

RebelsNotes: Edrio Two Tubes, introduced in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story (taking place several years after this episode), gets his chronological introduction here, as does the U-Wing fighter first seen in that movie.

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In The Name Of The Rebellion – Part 2

Star Wars: RebelsObsessed with his suspicion that the Empire is trying to prepare a superweapon capable of wiping out all resistance, Saw Gerrera enlists the help of Ezra, Sabine and Chopper to infiltrate what he believes to be an Imperial freighter, though it looks like a civilian cargo ship. Once inside, the rebels discover a cargo container full of prisoners, all of whom are experts in building reactors, but that’s not the main cargo. An enormous Kyber crystal is being kept barely stable in the cargo hold, guarded by a squadron of Death Troopers. Saw decides this is proof he was right all along, and risks everyone’s lives to deny the Empire its prize.

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), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus / Death Trooper #2 / Stormtrooper #2), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb / Stormtrooper #1 / Stormtrooper #5), Andre Sogliuzzo (Captain Slavin / Stormtrooper #3 / Stormtrooper #6), Jennifer Hale (Commander DT-F16 / Prisoner #2), Stephen Stanton (Death Trooper #1 / Imperial Officer #1 / Stormtrooper #4), David Acord (Edrio Two Tubes), David Shaughnessy (Imperial Captain / Imperial Officer #2 / Mich Matt), Dave Filoni (Prisoner #1), Forest Whitaker (Saw Gerrera)

RebelsNotes: More Rogue One elements make their first animated appearances here, including Death Troopers and a mention (but not a sighting) of Director Orson Krennic, the Imperial officer in charge of construction the Death Star, whose superlaser is indeed powered by enormous Kyber crystals in Star Wars lore, and the Kyber crystal is being transported to the Empire from Jedha (a planet which will become the Death Star’s first target in Rogue One). The lateral shock wave of the crystal’s explosin would appear to be a visual reference to a much-derided effect first seen upon the Death Star’s demise in the 1997 “Special Edition” theatrical re-release of Star Wars. Kyber crystals, now frequently mentioned in Star Wars media, originated as a rejected plot element of the first film, only to resurface in the first non-film Star Wars novel, Splinter Of The Mind’s Eye (1978), as the “Kaiburr Crystal”.

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The Occupation

Star Wars: RebelsAfter a distress call from Ryder on Lothal is cut short, Mon Mothma assigns Ezra to return to his home planet to gather intelligence on the strength of Imperial forces there. Hera and the rest of the Ghost crew offer backup, but Mon Mothma warns that she can spare no other resources to help if the mission goes bad. When they arrive, Ezra sees for himself that Lothal and its people have been strip-mined and enslaved by the Empire. He decides that the time has come to remain on Lothal to fight to free his home…but the overwhelming presence of the Empire makes that a dangerously easy promise to keep.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Christopher Yost
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 / Alton Kastle / DT-L21), Jonny Rees (Baron Valen Rudor / Imperial Commander), Keith Szarabajka (Cikatro Vizago), Josh Brener (ERskin Semaj / Imperial Tech), Dante Basco (Jai Kell), David Oyelowo (Kallus), Genevieve O’Reilly (Mon Mothma), Dee Bradley Baker (Rex / Stormtrooper #2 / Stormtrooper #3), Clancy Brown (Ryder Azadi), Dave Filoni (Stormtrooper #1 / Stormtrooper #4)

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Flight Of The Defender

Star Wars: RebelsEzra, Zeb, Sabine, Ryder, and some overly friendly Loth-cats stake out the Imperial airstrip that the improved prototype TIE Defender calls home. Their mission: to gather as much data from the vehicle itself as they can. The problem: Grand Admiral Thrawn has just arrived. The potentially even bigger problem: running out of time and options, Sabine decides that if there isn’t time to download all the engineering and flight data, she’ll just steal the ship. But when they crash the Defender, Sabine and Ezra have a long trek back to the others with what they’ve learned…and a most unusual ally.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Dave Filoni & 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 / Stormtrooper Guard #1), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Governor Pryce), Lars Mikkelsen (Grand Admiral Thrawn), Clancy Brown (Ryder Azadi), Dave Filoni (Stormtrooper Guard #2), Mario Vernazza (Vult Skerris) and White Loth-wolf (himself)

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Kindred

Star Wars: RebelsEzra and Zeb are trying to retrieve the hyperdrive stolen from the crashed TIE Defender when they run afoul of Grand Admiral Thrawn’s personal assassin, Rukh. Operating independently of the Imperial search parties, Rukh finds the Rebels quickly and tracks them back to their hideout. Ezra again spots a pack of Loth-wolves, which saved his life before, but now he has to talk the far more skeptical Kanan and Zeb into putting their lives in the wolves’ hands.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Dave Filoni & Henry Gilroy
directed by Sergio Paez
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 / TIE Pilot), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Imperial Officer / Stormtrooper), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Governor Pryce), Lars Mikkelsen (Grand Admiral Thrawn), Dante Basco (Jai Kell), Warwick Davis (Rukh), Clancy Brown (Ryder Azadi), Dave Filoni (Scout Trooper), and White Loth-wolf (himself)

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Crawler Commandeers

Star Wars: RebelsFrom their new base of operations on Lothal’s southern hemisphere, Ezra, Kanan and the others spot one of the surface-smelting strip-mining crawlers that have laid waste to much of the planet’s natural surface. The Empire hires these vehicles and their minimal crews from the Mining Guild, and Ezra sees an opportunity to seize control of it. The crawler’s captain, however, isn’t going to let these “pirates” take his ship from him easily. Kanan discovers that the Rebels’ sometimes-ally Cikatro Vizago is among the slave laborers toiling in the bowels of the crawler, possibly giving him an edge in recruiting the rest of the slaves aboard. When the crawler’s captive captain summons the Empire to help, the not-even-remotely-combat-ready crawler may suddenly become the Rebels’ biggest liability.

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 / TIE Pilot), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Stormtrooper Commander), Phil LaMarr (Bail Organa), Seth Green (Captain Seevor), Keith Szarabajka (Cikatro Vizago / Mining Guild HQ), Michael Bell (General Dodonna / Slave #1), Genevieve O’Reilly (Mon Mothma), Clancy Brown (Ryder Azadi / Slave Master), Dave Filoni (Slave #2)

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Rebel Assault

Star Wars: RebelsMon Mothma finally commits an attack force to destroy the TIE Defender factory on Lothal, in an effort to prevent the Empire’s new fighter from making it into mass production. Hera leads Phoenix Squadron into battle while Ezra, Kanan, Sabine, Zeb and Ryder begin destroying Imperial ground defenses on the surface. When Hera’s squadron is forced down onto Lothal, Grand Admiral Thrawn dispatches Rukh to hunt down the survivors. Kanan decides he alone has to go back to save her…but he may already be too late.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Dave Filoni & Steven Melching
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 / Phoenix Five “Duke”), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Commander Woldar / Stormtrooper #1), Anna Graves (Citizen / Phoenix Four “Cleat”), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Governor Pryce), Lars Mikkelsen (Grand Admiral Thrawn), Zachary Gordon (Imperial Technician #1 / Mart Mattin), Dave Filoni (Imperial Technician #2), Warwick Davis (Rukh), Clancy Brown (Ryder Azadi), Stephen Stanton (Stormtrooper Commander / Stormtrooper #2 / Transport Driver), Mario Vernazza (Vult Skerris)

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Jedi Night

Star Wars: RebelsAs Hera is questioned and tortured in Lothal’s capitol, Kanan confesses to Ezra that his feelings for Hera may be clouding his judgement, and he asks Ezra to take the lead on Hera’s rescue. Just as Ezra and Sabine prepare to leave on undetectable gliders disguised as Loth-bats, Kanan has a change of heart and joins the rescue mission. As Sabine and Ezra, disguised as Imperial pilots, work to hijack an escape vehicle, Kanan rescues Hera, who is moved to admit her feelings for him are mutual. The reunion is brief: Kanan wants to target the Imperial fuel depot on their way back to base, and Governor McGlynn wants to be rid of the Rebels on Lothal once and for all.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Dave Filoni & 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), Vanessa Marshall (Hera Syndulla), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Stormtrooper #1 / Stormtrooper Commander), Dave Filoni (AT-AT Driver / Stormtrooper #2), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Governor Pryce), Stephen Stanton (Grand Moff Tarkin / TIE Pilot / Stormtrooper #3), Lars Mikkelsen (Grand Admiral Thrawn), Warwick Davis (Rukh)

Notes: Tarkin informs Thrawn that the TIE Defender program is now competing for Imperial funding with Director Krennic’s “Stardust” project (the code name given to the Death Star in Rogue One). The end credits play over silence rather than the customary theme music.

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