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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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)

Notes: 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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DUME

Star Wars: RebelsThe rebel cell on Lothal is demoralized in the wake of Kanan’s death. Hera retreates into grief, Sabine and Zeb set out for Imperial blood without a plan, and Ezra finds that the Loth-Wolves no longer harbor friendly feelings for him, and runs for his life. Though Governor Pryce declares victory and even arranges for a parade to celebrate the death of Kanan Jarrus, Grand Admiral Thrawn knows that this is a cover for her failures: the fuel refinery explosion severely damaged the TIE defender factory, forcing it to shut down. Expecting the rebels to mount a reckless attack in blind fury, Thrawn dispatches Rukh to finish them off. Lost in the wilderness, Ezra is cornered by the Loth-Wolves, one of whom now talks…and introduces itself as Dume, the same name that Kanan himself went by as a Jedi padawan.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Dave Filoni & Christopher Yost
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), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Alton Kastle / Biker Scout #1), Sam Witwer (Biker Scout #2 / Imperial Officer #1 / Imperial Technician), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Governor Pryce), Lars Mikkelsen (Grand Admiral Thrawn), Dave Filoni (Imperial Officer #2), Dante Basco (Jai Kell), Warwick Davis (Rukh), Clancy Brown (Ryder Azadi)

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Wolves And A Door

Star Wars: RebelsThanks to his Force connection to the Loth-Wolves, Ezra makes the others aware that the abandoned Jedi Temple on Lothal is now occupied by Imperial forces who are close to cracking its secrets. Hera approves a mission to keep that from happening, but is surprised when the Loth-Wolves themselves provide passage to the temple, which is far north of the rebel base camp. Sabine and Ezra disguise themselves as Biker Scouts and enter the Imperial operation, finding that it is being led by an unknown man who reports directly to the Emperor himself. The Loth-Wolves are defending their own secret of travel across Lothal by means of the Force, and need Ezra to learn and protect that secret as well…even if it means leaving Sabine in the hands of the Empire.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Dave Filoni
directed by Dave Filoni & 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 / Imperial Scout #1), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Stormtrooper #2 / Thrawn Trooper #2), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Adrienne Wilkinson (Daughter), Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine), Lars Mikkelsen (Grand Admiral Thrawn), Matthew Wood (Imperial Comm / Stormtrooper #1 / Thrawn Trooper #1), Dave Filoni (Imperial Scout #2 / Mining Guild Worker), Jason Isaacs (The Inquisitor), Freddie Prinze Jr. (Kanan Jarrus), Malcolm McDowell (Minister Hydan)

Notes: Strong with the Dark Side, this episode of Rebels is a wretched hive of scum and villainy from numerous other SF shows and movies, whether it’s Jason Isaacs (Lucius Malfoy from the Harry Potter movies, who had just finished his stint as the suspicious Captain Lorca on Star Trek: Discovery mere weeks before this episode’s premiere ), Malcolm McDowell (of A Clockwork Orange fame, and still infamous as “the man who killed Captain Kirk” in 1994’s Star Trek: Generations), or Emperor Palpatine himself, Ian McDiarmid, making his first Rebels appearance. Ashley Eckstein appears as Ahsoka for the first time since the season 2 finale, with Adrienne Wilkinson (Eve from Xena: Warrior Princess) appearing as the voice of one of the figures in the painting from the walls of the ancient Jedi temple.

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A Fool’s Hope

Star Wars: RebelsGovernor Pryce receives a call from deposed Governor Ryder Azadi, apparently ready to sell out the rebel cell on Lothal. Hoping that the capture of Ezra Bridger and the others will provide enough of a victory to avoid her impending execution by Thrawn, Pryce commits a significant Imperial force to taking the rebel base, only to be routed by the Ghost, returning to Lothal with Hera, Kallus, Ketsu, Hondo, and a complement of battle-hardened ex-clone troopers. But perhaps even more critical to the rebels’ victory is Ezra’s growing connection with the Force and the Loth-wolves. At the end of the day, the rebels have not only survived, but have taken the Governor of Lothal as their prisoner.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Henry Gilroy & Steven Melching
directed by Dave Filoni & 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), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Imperial Captain / Rebel Officer), Keith Szarabajka (Cikatro Vizago / Imperial Officer #1), Dee Bradley Baker (Rex / Clone Troopers / Melch), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Governor Pryce), Jim Cummings (Hondo Ohnaka / Imperial Officer #2), David Oyelowo (Kallus), Gina Torres (Ketsu Onyo), Warwick Davis (Rukh), Clancy Brown (Ryder Azadi)

Notes: Hera’s maneuver – flipping the Ghost over to knock an Imperial transport out of the sky – anticipates a nearly-identical maneuver that a young Han Solo would use to eliminate a TIE Fighter chasing the Millennium Falcon (back when it was Lando’s ship) during the escape from Kessel in Solo (2018). Not so much a self-contained story as a half-hour all-star fight scene, A Fool’s Hope sets the stage for the series finale.

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Family Reunion – And Farewell

Star Wars: RebelsWith Governor Pryce captured by the Rebels, Ezra’s plan to rid Lothal of any Imperial presence permanently is now in motion: the Rebels will, using the captured Imperial transports, infiltrate the Empire’s base on Lothal, where Pryce will – at the point of a blaster – recall all Imperial forces to the base for an evacuation. When Grand Admiral Thrawn returns to Lothal ahead of schedule and begins bombarding the planet’s civilian population from orbit in response, Ezra relents and hands himself over to Thrawn, over the protests of Hera and the others. Thrawn has orders to deliver Ezra to the Emperor, but even before then, Palpatine communicates with Ezra via hologram, offering to return his parents to him, alive and well, in exchange for revealing the secret of the gateway into time and space that was accessible from the ruins of Lothal’s Jedi temple. Ezra refuses, aware that his friends have already set his backup plan into motion, buying time for some old allies to attack the Imperial fleet hovering over Lothal. But will the price of thwarting the Emperor’s plans be the loss of another of the last few remaining Jedi?

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Dave Filoni, Henry Gilroy, Kiri Hart, Simon Kinberg & Steven Melching
directed by Dave Filoni, Bosco Ng and 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 Orrelios / Imperial Officer / Imperial Tech / Stormtrooper #1), Dave Filoni (Chopper / Imperial Pilot / Stormtrooper #2), Keith Szarabajka (Cikatro Vizago / Imperial Officer), Dee Bradley Baker (Captain Rex / Clone Troopers / Ephraim Bridger / Melch), Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Governor Pryce), Lars Mikkelsen (Grand Admiral Thrawn), Jim Cummings (Hondo Ohnaka / Pellaeon / Imperial Commander / Stormtrooper #3), Matthew Wood (Imperial Technician #1), David Acord (Imperial Technician #2), David Oyelowo (Kallus), Gina Torres (Ketsu Onyo), Zachary Gordon (Mart Mattin), Kath Soucie (Mira Bridger), Warwick Davis (Rukh), RebelsClancy Brown (Ryder Azadi)

Notes: The episode-ending coda reveals that Hera and Captain Rex fought in the battle of Endor, and Rogue One had already revealed the Ghost‘s presence at both Yavin IV and the battle of Scarif. Some time after the liberation of Lothal, Hera has a son, Jacen Syndulla, and Sabine’s narration in the coda indicates that Jacen’s father was Kanan. Ezra’s fate is left unresolved, with the tantalizing hint that Sabine and Ahsoka Tano begin a quest to find him after the fall of the Empire, perhaps to be chronicled elsewhere.

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The Recruit

Star Wars: ResistanceKaz Xiono, a young pilot for the New Republic Navy (and the son of a senator), is trying to return valuable intelligence to the Republic when his X-Wing squadron is ambushed by a crimson TIE fighter. Kaz ensures that the rest of his group escape, but finds himself outgunned when trying to take on the First Order fighter alone until another X-Wing joins the battle. That fighter, piloted by Poe Dameron, not only saves Kaz’s life but escorts him aboard a cruiser belonging to the Resistance. Considered extremists by many members of the New Republic, the Resistance is recruiting for a fight against the First Order, a remnant of the Galactic Empire that many (including Kaz’s father) refuse to believe is a credible threat. Poe thinks Kaz has what it takes to join the Resistance, and brings him to the ocean planet Castilon to install him as a Resistance spy. Poe tells Kaz to lie low and blend in…and is horrified when, within a day, Kaz’s boast of being the best pilot in the galaxy is taken out of context. Now Kaz is expected to prove his claim in a life-or-death race…and neither Poe nor his local allies at the rough-and-tumble Colossus station can intervene without blowing their new recruit’s cover.

Download this episode via Amazonteleplay by Brandon Auman
story by Dave Filoni
directed by Steward Lee and Saul Ruiz
music by Michael Tavera
based on original themes and music by John Williams

Star Wars: ResistanceCast: Christopher Sean (Kazuda Xiono), Josh Brener (Neeku Vozo), Scott Lawrence (Jarek Yeager), Suzie McGrath (Tam Ryvora), Anthony Daniels (C-3PO), Bobby Moynihan (Orka / Yani), Cherami Leigh (Mia Gabon), Dee Bradley Baker (First Order Comm Officer / Glem / Grevel), Fred Tatasciore (Bolza Grool / Hapless Pilot / Orthog), Greg Proops (Jak Sivrak), Jim Rash (Flix), Jonathan Lipow (Glitch), Lex Lang (Major Vonreg), Myrna Velasco (Torra Doza), Sam Witwer (Hugh Sion), Tovah Dekshuh (Aunt Z / Random Human), Tzi Ma (Hamato Xiono), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron)

Notes: Set prior to Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Star Wars: Resistance is a marked departure in animation style from the Lucasfilm animated series that preceded it, Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels. Series creator Dave Filoni wanted the animation style to more closely resemble anime, and drew from his father’s World War II experiences in setting up a scenario in which an obviously imminent threat is ignored by the populace at large.

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The Triple Dark

Star Wars: ResistanceIn order to earn something resembling a living while waiting for any news of the First Order, Kaz has to work in Jarek Yeager’s repair shop, fixing speeders and spacecraft, but two things get in the way – he’s more excited by the prospect of spying, and knows next to nothing about repairing a ship. When Kaz thinks he overhears something worth spying on, he discovers that it’s not the First Order, but the station’s criminal underworld – and he quickly makes himself their next target.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Kevin Burke & Chris “Doc” Wyatt
directed by Sergio Paez
music by Michael Tavera
based on original themes and music by John Williams

Star Wars: ResistanceCast: Christopher Sean (Kazuda Xiono), Josh Brener (Neeku Vozo), Scott Lawrence (Jarek Yeager), Suzie McGrath (Tam Ryvora), Bobby Moynihan (Orka), Dee Bradley Baker (Egdir / Glem / Grevel / Skreek), Fred Tatasciore (Bolza Grool / Narb / Random Pirate), Gary Anthony Williams (Kragan Gorr), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Jim Rash (Flix), Jonathan Lipow (Hallion / Nod / PA Voice / Tooms), Lex Lang (Major Vonreg), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (Freya Fenris), Myrna Velasco (Torra Doza), Nanzeen Contractor (Synara San)

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Fuel For The Fire

Star Wars: ResistanceKaz finds it difficult to concentrate on work when there are races to watch from the open launch deck at Yeager’s shop, so he takes the engine he’s trying to repair out to the edge of the deck…and then watches helplessly as it suddenly starts and then dumps itself into the ocean. While on a break, Kaz runs into a young hotshot racing crew that seems to have its act together slightly better than his own, and he’s eager to make new friends. But his new “friends” are eager to use Kaz to get to Yeager’s stockpile of parts and fuel…and Kaz isn’t aware of Yeager’s own past as a racer, or the fact that he has fuel that’s far too dangerous for recreational racing.

Star Wars: ResistanceDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Eugene Son
directed by Bosco Ng
music by Michael Tavera
based on original themes and music by John Williams

Cast: Christopher Sean (Kazuda Xiono), Josh Brener (Neeku Vozo), Scott Lawrence (Jarek Yeager), Suzie McGrath (Tam Ryvora), Elijah Wood (Jace Rucklin), Eric Bauza (Gorrak Wiles), Greg Proops (Garma / Jak Sivrak), Rachael MacFarlane (Lin Gaava), Tovah Feldshuh (Aunt Z)

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The High Tower

Star Wars: ResistanceFuel and power rationing plunge the entire station into darkness. Unable to get any work done, Kaz joins Tam and Neeku at Aunt Z’s bar, where Aunt Z openly speculates that Captain Doza has intentionally cut power so no one will see a delegation from the First Order arriving by night. Kaz is even more impressed when flying ace Hype Fazon walks into Aunt Z’s, especially since the station’s flying aces have their own luxurious lounge in the central tower which is also home to Captain Doza’s office. Ingratiating himself with Fazon – against Tam’s warnings – Kaz gets an invitation to the aces’ lounge, where he sees First Order stormtroopers and Major Vonreg paying Doza a visit, and eavesdrops on Vonreg threatening to withhold further fuel drops unless Doza allows a permanent First Order garrison on the station. Though this is finally the spying he’s been so excited about doing, Kaz is clumsy when trying to get back to BB-8 with this information, and is suddenly the target of a First Order manhunt.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Stephany Folsom
directed by Steward Lee
music by Michael Tavera
based on original themes and music by John Williams

Star Wars: ResistanceCast: Christopher Sean (Kazuda Xiono), Josh Brener (Neeku Vozo), Scott Lawrence (Jarek Yeager), Suzie McGrath (Tam Ryvora), Dee Bradley Baker (Security Guard / Ugnaught Vendor), Donald Faison (Hype Fazon), Jason Hightower (Captain Doza), Jonathan Lipow (Glitch / Al / Stormtrooper #2 / Fuel Tanker Captain), Lex Lang (Major Vonreg / Stormtrooper #1), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (4D-M1N / Freya Fenris / Jooks), Matthew Wood (Security Droid #1 / Security Droid #2), Myrna Velasco (Torra Doza), Tovah Feldshuh (Aunt Z)

Notes: Captain Doza’s administrative droid is 4D-M1N – “l33t” speak for “admin”.

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The Children Of Tehar

Star Wars: ResistanceKaz is broke, which is bad not just because he can’t buy his own drinks at Aunt Z’s, but because he can’t afford to repair Tam’s compensator, which he accidentally broke during installation. He overhears of a bounty offered for finding two missing children from Tehar and sets about trying to look for them on the platform, though he hasn’t thought far enough ahead to ask himself why the First Order would offer a reward for two lost children. He bumps into them more by chance than by skill, and discovers that they’re runaways who don’t want to return to Tehar. They just escaped that planet after witnessing the actions of a high-ranking member of the First Order who calls himself Kylo Ren. When the First Order arrives in force to search for the children, Kaz and Neeku risk everything to find them a safe hiding place.

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Paul Giacoppo
directed by Saul Ruiz
music by Michael Tavera
based on original themes and music by John Williams

Star Wars: ResistanceCast: Christopher Sean (Kazuda Xiono), Josh Brener (Neeku Vozo), Scott Lawrence (Jarek Yeager), Suzie McGrath (Tam Ryvora), Dee Bradley Baker (Security Guard / Ugnaught Vendor), Donald Faison (Hype Fazon), Antony Del Rio (Kel), Bobby Moynihan (Yani), Dee Bradley Baker (Security Guard / Stormtrooper #2 / Ugnaught Vendor), Frank Welker (Chelidae), Greg Proops (Garma), Gwendoline Christie (Captain Phasma), Jason Hightower (Captain Doza), Lex Lang (Stormtrooper #1), Liam McIntyre (Commander Pyre), Mary Elizabeth McGlynn (4D-M1N), Matthew Wood (Ello Asty), Nikki SooHoo (Eila), Tovah Feldshuh (Aunt Z)

Notes: Ello Asty is not only one of Poe’s fellow X-Wing pilots as seen in The Force Awakens and The Last Jedi, but he’s named after the Beastie Boys single “Hello Nasty”.

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Signal From Sector Six

Star Wars: ResistanceYeager wakes Kaz up painfully early, supposedly for a salvage mission (though Tam notes that there isn’t a salvage mission on the itinerary). But the real mission is very different: an upper-atmosphere rendezvous with Poe Dameron, who has brought a second X-Wing for Kaz to fly. En route to a nearby asteroid field, they discuss the intelligence Kaz has gathered on the Colossus station until they receive a distress call from a ship inside the field. They discover a cargo freighter that has recently been raided by pirates, with one pirate ship still docked; neither ship is in very good shape. Once aboard, Poe and Kaz discover that there was some kind of live cargo, and it has broken out…and begun eating pirates and crew indiscriminately. They find a survivor who has hidden inside a cargo container and race to get her off the ship and back to the Colossus before they become the next meal. But who is Synara San?

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Brandon Auman
directed by Sergio Paez
music by Michael Tavera
based on original themes and music by John Williams

Star Wars: ResistanceCast: Christopher Sean (Kazuda Xiono), Scott Lawrence (Jarek Yeager), Suzie McGrath (Tam Ryvora), Oscar Isaac (Poe Dameron), Dave Filoni (Kowakians), David Acord (Kowakians), Gary Anthony Williams (Kragan Gorr), Jonathan Lipow (Pirate #2), Matthew Wood (Kowakians), Nazneen Contractor (Synara San), Stephen Stanton (Pirate #1)

Notes: Among the very unpleasant possibilities of what the escaped live cargo could be, Poe lists Rathtars (The Force Awakens) and Gundarks (The Empire Strikes Back). He’s quite unprepared for a ship full of Kowakian monkey-lizards, a creature that has been seen before in Star Wars lore (in the form of Return Of The Jedi‘s Salacious Crumb).

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Synara’s Score

Star Wars: ResistanceYeager is tasked with repairing the Colossus station’s turbolaser cannon targeting systems by Captain Doza. Kaz and Tam are assigned to find a specialized, military-grade part…and Neeku is assigned to keep his mouth shut about any of it. With pirate attacks on the rise, the station’s ability to defend itself is of prime important to Doza, especially as he fights to keep Colossus from having to agree to “help” from the First Order. Kaz lucks out in acquiring the part needed from Synara San, the scavenger that he and Poe recently rescued from a freighter that had been attacked by pirates. But the repairs to the targeting systems are still underway when the next pirate raid occurs. How did they know that the station happened to be defenseless?

Download this episode via Amazonwritten by Gavin Hignight
directed by Bosco Ng
music by Michael Tavera
based on original themes and music by John Williams

Star Wars: ResistanceCast: Christopher Sean (Kazuda Xiono), Josh Brener (Neeku Vozo), Scott Lawrence (Jarek Yeager), Suzie McGrath (Tam Ryvora), Bobby Moynihan (Orka / Pirate #2), David Shaughnessy (Drell), Dee Bradley Baker (Dock Worker), Gary Anthony Williams (Kragan Gorr), Jason Hightower (Captain Doza / Pirate #4), Jim Rash (Flix / Pirate #3), Liam McIntyre (Commander Pyre / Pirate #1), Nazneen Contractor (Synara San)

LogBook entry by Earl Green