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 World Between Worlds

Star Wars: RebelsAfter going through the Jedi portal, EZra finds himself at a crossroads connecting all of space and time through other similar portals. He reaches through one portal and pulls out Ahsoka Tano, rescuing her from her final duel with Darth Vader, but someone else is rapidly finding out how to reach through the other portals as well: the Emperor. Ahsoka warns Ezra that she can’t return to his present with him, but having survived the fight with Vader, she will find him again. With the Emperor’s ability to probe and manipulate the portals growing by the second, Ezra must now reunite with his friends and find a way to close all of the portals…or surrender to the Sith Lord the power to change history.

Order the DVDsDownload this episode via Amazonwritten by Dave Filoni
directed by Dave Filoni & 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), Tiya Sircar (Sabine Wren), Steve Blum (Zeb Orrelios / Stormtrooper), Ashley Eckstein (Ahsoka Tano), Ian McDiarmid (Emperor Palpatine), Malcolm McDowell (Minister Hydan)

Notes: While it’s a mainstay of other science fiction, this is one of very few instances of a Star Wars storyline hinting at the ability to time travel and change history.

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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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