Hello there, and welcome back to another entry to Rebels Rewind. We'll be diving into the seventh episode of the show, "Out of Darkness"!
I would like to apologize for the short delay in the series; I've been dreadfully ill this week with an upper-respiratory virus, (not COVID) and I just haven't been motivated enough to write in a good bit. Today, I'm feeling exponentially better, and the first thing that I wanted to do was make another essay for the series.
Anyway, let's jump right on in to the analysis!
WARNING / If you'd like to see Rebels completely spoiler-free, I WOULD NOT recommend reading any further.
Season One | Episode Seven: Out of Darkness | (Part One of One)
In the mountain ranges of Lothal, Hera Syndulla, Ezra, Bridger, and Sabine Wren are in pursuit against several TIE Fighters. They persevere and survive, but the Phantom takes a bit of damage. Garazeb, Chopper, and Ezra are ordered to fix it so that Sabine and Hera can go to Fort Anaxes. The boys identify that the steering systems of the Phantom are broken, and Ezra fixes it. After the repairs, Garazeb runs a diagnostic test on all of the ship's functions, but he's distracted by Ezra and Chopper fighting. So, he forgets to check the results. Sabine and Hera depart to the asteroid field of the destroyed planet, Anaxes. A source of reliable information, "Fulcrum", gives them instructions, and the two land on an abandoned platform on an asteroid. Hera and Sabine find the cargo awaiting them, but, unbeknownst to them, the Phantom begins to leak oil. They go back to retrieve more cargo. but the boxes that were there just before have disappeared. They investigate in the dark hangar where old Clone Wars ships rot and rust, and they encounter dangerous fyrnocks. They blast numerous creatures and retreat back outdoors, and the beasts do not follow. The girls deduce that they do not like the sunlight. As they try to leave the platform, Hera discovers that they're out of fuel, so she calls Garazeb. Garazeb realizes that he many have forgotten to check the results of the diagnostic test and there might be a problem with the fuel line. Kanan reassures Hera that they are on the way. Back at Fort Anaxes, Sabine notices that a large asteroid will block the sunlight for a large period of time, and this will give the fyrnocks a chance to attack because there will be no sunlight to harm them. Noticing barrels of rhydonium, Sabine tells Hera that they can strategically arrange the canisters to defeat the monsters one wave at a time. Agreeing to this, Hera and Sabine do just that. As the asteroid blocks the sun, the creatures instantaneously commence their assault. One wave at a time, the girls explode the canisters, killing the clan of beasts bit by bit. However, when the last wave of rhydonium is destroyed, a few of the fyrnocks are still alive. Hera and Sabine climb on top of the Phantom to give them the advantage of the high ground. Just as the situation gets difficult, the rest of the Ghost crew rescues Hera and Sabine, and they attach the ship with the Phantom. With the cargo, they fly away onto their next adventure. . .
General Assessment -
This episode gave the characters a lot of time to expand relationships with one another, and it is in episodes like this one where I believe that the show is quite fascinating. The plot, while slightly predictable, is tense, and seeing the Ghost crew separated is one aspect of the episode that gave it its underlying severity, which I found highly enjoyable.
Family Assessment -
I'm watching the series again alongside my precious family. It's their first time seeing the show, and here are their opinions.
Little Cousins - The younger ones were rather terrified of the fyrnocks and the fact that they lived in total darkness. The eldest got somewhat bored of this episode, unfortunately.
Parents - My mother was just excited to see Hera on the forefront, as I've mentioned in past entries that she is very similar to her. My dad wasn't able to make it to our viewing of the episode.
Gran - She, also, wasn't able to make it.
Characters - 4/5 - Hera and Sabine are the stars of the episode, and the relationship explored within these two is just spectacular. Sabine is humanized for the first time in the series, and the audience gets a feel of who she really is after seven episodes of waiting. Of course, Hera, being the "mom" of the group, gets to be one-on-one with Sabine this time, and her guidance, leadership, and personality is a lovely factor of the episode. However, the rest of the Ghost crew doesn't do too much, but what we get of them is similarly great.
Pacing - 3/5 - This episode is quite intense, but there are times where I feel as though the intensity loses its tension. This occurs especially when the scene switches back to Ezra and the rest of the Ghost crew not on Fort Anaxes. I also dislike how, at the most pivotal moments of the Anaxes storyline, the story goes to Ezra and the others. It partially sucks the life out of this episode to me, and I wanted to just fast-forward back to Hera and Sabine when this happened. The main story at Anaxes focuses heavily on expanding Hera and Sabine's friendship and can be particularly slow and unsatisfying at times, but, for the most part, it's a delight to watch.
Motifs - 3/5 - Throughout this episode, Sabine struggles with the idea that Hera doesn't trust her. She wants to know more about "Fulcrum", but Hera doesn't want to risk telling her so that the Empire wouldn't be able to find out about it from her. This humanization is relatable to daily life where, in these wacky times, we don't know who or what to trust. I also enjoyed the subtle notion that the monstrous fyrnocks thrive in darkness (evil) and hate light (good). Otherwise, there isn't too much to see from a thematic perspective.
Story - 3.5/5 - As stated, the story is intense, and I love seeing that in this series that, overall, is more blithe and laid-back. It's a commendable change, and I hope to see more of it down the road. The story does have its highs and lows, and it takes a few minutes to pick up, whereas past episodes throw you right into the plot. Conclusively, though, I do enjoy the story because it gives a chance for Hera and Sabine, two characters we haven't seen all that much yet, to explore their relationship.
So, the episode gets a 13.5/20 or 67.5% from me! Not bad!
I found two moments that I particularly enjoyed in the episode and here there are in chronological order.
Hera Comforts Sabine - As the two are packing up the cargo on Fort Anaxes, Hera tells Sabine to have fate that their mission will reach farther than Lothal and the entire Outer Rim. Sabine is worried that all of what they're doing is for nothing, and seeing these two opposing thoughts is quite interesting. It gives both Sabine and Hera a considerable boost in personality, and I love seeing this come to fruition.
Favorite Piece of Dialogue -
Hera reassures Sabine that their cause is meaningful to the entire galaxy.
SABINE: "I want to believe that we're doing good, making a difference. But, sometimes it seems like the harder we fight, the harder things get out there. I feel like we can't take down the Empire on our own. That's why I need to know that this isn't all for nothing. I need to know that I'm not walking into another nightmare here."
HERA: "What you need is faith! Faith that there is a long-term plan that's bigger than you or me, bigger than Lothal, bigger than the entire Outer Rim. Have faith in that and in us. We. . . Kanan. . . He knows what he's doing."
SABINE: "Hera. . ."
Favorite Character of the Episode -
Sabine immediately stands out from all of the characters in this episode. With a relatable, down-to-Earth personality, I cannot wait to relive her growth as the series continues. This was the first of many episodes, I know, where Sabine will showcase her spunk and likability.
Well, there you have it, folks! I hope that you enjoyed this entry just as much as previous ones. I cannot wait to write more.
NOTICE: The next entry to Rebels Rewind will be a "double-style" essay, where I analyze TWO episodes in one post!
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Kanan and Ezra have some Jedi training to do, but they can't wait to see you soon!
Here are all of the original artists for art used in this essay.
I DO NOT OWN ANY OF IT.
1st Picture - Meldy-Arts
2nd Picture - Lorna-Ka
May the Force be with us all! Happy Mother's Day!