The first half of the episode started out good, especially with all those cute Baby Yoda moments, but the second half raised the level to a great episode.
I wasn’t so keen on the blue guy before but his interactions with Cara and Greef worked well this time imo. I thought Greef was a standout, but that may not be surprising since the actor Carl Weathers directed the episode. I’ve seen some disappointed that Ahsoka didn’t show up having been mentioned last episode, but the description this time made it pretty obvious he was travelling back to Nevarro instead.
The audio description of the episode also states that the armoured black figures at the end are in fact Dark Troopers. That’s probably been discussed somewhere above though. Whether they’re droids, cyborgs, or the result of what they’ve been doing in the lab, who knows? I look forward to seeing them in action though.
This episode set up some really intriguing stuff. Most people are under the impression that cloning and Snoke/Palpatine are involved, and they very well could be further down the line, however I think at this point they’re just trying to transfer force sensitive blood. Dr. Pershing in the hologram states explicitly that they’re conducting blood transfusions into volunteers, and I believe the malformed individual in the vat was the result of that. Not even First Order leadership knows of Palpatine in TROS so I highly doubt Moff Gideon does.
I didn’t get a chance to discuss last week’s episode, but seeing Bo Katan in live action is something I’d never thought I’d see. Simply awesome. They are clearly setting up something with her trying to retake Mandalore.
This episode took me a while to think about before dropping in with my thoughts. By the show’s standards I thought it was an okay episode. I’d probably rank it among the bottom three, but still enjoyed it.
I like Pelli more every time we see her, as others have concluded as well. She may have been a little over the top on line delivery but I think she’s genuinely funny. I also think ‘Frog Lady’ is awesome, especially her detailed subtitles of “Frog Lady speaks frog”. Her desperation epitomised in the scene where she’s trapped in the ship with the others made me feel really sorry for her. She didn’t sign up for all this. The not so subtle Ant-man reference was quite cool as a nod to Peyton Reed, the director.
I also liked the horror element implemented with the spiders, although it felt a little disjointed to me, wherein it didn’t seem like a clear theme was prevelant. It also annoyed me that the spiders weren’t the same species as in Rebels despite looking practically the same and based on the same concept art. I also know the show is a slow burn primarily based on character development, but even by those standards the middle is a bit of a chore to get through upon subsequent viewings. Overall I thought it ranged from good to just okay throughout.
A great episode! Easily a top 3, but I still think last season’s finale holds the top spot for me.
Seeing a Krayt Dragon on screen has always been part of my bucket list for weird Star Wars things. I was aware of the show taking us back to Tatooine but hadn’t even contemplated a Krayt Dragon as a possibility. It’s acid puke came as even more of a surprise, though.
I also liked how the show, but this episode particularly, has gone out of its way to alter the perceptions we have made about Tusken Raiders. They’ve only really been presented as ruthless savages on screen before, but now we’ve seen some humanity. Although, tbh I didn’t feel bad that one got eaten whilst trying to sacrifice the poor Bantha.
I was also aware of the rumours about Boba Fett and Cobb Vanth, and had suspected they’d be connected somehow obviously, but they weren’t as much as I’d thought. Vanth was cool, he and Din got along so well the whole time. Some uncertainty between the two for longer after their showdown would have been interesting imo. Great to see Boba back again, even though I’ve never been a mega fan. What has he been doing for 6 years though? Has he not been that bothered about tracking down his armour?
My only complaint about the episode has to do with the mostly recycled musical score. It got a bit boring having heard most of it before. I liked the new theme done for the Tuskens though, it sounded quite Arabian/Egyptian drawing inspiration from the desert setting I presume.
It’s finally over, but that hasn’t sunk in yet, at least for me. An amazing end to the show. As said somewhere above, I also haven’t felt this sense of finality after watching an episode since ‘Twin Suns’ in Rebels. It really does feel like the end of an era.
What a final scene! I think it really did help bridge the gap between the PT and OT for the show. The action also didn’t disappoint. RIP Cheep, so sad.
As much as I loved the episode I would have liked it to slow down a little, as the three best/powerful scenes imo were the two at the end (Ahsoka at the clone grave, Vader), plus Ahsoka & Rex’s interaction about killing his brothers. Two of those scenes didn’t even have dialogue, yet didn’t even need it.
TROS as it just released on Disney+.
My Parents & I.
My favourite moment was probably Leia’s death. I thought it was excellently portrayed, especially with the limited resources they could draw from with the character.
I didn’t notice anything new visually, but I noticed some comparisons between the movie’s musical score and that of TCW season 7’s score.
I’m not sure I payed that much attention during the first half of the episode because all I could think about was “When is it going to happen?”. Very ominous. I thought this episode had some of the show’s best music. I was getting some Bladerunner vibes from it. Loved all of the ROTS tie-ins.
I’m usually quite pessimistic whenever a character is brought back from the dead, but I believe Maul’s story post-TPM has been great. So much so that I view Maul as an animated character. His silent but deadly TPM character was cool, but there wasn’t a whole lot of substance to it.
I’m going to aim to finish my TCW chronological rewatch by May 3rd so I can wake up on the 4th and watch the final episode of the show. Currently on the first episode of Yoda’s season 6 arc, so by watching 3 a day I’ll make it.
I played this mode a bit around launch but quickly lost interest in it after that. I greatly preferred starfighter combat in Battlefront (2015).
A bittersweet moment. I’m disappointed but excited at the same time. Scarif has consistently been one of my top 3 requested maps to add to the game, but it’s sad that it will be the very last. The cyborg Maul was probably the skin I wanted the most as well, so can’t wait to try that.
There was so much more that could be added like Coruscant for example, but they had done so much already, much more than most thought I think. Back in November 2017 I would have been very surprised to learn that the game would be supported well into 2020, and for that I’m very grateful.
Both the lead Battlefront designer and DICE are moving away from Star Wars now so I can’t see a Battlefront III being made anytime soon.
My one last wish would be for them to expand a bit on the maps for Age of Resistance. I’d like at least one more already existing map like Starkiller Base to add to the existing 3 for that, but it’s not looking likely at this point.
It should be an emotional scene, but combined with the music and what we know is about to happen, it’s just so ominous.
I’m going to go in with an open mind and see what happens with Thrawn and the show in general. I hope for the best though!
Yeah, don’t get me wrong I believe the show is definitely happening and Thrawn will probably be in the show, was just clarifying that the show itself hadn’t been confirmed by Zahn or anyone yet.
The show hasn’t been confirmed by anyone within Lucasfilm yet. I watched that episode back just now to make sure and there’s no confirmation in that either. All Zahn says is that Filoni would have first dibs/go at telling that story if it’s told one day. So far we have no rumours about Thrawn being in this new show either.
As has already been said, a rumoured Rebels sequel is in development and will supposedly air at the end of this year.
But it must be stressed that the show is still only rumoured at this stage. And on top of that, it hasn’t been described as a direct sequel to the show Rebels, but will supposedly feature Ahsoka & Sabine.
I would nominate these posts to become featured. Not only do I believe they fulfil any parameters, it would also make it easier for people to find and therefore get involved in the discussion later on.
Whoops, I’m late again. Watched it a few times now. Best episode of the season and probably a top 3 of the whole series for me. As someone who has been invested and watched the show since it aired in 2008, it’s just so great to see its original ending finally play out. The duel was amazing, the references like Dryden Vos were also great! Basically so much greatness!
I have so many great memories of Star Wars and its fandom. I don’t think I could possibly tie it down to just one, so I’ll say a few.
Attending 1 of 3 days at Celebration Europe 2016 was definitely one of my fondest memories. I got to meet Carrie Fisher, see Thrawn’s introduction into Rebels firsthand, etc.
Probably one of my most sentimental memories is opening my first Star Wars action figures which practically got me into this universe in the first place.
The immediate lead up to TFA’s release was an awesome time. It was practically all me and some friends talked about at school.
My first memory of getting involved with the wider Star Wars fandom was watching the Celebration Anaheim 2015 live stream and seeing thousands of fans just like me. Stayed up until 3am each night to watch that, and back then that was late for little-er me.
There’s even more I could mention, but they’re 4 of my fondest memories.
Contrary to popular belief I’d say no on Filoni becoming president of Lucasfilm. He’s a creative mind first & foremost, and has little-to-no experience in leading a multi-billion dollar company.
The Mandalorian is the biggest project he’s ever produced so he’d need more experience imo. Plus, much like Jou said (and I’ve also said as much), I believe Filoni works best when his ideas are kept in check by creative partners.
Doug Chiang is a name I haven’t seen thrown into the group until now, but that would be a very interesting choice indeed. He’s worked with the company for decades.
Another name that seems to be rapidly ascending is Michelle Rejwan, a producer on TROS and vice-president of live action development, I believe. She’s very close with both JJ and KK.
Jon Favreau would be another one of my choices, however I do concede that it probably wouldn’t be in his best interests. He’s known for his ravenous take on creative projects, completing many at the same time for different production companies. I can’t see him taking a creative backseat.
George Lucas hand-picked Kennedy to assume the role because he thought that she was the best for it. She’s one of the most prolific producers in Hollywood history, and will only step down from the presidency when she’s ready to.
Great post! I think the Prophecy of Three can be directly applied to Kanan very well. I think the intricacies of it mean that it can be applied to many a character as well. Chava explains that the prophecy can be applied to an individual and/or multiple characters.
I found another interpretation of who fulfilled each title particularly interesting.
Zeb is described as being the child, much to his upset, whilst Kallus is the warrior and Hondo the fool.
“The Fool, simple and selfish, he would lead the Warrior, bold and bloodthirsty, to hunt the hope of tomorrow, the Child, to destroy him! We will find our new home only if the Child saves the Warrior and the Fool.”
“The Fool would lead the Warrior to hunt the Child, and only if the Child saved both the Warrior and the Fool would the future of the Lasat species be assured.”
Hondo, the fool, leads Kallus to Zeb after he is captured by the Empire. Kallus, the warrior, hunts Zeb down with the aid of Hondo. Zeb, the child, ‘rescues’ the warrior, Kallus, from himself later on, whilst he is also made to rescue Hondo, the fool, at many points throughout the show.
That is on a much more surface level of the episode itself, though.