"Brothers of the Broken Horn" is the sixth episode of the second season of Star Wars Rebels, as well as the twenty-first episode of the series overall, premiering on Disney XD on November 4, 2015. The episode follows Ezra Bridger as he investigates the Broken Horn, where he eventually runs into Hondo Ohnaka.
On the planet Garel, Ezra Bridger is doing blaster training with Captain Rex, using Chopper as a target while holding up a Stormtrooper's helmet. Bridger fails to hit the target, and the lesson is interrupted by Kanan Jarrus who is looking for him. He tells his apprentice that he is missing Jedi training, which is the same time he has blaster training. Bridger tells them both he cannot be in two places at once. Rex tells him that as a soldier he must learn to prioritize. Jarrus reminds Rex that Bridger is a Jedi not a soldier, only for Bridger to say that he may not wish to be either. Just then Sabine Wren shows up with orders to return to the ship for a meeting.
In the common room, the Rebels are all gathered around the table where Commander Sato instructs them to help the people of the frozen planet Rinn, who are experiencing an energy crisis. They need to find them a new supply of fuel cells to power the heat they need to survive otherwise the colonies will freeze to death. Bridger suggests they check out the black market, which Jarrus and everyone else agrees to. With the briefing over, the Rebels head out except Bridger and Chopper. Under Hera Syndulla's orders, Bridger and Chopper are left behind to clean the Ghost. While cleaning, Bridger begins voicing his frustration over the number of responsibilities he has to the Rebellion and sometimes misses the days when he was just a kid on the streets. Suddenly they receive a distress signal from Cikatro Vizago's ship, the Broken Horn. Bridger sees this as an opportunity to skip chores and square things with Vizago, since he owes him a favor. Bridger and Chopper board the Phantom, and after a rough take off they head out into space.
Meeting the pirate
Soon after departure, Bridger and Chopper have Vizago's ship in sight. Bridger tries to make contact but there is no reply. They come up alongside the Broken Horn and dock. After boarding, they find the place quiet and deserted. Bridger and Chopper get separated during their search, and chopper comes across a large supply of power generators, ones that the Rebels are looking for. Meanwhile Bridger comes across some of Vizago's droids, which all appear powerless. He finds his way to the main bridge, and instead of Vizago he meets Hondo Ohnaka, who reveals himself to as the new owner of Vizago's ship. When Ezra asks him about Vizago, Ohnaka reveals that he bet his ship and droids during a game of Sabacc and lost. Not wanting to reveal his true identity, Ezra introduces himself as "Lando Calrissian," much to Hondo's delight.
Suddenly an Imperial ship shows up and opens fire on the Broken Horn for breaching an Imperial checkpoint. Bridger manages to get power back to the engines and Chopper shows up just in time to program the nav-computer and jump to hyperspace. After escaping Imperial forces, Ohnaka offers Bridger to assist him in a trade. When Bridger asks what the trade is, Chopper reveals it to be the generators he found earlier. Bridger says they are hard to get a hold of, as well expensive. Ohnaka agrees, which is why he plans to sell them at a fair mark up at five hundred percent. Bridger agrees to help and in return gets a cut in power generators; three crates. After Ohnaka agrees to two crates and split the profit, they seal their deal with a handshake. Unnoticed to Ohnaka, Bridger swipes him of the controller to Vizago's droids and gives it to Chopper for safe keeping, in case Ohnaka gives them any trouble.
Trouble with Azmorigan
They arrive on the planet Nixus and dock with the station Nixus Hub 218. Chopper stays with the ship and Bridger goes with Ohnaka to deliver the generators to their buyer, who turns out to be Azmorigan. He was expecting Vizago and Ohnaka tells him that he was indisposed and given the privilege of conducting business with him instead. Apparently Azmorigan is not satisfied by this and has his men apprehend the two. Ohnaka and Bridger are handcuffed and placed onto a loading dolly. Azmorigan plans to launch them both into the vacuum of space, as the Rang Clan have placed a bounty on Ohnaka and he will make an additional profit from his death. When he turns to Bridger, he recognizes him as one of the Spectres who had accosted him on Lando Calrissian's farm on Lothal.
Hondo tells him he is Lando Calrissian but Azmorigan reveals that he isn't. After realizing Bridger is one of the Rebels who robbed him, Azmorigan bubbles with joy because he gets to collect the bounty on Ohnaka, get his own back on Bridger, and keep the five generators. But when he notices one crate is missing, Chopper suddenly charges in with the fifth crate. He collides with the other crates, causing them to fly everywhere and take out a few of Azmorigan's men.
Ohnaka also accidentally activates the loading doll, causing one of Azmorigan's men to catapult into space. Azmorigan opens fire and Ohnaka and Bridger take cover. Ezra gets his lightsaber back and returns fire. Armed with two blasters, Chopper chases after Azmorigan and causes him to lose his credits, which end up in Ohnaka's possession. Ohnaka is launched into space but Bridger uses The Force to bring him back to the hangar, revealing his Jedi identity to him.
Following Azmorigan's retreat, Ezra, Hondo and Chopper depart from Nixus with the generators and head back to Garel. Bridger has admitted his real name to Ohnaka and his responsibilities to the Rebellion, which he also admits is too much for him. Ohnaka offers him a choice to become a pirate but Bridger isn't so sure. Despite his dislike for the number of responsibilities he has he doesn't really want to leave the Rebellion. On the other hand, Ezra feels he would do better as a Pirate as Inquisitors don't hunt them.
Just then, Bridger and Chopper hear something coming from the brig and to their surprise find Vizago locked inside one of his own cells. He reveals to Bridger that Hondo actually shot him in the back with a stun gun and disabled his droids before taking control of his ship. Vizago convinces Bridger to help him regain the Broken Horn, reminding the youth that he owes him for giving him information that saved his Jedi "friend" Kanan. Vizago decides to call in his favor. Chopper agrees with Bridger, who decides to return the favor in return for taking the generators for the rebels. Bridger tells Chopper to load the generators into the escape pod.
Bridger and Chopper set Vizago free and confront Hondo on the bridge. Unnoticed to Bridger, Vizago swipes him of the controller to his droids while Bridger proposes a deal between the two; Bridger takes the generators and Ohnaka and Vizago split Azmorigan's credits fifty, fifty. However, Vizago betrays Bridger and turns his droids on him and Ohnaka. As the ship returns to Garel, Bridger and Ohnaka fight back against Vizago's droids. Ohnaka escapes during the fight and steals the Phantom. Although he has his ship back, Vizago remains furious over losing his credits and sends Bridger and Chopper back to Garel in an escape pod.
Upon returning to the Ghost, Bridger and Chopper find Ohnaka with their fellow Rebels, since the Phantom's autopilot was programmed to return to the ship. Ohnaka initially claims that he and Bridger rescued the generators from Vizago. Bridger points out that Ohnaka stole the generators and the Phantom. Ohnaka makes a half-hearted attempt to bluff his way out but Bridger points out that Chopper had the Phantom on auto-pilot.
Realizing that his version doesn't hold water and that he is outnumbered, Ohnaka willingly gives up the generators as a gift to the rebels but keeps the credits. Bridger then speaks with Ohnaka before the two part company. Bridger says that in the past he would have joined Ohnaka's crew. Ohnaka laughs and says that Bridger is truly a Jedi. Ohnaka departs and Bridger returns with the Rebels.
Following Ohnaka's departure, Syndulla issues orders that her crew contact Commander Sato and inform him that Bridger found the generators. Kanan also speaks with Ezra, asking his Padawan if he went for a little spin. Bridger says that he wanted to figure things out. He says he used to be like Hondo, out for himself and alone. Bridger realizes that he is not the same person. Jarrus surmises that Ezra is on a different path. Bridger says that he has the Spectres for his family.
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- According to Star Wars: Scum and Villainy: Case Files on the Galaxy's Most Notorious, in the year 7973 C.R.C., Ketsu Onyo resigned from the Black Sun. It also dates the Battle of Scarif to 7977 C.R.C., four years after Onyo's resignation. Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates Jyn Erso's mission to steal the plans of the first Death Star, which concluded with the Battle of Scarif, to 0 BBY. Therefore, it can be calculated that 7973 C.R.C. is equal to 4 BBY. Since Onyo states in "Blood Sisters" that she currently works for the Black Sun, that episode must occur by 4 BBY. Additionally, Star Wars: Galactic Atlas dates the Siege of Lothal to 4 BBY. Since "Brothers of the Broken Horn" occurs after the Siege of Lothal but before the events of "Blood Sisters," it can be concluded that the episode took place in 4 BBY.