So… here we are… final episode of the first season… final Transmission for the first season… it’s amazing, really. A part of me wishes it had been a longer season, but then I’m reminded just how much adventure we’ve had, and how much we’ve learned about these six Rebels, and how many feels we’ve felt in 13 episodes and a double-length alone and I’m all “Boy that was some epic season!”. And that is nothing short of the truth. I could go on a longgggg while about how much this show’s meant to me these past six months, but I’ll save that for another post… or else the end of this one. For now, we absolutely must dig into the incredible finale that is Fire Across The Galaxy!
NOTE: Contains spoilers from Episode I, Episode III, Episode IV, Rebels episodes Spark Of Rebellion, Droids In Distress, Fighter Flight, Path Of The Jedi, Call To Action, Rebel Resolve, and Fire Across The Galaxy. Like, seriously. MAJOR SPOILERS!!
So things have been pretty intense lately… I mean, Kanan, our awesome Kanan, has been captured by the Empire and is on a one-way train ride to Mustafar-land! The rest of our Rebs, however, have their own plans. And it all starts one evening as Sabine makes a dash into an Imperial parking lot (sorry words fail me at the moment), airbrush loaded. I like how, at this juncture, our Rebs have made a bit of a name for themselves, or at least Sabine has, who a ‘trooper refers to as “the artist”. Of course, the Stormtroopers don’t exactly know that “the Padawan” and “the warrior” are sneaking around behind their backs… and are in the driver’s seat of an Imperial transport. Sabine’s doing pretty awesome, meanwhile; I mean, she literally uses a buckethead as a springboard! Without firing a single blaster on her part, she totally pwns the ‘troopers, and before she knows it, her comrades are already about to fly off! Sabine expertly makes it aboard and says her sayonaras to the white-armored bunch. And btdubs she left a little surprise for them on one of the TIEs… I just love how that one Stormtrooper mutters “Not again…”; yes, it has been a pattern, hasn’t it? XD And as the TIEs explode away, the transport flies off, and leaves in its wake a cloud of smoke that looks a whole lot like a Rebellion phoenix. Now that’s how you sign a work of art this fantastic! This definitely went from just a “Spark Of Rebellion” to becoming like “Fire Across The Galaxy”! (Quick question though: is anyone else reminded of that bit in the Clone Wars Microseries? “Like fire across the galaxy, these Clone Wars spread”. What just me?)
The game plan ahead of our Rebels isn’t going to be easy. They’re going to be flying into an Imperial fleet, going into Tarkin’s personal Star Destroyer, and if all goes well, getting Kanan back on board the Ghost. All they need is something smaller to dock into the Destroyer… and welllllll Ezra might know of something they can use. Back on Fighter Flight, I knew something seemed a teeny bit off when Zeb and Ezra told Kanan they crashed that particular TIE… and here I thought I was just reading into it too much! Zeb wasn’t too keen on letting the secret out at first, but desperate times call for desperate measures. They totally kept the thing! Hera would’ve been mad… but due to the circumstances, she lets ‘em off the hook (though you can be certain she’ll be making sure they don’t steal any more Imperial rides from here on out). Oh, and then remember back on Path Of The Jedi when Ezra was late for Jedi training because he was doing something with Sabine? Welp they might not’ve just been paintbombing unsuspecting Imperials that day… (that’s a theory of mine I mentioned in the Transmission on that episode BTW) there’s a good chance Ezra showed her the TIE. And let her paint it. And it is AWESOME. Though maybe not the most… practical thing, considering bright yellows, oranges, and greens don’t exactly blend in with the darkness of space. Zeb is much less fond of the plan now. But Hera knows that, while the plan is all kinds of crazy and risky and a teensy bit insane, she’s not backing down, and she’s not leaving any member of this crew, of this family, behind. And the rest of the crew agrees, even if Zeb is still a smidge hesitant. So now, with this party TIE in tow, the mission’s back on!
Meanwhile, it wasn’t going so well for Kanan, but really, has much of anything gone well for him much these past couple episodes? Well, I suppose we’ll give him points for not being dead yet, but considering the fleet’s parked outside of Mustafar… the keyword is definitely “yet”. In the meantime, The Inquisitor’s having a nice time torturing and questioning the Jedi. And the torture goes from physical to mental pretty fast, as The ‘Quiz digs into Kanan’s past. We learn that his master sacrificed herself for him during Order 66, and Kanan regrets to this day he didn’t think to do anything to help her. NO I’M NOT CRYING I’M SWEATING THROUGH MY EYES OK I’M ACTUALLY CRYING SUE ME. ‘Quizzy hits all the sore spots as he seems to know that it’s this that makes Kanan wonder what the others would think if they knew he just ran. But you know, if he hadn’t survived Order 66… likely the Rebellion as we know it would not exist. I don’t know what Hera was doing before she and Kanan met, would she have pursued this career if she hadn’t made a friend in him? I don’t yet know all the answers since there’s a certain book I haven’t yet read, but just let that sink in. And even if Hera would’ve become a part of the growing Rebellion, would she have ever met Zeb or Sabine? Who knows what small missions led them to finding our resident Mando and Lasat? And of course, we have Ezra. If the Force hadn’t called Ezra’s attention to what Kanan and the others were doing… Ezra would still be on the streets by now! And do we even need to get into Ezra’s Force abilities? I have no clue what would happen if someone grew to adulthood with loyalty to neither the light side or the dark side, but I’m not sure I want to know. Kanan’s master willingly sacrificed herself, it wasn’t his fault. And now look how Kanan’s been used! He’s half the reason that this spark turned into a fire! And this team, these five people, wouldn’t be the same without him. I just love making connections like this. Anytime you see the dark in SW, just remember that everything works together for good in the end, and this is a clear example of such. And yeah boo Inquisitor! Why you gotta be like that bro?? Not to mention he stole Kanan’s lightsaber. Oh, come on…! Thankfully, help is on the way.
Entering the fleet is the Imperial transport and its brightly-colored TIE. As they fly in, it’s up to Ezra to use the Force to see if Kanan’s still alive and if their mission is a go or over. After a few frightening seconds of uncertainty, both master and padawan pick up on each other’s presence. It’s on with the show! The crew expertly tricks the Imperials into letting their transport dock, and Chopper’s sent out the fabulous little ‘Fighter. “That’s not regulation!” “I kinda like it.” Pffff XD I love seeing the ‘troopers show some personality! Of course yeah the TIE is filled to the brim with electrical-frying detonators, which happily go along and fry every other ship in the hangar and then some. That meaning pretty much the entire Star Destroyer. Now our gang can dock their transport and head out to save Master Jarrus. Chopper’ll be at the ready to fly off when the need arises. And I’m so proud of Ezra today! He carved his first hole in a door with his ‘saber! It made me chuckle seeing him wince for a second when he touched the melted metal; it’s one of those things I guess you don’t think about when you’re a proper Jedi, but Ezra’s layman’s perspective proves what I’ve always kinda thought. And off our heroes go, with only so much time before the konked-out ‘troopers awaken.
Out on the main bridge, Tarkin stays cool even with most of the power down and sends out some backup shuttles. Chopper’s right when he grunts an “Uh-oh…”. Yup the Rebels are about to have company… Stormtrooper company. Sabine figures they’ll have some time before the bucketheads catch up, but then they turn the corner and there they are! And they’re coming at both ends! Our heroes are able to get behind closed doors and Ezra uses his lightsaber to seal them shut. So now, the only way to get to Kanan is for Ezra to take to the sky… er… the overhead vents. Ah yes! Just like the good ol’ days!
As for Chopper, the action’s heating up fast outside, so he decides to make a call to the one and only Fulcrum! Yeah I’m sure she was thrilled that the Rebels she told explicitly not to go after Kanan are doing just that… she seemed to be cool with it later when she meets the crew face-to-face, but I bet she gave Chopper a good chewing out at the moment :P
And so it was quite the reversal when Ezra walked in to save his captive master, just as Kanan’s done for his Padawan before. Aww just seeing them together again at last gets me all feely all over again!! But thennnn ’bout as soon as they step out of the cell, they find themselves staring down The Inquisitor. Just when we thought this was gonna be easy! Ezra gladly loans his blaster-saber to his master this time around. It’s amazing how quickly Kanan adjusts to using the blaster-blade, as he varies between firing energy blasts at The ‘Quiz’s red blade and using the main blade. Ezra’s all “I never thought of doing that!” XD And then once Ezra grabs Kanan’s lightsaber off ‘Quizzy’s belt this battle gets even cooler than it already was. And as I’m watching this, I’m more and more aware how Phantom Menace-y this is starting to feel, and I start holding my breath, hoping there won’t suddenly be forcefield doors that might well… you know. So I’ll be honest, ever since Rebel Resolve I’ve been holding my breath, wondering if indeed Kanan might just bite the dust in this one. I could almost see it happening, and how it would ultimately affect the Ghost crew. So I didn’t see it coming when, just as Ezra was starting to hold his own out in the three-way duel, The Inquisitor flings his ‘saber, grazes Ezra, and knocks him off the platform to his assumptive death. Color me terrified! Kanan looks so so sad… and ‘Quiz just stands there with the creepiest smile ever. But then… Kanan rises up, looks him square in the eye, picks up both his blade and Ezra’s, and says one of the most epic lines in the entire series: “…because I have nothing left to fear.” The sound you just heard was my mind exploding from the epicness of that line. And then a really epic duel commences.
While all that epicness is going on, the rest of the crew’s navigating the sea of Stormtroopers standing in their way. A well-placed fog detonator evens the score a bit, but they’re still on the move. But problemmmm Ezra’s not answering their com!
We soon find that Ezra didn’t take quite the fall we thought he did. He’s on a platform below, knocked out but still alive… barely. It’s only the voice of Hera, among a few others rattling around his skull, that helps him slowly regain consciousness. And yikes that mark the blade left…! I couldn’t help but wince at it! It’s a legit reminder that Ezra really really could’ve died today. And up above, his master assumes just that, fighting like a boss. And yeah words can’t adequately describe how mind-blowingly amazing this battle is. Ezra puts it well when he tells Hera that he’s doing “better than OK” :) And as they fight, the find themselves standing on the edge of the platform. Then Kanan decides to show The Inquisitor what the Force can really do… and he uses the ‘sabers to literally go and slice through ‘Quiz’s two-blade. WOW. That stark look of terror on The Inquisitor’s face says it all. The force of the blow knocks The ‘Quiz nearly off the platform, hanging by a thread, and his diced ‘sabers land on the ship’s energy core, blowing it up. Looking up at the Jedi standing above him, The Inquisitor knows he’s toast one way or another. Before he lets go, he leaves us with the chilling last words… “…there are some things more frightening than death…”. Just… wow… we’ve been following this epic bad guy since just about the start, and his story just ended. Like with Darth Maul, it was either the good guy or the bad guy in this fight, and his death was unavoidable in this situation, but still wow… yeahhh I think the age of the ‘Quist’r memes is over (*cough* it’s been over for longer than that actually). Anyway, so then we have a super-happy amazing moment as Kanan turns around and sees his Padawan alive and well. And they decide to make a bit of a run for it as the engine room here goes up in smoke.
As the Star Destroyer comes closer and closer to falling apart, one of the Imperials tells Tarkin they need to evacuate. I’m honestly amazed this guy decided to move. I mean, we are talking about the “Leave? In our moment of triumph?” guy here, who two seconds later got creamed in the Death Star’s explosion. Either way, it’s nice to see he’s not completely unreasonable. Though he sure don’t look too happy.
Hera, Sabine, and Zeb had finally gotten to their destination, back to the fabulous party TIE. Ezra insists they go on, and just as Hera affirms she’s not leaving them behind, Kanan’s voice finally comes on the com, and he lets her know that they’ll be joining up with them soon. After all these guys have been through lately, it’s really awesome seeing Hera’s face light up when she hears his voice again :) As they fly the TIE out, they find themselves being pursued by quite a few others. Hera calls out to Chopper to lend a hand, but they get no answer! Where could their little droid be?? Back on the quickly-sinking ship, Kanan and Ezra hop aboard The Former Inquisitor’s TIE and make a dash for it themselves. And they arrive to knock some ‘Fighters off the rest of the crew’s tail shortly thereafter. But with more and more TIEs arriving, it looks like they have nowhere to go. Just when all hope seemed lost, in came first Chopper flying the transport, and then the Ghost, and then a whole armada of Alderaan ships! And together, they make quick work of those enemy ‘Fighters and hyperspace-jump to freedom! MUCH YAYYYYYS!! Darn it I’m so happy about all of this I can’t stop smiling! Not even to comment on Tarkin’s not-too-happy face and what that could mean for our Rebels! And now for some more things that made me even more happy and continue forcing the corners of my mouth upwards.
So first thing is seeing Kanan finally on board and out of trouble, and then furthering it as Kanan and Hera finally reunite. It’s kinda awkward at first but then they cute-banter again and she sorta takes his hand and then there’s that hug ermagosh! So sweet it gave me tooth decay! Yeah I might’ve dorked out over that a good bit but I couldn’t not! And the looks on their faces…! Aw man I just wuv themz so muchhh!! And then we get to see Chopper who’s all “Hey, don’t I get any thanks guys?” and we’re so happy we have a friend like him. But then… who’s flying the Ghost if not Chop?
The crew enters back into the Ghost and find quite a few folks inside. A handful of guard-types stand sturdy in the halls, and then they come upon a hologram of Bail Organa! As we find out, he’s more than just the guy with a couple crazy droids. And on top of that, those extra ships were of other cells of Rebels! They’re not the only ones out there after all — consider the kids’ minds blown! But just when you think our minds couldn’t be blown further, enter in Fulcrum. And man oh man… as soon as I heard that voice… and saw that glint of orangey skin… I gave a happy gasp of explosive joy! It is indeed Ahsoka Tano! Boy words don’t begin to describe accurately what an amazingly huge deal this is… she’s all grown up and leading the growing Rebellion! And seeing her again… just whoa!! And yeah her new design is awesome. She fit in perfectly into the Rebels universe! I always hoped she might’ve joined up with the Rebellion at some point, but I only figured she’d have joined them… I never imagined she’d be leading them! Is it not the coolest thing?! Ahhh so much feels right now! >w< She might've not been crazy about the Imperial attention Ezra's message got, but she knows that that message of hope is precious and important even so and is already making a difference. And thus begins a new chapter in the history of the Rebellion, as a handful of unexpected heroes take their first step into a larger world, and this fire they've started begins to turn into a blaze.
The Inquisitor was small apples compared to who's after them this time.
Yup. DARTH. VADER.
Except perhaps "AHHHHHHH!!! WHEN WILL SEASON 2 GET HERE?!"
So yeah… aw you guys I'm so glad you've taken this journey with me, through not just this episode, but through every one before it! Rebels has become a huge part of my life and I'm beyond #blessed to be writing these Rebel Transmissions for you guys! I'll probably need to write a post in the near future that will put together all my thoughts on this amazing show, its amazing first season, and how it's impacted my life. I hope to continue writing about the awesomeness surrounding the world of SW even as we wait for next autumn, but until next post…
Keep The Peace,