Oh wow there are so many emotions going on right now. So. many. OMG. Probably why it took so long to write this. Let’s see if I can sort through all these emotions and write something worth the read on this absolutely beautiful, amazing-beyond-words episode.
Contains spoilers from much of Star Wars Rebels including Rebel Assault and Jedi Night. Events from later episodes will not be covered.
One thing that will never cease to amaze me about Star Wars is the way it can be both tragic and joyous almost simultaneously. No matter the medium, no matter the length, these stories can make me laugh out loud and then turn around and weep, and vice versa. And yet, no matter how it ends, I’m never left without hope. It’s ultimately the hope inside each story that brings beauty from even the greatest tragedies. Sometimes it takes a little while to find that hope, and other times it’s right there in the last words spoken, but it’s always there.
And this episode of Rebels is for sure one of the absolute strongest examples of that.
I’ll be honest… there’s no human way I can cover everything I love and everything that intrigues me in this episode. To attempt to do so would make this a lot sloppier a post. I’ve learned from years of blogging here that sometimes I simply can’t cover everything, no matter what I try, unless I end up doing a complete exhausting play-by-play like I used to do prior to last summer when I changed my format. But I will do my best to say all I feel needs to be said. When I think back on this episode, three particular scenes come to mind, and that will be how I piece this post together, by focusing on each of these scenes.
The first is the montage as Ezra’s lothbat plan comes together. There’s a tangible hope in the air you can’t help but feel to the very core of your being, watching these few noble Rebels work together. And you can tell they feel it too, with smiles exchanged and a well-earned sense of pride from what they’ve accomplished with the few resources on hand. It’s in these moments you can tell that it’s not just the Ghost family determined to get Hera back; you can see by how diligently they work that Ryder, Mart, and Jai consider this as more than just military duty. Hehe yes I guess that makes them the Ghost fam’s uncle and cousins 🙂 All this amazing teamwork is perfectly driven by what is now one of my favorite pieces of score Kevin Kiner has ever produced. Even though this isn’t the first time we’ve seen Ezra’s strength as a leader, you see why Kanan was so confidently able to give his apprentice the reigns… and it makes me explode with pride just a little bit 🙂 I’m pretty sure I was beaming by the montage’s end. This is one thing I absolutely love about the Rebels. We’ve learned over the last few years that they don’t always agree on how to go about things, but when they put those arguments aside and focus on what matters most, they can be some kind of force of nature. It’s in this way they’re still as much admirable heroes today as they were forty years ago. And ok I might’ve gotten off-topic some there but it’s true all the same. Just makes you want to stand up and cheer!
The second scene of note would be the rescue. For so so so many reasons. Kanan giving a trooper the “drop” still cracks me up no matter how many times I see it. And the stuff Hera says on truth serum is straight-up gold XD But these moments of honesty with the two are more than just funny, they’re downright precious. Listening to her unfiltered opinions on his new look and them arguing over what defines a present makes you forget for a moment they’re in the middle of a rescue and not newlyweds on their honeymoon. Though yeah those particular couple of comments do make me want to revisit A New Dawn and refresh my memory on their marvelous meetcute. Also stare at the cover art and figure out why Kanan’s hair doesn’t look anywhere near that short. Anyway yes every minute with them in this episode is beyond special and had me reeling from the feels more than a little. Oh yeah and I was definitely surprised to see the kalikori again. I had honestly forgotten Thrawn still had it. The fact that Kanan could literally sense the kalikori was amazing to me. I can’t say for certain it’s the first time I’ve seen something like that in SW, but I can’t remember ever seeing a Jedi doing exactly that, being able to sense the presence of an object on account of its connection to someone close. Like honestly everything in this scene, it just says so so much about their relationship, their history to who they are now. I just love it. All of this. Them. I couldn’t help but love it when I first watched it, and I think I love it even more now ❤
I remember always wanting to see an episode centered primarily around a Kanan and Hera adventure. Jedi Night was very much that long-hoped for episode. But in truth… this episode is perhaps even more about Kanan.
A man who would hold back the flames for those he loves.
There were no tears from me at first. My mouth hung open slightly, in part from the amazement of seeing Kanan literally pushing back fire with the Force, and in part because I was completely shocked at the turn of events and I almost couldn’t wrap my mind around the fact that this was happening.
For some reason, I always assumed if we were to lose any member of the family, it would be Kanan. It began with me worrying how Fire Across The Galaxy would end, and the possibility has come to mind on every season’s end since. Perhaps because I could see the potential drama in what Ezra would do without his guidance, especially early-on in the series.
There were things about this episode that felt final, but there were so many moments of joy and victory, it was hard to want to think that way.
But in the midst of that heartwrenching moment, all I could think was that if he was going to go, this was the best way to do it.
Doing it all for his family.
Like I’ve said before, there’s no way to truly prepare for the loss of a great SW hero, even if you can see it as a possibility. But there is comfort in the fact that I don’t believe any of these heroes dies in vain. They die for what they believe is right and for those they love and care for. Don’t think for a minute, however, that this wasn’t a hard truth to accept. I would have loved for Kanan to have made it through the last six episodes, but I also know that, no matter how dark the moment, that Star Wars stories always come back to the light again. And that is why I still feel hope even now. Why this episode still remains a favorite. Why there is still beauty somehow even in the midst of this tragedy.
Kanan Jarrus, I’m going to miss you. But your story isn’t over. No story with a legacy like you leave behind ever does.
Looking forward to continuing this conversation on Dume. Thanks for reading.
Keep The Peace,