Hello there Rebels fans! If you came here for knowledge… well, I can’t guarantee you’ll find anything you don’t already know. But join me as I dig into the deepest depths of this intriguing, enigmatic episode and let’s see what we can learn together 🙂
Contains spoilers from The Clone Wars “Mortis” arc and much of Star Wars Rebels, including Dume and Wolves And A Door. Episodes beyond these will not be covered.
If you’re wondering why it is I’ve chosen to write these Rebels posts one at a time instead of combining the pairs, this episode is a solid example of that. There is so much to this episode that I’d sort of forgotten in watching it with the second half of the pair. So many small moments and intriguing nuances and neat discoveries that deserve a discussion all on their own. It certainly puts me at a disadvantage when I can’t discuss what happens next, but I really can’t complain considering how well all the Rebel Transmissions for this season have come out so far.
You know, as I watch the small scene in the beginning with the lothcat and the lothwolf, I feel a need to just take a moment to appreciate Lothal. From the beginning of the series, I was astounded by its McQuarrie-inspired natural beauty and the warm old-school-Original-Trilogy-feel. The discovery that it has such a powerful Force connection astounded me further, and continues to astound me, and in many ways, it also confounds me, as it seems there’s always something new to challenge my existent SW knowledge. But you know it’s occurred to me as I’ve been writing this that this is not a new revelation: it’s been there since Path Of The Jedi, since we first saw how the Lothal temple is part of the planet itself. It’s not something I really thought on a lot four years prior, but it’s fascinating to notice looking back and looking forward as we revisit the temple in a totally new way, and further unravel the mysteries the world holds. The cat and wolf look to be as on the edge of their seats as I am 🙂
So can I just talk about how amazing this family is again? For probably about *checks tag count* the 103rd time, I think? OK it’s probably more than that, but anyway…
They’re the kind of family that will drop everything and jump onto a mysterious giant wolf’s back if they’re called to do so. Even when not everyone understands why, they just do it. That kind of loyalty gives me the feels in ways I almost can’t explain. But it’s not only loyalty to Ezra, but to Kanan, and to this world that they became a true family on. Going into this, I actually wasn’t sure why exactly this mission was “for Kanan”. It’s still not entirely clear to me, but I believe it probably has a lot to do with Kanan’s connection to the temple and Lothal itself as well as his Jedi legacy. I may have missed something in a huge way (which unfortunately happens a lot more in my understanding of Star Wars than I would like), but whatever the answer to my queries, there’s no missing the loyalty and love present in their actions today.
Another thing I so love about this episode is how two different storylines that I never expected to see again resurfaced, and not only that, but these seemingly unrelated events have a major purpose inside of the story. Like with the Lothal temple. After the Empire seized it, I really didn’t know what that would ultimately mean, aside from the fact our Jedi-Rebels weren’t going to be visiting anytime soon. Though it doesn’t really surprise me, it’s interesting to see the Empire treating this living, breathing spot on the planet as nothing more than an ancient artifact dig. Of course, we know the Emperor has other things in mind for it (which we’ll talk more about next post), but you certainly get a feel for what the galaxy at large understands and believes about the Jedi, especially as Minister Hydan talks about it from such an unattached, intellectual point of view. It’s not a huge thing maybe, but personally, I’m fascinated by these moments in SW where we dig into differing perspectives and ideas, especially on things that we as an audience haven’t considered. So much depth!
Also two thumbs way up for hearing the Malcom McDowell in Star Wars! I didn’t place his voice instantly, but once I saw the credits I was more than a little psyched 😀
Also also I just learned that nothing is more startling than a listening to a deathtrooper speak after a long period of silence.
*Watches episode some*
*Writes last paragraph*
“ALL RIGHT, YOU TWO…”
*Keels over from shock*
These are the things that happen when I’m writing these posts that I never tell you guys about…
*Decides to turn the volume down*
And oh my goodness… the moment where Hera feels Kanan at her side… it’s perfect. It’s so perfect I hardly know where to begin.
I’d assumed this episode would be so focused on the mission at hand that perhaps, at this point, Kanan wouldn’t come up in conversation again. After all, we got a whole episode surrounding our characters working through that, right? Wrong. And I was so glad to be wrong. What ultimately we’ve seen in all these last episodes is that Kanan is not gone. He is so a part of the fabric of the Ghost family and who they are, that his presence is felt every moment, whether you’re strong with the Force or not. The Clone Wars taught me a lot about the literal understanding of Jedi immortality and how one would maintain a Force ghost form. But Rebels has reminded me that the Force is bigger than even that, like with Ezra’s vision of his parents in Legacy. I like to think Kanan was really there somehow, his essence in the form of a gentle breeze that only Hera maybe would recognize. Seeing Kanan well and whole, Hera’s downcast face fading to a smile as she takes his hand… it’s just the most tender, beautiful thing. On my first viewing, I gave a weepy “aww…“, and that remains my reaction to this day. It’s the precious memories they shared, and the unmistakable legacy he left behind, that are spurring her on to complete this mission that she doesn’t yet understand, and that also gives her that small spark of hope once more. *Applauds the entire crew*
Returning to the earlier conversation about unexpected returns to previous storylines, if you’d asked me what I never expected to see in Star Wars again, I would have said “Oh, definitely anything to do with Mortis”. And then lo and behold, there lie the Forcewielders Of Mortis, painted gloriously onto the temple’s walls! My jaw was on the floor. The Mortis arc in TCW remains one of the absolute most fascinating in the series, and at least from what I’ve seen going through the season 3 DVD’s bonus material, they deliberately chose to say very little about what it all meant. So I’d assumed that was that. Conversation was over. Once again, I was wrong, and so so glad to be wrong! I’m definitely going to need to revisit those episodes soon so I can do some further digging on the subject for the next post. But even if there’s still some elements that remain unclear, there is nothing unclear about how neat it is watching Ezra and Sabine work together to decipher to code, or how epic it is to see the painting literally come to life, or how much more incredibly intriguing this episode gets just as it ends…
Yep, that’s pretty much crystal clear.
Keep The Peace,