Although Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion aired over a week ago, Monday night brought us what was considered the series premiere of Rebels, in it’s normal half hour format and time slot.
Much like in Spark of Rebellion, Droids in Distress wastes no time in reminding us that we’re getting back to the look and feel of the original trilogy. The episode starts with a Star Destroyer passing overhead (a la A New Hope), chasing after our heroes aboard The Ghost. They avoid them by making the jump to light speed, but are in desperate need of fuel and food. Because of this, they set out on a mission to steal some weapons in order to make some much needed money.
They hop aboard a shuttle to Garel The crew pulls a con involving translation on Minister Tau. Her translators she is traveling with happen to be C3-PO and R2-D2, but Chopper gets involved to get the droids sent to the back of the shuttle. Sabine then slips in to do some translating for the Prime Minister, learns the location of the weapons, and sends the Prime Minister to the wrong location, while she and the rest of The Ghost’s crew to the real location of the weapons.
We then learn the weapons they are stealing are ion disruptors. A banned weapon that was used in the massacre of Zeb’s species. They end up getting busted by a bunch of Stormtroopers, which we once again see Zeb take great pleasure in pummeling. The crew once again escapes back to The Ghost(with Threepio and R2 on board) and takes off for Lothal to deliver the weapons to their client, Vizago. While unloading the weapons, Agent Kallus and a crew of Stormtroopers(and some AT-ST’s!) show up because of a distress signal that C3-PO sent out. What Threepio doesn’t know, but R2 does, is that they are actually on a mission to get the weapons away from the Empire. R2 works with Sabine to use the disruptors against the Stormtroopers, and we once again see Ezra display his force powers to take down Kallus.
The episode ends with a big moment. The Ghost return Threepio and R2 to their rightful owner, Bail Organa. Organa kept his identity secret, paid our heroes, then gathers information that R2 obtained about the crew of The Ghost. The rebellion seems to be becoming THE REBELLION!
A couple of little fun notes: The pilot of the shuttle was Rex, who originally appeared in the old version of the Star Tours ride at Disney parks. AND he’s voiced by Pee Wee Herman himself, Paul Reubens. I have to admit, the internet told me this. I never experienced the old Star Tours, only the new one. I didn’t have an emotional connection to Rex that many viewers seemed to have, so, for me he was just a little too cartoony. But, again, this IS a cartoon, and it’s ultimately for kids. I have to remind myself of that sometimes. There was also another fun nod to Ralph McQuarrie’s artwork. In the back of the shuttle, if you look closely you’ll see a droid that is McQuarrie’s original concept design for C3-PO.
Overall, I didn’t think the episode was quite as strong as the “movie”, but there was still plenty of fun, and it has plenty of room to grow. We still haven’t even really gotten a good look at The Inquisitor yet! I thought he would pop up in this one. Ezra also hasn’t yet begun his Jedi training from Kanan. I have a strong feeling plenty of good stuff is coming our way.
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My recap/review of this week’s Star Wars: Rebels.