Starring: Taylor Gray, Vanessa Marshall, Freddie Prinze Jr., Steve Blum, Tiya Sircar, Clancy Brown, Julie Dolan, Corey Baker
Series Count: Season 2, Episode 11
Channel: Disney XD
Directed by: Bosco Ng
Written by: Steven Melching
A lot has happen in the realm of Star Wars since we last saw the crew of The Ghost. Ezra (Taylor Gray) learned the fate of his parents, it was not the outcome he wanted. Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Ezra had found the former governor of Lothal, Ryder Azadi (Clancy Brown, pictured above), who was in hiding. On a grander scale, the world witnessed the power of the Force in JJ Abrams’ Star Wars: The Force Awakens. If you saw the mid-season trailer (seen here) you’ll understand that one lightsaber in particular may now link this series to The Force Awakens. Should we get into the Darth Maul rumors? Let us save that one for another time.
This week, Supervisor Director Dave Filoni tapped another original Star Wars character for their Star Wars Rebels debut. This was no small feat as it had to feel real and not just be a marketing stunt. Did you love seeing General Leia Organa in The Force Awakens? Great! Now watch her in this tale of her early days fighting the Empire. In no way did it feel like stunt, in fact, it was the perfect story on keeping up appearances.
In Star Wars: A New Hope, Darth Vader (James Earl Jones) upon capturing Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) informed her that she wasn’t “on any mercy mission this time”. “A Princess in Lothal” uses that as the confines as to how Princess Leia (voiced here by Julie Dolan) will help resupply the Rebels. Sent by her father, Bail Organa, she comes to Lothal with humanitarian relief for its people. Her plan is to have the Rebels steal her ships and supplies from her, which leaves her and Alderaan in the clear. The crux to this plan is that the Empire is not underestimating the Rebels any further and gravity locks the ships to Lothal. To guard them they drop two Imperial Walkers nearby (revealing for the first time how they actually get to the surface).
Where the episode might have turned crazy was making Ezra fall for the princess. Hey, we have all fallen for her royal highnesses, so why not the show’s young hero? Instead, we find Ezra more wrapped up in the sorrow of losing his parents and debating if the fight is really worth it. It is Leia who reassures him that it is and that she too has those feelings of doubt.
As usual, Star Wars Rebels is never too heavy and the comedy comes from the Imperial Stormtroopers and AT-AT Drivers who have become complacent in their duties. I often think that, at times, they are too oafish, but imagine a universe where you have so much muscle and fear behind you that no one will stand in your way. This would explain how no trooper can hit any one of our heroes with a blaster or a heavy weapon. They just assume everyone will roll over and take it. What? I am trying to find a reasonable explanation as to why soldiers of the Empire are such terrible shots. There has to be a reason, right?
Sadly, this episode only moved the overall story of Star Wars Rebels along. This week they were resupplied, gained a new ally, and moved on to the next mission. I know that not every episode can be a character building one, I just wish that the show was an hour long so that we could spend more time with our heroes.
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