Starring: Taylor Gray, Vanessa Marshall, Tiya Sircar Steve Blum, Fred Tatasciore, Freddie Prinze Jr.
Directed by: Mel Zwyer
Written by: Bill Wolkoff
Series Count: Season 2, Episode 14
Channel: Disney XD
This week, the crew of the Ghost is off to a find an Imperial refinery. The Rebels are starting to run dangerously low on fuel. To make matters worse, they run into a flock of Purgill (pictured above). Hera (Vanessa Marshall) is not afraid to blast them as she fears they will destroy the Ghost. Ezra (Taylor Gray) senses they may be the key to acquiring the fuel they need.
“The Call” delivers another first for Star Wars Rebels, the Purgill (space whales), as well as being another episode with spectacular visuals. Outside of the Exogorth, better known as the Space Slug, in Episode V, how often do we get to see a space faring creature in Star Wars? What solidifies their presence in the story, as well as the Star Wars cannon, is the connection Ezra makes with them. I found this episode to be more one for the kids, but the message is one that grown ups will remember from their childhood. We need stories such as this to remind us that there are wondrous creatures in the world. They maybe big and dangerous, but they have their place, too. In the confines of the story, we understand why Hera wants to shoot at them. Thankfully, Ezra is getting more attuned to the Force and senses the Purgill’s needs.
Outside of the Purgill,”The Call” had two other firsts for the Star Wars universe (officially cannon). First up, we had Ezra, Kanan, and Sabine (Tiya Sircar) do an atmospheric jump out of the Ghost to the mining facility. It’s an incredible stunt and a great reason to give Kanan his own Sabine styled helmet. Another first was seeing modified Tie Fighters by someone other than Sabine. The wings were cut differently and the colors really popped against the backdrop of the gas. Again, Dave Filoni and his team keep everything fresh and exciting in a galaxy we think we all know so well.
This was a shorter episode for Star Wars Rebels, and not much for the overall story of the show, but was a highlight for Ezra. Ezra uses all that Kanan had taught him about making a connection in a way that was simple and natural, and it was refreshing not to hear Kanan say to do it. Ezra just did it. We had seen him use this ability before, with dark ramifications. Now we witnessed him using it for the light. It showed real growth in the character. Yet, as we watched the Rebels follow the Purgill into deep space, I can only wonder how long until Vader returns.
I can only wonder how long until Vader returns.