Starring: Taylor Gray, Vanessa Marshall, Freddie Prinze Jr., Dee Bradley Baker, Jim Cummings, James Hong
Directed by: Saul Ruiz
Written by: Bill Wolkoff
Series Count: Season 2, Episode 5
After the introduction of some new characters, the new Inquisitors, and the reintroduction of some old, the clone troopers, Star Wars Rebels got back to its humble roots. This week’s adventure, “Brothers of the Broken Horn” focused on Ezra Bridger (Taylor Gray) getting in over his head with space pirates.
Much like the story of Luke Skywalker, Ezra Bridger is saddled with an enormous responsibility, being one of the last of the Jedi; when the Jedi are needed more than ever. Unlike Luke Skywalker, Ezra isn’t sure he wants that destiny. Captain Rex (Dee Bradley Baker) and Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) are constantly on him about training to either be a solider or a Jedi. Kanan who was trained in a time of war can see only its folly. The Jedi should be peacekeepers and not soldiers. Captain Rex saw the difference even one Jedi can make. He knows that Ezra’s abilities are essential to bringing down the Empire. This subplot has been hinted at now for three episodes. It hasn’t been the focus of season 2, yet it has been seeded enough that Ezra, Kanan, or Captain Rex will sooner or later come to head on the subject.
In “Brothers of the Broken Horn” it is Ezra who who has had it with them and takes off in the Phantom after receiving a distress call. When Ezra learns that it is from “The Broken Horn”, the ship of the smuggler Vizago (Keith Szarabajka), he’s sees it as opportunity to have the smuggler owe him one. Ezra doesn’t find Vizago, in fact, he finds an old pirate from the Clone Wars, Hondo Ohnaka (Jim Cummings). With Chopper at his side, “Brothers of the Broken Horn” is really Ezra’s first solo mission as padawan.
Ezra makes an agreement with Hondo to fix his recently acquired ship, The Broken Horn, in exchange for the power generators that are onboard. The Rebels need these generators and a deal is made. Their partnership is interrupted as Azmorigan (James Hong) enters the picture to collect the bounty on Hondo.
Bill Wolkoff’s script was both fun and clever. A great mix for any cartoon series that has to appeal to an older fan base and young one too. The underlined story is, does Ezra really want to be Jedi? Now that he is on his own, has he learned anything about the universe and his place in it? When all seems lost, Ezra has to reach deep within himself to save the day. Granted there is some help from Chopper, who took on more goons than R2-D2 ever did, with blasters blazing. Which was great. Ezra’s own story is one about choices. There are so many paths for him to take and he had to learn which one was the right one for him. “Brothers of the Broken Horn” is Ezra first solo step into that larger world. [review]