EW Community TV Show Episode Guides and Recaps from EW's Community

Image Credit: Image Credit: Disney/Lucasfilm

It all begins on 'Star Wars Rebels': 'Spark of Rebellion'

Season 1 | Episodes 1 & 2 | “Spark of Rebellion” | Aired Oct 3, 2014

I should warn you guys: I’m a Star Wars geek, and I’m pretty excited about this show, so there may be some … fangirling and squeeage. For those of you familiar with the timeline, Star Wars Rebels is set between Episodes III and IV of the Star Wars saga. The Jedi have been wiped out and the Empire has risen.

We begin on the Outer Rim world of Lothal, where we meet 14-year-old Ezra Bridger. Ezra is not a fan of the Empire, but he’s definitely a fan of causing trouble especially at their expense. It might even be considered heroic, the way he distracts an Imperial squad to help an old vendor, but he’s having way too much fun to say it’s all for a good cause.

Hopping from rooftop to rooftop in the marketplace, he has this sense that someone’s watching him. Y’know, that tickle between his shoulder blades. He turns to see Kanan (Freddie Prinze, Jr.), who has that same feeling, but Kanan shrugs it off since he’s in the middle of something else. Kanan gives a hand signal to a Lasat named Zeb (Steve Blum), another to a female Mandalorian named Sabine (Tiya Sircar), and, before you know it, we have an explosion near an important Imperial shipment. The heist is on.

As for Ezra, he wasn’t invited, but he grabs some loot for himself. Now Kanan and the Imperials after him. In case you were wondering, Imperial Stormtroopers still have terrible aim. It’s a rip-roaring speeder-bike chase through the streets. Ezra gets away, but then a TIE fighter chases him—until he’s blown out of the sky. Now there are more on the way. Ezra has two choices: Stay and die, or get on Kanan’s ship, The Ghost, and live to fight another day. He picks option B. However, the Empire is still chasing the ship, so we’re not out of the woods yet.

We meet a Twi’lek pilot named Hera (Vanessa Marshall) and an R2 unit named Chopper. I can tell I’m already going to love Hera because she’s got zero problems giving Kanan grief in that “we’re in a relationship” way. She’s also a damn good pilot.

Meanwhile, Ezra gets on Zeb’s bad side, gets locked in a crate, and escapes. Then Sabine finds him, and Ezra goes positively moon-eyed over her when she takes off her Mando helmet and blasts a TIE to smithereens.

Back on Lothal, Imperial Agent Kallus (David Oyelowo) is on the case. He’s got a plan to catch the thieves. Having escaped, the crew returns to deliver some of the crates they stole to Cikatro Vizago (Keith Szarabajka) in a refugee settlement named Tarkin Town (named for Grand Moff Tarkin). Vizago says he has intel on a new job.

Back on the ship, Ezra’s got that weird “feeling” again. He finds a holocron and a lightsaber—not that he knows what they are, but he gets a quick education when Kanan finds him. Ezra says he felt like the items called to him. Kanan gets the saber back, but Ezra palms the holocron as he walks away. I get the sense Kanan’s testing the kid. We’ll see.

Right now, the crew has a new mission: Rescue a ship full of Wookiee prisoners. The mission starts easily enough with Kanan, Zeb, and Sabine on board, but when an Imperial Star Destroyer drops out of lightspeed, we’ve got a problem. This was a setup. Jarrus is on that Star Destroyer.

Hera tells Ezra he has to warn the others and, when Ezra tries to act like a tough guy, she sets him straight. Kanan saved him; he needs to return the favor. Whatever Ezra is gonna do, he’d better do it fast, because that detention block isn’t filled with Wookiees, but armed troopers. He warns Zeb and Kanan and, thanks to Sabine sabotaging the artificial gravity, it looks like they’re going to make it. Then Ezra gets captured. Zeb tries to help him but makes a choice to leave him behind.


That’s what everyone else says when they find out Zeb left the kid, too. Ezra is in a prison cell. The only thing they left him with is the holocron, which activates after he throws it in frustration. It’s a message from Obi-Wan Kenobi to all remaining Jedi. Kanan had that holocron. Also, yay Obi-Wan!

Back on The Ghost, the crew is voting on rescuing Ezra. They know it’s a trap. For his part, Ezra outwits his guards and, next thing they know, they’re the ones locked up. He’s also found the armory and picks up a helmet, which means he can hear all the chatter on the coms. Smart kid.

The Ghost shows up just in time to save Ezra and, with a little explosion courtesy of Sabine, the resident explosives expert, they’re free and clear. Ezra says he knows where the Wookiee prisoners are—but uh-oh, they’re in the spice mines of Kessel. Also not cool, Kallus finds out that Ezra heard that info through the helmet.

It’s all very exciting. The Ghost swoops in to Kessel and starts firing. The crew frees the Wookiees, and everything’s great until more TIE fighters show up and Kallus appears. Then it’s all blaster fire and evasive maneuvers. It looks bad until Kanan stands up and starts walking directly into the path of the blaster shots. They seem to go right past him. He then pulls out that lightsaber and, in one fell swoop, reveals himself as a Jedi.

It’s awesome.

At the same time, Ezra reveals himself to be a hero as he runs off to save a Wookiee child from a trooper and sends the trooper off a railing. (Insert Wilhelm scream here!)

In the end, the crew saves the Wookiees, defeats Kallus, and heads back to Lothal to return Ezra. But you know it’s not going to end like that. If you haven’t guessed it by now, the Force is strong with Ezra, and Kanan knows it. Kanan offers Ezra the chance to come with them, be his apprentice, and join the crew. Ezra accepts.

If there’s one cloud over this happy ending, it’s the fact that Kallus has informed a Sith Inquisitor that he’s identified a rebel cell—and that the leader of that cell is very good with a lightsaber.

Star Wars Rebels airs Mondays at 9/8C on Disney XD.

TV Families | EW.com
Mark Harris
February 23, 1990 AT 05:00 AM EST

The Bradys are back, with a passel of 90’s hassles. Do they represent the typical American Family? Did they ever? Who does? Stare and compare!

Kind Of Family
TheBradyBunch 1969-74: Blended
The Bradys 1990-: Enormous
Married…With Children 1987-: Postnuclear
Thirtysomething 1987-: Extended
The Flintstones 1960-66: Modern Stone Age

Family Pet
The Brady Bunch: Tiger
The Bradys: Alice
Married…With Children: Buck
Thirtysomething: Grendel
The Flintstones: Dino

Typical Guest Star
The Brady Bunch: Davey Jones
The Bradys: There’s no room
Married…With Children: Sam Kinison
Thirtysomething: Carly Simon
The Flintstones: Ann Margrock

Expression Of Joy
The Brady Bunch: Groovy!
The Bradys: Ritual hugging
Married…With Children: ”Oh, great.”
Thirtysomething: ”Of course I’m happy for you. Really. But what about me? Why does it always have to be about you?
The Flintstones: ”Yabba-dabba doo

Expression Of Rage

The Brady Bunch: ”Hmmm…”
The Bradys: ”If you back away from something you really want, then you’re a quitter!” (the angriest any Brady has ever been)
Married…With Children: ”Aaagh, God, take me from this miserable life!”
Thirtysomething: ”I’m not angry, OK?”
The Flintstones: ”Willllmaaaa!”

Typical Problem
The Brady Bunch: Marcia and her rival both want to be the prom queen.
The Bradys: Bobby gets paralyzed.
Married…With Children: Al doesn’t buy his family Christmas presents.
Thirtysomething: Nancy gets cancer.
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney are staying out too late.

Typical Solution
The Brady Bunch: The prom committee decides to have two queens.
The Bradys: Bobby gets married.
Married…With Children: They hate him.
Thirtysomething: If only we knew…
The Flintstones: Wilma and Betty decide to follow them.

House Style
The Brady Bunch: Conservative but mod, circa ’69
The Bradys: Conservative but mod, circa ’90
Married…With Children: Roach motel
Thirtysomething: Enviable
The Flintstones: Suburban cave

Clothing Style
The Brady Bunch: Early Osmonds
The Bradys: Made in the USA
Married…With Children: Flammable fabrics
Thirtysomething: Eclectic earth tones; nice ties
The Flintstones: One-piece

Most Annoying Character
The Brady Bunch: Alice’s cousin Emma, the substitute housekeeper (too strict)
The Bradys: Marcia’s husband, Wally (chronically unemployable)
Married…With Children: Steve (supercilious)
Thirtysomething: Ellyn (goes through Hope’s drawers, babbles, changes hairstyle every other week, generally mistreats her friends)
The Flintstones: Mr. Slate (bossy)

Attitude Toward Sex
The Brady Bunch: Never heard of it
The Bradys: Omigod — even Cindy does it!
Married…With Children: Peg: Yes. Al: No.
Thirtysomething: They didn’t get all those kids by accident.
The Flintstones: Prehistoric

How Spouses Fight
The Brady Bunch: They don’t.
The Bradys: Infrequently, but it happens
Married…With Children: Tooth and nail
Thirtysomething: They stop talking
The Flintstones: Fred and Barney go bowling while Wilma and Betty max out their charge cards.

How Kids Get Into Trouble
The Brady Bunch: Greg takes a puff of a cigarette.
The Bradys: Carol’s grandson steals her business cards and sticks them in the spokes of Bobby’s wheelchair.
Married…With Children: By committing felonies
Thirtysomething: Ethan plays with a forbidden toy rocket.
The Flintstones: They don’t.

How They’re Punished

The Brady Bunch: ”It’s not what you did, honey — it’s that you couldn’t come to us.”
The Bradys ”Next time, ask.”
Married…With Children: By the authorities
Thirtysomething: It blows up in his face.
The Flintstones: They’re not.

What Family Does For Fun
The Brady Bunch: Takes special three-part vacations to Hawaii and the Grand Canyon
The Bradys: Has flashbacks
Married…With Children: Exchanges insults
Thirtysomething: Talks
The Flintstones: Attends showings of The Monster at the Bedrock Drive-In

Unsolved Mysteries
The Brady Bunch: How exactly did Carol’s first husband and Mike’s first wife die?
The Bradys: What’s with Marcia’s new face and Bobby’s blonde hair
Married…With Children: What kind of hair spray does Peg use?
Thirtysomething: Why did Nancy take Elliot back? What do Gary and Susanna see in each other?
The Flintstones: How does Barney’s shirt stay on if he has no shoulders? Where do Fred and Wilma plug in their TV?

Worst Behavior
The Brady Bunch: The Brady children once made Alice feel under-appreciated.

The Bradys: Marcia’s son Mickey watches Bobby’s car-crash tape for fun.
Married…With Children: The Bundy’s kill their neighbor’s dog.
Thirtysomething: Elliot has an affair and talks about it.
The Flintstones: Characters don’t wear under-clothes.

Best Reason To Watch
The Brady Bunch: This is what life should be.
The Bradys: They’re all grown-ups now!
Married…With Children: Terry Rakolta hates it.
Thirtysomething (Tie) This is your life. This isn’t your life.
The Flintstones: This is what life might have been.

Best Reason Not To Watch
The Brady Bunch: Blurred vision from rerun overdoses.
The Bradys: You’re all grown-ups now.
Married…With Children: She has a point.
Thirtysomething: After a while, you think it’s real.
The Flintstones: The Simpsons

You May Like