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Ezra joins the Empire on 'Star Wars: Rebels'

Season 1 | Episode 6 | “Breaking Ranks” | Aired Nov 3, 2014

Ezra Bridger has joined the Empire.

Sort of. As a Stormtrooper cadet by the name of Dev Morgan, he’s going through training at the Imperial Academy with a number of other young men his age.  He’s even made friends with a fellow cadet named Jai Kell (Dante Basco) and has distinguished himself among the other boys by winning challenge after challenge.

However, I’m thinking Ezra may have “distinguished” himself too much during this most recent challenge. In a test that forces the boys to use flying platforms to get out of a hole (you know those big gaping maws the Empire stations have? Like that, but smaller) Ezra’s quick reflexes come to the attention of his trainer. Maybe not in a good way.

Oh and, because you knew Ezra hadn’t really joined the Empire, I can tell you that Sabine, Zeb, and Chopper are inside the Academy as well. Ezra just made contact with Chopper (who’s camouflaged by black paint) via a finger signal. A small problem: One of his fellow cadets, Zare Leonis (Bryton James), just saw the exchange, and now he’s all suspicious-like.


Back on the ship, Kanan is totally doing the worried mom thing about this op. Hera is playing the role of the calm but supportive dad and reminding Kanan that this was his idea. I love those two so much!

The idea of the op is to get a decoder, which is in the possession of our old friend Agent Kallus. Ezra gets into Kallus’ office and is able to grab the decoder, but he’s stopped by Zare. The jig is up!

Actually, not so much. When Zare figures out what Ezra is up to, he warns Ezra that if he takes the decoder out of the room, it’ll trip a sensor and warn the whole station. We may have another Rebel among us. On the downside, it means the overall mission to stop a Kyber crystal shipment has been delayed another day.

Zare has definitely got a reason to distrust the Empire. His sister, Dara, was a top cadet at the Academy. She’s disappeared. He wants to know why.

When our cadets have another training session, Ezra has to make sure that he and Zare advance so that they have access to more of the Academy. Unfortunately, in order to do that, Ezra has to throw his friend Jai under the bus. Jai is not happy.

not happy

The boys have another shot at the decoder. This time the plan is for Jai to distract Kallus while Ezra uses his Force abilities to lift the decoder out of the room and into the ventilation shaft. (Again, Ezra is in the ventilation shafts. It should be a meme!). The ruse works and Ezra gets the decoder, but he also hears a conversation between his training officer, Commander Aresko (David Shaughnessy), and The Inquisitor. Dev Morgan and Jai Kell have been identified as meeting The Inquisitor’s “special criteria.” He’s coming to Lothal to test them and, if conclusive, take them into custody.


It’s a good thing that they have the decoder and they can get out of there.

Yeah, about that. Ezra has decided that he needs to stay and help Jai. He sends a holo message to Zen and Sabine telling them that he’s got a plan. Would they please create a distraction around noon?

ezra's got this

Ezra and Zare convince Jai that The Inquisitor wanting to see him isn’t a good thing, and that they need to win whatever challenge Aresko has planned for them—because the reward, a ride inside an Imperial Walker, is their ticket out of there.

I’ve got a bad feeling about this.

The challenge doesn’t go according to plan. Ezra gets knocked out of the competition by another cadet. Still, Zare and Jai win the ride in the walker. Ezra is hoping they follow the plan.

While I’m biting my nails over that, Hera and Kanan have taken the decoder to go after the Kyber crystal shipment, which puts them in a heated battle with the Empire.

Jai and Zare have stuck to the plan and, with a little help from some Ezra-planted explosions, there’s mayhem at the Academy. When the boys take some unexpected fire trying to escape, Ezra jumps up on the walker. Aresko, bless his heart, thinks Ezra is trying to take on the defecting boys single-handedly. Awww, he’s so cute!

Meanwhile, Kanan’s fast flying in the Ghost’s shuttle has given Hera a shot on the ship with the Kyber crystal. Does she ever take the shot!

big bada boom

Just when you think Jai, Ezra, and Zare have been caught by the Empire after the Walker goes down, it’s Zeb, Sabine, and Chopper to the rescue! However, when they all start to jump into a landspeeder to escape, Zare says he needs to stay. He needs to find out what happened to his sister. Ezra says he’ll keep in touch. Zare pretends he’s firing at our Rebels as they escape so he can maintain his cover.

In the end, the Kyber crystal is destroyed and the mission is a success. But I’m worried about Zare. The Inquisitor has arrived, and he quickly discovers that Ezra was the “cadet” he was supposed to look into.

As one of Ezra’s friends, Zare is now a source of information. That’s not good.

tell me what you know

Until next week, be well—and may the Force be with you.

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

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

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