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It's Empire Day on 'Star Wars Rebels'

Season 1 | Episode 8 | “Empire Day” | Aired Nov 17, 2014

Ezra may want to be a Jedi, but there’s a long way between “want to” and “will” when you can’t still your mind during your lessons.

Then again, when it’s Empire Day, maybe you can’t blame the kid for being distracted. Not to mention the fact that a bunch of TIE pilots just flew into Lothal and are taking a stroll through the cantina.

It doesn’t look like they’re here for a drink. They’re looking for someone, which has our Rebels on edge. However, the Empire isn’t looking for them. It seems the Empire is looking for Ezra’s Rhodian friend Tseebo (Peter MacNichol).

The TIE pilots are also picky about the cantina entertainment, or, in this case, the lack thereof. They strong-arm the bartender into turning on the Imperial Holo Net Broadcast (All Empire propaganda, all the time!), but the joke is on the Empire, as Senator-in-exile Gall Trayvis breaks in with more news on the Rebel front.

Senator Trayvis thinks the Resistance should celebrate Empire Day by protesting all Empire Day events. Let’s just say the TIE pilots don’t like being interrupted and leave.

Ezra isn’t planning on sticking around for the festivities either. He tells the crew that he needs some alone time and winds up back at his old quarters. The combination of it being Empire Day and the news about Tseebo has him missing his parents.

ezra reminisces

We get our first introduction to the Bridgers through vocal flashbacks. Ezra may come off as a tough guy, but he had a loving mom in Mira (Kath Soucie) and father Ephraim (Dee Bradley Baker). They raised him to help others, especially when they were in trouble with the Empire.

Speaking of the Empire, let’s get back to the Empire Day festivities, shall we?

I’ll tell ya, when the Empire throws a parade, they make sure you enjoy it. Geez, guys, how about trading out some of those AT-STs for a big balloon or something?

empire parade

Minister Maketh Tua is back on Lothal for Empire Day. It seems Lothal’s Governor Price got to go visit with Palatine (oooooh, ahhhh), so Tua has graced us with her presence since Lothal is so important to the Empire.

Why is Lothal important? Lothal’s Imperial shipyards build some very pretty ships. Like this Sienar Systems Advanced TIE Starfighter.

It really is pretty. Kanan and Hera are kind of bummed that they have to blow it up.

oooh shiny

What do you get when you combine a few homemade fireworks courtesy of Zeb and Sabine with Kanan’s ability to use a distraction to his advantage? A lot of kaboom.

However, both Agent Kallus and The Inquisitor are on the scene as well, and the crew knows they need to get a move on. Their rendezvous point is blocked off, but Ezra says he knows a place to hide. Unfortunately, it’s not Zeb-friendly, so Zeb takes to the rooftops to meet up with Hera as Ezra, Sabine, and Kanan run off.

Interestingly, Kallus and The Inquisitor have bigger fish to fry. They’re not interested in our crew. They want to find Tseebo.

They probably should have followed Ezra, because Ezra just found Tseebo.


Once a friend of the Bridgers, Tseebo has decided to hide in Ezra’s old family home. We also find out why the Empire wants him back so badly. Tseebo works as a data technician for them, and he’s got a lot of sensitive information they don’t want getting out. He’s also kind of on the fritz mentally due to an implant the Empire has given him. It upped his productivity, but seems to be messing with his brain.

We do get a couple very big pieces of info regarding Ezra: 1) Ezra’s parents were taken away by the Empire. Which means they may still be alive. 2) Ezra was born 15 years ago today.

Ezra Bridger was born the day the Empire took over the galaxy. And you thought having a birthday on Christmas was bad! Poor kid.

Still, we don’t have a lot of time to feel bad for him. The information Tseebo has is crucial, and our Rebels need to get him off Lothal fast. They commandeer an Imperial troop transport, but word is out, and there’s a pretty big roadblock between them and freedom.


Sabine has never met a roadblock she didn’t want to crash through, and she’s not about to stop now. But Kallus is on their tail and the transport has taken some damage. The goal is to get to the Ghost, but Kallus just commed The Inquisitor. This is all going to come down to who gets there first.

This is the part where we have a really good chase scene that involves speederbikes, explosions, Jedi throws, Kallus jumping from transport to transport, and Zeb shooting from the Ghost’s open gangway. Y’know, the stuff I can’t describe all that well. I’m just going to tell you that watching the episode is a good idea if you want to see some killer action.

Seriously, this episode has some of the best action I’ve seen out of the Star Wars franchise.

Once they’re in the air, they still have The Inquisitor and a bunch of TIE fighters to deal with. Plus Tseebo has just taken a hit to the head that somehow seems to have made him more lucid.

Lucid enough to tell Ezra what happened to his parents.



I’ll see you next week. Until then, 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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