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'Star Wars Rebels' recap: Lando Calrissian makes a dubious deal with the Rebels

Season 1 | Episode 11 | “Idiot’s Array” | Aired Jan 19, 2015

We’ve had a couple of dry spells between Star Wars Rebels episodes in recent weeks, but the story shows no signs of slowing down, upping the ante this week by bringing Lando Calrissian into the lives of our favorite band of Rebels.

Yep, Lando is back from the future in “Idiot’s Array,” and Billy Dee Williams has returned to bring his iconic voice to our favorite smooth-talking scoundrel. (I count Han as my favorite scruffy-looking, nerf-herding scoundrel, so no one’s left out in the scoundrel department.) As for how he enters the story? Well, let’s just say it involves a friendly game of Sabacc in a cantina.

Zeb is convinced he has a winning hand, but he’s out of credits. No problem. After showing his hand to Kanan, Zeb bets Chopper with Kanan’s approval. Anyone else think this is a terrible idea?

Star Wars Rebels Sabacc

Zeb has Sabacc. That’s a realllllllly good hand. However, Lando has an Idiot’s Array and, no shocker—what with the title of the episode—it’s the best hand you can have. That makes Lando the proud owner of a new droid, and this deal keeps getting worse. In addition to his new droid, Lando has “negotiated” a cargo run with no questions asked, which is news to Hera as the boys return to the Ghost with Lando. They bet her droid, took a job, and negotiated a price without talking to her.


She doesn’t take it well. In fact, she hauls off and punches Kanan. (I tried to get a screen shot. I swear). Still, a deal’s a deal, and the job needs doing. As they take off to meet up with Lando’s contact and acquire the cargo, Lando smooth-talks Chopper and the ladies, but Hera is not buying it. She’s on to Lando’s game, but Sabine, well … she’s easily swayed by Lando’s charm and praise for her artwork. You can’t really blame her, though. Ezra is not real happy about that, though, as you can imagine.

When they meet up with Lando’s contact Azmorigan, Lando tells Hera and Kanan to play along. What does “play along” mean? When Azmorigan (voiced by the ever-awesome James Hong) asks what Lando’s going to give him in return for the cargo, it means Lando presents Hera.

Hera and Azmorigan

Sabine puts it best when she snarks at Kanan, “Quite a day you’re having. First you lose Chopper, now Hera.” But I know you know that Hera’s not going to sit tight and play slave to anyone, right? We’ll return to that.

First, Ezra and Zeb want to know what kind of cargo they just traded their captain for because it’s … grunting. Lando doesn’t say much, save that they shouldn’t open the box or upset whatever’s inside.


Meanwhile, Hera is doing what Lando expected and fleeing Azmorigan’s ship. A little fancy head-bashing with a serving tray and a stolen escape pod result in one of my favorite Hera scenes ever. It’s topped off by Hera hauling off and punching Lando right in the stomach. Glorious.

Now Hera really wants to know what’s in the crate, as do Ezra and Zeb. So, of course, they open it. Awww, look, it’s a cute little pig.Puffer pig

Unless you scare it. Then it looks like this.

Puffed puffer pig

Hera, Lando, Chopper, and Sabine are on one side of that pig. Kanan, Ezra, and Zeb are on the other—and they need to get through an Imperial blockade to deliver their cargo. A few shenanigans and the porcine blockage mean Kanan is flying the Ghost, and Hera is about as far from the cockpit as possible when the Empire recognizes the Ghost as the Corellian ship for which they’ve been searching. (Rebels in a Corellian ship! My inner geek is grinning.) Kanan may be a good pilot, but he’s no Hera. Luckily, Hera gives him some pointers on outrunning the TIE fighters sent after them.

When Kanan compliments Hera on just how much better she is at flying than he is, Lando tries to spin it negatively, but Hera’s not having any more of his pitting the crew against each other. She tells him to knock it off, and Lando definitely gets the message. He may be wired to deceive, but it’s clear that if Lando played it straight with Hera from the get-go, this whole ordeal could have been avoided. After all, if she and Kanan had known the plan, they likely wouldn’t have to deal with Azmorigan showing up when they land with the cargo.

Azmorigan is a little, shall we say, miffed. Lando got the land they’re on from Vizago and, opportunist that he is, Vizago told Azmorigan where to find them. Azmorigan wants compensation for his losses: the pig, Hera, and the Ghost. And Lando being dead is also on his list of demands. Hera’s response is essentially, “Yeah, not so much,” although Kanan is in the mood to consider that last part.

But letting Lando die isn’t really how our Rebels operate, so a firefight will have to do. For a couple of minutes, it’s all blaster bolts, diving for cover, freaked out Puffer Pig puffing, and other thrilling heroics. During the fight, Chopper steals some fuel (that’s why the Rebels needed a job in the first place), and we get our first look at why Ezra’s lightsaber looked so … unique.Ezra
BlasterSaber FTW! In the end, the good guys win, the bad guy loses, Chopper is returned to the crew, and Lando owes Hera Syndulla and the crew for saving his life. So something tells me we’re going to see Lando Calrissian again.

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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