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'Star Wars Rebels' fan recap: Hope is a good thing

Season 1 | Episode 12 | “Vision of Hope” | Aired Feb 2, 2015

Sabine, Zeb, and Chopper are all shooting at Ezra. Must be Monday on Star Wars Rebels!

I’d think Kanan beat Obi-Wan at the “let’s teach the padawan how to fight with the blast shield down” lesson … save for the fact that while Ezra is deflecting the bolts, he’s unable to deflect them into the Stormtrooper helmet Kanan has set up. Still, Zeb and Sabine look like they’re having a ball blasting away at Ezra.

However, Ezra is more connected to the Force than he realizes, when he has a vision of Senator in exile Gall Trayvis and the crew of the Ghost. Not only does it tell Ezra that Trayvis knew his parents, but Ezra deflected every bolt into that trooper helmet during the vision. I’m gonna be honest: Ezra’s powers make me very nervous.

Trayvis Rebel Mission

Coincidentally, Trayvis has just started broadcasting another rebel message. Hera’s intel and decoding skills reveal that Trayvis is headed to Lothal. It looks like Ezra’s vision was a portent after all. Kanan is worried that the message and the vision may not necessarily mean that Trayvis is to be trusted, but Ezra is sure. I think I mentioned this in an old recap, but I’m still leery of Trayvis. Of course, I’m a suspicious kinda gal.

The meet is supposed to be at the Empire center on Lothal. Luckily, Ezra has a friend on the inside. The good news is that Zare Leonis just confirmed that Agent Muttonchops (aka Kallus) is beefing up security in the same place Trayvis suggested the meet. Bad news is, Zare and Ezra just got caught talking. Ezra’s vision included him running from troopers. So, still on target. Luckily, Zare is a fast talker and Ezra is a fast runner.

Interesting side note: Rebels are being referred to as “insurgents” by the Empire. I’m betting that’s no accident, Dave Filoni. After a quick rendezvous and sitrep at Ezra’s old family home, our Rebels head out to recon the meetup location. They have eyes on Trayvis’ shuttle, and they also spot a heavy Imperial presence. Oddly, none of the troopers are moving in to capture Trayvis. Kanan smells a womp rat, but Ezra is sure Trayvis can be trusted and he has a way to get them in to see him without being spotted by the Empire. (I have to admit, I got distracted by Kanan’s ponytail during this scene. I’m convinced his ponytail has a dedicated animator.)

Star Wars Rebels sitrep
Ezra’s plan? The sewers. Into the garbage chute, flyboys!

Moment that made me LOL: Zeb is complaining about the smell, and Sabine quips, “It does smell like you.” When Zeb glares at her, she adds, “I was talking about Ezra.” Ezra goes moon-faced: “Wait, you know what I smell like?”

Ezra’s plan works, and they make it to the meet with Trayvis. Unfortunately, Agent Muttonchops just showed up with a squad of troopers and our Rebels are surrounded.

surrounded

No need to panic just yet. Kanan was smart and sent Zeb and Sabine to higher ground before they went in, so they’re able to jump in with a couple of Sabine’s “miracles” and Zeb’s fighting skills to help even the odds.

They make it out, with Trayvis in tow (I’m still suspicious) and Kallus in hot pursuit. After some fancy shooting and lightsaber action, they’re back in the sewers. Trayvis is having a hard time keeping up, so the team splits up: Kanan, Zeb, and Sabine draw the troopers’ attention while Ezra and Hera escort Trayvis to safety.

Maybe Trayvis would be faster on his feet if he weren’t so busy complimenting Hera and Ezra on how organized they seem and how they must have a big network of allies to manage their thrilling heroics. I’ve got a bad feeling about this. I think Hera’s Spidey sense is tingling too, because when they reach an obstacle in the sewers, Hera gives Trayvis a blaster and tells him to watch their backs. She doesn’t look shocked when Trayvis then trains that blaster on her and Ezra. Actually, she has a perfect “Oh no you didn’t” face going.

Hera Oh No You Didn
Ezra, however, is heartbroken. He believed in Trayvis and all he stood for. He thought Trayvis was a freedom fighter like his parents. It turns out Trayvis has joined the Empire, and his transmissions are actually a way to locate and report on rebel cells. His trip to Lothal was just another recon mission for the Empire. As Trayvis goes on about how Ezra’s parents were stupid to fight the Empire, Hera gets right in Trayvis’ face and tells him that Ezra’s parents gave people something to fight for. Trayvis has the blaster trained on her, but Hera knows something Trayvis doesn’t as he goes to shoot her. That blaster doesn’t work. (I’ve mentioned how much I love Hera, right?)

Hera does what we’re all hoping she’ll do. She cold-cocks him. Lays him out flat. Of course, they still have to escape Kallus and the troopers, but the combination of Kanan’s Jedi powers and our crews’ fancy shooting get them to safety and leave Trayvis for Kallus to deal with.

They return to the Ghost a little sadder, a little wiser. Ezra thought he understood his vision. He wanted to believe it was true and, Hera admits, so did she. Ezra feels bad that they were wrong, but there’s something in the way that Hera smiles when she tells him that they were fooled because they have hope. It’s something that says it can get better, it will get better, and that’s a good thing.

Star Wars Rebels Vision Of Hope
She’s right. Hope is a good thing … and I hope I 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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