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'Star Wars Rebels' season finale fan recap: Saving Kanan and unmasking Fulcrum

Season 1 | Episode 15 | “Fire Across the Galaxy” | Aired Mar 2, 2015

I don’t know about you, but I’ve been waiting for part two of the Star Wars Rebels season finale all week. I’m so excited!

Last we saw our Rebels, the Inquisitor was interrogating Kanan while the rest of the Ghost crew learned Tarkin was making way for Mustafar.

That rescue starts with commandeering an Imperial transport ship, which they manage with some pretty thrilling heroics and a beautiful explosion. Unfortunately, the plan is going to need something a bit smaller—and they’re all out of ships since they blew up the rest of them when they escaped.

Except, well, they do have one backup ship. Remember that TIE fighter that Zeb and Ezra “borrowed” a while back? Turns out they didn’t destroy it like Hera ordered. Hera’d be mad, but she’s too busy being grateful they have the TIE. There’s only one problem, but we’ll get back to that.

Right now we have to check in with Kanan.

The Inquisitor’s still trying to get information on the larger Rebellion, specifically Fulcrum, but Kanan’s lack of knowledge and his determination are helping him defy the interrogation.

Here’s hoping he can hold on. The Inquisitor is getting nasty.

Our Rebels are closing in on the Star Destroyers. Remember that problem I mentioned with the TIE? Well, this is it.


Nice paint job, right? Good thing it only has to make it past the scanners and land on Tarkin’s ship long enough for Sabine to trip an electric pulse. It takes out all the power and knocks out a lot of the troopers. Our Rebels use the opportunity to dock and search for Kanan. They don’t have much time. The other Destroyers are sending reinforcements.

Leaving Chopper on the ship as lookout, the rest of the crew have their own problems. The reinforcements have arrived more quickly than expected. Tarkin seems to have planned for their rescue attempt. After sealing a door to avoid the troopers, Ezra is the only one who can get to Kanan via the ducts, so up he goes. Meanwhile, back on the ship, Chopper just got an incoming call. From Fulcrum. Uh-oh.

Call from Fulcrum

Ezra locates Kanan and is able to get him out of the detention cell, but it’s not long before they find the Inquisitor waiting for them, lightsaber in hand. The Inquisitor has taken Kanan’s lightsaber, but Kanan borrows his padawan’s saber.

The beauty of Ezra’s saber design is never more apparent than when Kanan charges the Inquisitor and fires the blaster before igniting the blade. With a little Force, Ezra gets Kanan’s lightsaber off of the Inquisitor’s belt. The fight is fast and furious—until the Inquisitor force pushes Ezra off the walkway into one of those huge open spaces Star Wars architecture is so known for.

The Inquisitor takes a moment to gloat, but something in Kanan has changed. With nothing left to fear and both his and Ezra’s sabers in hand, he goes seriously full badass.

Hera, Sabine, and Zeb are dodging troopers everywhere, and they’re having a hard time making it back to Chopper. Sabine suggests a change of plan: head for the TIE in the docking bay. When Hera tries to update Ezra, we get a look at where Ezra’s fallen. It’s not as far down as I feared, and it takes a little time, but he wakes up. He’s okay!

Hera asks how Kanan is and, as Ezra looks up, he tells Hera, “I think he’s better than okay.”

He really is. This is a side of Kanan we haven’t seen. He’s discovered just how strong the Force is and he’s embracing it now that he’s no longer afraid to do so. Not only is the fight itself pretty dang epic, but his final move––using both his sabers to tear apart the Inquisitor’s spinning dual saber––is seriously fantastic.

The Inquisitor loses his balance and tumbles, the pieces of his saber falling into the power core and causing a chain reaction that you just know is going to destroy Tarkin’s Destroyer. The Inquisitor has caught hold of the walkway, but even as he hangs there, he’s not defeated. He promises Kanan that he’s unleashed something this day—something far more frightening than death. And then he … lets go.

Far more frightening than death

We’ll have to ponder on just what he meant some other time, because this ship is about to blow. Kanan barely has time to be glad Ezra’s alive before they haul ass.

Hera, Zeb, and Sabine have made it to the TIE and, after confirming that both Kanan and Ezra are okay, take off. Kanan and Ezra jump in the Inquisitor’s TIE (he won’t need it) and get out of there, but there are still a bunch of TIEs shooting at them and Chopper’s nowhere to be found with the transport ship. (The action here is so, so, so, so good. You have to watch this episode.)

Suddenly, Chopper’s transport drops out of hyperspace. He’s brought the cavalry! After a quick docking maneuver, they all make the jump at light speed. Sadly, it looks like Tarkin escaped—but we can’t have everything.

Our Rebels return to discover just who came to their aid: leaders of other Rebel cells. One of those leaders, it turns out, is Bail Organa. The other big surprise is coming face to face with Fulcrum—or as you might know her, Ahsoka Tano. Anakin’s padawan has grown up and taken a personal interest in Ezra and his journey.

It also looks like the Emperor has decided to address some of the unrest in the Empire due to the Rebel victory on Mustafar. He has sent a replacement for the Inquisitor. One who he thinks will get real results.

Vader is coming

Darth Vader.

I can’t wait until season two!

Thank for reading, and may the Force be with you.

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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