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Firefights in a sandstorm: It's all about trust on 'Star Wars Rebels'

Season 2 | Episode 4 | “Relics of the Old Republic” | Aired Oct 21, 2015

On last week’s episode of Star Wars Rebels, our crew found themselves stranded on a planet in the Seelos System with a damaged shuttle (stupid frim-frammin’ Empire probe droids), three decommissioned clone troopers, and both the Empire and a sandstorm on the way.

To borrow a phrase from the Buffy fandom, “We’ve got trouble. Must be Wednesday.”

Kallus isn’t messing around now that he knows something is up. So he sends some TIEs to scout. A rip-roarin’ battle scene commences: TIEs swooping, all hands on deck, lightsabers deflecting, Zeb and Sabine firing big guns. But it’s Gregor who gets the shot, and it’s a hell of a good one.

Gregor vs. TIE

Of course, you can’t blow a TIE to smithereens without cluing people in to your presence. Agent Kallus has his muttonchops in a bunch now. Forget more TIEs—he’s going for the ground assault. That means he needs to be at the helm of an AT-AT.

Through all of this, Kanan is yo-yoing between trying to run things, wanting to trust the clones, and pretty much figuring everyone is nuts. On top of that, he’s seeing Ezra bonding with Rex, and he’s not happy. It’s not jealousy—it’s concern, which, if you’ve read Marvel’s “Kanan: The Last Padawan” series, you’ll understand. (And if you haven’t, you’ll want to get on that. Trust me on this.)

Before you think someone forgot Hera and Chopper, they had to power down earlier to escape notice when the Empire showed up, but Hera is tired of all this sitting around. Powering back up brings Chopper (cranky as ever) back to life. Chopper and Hera conversations are my favorite thing ever. Plus, now they can help, as Kallus’s star destroyer has been called away to rendezvous with a shuttle at Darth Vader’s request.

Rex, Gregor, and Wolffe’s reaction to the AT-ATs the first time they see them is one of amusement and curiosity. That said, they’re not cocky enough to try to take on all three at once. Instead, they pull a 180 and head into the sandstorm, with the AT-ATs close behind. No scopes. No scans. Zero visibility. Kallus isn’t worried because he’s got tactics. Rex isn’t worried because he knows they have something better than tactics: Jedi.

It’s like chess. In a sandstorm. With big metal machines.

What follows is one of my favorite scenes in the series to date and, without question, one of the most cinematically perfect ones. I can’t describe it, save to say that I was transfixed by each move and countermove. Sand’s swirling while light and shadows play across the screen. It’s a moment where Kanan not only accepts his part in this as a Jedi, but accepts his part as a leader. He gets the group into a position that seems insane, but may be their only hope of making it out alive.

The plan? They’ve gotten the AT-ATs to circle around them. A single well-placed shot to the neck of one will give them the chance they need and leave the other two quite literally in the dust. It’s going to take two Jedi to make it work. Ezra, with encouragement from Rex, will man the gun, while Kanan leads them out of the storm once the walker is down.

Fingers crossed.

In a beautiful callback to Luke during the trench run, Kanan tells Ezra he has to forget using the targeting scope and trust himself. Right down to the music. OH, THE FEELS! It also works pretty much the way it did last time, which is to say, perfectly.

Rex is happy to let the rebels take the Phantom and go (soldier that he is, he doesn’t run from a fight—and it’s a hell of a fight), and our rebels start to fly away. But what fun is that? They do what we all hope they’ll do: They come back to help in a manner that causes Rex to say, “Just like the old days.”

Soon enough, the good guys win, the bad guys lose, and the clones are heading back with our crew. Yay!

Wondering about that shuttle the Empire was sent off to meet earlier? Well who should step off but the new Inquisitor, the Fifth Brother. Things are about to get even tougher for the rebels. Kanan still doesn’t trust all of this—they’re still outnumbered, and every day is another day that they’ll probably have to fight. There’s plenty to worry about.

But worry can wait. Let’s enjoy the victory lap and a reunion that was years in the making.

Rex and Ahsoka Reunion

See you next week, and may the Force be with you.

Star Wars Rebels airs Wednesdays 9:30 p.m. ET/PT 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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