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Hondo makes his 'Star Wars Rebels' debut, and it's chewy Hondo goodness

Season 2 | Episode 6 | “Brothers of the Broken Horn” | Aired Nov 4, 2015

For many fans of The Clone Wars, Hondo Ohnaka is one of the greatest space pirates in all of the Star Wars Universe and they felt his loss keenly when The Clone Wars ended. But you know a pirate like Hondo isn’t going to fade into the sunset that easily.

His return, first announced during the Star Wars Rebels season 2 trailer at Star Wars Celebration was met with huge cheers, but we had no idea when he’d return until now. Hondo’s back in the newest episode and, let me assure you, Hondo is still Hondo. Even the way he’s introduced in the episode is, well, very Hondo.

Still, I’m getting ahead of myself.

One of the big questions from last season was how having both Rex and Kanan “training” Ezra was going to work out. As you may have guessed by now, the answer is: not well. This clip from last week’s “Rebels Recon” proves as much.

When Hera jumps in to remind him that he also has maintenance duty, Ezra’s head looks like it’s about to pop, but you know that ultimately, what Hera says goes. Plus, whataya know, her task leaves Ezra and Chopper alone with the Ghost while the rest of the crew go off in search of power cells for a planet in dire need of heat.

Side note: I am now in love with whoever put those TIE symbols on the side of the cockpit.

Phantom Maintenance

The distress call from Vizago’s ship is a nice way to get Ezra off on his own adventure without having him just zoom off in a huff. He needs some alone time, and he needs to work things out. Sending him off in the Phantom to check it accomplished both.

It also gave us a perfect way to reintroduce Hondo.

Of course, we all know Hondo’s up to something—because he’s Hondo. I was amused by Ezra identifying himself as Lando Calrissian and, to be completely honest, I couldn’t tell if Hondo actually believed him or not—not even when Azmorigan outed Ezra due to past dealings with the actual Lando. Also, it’s so nice to see Azmorigan again. So handsome!

Azmorigan

However, if there’s one thing we know about Azmorigan, it’s that he’s a double-crosser. Which is good, because it allows for a really awesome action sequence. Personally, I think Chopper’s the real star here (dual-wielding a blaster rifle and pistol while chasing Azmorigan), but Ezra manages to save himself, Chopper, and Hondo by combining his training as both a soldier and a Jedi—not that he has figured it out yet.

Ezra Jedi Style

I’m happy to see Hondo back for a number of reasons, but his assurance to Ezra that he’s a Jedi sympathizer is nice to hear and sets him up well for the future. That said, Hondo’s still Hondo, so the discovery that he didn’t win Vizago’s ship and that Vizago’s in the brig isn’t a shock.

It also makes sense that Ezra considers taking Hondo up on joining the crew. Being a Pirate Jedi sounds pretty cool if you ask me. But I’m pretty sure a pirate wouldn’t have taken payment in power generators that he’d then give to people in need. Ezra’s a good kid despite his selfish moments.

In the end, it all works out, though. Ezra has repaid Vizago’s favor by getting him his ship back, our rebels get the generators, and Hondo’s made a connection with the rebels.

Hondo Being Hondo

Ezra’s realization at the end of the episode is an example of what gives Rebels its heart. He’s been like Hondo: alone and selfish. He’s lost his family, and he still has that to deal with. But he’s not the street rat we first met. He’s not alone anymore and, while he may still have his selfish moments, he’s figuring out how to be part of a whole. He’s finding a purpose.

He’s becoming a Jedi.

Star Wars Rebels airs Wednesdays at 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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