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'Star Wars Rebels' soars as Hera's flight skills are put to the test

Season 2 | Episode 7 | “Wings of the Master” | Aired Nov 11, 2015

Before I even begin, I need to tell you that I watched this episode of Star Wars Rebels three times because I loved it that much. So if you’re not okay with excessive fangirling and emotive gushery, you may want to skip this.

Plus, spoilers abound, so I suggest that you watch if you’d like to avoid them.

Okay, then. Let’s do this.

Hera has always been a leader when it comes to the Ghost, but watching her lead Phoenix Squadron is new. The mission? Get food to people in need in Ibaar*. The problem? Imperial blockade.

Y’know, I’m starting to think Kallus has clones. He’s everywhere!

Unfortunately, the mission to break through the blockade fails when the Empire destroys the transport carrying the supplies and Phoenix Leader is killed during the retreat. It’s a loss Hera takes deeply to heart, and while she’s determined to go back and break that blockade, Kanan volunteers her to go find Shipmaster Quarrie (I see what you did there, Star Wars Story Group) and retrieve his blockage-busting prototype (aka the B-Wing we saw in the season two trailer). It isn’t just an order—she’s the best pilot they have, so Hera’s reluctance isn’t about to convince him otherwise.

No use arguing, Hera

As Kanan and Ezra head back for fresh supplies to try the run again, Hera, Sabine, and Zeb fly to meet Shipmaster Quarrie—who just happens to be on a planet with an atmosphere that’s known to disable a ship’s ability to fly. That means no power on the landing. Basically, it’s falling with style! My favorite part of this scene may be when Zeb goes all B.A. Baracus on everyone. It’s genius.

There’s a “because I was inverted” joke in here somewhere.

I was inverted

Good news: They land. Bad news: Quarrie is not just giving his ship away. She’s his baby. She’s not going to just any pilot. Luckily, the repairs of the Phantom led to this conversation. So much to unpack in so few words, but the real expression of just why Hera loves to fly made me tear up something fierce.

Quarrie is just as moved, and now we get to the part we’ve all been waiting for, but which I, sadly, don’t have video of: Hera Syndulla in the cockpit as the very first test pilot of the B-Wing.

Hera Ready to fly

The Blade-Wing

Hera Flies

Hera in the cockpit

I don’t think I’ve ever seen Hera so happy. As she tests the ship’s capabilities, the maneuverability, the weapons system, I can’t tell you how many feels I had. My heart was so happy for her, and she was so happy!

It made me think of a song by Jeffrey Osborne. It’s like he was singing about Hera and the ship.

But it’s not all happiness. The Ibaarians have hit their breaking point, and that means Kanan is flying point on the next blockade run in the Ghost AND carrying the supplies.

Kanan Going In

Could they be any more of a target? Out of time doesn’t even begin to cover it. So it’s a really good thing that Quarrie put a hyperdrive on the Phantom (now I need to go back and look, because I’m pretty sure it didn’t have a hyperdrive before). That means they can get Hera and the B-Wing back to the fleet just in time to save Kanan and Ezra from getting blown up. Between Hera’s flying and Sabine’s weapon skills, they seriously kick some Imperial ass.

It’s beautiful. Kallus is all smug when two ships come in as reinforcements—but then one of those ships blows one of his ships to smithereens. Now he’s unhappy. But when Kanan gets the Ghost through the blockade and delivers the supplies, there’s practically smoke coming out of his ears.

Cranky Kallus

Once the Rebel fleet is back at the rendezvous, Commander Sato has one last bit of business to attend to. At Kanan’s suggestion, he promotes Hera to Phoenix Leader. Then this happens.

Salute

Is there something in my eye? There has to be. It’s dusty.

Congratulations, Captain Syndulla.

Captain Hera

One oddball thought: The B-Wing’s firing system reminded me of something. Made me feel … cold.

B-Wing Firing

Second oddball thought: Considering that Hera got two characters voiced by Steve Blum killed in this episode, I’m considering starting spreadsheet on how many times she’s been the cause of his death. 😉

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

*Special thanks to Pablo Hidalgo for answering my out-of-the-blue questions.

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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