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Sabine can't outrun her past on this week's 'Star Wars Rebels'

Season 2 | Episode 8 | “Blood Sisters” | Aired Nov 18, 2015

As always, I start with the spoiler warning and the mom-size finger waggle. If you haven’t seen this Star Wars Rebels episode, go watch, then come back—because this will be way more fun to read at that point.

So, let’s do it list-style this week. My brain is feeling listy today.

1) Can we just discuss how cool Hera is right at the beginning? Not only is she out of her pilot headgear (I swear, she looks totally different with just a plain white headpiece), but she’s just giving orders like it’s NBD. She’s very much in Phoenix Leader mode, and she wears it well.

2) Ezra reallllllllly needs to step up his social game. Poor kid. If Ezra is fighting, or training, or reacting to something, or even “up to something,” he can think on his feet and speak with some authority. Put him next to a silent Sabine, and the age/maturity gap between them is suddenly crystal clear. I don’t doubt that this was a way for the writers to put in the exposition re: Sabine, but it worked when it was our awkward little padawan Blueberry (term courtesy of Johnamarie Macias) trying to have a conversation.

3) Watching these two trying to casually say “It’s a long way to Alderaan” to an entire shuttle full of people was great. I think it was more amusing to me because I knew what the courier looked like, but it was no less enjoyable watching it unfold.

4) Ketsu Ohno. Can we just discuss the coolness factor of Sabine’s “Old Friend”? Voiced by Gina Torres (her voice is like a balm to my Firefly-loving soul), Ketsu isn’t messing around.

5) That firefight. Amazingly, the Stormtroopers are pretty good shots, but Sabine and Ketsu are better. Ezra is okay, too—but watching the ladies work together is great. Ezra “helping” gets him dropped out of the shuttle (dude, you should have stayed INSIDE), but Ketsu fighting her way out of there (and Dave Filoni letting a Trooper legit punch a girl) was epic.

Ketsu rocks

Sabine Rocks

Let the ladies show you how it

6) The entire scene between Ketsu and Sabine in space is just kickass. Former partners fighting each other? They know the other one’s tricks. How do you fight someone who fights like you and knows your moves before you make them? However, I think Chopper may be the star of the scene.

Chopper saves the day

7) The negotiation. Forced into a position where they have to talk, Ketsu is all business and more than a few threats. Where once Sabine may have reacted the same way as her “Blood Sister,” she uses a different tactic: the truth … about her life, her mission, her friends, and about why this mission and saving Chopper are so important. You can see how much Sabine has evolved in Ketsu’s eyes.

Ketsu forgiven

8) There’s so much that happens once the Empire shows up that I’m not sure quite what to say, except never go up against two female Mandalorians. This scene kind of reminds me of Han in Stormtrooper armor saying, “Uh, everything is under control. Situation normal.” Except it takes a lot longer for the Empire to figure out they’re being played and, by the time they do, it’s far too late. Plus, lots of stuff blows up. That’s always cool. I also love that Chopper won’t do anything until Sabine is safe. It’s good to have friends.

Up to something

9) The mission is complete, but let’s admit it—this scene was allll about Chopper and R2 meeting again. I’d pay good money for subtitles just for this scene.

10) Whatever bad blood existed between Ketsu and Sabine had been transfused with a newer understanding during this mission. Ketsu is not ready to join the cause and fight the Empire just yet, but she was willing to give up her bounty for her friend, and something in her has definitely changed.

Fences Mended

If there’s one thing I love most about the cause our rebels are on, it’s this: They truly want to help people and make a difference. It’s a commitment that is hard to deny and hard to resist. I think Sabine is right when she says this won’t be the last time they see Ketsu, because Ketsu has seen Sabine’s transformation and just what having true backup is all about.

I’m also all misty now, so I’ll wrap it up. See you next week, and may the Force be with you.

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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