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This week's 'Star Wars Rebels' felt like Episode IV in the best ways

Season 2 | Episode 9 | “Stealth Strike” | Aired Nov 25, 2015

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Before proceeding, please be aware that this is a spoiler zone, and reading the following will be much more understandable after viewing the content of Star Wars Rebels: Stealth Strike. Proceed at your own risk.

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Can we just discuss how GOOD this episode was? I mean, seriously. It was so, so, so, so good.

Two weeks ago, we got a wonderful Hera-centric episode, and last week was all about Sabine. But this episode is all about the men of Rebels (save for Zeb, who’d better have an episode coming up soon because I haven’t seen enough Zeb recently).

But this episode? Thoughts: I haz them.

1) The dynamic with Ezra and Commander Sato is great from the beginning. Ezra, being Ezra, can’t help but to jump in and share his opinion. Sato is like, “Whatever, kid.” Next thing they know, they’re yoinked out of hyperspace.

2 ) Just because it’s the boys’ turn, that doesn’t mean the ladies don’t represent. Captain Hera is in charge and taking no guff. I also liked that Sabine is the one who figured out that a gravity well pulled Sato’s ship out of hyperspace. Her time at the Academy has been coming up more frequently, so I’m guessing we’re going to get an episode of her during her time there down the line. Kanan’s reticence to take Rex is already established—but I liked the way he conceded once Hera reminded him that she sent Ezra and they need to get him back. The subtext with these two is so good.

Captain Hera

3) Ezra’s “I’ve been captured many times” leads to “Well, I’ve also escaped a lot too.” Truth, Ezra Bridger. Of course, Sato doesn’t know that.


4) This is where things started to get good. No, I take it back. This is where things started to get great. “How is it the Empire lets up keep stealing these things?” I admit, I laughed far too loud.

5) Rex’s ability to talk them through the Imperial security aside, who else felt a little “awwww, heart squish” moment when he mentioned how he and Cody came up with the codes the Empire uses? I know I did.

5a) Kanan’s impatience and irritation with Rex prove that while he’s a Jedi, he’s no Master yet.

6) If you weren’t already feeling like this episode is an homage to episode four, this scene should have done the trick. I loved Rex’s little butt wiggle to get his armor to fit. I could totally hear Han and Luke having the “I told you this was a bad idea” conversation. Especially when these two are on the elevator a bit later.

Trooper Buddies

7) You have to feel a little bad for the Admiral in this episode. who so proudly boasts to Agent Kallus that the Imperial Navy can handle “one boy.” Part of me felt like Kallus was just hoping the Admiral had to eat his words, which he did.


8) Rex and Kanan may be on the way to rescue Ezra, but Ezra Bridger doesn’t need rescuing. Honestly, I loved this scene. Not just because Ezra was a badass, but because he warned the troopers before he did anything. He also didn’t hurt them, as promised. And, say what you want, but he only shot Kanan and Rex because they were in trooper armor.

8a) Chopper is a tattletale.

9) Show of hands: Who laughed their asses off at the conversation between Rex and Kanan once they woke up? Kanan is mad; Rex is proud. Kanan’s “WHAT??!” when Rex said Ezra should have shot to kill was priceless.

9a) “He takes after Hera sometimes.” Kanan has the best line of the episode.

10) It’s at about this time that I realized that a) Ezra has gotten REALLY good with both his lightsaber and his fighting skills. Kanan and Rex may argue, but they’re training the kid amazingly well. b) So far, Ezra hasn’t needed rescuing. He’s managing all of this on his own. Even with “help.”

11) This is about the point that I just sat back and watched and enjoyed. Kanan and Rex are my new favorite buddy film team, and Ezra and Chopper work really well together. Each pair has their own task; it’s the banter mixed with the badassery that makes this episode great. Chopper messing with the gravity while sabotaging the controls, Ezra’s deflecting laser bolts midair, lines like “You’re not the first Jedi I’ve fought beside” and “But probably the last.” It’s all so GOOOOOOOOD.

But my favorite had to be Kanan’s sarcastic “You really DO shoot like a Stormtrooper,” followed by Rex’s comment about the helmet and then using the helmet to bean one of the other troopers.



Kanan Strikes Back

Kanan and Rex escape

12) In the end, the rescue happens, the ship is destroyed, we win, the bad guys lose, and everyone is reunited. Everything is good. Everyone is safe.

But it was this last moment that got me, as I have no doubt it was meant to.

Kanan Salute

Kanan, Ezra, and Rex all have a little growing to do if they’re going to keep working together, but I have no doubt that they’ll figure it out. Because as we Jews might say, each of them is a real mensch.

Random Thoughts

Love this picture. Phoenix Leader Hera and, oh, look, lady pilot on the left. Yay!
Hera In Charge

This art by Sabine is everything.

Sabine Kanan & Rex Art

See you next week, bubalas—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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