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Ezra's Force powers mean new questions on 'Star Wars Rebels'

Season 2 | Episode 11 | “Legacy” | Aired Dec 2, 2015

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Before proceeding, please be aware that this is a spoiler zone. Reading the following will be much more understandable after viewing the content of Star Wars Rebels‘ new episode, “Legacy.” Proceed at your own risk.

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Before I even start, I feel I should admit that, with Star Wars: The Force Awakens being eight days away, I have almost no chill and focus is hard. Basically, I’m Ezra. I hope you’ll forgive me for any goofs or silliness.

From the moment Ezra’s vision/dream started, I was nervous. I don’t even know why. Maybe it’s because his visions have been misinterpreted in the past and I don’t want Ezra to get hurt. But you know as well as I do that once Ezra has got his mind made up, he’s going to do whatever he’s set out to do. That means Kanan and Hera are going to help. It’s what you do … for family.

Looking for family

Nice tidbits out of the little meetup between the Inquisitors, the Admiral, and Agent Kallus: 1) No one seems to think Fifth Brother can do anything right. 2) Kallus respects the Rebels. I think that’s smart. Respect your enemy’s abilities and learn from them.

Of course, this is all just setup for the Empire heading to Garel. In force. Like, no kidding. Y’know, that’s another thing I like about this show. They show the Empire as occupiers, using their numbers and weapons to force people into line. The visuals work.

I love how, in one scene, we get the total yin and yang of Ezra Bridger—OMG, WE HAVE TO FIND MY PARENTS/zen meditations, focus on your feelings/OMG WHERE’S MY HELMET!?!

Zeb and Chopper really are the “delinquents.” Point, Sabine. Additional points to Sabine for being awesome and remembering so much strategy from her time at the Imperial Academy.

In all seriousness, I think we need to talk about Ezra. From the OMG WE NEED TO GO to the look on his face when he ran toward the Inquisitors, there are too many feels in this kid for my comfort, and I’m worried that Kanan doesn’t see it. Like, literally. Kanan only saw the aftermath of the Force push to Kallus and Ezra’s back when he ran toward the Inquisitors. But I also think part of it is that Kanan feels for Ezra, so he understands the emotion. Hard to be objective.

See what I mean?

Just when I got ponderous, the show went and gave me an incredible action sequence, complete with Hera being a TOTAL BADASS.

Go Hera!

Kanan was pretty kickass too.

Flying badass

Add the girl power of Sabine and Hera taking on a Star Destroyer and Hera’s flying—Hera clipping that tractor beam is some of the best flying I’ve seen in Star Wars. Once again, Story Group, I challenge you to find a way to pit her against the “top” pilots in the SWU. I want to see what happens.

Plus (little prezzie for you Kanera shippers): “Don’t worry, she was looking after everyone long before you and I came along.”

Much as I worry that Kanan’s love for Ezra might keep him from seeing certain things, I loved the discussion they had in the shuttle. Taylor Gray does vulnerable well and, while Freddie Prinze, Jr. doesn’t take Kanan to that softer side often … when he does, it is really effective.

Confession: I got a little bored with the search once they hit Lothal. Aside from making me want a white Loth Cat, it was a chase sequence without any real stakes, since it was a setup for a joke. I dunno. Just … eh.

White Loth Cat

My attention perked up again the second Ryder Azadi spoke, because I’m an olllllllld school Clancy Brown fan. (Why’s that watermelon there? I’ll tell ya later.) I’d know that voice anywhere. Having him be the one to tell Ezra the story about his parents and, eventually, their death was a perfect casting choice. I don’t think anyone else could have pulled it off.


Definite feels.

The last few minutes were full of emotion, actually, and I have no doubt there will be a few tears out there. As Ezra says goodbye to his parents, it’s comforting that Kanan is there to remind him that he’s not alone—in the spoken sense that his parents are with him and, while it’s not said outright, so is he.

While I may worry about what’s to come for these two and whether or not Ezra is going to go deeper into sides of the Force I’d rather he avoid, in this moment, I’m so glad they have each other.


That’ll do it for me. Until next time, 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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