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Mandalorian fights Mandalorian for an alliance in 'Star Wars Rebels'

Season 2 | Episode 13 | “The Protector of Concord Dawn” | Aired Jan 27, 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, “The Protector of Concord Dawn.” Proceed at your own risk.

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One of the things I like most about Rebels is the fact that they don’t go out looking for trouble. They don’t plan big engagements. This isn’t about blowing up Death Stars or huge battles at Rebel bases. It’s about the day-to-day challenges of the fight against the Empire.

In this case, it’s finding a new hyperspace route to Lothal in hopes of less Empire interference.

However, it’s not like you can just make a new course and fly on through a system without clearance. Especially when it’s a Mandalorian system like Concord Dawn. That means you have two options: Fight or make an alliance.

It’s interesting to note that Admiral Sato is ready to go in fighting while both Kanan and Hera suggest the diplomatic route. I’ve always been of a mind that the Jedi were more beneficial as advisors than as Generals in the battles during the Clone Wars. It’s a personal preference, but it seems to me that if you start with guns blazing, it’s a lot harder to have any kind of meaningful negotiation.

That fighter/diplomat dynamic is in full force as Sabine and Hera head out for the mission, leaving Kanan, Zeb, and Ezra behind to keep their proverbial fingers crossed and pace. Side Note: If you’re looking for an example of how Lucasfilm and Dave Filoni are working to create more empowered female characters, this is it.

Of course, when you fly into the protected airspace of a warrior race, you have to be prepared for a fight.

This was me watching that dogfight.


I also love love LOVE watching Hera set up that escape for Sabine and the other Phoenix pilot.

However, I didn’t love this. This legitimately scared me.


If you’re not familiar with the name Fenn Rau, it’s because he’s a new addition to canon. It’s interesting to note how Lucasfilm just wove both him and Kanan into the Battle of Mygeeto and, by extension, the prequel trilogy.

Sabine, of course, pretty much only needs Rau’s name, so she knows who she has to kill. The time for diplomacy is over.

Sabine v. Rau

Oh, and tell me you knew she was going to sneak onto the Phantom? It’s cute how Kanan even thought he was going to go without her.

Two things that got a laugh out of me: Kanan’s “That’s why we’re at war,” and Chopper’s “No hands” landing of the Phantom.

The whole recon scene between Sabine and Kanan was just awesome. It’s always nice to watch those two discuss the merits of blowing things up vs. doing things the Jedi way. His “I trust you” to Sabine is a pretty familial way to say, “Don’t blow stuff up unless I say so.” Love.

Can we talk about the conversation between Fenn Rau and Kanan? I mean, how amazing was that? I don’t know who thought to cast Kevin McKidd, but he was perfect. Plus, the fact that this scene puts Kanan and Depa Billaba at the Third Battle of Mygeeto, which is one of the main battle fronts in Revenge of the Sith—and that it’s synced perfectly with today’s issue of Kanan: The Last Padawan—is a brilliant bit of timing and story weaving.

That’s just cool.

Also cool? Sabine’s reaction to getting caught by the Mandos. Challenge to single combat. Boom.

Confession: I spent the next few minutes of this episode just watching, grinning, and clapping excitedly. Sabine/Kanan banter is the best. I also rewound and watched the scene five times. And once Kanan went and jumped onto Rau’s ship, I was grinning so hard, my face hurt.


Y’know, Kanan never really says he’s pissed about what Rau did to Hera, but I’m thinking jumping on a ship to go after a guy with a lightsaber is a pretty good indication that Kanan is NOT HAPPY.

Sabine is right. He is scary when he sets his mind to something.

If this episode proves anything, it’s that sometimes fighting and diplomacy both have their place when it comes to negotiations. Especially when you’re dealing with Mandalorians.

The last scene, however, is the best part of this episode, as far as I’m concerned.

Sabine saying, “I guess I’ve just been raised right,” followed up by Kanan’s proud-papa smile, was priceless.

And the last shot of the episode is downright perfect.

Happy family

That’ll do it for this week. Until next time, may the Force be with you.

Star Wars Rebels airs Wednesdays at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Disney X D.

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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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