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'Star Wars Rebels' dives deep in 'The Call'

Season 2 | Episode 15 | “The Call” | Aired Feb 10, 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 Call.” Proceed at your own risk.

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I’ve mentioned before that one of the things I love about Rebels is the way it gives you all sorts of character development and story while you’re busy watching the action of the main storyline. This episode definitely follows that pattern. You may think you’re watching an episode about our crew on a mission to get fuel for themselves and the Fleet from a mining station. But the next thing you know, there’s a whole story about Ezra’s connection to the Force and the Purgill, Hera’s past, Kanan’s ability to put the needs of the crew above the needs of the one (sorry for the unintentional Trek reference), Sabine’s leisure activities, and Zeb’s tolerance for the cold. (Hint: He has none.)

All of those things made this episode interesting. Sure, the fighting and blowing things up and action is all great, but who these characters are when it comes right down to it will always be more interesting to me.

With that in mind, I’m skipping the linear storytelling of what happens when and getting a little navel-gazey. Come and navel-gaze with me, my friends.

Use the Force, Ezra

1) Ezra: The Force uses him as much as he uses the Force.

This isn’t the first time that one of Ezra’s feelings has been the catalyst for an episode. If I recall correctly, his connections are usually with creatures instead of people. He can sense people, but his connections to animals and other creature— from Loth Cats to Fyrnocks to the Purgill—are definitely strong. In this case, the Purgill are the source of the Call in the episode title. And it’s Ezra who, in essence, picks up.

Ezra’s ability to connect with the Purgill is the reason our crew finds the mining facility. They save both Ezra and the rest of the crew because of his ability to communicate with the Purgill. All he has to do is embrace it.

That said, there are times the Force doesn’t obey his commands (thanks, Obi-Wan). His “landing” is a great example.

But when it comes down to it, the Force flows when he lets it or isn’t “trying,” which I think is important.

Practical Hera

2) Hera: Ever practical, sometimes skeptical, and always willing to admit when she’s wrong.

Leia Organa makes being a Rebel leader look easy even when it’s far from it. But Hera is learning that it’s not easy, especially when you’re facing a steep learning curve. When we met Hera, she was a Rebel, the captain of the Ghost, and the missions she took on were on a different scale. As both captain of Phoenix Squad and one of the leaders within the fleet, the missions and responsibility have increased exponentially.

Cheery demeanors and parental patience can fray anyone’s nerves when you’re tasked with saving the galaxy, running a rebellion, and keeping everyone you love safe. Add the fuel situation, Zeb’s complaining, Chopper’s Chopperness, and Kanan’s feisty snark? Being nice is going to take a backseat to getting it done.

All of that said, her ability to pivot and trust Ezra in the face of fear and anger is what makes her unique and inspiring.

Cowboy Jedi

3) Kanan: The greater good vs. the Cowboy Jedi.

It would be easy to just enjoy Kanan’s snarky badassery in this episode and gloss over the huge moment in which he’s willing to leave Ezra behind in order to save everyone else. There’s no doubt that Kanan loves Ezra, and he’s put his life on the line for his Padawan more times than I can count. But when it comes down to Ezra dying or everyone else living, he chooses the living. Without a second thought and without remorse (not that I doubt both of those would have shown up later, and they’d have found a way to go back for him), he makes the hard choice. He’s just lucky that the Purgill had other plans.

Ezra saves Kanan as often as Kanan saves Ezra. There’s a balance in that, don’tcha think?

The Call

Overall impression? “The Call” had all of the action, shooting, saber swinging, and fancy flying that Rebels does so well, and fans will still have a lot to enjoy. But the real treasure of this episode is the continuing evolution of the characters, whether alone or together. Once again, the show pulls off the trick of being both an adult and a kids’ show, and covers a little something for everyone along the way.

Additional thoughts:

1) Hello, frost breath! Touches like that are so cool.

2) Kanan’s reaction to his new helmet is priceless.

3) Those modified TIEs. I love the wing design. Someone mentioned that they’d cut down on blind spots. I’m surprised the Empire never thought of it. Maybe they did?

4) Hera’s eye roll and subsequent death stare at Kanan’s “helpful” comment.


5) The Purgill’s ability to travel though hyperspace is one of those developments that leaves me in awe, much like Hera. It’s easy to get caught up in believing that only people can use the Force, or hyperspace technology. It’s nice to see Lucasfilm opening up new lore in a way that enriches canon without crashing into anything in the future.

That does it for this week. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this episode. Until next time, may the Force be with you.

Star Wars Rebels airs Wednesday, February 10, at 9 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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