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Cham Syndulla fights more than the Empire on 'Star Wars Rebels'

Season 2 | Episode 16 | “Homecoming” | Aired Feb 17, 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, “Homecoming” Proceed at your own risk.

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If you’ve been reading my recaps, you know how much I adore Hera, so you may have figured out that an episode featuring a father/daughter reunion was going to leave me emotionally compromised. If you didn’t know: Hi, I’m GGD. I love Hera, and this father/daughter episode left me emotionally compromised.

In addition to being a powerful ep for Hera fans, “Homecoming” also digs deep to bring you feels, courtesy of The Clone Wars. Robin Atkin Downes reprises his role as Cham Syndulla, and Cat Taber makes her Rebels debut as a grown-up Numa. (Eeeeee! Look at her with her Tooka doll marking and her Waxer inspired pauldron!)

The most interesting thing for me was seeing the Cham Syndulla from The Clone Wars interact with our Hera—two different generations of the same family fighting two different fights with two different goals. However, Hera and Cham are like a lot of fathers and daughters when it comes down to it, and that’s what makes this episode such a kick in the feels.

In keeping with that father/daughter theme, how can you not love Kanan’s complete nervousness about meeting Cham? My little Kanan/Hera shipping heart was doing backflips!

Ezra’s totally clueless; Zeb’s back there grinning like a mad genius; Hera’s facepalming inside; and the reactions Sabine, Zeb, and Ezra have to being called the wrong names are the best! Between Kanan’s, “You’re really going to talk to him?” earlier, Cham’s decision to ignore Hera and address Kanan first, and Hera’s “down to business” mood, so much history is laid out in just a few lines. But I’m wondering … did anyone else feel like Numa has become a surrogate daughter/obedient child to Cham?

All of that said, I was holding it together until this scene.

When she dropped into the Twi’lek accent and then deliberately reclaimed her current accent, I got goosebumps. Plus, sad Hera is never good.

Sad Hera

Kanan’s hero worship of Cham doesn’t help much either when it comes to her mood, but her closing the TIE bomber door on him multiple times was worth her annoyance. And her crash landing? Why don’t people hang on when Hera says “Hang on”? You’d think they’d know by now. I’m looking at you, Zeb.

Someone get the swear jar, please? Because when Cham betrayed them, I swore at him. Multiple times. Tell me I’m not alone in this?

You have to admire Ezra and Kanan’s ability to work together as Jedi and zooming each other at Stormtroopers. However, I’m realllllly glad that Kanan didn’t get face-to-face with Cham once he betrayed Hera, because I’m guessing he would have gotten the same treatment as this blast door.

Badass Kanan

When Hera and Kanan took the bridge and then Ezra got to Jedi Mind Trick the Imp in charge, I was all ready to be happy again! But it was short-lived—because STUPID CHAM SYNDULLA DISABLED THE HYPERDRIVE.

Sorry about that. I have some feelings about this.

But, y’know what? It’s a good thing. Cham’s feelings are definitely understandable, and it’s easy to see why his goal of blowing up the carrier as a sign to Ryloth would be so important to him. The people of Ryloth have suffered as both The Clone Wars and Paul S. Kemp’s “Lords of the Sith” can attest. Also, based on the official timeline, this episode takes place after the events of Kemp’s book, which means Cham has dealt with some pretty serious losses. He has reason to be battle-hardened.

Then again, Hera’s seen losses, too. Especially recently with her promotion to Phoenix Leader. But she sees what Cham doesn’t –– this mission isn’t just for the people of Ryloth or Phoenix Squadron: It’s for the galaxy’s freedom. Like Cham, Hera has her grudges and her desires for revenge, but Cham Syndulla’s daughter has learned that the fight is bigger than her, or Ryloth, or the Rebel fleet. The freedom of the galaxy is more important than any of them, and it’s that passion and her willingness to fight for what is ultimately right that wins the support of Gobi, Numa, and, eventually, Cham himself.

Just like everything else in this episode, the battle scene wasn’t just a battle. It’s Cham’s chance to see his daughter in action. To see what a leader she’s become and how cohesive both his people and hers are under that leadership.

Even if Cham takes a little longer to come around, he does in the end. His realization that he and Hera have always been stronger together is both true and touching.

In the end, Cham gets his explosion, the Rebel fleet gets their carrier …

… and Hera Syndulla gets her father back.

Sounds like everything went perfectly.

Additional thoughts:
1) Gobi discussing Kanan with Hera and calling him “your Jedi.” SPACE MARRIED.

2) The Mouse Droid. OMG the MOUSE DROID.

Until next week, try not to Force choke anyone, and May The Force Be With You.

Star Wars Rebels airs Wednesdays 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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