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Ezra, Kanan & Ahsoka face hard truths and darkness in 'Star Wars Rebels'

Season 2 | Episode 18 | “Shroud Of Darkness” | Aired Mar 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, “Shroud Of Darkness” Proceed at your own risk.

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I don’t know about you, but this episode left me both thrilled and terrified. Thrilled because we got some amazing moments for each of our Jedi, but terrified because we know that this is just the beginning of the end of season 2.

Personally, I’m still processing, but I’m going to do my best to get my thoughts into some kind of order here.

The Heartwarming
1) The opening sequence. Dropping us into the lightsaber duel with the Inquisitors in medias res was an immediate update on how Ezra’s training and the search for a base are going: great and not well, respectively. It demonstrates that Kanan and Ezra have found a rhythm with one another and that Ezra has been working on his ability to connect with creatures, both of which lead up to the need to visit the Jedi Temple on Lothal. It’s also just a great scene.

2) Seeing Anakin again. Talk about an emotional moment! It’s a side of Anakin Skywalker that we’ve not seen in a long time (a long time), a side Ahsoka knew well and a side that Ezra’s become familiar with and trained alongside. It’s also a poignant reminder of who Darth Vader was, once upon a time.

3) Kanan’s path in the Jedi Temple. There’s so much here! The fight, the discussion, the revelations. Before revealing himself to be the Grand Inquisitor, this Temple Guard warns Kanan about Ezra’s dark-side influences and warns Kanan that if he tries to fight Vader, he’ll lose in more ways than one.

Kanan fights that knowledge not just physically but emotionally and philosophically, but it’s not until he accepts that dark truth that he earns what he’s wanted for so long—he becomes a Jedi Knight. Kanan has to surrender in order to move forward, but what will the fact that he’s accepted Ezra’s possible fate mean for the future?

4) Yoda.

Seriously, can we talk about how nice it is to see Yoda again? It’s also interesting that Ezra gets the dark-side warning from him, as well. If both Kanan and Ezra know it’s possible, can they change the future? Can they stop what many viewers think is the inevitable?

Plus, dat face!

Rebels Yoda

The Heartbreaking
1) Anakin and Ahsoka. That conversation has me wondering so many things. Is it really Anakin? Does Ahsoka believe she abandoned her former master? Did Ahsoka know who Vader really was and just deny it? Or is that a vision and a preview of what Anakin will have to say when they meet?

Anakin Ahsoka

We’ve all wondered what it would be like when Ahsoka and Anakin were reunited. If Anakin truly believes Ahsoka failed him, how much hate must he feel for her now that he’s given in to the dark side?

Beyond that, Ahsoka’s “no” was so full of pain. Knowing that your former master has become a Sith Lord is bad enough, but the idea that it’s somehow your fault? That has to be brutal.

Anakin Vader

 The Thought-Provoking
1) Ahsoka thought she wouldn’t be able to open the way to the temple because she’s not a Jedi, but the Inquisitors could do it. Granted, they had a harder time, and there was a lot of dark energy that went into that, but I still wonder. I think Ahsoka’s too hard on herself.

1a) Ahsoka says she’s no longer a Jedi; I disagree. You’re still a Jedi, Snips!

2) As much as I love Yoda, he still has a way of not quite saying what he means and speaks in questions and riddles. While I know he can’t necessarily give the answers, why won’t he explain a bit more about how the dark-side’s seductive power works, and why fighting isn’t always the answer? Sometimes, Yoda’s a tad vague.

3) What does Vader mean when he says that the Jedi growing in power will be their undoing? Overconfidence? Trusting too much in the Force and not their own thoughts and feelings? Thinking they’re ready to fight Vader? SO MANY QUESTIONS!

4) Malachor? Given that Malachor (V) exists both within established canon and Legends, not to mention KOTOR and KOTOR II (in which it’s destroyed or saved depending on the outcome you choose), you have to wonder what Malachor is like now.

The Inquisitor’s TIEs are so frickin’ cool.

Kanan being knighted caused me to burst into tears. Happy tears, but I was a mess!

“Don’t worry, I wouldn’t do anything you would do.” –Kanan Jarrus, you’re my hero.

We still have two more episodes before the one-hour season finale and, given how this ep went and that we’re building up to that finale, I may end up writing OMFG over and over for my next post or two. I have a feeling it’s going to get crazy.

Until next week: Be well, 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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