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Season 2 | Episode 20 | “The Mystery of Chopper Base” | Aired Mar 23, 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 Mystery of Chopper Base.” Proceed at your own risk.

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I find myself in an awkward position as I write this because I had some major issues with this episode, but there were also things that I just loved about it. After some thought and a little fretting (you know me, I worry), I figured I’d get the rant out of the way—and then I could talk about the good stuff. Bad news first and all that.

I hate the spiders.

Not in the generally “creepy crawling OMG giant spider” way, but in the way that they seemed to be completely invincible. I’ve seen Star Destroyers take more damage from a blaster or ship’s guns than those spiders took. What are they made of? Rubber? Do they have little personal shields, like Droideka?

And when did the entire crew of Rebels start shooting like Stormtroopers? Sabine figures out that you can kill them by shooting them in the eyes, but it then becomes almost painfully impossible to even hit them in the eye.

At one point, I watched blaster bolts bounce off their eyes and hit everything around their eyes … but no dead spiders. I’d have to go back and count just to make sure, but I’m fairly sure no more than four spiders were actually killed by being shot with a blaster—and that includes the spiders being hit by the Ghost’s guns.

Guns that can take out a TIE fighter or blow up all kinds of things just bounce off these spiders? How is that possible?

I 100 percent understand that we needed some sort of threat to the base, and a catalyst that pits the team against a bigger foe, but watching Rex stand two feet from a spider and be unable to hit it in the eye or even kick it in the eye when he was right on top of it just feels like a huge stretch—especially when this team have done the impossible (and that makes them mighty) in the past.

Okay, grump over. Let’s get to the good stuff.

First of all, let’s just talk about the animation. There’s so much going on, and all of it made things so much richer. From the light generated by flashlights in a cavern to the play of emotion across characters’ faces, the little things mean a lot. Hera’s little smirk when she says, “You know I know when you’re lying, right?” Then there’s the glow of the lightsabers.
Lightsaber Glow

The real treasures in this episode for me, however, are the variety of emotions and thoughts expressed through the animation and the wonderful nuances of the voice cast. I realllllly want to know if little things like Sabine’s shift from face-palm to smile, or Hera putting on a happy face about Kanan leaving, were picked up from the actresses themselves, in the script, or added by the animators.

I’ve said before that this cast has found a rhythm, but there’s not a conversation in this episode that doesn’t feel natural, and the subtext in some of the scenes is just beautiful.

Which leads me to my absolute favorite scene of both the episode and the series to date. (WARNING: IF YOU HAVE ISSUES WITH A GUSH OF FEELINGS, YOU’RE GONNA WANT TO SKIP THIS PART.)

I must have watched the second-to-last scene of this episode 20 times.

A little history: I hopped aboard the Kanan/Hera “ship” the moment I watched the very first short, “The Machine in the Ghost”.

Rebels takes place roughly six years after the events of John Jackson Miller’s A New Dawn, so it’s not a stretch of the imagination to think that a romantic spark that flared up in the novel would be full blown by the time the series started. This short pointed to that relationship in a pretty undeniable way.

Except … it suddenly disappeared in the series’ first full-length episode, “Spark of Rebellion”—and it stayed pretty much under the radar for most of season one. Those of us who already saw them as a couple found small moments that confirmed our beliefs, but I didn’t see anything that pointed to anything concrete until the last episode of season one. Season two opened it up a little, and we got some more moments that certainly added to the belief … but even then, you could spin it as a totally platonic action if need be.

Until now.


The moment Sabine face-palms and tells Kanan to “Wake up!” … my heart fluttered, and then there it was.

Did it feel a little retconned? Well, if you believed they were in a relationship from the beginning, then this likely felt like a change of tone. But I’m willing to adjust my head canon, because there’s no doubt that everything about this scene puts the love between these two firmly into the story. I can buy that Kanan was that clueless because, hey, guys can be when it comes to this stuff, and A New Dawn never actually set things in motion. I can buy that Hera kept any emotions about Kanan on lockdown because there was a bigger fight to deal with. But it’s out now. There’s no putting the genie back in the bottle.

It may have taken two seasons to happen … but it happened, and I couldn’t be happier.

That does it for me. The season finale is next Wednesday, and I hope the Force is with all of us.

The Star Wars Rebels season two finale airs Wednesday, March 30, 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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