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Star Wars Rebels Season 2

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10 best moments from 'Star Wars Rebels' season 2

In season 2, Star Wars Rebels took a giant leap forward from its inaugural season in the telling of the Star Wars story— and, in doing so, brought in a broader viewing audience. The second season helped to bridge that all-important gap between the Prequel Trilogies through Star Wars: The Clone Wars (the animated series) and the Original Trilogies. Having familiar faces, like a young Princess Leia, interact with Ezra Bridger and the Rebels drew in a more mature audience than Disney XF was used to — an audience that grew-up watching the original Star Wars films.

Image Credit: Disney XD

Image Credit: Disney XD

Through the inclusion of Prequel-era characters, like fan-favorite Ahsoka Tano and her clone companion, Captain Rex, fans of The Clone Wars could now feel included in this new Star Wars story. Ahsoka and Rex weren’t the only Clone Wars holdovers to make an appearance in Rebels season 2: They were joined by space pirate Hondo Ohnaka, Grand Master Yoda, Cham Syndulla, and his freedom fighters. And of course, there was the grand reveal in the finale — Old Master himself, Darth Maul. However, no Star Wars story set in that era would be complete without the greatest villain the galaxy has ever known — Darth Vader — which leads us into our first moment in the 10 best moments from Star Wars Rebels season 2.

1. Darth Vader vs. Kanan and Ezra

From the moment his iconic breathing echoed through the doorway, you knew that Ezra and Kanan would be no match for Darth Vader. Knowing that James Earl Jones was reprising his role as the voice of Lord Vader made this scene all the more chilling.

2. Princess Leia joins the Rebellion

The first thing that stands out to a die-hard Star Wars fan like myself is the fact that Princess Leia Organa arrives on Lothal with three beautiful behemoth Hammerhead-class cruisers. Of course, the real star of the episode was Princess Leia, voiced by Julie Dolan, who sounded just like a young Carrie Fisher in A New Hope. As viewers, we’re made to believe that Ezra and Leia are roughly the same age. If he were alive in the current Star Wars timeline, who is he, and where would he be? “A Princess on Lothal” saw Leia use her wits to outsmart the Imperial Garrison Commander on the planet, and the episode had some pretty darn fancy lightsaber work from Kanan, as well.

3. Ahsoka’s moment of clarity

There was not a more heart-wrenching story from Star Wars Rebels season 2 than Ahsoka learning that her former master, Anakin Skywalker, had been seduced and turned to the Dark Side. Finding out that Anakin helped carry out Order 66, which nearly exterminated all the Jedi, slaughtered the younglings at the Jedi Temple — younglings that she, herself, cared for — and was actively hunting and striking down the remaining Jedi was a turning point in Ahsoka’s story. Later on, we would see just how much she had grown in her time away from Anakin.

4. Ahsoka vs. the Inquisitors

The musical score that accompanies Ahsoka as she enters the battle is simply divine. And of course, the use of pure white kyber crystals for her lightsabers is the perfect choice for a Jedi Padawan who left the Jedi Order, yet still held to its tenets. You can see how powerful Ahsoka is as she calmly deactivates her sabers, closes her eyes, and waits for Seventh Sister to strike. I think my favorite part of this scene was Sarah Michelle Gellar as Seventh Sister verbally sparring with Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka. What a treat!

5. Return of the Clones

One of the many nagging questions that remained from the shortened final season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars was: What happened to our favorite clones? Well, in season 2, episode 4, “Relics of the Old Republic,” we got a look at what happened to one of the fan-favorite clones, Captain Rex. Apparently, Rex and a couple of his old pals, retired Clone Commanders Wolffe and Gregor, had been out in the desert of Seelos, tracking giant sand worms for profit. After a scuffle with some AT-AT’s, Rex decides to join the Rebels, and he’s tearfully reunited with Ahsoka. 

6. Kanan becomes a Jedi Knight

Throughout Star Wars Rebels season 1 and season 2, Kanan constantly battled the doubt and fear that came with training his very own Padawan in Ezra. Kanan’s training in the ways of the Jedi was never completed, as Emperor Palpatine’s Order 66 put an end to the Jedi Order and its teachings. However, Rebels season 2 saw Kanan begin to grow more confident in the ways of the Force, and through the guidance of Ahsoka, he was able to finally over come those fears. When Kanan experienced his Force vision in “Shroud of Darkness,” he dueled the former Jedi Temple Guardians, and when he had won, it was revealed that the Grand Inquisitor from Rebels season 1 was actually a former guardian. But Kanan had passed his trials, and he was knighted. He would need this newly won confidence, as we would see in the season finale.

7. Zeb and Agent Kallus team up

Agent Kallus has been a thorn in the side of the Rebels since season 1. However, it was Zeb who held the strongest grudge against the Imperial Agent. Agent Kallus’ weapon of choice is a modified Lasan Honor Guard AB-75 Bo-Rifle. Zeb’s people were from the planet Lasan, and he always assumed that Agent Kallus stole the weapon from a dead Lasat when the Empire devastated his homeworld. During Star Wars Rebels season 2, episode 17, “The Honorable Ones,” Zeb and Agent Kallus find themselves stranded on a moon orbiting the sterilized wasteland of the planet Geonosis. The problem is that they both crash-landed there, into a cave full of ice spiders. As time goes on, the temperature begins to drop, and these two enemies must learn to trust each other or die. This episode actually set up, quite nicely I might add, a possible story arc in which Agent Kallus may begin to work for the Rebels. I guess we’ll have to wait until season 3 to see what happens.

8. Ezra surfs a space whale

As Star Wars Rebels Season 2 went on, Ezra’s powers in the ways of the Force grew. His connection with every living thing was strengthened, and it was no more apparent than in episode 15, “The Call.” The members of the Ghost crew learn of a fuel shipment from a mining colony, and they’re going to abscond with it. While traveling to the asteroid where this refinery is located, they encounter a flock of Purrgil.

Purrgil are space-traveling, whale-like creatures with which Ezra manages to establish contact through the Force. Ezra learns that the crew of the Ghost and the Purrgil are actually after the same basic goal, and he tells the Rebels what he’s learned.

Image Credit: Disney XD

Image Credit: Disney XD

When the Ghost reaches the mining colony, the crew finds that the miners are attempting to exterminate the Purrgil. Kanan wants to raid the base, steal the shipment, and destroy the everything, leaving no trace that Rebels were ever there, but Ezra stops him when he realizes the Purrgil also need the fuel. This is his way of learning that all life is connected, a main Jedi tenet. The crew of the Ghost attacks, and just when it looks as if the mining colony forces will win, Ezra arrives, surfing a Purrgil, and saves the day.

A neat side note to this episode: As the Ghost readies to leave, the crew watches in awe as the Purrgil themselves jump into hyperspace, apparently confirming a rumor that the giant space whale-like creatures do indeed have that capability. It is a possibility that the scientists who created hyperspace travel learned it from the Purrgil.

9. Call me ‘Old Master’

Star Wars fans were more than pleasantly surprised when, in the Star Wars Rebels season 2 mid-season trailer, it was revealed that Darth Maul still lived. However, it wasn’t until the hourlong finale, “Twilight of the Apprentice,” that we actually got to see his face. In this episode, Kanan, Ezra, and Ahsoka land on the Sith planet of Malachor, a planet teeming with Dark Side energies, and when they arrive, they realize they’ve found a Sith Temple.

Once inside, the three are attacked by a new Inquisitor, and Ezra falls through an open crevasse in the floor. When he gains his wits, he realizes he isn’t alone. That’s when Darth Maul, under the guise of a weak and feeble elderly man, introduces himself as “Old Master.” Of course, Maul is still a Dark Side user, whether he calls himself a Sith or not, and he eventually betrays Kanan and Ahsoka — blinding Kanan in the betrayal. The Sith Temple collapses in the end, but Maul escapes, and what we do know is that Maul covets Ezra as an apprentice. He sees something powerful inside the boy — possibly something Dark.

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10. Ahsoka vs. Vader

This was the epic clash that Star Wars fans had been dreaming of since a teenage Ahsoka left the Jedi Order in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. What would happen if the former apprentice ever came face to face with her former master — the man responsible for the downfall of the Jedi Order? Ahsoka finally faced Darth Vader in “Twilight of the Apprentice,” and the duel did not disappoint.

Vader had Ezra cornered, the boy’s lightsaber destroyed, but Ahsoka arrived just in time and engaged her former friend and Jedi Master in a duel of the fates (pardon the expression). Ahsoka’s heroics bought Kanan and Ezra valuable time as they removed the Sith Holocron from its place in the Sith Temple, causing it to sink beneath the floor. Ahsoka, who still cared for the man beneath the mask and believed that a piece of Anakin Skywalker still remained, was unable to abandon him. She stayed within the sinking temple and stalled Darth Vader so that Ezra and Kanan could escape with their lives.

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This was the most heart-wrenching moment in all of Star Wars Rebels: both season 1 and season 2. Seeing Anakin’s partial face and hearing him call out to Ahsoka — almost as if he briefly wanted to be redeemed — only to tell her that she would die if she continued to fight meant that he had yet to break free from the Emperor’s grip. There’s also the pain and agony on Ezra’s face, as he is helpless to aid Ahsoka in this fight. In the end, Ahsoka knows that the only way for Ezra and Kanan to make it off Malachor alive is for her to make the ultimate sacrifice, and she Force-pushes Ezra away. Dave Filoni and his team at Lucasfilm Story Group sure do know how to tug at one’s heartstrings.

David Harris is a FanSided contributor and the Editor in Chief at Dork Side of the Force.

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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