Welcome to The Elven Padawan’s review of “In the Name of the Rebellion”, episodes 3 and 4 of the finale season of Star Wars Rebels. This episode featured the return of Saw Gererra, a character first appearing in the pevious Star Wars animated series, The Clone Wars, and who also played a key part in last year’s entry to the Star Wars anthologies, Rogue One. This episode also featured the first appearance of the Massassi Rebel base seen in both Rogue One and A New Hope, as well as many clues about the ongoing construction of the Death Star and the current state of the Rebel Alliance.
Just like last week, I reviewed this episode with my friend Audrey via email. There are some petty major spoilers here, so read at your own risk!
I hope you enjoy this review, and be looking forward to The Elven Padawan’s coverage of the next episodes of Star Wars Rebels, “The Occupation” and “Flight of the Defender”, which will be airing this coming Monday.
Shay: This episode starts with Kanan, Ezra, Sabine, and Chopper heading to the Rebel Alliance base on Yavin 4 after the events of “Heroes of Mandalore”.
What was very interesting to me about all this is that it seems like those guys hadn’t even been to Yavin 4 yet, and they hadn’t even really met the rest of Rogue Squadron. They really seemed kinda clueless. Which is odd if we’re assuming that about 6 months has passed between the end of the beginning of this season and the end of last, which is how it usually goes.
Audrey: I guess they left right after “Zero Hour” with Sabine and Tristan, though it doesn’t make sense why Hera would have to convince Mon Mothma to let them go if they hadn’t even met up yet.
Shay: That’s what I was thinking as well. I’m guessing that, after everything went down on Attolon, Mon expected all the remnants of the Rebellion to go straight to Yavin 4 and continue their work there.
Maybe she didn’t want any members of the official “Rebel Alliance” involved in the war on Mandalore, which would makes sense considering her talk with Ezra in this episode. Perhaps that is what Hera had to convince her of.
But the odd thing was, at the very end of last season, it seemed they were all heading straight back to Yavin, except for maybe Sabine.
And that also means that if about 6 months has passed between seasons, those guys haven’t seen Hera and Zeb for that long. That’s kinda crazy, if you think about how close they’ve always been throughout the rest of this series. It also explains how excited Hera was to see them all back again.
Audrey: Especially Hera and Chopper! I bet they haven’t been parted for more than a few days since she found him. They returned at the perfect time, right after Hera was devastated because of the attack on her squadron. That reunion was so neat!
Shay: Ahh, I loved it so much too! Space family forever!
But I also think this might help explain some things from the last episode, as well, especially about Kanan and Hera’s conversation. Remember how we said it was kind of odd, because he hasn’t acted that way in a long time and it seemed to throw her a bit? We were wondering what had changed between seasons for them to be back in their old back-and-forth thing like that. And also, we know that in this season both of them are really giving a lot of thought into what’s gong on between them and their future, especially Kanan. To me, it makes a lot of sense that, if they had been apart for that long, he would have really started thinking about that, and it also makes sense that she’s a little more open to the idea now that she’s realized just how easy it would be to loose her family (“Zero Hour” showed her that), and she’s realizing just how much she’ll miss them if they’re gone.
Shay: So after the family gets back together, they all head to see Mon Mothma and talk about their next mission.
And can we just please talk about Kallus for a moment.
Audrey: Yes!! Rebel Kallus! I never expected him to be such an important character or to really have any development. They’ve done a great job making you care what happens to him. He’s used to be one of those characters I’d think “Oh great, it’s him.” whenever he appeared, but now I want to see more of him and what his place will be in the Rebellion.. They never called him Alexsandr though. That disappointed me a little.
Shay: They definitely need to get that in sometime before this season is over.
Or maybe he should just get his own comic book series!
I’m really happy with all the development we’ve seen from him, it’s amazing how he’s become such a big fan-favorite when originally he was just a petty “meh” villain.
Shay: Mon Mothma and Ezra had a very interesting discussion in this season, about the whole idea of “how we choose to fight”. This seems like it’s going to be a reoccurring theme throughout this season, and it’s really been something the crew has been dealing with every since the beginning.
What did you think of what Ezra was saying, and Mon’s explanation to him?
Audrey: I can understand Ezra completely. His home and his people are suffering under the oppression of the Empire, and he wants to do something about it. I’d feel that way too. But Mon Mothma points out that there are many, many more plants and people going through the same things, that they can’t just focus on one planet. Also, she says how they still aren’t ready for open war. She has to think about the safety the people involved in the Alliance and the bigger picture over all.
Shay: I loved how she explained everything out to him, and even revealed that her world is in a very similar situation to Lothal.
I find Ezra to be extremely relateable in a lot of the things he does and says, so like you, I did understand what he meant. But at the same time, I did understand what Mon was trying to get across to him.
Of course, this is the point where Saw pops up and he and Mon have an argument about the way the Rebellion is being run. It’s been amazing getting to see how Saw has progressed as a character over the years, from where he started out in The Clone Wars, to showing up again in Rebels, and eventually where we find him in Rogue One.
Shay: What did you think of the way Mon handled Saw at this point? We’ve always seen her so calm and collected, no matter what happens, so it was definitely mixing things up to see her get very upset like she did here.
Audrey: For the most part, I didn’t agree with what he was saying. If the Rebels are trying to fight terror of the Empire, they can’t fight it by causing more terror. But when Mon Mothma says they’re still trying to find a peaceful way in the Senate, I kinda laughed because the Senate won’t be around much longer, and even if it was, what’s the Emperor going to do? Say, “Oh I didn’t realize I was causing so much trouble. I’ll stop being so evil now”?
I’m glad she tries to reason with him, instead of just shutting him off right away. She makes her points without being mean, but when it’s clear he’s not going to listen, she walks away.
They also listened to each other without interrupting, which doesn’t happen in many disagreements.
Shay: I thought the same thing when I first saw it! She basically said that the Senate no longer had any hope when she resigned and began the Alliance last season, so it made me scratch my head when she went right back to that argument again here. I understand that she wants to hold out hope that the Senate will be able to work things out, but at the same time, it’s beginning to make her look a little naive. Don’t get me wrong, I love Mon Mothma, and I respect how strong she’s been about making sure everything the Rebellion does is held up to a strict moral code. But sometimes I think she tries so hard to keep hoping something will happen peacefully that she misses what’s going on in the rest of the galaxy. It reminds me of Satine’s quote from The Clone Wars: “Hope will only go so far.”
I do really like how, like you said, they handled the whole thing very civilly and gave a good example of how to deal with conflicts like that.
Shay: And then the family heads off on another adventure! Man, it was just so good to see them all back together and doing missions as a group like old times. Even though a lot of things are different now, and there’s a bit of tension between everyone because of everything (Hera trying to be devoted to the Rebellion, Ezra wanting to help his people and also trying to figure out his own destiny, Kanan trying to figure out his path), but it still just made me so happy.
Plus all the times they kept referring to Ezra and Sabine as “the kids”.
Audrey: I loved seeing them all together again too! (Even though I think Ezra and Sabine have been getting a bit too much screen time lately.) At first I thought Kanan wasn’t even going to be part of this mission, so I’m glad he tagged along.
Everyone was using their gifts in this one, Kanan’s force-sight, Hera’s flying, Zeb’s TIE defender shooting, Sabine’s explosives and technology knowledge, Ezra’s… impersonating and blaster fire cover, and Chopper’s droid abilities. They make such a great team!
Shay: It’s because they’re a family!
And poor little Ezra…. I loved how exasperated Sabine kept getting with him. Especially over the whole “Brom Titus” thing, and his wave when they were there on the dish. That was so Ezra!
And I have to bring up Kanan and Hera’s flying together, too. I loved how trusting they were of each other, and how they are pretty much unstoppable when they’re doing that.
Audrey: “Boy, I must trust you a lot.” “I know you do.”
I loved that part…
Shay: Ahh, it was so good!!
Kanan’s “Force sight” has really developed a lot since he first started using it, way back in the beginning of season 2 when they were in that sandstorm with Rex and his buddies. It’s really interesting to see yet another example of how each Jedi has their own gifts, and how their circumstances help bring that out and cultivate it.
Shay: And then in comes Saw to save the day!
I wonder if those bombs he threw down onto the dish were proton bombs, like what the Rebel kept trying to find last season, or if they were rhydonium, like what they used against the fyrnocks in season 1? Because the explosion had all the colors like a rhydonium explosion would…
Audrey: They looked like the proton bombs from “The Wynkathu Job”, but that was a beautiful explosion.
Audrey: And no more Commander Brom Titus.
Shay: Honestly, I can’t say I’m gonna miss him very much… Of course, now Ezra can’t impersonate him, either, and it was always funny when he did that.
I also loved it when Saw called in to Hera and said, “Don’t worry, your kids will be safe with me.”
Saw’s basically just this guy who goes around the galaxy stealing other people’s kids and bringing them over to his way of thinking, then deserting them and making them go to the other way of thinking.
Audrey: Basically. XD
Shay: Now Saw, Two Tubes, Ezra, Sabine, and Chopper are all headed to a mission at Faos Station, where Saw has some intel about a top-secret Imperial shipment there. We know Saw has been chasing this mysterious “Imperial superweapon” around since “Ghosts of Geonosis”, and really even before that he was obsessed with finding out what the Empire wanted with kyber crystals. I have to wonder exactly how much he knew about it all at this time. Because, and correct me if I’m wrong,but they didn’t really even know about the Death Star until Rogue One, right?
Audrey: Yes, they didn’t know what its purpose was, or the name of it until then. I’m really curious about where exactly they’re hiding it at this point.
Shay: Me too. We know from the trailer that it looks like the Rebels will end up coming across some of the construction modules, so I’m guessing they’re moving it around from place to place as the Rebellion keeps finding out more.
What did you think of “In the Name of the Rebellion”? What are you expecting from next week’s episodes? Did you have a favorite moment from these episodes, or something you wish would have been in there? Let me know in the comments below!