– By Paulie Spiceflow –
SPOILER ALERT: LATEST STARS REBELS EPISODE: TWIN SUNS…
As we approach the end of season 3 of Star Wars Rebels, we are finally seeing the most compelling subplot reach its conclusion. Season 3 opened with Maul learning of Kenobi’s survival on a world with twin suns. Ezra and Kanan learned that Obi-Wan Kenobi may still be alive. Then came 15 episodes of meh. Sure, a few things happened of note but largely the writers have stuck to the valley model: big stuff at the beginning and end of seasons, and a bunch of single-serve adventures in the middle.
In the latest episode, Twin Suns, Maul at last discovers that Obi-Wan is hiding on Tatooine. Unfortunately, his force powers do not lead him to his mortal enemy. He needs Ezra and the holocrons to guide the way to the old man. Ezra, the gullible welp he is, does exactly that. Obi-Wan, in a very familiar voice, explains exactly to Ezra his bonehead mistake and sends him on his way. In two or three quick moves, he dispatches Maul, ending the long feud that spanned two shows.
Seriously, the duel was a bit of a bust. I was expecting an epic battle, at least one minute on screen or something. Then again, they were in the middle of the desert with no props or terrain for them to use. But still, three moves and Maul is dead???
Obi-Wan’s immediate dismissal of Ezra confirms what we already know, but let’s say it anyway: Ezra does not become Jedi. Obi-Wan takes no interest in Ezra’s abilities or his path, only to say it goes elsewhere, away from him. If his path is not with Kenobi or Luke, then his path is not Jedi. Kanan is a Jedi knight but we know he will not survive to see the events that take place between Empire and Return of the Jedi. Yoda explicitly states that Luke is the last of the Jedi. Ezra is not a Jedi knight and so could conceivably live to see the fall of the empire, but not as a Jedi.
The show is still holding a few cards for the season finale: the fate of Ahsoka, the battle for Lothal, Sabine’s rise to power on Mandalore, and Thrawn’s move against Fulcrum and the rebels. For me, the fate of Ahsoka is by far the most interesting but I doubt that will be explored in final episodes of this season. Lothal and Thrawn are most likely subjects of the finale. Sabine is a possibility as well but the show clearly likes to put space in between a subplot’s introduction and conclusion. It is a terrible format but whatever.
Disney recently announced the show has been renewed for a fourth season, which is a little surprising to me. The show’s arc felt like it was reaching a conclusion. Also, the show is approaching the events of A New Hope. The final scene in Twin Suns suggests we could be right on top of the movie. It is hard to see where Kanan and Ezra fit once Luke joins the rebellion and trains to become a Jedi knight. How could the three of them not crossed paths? It is also hard to see where Disney is going with these characters since most of them have not developed or evolved much this season. Sabine’s story is maturing but otherwise the crew is the same.
If the show is going to tell of the exploits of the Ghost crew post-A New Hope, they will need to find a way to explain the three force sensitive dudes in the rebellion never meeting. Or if they did, how is it that they do not factor in Empire or join Luke to find Yoda. Easy answer is they are dead but Disney XD isn’t in the business of killing off main characters.
Guess we will have to wait and see what Disney XD has in mind…
Paulie Spiceflow is a regular contributor, movie reviewer and unbelievable smart ass. He prides himself on his excessive knowledge of movies, TV, books, internet memes, and pop cultural references. During college, he spent minimal hours studying but took full-advantage of the free internet and lack of bills to broaden his knowledge in numerous genres including spoof comedy, fantasy, Shakespeare, military history, zombies, and cartoons.