In a new clip from Star Wars Rebels season 3, Ezra seeks solace and guidance from the Sith holocron he acquired in the series’ season 2 finale.
“Fear leads to anger, anger leads to hate, hate leads to suffering.” No matter far-flung how he or she is from the tenets of the Jedi Order, Yoda’s famous words to young Anakin Skywalker still hold true for every Force-wielder. In Star Wars Rebels season 3, Ezra Bridger is beginning to discover what it means to experience those words in action.
In a new clip from the season 2 premiere, Ezra reacts to his failures as a leader in an un-Jedi-like way: with fear and anger. Watch him consult the Sith holocron he found in the series’ season 2 finale below.
“I knew the details of the mission. Turbo got himself killed. It’s not my fault!”
The Ezra we meet in Star Wars Rebels season 3 is clearly more grown-up than he was in previous seasons. He is being put in a leadership position on missions for the rebellion. But learning how to be a good leader is a trial in and of itself. Good leaders take personal responsibility for everything that goes wrong on a mission. More than likely, Ezra has just been berated by his friends for doing something stupid, which resulted in someone named Turbo not surviving the mission Ezra was leading.
So instead of being mature about the whole situation, as befitting a real leader, Ezra acts like an angsty crybaby and denies Turbo’s death was his fault. Then, he seeks guidance from a source guaranteed to only encourage his rage and arrogance: the Sith holocron.
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It is through Ezra’s conversation with the holocron that we realize just how much fear he harbors. Ezra, much like Anakin Skywalker, wants to be powerful enough to protect his friends from ever getting hurt. At the end of the above clip, Ezra sounds like he is about to ask the holocron for advice on how to achieve this power. And judging from the holocron’s line, “What else do you desire?” this is not the first time he has asked it for help. Thus, we realize this holocron is something he has struggled with for a long time.
In a way, Ezra is in a more precarious position than Anakin was. Ezra has direct access to the dark side through a Sith holocron he keeps in his room. Anakin experienced the dark side unwittingly through his conversations with Palpatine and his struggle with his own fear and anger. Logic dictates Ezra will fall harder and faster than Anakin. But he also has a lot of friends to keep him tethered to the light. It will be interesting to see how he deals with the pull from either side. I really don’t know which will win out in the end.
Catch the premiere of Star Wars Rebels season 3 on Disney XD September 24th.