Star Wars Rebels: Our initial impressions on Rebels Season 4 return


Star Wars Rebels is back, with Dave Filoni and the Lucasfilm story group with all the right moves. What a way to kick off the final few episodes of Rebels season 4 and the last episodes of the series. Spoilers ahead.

Star Wars Rebels is back and better than ever. The opening episode for Rebels Season 4 part two was action-packed, with an ultimate sacrifice by one of the rebels. The follow-up show changes pace, with the Ghost crew dealing with their recent loss.

Also, Dave Filoni and team gave us Easter eggs galore with nods and subtle references to the Original and Prequel trilogies.

  • An Orsen Krennic reference — Rogue One 
  • Mind-probe on screen — A New Hope nod
  • Thrawn heading to Coruscant to visit the Emperor — Prequel reference
  • Kanan loses his lightsaber; a lesson Obi-Wan teaches Anakin in Attack of the Clones 
  • Search crafts from The Clone Wars and Revenge of the Sith 

Kanan went out like a boss, sacrificing his life for his friends — after hearing “I Iove you” from his love, Her before he became one with the Force. Even though the writing was on the wall for Kanan’s death, it hit straight for them feels. We miss him, already. But, Kanan and the Force will be with us, always.

The second episode, Dume, shifts gears bit but was equally as compelling. The Ghost crew, especially Hera have a tough time dealing with Kanan’s sacrifice. But, Kanan completes their mission, destroying their fuel cells, hindering the development of the new Tie-Defender — with Thrawn as mad as a nest of angry hornets.

Now, this hints that Governor Pryce is going to defect to the Rebel Alliance, with Thrawn blaming her for their loss — even though she is the one who destroyed the Jedi Knight. Trechory is the way of the Sith and its Empire. Unforgiving.

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The action picks up in the final few minutes of the episode, with Zeb and Sabine taking on Rukh — Thrawn’s bodyguard. Zeb nearly kills the Noghri, but Sabine tells instructs him to refrain. In a need comic relief moment, Sabine paints Rukh like a piece of heart — getting an audible chuckle out of me in the process.

Ezra then journeys to the Jedi Temple on Lothal, encountering the mysterious Loth-wolves once again.

"I am, Dume."

Ezra admits his fears but discovers that he must carry one, with the Loth-wolves promising to help him from here on out. They tell him:

"Restore. Past. Redeem. Future."

These first two episodes of Star Rebels Season 4 were epic, and we are just getting started. Dave Filoni proves once again that he is one of the best directors in all of the entertainment industry — can you just give him a Star Wars live-action film already? He finds real balance within his scripts, with the voice actors and actresses delivering brilliantly, showcased in Hera and Kanan’s final scenes together.

Now, the show will focus on Ezra, with his Master now one with the Force. Kanan’s legacy lives on, however, through his Apprentice and the love inside of Hera. She honors Kanan, putting him to rest, in a sense. It’s going to be difficult for us to move on, but we must be brave.

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Star Wars Rebels returns next week on  Disney XD, with two brand new episodes.