Star Wars Rebels, Episode 10 “Vision of Hope” Broadcast February 2, 2015
Written by Henry Gilroy
Directed by Steven G. Lee
Ezra is practicing with his lightsaber under Kanan’s watchful eye. Zeb, Chopper, and Sabine shoot at the boy who’s supposed to deflect their shots into a stormtrooper’s helmet nearby. Kanan stops the session to find out what’s got the youth so distracted. He doesn’t want to miss Senator Gall Trayvis’s newest anti-Empire transmission–he has a feeling his newest broadcast will be today. His master counters with, “I have a feeling you’re going to get stunned if you don’t stay in the moment,” and practice resumes. After deflecting several blasts, Ezra hears voices–his friends and Trayvis’s. He also gets several visions, including one of the senator saying, “Your parents were very brave.” He gives a yell and wakes up, on his back with the crew of the Ghost around him. “I got stunned, didn’t I?” he asks sheepishly. “No,” says Kanan. “You deflected every blast back at the target,” gesturing to the spinning and smoldering helmet. The padawan tells his master he had a vision seeing Trayvis. “Kanan, he knew my parents!” Cue opening title sequence and first commercial break.
This was a neat episode, but not very surprising if one is paying attention. It was very cool for the group to finally meet with Trayvis, and to hear Brent Spiner’s voice again. I like that he’ll obviously be back for more episodes. There’s also the return of another character from an earlier episode, though something is going to happen to this individual soon, and contact with one member of the Ghost crew could be ending. Ezra learned a bit more about his parents, but also had another emotional meltdown. How much can one kid take? Also good was having Agent Kallus state some dissatisfaction with the Inquisitor. There were four really good directorial scenes in this episode: 1, excellent smoke effects; 2, love the yank from Zeb in helping Sabine; 3, really like the shot of Ezra looking at Trayvis before they part ways; and, 4, the final shot of Ezra and Hera. And, as always, is there anything droids can’t do? Viewers are reminded of what happens if something gets in Chopper’s way.
The good: Meeting Trayvis, the performances of Taylor Gray, Vanessa Marshall, Freddie Prinze, Jr., and Brent Spiner, some excellent directorial shots, and Ezra’s newest Force ability.
Fun lines: “No time to explain!”, “I believe the Inquisitor has put too much emphasis into the capture of the Jedi,” “I’m being optimistic,” “It’s a trap,” “That’s not the ride we’re looking for,” “Think of something clever to say later,” “Move it, rebels!” and Chopper’s “Whoa-Whoa-Whoa!”
The bad: Very easy to see where one character’s loyalties lie.
The final line: Easy to predict, but fun to watch. Overall grade: B