Star Wars Rebels, Episode 13 “Rebel Resolve” Broadcast February 23, 2015
Written by Charles Murray and Henry Gilroy
Directed by Justin Ridge
A scout walker is lead by five stormtroopers through the streets of Lothal. They’re searching for the rebels, who are atop two buildings that parallel them. Ezra, Chopper, Sabine, and Zeb watch as the machine strides between their structures. Zeb and Ezra jump aboard the walker and take out its pilots, while Sabine provides cover by targeting the troopers. Chopper flies into the transport to hack into Imperial prison records. The droid can’t get in to the data files because there’s no network, which the group was somewhat responsible for destroying in the previous episode. Two more scout walkers appear to stop this rogue walker. Sabine, who’s joined them in the crowded cockpit, wonders if Kanan is still alive, prompting Ezra to say, “He’s alive, Sabine. I know it.” In an Imperial holding cell, Kanan awakes strapped to an upright table as Kallus and Tarkin enter, with the latter saying, “Now we will discover if you are indeed the Jedi you claim to be.” “Well, Governor,” says the hero with a smile, “someone’s got to keep you entertained.” Cue opening title card.
This show has definitely hit its stride. This was a quick paced installment, with Ezra getting a lot of character growth. It was good to see that some of his friends will trust the young man implicitly. Also getting a lot of scenes was Chopper, whose voice continues to give him a personality only surpassed by Artoo-Detoo. Chopper also does one of the most mean things I’ve ever seen a droid do, and my reaction matched Zeb and Ezra’s. Thankfully, a follow up scene shows it not to be so brutal as imagined. There were also some really nice technical aspects to the show: great point of view from the citizens looking up at the battling walkers, Hera’s great entrance, superb use of John Williams’s score in several spots, the electrical lightning that one character endures, and Chopper’s sensational exit from a ship. The ending of the episode is the saddest in this short series’ history.
The good: Great script by Murray and Gilroy, Ezra making a big decision, Chopper being awesome, and excellent use of classic Star Wars music.
Fun lines: “I just know,” “He doesn’t know anything,” “Pain can break anyone,” “Whatever I like,” “I’m not gonna fall–” and “Can’t argue with that.”
The bad: It’s a cliffhanger! And the next episode is the season finale! I’m already missing this show!
The final line: Plenty of action with every character getting their fair share, and the droid stealing the show. Overall grade: A