In Review: Star Wars Rebels, Episode 14 “Fire Across the Galaxy”

This is what you show people to get them into Star Wars and this is what will keep the faithful happy.

Star Wars Rebels, Episode 14 “Fire Across the Galaxy” Broadcast March 2, 2015

SEASON FINALE

Written by Simon Kinberg

Directed by Dave Filoni

At an Imperial base on Lothal, two stormtroopers are surprised by Sabine appearing behind them saying, “Miss me, bucket heads?” They shoot at her, but she evades their fire. Her distraction allows Ezra and Zeb to steal an Imperial transport. Sabine joins them just before the bombs go off that she’s planted on all the TIE Fighters. As the ship flies off it plows through the smoke from the exploding ships, leaving a swirl that resembles the future symbol of the Rebellion. Cue opening title card and first commercial break.

I and my daughter screamed aloud at a returning character. I’m not going to spoil who it is, but if you’re a fan of Star Wars, you want to watch the episode just to get to the final five minutes. In addition to this appearance to end all appearances, this episode has all the hallmarks of the original film. A rescue from Imperial clutches, villain dialogue to boo and hiss, Imperials stumbling over each other, Grand Moff Tarkin being caught short, the best lightsaber battle yet in this series’ short history, fantastic music, great graphics, and the return of two classic Star Wars film characters. This episode does give some hope to our rebel leads, and shows they’re not alone in battling the Empire. There is one solid visual laugh that I can already picture being sold in stores and hung in many a boy or girl’s room. I want one, I admit it. The explosive effects, two different types, were outstanding. This was truly a “Wow” episode.

The good: The script, the direction, the thrills, the tension, the look of “that thing,” and the appearance of “that person.”

Fun lines: “It’s some of my best work,” “Codename: Fulcrum,” “…run…,” “You’re right to be afraid,” “Is he there?”, “That’s not regulation,” “I kinda like it,” “…I have nothing left to fear,” and (wait for it) “The protocol has changed.”

The bad: This is too much to stop at! I’m unbelievably saddened that there won’t be new episodes for a while!

The final line: This is what you show people to get them into Star Wars and this is what will keep the faithful happy. This was pure Star Wars bliss! Overall grade: A+

 

Patrick Hayes was a contributor to the Comic Buyer's Guide for several years with "It's Bound to Happen!" and he's reviewed comics for TrekWeb and TrekCore. He's taught 8th graders English for 20 years and has taught high school English for five years and counting. He reads everything as often as he can, when not grading papers or looking up Star Trek, Star Wars, or Indiana Jones items online.
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