Monday, 22 June 2015

Star Wars Rebels: S02E01: "The Siege of Lothal"

Rating: 8

In A Nutshell

The Rebels are lured back to Lothal to help rescue the president of the world (I assume she is) who has had enough of the Empire control and is willing to trade secrets for safe passage. Things go really wrong though when she's blown up along with the escape shuttle. Vader has the rebels on the run on Lothal, leading to them having to resort stealing another shuttle, which leads to showdown with Vader for Kanan and Ezra. Vader kicks some serious butt, almost decapitating Ezra, before Kanan gets in to save him. Sigh. Cheese moment. Barely escaping with their lives, the Rebels call in a favour from Lando Calrissian and use some of his transponders to trick their way past the Empire blockade. This is still part of Vader's plan though as their shuttle was being tracked. In comes Vader in his T-fighter to take out the Ghost Ship and the Rebel fleet they just met up with. He causes serious destruction as the Ghost Ship just about holds him off for the Rebel Fleet to escape. As Vader chases the Ghost Ship, they just about managed to escape by having Vader trapped in the empire destroyer's tractor beam by accident instead of them. Kanan and crew want to hang around more with the Rebel Fleet and help, whilst Vader informs the Emperor of Ashoka being with the Rebels. The Emperor tells him to be patience so they can use it to their advantage and to send in the dogs, I mean another Inquisitor, to pursue the Rebels.

What I liked

Vader with lightsaber! Vader walking about. Vader giving orders. Vader hatching a very brilliant plan. Vader in his T-Fighter. Vader talking to emperor. Literally everything to do with Vader is gold dust in this show!

A very well written and creative plot in this episode. From start to finish it was solid, captivating and keeping us on our toes!

What I Didn't Like

Vader's lightsaber battle was quite an old school fight with Kanan rather than the gymnastics samurai stuff we've got used to in recent years. Sort of fits with the time perhaps but I'd like a little more freedom and creativity with that fight.

Vader's walking motion is a bit camp isn't it? Looks like a doll on wire, blowing to side to side in the breeze. Quite odd.

As much as I love Zeb, he didn't have much to do this week, plus he doesn't fit in with everyone else in the show in terms of how they are drawn. He looks like a cartoon toy, whereas the rest look more genuine. He is funny though.


Pretty sure Ashoka knew it was Anakin, but why not tell the others? Presumably because she's not 100% how or why it could be Anakin. I expect we'll have to see her meet up with Yoda or Obi-Wan to get the confirmation and inside on what went down at end of Clone Wars.

Aren't you a little thin for a lightsabre?
And Finally

A fantastic episode. So good in fact that you get the idea it might be a while until it reaches that level again as we might return to run of the mill plots next episode? A new inquisitor will obviously be the main foe for a while until Vader returns to the fold?

Rating: 8 out of 10 (Lots of Vader everywhere, doing real Vader evil stuff! Gripping as he chased down the rebels).

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