Star Wars Rebels: “Always Two There Are” Season 2 Episode 4 Review

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We got some new villains this week as Star Wars Rebels continues to settle into its so-far stronger second season.

With the Inquisitor failing to survive the season one finale, this show has some shoes to fill. Darth Vader himself temporarily, though grandly, filled them in the season two premiere, but it’s asking a lot of the show to have him around every week. “Always Two There Are” gave us a more permanent replacement for last season’s main foe. We briefly met the Fifth Brother last week, as he boarded a Star Destroyer, but now it’s time to meet the Seventh Sister, voiced by none other than Sarah Michelle Gellar.

The story strings to get Ezra, Sabine, Zeb, and Chopper on their own for a mission may have been a little obvious, but once they got going, so did the episode. Assigned the task of picking up medical supplies from an old Republic space station, the kids of the crew are faced with the dark, abandoned hallways of a lifeless spacecraft. Well, not entirely lifeless. This portion of the episode plays like a horror movie (did they actually schedule the season so this would air right before Halloween?). Rebels takes advantage of how creepy space can be. It’s solid work from a team that doesn’t usually have to put forward this type of tone.

Once the Seventh Sister shows up, things get back into the Star Wars groove, which also isn’t a problem. She looks to be a very fun villain to watch. After meeting up with the Fifth Brother, it’s clear she’s the brains of the pair. There’s a coolness to her that makes you want to keep watching, much like Clone Wars did with Asajj Ventress.

With Ezra and Sabine eventually captured, it’s up to Zeb to save the day, which is where the episode struggles a bit with its tone. The first appearance of the Inquisitor in season one, in “Rise of the Old Masters,” was a seriously intimidating event. Here, Zeb takes care of them pretty easily. The stakes just never felt that high, which took away from the Inquisitors’ presence.

Of course, it’s a bit early in the season for dark cliffhangers, as we’re still setting the stage. Overall, that’s what “Always Two There Are” was clearly for. With the two Inquisitors now in place, Rex and Ahsoka working with the crew, and Vader looming in the background, Rebels has all the ingredients for an epic sophomore year. Hopefully now that all the pieces look to be in place, the real story can begin. Grade: B+

Some Other Notes:

  • The new Inquisitors refer to last season’s as the Grand Inquisitor, indicating that he was their leader before he died. Who’s their leader now? How many of them are there?
  • Sarah Michelle Gellar killed it, no?
  • The Rex/Kanan rivalry has gone from dramatic to fun, which is welcome after they solved a lot of their issues last week.
  • Sabine acted as the leader of the team this week, which was a welcome change and actually helped give her a bit more depth.

By Matt Dougherty

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