Star Wars Rebels: “Fire Across the Galaxy” Season 1 Finale Review

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“Fire Across the Galaxy” was not only a perfect conclusion to season one of Star Wars Rebels, it was also an indicator of a much brighter future for the series.

Thus far, Rebels has been perfectly solid, if uneven. It never reached the highs or the lows of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, instead remaining pretty neutral and coasting by with an occasional great episode. This finale looks to change all the issues I had with the series in its premiere season.

“Fire Across the Galaxy” didn’t waste a single second, jumping right into Sabine distracting stormtroopers as the rest of the gang stole an Imperial transport with which to rescue Kanan. This was a fun callback to “Art Attack,” the short that introduced Sabine back in the summer.

From there, the crew of the Ghost carry out a mission that feels a lot like when the Millennium Falcon landed on the Death Star in A New Hope. Hera, Zeb, and Sabine distract the stormtroopers while Ezra rescues Kanan.

But there’s no way the season could end without one last confrontation with the Inquisitor. Initially just a duel between Kanan and the Sith wannabe, Ezra igniting his lightsaber to fight alongside his master was one of the greatest rewards of the season. With the Inquisitor igniting the other half of his, I was suddenly taken back to Phantom Menace, where Qui-Gon Jinn and Obi Wan Kenobi fought Darth Maul in a very similar environment. The fight itself was certainly acrobatic enough to warrant the comparison. After Ezra falls to a lower walkway, Kanan awesomely duel wields his and his apprentice’s lightsabers to defeat his enemy. I was surprised to see the Inquisitor go, though I’m not entirely convinced of his death. Still, Kanan clearly won the fight, making him feel more like a true Jedi than ever before.

The escape in various TIE fighters was great too. A good old-fashioned dogfight in space like it’s 1977 all over again. Just when things get a little hairy, a fleet Corellian corvettes arrive to save the day. Does this count as the first battle of the Galactic Civil War? Likely not, as the larger Rebellion makes a pretty quick escape.

Now it’s cameo time. First up, Bail Organa shows up, speaking of a larger alliance that the crew of the Ghost now seems to be a part of. Then, the reveal of Fulcrum. Drumroll please…AHSOKA TANO! Darth Vader’s former apprentice herself is officially part of the Rebel Alliance. With the final cameo being the Sith Lord following Tarkin as the Inquisitor’s replacement, these two Clone Wars stars could reunite sooner than you think. Add it to our season two wishlist.

So obviously “Fire Across the Galaxy” was the best Rebels episode so far. The rescue of Kanan was brilliantly executed and the ending hinted at a much larger, more impactful future for the crew of the Ghost. Now the wait to season two seems longer than ever. Grade: A

 

Some Final Notes From the Outer Rim:

– In response to Savine’s painted TIE fighter:
Stormtrooper 1: “That’s not regulation.”
Stormtrooper 2: “I kind of like it.”

– Kanan’s Order 66 story is a sad one. The chances of a flashback featuring the death of his master, Jedi Master Depa Billaba, seems high. Especially if the show takes a darker tone with its second season.

– How I missed Ashley Eckstein’s voice as Ahsoka. Looking forward to more in the future!

– Vader didn’t get any lines in the finale, but whose up for James Earl Jones to be a series regular next season?

 

By Matt Dougherty

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