Thursday, March 8, 2018

'Star Wars Rebels' Concludes the Story of the 'Ghost' Crew

*MAJOR SPOILER ALERT for the last few episodes of Star Wars Rebels*

Star Wars Rebels aired its last episodes on Monday night, definitively concluding the series. The three-part finale – "A Fool's Hope" and "Family Reunion and Farewell: Parts 1 and 2" – saw the main characters enlist the help of old friends to take a final stand against the Imperial forces occupying Lothal, Ezra's homeworld.
The episodes ended with the destruction of most of Lothal's Imperial forces, including Governor Pryce – the steely, authoritative villainess that Phasma never was – and Thrawn's assassin Rukh. Meanwhile, Ezra and a defeated Thrawn vanished into hyperspace by means of the purrgil, massive space whales that Ezra first befriended in Season 2 and summoned to decimate the Empire's fleet over Lothal. 

In the epilogue, Sabine narrated the fates of her friends: Zeb took Kallus to Lira San to prove that he hadn't destroyed the Lasat people while working for the Empire; Hera fought in the Battle of Endor with Rex and Chopper and gave birth to a son, Jacen Syndulla, whose father was Kanan (raising all sorts of questions about cross-species breeding and just how intimate Hera and Kanan got before his death); and Sabine stayed on Lothal to watch over the planet in Ezra's stead.
In the episode's final moments, Sabine examined a mural she painted in Lothal's capital of the original Ghost crew and their Loth-wolf and Loth-cat friends. Recounting Ezra's last words to her – "Don't forget, I'm counting on you" – she decided to find Ezra and bring him home with help from a white-cloaked Ahsoka Tano. 
The implication, of course, is that the next Star Wars animated series (which has been rumored for some time now and will probably be announced very soon) will center on Ahsoka and Sabine's journey to find Ezra, post-Return of the Jedi. It's a neat premise that will allow some of Rebels' best characters to shine, but this time in a new, unexplored era. 

And though the main objective will be tracking down Ezra (as well as Thrawn, who is certainly alive in some fashion), the idea of Ahsoka and Sabine teaming up is pretty damn cool on its own. An ex-Jedi and a Mandalorian, both passionate and badass warriors who suffered physical and emotional trauma in their youths and came out the other side stronger than ever? Ezra won't have to wait long because there is nothing those two could not do together.
Comparing Rebels to The Clone Wars – as fans will naturally do for the next few decades, if not longer – isn't an entirely pointless endeavor, as there's a lot to analyze about their respective story arcs, themes, character development, animation quality, and music, just to name a few. But one thing's for sure: Rebels got the satisfying, conclusive finale that Clone Wars was robbed of.

The intended series finale for Clone Wars was "The Siege of Mandalore," an episode arc that would have synced up with the events of Revenge of the Sith and seen Ahsoka reunite with Anakin and Rex. "Sacrifice," the Season 6 finale and the last completed episode of the series, did end on a conclusive note, but left many threads hanging (such as Maul's, Ahsoka's, and Rex's fates).

Meanwhile, "Family Reunion and Farewell" felt like a culmination of the entire series, with many familiar faces turning up to help liberate Lothal, a centerpiece of the show since the very first episode. The last scene was something of a cliffhanger, but it showed that Star Wars Rebels was about the Ghost crew as a whole; their story as a team is over, even if most of the individual characters still have wide-open futures in the Star Wars universe.
No, contrary to its title, Star Wars Rebels was not about the  Rebel Alliance. While it certainly shed light on its formation and had appearances by iconic Rebel leaders like Bail Organa, Princess Leia, and Mon Mothma, at the end of the day the Ghost crew and their friends were fighting for what they personally cared about, without the help of the Alliance.

Kanan, Hera, Ezra, Sabine, Zeb, and Chopper. Not exactly soldiers, not exactly capital-R "Rebels," but a collection of lost individuals who together became whole again. They were a family who fought during the galaxy's darkest hour to protect the innocent from an evil that perpetuated genocide and slavery. And there's nothing more Star Wars than that. 
What did you think of the Rebels finale? Where do you hope Star Wars animation goes next? Tell me in the comments or tweet to @SithObserver, and may the Force be with you all.

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