It was a hard task to follow up last seasons’ “Twilight of the Apprentice,” but Rebels did it solidly with an hour that was well-written, well-voiced (how about that Tom Baker, eh?), and well plotted with both action and drama. It’s amazing that a cartoon… a show built for kids to sell action figures, can be this sophisticated and mature.
Star Wars Rebels
This episode was just bursting with goodness whether you’re a fan of the original trilogy, the prequel trilogy, or even The Force Awakens. The only fans it didn’t seem to be giving service to was fans of The Holiday Special, but fuck those guys. There’s something wrong with them.
I know that, being a show aimed at children, “Rebels” is not and never will be Shakespeare, but it doesn’t have to be cliched B-Movie nonsense, either.
Despite the fact that I think Chopper is a cool little dude, this episode had “annoying side quest” written all over it but, rather than being a filler episode with nothing but inconsequential silliness, “The Forgotten Droid” actually manages to tie into the running arch of the season, namely the search for a new rebel base. Hell, you could even call this episode pivotal.
“Shroud of Darkness” had it all: Drama, humor, action, darkness… a sense of maturity that the recent episodes have been missing. Yes, I know that “Star Wars Rebels” is a show made for kids, but just because it’s made for kids doesn’t mean it has to lack sophistication or complexity or be completely formulaic and predictable.
Now, the episode is not surprising nor is it inventive. Once it’s apparent what kind of story it’s going to be, it pretty much follows the formula from start to finish, but the dialogue is raw and honest and the action that takes place in between is well scripted and fresh.
Old clones never die, they just fade away…
Darth Vader has just about had enough of your shit.