Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Review
Let's talk about Star Wars Rebels season 3 as it just ended and I watched the whole thing over the weekend. It's hard to naturally talk about this, because it's just me, and it's better to have someone else around to give their input too, so I'll be very brief. (Spoiler alert!) Star Wars Rebels is great! Watch it! Obi-Wan and Maul: I didn't like that Maul was resurrected for The Clone Wars. He was given mechanical chicken legs and I didn't see a reason to add him when they gave him an evil-er brother with a goofy name, Savage Oppress! Basically, it was a steep uphill battle for me to be on board with Darth Maul, but I think the end of season 2 brought me up there. So, Valjean and Shaveir finally confront each other, I mean Obi-Wan and Maul, my bad. Obi-Wan strikes him down in a single swing, like a Samurai! Beautiful! Exactly how I wanted it to go down! No drawn-out fight. One grew, one was stuck in the past, bent on revenge! There was no fight. Blind Kanan: Holy Crap, Hondo and his blind jokes! Thank the makers Disney isn't hovering over them! Now, I get he has Daredevil-like sensitivity, but he can fly a ship and drive a motor-hover bike? Come on! My favorite couple: AP-5 and Chopper are like an old married couple, and it's the best! AP-5 has a Marvin the depressed robot-vibe to him (from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy). The end of the episode, where he is seemingly lost in space is amazing!
Sabine Wren: She's my favorite, and she's getting a lightsaber too!? She's the Star Wars' Arya Stark and the darksaber is "Needle". House Wren is Stark, the Saxon red guy is a Lannister, and Mandalore is Westeros! Dear Lucasfilm, I call dibbs on writing a Sabine Wren solo anthology film!
Ezra Bridger: Ezra is my least favorite character. I can write a whole essay on that, but I like everything and everyone else more, so we'll just leave it at that. Hera Sendulla: I think Hera is the main character of the series, not Ezra. Like, yeah, we see Ezra grow and mature, but Herra is like Han Solo if he wasn't a scruffy-looking nerf-herder. Grand Admiral Thrawn: This is my intro to Thrawn, and aside for him not being voiced by Benedict Cumberbatch, yeah, he's terrifying and everything I would've wanted!
The deathtroopers still haven't done any death-making, so, still waitin' on that.
Lastly, I should talk about the whole "chosen one" thing. In the episode with Obi-Wan and Maul, Obi-Wan reveals that Luke is the "chosen one". I guess now's as good a time as any to talk about this "prophecy".
First, We gotta address Anakin's "virgin birth". Was it a ripple in the force caused by Plagueis and Sidious manipulating midichlorians to conceive a child in the middle of the desert in the middle of nowhere on the edge of the Galaxy? Or, was an abused slave raped and either had no recollection of the account, mentally blocked the account, or chose to keep it a secret for her son's sake? I choose to believe the latter, mainly because it makes sense. You don't think whoever owned Shmi before Watto couldn't have run a prostitution ring, and maybe because Shmi was pregnant, she was sold? Tattooine is also a place a Jedi may go to get his jollies off, you know, like the Knight's Watch in Game of Thrones! Next is this "chosen one" thing. I thought that on a very simplistic level, Anakin literally balanced the force in terms of Jedi and Sith. By the beginning of A New Hope, there were 2 Jedi, Obi-Wan and Yoda, and 2 Sith, Sidious and Vader. 2 on 2. Balance, in the simplest terms. When Obi-Wan died, Luke took his place, then the last three original trilogy force-users died in episode 6. Alternatively, Once Vader literally ended the line of actual Siths, he brought their influence on the Galaxy to zero, three films after he brought the Jedi's influence on the Galaxy to zero. In both terms, Luke is a remainder as he is the last Jedi. (ooooh, chills!) if by "chosen one" the prophecy means "last man alive", yeah, it's Luke. But here's why none of this makes much of a difference: We don't know a damn thing about this "prophecy"! Whose prophecy is it? What were the circumstances of the person who received it? What did the prophecy even say? It's pretty vague, and varies between Yoda, Mace Windu, Qui-Gon...etc. Also, Luke was never made aware of any prophecy and people just talked about Anakin as the chosen one. But Anakin never acknowledges or even comments of this burden that was placed on him by so many people. So if it never affected our two contestants, then it why should I care? I mean, what's so special about the chosen one? Does he have a special gene? A unique power? A birthmark? What's so special about the chosen one for me to even care about it? Dear Lucasfilm, I call dibbs on writing the film that explains the prophecy and Anakin's father! Hey, what if Snoke impregnated Shmi!? I'll save the rest of my speculation and hopes for the future of Star Wars for April's Star Wars Celebration.