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SPOILER Rebels Review S01 E06: "Empire Day"

Discussion in 'Star Wars: Rebels' started by Hermann22, Nov 11, 2014.

  1. Hermann22

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    MAN OH...MAN!!!!!!!! This episode....was DOWN RIGHT WIZARD FOLKS!!!!!! Was it mind blowing? No. Was it suspenseful? Maybe? Was it entertaining? YES! Wait, did it at least give us some character development? YES!......Did Ezra use his stupid slingshot...at least once?.....spoiler alert folks...PRAISE TO SHEEV, NO!!!!!

    LET'S GET ON WITH THE DIRTY DETAILS!

    Last chance for spoilers! (The ones we actually care about that is.)






    What worked for me:



    - ITS EMPIRE DAY!!!

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    "Empire Day" wasn't kidding with that title. First we are given AT-DPs walking through a parade with a different version of the "Imperial March" music playing. You could say it was a "peppier" version of the march! Needless to say...it was great. I also want to point out the black, white and red Empire flags that seem very reminiscent of Nazi Germany. I know the Empire was loosely based around them according to George Lucas. It was a nice visual touch and call back I thought. Attention to detail.


    - Love the line from this scene "Celebrating the 15th anniversary of the Galaxy's salvation". Notice anything familiar in the picture? ;-)

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    - We find out why the Empire is on Lothal in the first place.

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    Through Ezra's family friend we find out that the Imperials have a 5 year plan on using Lothal and the Outer Rim for pure weapons manufacturing and turn them into a well oiled machine. Pumping out continuous weapons and ships. I know a lot of us were wondering why would the Empire care about Lothal in the first place and attack helpless farmers. It seems we are finally seeing why. Love pay offs like this!


    -Ezra and the super bummer birthday.

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    Not only does Empire Day fall on Ezra's birthday, but it's also the day that the Empire took his parents! Damn Lucasfilm. Give the kid a break! Ezra starts to hear his dead parents "voices". Are they memories that the Force is bringing to life for him? Something else? Who are his parents? My friend has a pretty crazy theory that I LOVE, but...I don't want to steal his thunder. Who do you think his parents are?


    -Smuggling Zeebo.

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    This Rodian has the Empire in fits because of the information he holds and they can't find him. We find out he's connected to Ezra's family and knows what happens to his parents. Zeebo also seems like a key for the future of the Rebel Alliance if he manages to survive the next episode...The stakes of this "smuggling" are big.



    Because there is nothing that "didn't work for me" in this episode....Here are some quick, but lovely moments for this outstanding episode:


    - Inquistor and his personal Tie. *swoon*

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    - Ithorian talking through a translator. (I love Ithorians FYI)

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    -Shots like this NEVER get old!

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    - Lastly...this one goes out to the Cantina staff!...CANTINA CHILLING SHOT!

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    I didn't think anything could come close to "Rise Of The Old Masters" unless we were given a Kanan and The Inquisitor 22 minute lightsaber duel. Well...this almost topped it. "Empire Day" manages to capture the spirit of Star Wars while going places that isn't a complete nod to the OT.

    Rebels is getting stronger after every episode folks. I think this season is and will continue to be great, but I just want to remind you all...Dave and co. have proven they will only get better if they are able to continue to make more episodes. Please support the show as much as you can. I think this show has amazing plans in store for us if we make it past the second season!

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    I look forward to watching this episode. I was able to scroll down and not spoil it before I watched, but I did read the last paragraph. Rise of the Masters was great and if this episode comes close to topping it then I am doubly excited. I was intrigued by your statement about your friend's theory on Ezra's parents. I'd like to know what he's thinking. Whereas it would be cool to tie Ezra to characters we know previously, I don't think this is the case. For one, I don't remember any important pregnant women during the Clone Wars. Second, in the Rebels Visual Guide on Ezra's profile, it lists his parents as Ephraim (loving the biblical names) and Mira Bridger. Unless they changed their names post rise of the Empire, I think these are totally new characters from Lothal. However, Filoni and Co. have surprised me before. I'm most interested to see where they go with the characters in Rebels. Will they all die? Go into hiding? Where were they during the OT if they were living? I realize the galaxy is big and the war was fought on multiple fronts so maybe they were doing important things elsewhere. But if Kanan or Ezra live, then Luke is not the last of the Jedi. Unless Obi-Wan and Yoda were unaware of him being alive, which I guess is possible. I don't know how they'll handle it, but the possibilities are endless. "Mira" does sound a lot like "Kira". Maybe the female lead in TFA is not a Skywalker or a Solo, but a Bridger. Maybe Kira Wren Bridger (see what I did there)? I think it's possible especially given the statements from the Rebels crew about possible links to the ST.
     
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    So I've read theories about Fulcrum being Ashoka and Ezra's father being Captain Rex? Ashoka being Fulcrum would be great, plus we know she HAS to show up at some point otherwise Filoni would burned at the stake. As for Ezra's parents, I hope theres gonna be some big revelation about their identities. The show is setting up both of these mysteries to be a pretty big deal, I just hope the two of them pay off.

    Also, the episode was great. Such an improvement on last week.
     
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    Ezra's father being Rex would be awesome. It would explain his resemblance to young Boba Fett.

    Who does your friend think his parents are?
     
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    I always knew Ezra had a little clone in him... :)
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    Cool episode!! Love the tone and the action. The Inquisitor's helmet is nice :)
     
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    Perhaps Ezra's parents was a clone and a female Jedi, one that this clone saved from other clones during the execution of order 66. Their names are listed as Ephraim and Mira Bridger, both from Lothal, according to Wookiepedia.

    Ephraim and Ezra are both names used in the Old Testament.
     
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    was there a clone named Ephraim?
     
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    Not that I know of. It could have been an alias. There was one instance of a clone in The Clone Wars that diserted and had children and another who had amnesia and worked for a Sullustan at a Diner. I'm sure they could write a story around another one since there were so many clones.

    I still think Ezra, who turned 15 on Empire Day, and Sabine, who is 16, end up hooking up and having Oscar Isaac's character as their son.
     
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    i like that theory!
     
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    Technically, none of the clones have official names. They have an operating number. Rex for ex. is CT-7567. And since they are humans and not just mindless drones, they like to go by a personalized name, which also makes giving and taking orders easier in combat. For ex. "Rex, Get down! vs. "CT-756...BOOM!...(too late). That being said, Rex was not his given name either so it wouldn't be too much of a stretch for him to go by something else. Or any other clone for that matter. About Oscar Isaac...I'm not convinced...I really think that Ridley's character (probably the main character) will not be a Skywalker or Solo but the offspring of Ezra. Look to Gleeson for the family connection. :)
     
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    Well Dee Bradley Baker did the voices of the Clone Troopers for Star Wars the Clone Wars and he also voiced Ephraim Bridger. Coincidence? Doubt it.
     
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    Finally got to watch it. At first when I saw the new TIE design on this post I was wondering how they were going to explain it. I see it is actually a re-invisioned look for the TIE advanced that I think was first seen in the TIE fighter video game. Changes the history on it a little, as I think Vader's ship was supposed to be a prototype and the production version wasn't introduced till at least after ANH in the previous EU timeline.

    Interesting theory. There was a similar theme with a Jedi and clone having a kid in the EU Republic/Imperial commando series of books which I think we're later contradicted by The Clone Wars and related books. Similarities end there though. I wonder if Kanan sees pictures of them and recognizes them both. It wouldn't be the only instance in this series of someone changing their name. Kanan was not named Kanan until Order 66 according to A New Dawn.

    Nice catch. I wonder if he used the same voice as he did for the clones. Now I have to watch it again to see if I can tell.
     
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    His real name is Caleb Dume, padawan to Depa Billaba.
     
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    He did use the same voice.
     
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    Yeah, it didn't sound as much like it the first time we heard it at Ezra's current home, but when we heard it at his family's old home it did sound a lot more like it.
     
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    I may stand corrected on the part I wrote about his parents being unrelated to known characters. After actually watching the episode, I am convinced that Ephraim Bridger was/is a clone. The mystery of the mother is more clouded (ugh...the dark side clouds everything!). She was voiced by Kath Soucie, the same woman who voices Minister Tua in the series. If she was a Jedi or something, I have no idea who she could be unless she is an all knew character. She is more than likely a human, or a near human. Given Ezra's appearance she is probably not a Twi'lek or Togruta (Notice the appearance of the Lawquane children in the photo. I don't believe that the children are actually Cut's biologically, but I think it is true that they are still half-human). Ezra looks completely human, but perhaps the mother could be a very near human (a Chalactan for ex.) Hey wasn't Kanan's master Depa Billaba a Chalactan? Interesting... As cool as that link between Kanan and Ezra would be, I'm pretty sure she was killed, (though I can't remember if Kanan actually witnessed her death or not). Either way, I can think of no human (or very near human) Jedi that we know already. She is probably a previously unknown character and it is possible she had affinity in the force without being a Jedi. I have no doubt that the Clone rumor is true though, whether it's Rex or someone else. I guess we'll have to wait and see!

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    I started watching TCW season 6 and thought that Fives could end up being Ezra's father because he had his Order 66 chip removed, but after watching a few more episodes I realized it could not have been him. But possibly another clone who had his chip removed.
     
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