STAR WARS REBELS Recap: “The Siege of Lothal”

After what felt like the worlds longest hiatus, Star Wars Rebels is back on our screens, which means more Ahsoka, Darth Vader, adventures, Chopper, and Sabine’s rad new hair style!

star-wars-rebels-siege-of-lothal-ahsoka-tanoOpening up the premiere episode of Star Wars Rebels season 2, we find the crew of the Ghost amidst a battle in space, going about their business and getting the job at hand done. It’s just another mission for this band of rebels. This opening scene also reinforces the notion that the Ghost is Hera’s ship. (Because it is.) After seeing the crew battle it out in space and clearing their mission, we’re brought back to the Empire, where Minister Tua and Agent Kallus are talking about the rebels at hand.

I always love the scenes with Agent Kallus and Minister Tua, but this scene proved to be a favorite. Why? First off, this premiere episode is a pretty big deal for a number of reasons. Yes, we’re excited because Star Wars Rebels is back, but also because our two favorites, Darth Vader and Ahsoka, are back! We only got a taste of Vader’s return in the season one finale, but now he’s back and taking charge, including scaring the life out of Minister Tua. Due to Darth Vader’s threat, Minister Tua finds herself needing help from the rebels. She needs to be transferred from Lothal since she is now defecting from the Empire. She agrees to trade secret Imperial information, only if they can guarantee her safety.  This scene held some more information, as Ezra can sense that Minister Tua is telling the truth. Ezra can sense her fear using the Force, showing his strength in the Force has gotten stronger.

Due to Minster Tua, soon the rebels find themselves making their way back to Lothal, by the way of a Starspeeder. I think this would be my favorite scene in the whole episode. So many Star Tours feels. Along the way, Ezra talks about “feeling it” and that he’s “so cold”. Kanan is suspicious, but shrugs it off for the time being.

Being the rebels that they are, Kanan takes the armor of a nearby stormtrooper, blending in with the crowd and all. After spotting Minister Tua, the rebels learn that Agent Kallus has accompanied her, making this mission that much harder. But instead of sneakily trying to get by, the rebels go guns blazing, Taking a Starspeeder as their way out, an AT-DP shoots them down, stranding them on the Imperial infested Lothal. Darth Vader soon gets word of this and begins a massive manhunt for the rebels. The rebels soon take refuge in, I believe, Ezra’s old childhood home.

We soon find Ezra and Kanan sneaking in Hera, Sabine, Chopper, and Zeb into Imperial ruled territory. In this opening moment, we see Ezra trying to use the Force like Obi-Wan in A New Hope. The music makes this scene so fun, making us love Kanan even more when he has to use the Force instead.

While quite a bit of this episode was teased during the trailers, this upcoming battle gave me nothing but chills. Darth Vader vs. the Rebels. Darth Vader’s grand entrance gave me all the goosebumps. I just wanted to save the gang myself because, well, it’s Darth Vader. I really loved the visuals with Darth Vader in this scene. It just showed how powerful he is/can be when needed. He battles Ezra and Kanan, while Zeb, Sabine, and Hera formulate a plan to leave, while battling oncoming stormtroopers. After cutting it close, literally, the rebels barely escape from the clutches of Darth Vader.

Darth Vader’s presence, of course, brings an onslaught of questions, specifically the Ezra. Hera suggests jumping away, but Kanan warns her that Vader probably has ships waiting for them at every corner of Lothal. So the only solution is to smuggle themselves off of Lothal, but how? Who’s a pro at that type of thing? Yes, Lando Calrissian is back! While not my favorite in Star Wars Rebels, it’s always nice to see a familiar face. Lando makes a deal with Hera, where if they give him the imperial shield generators, military grade.

Lando has a droid set up on Lothal that helps them with this venture. Soon we learn that the Empire has burned down Tarkin Town in Lothal, proving that they’re playing no games when its coming to overruling the population. But Sabine has a plan to get them out of Lothal, using Lando’s old parts. The Empire soon figures out there plan, but it’s too late and Hera had already jumped into hyperspace. Little do they know, the Empire tracked the Ghost before its departure and Darth Vader is soon on his way.

There’s much discussion between crew mates about what to do; run, hide, stick with the rebel fleet? I think most would like to lay low, but know that that is now the way they want to go about their lives. They’re rebels. They don’t want to Empire around anymore and will do all they can to get rid of them. The rebels soon find that the ship was tracked, with little to no time to prepare for what Darth Vader has brought. Darth Vader pilots a Tie Fighter around, but shows his skill by destroying everything in his sight.

Everyone has been asking, “Does Ahsoka know Darth Vader is Anakin?”. In most of Ashley Eckstein interviews, this question has been brought up the most. And this episode hints at what that answer may be. Ahsoka starts to use the Force and focus’ on Darth Vader and his presence. In one big flash, Ahsoka screams and faints, while Darth Vader says, “The apprentice lives.” Out of the whole episode, this scene gave me the most chills. Does Ahsoka know? What is Darth Vader going to do now that he knows Ahsoka is alive? So. many. questions. And to end the episode, Darth Vader orders another Inquisitor to hunt down the rebels. Yep.

“The Siege of Lothal” was such a fun premiere episode! Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels is already off to a great start. his episode premiered back at Star Wars Celebration and has been all the talk ever since, so it was nice to see what actually happened in the episode. And while the rest of season 2 won’t be premiere till this Fall, I believe this episode will hold us over until then. Maybe. Possibly. Probably not.

What was your favorite part of “The Siege of Lothal”?

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Travis has been a self-proclaimed geek ever since being introduced to Star Wars before he could speak. He spends most of his free time reading comics, watching TV, collecting toys, blogging, and traveling the US to attend all sorts of conventions. He also likes coffee quite a bit.