This week on the show Johnny and Brian bid a fond farewell to Star Wars Rebels. Plus they speculate where Disney and Lucasfilm might take the next animated series.
Star Wars Rebels Season 4.5
Cast & Crew
Based on Star Wars by
Taylor Gray as Ezra Bridger
Freddie Prinze, Jr. as Kanan Jarrus
Vanessa Marshall as Hera Syndulla
Tiya Sircar as Sabine Wren
Steven Blum as Garazeb “Zeb” Orrelios
Dave Filoni as “Chopper” (credited as “Himself” prior to the series finale)
Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano
Star Wars Rebels Season 4.5 Episodes
While Hera is being tortured by Governor Pryce, Ezra, Kanan and Sabine prepare to extract her from Imperial captivity. With Admiral Thrawn absent on Coruscant, they infiltrate the Lothalian Imperial command center using gliders that they built, and while Ezra and Sabine secure a gunship as an escape craft, Kanan recovers Hera’s kalikori—an important family heirloom that was taken by Thrawn earlier in the series—and frees Hera before she (under the effect of a truth serum) can reveal the location of the Rebel base. As they attempt to escape on one of the gliders, Kanan instructs Hera to land them inside Lothal City’s fuel depot. Just as Ezra and Sabine pick them up, Pryce orders her troops to open fire on the fuel tanks, causing an explosion. Trapped on top of the tank, Kanan uses the Force to enable Hera and his friends to escape the blast, at the cost of his own life.
With the destruction of the Imperial fuel depot and the resulting shutdown of the TIE Defender project, Governor Pryce decides to cover up her blunder by throwing a victory parade, but Thrawn is not deceived. While Sabine and Zeb depart for Lothal City to spoil that party, Ezra sinks into despair until he is challenged by the Loth-Wolves and led toward a gigantic Loth-Wolf called Dume, who confronts him with his fears and tells him to return to the Lothal Jedi temple. Meanwhile, after noticing that the Imperial TIE factory has been shut down, Sabine and Zeb encounter and engage in combat with Rukh; after beating him unconscious, they send him, covered in Sabine’s graffiti, back to Lothal City to show that the rebels are still willing to fight. Hera overcomes her own grief by adding a token for Kanan to her kalikori, and by being told by Sabine and Zeb of how Kanan essentially fulfilled their goal of stopping the TIE Defender project. Ezra then informs his friends of their important mission to go to the Jedi temple and recover its precious knowledge from the hands of the Imperials.
“Wolves and a Door”
With the aid of the Loth-Wolves, Ezra, Hera, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper head for the Jedi temple, which they find being occupied by a Mining Guild excavation team led by Imperial Minister Hydan, who is very close to penetrating the temple’s secrets. By interpreting an unearthed mural depicting the Mortis Gods (Father, Son and Daughter), Ezra uses the Force to bring the images to life, which show him the location of the door. However, despite their disguises as Imperial scouts, their presence is found out and the alarm is raised. Ezra manages to escape through the door into the temple just before he can be captured.
“A World Between Worlds”
Sabine ends up being questioned by Hydan and asked by him to interpret the pictograms he has found within the Jedi temple, thereby learning that the Emperor intends to breach the barriers between life and death as a final stepping stone to controlling the Force within the entire universe. Just after she has deciphered how to close the portal, Sabine is extracted by Hera and Zeb. In the meantime, Ezra wanders within a void between space and time until he is led by a Convor to another portal, which is opened to the scene of Ahsoka’s final battle against Darth Vader. Just before her imminent demise, Ezra pulls her through the portal into the void, and after realizing that he has a chance to save Kanan as well, he makes an attempt, but is dissuaded by Ahsoka from changing fate. But with the opening of the Lothal door, the Emperor is finally able to reach into the void and attack them; Ezra and Ahsoka separate and escape through the portals through which they have come. With Sabine’s hint, Ezra is able to seal the accessway to the void, which also triggers the collapse of the temple. After a narrow escape, Hera returns to the temple, which has completely vanished; but with what he has learned in the void, Ezra is finally able to overcome his grief over Kanan’s death, realizing that if he had pulled Kanan out, he, and the others would have perished instead.
“A Fool’s Hope”
Hera, Rex, and Kallus recruit Hondo, Gregor, Wolffe, and Ketsu for a plan to liberate Lothal, which they agree to out of respect for Ezra. Back on Lothal, Ezra receives a vision that Thrawn is returning from Coruscant, meaning that they must enact their plan to seize the capital right away. At the capital, Pryce is secretly contacted by Ryder, who offers to betray the Rebels to her in return for his own safety. Pryce and Rukh lead an assault force on the Rebel base, while Hera attempts to return with reinforcements but must first slip past the Imperial blockade. The Imperials quickly gain the upper hand and capture the Rebels, but Ryder reveals that his betrayal was merely a ruse to lure Pryce out of the capital. Hera then arrives with the Ghost and her reinforcements while Ezra summons the Loth-Wolves to aid in the battle. The Imperials are swiftly defeated and Pryce is captured, but Ezra reminds everybody that the battle to liberate Lothal is just beginning.
“Family Reunion – and Farewell”
With Pryce as their prisoner, the Rebels force her to give them the clearance codes to infiltrate the Imperial command center at the capital. They seize the control room and plan to issue an evacuation order for all Imperial forces to return to the command center, then launch it into space to self destruct. Rukh overhears the plan and warns Thrawn, who tasks him with disabling the planetary shield. Kallus issues the evacuation order and all Imperial forces enter the command center, but before they can launch, Thrawn arrives and positions his Star Destroyer directly above the city. Once Rukh disables the shield generators, Thrawn orders the Rebels to surrender or he will bombard the city. Ezra decides to surrender to stall Thrawn while the rest of the Rebels move to reactivate the shields. Thrawn puts Ezra in contact with a hologram of the Emperor. Meanwhile, Mart realizes the plan is in trouble, and takes the Ghost to enact a backup plan Ezra had given him by sending a signal over frequency zero to summon help. As the Rebels fight their way to the shield generator, the Emperor tries to tempt Ezra with a promise to revive his parents. Ezra refuses the Emperor’s deal and escapes custody, while the Rebels are able to raise the shield before Thrawn can commence bombardment of the city. Zeb is able to trap Rukh inside the generator as it activates, killing him. Gregor is mortally wounded in the fight and dies. Ezra fights his way to Thrawn, and reveals that he arranged Mart to call the purrgil, who arrive and destroy Thrawn’s fleet. The purrgil then grab Thrawn’s flagship and prepare to drag it into hyperspace. Despite pleas from his friends, Ezra decides to stay on the ship to make sure Thrawn is defeated for good, and they jump away. With Thrawn’s fleet gone, the Rebels proceed with the plan to launch and destroy the command center. Pryce chooses to stay and go down with it rather than remain a prisoner of the Rebels. Upon witnessing the destruction of the command center, the people of Lothal celebrate, and Hera is confident that they will be able to resist any Imperial attempts to recapture the planet.
Thanks to the Rebel Alliance’s victory at the Battle of Endor, which both Hera and Rex took part in, the feared Imperial counterattack on Lothal never comes, and the Ghost crew go their separate ways. Zeb takes Kallus to Lira San to show him that he didn’t truly exterminate all of the Lasat species, and that he is welcomed there as one of them. Hera and Rex continued to fight with the Rebel Alliance, and it is revealed Hera gave birth to her and Kanan’s son, Jacen Syndulla. Sabine teams up with Ahsoka Tano to search for Ezra, leaving behind a mural on Lothal depicting the Ghost crew.
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