*SPOILERS* ahead if you haven’t seen the latest edition of Star Wars Rebels: The Last Battle.
Each episode of Star Wars Rebels this season has been top notch quality storytelling. The Last Battle focuses on Rex leading Kanan, Ezra, and Zeb on a mission to the planet Agamar to an old battlefield site of the Clone Wars. The guys were dropped off by Hera and Sabine to locate some much needed arms for the rebellion. The Clone Wars nostalgia was set on eleven with countless references to the abruptly ended television series that ran from 2008-2013. It was great seeing so many Clone Wars references like the two shuttles the rebels used when escaping Agamar, and of course the battle droids, and the destroyer droids. So let’s revisit The Last Battle.
“Battles leave scars—some you can’t see.” – Kanan
As much as we loved seeing some familiar sites, it must’ve been incredibly difficult for Rex to return to the past; to a place where many of his friends and comrades died in battle. When asked by Andi Gutierrez on Rebels Recon, what it was like for Rex to return to that scenario, Dee Bradley Baker, the voice of Rex, said that “he’s (Rex) done that so much he’s able to jump back into that.” Okay so without further ado, let’s get into my list of my Top 4 Favorite Moments from Star Wars Rebels: The Last Battle.
General Kalani—this actually worked out perfectly for me, because I had just watched The Clone Wars episodes in which General Kalani appeared in: Front Runners, The Soft War, and Tipping Points. And guess who else was in those episodes…Saw Gerrera! I just love how Dave Filoni and gang are making the connections from Clone Wars to Rebels to Rogue One. And just for those who are wondering, General Kalani who was voiced by Gregg Berger in The Clone Wars, returned to do the voice for Rebels.
Agamar—towards the end of The Clone Wars episode Tipping Points, it was becoming clear that King Sanjay Rash was going to lose the battle. Count Dooku, after discussing this with General Kalani, ordered Kalani to “salvage the remaining arms and bring them to Agamar.” These are the same arms that Rex and company were trying to recover for use against the Empire. Unfortunately, the arms were needed to make the escape from Agamar when the Empire arrived.
Battle Droids vs. Stormtroopers—I have to admit when I saw this I thought: will the Stormtroopers actually hit their target, and will the battle droids be destroyed anyway? We’ve all pictured it. What would happen if Stormtroopers fought against B1 Battle Droids? After all, they’re the two most incompetent troopers and are facing off against each other. Who would win? Now we know. Pablo Hildago said on Rebels Recon that “it felt like they were playing with different toys from different toy lines.”
Rebels/Clone Wars logo—I have to admit that I didn’t catch this the first time around, but after a second viewing, I thought it was so cool to pay homage to The Clone Wars by combining the Rebels and The Clone Wars logo during the end credits.To me, this not only allowed the crew who created The Clone Wars to return home again, but it showed the audience their appreciation of the support they’ve received.
To wrap it up, I thought this episode helped to tie up some loose ends from when The Clone Wars ended. We see General Kalani take a virtual ride-off into the sunset when he decides the rebellion has only a 1% chance of defeating the Empire, and Ezra comes to the realization that neither side was meant to win The Clone War, and the crew, of the ghost, has a new Phantom; a new project for Sabine to work on.
The Cantina Cast
The wretched hive your Jedi Master warned you about!