*Spoiler warning for anyone who hasn’t seen the latest episode of Star Wars Rebels: “Ghosts of Geonosis.”*
After a brief Holiday break, Star Wars Rebels is back with their latest installment of season 3 episode 11, “Ghosts of Geonosis.” And after that amazing mid-season trailer, from Disney/Lucasfilm the other day, I wasn’t sure if our first glimpse into the second half of the season would live up to the hype. Thank the Maker I was wrong!
Honestly, for the first time, Star Wars Rebels didn’t feel like an animated show. In fact, for me, it felt as if our galaxy far, far away from the small screen, was finally lining up with the big screen. In other words, I am one happy Star Wars “continuity” fan! That said, let’s get to it! Here are my top four favorite takeaways from Star Wars Rebels: “Ghosts of Geonosis.”
The title — Yes, I love the callback to Troy Denning’s novel, “Tatooine Ghost.” Whether or not the story group had intentionally meant to do so, it certainly reminded me of it. Secondly, the title harkens back to Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones, and The Clone Wars animated series. Both installments are from the prequel era and now, it seems, the stories surrounding these impactful events have come full circle. As mentioned above, I’m a “continuity” fan, and the title alone unifies my Star Wars passions because it just clicks!
Era Cohesiveness — Need I say more? Seriously. Within in the first minute, we are thrust into instant era unification as Senator Bail Organa flashes onto the screen in a holo-image. And, only seconds pass by, when we are, yet again, met with another character that spans across eras. Our military extremist, Saw Gerrera. So yes, within the first few minutes of Ghosts of Geonosis, we have the Ghost cockpit full of names that spread throughout the generations, not just for the Star Wars universe, but the fandom too. That’s not all either. The imagery was beautifully on point, and it gave off the feeling that I was seeing an earlier extension or prelude for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Dialogue and Delivery — Mother of Moons! Ok, so while I’ve always felt that the character dynamics between the Ghost Crew have almost always been on point, this latest episode takes the cake and eats it too. Blue milk, please? Seriously, Ezra’s constant jabs at his master are only getting better and becoming more the status quo, so to speak. But, today, the medal for best dialogue and delivery goes to Captain Rex. His line of “Yeah, but he’s no Skywalker” literally made me laugh out loud. Not only was it funny, it once again showed the story groups’ effectiveness and knack for continuity.
The Force — I’m not sure any Star Wars fan will ever get enough of the Force and its many, many uses. Not to mention its wielders. That said, Kanan’s abilities for using the Force seems to have only grown tenfold since we’ve last seen him. In fact, he’s even way more advanced than Luke Skywalker in Star Wars: Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, and he went up against Darth Vader! In Ghosts of Geonosis, we see Kanan Force push Ezra across a Geonosian chasm that practically doubles in length from the one we see aboard the Death Star in A New Hope. But that’s not all. We watch as Kanan builds a Force levitated bridge for both, Rex and Saw to get across and then, we watch him spring into action in an epic Jedi leap that lands safely on the other side of the cavern. Epic? I’d say so.
Well, there you have it! Those are my top four takeaways from Star Wars Rebels: “Ghosts of Geonosis.” What were some of yours? Please, feel free to start up a conversation on Twitter, Facebook, or leave a comment below in the comment section. Until then … To Be Continued …
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