Monday, January 25, 2016

Star Wars Rebels - A Princess on Lothal

Princess Leia (Julie Dolan) becomes the latest core character from the original Star Wars trilogy to make an appearance on Star Wars Rebels when she arrives on Lothal as part of a diplomatic mission of delivering relief supplies to the planet. Of course what she's really attempting to do is hand over three freighters to the Rebellion but the unexpected safeguards Lieutenant Lyste (Liam O'Brien) chooses to put in place makes things more difficult for the Ghost's crew and their new friend. The arrest of Ryder (Clancy Brown) only further complicates matters as the new allies will have to work together to get the job done.

It's strange hearing another actress voice Leia, but given her youth it certainly makes since for the show to tap some other than Carrie Fisher, although her age here seems to suggest the series has moved far closer to the events in the original Star Wars than was suggested in the opening of the series. Leia, Ezra (Taylor Gray), and Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) really carry the episode, with a nice moment between the princess and padawan concerning the loss of his parents, while the rest of the show's regulars take a backseat to their guest-star this week.

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