Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Star Wars Rebels - The Occupation

"The Occupation" marks the Ghost's return to Lothal. While the Rebellion is more concerned with an abbreviated communication from Ryder Azadi (Clancy Brown) concerning the the Lothal Imperial Factory, Ezra (Taylor Gray) is far more anxious to help his homeworld fight off its Imperial occupation. But he is unprepared for the destruction he finds; is he too late? Is there anything left fighting for? There are several callbacks to previous episodes including appearances by Ryder, Vizago (Keith Szarabajka), Jai Kell, Valen Rudor, and Puffer Pigs.

Unprepared for how entrenched the Empire is, Ezra is also shocked by the level of devastation the Rebels' enemies have done to Lothal. Despite his promise at the beginning of the episode to stay and fight for his homeworld's freedom, it will be interesting to see if the character has a change of heart. Given some of the friction we've seen between characters to end last season, and keeping them apart to begin the show's final year, "The Occupation" does offer a nice moment between Hera (Vanessa Marshall) and Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.).

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