The Future of the Force.
Oh my! This was a fun episode.
As the episode begins we discover that Ahsoka has been hunting info on Darth Vader and in her investigation has discovered that the Inquisitors have been making “retrievals” of something of great importance to them. So Ahsoka and Kanan decide to investigate and discover that the Inquisitors are looking for force sensitive children to be used for their own depraved purposes. So it is up to Ahsoka, Kanan, Ezra, and Zeb to find out what is going on and rescue the future of the force.
About everything. This episode moves at a wonderfully fast pace without hurting the story. The action is kinetic and well animated. After a multiple episode drought, it is thrilling to see Kanan in lightsaber combat again. He is still my favorite character and to see him in action is satisfying.
The story of the Inquisitors hunting force-sensitive children is nothing new (see the Clone Wars animated series), but because the Jedi are mostly extinct, it adds to a tone of desperation. I like that tone/tension. I like the fact that there are only a few Jedi and force trained characters left in the galaxy. As a result, every conflict and every action is important and of value to the story.
Ahsoka! I really like her character. Her entrance is one of the best moments in the entire series run of Rebels. It is epic and the fight that ensues shows that Ahsoka is powerful and a match for almost any force user. Her quick victory over the Inquisitors is believable and sets up a potential showdown with Vader that hopefully will happen at some point this season.
What Didn’t Work?
I truly did not have any major objections with the episode. If anything, it is one of the best paced and most satisfying episodes of the season. The Inquisitors seem threatening (more so than when they were introduced earlier in the season) and that lent to a more compelling and tension filled finale to the episode.
Overall, it seems that Rebel’s season 2 is hitting it’s stride. The Future of the Force appears to be setting up an story arc and the first developed story arc of the season (if you don’t count the first 2 episodes of the season). I am excited for what is to come and this episode went a long way to assuage the fears that I had with earlier episodes of the season.
For the first time this season! 5 Death Stars out of 5