This was a visually stunning episode whose message of “Save the Whales” just wasn’t handled well at all. When it comes to nature and animals the two thoughts are never fully explored as far as the danger of nature because every time Hera speaks up…someone shoots her down. Seriously, this episode was annoying.
“The Call” was directed by Mel Zwyer and written by Fred Tatasciore.
This is a film where the crew are trying to steal some fuel for the rebellion from The Mining Guild who is working with the Empire but are nearly destroyed by Purrgil and must work with them to stop the Mining Guild.
The Pros: The Visuals – This is a visually stunning episode and the color contrasts of the Purrgil with the darkness and void of space are fascinating and really well executed.
The Action – The action is great in this episode! Mostly the assault on the Mining Guild base but when it finally happens there it tension the entire time and it takes a lot for our heroes to win.
The Cons: The Purrgil is Love the Purrgil is Life – The Purrgils are the main focus of this episode and it is awful. We are introduced to them via wonder of giant animals and Hera bringing up her loss of friends to these creatures is never brought up until the very end. Ezra argues they didn’t know…but we see no reason to get they comprehended, just that he understood them and their need for the gas from the mining station. Seriously, why do stories like this usually suck?
After how great last episode was this one was a major fall…which is a shame given that more could have been done with exploring the danger and wonder of Purrgils and hearing the stories of pilots Hera had lost to them…instead we get an over-idealization of animals, seriously we were going to get that anyway, we at least could have got balance.
Final Score: 4 / 10 Action and visuals are the only thing making this episode watchable.