Star Wars Rebels – Season 2, Episode 4 – “Brothers of the Broken Horn” – Among Pirates

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  Hondo is back in a decent episode of “Star Wars Rebels.” This is an episode that largely explores Chopper and Ezra and reminds us that more of the characters from the Clone Wars era survived. It isn’t a great episode but it does what it has to do for Ezra’s arc in the episode to be completed.

     The episode was directed by Saul Ruiz and written by Bill Wolkoff.

     The story involves Ezra being overwhelmed with all his responsibilities so he decides to take the ship and Chopper to investigate a distress signal. It is there they discover Hondo who tries to make Ezra a member of his crew.

The Pros: Chopper – Chopper comes in handy this episode and we see that he is there for than comedic relief as we see him take on Pirate Droids and gangsters in order to save Ezra and Hondo from being by Azmorigan.

Captain Rex – His scenes are small as he only appears at the beginning and end of the episode but his scenes are great as we see him trying instill discipline in Ezra and train him to be a soldier.

Hondo – Hondo is back and hilarious! We see that he is very a smooth talker and loves the challenge or a worthy mental opponent. He survives, which is a theme of his as he survived the Clone Wars and is surviving the Empire. In the end he leaves with a respect for Ezra as Ezra gets the supplies he needs for a Rebel colony world.

Ezra – This is Ezra’s episode to show how much he’s grown and the episode does a good job of showing it as he quickly distrusts Hondo and is always trying to get back to his crew but with the supplies they need. He is quick on his feet too and acts with fairness even when dealing with cheats and murders like Hondo and Vizago.

Okay: Vizago – He is just kind of there as Hondo stole his ship and shutdown his droids. Rather than working with Ezra though we see him just act self destructive, which was a shame.

The Cons: Azmorigan – This gangster is weak and Chopper even chases him away. I wish we had another Underworld Boss as this guy has never felt like a threat…even when he’s holding guns against our protagonists head.

This was a good episode that is worth checking out if you have been watching the series or watched Clone Wars. Hondo is back and he feels like the character he’s always been, a survivor and pirate who will do whatever it takes to get more…though with some semblance of honor as he respects those who have a code.

Final Score: 8 / 10

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 2, Episodes 20-22 – “Boba Fett’s Revenge Arc” – Boba Fett is Ruined

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       This arc was okay, it wasn’t great as we get a lot of beige Jedi and Boba Fett was too, there was so much potential with his character that was just wasted since the show wasn’t willing to go as far as it could have for showing an orphan who had been raised by the best Bounty Hunter in the galaxy. Most of that was abandoned for overdone cliches and the most interesting parts of the episode were Anakin’s reaction to things and Captain Captain Hondo.

      “Death Trap” was directed by Steward Lee and written by Doug Petric, Drew Z. Greenberg and Brian Larsen. “R2 Come Home” was directed by Giancarlo Volpe and written by Eoghan Mahony, Drew Z. Greenberg and Brian Larsen and “Lethal Trackdown” was directed by Dave Filoni who was one of the writers along with Greenberg and Larsen.

    The story involves Boba Fett’s quest for Revenge with Sing to kill Mace Windu for the murder of his father. From here things unfold as he destroys a Republic Cruiser to trap them and deals with the threat of the Jedi closing in as he seeks to bring about his revenge and deal with his conflicted feelings over the people caught in the crossfire.

The Pros: Captain Hondo – This guy is back as Sing’s ex and he has a great dynamic with her and the Jedi as he doesn’t want to get burned from either side. Seeing him play the neutral party for once when he is usually an antagonist was pretty awesome.

Anakin Skywalker – Skywalker almost dies but through R2 manages to save himself and Windu. He is the one all out for killing Boba and if Boba kills Jedi later, he wouldn’t be completely wrong. In this we see how driven Anakin is by ends justifying the means and that there isn’t any accountability as Windu never calls him out fully on being so focused on himself and his ego.

Okay: The Bounty Hunters – They all have cool looks but we never get to know what their drive is beyond money or why Sing is helping Boba. Wasted potential but they weren’t completely useless.

The Cons: Boba Fett – For a character that is supposed to be the greatest badass later he mostly just frowns and fails in his mission and feels bad about the innocents in the crossfire later. Very poorly handled as a character.

The Jedi – Windu and Plo Koon are blank slates in this and we never get to know Ahsoka either because Plo and Windu take up so much of the screentime.

  This was an arc that was okay, but had way too much going against it. It would have been better to leave Boba out and make his story a mystery as now he has been even more ruined by the influence of the prequels.

Final Score: 5 / 10

Star Wars: The Clone Wars – Season 2, Episode 17 – “Bounty Hunters” – To Protect a Village

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     “Bounty Hunters” is an okay episode. It has a good message and some great character designs, especially among the Bounty Hunters, and I did enjoy Obi-Wan’s dynamic with Fugi and Captain Hondo. The rest felt wasted though and the episode could have been better with less characters. Anakin and Ahsoka felt needlessly added on for a lot of it.

     The episode was directed by Steward Lee and written by Carl Ellsworth.

    The story involves Obi-Wan, Anakin and Ahsoka crash landing on a planet after being attacked and working with a village and Bounty Hunters to protect the village and in the end find a way off the planet. The threat to the village is from Captain Hondo who has taken advantage of the war to force tribute from the undefended worlds.

The Pros: Captain Hondo – He holds his own against Anakin and manages to be a good enemy to deal with. He fights in a tank and injures the Bounty Hunter Embo and kills the Bounty Hunter Rumi. He goes out with style too and sees the world as unprofitable since his killing of the local populace and their protectors didn’t stop them from fighting.

Anakin and Ahsoka – Train the local populace to fight and are mostly focused on helping them find a way to defend themselves. Anakin also stops Hondo’s tank and is the main person who takes him on while Ahsoka connects with the Bounty Hunters.

Obi-Wan – Obi-Wan is rightfully worried about helping given that the village could become a Separatist target but he does and comes around to respect Sugi and her men. He has a great arc and tries diplomacy with Hondo until it fails and he agrees with training the villagers.

Okay: Sugi and The Bounty Hunters – Sugi is great and rationalizes them as having honor, even though they fight for money. She has personality though and defends them. The rest are largely a mystery and we never get to know them all that well. They have great designs though, especially Embo.

The Cons: The Nysillin – These guys are super derpy and their entire arc is learning to fight, which given how old the Star Wars Galaxy is, the fact that they hadn’t dealt with any threats before that was surprising. None of them were memorable either so putting them down as a con.

  This episode was enjoyable but should have just been about Obi-Wan, Sugi and Hondo as they are the strongest part of the episode. The farmers should have been given a culture and a better design. I did like that this episode had cost though, the pirates felt like a threat because they succeeded in killing both villagers and bounty hunters.

Final Score: 7.5 / 10