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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season 3 Episode 20 ‘Twin Suns’: Recap & Spoilers

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The moment we have all been waiting for ever since Darth Maul survived the Clone Wars is finally here. In this week’s episode of Star Wars Rebels, titled “Twin Suns,” Maul and Obi-Wan Kenobi finally face off on the sands of Tatooine.

“Twin Suns” returns us to the Force/Jedi plot of Rebels, which we haven’t visited since Maul appeared in “Visions and Voices.” The previous episode of Rebels, “Double Agent Droid” was a filler and other episodes have focused on Sabine’s decision to head to Mandalore and the build-up for the Phoenix Squadron’s attack on Lothal. That attack is being held back until next week’s season finale, because “Twin Suns” has some important business to get through first.

Here’s a look at all the action in “Twin Suns.”

SPOILERS AHEAD


You Can’t Escape Tatooine

The episode starts with the blazing twin suns of Tatooine baring down on a lost Maul, wandering the desert. He can feel Obi-Wan‘s presence, but he has no idea where his old adversary is. He refuses to let it all end by getting lost. He decides to tempt Obi-Wan’s “noble heart” to draw him out. Maul pulls out a piece of the Sith Holocron and uses it to call out to Ezra.


Why Would Anyone Want to Go to a Desert Planet?

After the title, we head to Atollon, where Ezra is trying to sleep. He is woken up by Obi-Wan’s message from Revenge of the Sith, when he told other Jedi to stay away from Coruscant. Ezra uses the Force to open Kanan’s quarters above the Ghost and spot Obi-Wan’s message. Then, the Sith Holocron flashes, as Maul’s voice screams “Kenobi!” Ezra is knocked onto the floor, and turns to see Kanan in the doorway. “Maul’s back,” he tells Kanan.

In the mission control room in Chopper Base, Hera asks Kanan what this could all mean. Kanan’s not too sure, but Ezra thinks it proves that Obi-Wan is alive and needs help. Rex reminds him that he wishes General Kenobi was still alive, but Senator Bail Organa has the Rebellion convinced that Obi-Wan is dead.

“Maybe he was wrong,” Ezra says. He thinks this is a sign that Maul is close to finding Obi-Wan. Hera tells him that it could have just been a broken recording. Then, Kanan reminded Ezra that the last time he heard Maul’s voice (back in “Visions and Voices”), Maul manipulated him. Still, Ezra wants to go to Tatooine so he can check things out. (How exactly Ezra figured out that Obi-Wan was on Tatooine went unexplained. The holocron in “Visions and Voices” showed him that Obi-Wan was on a planet with two suns, but since there are other planets in the Star Wars universe, Ezra and Kanan couldn’t say for certain that the planet was Tatooine.)

Hera pulls Ezra to the side. She tells him that she really needs him for the Lothal operation because he knows Lothal better than anyone else. Ezra tells her to think about what Obi-Wan could do for the Rebellion. “If he was alive, do you think he would be hiding on some backwater world instead of helping us?” Hera says. (Of course, that’s exactly what Obi-Wan is doing.) Hera insists that he stay so he can train for the attack. Ezra appears to agree, telling her that he wants to help Lothal more than anyone else and walks away.

On the next day, Ezra delivers munitions for the A-Wings. He tells another engineer that AP-5 ordered them to be delivered. The engineer tells him that the A-Wing trainer ship can run without being fully loaded. While the engineer is checking the manifest, Ezra sneaks into the trainer. He jumps in, and the engineer tries to stop Ezra, but he zooms away from Atollon instead. “Hera, I hope you can forgive me,” he says.


The Middle of Nowhere

After the break, Ezra arrives at Tatooine, the “middle of nowhere.” Chopper sneaked onto the ship and surprises Ezra. He tells the droid that he didn’t want anyone else from the Ghost team on the trip. Chopper reminds Ezra that he can take care of himself. Since Chopper is there already, he has to come along.

Ezra lands on Tatooine at night, using the holocron pieces to get close to Obi-Wan. The pieces activate and guide Ezra to a canyon. After landing, Ezra tells Chopper to stay at the ship. As he starts walking away, he goes towards a piece of the Sith Holocron. “Now you see,” says Maul’s disembodied voice.

Ezra realizes this is a trap and runs back to the ship, which is now being attacked by Tusken Raiders! He uses the Force to push off one Tusken from the ship so Chopper can escape. While Ezra fights on the ground, Tusken snipers shoot at the A-Wing, destroying Ezra’s ship! After the explosion, we see Maul kill the Tuskens, but Ezra assumes the explosion scared them off.

The two decide to go forth into the desert and walk all night. In the morning, they reach a barren sea of sand. Ezra and Chopper argue about going straight into an area where the sun will bear down on them without any cover, but they are interrupted by Maul’s voice. Ezra sees the shadow of Maul in the sands. He asks Chopper if he sees Maul, too. But when he looks back, Maul is gone. The holocron pieces tell Ezra to push ahead, and he tells Chopper he can go find a settlement and possibly call home. After looking back and forth, Chopper decides to follow Ezra.

Despite a sandstorm, Ezra keeps moving ahead. Maul’s voice tells him to draw Obi-Wan out. After the storm, Chopper begins slowing down and loses power. Ezra kneels down, shaking Chopper. “This is my fault. I should have just stayed home,” he says. “I don’t know what to do.”

“He is dead. He is dead,” Maul’s voice tells Ezra. “You led me to him. You failed your friends. You will die!” Ezra believes this is Maul telling him what will happen in the future if he doesn’t find Obi-Wan. Maul then suddenly appears, and Ezra lunges at him with his lightsaber. But there’s no one there for Ezra to slice. He hears Maul laugh as there’s a fade to white.

A mysterious figure picks up finds Ezra. Ezra looks up and then closes his eyes.


From a Certain Point of View

That night, Ezra wakes up to find Chopper plugged in and powering up by a fire. A Dewback growls beside him. “You’re in the wrong place, Ezra Bridger,” Obi-Wan tells him. (Stephen Stanton, who voiced several characters in The Clone Wars and Rebels, does an admiral impression of Sir Alec Guinness.)

Obi-Wan tells him that he’ll help Ezra leave Tatooine. But Ezra tells him that he came here to warn Obi-Wan and help him fight Maul. Obi-Wan knows all this though. “One doesn’t survive as long as I have by being foolish or unprepared. Maul is an old adversary, and a persistent one at that,” says the man who first thought he killed Maul over 30 years ago on Naboo. (Usually, slicing a person in half is enough to kill them, but not when you’re a Sith!)

Ezra insists that he helps Obi-Wan fight Maul because he’s convinced that Obi-Wan is the answer to defeating the Sith. “The holocrons told me!”

“It’s the first I’ve heard of it,” Obi-Wan says.

“The Rebellion needs you. We need you to defeat the Empire,” Ezra says.

“What you need, you already have,” Obi-Wan tells him. “Unfortunately, you seem to be letting it all go.” Obi-Wan explains to Ezra that Maul has tricked him once again. He used the holocrons to lead him to Tatooine. Obi-Wan explains that Maul used Ezra’s drive to do good to help him commit evil. Obi-Wan tells Ezra that he should never have come to Tatooine.

“But the holocrons… they tell the truth,” Ezra says.

“Do they? The truth is often what we make of it. You heard what you wanted to hear, believed what you wanted to believe,” Obi-Wan, the master of manipulating the truth so he doesn’t have to tell a kid that his father is the second-most evil person in the galaxy, tells Ezra. The only person who gained anything by Ezra going to Tatooine is Maul.

Maul the arrives and Obi-Wan tells Ezra to leave. Ezra wants to help, but Obi-Wan says he must “mend this old round.” Ezra agrees to leave, taking Obi-Wan’s Dewback. “See you soon, apprentice,” Maul says as Ezra turns away.

With our main Rebels hero out of the picture, the two old enemies goad each other on. Maul’s anger explodes and he turns on his lightsaber. “Why have you come to this place? Not simply to hide. Oh, you have a purpose here. Perhaps you are protecting something. No. Protecting someone,” Maul says.

At that point, Obi-Wan finally turns on his lightsaber. Maul charges at Ob-Wan, who swings and slices Maul’s double-bladed weapon in half. But it was also a fatal blow, and Maul falls to the ground. Obi-Wan catches him just before he lands.

“Tell me. Is it the Chosen One?” Maul asks.

“He is.”

“He will avenge us,” Maul says as he dies.

Next, Ezra flies Maul’s Mandalorian shuttle to Atollon. When he arrives at the base, he tells his friends that they won’t be hearing from Maul again. He apologizes to Hera and tells her he was wrong. “This is where I’m supposed to be. You’re my family… and we should go home.

The episode ends back on Tatooine. We find Obi-Wan riding a Dewback over to the Lars Homestead. Aunt Beru yells for Luke and we see a young boy running towards the home. As John Williams’ Force theme plays, the credits roll.


What’s Next for the Ghost Crew

“Twin Suns” came to a sudden ending with a quick death for Maul. This probably reflects the fact that both men are much older than even when they last fought in The Clone Wars. Remember, Rebels is now about less than three years before A New Hope at this point. Still, you wish the fight would have lasted at least a little longer than one swing of Obi-Wan’s lightsaber. Then again, it’s clear that his fighting style changed, getting closer to the more stoic style we see in A New Hope.

Season Three of Rebels ends on March 25 with the two-part “Zero Hour.” In the episode, Phoenix Squadron finally attack Lothal, but Grand Admiral Thrawn has plenty of surprises in store for them.

‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season 3 Episode 19 ‘Double Agent Droid’: Recap & Spoilers

Chopper is the star of the new episode of Star Wars Rebels. Read our recap of ‘Double Agent Droid’ to find out if his mission was a success.

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‘Star Wars’ Updates: Han Solo Isn’t His Real Name & More Secrets from Bob Iger

The biggest Star Wars news of the week came from Disney chief Bob Iger, who surprisingly revealed far more secrets about the upcoming movies than anyone would expect. On Thursday, Iger spoke at a University of Southern California tech conference, dropping details on Christopher Miller and Phil Lord’s Han Solo movie and the franchise’s future after Episode IX.

No Changes After Carrie Fisher’s Death

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Even though Disney does have plenty of time to make changes to Star Wars: The Last Jedi after Carrie Fisher’s death in December 2016, Iger insisted that there have been no changes made to the film. General Organa, who didn’t have a major role in The Force Awakens, is set to be a big part in The Last Jedi.

“We are not changing 8 to deal with her passing. Her performance remains as it was in 8,” Iger said, reports Variety. “In Rogue One, we created digitally a few characters… We’re not doing that with Carrie.”

That last like is particularly important. After there were rumors that Disney would create a digital version of Fisher for Episode IX, there was a surprising statement from Lucasfilm and Disney.

“We don’t normally respond to fan or press speculation, but there is a rumor circulating that we would like to address,” the January statement said. “We want to assure our fans that Lucasfilm has no plans to digitally recreate Carrie Fisher’s performance as Princess or General Leia Organa.”

Disney famously brought Peter Cushing back to life for Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The film also featured a digitally recreated young Princess Leia at the very end.


Han Solo’s Not His Name?

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Alden Ehrenreich plays Han Solo in the Young Han Solo movie. (Getty)

The big stunner from Iger’s talk was that Han Solo might not be Han’s real name. “You’ll also discover how he got his name,” Iger said of the untitled Han Solo movie.

Iger also said that the film will cover Han’s life from the time he’s 18 to 24 years old. That would easily be the longest stretch of time ever covered in a single Star Wars movie. We’ll learn how Han won the Millennium Falcon from Lando Calrissian and how he met Chewbacca. Basically, the film will re-write everything we ever thought we knew about Han’s past in two hours.


The Future of ‘Star Wars’

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After the Han Solo movie and Episode IX, there’s no firm plans on where the star Wars franchise goes next. But as The Hollywood Reporter notes, Iger said they have some plans mapped out for the next decade-and-a-half. When Disney first bought Lucasfilm, all they were imagining was just making a new sequel trilogy.

“We’re starting talk about what could happen after Episode IX. About what could be another decade-and-a-half of Star Wars stories,” Iger said.

As for the Star Wars Land attractions that will open in Disney World and Disney Land in 2019, Iger didn’t say much. He said that there will be a ride that lets visitors ride in the Millennium Falcon “and go for joyrides.”

The Han Solo movie hits theaters on May 25, 2018, while The Last Jedi opens on December 15, 2017. The Last Jedi is being directed by Rian Johnson, while Jurassic World‘s Colin Tervorrow was hired to helm Episode IX. That movie is slated for 2019.

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In the latest episode of Star Wars Rebels, Obi-Wan Kenobi finally has a showdown with Darth Maul. Find out how it ends in our recap of ‘Twin Suns.’

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‘Tangled’ Live Stream: How to Watch the Premiere Online for Free

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Disney’s new animated series, Tangled, begins tonight. If you can’t watch it live on TV, there are ways that you can live stream the show even if you don’t have cable. If you’d like to watch the premiere as it airs and you need to watch it on your computer, phone, or tablet, read on for instructions below. There are options for people with or without cable.

The show premiered at 7:30 p.m. Eastern, but it’s airing again tonight at 10:10 p.m. Eastern.


You Can Watch the Premiere, At Any Time, on Disney’s Website

If you missed the premiere, you’re in luck. You can watch it on Sling TV or on Disney’s livestream. However, the episode is also available right now on Disney’s website for free. You can watch it at this link and you don’t even need a cable subscription to watch it. Looks like the 54 minute episode is online for everyone to view, and episode 2, clocking in at 22:33, is already online too.


If You’re in the United States & You Don’t Have a Cable or Satellite Subscription That Doesn’t Include Disney

Looking for other options to watch the show? Here are some more ways to catch it.

On the Web:

Users without a cable subscription can watch the premiere — and all other Disney programming — through Sling TV, an online streaming service that provides access to a handful of channels for a monthly fee. You’ll need to use the service’s orange package, which includes Disney. You can watch a week’s worth of Disney for free via Sling’s free 7-day trial.

To sign up for Sling’s trial using a credit card, follow these steps:

1. Click here to sign up for Sling TV. You’ll need to enter your credit card information when signing up, but if you cancel your subscription before the trial period ends, you will not be charged.

2. When you sign up, you’ll be prompted to select Sling’s orange package. You can get there directly from this link. You’ll also have the option to add extra packages, all of which come with a monthly fee but are included in the free trial. But if you’re primarily interested in watching the premiere episode, all you need is the orange package.

3. Download the Sling desktop app, and navigate over to Disney.

With an App:

Users with a subscription to Sling TV can watch it on the Sling app, which you can download for free in the App store or the Google Play store. There’s also a Sling app for Roku, Chromecast, Nexus player, ZTE and XBox One. Click here for a full list of compatible devices. Click here to sign up for Sling TV. You’ll need to enter your credit card information when signing up, but if you cancel your subscription before the 7-day trial period ends, you will not be charged.


If You Have a Cable Subscription That Includes Disney

On the Web:

If you have a cable or satellite subscription that includes Disney, you can watch the premiere of Tangled for free, at this link. You’ll have to sign in to watch the full episodes as they air. First you have to choose your cable provider, then you’ll be asked to do an in-home validation. For some, the validation will sign you in automatically if it detects your network. Others may need to create an account and use their cable username and password to complete the process.


How to Watch Tomorrow on Mobile or Online

You can also watch the episode on mobile or online after the episode airs. The episode should be available the day after it airs in a variety of formats. You can find the episode On Demand, for example. If you don’t have a cable subscription, you can still watch the episode by purchasing it on iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, and Xbox.

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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season 3 Episodes 21 & 22 ‘Zero Hour – Parts 1 & 2’: Recap & Spoilers

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This is it. The third season of Star Wars Rebels comes right down to the wire in the two-part season finale titled “Zero Hour.” In the episode, the Phoenix Squadron Rebels tried to head back to Lothal to wrestle the planet away from the Empire. Grand Admiral Thrawn and his goons stand in their way, while the fate of Agent Kallus hangs in the balance. After all, Thrawn knows he’s Fulcrum, the spy providing the Rebels with help.

In the previous episode of Rebels, “Twin Suns,” we finally got that dramatic confrontation between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Darth Maul we were waiting for. It brought an end to Darth Maul’s life. In “Zero Hour,” we go back to the main story line, as the Rebel Alliance continues to grow and is looking for a key victory over the Empire.

Ultimately, Phoenix Squadron didn’t make it to Lothal, but “Zero Hour” was still excellent. The episode played like a mini-Star Wars movie, combining all aspects of the best battles in the films in one, jam-packed hour. It showed the best of what this show can be when it’s focused.

Here’s a look at the action in “Zero Hour.”

SPOILERS FOLLOW


Part I – The Battle Begins

The episode kicks off with Thrawn arriving on Lothal, with some Death Troopers borrowed from Director Krennic by his side. Kallus is watching, using a Mouse Droid on the hanger floor to monitor Thrawn’s meeting with Governor Pryce. Thrawn is having a meeting with Grand Moff Tarkin via hologram, updating him on Phoenix Squadron’s plan to launch a major military offensive to free the planet. Kallus has heard all of this, and Thrawn is likely letting him.


Fulcrum Revealed

After the title, Thrawn continues the meeting. He tells Tarkin that he thinks the Rebels will attack the TIE Defender facility. He also tells Tarkin that the Rebels are gathering multiple cells together to attack. Pryce thinks that’s unprecedented, but Thrawn is sure that it’ll happen. This will give them a chance to wipe out Rebel leadership, although Tarkin wants Thrawn to capture the Rebel leaders. “If we are to crush these Rebels, we have to make examples of their leaders,” Tarkin says. “As you wish, Governor Tarkin,” Thrawn replies.

On Atollon, Ezra tells Kanan that he’s surprised that Hera has brought together so many people to help Lothal. Kanan reminds Ezra that he’s done a lot of work, too. “Hera always saw something special in you, and so did I,” Kanan tells him. Ezra has come so far since season one and Kanan tells Ezra that he thinks he might not even have anything left to teach him. But Ezra tells Kanan that it’s not true, since there’s so much about life – beyond just being a Jedi – that Kanan can teach him.

Hera interrupts them, and reminds them that General Dodonna is bringing the Yavin fleet to help out. (Dodonna was seen in Rogue One and A New Hope.)

Back on Lothal, Kallus finds Ezra’s old home. He’s trying to send a message as Fulcrum, but then Thrawn arrives. The two have a fist-fight. “You have the heart of a rebel,” Thrawn tells Kallus. “I’ll take it as a compliment,” Kallus says. Kallus did get his warning out, but Thrawn uses its trajectory to figure out where the Rebels are.

That trajectory intersects at a point where there is no planet, but Thrawn has surely figured out that his map has been tampered with. Thrawn has studied ancient art from this sector, realizing that there was a planet shown there that wasn’t on the maps – Atollon.

Meanwhile on Atollon, they receive a small portion of Kallus’ message. “Thrawn knows” is all it said. But they have noticed that the Empire has left the Lothal system. Hera and the Rebel leadership connect the dots. “There’s a good bet the Empire knows we’re here,” as Han would say. Hera sends everyone to battle stations, just as the Imperial Star Destroyers arrive at Atollon! They start jamming long-range transmissions, so the Rebels lose contact with Lothal. Then, Hera orders immediate evacuation. Dodonna then leads his fleet to Hyperspace.

As one of the Rebel freighters try to leave, an Interdictor-class Star Destroyer pulls it out of Hyperspace! It looks like the Rebels are really done for now, as the cruiser is then destroyed. Thrawn then arrives and tells Hera that there’s no escape. She tells him that they won’t surrender. But he reminds her that he’s not giving them a chance to surrender. He wants the Rebellion to end today in an utter defeat.

After Thrawn ends the call, Hera devises a plan. Since the Empire still thinks that this is the entirety of the Rebel fleet, they aren’t aware of the other cells. If one ship can sneak through the blockade to get a message out, the Rebels could then out-flank the Empire.

Hera wants Ezra and Kanan to man Maul’s ship to get out, along with Chopper. Kanan can’t leave though, because he needs to warn the Bendu. So now it’s up to Ezra and Chopper alone. Meanwhile, Hera, Zeb and Rex join the fight in the Ghost.

Thrawn begins “playing” with Commander Sato. He tells the Interdictor cruiser to stay back and keep an eye out for an unconventional move from the Rebels. Then, the Ghost begins distracting the TIE Fighters to help clear a path for Ezra.

Meanwhile, on Atollon, Kanan finds Bendu, who doesn’t look happy that war has reached Atollon. “I will have no part of it,” he tells Kanan.


Some Things Are Worth Fighting For

After the break, Kanan tries to convince Bendu to help. “No, I am the one in the middle,” he says. He refuses to take part. Kanan suggests that, perhaps, he was meant to find Bendu. Kanan tells him that he used think that the galaxy would go on without him, until he saw innocents die and knew he had the power to help. “Some things are worth fighting for!”

Back above the planet, the Rebel forces are being stretched to their limit. There’s no enough fighters to protect the capital ships. Thrawn orders the Imperial ships to make escape impossible. Sato then orders everyone on his ship to evacuate, as he tells Ezra that he’s making room for him. It’s clear Sato plans on sacrificing himself to make sure Ezra can escape.

The Interdictor moves to destroy Sato, despite Thrawn’s orders. Constantine would rather have the glory of destroying a Rebel ship than paying attention. Sato then orders his ship to crash right into the Interdictor, giving Ezra a window to leave! Thrawn then orders his ships to go all-in, forcing the Rebels to return to the Atollon surface.

Kanan is still begging Bendu for help. He calls the ancient creature a coward for not helping. Bendu grows annoyed, causing a storm and then disappearing. “I serve the will of the Force,” Bendu says as he leaves.

In Hyperspace, Ezra tells Mon Mothma that they need help. She won’t send anyone because they don’t want to expose the true strength of the Rebellion. Ezra accepts this. Once the message is over, he tells Chopper that he’s sure there’s someone who can help – Sabine.


Part II – Help Arrives

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Part 2 starts on Atollon, as Hera hopes to use the shield generator Sabine picked up earlier in the season. The shield actually works. Meanwhile, Kanan is rushing back to the base. They need to prepare for Thrawn’s planetary bombardment.

After the title, Thrawn orders the attack to begin, firing a barrage of bolts onto the surface and testing the strength of the shield generator. One blast hits Kanan’s speeder. Ominous music plays, at it looks like the shield will give way. But it was strong enough, and Thrawn stopped firing. Hera checks with Kanan to see if he’s still alive. Thankfully he is, and Hera really wants her “love” to come back.

Ezra finally arrives at Krownest, where Sabine is surprised to see him. He tells her that she’s their only hope. Unfortunately, the Mandalorian Civil War is raging, as Clan Saxon still wants to control Mandalore. Sabine’s mother does not want to help, but she agrees to listen to Ezra’s plea.

At Atollon, Thrawn decides to start a ground assault. Kallus warns him about the Rebels, but he laughs them off. Meanwhile, Hera gets her people to respond to the Imperials on the ground.

At Krownest, Rau thinks the Rebels should just count their losses and try to escape. Sabine’s brother Tristan says they just don’t have the resources to spare. Since “no” is clearly the answer, Ezra decides to leave alone. But then Sabine offers to go with him. Tristan tells Sabine that the mission is impossible. Sabine tells Tristan that she’s seen her friends make the “impossible possible.” Sabine’s mother then agrees to let Sabine take a few troops and ships to help.

Sabine asks Chopper to bring up a hologram of the Interdictor. “Maybe we don’t need an army,” she says.


Mandalorians Swoop In

On Atollon, Rex and Zeb keep an eye on the Imperial walkers, who are moving through a field of explosives. They easily wipe out the nimble AT-DPs, which Thrawn used just to reveal where the Rebels’ defense positions are. He then launches four AT-ATs, which easily move through the explosives and a shield. The A-Wings sweep down to help, but TIEs make it harder for them.

Kanan finally arrives, swinging his lightsaber to destroy one walker. But Zeb, Rex and Kanan are then corned in a dark cave. Thrawn arrives with a squad of Death Troopers and tells the troopers to try to capture Rebel officers, if possible.

Hera and Dodonna are standing at a high position, where they are shooting down at the Imperial troops. Hera tells Dodonna to get available ships off the ground, despite the blockade.

At that point, the Mandalorians arrive! It’s not long before the Imperials realize who they are. They call Hera, and tell them that their plan is to take out the Interictor. Just as that happens though, the shield is destroyed. Then, we see a Walker destroy a Rebel Transport. Thrawn arrives at the base and tells Hera that she will surrender or watch all of her friends be killed, one by one. (Is this still a show for kids?)


You Cannot See, But I Can

With the group cornered, Hera tells Thrawn that she won’t surrender. Meanwhile, the storm on Atollon is clearly getting stronger. Maybe Bendu decided to help after all. “What Jedi devilry is this?” Bendu starts throwing lightening bolts, knocking out the Walkers.

In space, Sabine tells Ezra to focus on the Interdictor. The Mandalorians jump onto the hull of the Imperial ship, as they try to take it out.

Meanwhile, Bendu orders everyone to leave Atollon. While the Rebels rush to leave, the Imperials are staring at the sky. It gives the group enough time to jump into the Ghost, but the escape is not easy. Bendu yells Kanan’s name, then shocks the Ghost. Strangely, Thrawn keeps ordering his troops to fire at the center of the storm. It looks like a hole is clearing, with debris falling from the sky. Thrawn smiles.

Ezra and the Mandalorianns plan on knocking out each of the Interdictor‘s gravity wells. They achieve this and manage to get back onto their ship. Pryce is frustrated, as they now have to keep the Rebels from escaping without their fancy toy. She also orders two troops to throw Kallus out an air lock.

Now, Hera and a few Rebel ships are able to escape, as they dance through the Imperial blockade. Meanwhile, Kallus gets in a pod and tries to escape. He sends the Ghost his coordinates and they manage to pick him up! Pryce can only watch as the Rebels manage to escape once again.

On Atollon, Thrawn finds the wounded Bendu.

“What manner of creature are you?” Thrawn asks.

“One beyond your power to destroy,” Bendu replies.

“It would not seem so,” Thrawn says, pointing a blaster at Bendu’s head.

“You cannot see, but I can,” Bendu says. Bendu tells him that he can see Thrawn’s defeat. Thrawn shoots at him, but the body disappears.


Into The Future

On the Ghost, Sabine tells Hera that she has to go back to Mandalore. Hera says they can’t help because they have to go back to Rebel Command. Kanan and Kallus thank each other for the risks they took to help one another. Kanan heads out to meet Ezra, who looks defeated.

“There’s a future for us. One where we’re all free,” Kanan says. “But it’s up to us to make it happen.”

The remaining fleet heads into Hyperspace, and that’s the end of the third season of Rebels. The show will be back in Fall 2017. After an excellent finale, that will be a long wait. “Zero Hour” could have ended with a Rebel victory, but it didn’t. Our heroes can’t win all the time, especially when the opening crawl to A New Hope tells us that getting the Death Star plans was the Rebellion’s first great success. Sure, the Rebels still haven’t liberated Lothal, but they need something to do in season four. Also, surprisingly no major characters died! Grand Admiral Thrawn gets to fight the Rebels once again.

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‘Star Wars Rebels’ Renewed or Cancelled: Will the Ghost Crew Be Back for Season 4?

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Now that we’ve seen the season finale of Star Wars Rebels‘ third season, you might be wondering if the show is coming back for a fourth season. The good news is yes, the show has been renewed for season four! The bad news is that it likely won’t start again on Disney XD until Fall 2017.

Back on March 3, Disney announced that Rebels was picked up for a fourth season and it’s already in production. More details about the season will be revealed during a panel at Star Wars Celebration in Orlando. The convention runs from April 13 to April 16 at the Orange County Convention Center.

“The team behind Star Wars Rebels delivers epic storytelling that has captivated fans of all ages across the globe,” Marc Buhaj, senior vice president, Programming and general manager, Disney XD, said in a statement in March. “We’re excited to continue sharing the journey of these fan-favorite Rebels with our audience in the fall.”

Rebels began five years before the start of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: A New Hope. It centers on Phoenix Squadron, a group of Rebels who originated on Lothal and have joined the growing Rebel Alliance. The stars are the members of the Ghost crew, including Ezra Bridger (Taylor Gray), Kanan Jarrus (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Hera (Vannessa Marshall), Zeb (Steve Blum) and Chopper.

During season three, the team faced the evil Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) and saw Sabine Wren (Tiya Sircar) leave to help lead the Mandalorians against the Empire. Ezra also struggled with a dangerous connection to Darth Maul, who manipulated Ezra into leading him to Obi-Wan Kenobi. The dramatic fight ended with Maul’s death.

In the season finale “Zero Hour,” Phoenix Squadron was left broken and smaller after Thrawn thwarted their plans to liberate Lothal from the Empire. They never even got to leave Atollon, as the Empire ambushed them. After a dramatic fight and some help from Sabine, they managed to escape with their lives.

While there were many less-than-stellar filler episodes and disappointments (particularly “Warhead“) in season three, the great moments were really great. The show will be inching closer to the point where Hera takes part in the Battle of Scarif. We still don’t know who else from the Ghost team lives long enough to join her, so we have to keep tuning into Rebels.

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly after Rogue One‘s release, producer David Filoni did confirm that the Sydulla referenced in Rogue One was Hera, so we know she survives the series. He also teased the possibility of re-telling the Battle of Scarif from the Ghost‘s point of view.

“I already have some theories about the story behind it,” Filoni told EW. “I can imagine doing that entire battle from their point of view, whoever is on the Ghost at that point.”

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