Finally we get a fantastic episode of Rebels that actually moves the story along! Season 2 of Rebels has been good so far, but there have been many filler episodes- this is not one of them.
This episode, titled Shroud of Darkness, is about Ezra, Kanan, and Ahsoka going back to the Jedi Temple on Lothal to seek advice from Yoda. The plot is simple, so let’s make the review simple. Let’s get into some pros and cons of the episode.
The episode starts off with a bang as Ezra and Kanan fight off two inquisitors. I loved the banter between Ezra and Kanan as they fought. Also, it was great how they started the episode in the middle of the fight, and didn’t waste screen time setting it up.
Ezra sees Anakin
I loved the scene where Ezra and Ahsoka are watching a hologram of Anakin’s training video. It’s stated that Ezra has studied these tapes for his own training, and that’s pretty cool.
The Jedi Temple
Ezra, Ahsoka, and Kanan travel back to the Jedi Temple on Lothal, and I really enjoyed coming back here. I remember one of my favorite episodes from season 1 took place in the temple, so I loved coming back.
There is so much to unpack here, I had to watch this portion of the episode multiple times to pick up on every little thing that happened. Let me just say, the visions were awesome. I’ll seperate it into each vision so it’s easier to read.
Kanan goes into a vision where a temple guard has a conversation with him about how Kanan needs to kill Ezra before he turns to the dark side. I loved how the show finally said what we were all thinking- Ezra is definitely flirting with the dark side. Here’s the quote from the Temple Guard that I found fascinating:
“Try to fight and you will fail, the rebellion will be destroyed, you will die, and your apprentice will become a servant of evil”
“The dark side, it pulls at him, it calls to him. Eventually he will be consumed by it.”
This is hinting at some heavy stuff coming to Rebels next season. Could Ezra turn to the dark side?
I really liked Kanan’s lightsaber duel with the Temple Guards, and how he grabs the Red Lightsaber off the wall to fight back when more show up. The main Temple Guard “Knights” Kanan and takes off his mask…The Grand Inquisitor! I didn’t see this coming, and was a bit confused. Was he really a Jedi Knight at one point in his life? If so, what happened?
Ezra gets to talk with Yoda in his vision, and the dialogue was fantastic. Ezra has grown in his powers, and can actually see Yoda this time around. Yoda tries to caution him about fighting, but Ezra says they have made their decision, and they will fight with the rebellion. I heard this line of dialogue and thought of Luke in Episode 7/8. Maybe Luke’s new stance will be that the Jedi shouldn’t be involved in wars like they have in the past. Maybe Luke will refuse to fight alongside his sister and help the resistance. Just a thought.
Then Yoda tells Ezra to find Malachor. I wasn’t fimiliar with this word, so I did some research. Malachor is a planet, originally in the video game Knights of the Old Republic. Also, Kylo Ren’s lightsaber has a connection with this planet. Check out the image below, which is from Star Wars: The Force Awakens Visual Dictionary
This is very interesting, Kylo’s saber design is from Malachor. It can’t be a coincidence, right? We see Ezra in the trailer holding a Crossguard Lightsaber that is green. How does this connect to Kylo Ren’s Crossguard Saber? I don’t know, but I’m sure Reddit will come up with something.
Ahsoka’s vision is of Anakin and Darth Vader. It’s an emotional scene where Anakin is accusing her of failing him and leaving when he needed her most. I think it’s finally clear that she knows who Anakin has become, even though I think she’s known for a while now.
Darth Vader shows up, and it’s a great ending to the episode. It was a short scene, but it was good to see Vader in the Jedi Temple.
The only problem I had with this episode is, it was only 22 minutes long. Also, after watching this episode I was pumped about next week’s episode, until I looked at the description. Next week’s Ep. is centered around Chopper…oh boy. Tune in next week to find out my thoughts on that.
All in all, this was a fantastic episode of Rebels, I give it a 9.5/10. I save my 10’s for the absolute best of the best, this episode almost got there for me, but not quite.
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