Star Wars Rebels “The Mystery of Chopper Base” Review

By Josiah Ward

SPOILERS AHEAD!

Last night’s episode of Star Wars Rebels was all about the mystery of the new Rebel Base. This episode was good, but the foreshadowing I picked-up on made it much more interesting. While the episode was good, I still have a problem with the placement of the last two episodes.

 Last week we got what I called the worst episode of the series with, “The Forgotten Droid” and that came after the best episode of this season, “Shroud of Darkness”. Now this week, we follow-up with another filler episode that doesn’t move the story along much at all. With some tweaking in the dialogue and scripts, I think the proper order of these episodes should have been this:

  • The forgotten Droid 
  • The Mystery of Chopper Base
  • Shroud of Darkness
  • Finale- Twilight of the Apprentice Part 1&2

OK, now that’s out of the way and we can look specifically at this episode, which I thought was good. 

The Review

This episode reminded me, at times, of the beginning of The Empire Strikes Back. A rebel pilot goes missing on a new Rebel base, an important couple argue, and a new creature we’ve never seen before captures a hero. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying this was a bad thing. They did a good job of making it feel fimiliar while still feeling new at the same time.

The spider creatures were cool, nothing spectacular, but still cool. They were based off of a Mcquarrie drawing, which Rebels seems to do a lot of times.  

 
The music cues in this episode were great. I loved that one line of music they kept using throughout the episode, that haunting Imperial March score from when Luke takes off Vader’s helmet in Return of the Jedi.

 I also liked how they used other music besides Star Wars music when Zeb is listening to the radio. It reminded me a lot of what I’ve seen of The Clone Wars. 

  
Foreshadowing

There were several times during the episode when I saw some potential foreshadowing that I really enjoyed.

 We start off by seeing Ezra and Kanan training with lightsabers. During the duel, Kanan says “You never turn your back on an enemy” and Ezra responds, “OK, but since when are you my enemy?” To me, this could be a potential foreshadow to them actually dueling in the future, whether that be next episode or next season. 

  
Another one was when Ezra said, “You win by killing an inquisitor“. To me, this is something  Anakin would say, and it’s very Dark Side. I think next episode we might get a struggle between Ezra’s way of thinking, and Kanan’s.

Another one was when Kanan and Hera talk at the end of the episode. Hera says,“Whatever you’re facing, I wanted us to face it together” and Kanan responds, “We’ll see each other again, I promise“. Then they hug in a beautiful animated shot. Kanan has a concerning look on his face, and that worries me.  

 

To me, if two characters on TV have a conversation similar to this, then proceed to hug with sad looks in their eyes, you start panicking. Could this be the last time they embrace? I’m now very worried for Kanan’s safety. 

Also, I loved when Ezra tries to connect with the spider creatures using the force and it doesn’t work. It happens a couple times during the episode, both ending in failure. I think this is a foreshadow of Ezra failing, whether he fails at saving Kanan, or failing to resist the temptation to turn dark side.

The Verdict
This was a good episode of Rebels, but it didn’t move the story along much at all. The ending didn’t even explain what happened to the rebel pilot from the beginning, so I guess it’s assumed she’s dead? Anyway,  I did enjoy the potential foreshadowing I picked up on, so that helps out a little. I give this episode a 7/10

I cannot wait for next weeks episode, Pablo Hidalgo has said that we will get a 45 minute long episode that focuses entirely on Ezra, Kanan, and Ahoka. So, I think it’s safe to assume that the rest of the crew on the Ghost will make it to season 3. 

What did you all think of this episode? Did you see more foreshadowing that I missed? Tweet us at @Screenkingspod or write-in an email: Screenkingspod@gmail.com and we’ll answer it on the show!

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