Star Wars Rebels has been suffering lately from lack of development and little actual threat to the characters. Admittedly, the show is aimed at a younger audience (hence the general proclivity for stunning weaponry) meaning the writers are more likely to pull their punches when it comes to peril, and the chances of a lucky shot/well timed distraction clinching the victory in favour of our derring do-gooders is assured. This episode, however, brings back some of the sense of threat that has been missing for a while, and it is glorious.
Ezra’s outlook has changed since last week’s revelations. He is more subdued than before, with a hardened resolve and stronger will to fight against his oppressors. This is shown perfectly with his plan for the episode, which emulates his parents’ actions before their disappearance. The rest of the crew has relatively little to do. The episode could have been written in the style of a typical heist caper, something akin to Hustle or Ocean’s Eleven. Sadly, the set up and payoff felt rushed, almost as though the writers were trying to get to the denouement as quickly as possible, resulting in a threadbare plot.
Star Wars Rebels is still great fun to watch, and this episode takes the story in a new direction that looks to create a darker, more intense set of final episodes. If the writers were to take more time in setting the scene, we could be looking at a series that will carry the Star Wars hype all the way to Episode VII.