Star Wars Rebels has returned from the mid-season break with yet another strong storyline. Ezra is facing concerns from Jarrus following events against the Inquisitor during ‘Gathering Forces’ and the rest of the crew are feeling the pinch as the need for food and fuel becomes ever more apparent.
After losing a card game to a mysterious stranger, the crew are required to take on his job offer in order to keep Chopper and keep flying. What follows is a series of double-dealing, shootouts and flirtation, with plenty of high tensions between the crew.
It’s fantastic to once again hear the soothing tones of Billy Dee Williams playing Lando Calrissian, especially since he has yet to be announced for The Force Awakens (my money’s on him and Leia being the parents of John Boyega’s character). His manipulation of the crew of The Ghost is masterfully done, and is reminiscent of his actions in Bespin City during The Empire Strikes Back (Or is that foreshadowing?).
Star Wars Rebels is still tremendous fun to watch, but it needs to take itself less seriously if it wants to keep things on such top form. Where it could improve is by shifting the focus on to the crew as a whole, instead of relying on Ezra and Jarrus to carry the entire thing.