The rebels are back, but this time Ezra is flying solo! That’s right, the young Padawan actually has doubts about becoming a Jedi. Is it something he truly wants, or something the others expect him to be? He himself is not quite sure, growing defiant of both his master and former clone solider Rex, who are both pulling him in opposite directions like a rag doll caught between two impatient children. So when our teenage prodigy picks up a distress signal from Vizago’s transporter, the broken horn, he takes off in a shuttle to find out what is wrong. But instead of his old foe he encounters the pirate Hondo Ohnaka, a character we haven’t seen since the Clone Wars.
I don’t know about you, but I LOVED this episode. Part of the reason may be that this is a purely character-driven adventure. There is still a mission that has to be accomplished, but this time around it’s really subordinate to the emotional journey. Ezra is front and center here, as he is confronted with themes of responsibility and fate. It’s nice to see that even in space teenagers have intense fear of committing to one path for the rest of their lives. All he wants to do is get away from all the pressure applied by his crew mates, who are still as dysfunctional as a group as they were in the beginning of the season. Kanan and Hera have sort of become parental figures, albeit not very successful ones. Maybe a family meeting would be helpful?
There seems to be a considerable lack of communication that needs to be fixed before this “team” has any chance of overcoming the dangers ahead, including the Inquisitors who are sure to return sooner than later. The way I see it, this episode was inevitable and bound to happen at some point. Ezra has been kind of restless since they met captain Rex. He has two mentors now, but no one is bothering to ask him how he feels. It’s all strict discipline and chores, which we all know are the things that drive youth to revolt against authority. This broken relationship between master and apprentice could easily turn dark any minute, if not dealt with in a proper manner. I’m just glad Ezra got the chance to get away for awhile and reflect on the choices he has to make about who he wants to be. I think that was much-needed for him. Hopefully he steers clear of the dark side!
I also cannot forget to mention Hondo, who provided some hilarious pieces of dialogues such as “I’m rich!… I’m dead…”, “At last, I meet the semi-famous Lando Calrissian!”, and “Let’s leave your wife out of this” when responding to Azmorigan’s comment about not wanting to work with washed-up, old relics. It’s not hard to understand why his offer to Ezra about becoming a pirate seemed to compelling. I’d go sail the vast oceans of space with that guy any day! Sure, it might not be totally safe, but it would be so much fun! Also a shoutout to Chopper, who actually had something to do, kicking ass and shooting guns! I hope we get to see much more of that side of him going forward, instead of him being just a passive player in the game. Go tin can, go!