• Mattie Stu

Ups and Downs From Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 01: "Steps Into Shadow"



Hello everyone and welcome to Ups and Downs - the series where we take a look at the most recent Star Wars Rebels episode to gauge whether it was a hit or a miss. However, instead of the traditional review, this series highlights every positive and negative aspect of the episode. Without any further ado, let’s dissect Star Wars Rebels Season 3, Episode 01.

We kick off today’s video with an up, as the episode’s opening threw us right into the action. The daring mission to rescue Hondo Ohnaka was filled with tension and excitement, which immediately hooked the audience and set the pace for future events. A slow and methodical opening just wouldn’t have hit the same spot.

The following up is probably my favourite scene of the episode. During the heroes’ escape, Ezra displayed his incredible ability in the Force, which was awesome! The way in which he manipulated the Imperial walker pilot into turning on his own men and even himself was totally unique and memorable. It will be very interesting to see how Ezra’s powers increase further throughout the season and what that could mean for his journey to the dark side.

The introduction of the Bendu was spot on: immediately the character felt important, and the slow reveal only emphasised his huge nature. Also, despite filling the role of a wise and incredibly powerful Force-user, the Bendu felt totally unique. Usually, a wise and powerful character is ancient, with grey hair, a small stature and frail voice. However, the Bendu ticks none of those boxes, making him feel completely fresh.

Unfortunately, the first down for the episode relates to Thrawn. Now, before you go hitting that dislike button, do hear me out. I personally don’t think Thrawn’s voice suits the character. Don’t get me wrong, Lars Mikkelsen is a talented guy. However, when I imagined Thrawn’s voice I expected something deeper, sinister, and not as soft-spoken. The Grand Admiral just sounds like any other Imperial Officer. Remember, Thrawn is like no other, so he should feel totally unique. His entrance never helped either, it didn’t feel all that “epic”. These points are just nitpicking, and I may well come around to Thrawn’s voice, but for now it’s a down.

On the contrary, there is a positive to take away from Thrawn’s lack of screen time. As the newly-introduced main antagonist, given the fact that Vader seems unlikely to appear in the season, it was vital to not give too much away. By retaining Thrawn’s air of mystery, fans are left guessing at what he will do next.

Overall, the Season 3 premiere was a solid episode, as proven by the 4 ups and 1 down. While it didn’t feel as impactful as Season 2’s opener, there was plenty of action, character development, spectacular visuals and intriguing set up for future instalments to keep you glued to the screen. But what did you make of the episode? Let me know in the comments below.

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