Ups and Downs From Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 02: "Holocrons of Fate"
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 02.
While it was a bit of a surprise to see Maul return so quickly in the series, his reintroduction felt impactful and his presence greatly progressed the Sith Holocron storyline, while planting more seeds of doubt regarding Ezra’s path as a Jedi.
As the series progresses, Kanan is displaying more of his new-found Force abilities. Not only does this add an extra layer to and freshens up his character, it also opens up a wide array of possibilities for future combat situations, which is an up.
Star Wars is not the most realistic saga ever created, let’s not beat around the bush. However, when Kanan was sent out into the vacuum of space without a suit, he should have died almost instantaneously. I know that Star Wars requires you to suspend your disbelief, but scenes like these really take you out of the moment.
The final up for today’s video relates to Thrawn and his zero screen-time throughout the episode. Now, presumably most fans are a bit disappointed by this. But, personally, I think it was needed, given the fact Maul made his reappearance. As the episode solely focussed on the heroes and their latest encounter with Maul, it would have felt very out of place to briefly include Thrawn. Last week I told you all it was a good thing to minimise Thrawn’s screen time at the beginning of the series as it created an intrigue surrounding the character, an air of mystery that hooks the audience back in each week. So, missing an episode here and there to achieve that goal is not the end of the world.
Overall, "Holocrons of Fate" fulfilled its purpose as a filler episode. It didn’t feel as impactful as the premiere only because its goal was to continue the path from A to B. So, while it won’t stand out as one of the season’s greatest episodes, Maul had an impactful reintroduction, the Sith Holocron storyline was continued, and there was plenty of set-up for future episodes. And, as proven by the 3 ups and 1 down, there were more positives than negatives. But what did you make of the episode? Let me know in the comments below.