Ups & Downs From Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 03: "The Antilles Extraction"
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 03.
We kick off today’s video with an up, as the introduction of Wedge Antilles was awesome! Now, it’s no secret that I dislike Maul’s inclusion in Star Wars: Rebels, much in the same way I disliked Maul’s inclusion in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. Look, the guy was cut in half and then he fell down a massive pit. I don’t want to hear of any loopholes in logic, he died. However, rant aside, Wedge played an integral part in the Rebel Alliance’s quest to defeat the Galactic Empire, so it’s only fitting we explore more of his canonical backstory and what motivations he had for joining the Rebel cause. Furthermore, many fans were disappointed by Wedge’s exclusion from The Force Awakens – which was totally out of Disney’s hands, Denis Lawson just straight up refused to be in the movie – meaning we can all now get our fix of Antilles. And, lastly, the character is voiced by Nathan Kress, who portrayed Freddie Benson in the Nickelodeon series iCarly, so that’s cool, I guess.
Oh, and let’s not forget Derek "Hobbie" Klivian. The very same character played a very minor role in the original trilogy, so it’s nice to see his inclusion in Rebels. Let’s just hope he plays a bigger part!
The third straight up in a row goes to Kallus, who not only tipped off the Rebels about the “unsettled” pilots as Fulcrum, but he also helped the Imperial defectors and Sabine escape. I like the direction his character is going in, he seems to be slowly turning on the Empire, which is an exciting prospect!
For the first time, there are no downs for the episode! Now, don’t get me wrong, it wasn’t a flawless entry in the series by any means, and there were a few nit-picks here and there, such as the similarity between Sabine’s rescue and Ezra’s undercover mission as an Imperial cadet. However, to specifically point out and expand upon any of these would be scraping the bottom of the barrel. Overall, it was yet another solid episode, but what did you make of the episode? Let me know in the comments below.