• Mattie Stu

Ups & Downs From Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 05: "The Last Battle"

Member Clone Wars? Well, I certainly do, and what a brilliant era that was. Whether or not you like the Star Wars prequels, you will like the Clone Wars period. I mean, just look at the fan backlash for the Clone Wars-less Star Wars Battlefront reboot. It was mad! With all of that being said, to include elements of the incredible conflict in Star Wars Rebels is anything but a negative. Furthermore, aside from the nostalgia trip, the reintroduced battle droids mixes things up, as shooting stormtroopers all the time gets a bit old. Unfortunately, this directs us to the first down of the episode…

Battle droids are useless. Now, I know what you’re thinking, battle droids have always been useless. But, regardless, an enemy presence incapable of aiming or taking damage really negates from the overall danger present in the scene. The first half of the episode just felt like a selection of shooting galleries where the heroes easily dealt with a weak opposition. Even when Captain Rex was shot, his armour came to the rescue. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not condoning killing off the protagonists, I simply advocate intelligent and tough enemies to heighten the stakes and keep the fans on their toes.

Now, I may not like weak enemies, but I do quite enjoy opposing forces teaming up to achieve a greater goal. This is partly why I really enjoy the Yuuzhan Vong legends storyline: the Rebel Alliance and Galactic Empire put aside their rivalry and decades of conflict to repel the invading Yuuzhan Vong. Of course, the alliance in today’s Rebels episode was not on the same scale, but it was an interesting plot point nonetheless.

Before today’s episode, did you ever think you’d witness battle droids fighting stormtroopers? Exactly! It’s such an unlikely yet intriguing encounter that I’m sure many have contemplated over the years. As brief as it was, such a scenario highlights the beauty of Star Wars Rebels. The series can basically do anything, the possibilities are endless, which ultimately offers a pleasant change from the main film saga.

Once again, Star Wars Rebels has delivered, as proven by the three ups and one down. In short, “The Last Battle” felt like an episode of the much loved Clone Wars series, which is definitely a positive! Unfortunately, the nostalgia trip makes you miss the show even more. Oh well, at least we got to hear Rex say clankers one more time! Now that I’ve voiced my opinion, let me know in the comments below what you thought the episode.

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