• Mattie Stu

Ups and Downs From Star Wars Rebels: “Ghosts of Geonosis”

Star Wars Rebels Season 3, Episodes 12 and 13 are out! And they were pretty good. There was plenty of mystery, nostalgia, answers, and - not to mention - a huge series debut for a certain Rogue One character. So, with that in mind, let’s look at the ups and downs from “Ghosts of Geonosis”.

Following the mid-season trailer for the third season of Rebels, I was massively looking forward to this double-barreled episode. Unfortunately, there are no signs of Darth Maul and Ben Kenobi yet. However, one character that did appear is Saw Gerrera. I love the fact that Rogue One included so many references to Star Wars Rebels, whether it be the mention of Hera Syndulla's name on Yavin 4, the Chopper cameo, or the Ghost's subtle appearance during the Battle of Scarif. I think it's brilliant how well the anthology movie and the animated show are connecting to each other. It just makes Rebels feel like a big deal, and something you can't afford to miss. Furthermore, due to his limited screen-time in Rogue One, it allows us to further explore Saw's backstory and why he's so extreme. His character is also a breath of fresh air. Unlike the crew of the Ghost, he doesn't really care about what is truly right. He's willing to do whatever it takes to defeat the Empire.

Another up is the return to Geonosis and the nostalgia it brings with it. How can you hate any reference to the Clone Wars? It's also no secret that I love Geonosians. #PrayerForPoggle.

Speaking of references to the Clone Wars - well, a reference to a particular scene in Attack of the Clones - I loved Sabine's line about how sand gets everywhere. It was very subtle, but I cracked up. It just goes to show that Anakin's not the only one who hates the stuff.

Ghosts of Geonosis wasn't just an action-packed return to the Clone Wars, however. There was an answer to a question I'm sure we've all asked ourselves before: did the Empire really wipe out the entire Geonosian race? Now we know that there are at least two Geonosians: one alive, and one lying in wait inside an egg.

Now, this next up might be considered a down to many people. But I enjoyed Kanan's amazing display of the Force. It's easy to forget the Jedi Master's power, especially due to his disability. But Force pushing Ezra across a chasm, lifting a massive walkway to act as a bridge over said chasm, and then jumping over the gap to reach the other side was just the reminder we all needed. It was very Yoda-esque.

There was one part of the episode which I didn't like. However, I can't count it as a down as it's something I've already moaned about aplenty in previous episodes. What am I talking about? The amazingly awful Empire. It just annoys me how the heroes never feel at risk. You know they'll always make it out alive. I'll give them a pass on the destruction of the Imperial light-cruiser, due to the inexperience of the Imperial officer. But how overpowered did Sabine feel taking out the jet pack troopers? Let me know if you feel the same way in the comments below.

As displayed by the five ups and no downs, “Ghosts of Geonosis” were both solid episodes. They did a great job of reintroducing us to season 3 and the character of Saw Gerrera. All I have to say now is bring on Kenobi! But what do you think? Did you enjoy “Ghosts of Geonosis”? And what are your thoughts on the mid-season trailer? Let me know in the comments below.

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