Ups and Downs From Star Wars Rebels: “Through Imperial Eyes”
In this week's Star Wars Rebels episode, Ezra, AP-5 and Chopper are purposefully captured by Imperial forces so to rescue undercover rebel spy Agent Kallus. However, the mission takes a drastic turn for the worse when Thrawn involves himself in the situation. In fact, despite staging Lieutenant Lyste as the highly sought after Fulcrum, Kallus fails to deceive the Grand Admiral, who can now use the unsuspecting agent as he so pleases to destroy the rebels. The episode, overall, is awesome. But what makes it such a good watch? Well, to answer that question, let's take a look at the ups and downs from “Through Imperial Eyes”.
As I just mentioned, “Through Imperial Eyes” is a great episode. In fact, the very first few seconds were enough to warrant an up. Admittedly, I should have probably guessed there would be some first-person shots given the episode's very title, but the effect felt incredibly unique. How often have we ever seen that perspective used in Star Wars before? Not only that, by utilising first-person, we were left wondering whose eyes we were peering through, which led to a fantastic reveal only a few seconds later. I can only hope to see more of this perspective in future episodes. It was also great to see Thrawn kick some ass, literally. By now we all know how brilliant of a tactician the Grand Admiral is, no surprises there. However, I did not expect him to be so skilled in hand-to-hand combat. This further establishes Thrawn as someone not to be messed with, and sets up a possible future melee encounter with the Chiss and crew members of the Ghost. Speaking of Imperial higher-ups, how great is it to see Colonel Yularen in Rebels? Between his appearance, a cameo from Hera's family heirloom, and Ezra's attempt to hide in the prison cell, “Through Imperial Eyes” was loaded with callbacks, which is great to see! And to cap off the episode, as icing on the cake, Thrawn's ability to see through Kallus' ruse was brilliant. We were all sitting there thinking mission successful, but plot twist, nothing can fool the Empire's greatest tactician. I'm sure I'm not the only one now dying to see what happens next.
As displayed by the four ups and zero downs, “Through Imperial Eyes” is a must-watch episode of Rebels. I honestly couldn't find anything of note to really gripe about, which is impressive as I usually moan about the littlest of things. Oh, well, there's always next week. Speaking of which, the 4th of March will mark the release of “Secret Cargo”, where a routine refueling mission goes wrong, forcing the heroes to transport an important rebel leader across the galaxy. So, let me know who you think the important rebel leader is, your thoughts on the premise for next week's episode, as well as your opinion on “Through Imperial Eyes” in the comments section below.