Star Wars Rebels: “In the Name of the Rebellion” – Full Spoiler Review
Season four of Star Wars Rebels continues this week with yet another double episode. But unlike its predecessor, “In the Name of the Rebellion” begins not with a daring assault on an Imperial outpost, rather a leisurely journey to Yavin 4. On which, Sabine, Ezra, Kanan, and Chopper find themselves reunited with Zeb. They also later come across Hera, who is forced to crash land upon the picturesque moon, thanks to a routine mission-turned horribly wrong. Mon Mothma and the rest of the Alliance leaders quickly link the failure to a recently-installed Imperial communications relay. This then leads to a daring effort to tap into the satellite dish, in hopes of remaining one step ahead of the Empire. Unfortunately, the operation quickly goes awry, resulting in the relay's complete destruction. Then to make matters worse, the Spectres find themselves separated, with half of their team escorted to safety by the returning Saw Gerrera. Part two of the episode follows shortly thereafter, with Sabine and Ezra roped into following the leader of the Partisans in his infiltration of an Imperial-occupied freighter. On board, they discover a group of captive scientists, as well as a massive kyber crystal. Both of which seem to indicate a rather sinister plot. Though in his never-ending quest for extreme measures, Saw betrays his party and readies the powerful gem for destruction. The two parties ultimately manage to escape the doomed freighter, but not before a massive explosion. Okay, that was a lot to take in. So let's swiftly move on to everything I enjoyed regarding “In the Name of the Rebellion”, and all the things I wasn't so keen on.
• Now, it's no secret that I thoroughly enjoyed Rogue One. So when trailers for this very season of Rebels linked together many of the aspects that made the movie so great, I simply lost my mind. Therefore, I am obliged to point out how awesome it is to see the likes of Yavin 4, the U-wing starfighter, Death Troopers, Edrio “Two Tubes”, and Saw Gerrera in animated form. Here's hoping that we finally uncover the Ghost's role during the Battle of Scarif before all is said and done.
• Speaking of Saw Gerrera, how fascinating is it to see how his polarising mindset effects his fellow “do-gooding” rebels? There's no doubt that his methods are extreme, to put it lightly. But you can't deny his successes, nor can you fault his quest to overthrow the Empire at any cost. His very presence on this show brings up a very important morale question, that being “how far would you go to secure freedom?” Even for a program primarily targeted towards children, it's some real heavy stuff that makes our favourite characters question their every action.
• Moving onto the negatives – and to be honest, there wasn't much more that annoyed me this time around, other than what I previously mentioned in last week's episode. It is worth stating again, however, that Ezra Bridger is such a frustrating character! I just wish he treated 'life or death' situations as something more than fun and games.
• I also wasn't particularly enthralled by the action set pieces. I know, I know – in last week's video I boasted about how Star Wars Rebels rarely fails when it comes to exciting chases and explosive firefights. But aside from the aerial duel in part one, “In the Name of the Rebellion” was just too bland in places, and often a tad boring.
• And last but not least, it sucked seeing Death Troopers relegated to the same level as stormtroopers. Their reputation as complete badasses was definitely dealt one or two blows here.
Overall, parts one and two of “In the Name of the Rebellion” excellently further blurred the lines between Star Wars Rebels and Rogue One. In saying that, however, they were largely forgettable, thanks in no small part to underwhelming action set pieces. And while it is fascinating to witness how exactly people like Saw Gerrera uncovered the truth of the Death Star, I guess we'll just have to wait and see if next week's episode can do a slightly better job. Speaking of which, “The Occupation” is set to have the Spectres return to Lothal, where they must thwart an entirely new Imperial threat. Do let me know in the comments below what you think of the premise of next week's episode, as well as everything you liked and disliked regrading “In the Name of the Rebellion”.