The second episode of Disney’s new Star Wars series, Rebels, follows the team intercepting a shipment from the empire as well as encountering some familiar faces. In this episode, we see appearances by our two favorite droids C-3PO and R2-D2. While this episode’s still good, it doesn’t quite have the same feel of the original trilogy that the first one had. That’s a very minor complaint, and this episode’s still a very enjoyable one.
One of my favorite parts of this episode was in the very beginning, when the crew of the Ghost board an aircraft that looks an awful lot like the one in the Disneyland ride Star Tours. Also making a cameo in this episode is Paul Reubens(Pee-wee Herman) voicing RX-24, the pilot of the aircraft. Reubens also voiced Captain Rex in the old version of Star Tours.
Once the episode really gets going, it’s an enjoyable ride from there. The influence of the original trilogy becomes more apparent, especially in one of the action scenes when the crew is boarding the ship. It seems as though we might get to see more of the underworld aspect of the Star Wars universe that we would have gotten with the probably cancelled TV series, Star Wars: Underworld. Seeing a different side to the Star Wars universe could be a great thing to be explored throughout this series, although I think they’ll probably go a different direction with it.
Like Spark of Rebellion, this episode once again ties things all together with a battle scene at the end. I hope that isn’t the structure of every episode, as that could get boring pretty quickly. After the battle, R2-D2 and C-3PO are returned to senator Bail Organa, who makes an appearance. By the looks of it, we probably will see a lot of appearances by other Star Wars characters throughout the series, which is fine by me. I just hope that we get to see Darth Vader at least make an appearance, even if in the last season. Creators Simon Kinberg, Dave Filoni, and Carrie Beck have already proven to be reliable on creating great episodes that fit well into the Star Wars universe.