What did you think of the Plot?
BEAVeR: Well, this episode was… not what I expected, but in a very good way! It begins as one of the first episodes that’s in the middle of an important mission which we know nothing about. And then it takes a completely new spin, but you think you know where you’re going. But no, the creators did a really good job in playing against all of your expectations on every aspect, the story, the characters, the visuals, even the music! At first it looked like it was going to a simple obstacle course. And then the prophecy came into play. Whenever there’s some kind of prophecy in a story, you need to be very careful, as things start to get very stereotypical, predictable and unnatural to the characters. But not in this episode. They began originally by giving Zeb this feeling religion is only something they still cling onto in vain, and the show even succeeded in having me sympathize with him for that. Unexpectedly, we get that mystical, Empire Strikes Back-style explanation of Ashla, which puts things in a completely different perspective but still keeps us on our toes. And finally that bemusing sight, the prophecy getting that great twist (strengthened by the show supplying evidence for the contrary!), Zeb really going deep, and that serene conclusion made for a unique experience, only comparable to the Mortis arc in The Clone Wars. It’s an episode that challenges you, and an experience you won’t likely forget very soon.
Oky: At first, this episode seemed like it would be a straight-forward story about Zeb reconnecting with his kind, but then it took a left turn and turned into a strange spiritual space quest to find a planet and fulfill a prophecy. When the prophecy was introduced, I thought to myself: “Oh boy, here we go again.” But to my surprise, Gron and Chava weren’t as superstitious as they seemed. The reveal that the Lasat’s religion “Ashla” is actually the force and that the prophecy is true was a clever plot twist. You suddenly feel invested in their search for a new home and it felt very rewarding when they finally found it. From the visuals to the music, it all felt quite mystical.
What are your thoughts on the Characters?
BEAVeR: Up until now, we had even less information on Zeb than on Sabine, but actually I wasn’t looking for more behind the clown of the show. This episode succeeded showing a completely different side of him without making it seem off. In fact, his unexpected reaction on seeing his kin and his feelings of guilt put everything we know about him in a new perspective: maybe all of it was just a mask… And him joining the group of Rebels gets a color of repentance… The best thing is we go with him on this emotional journey and sympathize with him all the way no matter how his views shift. This might be the first time that the show pulls this off successfully, and I would love this to have an effect on Zeb’s behavior in the future. I’m so very excited about what is to come.
The two Lasat, Gron and Chava, could have used a less flat personality though. Somehow, they only came over as superficial but firm believers because something was promised to them, only to eventually get it, which isn’t exactly a nuanced view on faith. We got a nice start of an arc when using weapons came into question, but sadly that didn’t come to fruition.
Finally, Hondo did nothing new, so his actions were totally natural, and still they played very well into the plot, making him not just an afterthought in this episode, also playing a part as a decoy in the whole prophecy thingy.
Oky: Hooray, another Zeb episode! I like Zeb fine when he’s just there to provide humorous cynical commentary on a situation, but it’s always much better when he gets fleshed out and we learn more about his tragic past which was only briefly touched upon in the very first episode. It’s no wonder he never talks about it since he apparently feels guilty for failing to protect his people. His arc from hanging on to the past to embracing his destiny was well realized. Gron and Chava were kind of one dimensional, but I think that was intentional as it made them seem like naive believers at first until you realize that there is something to their religion and the prophecy is actually true. It was fittingly ironic that Agent Kallus was the villain in this episode since he was involved in the destruction of the Lasat. And it was great seeing Hondo again who was being his usual self, trying to turn any situation into profit, even if he had to double-cross his friends to do so, but still staying loyal to his friends by warning them.
What is your opinion of the vehicles and locations?
BEAVeR: One of the strong points of this episode is that it doesn’t just feature a great story and great characters, but has splendid images to boot that burn themselves into your retina. It begins with that splendid looking outpost in a truly alien landscape, but that’s just an appetizer as turns out later on. That anomaly was breathtaking, and there couldn’t have been a better place in the entire show for it to occur than here. Its Interstellar-like beauty, its unfamiliarity in the Star Wars universe, its convoluted shapes helping us to picture the emotions going on… and then the lasers deflecting, the TIEs disintegrating and the Space Odessey-styled hyperspace leading to such a beautiful and serene location. And all of that with music I’d never thought I’d hear in Star Wars, with that Philip Glass quality to it, it was perfect for this episode and worth listening to over and over again, giving yet another reason to rewatch this episode!
Oky: Not only did we get to see more of Hondo, but also more of the Nixus Hub 218 which we saw only little of in the last episode with Hondo. Let’s just say that it was much more interesting than that one hangar we saw previously. And the imploded star cluster was indeed a beautiful sight to behold and was something we’ve never seen in Star Wars before. I wish we could have gotten a closer look at Lirasan and all the other Lasat, but Hera said that they could return there, so I hope we get to see it some other time.
BEAVeR’s rating: 4.5/5 – When I clicked the play button, I had no idea I was in for such a haunting and thought provoking ride. I reckon it’s a special one and that it doesn’t have to do with the main plot, and that characters other than Zeb could have used some more fleshing out, but it remained a marvelous episode in every aspect. I’m afraid that they won’t let this episode’s effects ripple into coming episodes, altering Zeb’s behavior, but if there’s one thing this episode learned us, it is to have hope. Having such an episode in a TV series aimed at children, makes me very hopeful indeed.
Oky’s Rating: 4/5 – This episode was… weird. But a good kind of weird. It surprised us with a plot we didn’t expect and explored some ideas that we haven’t really seen in Star Wars before. This unfamiliar feeling made it almost feel like it doesn’t quite belong into a Star Wars series, but it felt just starwarsy enough that I didn’t mind it. In fact, it’s what makes so unique and memorable. So, while I wouldn’t want every episode to be like this, I definitely appreciate it doing something different.