Though Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars differ in style and design and are inspired by different elements of the Star Wars universe, both series share common threads. In Star Wars: A New Dawn, a prequel novel to Star Wars Rebels, Skelly was a character who played a part in the Clone Wars as an explosives expert. In “Droids in Distress”, we saw R2-D2, C-3PO, and Bail Organa–all three characters previously seen in The Clone Wars. We later discover Luminara Unduli and her fate, another character primarily seen in The Clone Wars. “Breaking Ranks” had echoes of “Clone Cadets” and its main training exercise was directly inspired by season four’s “The Box”. In the latest episode, “Out of Darkness”, Hera and Sabine are trapped on a base previously controlled by the Grand Army of the Republic with hints of familiar vehicles scattered in the background.
To speculate and draw connections to Star Wars: The Clone Wars is in no way farfetched, since the writers of the show have not shied away from making those connections in the first pace. Having stated that, I move onto the theories and speculation I find most fascinating from “Out of Darkness” and “Empire Day”.
Who is Fulcrum?
The mysterious veil surrounding Fulcrum gave way to numerous theories about his or her identity. Some suspected that Fulcrum was a female upon hearing the voice for the first time. After altering the voice’s pitch through Audacity, Fulcrum does, in fact, sound female. Now, the question of whether Fulcrum is a familiar or a new female character remains.
Names have been tossed around, but none more so than that of Ahsoka Tano, Anakin Skywalker’s Padawan prior to her separating from the Jedi Order. Her fate after leaving the Jedi remains unclear, but we know that she had some involvement with Mandalore based on sketches drawn by Dave Filoni. Perhaps, she found her calling in helping people the way she saw fit, taking up a shrouded mantle and doing her own good.
Rebels Report also played around with the masked audio and changed it by four and six semi-tones. The third part that is six semi-tones up sounds similar to Ashley Eckstein’s Ahsoka Tano, especially when she says, “Understood.”
Also, in “Out of Darkness”, we see Hera move towards a green colored crate with a lone marking on them. Though Ahsoka’s forehead markings differ slightly, there is a resemblance between the two. Is this and the voice concrete proof that Ahsoka is Fulcrum? Absolutely not. This is mere speculation, and further connecting dots between Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars that the writers have previously done themselves. To see Ahsoka again, especially in the position of helping rebels, would be a wonderful way to come full circle with her character. However, I could see her story continuing elsewhere in another medium, leaving the Fulcrum identity open for more speculation.
If not Ahsoka, then my theory is that she’s an all new character to keep with the pattern of establishing new faces and expanding the galaxy instead of making it smaller (where everyone knowns everyone). Or, the name is borrowed by several individuals from that group. That thought came directly from the television series Chuck, where Fulcrum–the codename of a secret espionage organization–were the main antagonists of the series. Whoever or whatever is behind Fulcrum’s identity, the joy of speculating and digging up for clues makes the mystery all the more entertaining.
Ezra’s Father [Spoilers for “Empire Day”]
In the episode “Empire Day”, we discover that Ezra was born on this holiday, when the Emperor declared the new Galactic Empire, and that his parents disappeared when he was young. In having recollections about his parents, Ezra hears his father’s voice, performed by Dee Bradley Baker. Fans quickly jumped up to speculate about Ezra’s father and the possibility of him being an ex-clone trooper. Some were just as quick to deny it, but in analyzing further, it could be possible.
Captain Rex as Ezra’s father? Chances are Captain Rex may not be the father. However, it could be another clone. Captain Rex was originally written to appear in the later seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, based on the arc he was said to have with R2-D2 and the “Bad Batch” arc with Echo. His ultimate fate continues to elude us, but for those interested in the possibility, his fate could have been changed by the time Rebels came into existence. Personally, I see him as the Fulcrum type, working somewhere in some obscure part of the galaxy and doing good.
Why a clone? Of all the people to voice the part of Ezra’s father, Dee Bradley Baker was chosen for the part. Kath Soucie voiced Ezra’s mother, Mira Bridger, and she also voiced Minister Maketh Tua. I may not be familiar with the industry or the behind-the-scenes process, but the role of voicing Ezra’s father could have easily gone to one of the other voice actors in the series. Nearly everyone in the credits list had appeared in the series before, but this is Dee Bradley Baker’s first appearance in an episode that contains direct connections to Star Wars: The Clone Wars. There was the decorated gunship that once belonged to Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Crumb Bomber, hanging over the entrance to Old Jho’s Pit Stop and the Phase I clone trooper helmet that sat behind Old Jho, also voiced by Dee Bradley Baker.
With those items in place, it could be that the clone troopers no longer in service relocated to Lothal after the war. We saw a glimpse of something similar in Star Wars: A New Dawn, where Skelly and other Clone Wars veterans had moved to Gorse for work and shelter. Am I reading too much into the signs? Most likely, but as mentioned before, digging for clues is part of the fun when it comes to speculating.
Ezra looks nothing like a clone: Genetics works in funny ways. I look more like my mom, who is my fellow co-host on Rebels Chat. I’m light-skinned, short compared to others, and fluffy. My dad has the same complexion as a clone trooper, dark black hair, and he’s much taller. Also, this could be another Cut Lawquane, who, in this case, found a life after the war and became the father of another child. (This theory is for those who prefer to believe that clones are sterile). Whatever the case may be, introducing a clone as the father of a main character of the series–a Force sensitive character–would be a fascinating connection to Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
Whether Ahsoka is Fulcrum or Ezra’s father is clone, the reality is we won’t know until it happens. Even if those characters are revealed to be someone else entirely, the journey in devising theories and speculating with the rest of the community is what makes it all exciting.
What are your thoughts about Fulcrum? Do you think Ezra’s father is a clone? How and why do you think he disappeared? Make sure to comment in the section below and join the conversation.