New episodes of Star Wars Rebels will return starting Monday, January 5, on Disney XD with “Path of the Jedi”. Verified subscribers who watch the episodes early, make sure to visit the WATCH Disney XD app or site on Monday, December 29, to watch the episode one week in advance.
For a sneak peek of the mid-season premiere, check out Rebels Recon #8: Inside “Gathering Forces”.
In the glimpse, we find Ezra and Kanan in the Phantom.
Ezra: So, did you take this test at my age?
Kanan: It was different for me, Ezra. Everything was different back then. All that remains now is the Force.
Ezra: And only my connection to the Force can lead me to the temple.
Kanan: Ha! He can be taught.
Ezra: There’s a massive stone with a tunnel, I think. And a bright star inside of it. And it’s right here, on Lothal!
Kanan: You sure?
Ezra: I can’t give you the coordinates, but I can direct us there. I know I can!
Are Ezra and Kanan in search of a kyber crystal for Ezra’s lightsaber/blaster hybrid? Kanan described the “test” as something that was different for him before the fall of the Jedi, and any Jedi tests or training Ezra does will not resemble traditional methods.
For example, in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Ahsoka Tano and Yoda led a small group of younglings to Ilum, where they underwent a traditional Jedi rite of passage: the construction of their lightsabers. At the Ilum temple, Yoda used the Force to activate a crystal device to melt the entrance leading into the Crystal Cave (as seen below). If Ezra saw a “bright star”, then he could be referring to a similar device leading into a different temple. Or, he could be seeing the kyber crystal itself, the heart of all lightsabers.
Given the fact that we’ve seen giant kyber crystals in Star Wars: The Clone Wars (“Crystal Crisis on Utapau”) and in Star Wars Rebels (“Breaking Ranks”), I believe it’s safe to assume that the crystals are accessible in other locations and that a temple similar to the one seen at Ilum could also be located on Lothal. After all, the hilt of his lightsaber (as seen above) is already different, so the method with which he acquires the kyber crystal may also be unorthodox.
Is it another farfetched theory? Do you think Ezra will ditch the slingshot? I hope not. He’s still wearing it in the image located above, so here’s hoping he continues to use what he created in conjunction with a brand new weapon. Share your thoughts about the “Path of the Jedi” clip in the comments section below.