A review by Elisa and Johnamarie. This review contains spoilers.
“Legends of the Lasat” was a feast for the eyes, the heart, and the ears. For a long time, Zeb was too much of a background character, often sitting on the sidelines and only providing help and comedy when needed. We knew bits of his past, specifically that he was part of the Honor Guard on his home planet and that Imperial forces (led by Agent Kallus) devastated Lasan, leaving him to believe that he was the last of his people. Since then, he held up a wall, even to those he considered to be closest to him. The wall finally came crumbling down in this episode, revealing a satisfying amount of details regarding his past and the mysticism surrounding the Lasat.
So far, the second season has been about exploring background stories and the motivations for each character. It’s a necessary step, especially as the rebellion gradually builds around them. Who are these people? And what is the motivation for each character? Not everyone has the same reasons, and sometimes, these objectives aren’t as plain and visible as one would expect. Zeb, in particular, sought vengeance for what the Empire did to Lasan. The guilt and pain drove him to fight. What’s so great about this episode is that you can see how his motivation goes from one steeped in guilt to one that’s based on hope. Not only that, but he went from someone who teased Kanan about the “old religion” and Ezra about using the Force (while wiggling his fingers) to someone who accepted the Force-imbued mysticism surrounding his culture. That is a profound transformation of the mind and the heart, and it’s exciting to see Zeb with renewed vigor and determination.
It was also fun seeing the rest of the Ghost crew discover these new details about Zeb. When he activated his bo-rifle and transformed it into a staff, both the crew and the audience watched in awe because there was never an indication that his bo-rifle could take on a different function. The shock from that revelation was much appreciated, and I’m so thankful that it wasn’t included in a preview clip, since unveiling it ahead of time would have removed the element of surprise.
Finally, beauty is often in the eye of the beholder, but it’s safe to say that the general consensus is that both the animation and the soundtrack in this episode exceeded expectations. Talk about breathtakingly beautiful and inspiring! Listening to the audio track alone sends shivers. I love how Rebels Recon tackles important questions regarding the writing, but it’d be great to see Andi Gutierrez and the team talk to Kevin Kiner about his work on the show, especially on the exquisite piece of music he created for this episode. Overall, “Legends of the Lasat” was outstanding in terms of character development and expanding upon a culture we knew so little about.
- I cannot describe the feeling I had while watching this episode, but if I had to pick something, I’d have to say awestruck. So many elements came together, along with the incredible score during a pivotal sequence, that made this episode feel like something straight out of a movie.
- I adore that this episode was so much about Zeb, who, up to this point, was tied with Chopper for being the least known member of the crew. We now know more about Zeb’s past on Lasan; he was a Captain. We also know more about what his duty was, what happened to him, who recruited him to the crew, and how he feels about himself. We’re also exposed to his culture in an incredible way.
- Kanan getting to be the one who added most of the crew to the Ghost, given that he found Zeb, Sabine, and Ezra makes me wonder if Chopper will also be his doing, or if we’ll learn that he was Hera’s pick.
- While it is not unexpected for the Force to be present in other cultures in different ways, I very much enjoy that fact. I also really love how the Lasat referred to it as the Ashla and the way in which it was used. We’ve seen people use the Force to guide them to a location or person, so I really see this as the same thing,just visually, it’s unique and individual.
- Hondo is still amazing as are his reactions to things, like how he was so proud of Ezra having had no intention of paying him. In this episode, Hondo played an interesting role, and despite what he did, I want good things for him and I hope to see him again.
- I love how Kallus was the warrior and I wonder if him being that was only for this episode, or if it is something that will carry on through the rest of the season. I also find interest in how in the prophecy the child saved the warrior, and while Zeb thought Ezra was that child, I would guess that with the upcoming episode with the pair, it seems as if Zeb will save Kallus. I can’t help but wonder what will ultimately happen due to that.
- Zeb’s attitude towards the Force in previous episodes really helps with him having an attitude towards Chava and her talk of the Ashla. For one reason or another, Zeb’s either never really believed in the Force or something happened (potentially the loss of his people and planet) that made him turn away from it. I like how by the end of this episode, it feels as if Zeb has embraced this part of himself and the galaxy around him.
- I really enjoyed the designs of Chava and Gron. Chava reminded me of a Miyazaki character, what with her being the mystical old woman. And with how the Clones’ AT-TE home had the feel of Howl’s Moving Castle, I don’t feel as if it is completely out of left field to make this comparison. Gron was also notable to me because he had loose cloth on him that helped him stand out against the sort of clothes Zeb wears.
- The star cluster! This is the part of the episode that felt so breathtaking to me. The entire sequence, with the incredible music that was playing in the background, were both beyond words. I could watch this sequence over and over and never regret a minute of it.
- The interactions between the crew in this episode were lovely. Not that they’re not always interacting in some way, but it felt as if there were more idle talk or relaxed moments. The little scene of Sabine asking Hera how long it would take, Kanan coming up behind Ezra when they were waiting for Zeb to come back, and how Kanan and Ezra both ended up calling Zeb “buddy” all add up to being very calm and at ease with each other.
- This was an excellent episode that had a very happy and fulfilling conclusion.
Make sure to tune into the next all-new episode, “The Call”, on Wednesday, February 10, 2016, at 9:00PM EST on Disney XD.