‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season Three Review: “The Holocrons of Fate”

One of the most visually striking moments that stood out to me in the season three trailer that premiered at Star Wars Celebration Europe was the fusion between the Jedi and Sith holocrons. We waited six whole months to discover the truth and motivation driving that scene, and I have to admit, it was definitely worth the wait. “The Holocrons of Fate” episode picks up on the loose string left behind from the season finale, bringing Maul back into the action as he seeks the Sith holocron for his own gain. To accomplish that, he captures the Ghost crew, forcing Kanan and Ezra to act quickly by retrieving the holocron that Kanan had taken away from Ezra in the premiere.

Seeing the Bendu again is both an entertaining and educational experience. With Yoda, things don’t normally come out so clearly, and most times, you first need to interpret the riddles before getting to the desired destination. Personally, that can be frustrating. (Then again, I’m not a Jedi!) With the Bendu, I like how he’s playful in a way and that he’s more direct and honest in conversation.

When talking about the holocrons being joined, it’s interesting that he states that he’s seen the fusion before. Did he see or feel it happen through the Force, sort of like how he felt Kanan and Ezra’s imbalance lift when they hugged? Was he actually present during an event like that? On that note, has Maul also seen two holocrons being joined before? Otherwise, how does he know this information? Has he seen his previous Master do it? Is that a contributing factor in how Palpatine expertly took over the galaxy the way he did? I love how this episode answered some questions and gave us much, much more to think about.

Favorite Scene: Ezra hugging Kanan. Let’s appreciate the fact that these are two guys hugging. It is more than okay for men to admit they have emotions and need hugs. Society and media has led us to believe that “feeling” is a form of weakness. It’s not, and I’m so glad Star Wars Rebels embraces that and had the two male protagonists hug it out! (via Tumblr)

As for Ezra and Kanan’s relationship, it was great to see some old wounds being healed. (At least, for now. These wounds have a tendency to open back up again.) Retrieving the holocron in the cave alone, Ezra had to rely on Kanan’s directions. When Kanan said, “Trust me,” and directed him to move left, Ezra ignored it and went right. This is important to note because later on, Kanan said, “Trust me,” again as Ezra was tapping into the power of the holocrons. Kanan tells him that it’s not worth it, and instead of searching deeper the way he so desperately wants, Ezra pulls the holocrons apart. This is what causes the explosion! Ezra listened to his Master, something he failed to do on Malachor and earlier in the episode. Add to this the emotional hug we got earlier in the cave, it’s no wonder Kanan and Ezra are my favorite Master and Padawan pairing.

As for the concept behind fusing holocrons together, I found it absolutely fascinating! Some people found the notion to be a ridiculous one, but I thought it was pure genius. You have two libraries of information, so it would make sense that the power between them, when joined, would yield information that stretches beyond what one holocron would offer on its own. It takes Force visions to a whole different level, and I love that the writers continue to bring new ideas and concepts to the table.

Things to Think About: What else did Ezra see? Did he see things in the present or things from the future? How far is he willing to go to complete the information he currently possesses? (via Tumblr)

It’s clear to me that Maul piggybacked off of Ezra’s desire to destroy the Sith, allowing him to see the individual (Obi-Wan Kenobi) who protects the key to destroying the Sith (Luke Skywalker) on the planet with twin suns (Tatooine). This, in a twisted way, gave Maul the hope he was seeking. What does it all mean moving forward? To be honest, I have no idea! None of us knew that holocrons had the power to do that, so who knows what other surprises we’ll see in the future. Personally, I don’t see the supposed Maul vs. Obi-Wan confrontation playing out in the series. I see it more as a comic book tie-in. That said, we don’t know what the writers have in store for us, and that, to me, is far more pleasing.

One other question that comes to mind: Are events predetermined? We, as the audience, know that Luke is the key to destroying the Sith, but he could fall into a ditch, break his leg, and die. Obviously, that’s not the case, and the future is constantly in motion, but the holocrons seeing events that will come to pass (or confirming that Luke is some sort of savior) made me think about fate and what’s beyond our control.

Additionally, how does knowing this information affect the rebels’ action in the future? Like the Bendu said, “Once a secret is known, it cannot be unknown.” Ezra has broken pieces information regarding the destruction of the Sith. That’s like trying to remember something that happened months ago, but you only have flashes of it. That’s maddening! Will he let this incomplete information eat him up? Or will he find a way to just “let go”? Kanan did say that they’ll figure it out together, so that’s something that I look forward to seeing as we continue into the season.

Needless to say, each episode of Star Wars Rebels gets better and better. This was the case last season and it continues to be the case in season three. Some other favorite moments include Hera’s tour with Maul around the Ghost, the fact that Maul knew Kanan’s real name (he must have been researching the crew for those six months in between), and the crew trying to fight off Maul while he was magnetized! The episode as a whole was a lot of fun to watch, and what ultimately happened was wholly unexpected. I really love how this series continues to make significant connections to the larger picture, and it’ll be fascinating to see what happens next.

Make sure to tune into the next all-new episode on Saturday, October 8, 2016, at 8:30PM EST on Disney XD.

Also, stop by later this week for a new entry from The Recap Holocron and new podcast episodes from Rebels Chat and Hangin’ with Team Kanan.

3 comments on “‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season Three Review: “The Holocrons of Fate”

  1. I still haven’t been able to watch Rebels. The website keeps giving me that parental controls message, and the app gives me a login error too. I don’t want to have to buy them to watch them since I should be able to watch them for free since I get Disney XD, and I’m not always free when it’s on. It’s really starting to piss me off.

    • Depending on what you have, you should look to see if it’s on-demand. I use Sling TV, and the next day, I usually go into the on-demand part and access the episode that way. Sorry to hear it’s still not working.

      • I have Frontier now, used to be Verizon FIOS, but I never had a problem with it before with Frontier. I don’t have a DVR to watch it on-demand because I was trying to save money. I think my assistant has Sling, or maybe it’s her boyfriend. It’s unfortunately not one of the Disney XD shows available on Hulu, and I don’t have Amazon Prime. I might have to look into getting Sling for mom and then I’d just have to watch it at her place.

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