For the past couple of episodes, Star Wars Rebels has been focusing on recruiting new people for the Rebellion, but their last attempt in acquiring weapons (“The Last Battle”) didn’t fall through. A new opportunity, however, presents itself in the form of a treasure hunt. Hunting for treasure in perilous conditions with unscrupulous characters? Just another fun and exhilarating adventure for the Ghost crew in “The Wynkahthu Job.” Of course, the crew can’t embark on this adventure without the incomparable Hondo Ohnoka, who makes his second appearance this season, and while some think he’s being overused, others (like myself) welcome his presence because any moment with Hondo will undoubtedly lead to fits of laughter. Is he a dangerous character with questionable morals? He definitely can be, especially if there’s a profit involved, and that’s something Ezra has to come to realize on his own during the course of the episode.
Despite having spent the majority of the episode acting as an immature and petulant child, Ezra did start off with good intentions. He knew that the Rebellion desperately needed proton bombs. As previously mentioned, that’s something they attempted to get on Agamar before they were attacked by Separatist forces. Some have questioned the purpose of this episode, but I have a strong feeling that those proton bombs will come in handy later on, especially against Thrawn. That’s what I love most about this show—things are done with a purpose in mind. We may not see the effects right away, but there’s a good chance we’ll see them take place later on.
As for Ezra’s behavior, I was disappointed to see him take a few steps back and let his ego get in the way. His rude behavior toward Zeb felt slightly out of character, especially given his progress and the fact that Zeb had vouched for Ezra at the start of the season, having his back when Hera reprimanded him. I thought we were past the bickering and definitely past Ezra acting in such an immature way. I do, however, understand Ezra’s need to lead and provide. It’s almost like he wants to make up for his past mistakes, but in the process, he makes new ones. One of those mistakes is trusting Hondo. Henry Gilroy said it best when he explained that Ezra sees a bit of himself in Hondo and identifies with the old pirate. He also naturally wants to see the good in people, something that could really cost him his life and the lives of those around him. It was great to see both of those characteristics being addressed in this episode, especially since I was worried the creative crew had forgotten about his skills and background in thievery and the like.
It was also great to see Zeb as a leader. We’ve barely seen him this season, so it was a real pleasure to see him naturally fall into the role. I hope we get to see more of that in the future because most of the time, he’s relegated to the background, and given his past experience, I think he has much to offer. The sentry droids were also a great touch. I know fans would have much preferred to have seen the enforcer droids that will be present in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and even though I would have enjoyed that connection to the film, we have to take into consideration the fact that this season was probably in production before the details in Rogue One were finalized. Of course, I can’t really say for sure, but we have to keep in mind the fact that this season has already been made and the creators are far ahead in the story.
Finally, the humor in this episode was top notch. From Hondo slipping in words like “blind” and “see” around Kanan to the hole on the door, I found myself laughing out loud and rewinding to watch those moments over again. I know people want to see things take a dark and depressing turn, but this show never claimed itself to be that. Its youthful and childlike nature is something that I continue to appreciate, especially since this series is a form of escape for myself and many others looking to have adventures in a galaxy far, far away. This episode was no exception, and I hope we get to see more levity of that kind weaved in with the episodes that will inevitably touch on darker and deeper subjects.
Make sure to tune into the next all-new episode on Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 8:30PM EST on Disney XD.