‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season Three Review: “An Inside Man”

Kanan and Ezra find themselves back on Lothal in the latest episode of Star Wars Rebels, “An Inside Man.” The two discover that the Empire is working on a secret weapon, and it’s up to them to steal more information that would benefit Phoenix Squadron and the rest of the Rebellion. In the process, they’re aided by someone on the inside, confirming fans’ theories regarding the latest addition to the Fulcrum network. Filled with action, humor, and suspense, “An Inside Man” is definitely a favorite of mine as it pushes Kallus’ story forward and that of the Rebellion. Now, rebel fighters have to fight against a more effective Imperial fighter. Not only that, but the news of this weapon could deter people from joining any efforts against the Empire. Needless to say, the rebels have a serious problem on their hands. If only they had proton bombs to blow up the factory and halt production lines…

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Too Much? I don’t know about you, but I found Kanan’s blindness to be pretty non-existent in this episode. His movements were seamless. I really love his renewed connection to the Force, but it was a bit too much in this episode. I guess I expected more a struggle throughout the season. What are your thoughts? (Photo: Lucasfilm)

So far this season, Ezra has gone on missions with each member of the Ghost crew: Hera in “Hera’s Heroes,” Sabine in “Imperial Supercommandos,” and Zeb in “The Wynkahthu Job.” Besides “The Holocrons of Fate” and the brief shared moments in “The Antilles Extraction,” we haven’t seen much of Ezra and Kanan in the way of working together. We know Kanan found Ezra on Lothal. It’s also where Ezra got his first lightsaber crystal and where Kanan was knighted, so it makes sense that the two have this personal attachment to the planet and that they’re both working together to help rid Imperial control. It was also great to see the banter, especially when Ezra Force pushed their ally, and Kanan expressed that he wanted to do it. For a brief moment, you expected Kanan to reprimand him, but it was the complete opposite and that made it all the more hilarious. I missed that type of interaction between them, so I’m glad we got to see some of that before things inevitably get more serious.

Speaking of things getting more serious, Agent Kallus has finally shown his true colors, revealing himself to be Fulcrum and an ally to the Rebellion’s cause. It was a very predictable turn of events, since deep down, most of suspected that Kallus was leaking information, but it’s great to have him finally come out and confirm the theories and suspicions. Even though his motivations are different, there were moments when his face expressed other sentiments—superb work from the animation team, as always! When Ryder Azadi told Kanan that they were going to attack the east gate, Kallus looked concerned. An attack means that Imperial forces will be hurt or sacrificed in the process. I wonder if part of him still fights against what he’s doing, knowing that he’s putting fellow Imperials in danger. Not only that, but he’s putting himself in the direct line of danger by helping the rebels in the first place. I fear for his life, especially since Thrawn is 99% onto him and he’s just waiting for the opportune moment to use Kallus against the rebels.

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What’s Next? Kallus has done some messed up things in the past. (Remember the Stormtrooper he kicked in Spark of Rebellion?) But now, I can’t help but wonder what’s going to happen to him, and I’m really scared for his life. He’s learned the error of his ways. Not a lot of people do that. He’s trying to make up for it the best way he knows how, but with someone like Thrawn around, will he continue to help the rebels, even though his own life is on the line? Or will he pull back a bit and wait until the air is clear again?  (Photo: Lucasfilm)

Thrawn continues to be terrifying on a whole different level. Podcast 66 said it best when they wrote, “He’s playing chess, while everyone else is playing checkers.” The tone of his voice keeps playing games with my mind because it leads me to believe that he’s not as intimidating as someone with a deep and commanding voice, but the softness of his voice is nothing compared to what he’s actually capable of doing and he does things in a ruthless and unforgiving way. I don’t see Thrawn going down easily, as seen with previous antagonists, so I’m extremely curious to find out where he and this particular group of rebels will go next.

While some viewers weren’t as enthusiastic about being back on Lothal, it was great to get back to where it all started, especially since the rebels will be following through with the attack on the factory that Kanan and Ezra had first mentioned. (We see hints of it in the clip revealed in Rebels Recon.) They’re confident enough to attack an Imperial facility to stop the production of the new TIE fighter. Sounds a lot like the missions the Jedi used to undergo back in the Clone War. Will this attack include the support of characters from the past couple of episodes? I hope so, even if they’re briefly mentioned. Regardless of what happens, I’ve really enjoyed what the creators have shown us over the first half of this season and how there’s a subtle thread that connects them all.

Make sure to tune into the next all-new episode on Saturday, December 10, 2016, at 8:30PM EST on Disney XD.

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

4 comments on “‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season Three Review: “An Inside Man”

  1. Jon Hodges

    Kallus might pay for helping the Rebels, but I think his story arc will end on a spectacular note of heroic self sacrifice. I also think that all of the new rebels will become part of an epic space battle against Thrawn, bringing the season to fruition with the Ghost leading the way.

    • A heroic self sacrifice is something I definitely see happening for Kallus. Just thinking about it breaks my heart! And glad to see someone else is thinking the same. I’d love to see all of these characters return for a grand battle against Thrawn! That would be SO cool! Thanks for the comment, Jon!

  2. Thank you for your review! I’m all with you – I was thrilled by the episode and I feel for Kallus although he did terrible things in the past! ;) He has his own hero’s journey or redemption arc or whatever throughout the series and I love that!
    The blindness thing bothers me, too. If Kanan can run around and press elevator buttons like nothing happened – why did it happen in the first place? He took the backseat on most missions recently and was much more absent, which is fine, but I don’t really get why, because he seems to be capable of … well … everything. Including jumping from a building into a speeder. Hm, I would like to see him relying on help more.
    OR alternatively, it would be great to see how he sees. Like we did when Toph was introduced into A-TLA, when we saw her connecting to the ground and sensing it as a grit.
    I dunno. Perhaps it will be explained in future episodes. I hope so.

    • Your mention about Toph in Avatar: The Last Airbender is totally on point! I wish we could see what Kanan sees or senses. That way, we have a better understanding of how he goes about doing the things he does. We almost got it when he saw Ezra and Maul in the light of the holocrons, but is that the only instance? I’m curious to know more!

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