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…
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.
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.