When Star Wars Rebels first started, Agent Kallus was one of those characters whose fate didn’t matter to me mostly because of the man he used to be—someone who blindly followed orders and harshly enforced them, all the while thinking that he was doing right in the name of the Empire. Now, he’s someone who’s recognized his mistakes and the atrocities he’s committed, and as a result, is trying to use his position as a way to help the Rebels. While one can’t forget the bad things he’s done, one can’t also ignore the fact that he is trying to make a difference. Isn’t that why second chances exist? Not only that, but he’s also putting his life at risk in order to help the Rebels achieve their goal, so when “Through Imperial Eyes” was first announced, many believed this would be the end for Agent Kallus. The writers, however, took us on an intense and suspenseful journey that had me on the edge of my seat and went beyond expectations.
We haven’t seen much of the Imperial side of things when it comes to Star Wars Rebels, so it was great to jump into the thick of it and experience what would be considered ordinary operations from an Imperial’s perspective. This episode also gave us a fantastic glimpse at the balance Kallus has learned to master between going about his normal responsibilities and acting as Fulcrum. He went about doing what he had to do with such cool composure and level-headedness. It’s not just a matter of collecting information and sending it out to the right people. There’s so much more to the job that requires finesse and skill, and this episode truly demonstrated that taking up the task of being Fulcrum is not for the faint-hearted.
Let’s be honest, though, the real attention grabber in this episode were the code cylinders! We finally saw those pen-looking things in action. Although they were integral for the story to work, it makes me wonder if there’s another purpose to seeing them in use. Maybe we’ll be seeing a live-action version in an upcoming film, similar to how we saw the Hammerhead corvettes in Rogue One.
Some of my favorite moments included the return of Wullf Yularen (and by extension, Tom Kane) as well as Captain Rex and Kanan in Stormtrooper armor as the retrieval team. Yularen was another dismal reminder that many of the people who were part of the Republic’s forces during the Clone War transitioned into the Empire with the belief that the Jedi were traitors and that the Empire’s intentions are for the betterment of the galaxy. As for Rex and Kanan, I absolutely love their interactions and how they naturally poke and joke with each other. The last few minutes with Kanan getting shot and Rex having to fight Governor Pryce really added to the tension because Kallus, Ezra, and the others were almost at the finish line, but there were other obstacles in the way that kept me on the edge of my seat. Without a doubt, everything flowed so well from beginning to end.
As for Thrawn piecing everything together, you can’t help but be in awe of his skills while also shaking your fist at him because he will inevitably hurt the characters we’ve come to know and appreciate. I do like that things are falling into place, however, and that everything the writers have been setting up since the beginning of the season will finally peak during the season finale. This episode was just another solid stepping stone as we get closer to the end.
Additionally, I wouldn’t be myself if I didn’t show some love for Ezra. It was amusing to see him doing what he loves doing best: sneaking around and wreaking some havoc. It almost came off as playful and like he was enjoying himself. He obviously knows the danger that looms around every corner, but he goes about it in such a confident and nonchalant sort of way that it, once again, should remind viewers that he is half the age of Kallus and very much learning as he goes. I also can’t help but think that Taylor Gray must have had fun recording this episode, since he started it off with a gruff voice to pass as a bounty hunter, and later, attempted to imitate Lieutenant Lyste’s accent.
Thrawn is now one step closer to finding Phoenix Squadron’s base, and even though we like to think we know what’s coming, we really don’t know what the writers have in store for us, especially given the last couple of unexpected twists and turns. This episode had me feeling so anxious and so stressed that it made me break down in tears at the end when the credits started to roll. In the back of my mind, I kept hoping that Kallus would come out of this alive, and he did, but in the process, he signed his own death warrant. In a way, the Rebels launching a rescue sort of condemned Kallus, making it all the more heartbreaking.
Make sure to visit the episode guide and tune into the next all-new episode on Saturday, March 4, 2017, at 8:30PM EST on Disney XD.
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