The Ghost crew return to the place where it started for them all in the upcoming episodes, “The Occupation” and “Flight of the Defender,” airing on Monday, October 30, on Disney XD.
Ezra and the rest of the crew are called back to Lothal when a new Imperial threat rises. During their mission, Ezra and Sabine attempt to steal an Imperial prototype TIE fighter. Things get complicated when Thrawn arrives on the scene, but they must rely on some unexpected help in the form of a Loth-wolf to escape the clutches of Thrawn.
New Clips and Promos
As always, Rebels Recon provided an exclusive clip from “The Occupation” at the end of last week’s episode. In it, the Ghost crew appear in disguises while traveling to Lothal in Cikatro Vizago’s ship, the Broken Horn. Ezra’s shocked to see the condition his planet is in, stating, “Lothal looks like it’s dying.” Even Vizago chimes in with a disappointed tone, having operated on Lothal for years.
First, it’s great to hear Keith Szarabajka’s voice again, since we haven’t seen Vizago since “Brothers of the Broken Horn.” Even though he’s a man who works solely for money, I like that he’s being involved with the Ghost crew again. Second, it broke my heart to see Ezra’s reaction to Lothal. He hasn’t been there since “An Inside Man,” where he and Kanan had infiltrated a factory and first discovered Thrawn’s TIE Defender project. Things have become worse for his home planet, and I wonder how this will fuel his drive to do something for Lothal.
In “Some Time Alone,” Hera and Kanan are walking through the streets of Lothal, noting how different it is compared to the last time they had been there. In order to avoid a patrol of Stormtroopers, Kanan pulls Hera into a darkened alleyway. The proximity enhances the shared moment between them, and Kanan goes in for a kiss, but his efforts are sadly interrupted by Zeb’s incoming call. What I loved most about this clip is that it somewhat confirms Hera and Kanan have been in a relationship this entire time, but it was just put on hold for everything else that came their way. While the clip is exciting, it’s also sad. Kanan is clearly in a state of mind that Hera hasn’t reached yet because her mind is always on something else.
Lastly, in “Unexpected Help,” Sabine is trying to extract a piece from a TIE Defender, but as Thrawn, Pryce, and Vult Skerris approach the ship she’s in, Ezra has to quickly think of a way to distract them. Something else catches his eye, though, as he sees a white Loth-wolf in the distance. Since the clip is called “Unexpected Help,” we know that the Loth-wolf is a force for good and ends up helping Ezra and Sabine out of a tight situation, but what else does it mean? We also know from the footage that Ezra has a deep Force connection, like he did in “The Call.” Will he be connecting with the wolf in hopes of getting some answers? Being that the Loth-wolf is a manifestation of the Force on Lothal, is the wolf just trying to do something about the planet’s condition, like Ezra and the Ghost crew? We’ll have to wait and see!
When and Where to Watch It?
“The Occupation” and “Flight of the Defender” will air at 9pm ET/PT on Disney XD and 12:01am ET on the DisneyNOW app.
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