We’re down to the last Star Wars Rebels episode of 2017, the mid-season finale that will undoubtedly leave us in a cliffhanger until early 2018.
In “Rebel Assault,” Hera leads a courageous attack against the forces of Grand Admiral Thrawn, but when things go awry, her battle to win must become a daring escape if she is to survive.
New Clips and Promos
Rebels Recon gave us our first preview of the mid-season finale. The clip first appeared at the Star Wars Rebels panel that took place at Fan Expo Canada in Toronto. When Hera escaped Thrawn’s defenses, he knew that some sort of retaliation was on the way, hence why the blockade on Lothal looks even worse than it did before.
Lucasfilm also released a second preview that featured Hera’s X-wing squadron breaking through Thrawn’s defenses. They are, however, met with a second wave of TIE fighters, begging the question, “How are they going to get through this?”
While a small team is the strategic way to go, Hera and her squadron clearly need more help. They are severely outnumbered and outgunned. The goal is to destroy the TIE Defender factory, but given the heavy opposition, I don’t even know whether it’s possible.
Outside of that, my favorite part of the clip is seeing Mart Mattin again. Mart first appeared in “Iron Squadron” and it was then that we discovered that he was Commander Sato’s nephew. One of the things I wanted back in the season three finale was Mart’s reaction to loosing his uncle. Unfortunately, he and his team weren’t part of the fight on Atollon. As a result, we never got to see the impact of that loss. I doubt we’ll see it in this episode, but it’s great to see that he’s become more involved with the cause.
Meanwhile, Kanan and the others have to lead a ground assault, but they don’t have the ammunition or the forces necessary to carry out that kind of a mission. It’s no wonder that Ryder Azadi was skeptical about their results.
Right now, things don’t look good for our Rebels, but maybe they have a card up their sleeve that we’re not seeing yet.
What Do We Know?
We know from the season four trailers that Thrawn gives Rukh the task to capture Hera. From the footage that we’ve seen, we know that she lands a few successful punches against him, but he ultimately overpowers her. Will Hera be taken to Thrawn? Or will the Ghost crew thwart his efforts?
We also know we haven’t seen the last of the Loth-wolves. They do make some sort of appearance in this episode, so I wonder if they’ll help the crew accomplish what they need to do.
Finally, we know that the Empire called for Protocol 13. According to Leland Chee, this season takes place before the events of Rogue One, but it’s unclear if this particular instance is for Lothal or for some other planet. Had it been for Lothal, however, the TIE Defender factory would have been a much easier target.
What are your predictions for the mid-season finale? Share them in the comments section below.
When and Where to Watch It?
“Rebel Assault” will air at 9pm ET/PT on Disney XD and 12:01am ET on the DisneyNOW app.
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