Warning: this review contains spoilers. You can find my review of the previous episode of Star Wars Rebels here.
While it’s true that the second season of Star Wars Rebels has been moving a bit slower than the first, this has resulted in a series of strong episodes centered on individual characters. “Legends of the Lasat”, the show’s first major Zeb-centric episode, was the latest, and it might just be the best of the bunch.
One of Zeb’s defining characteristics had been his status as the last remnant of his species, as well as his role as a warrior. This episode cleverly challenged both of those notions by introducing two other surviving Lasat, and revealing them to be spiritual pacifists. This led to Zeb clashing with them quite often, which a welcome departure from the typical reunion story I had been expecting. Another such departure was Zeb’s less-than-joyful reaction to meeting his fellow surviving Lasat. Seeing them did not bring up feelings of relief and happiness, but rather guilt and shame for being a Captain of the Honour Guard who failed to protect his people.
“Legends of the Lasat” took the show’s least developed character, who had often acted as “the muscle” and/or the comic relief, fleshed him out, and gave him a dramatically compelling journey. Having him be the subject of a prophecy was a bit hokey and contrived, but it got the job done. He helped his fellow Lasat find their way to a new home (or an old one, from a certain point of view), and more importantly learned of another planet full of other members of his species. This changed my expectations of where Zeb’s story was headed and infused them with a bit of hope.
Another great thing the episode did was expand the mythology of Star Wars. The idea of the Force not being exclusive to the Jedi and the Sith is not a new one, as The Clone Wars tackled that once or twice. Still, it was nice to see that the Lasat had their own interpretation of the Force, called “Ashla” (the name given to the light side of the Force in one of George Lucas’s earlier drafts for Star Wars). It added dimension and richness to a culture we knew nothing about save for what we saw in Zeb.
While Zeb’s story was pretty serious this week, the bulk of the episode’s humour came from a surprise appearance by one Hondo Ohnaka. As always, our favourite Weequay pirate almost stole the show singlehandedly, peppering the action with lines that I can already tell will be looked back on as classics. I also loved his trademark shifting allegiances in search for profit, which propelled the episode’s plot and its conflicts.
The climactic sequence of the episode, as Zeb accepted his role and used his bo-rifle to guide the Ghost through the beautiful visual of the imploded star cluster, accompanied by incredible music from Kevin Kiner, was absolutely sublime. That scene alone elevated the episode to greatness, showcasing the very best of Star Wars Rebels—visuals, music, story, and characters.
Rating: 4/5 (Great)
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