Spoiler Warning: If you haven't seen the most recent episode of Star Wars Rebels or don't want to know what happened, turn away now. Or, y'know, go watch and come back so we can talk about it.
Last week's recap ended with this:
We haven't heard the name Dume in a long time. A long time. (I'd like to thank Johnamarie Macias for tipping me to this one. She watched with the closed captioning on). So how is Kanan connected to all of this? What do you think it means?
Well, now we know. At least, we know more than we knew. And I may also owe some of you an apology for spoiling Kanan's real name because I totally forgot that I'd never heard it in Rebels itself. So, sorry about that. But, the good news is we didn't have to wait long, right?
Speaking of a long wait...
(Warning: Contains fangirl squeeage about a certain kiss, so feel free to skip down a bit.)
Frickin' FINALLY. After Fan Expo Canada, we knew an almost kiss was coming and after last week's episode, we knew there was more than one almost (Well, two if you catch the one in the first Rebels short "The Machine In The Ghost"), but the first official canonical kiss between Kanan Jarrus and Hera Syndulla is finally here.
The fact that it was Hera who initiated it and made sure to make it a good one is even better. I mean, some fans know Kanan's been into Hera since the day they met, but Hera's been focused on the mission. Mission first, feelings second. That she made sure to kiss him before going on a mission just made it better.
I watched that scene at least 20 times and I'm not sorry in the least. I've always considered those two to be together in one form or another, but this is different because now it's official. So, yeah. Finally. Thank you. Kanera is canon.
Okay, you can look now.
Thinking about it, Hera and Kanan were pretty much front and center this whole episode in one way or another. It started with the two of them together talking about their connection to Lothal and it ended with Hera handing Mon Mothma the best tool the Rebellion has to defeat Thrawn's new prototype.
It also turns out that Kanan's absolutely right about the connection to Lothal. He may not know what it all means yet, but the Loth-Wolves still have things to teach him if their use of his name is any clue. Part of me wonders if their abilities with the Force and their focus (a word we've heard Kanan use quite a lot throughout the series) are going to be part of the answer to what eventually happens to Kanan and Ezra if we're going with the Rule of Two once the Original Trilogy begins.
Right now, we have as many questions about those wolves as we do answers but something tells me those cave walls have a lot of stories to tell and it sure looks like the rebels have found themselves a good place to hide out for now. Personally, I really want to know how they did that neat trick of going from one side of the planet to the other. As a Dune fan, I keep thinking of it as folding space, so I'm wondering if it's a play on that.
The other big factor in this episode is Thrawn. Especially this version of him. Up until now, Thrawn had a pretty good grip on things. He can even count the destruction of Chopper Base on Attolon a win along with the damage he did to part of the Rebel Fleet. But he's lost a few things as well: Kallus defected and most of the Rebels got away at Atollon.
But I have a feeling being bested by Hera Syndulla is really going to put him in a mood. There he is on Lothal when his prototype is stolen right out from under him by Sabine and Ezra, and then Hera quite literally goes through one of his construction spheres at lightspeed (Take THAT, Han Solo!) with a hyperdrive stolen out that same prototype.
The murder in his eyes is pretty unmistakable.
Taking a minute to talk about Rukh, how good was Warwick Davis? I hope this isn't the last we see of the character. I have a feeling he has a score to settle and if we're really keeping score here, he did his job. He found the Rebels. Pryce is the one who underestimated them and let them get away.
In fact, Pryce has made quite a few errors recently and I have a feeling Thrawn is feeling less and less tolerant of any sort of mistake, especially when it causes him to lose face with the Emperor. So I feel like she'd better eke out a win here soon or she may not be long for this world.
On a personal note, I was pretty much a wreck from the moment the Loth-Wolves started walking through the Force all the way through to the end when Hera and Mon Mothma locked eyes because I could feel the sense of destiny in all of this -- that everything is going the way it should and that we're only seeing part of the picture.
I don't know if that was intentional or if I'm even right, but it's always nice to feel genuinely spellbound by Star Wars stories no matter where they're told.
You can read my recap for the second episode that aired this week here, and may the Force be with you.
Star Wars Rebels will air two episodes each Monday starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT on Disney XD.