If you know me and my love for Star Wars Rebels, you've already figured out that I've watched the new Star Wars Rebels mid-Season 4 trailer multiple (MULTIPLE) times. Naturally, I have thoughts. And predictions. And opinions. And gasp-inducing realizations.
I would like to share them with you.
First up, take another look at the trailer itself.
Okay, let's break this down.
The first 80 seconds of the trailer are a recap of past events with a focus on Ezra and dialogue cut from previous seasons. The beginning of the trailer serves as a reminder of how much Ezra has learned during his time with the Ghost crew — how he's grown as a padawan and a person; how he's become surer in the Force; and just how deep his connections to creatures, from Morlocks to Purgill to Loth Wolves, have become. We're reminded that Ezra's Force abilities are stronger than ever before and that, over time, he's learned to trust the Force — even if he's not sure how.
From there we shift to other voices and moments: Hera talks about hope, Ezra and Sabine saber-train together, and Yoda reminds Ezra that how "Jedi choose to win" is as important as whether they win. That last bit is accompanied by a vision of Anakin Skywalker before his turn to Vader and serves as an interesting reminder that Ezra's certainly had his own Dark Side moments.
We're also reminded that, while we look to Mon Mothma and Bail Organa as leaders in the Rebellion, Ezra Bridger's voice, his pirate broadcast, was what started the rebellion on Lothal. And it's Lothal we're talking about here. Whatever else we've seen from the Rebellion in Star Wars Rebels, other battles or other locations, the heart of Rebels and the Ghost crew lives (and dies?) on Lothal.
It's at this point that we shift from past to present and future.
In images that certainly feel like they're pulled from the first episode, we get new looks at Ezra, Kanan, Sabine, Mart, Zeb, Kallus, and Clone Commanders Rex, Wolffe, and Gregor. Yep, the band's back together, and it's time to go rescue Hera from the Empire.
We see Kanan slice his hair off with his lightsaber before a shot of Hera chuckling as she tells two stormtroopers they're in "terrible trouble." Then Kanan literally cuts the floor out from under one of them. (Is it me, or did that "Huh?" sound a lot like Luke when Leia asks him if he's "a little short to be a stormtrooper"?)
From there, we end up someplace that looks an awful lot like a dream or vision space reminiscent of Mortis. Ezra meets a convor with color markings that look a lot like The Daughter. Seriously — Mortis.
I had a feeling before this trailer dropped and I went back and watched the Clone Wars' Mortis arc and, bam, we get Mortis. Whatever's going on and whatever is going to happen to Ezra, it all ties back to The Father, The Daughter, and The Son. That mural was amazing.
Next, we get all kinds of moments we don't really have context for but that tell us a story just the same. Thrawn is done toying with these Rebels. He's ordered a full-scale bombardment of Lothal.
From there, things get a little more frenetic. Rukh is seen fighting both Zeb and Kanan at certain points. It's hard to get an idea of where or when, but this shot of everyone on the bridge of a ship. Kanan and Ezra are missing, and presumably those two are off fighting stormtroopers, Rukh, and, from the look of it, even the Emperor.
But it still doesn't look like any sort of final fight. Not yet.
The next shift is the one I find most intriguing.
We see Ezra surrounded by the Loth Wolves before we cut to a closeup of one of them looking different from a normal Loth Wolf. The feral wolf is gone, substituted by a smiling face (it's interesting to see a wolf smile) and blue eyes. Those eyes and that smile are so warm and so kind that I can't help but wonder if Ezra's connecting with his mother, Mira, who we saw earlier in the trailer. I wouldn't put it past Dave Filoni to get us on every level of emotion possible.
The final moments, however, are the ones that say the most but still leave us with some insane questions. Ezra stands backed by the three Loth Wolves, his lightsaber ignited, and promises "one last lesson."
Who he's facing or what that lesson is remains to be revealed.
What I loved most about this trailer is what I love about every Star Wars Rebels trailer: It doesn't give anything away but it always tells a story. And Kevin Kiner creates some of the best music in Star Wars.
It's going to be a long wait until February 19.