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TFN Rebels Review: "Shroud of Darkness"
Posted by Dustin on June 9, 2016 at 07:18 AM CST
Who doesn't love Yoda, Ahsoka, and Anakin being in Star Wars together again? This week on Rebels, we get all of that plus so much more.

It's easy to tell that at this point in the season, we are winding down towards the finale. All questions that have been raised will begin to be addressed, and we are reaching a breaking point. Having Frank Oz, Matt Lanter, and Ashley Eckstein voicing characters in the same episode is a great way to connect the films and the to animated series.

As Yoda sends our heroes the Malachor, we can only imagine what will happen next.

WHAT WORKED:
All in all, season two has been really strong. This episode was no different, and we really learned more about Kanan and Ezra's future. Having Yoda appear to Ezra was important for his journey, and I thought they pulled it off well. The force was a key component of this episode, and having Yoda, voiced by Frank Oz, orchestrate the whole thing will have implications on this show moving forward.

Kanan's force experience involved the Grand Inquistor we saw die in season one. We know now he was a Jedi Temple Guard in The Clone Wars, and having him speak to Kanan showed him what Ezra could become. Ultimately Kanan's part was pulled off really well, and the message of winning a fight by refusing to attack brought back one of the key messages in Star Wars.

The purpose of Ahoska's force vision was to show her who Vader truly is. Since the beginning of this season we have wondered if she truly knew, and now there is no doubt. That part when Anakin appears and speaks to Ahsoka was one of the most emotional parts of the entire series.

Ezra and Yoda shared some really intimate moments. We learn that Yoda is incredibly disappointed in himself and the way the Jedi order ended. He mentions how they were arrogant and were to quick to join the war. Those lessons will be important as Ezra becomes a Jedi and is part of a war that has just begun.

WHAT DIDN'T WORK:
There really wasn't much wrong with this episode. The only issue I had here was how insignificant the inquisitors felt. I understand that they are not supposed to be real threats, but it feels as if these two are empty and pointless. Ultimately they are the reason the heroes leave the temple on Lothal, but I feel like this season is lacking a true villain.

FINAL THOUGHTS:
I loved this one. We have now seen Kanan become a Jedi knight. We also know Ahsoka knows the truth about Vader. And we also know what role Yoda has on the destiny of our heroes. This sets up for an epic ending to the season, and I can't wait to see how it ends for these three in the coming episodes.


This review was done by Fan of TheForce.net Ryan Donoho. You can contact him at donohonba@gmail.com.
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