The Clone Wars may have had a lackluster ending when it comes to its cancellation, but that hasn't stopped Dave Filoni and the crew from working plenty of connections to the show in Rebels.
In The Last Battle we got the heaviest dose of Clone Wars thus far, and it may have offered some closure to those who have a sour taste in their mouth from the way the show ended.
This episode starts out with Kanan, Ezra, and Rex descending on the planet Agamar for a mission. Little do they know, the once hotbed of activity during the war still has some surprises over a decade later.
The guys soon discover that there are active battle droids on the planet, and Rex immediately gets back into soldier mode. The episode then plays out like something out of Clone Wars, and at times I had to remind myself what show I was watching.
It was great to see how they worked in real life story elements into the episode. Rex felt like a real soldier who had fought in a real war. The callbacks to the previous show worked well, and seeing Jedi fight alongside Clones against battle droids was a perfect touch.
Eventually, Rex comes face to face with a super tactical droid, and there is a touching moment where Ezra states that the war wasn't what they thought it was. He then points out the common enemy they share, and they team up to fight the Empire.
?This was a clear bone thrown to Clone Wars fans. And there is nothing wrong with that.
?It will be interesting to see what Ezra takes from this experience. We are on the brink of a civil war, and Ezra just saw what the last war did to the galaxy. Will he want to jump in when we get close to A New Hope?
?As a prequel lover, seeing the timelines mash together was great. Here's hoping we get more in the future.
?The end credits with TCW theme song and color scheme was surreal to see. What a great message to the fans.
Not sure this episode advanced the overall story that well. Still, it was a fun trip down memory lane, and a love letter to the fans. And that is OK.