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TFN Rebels Review: "The Mystery of Chopper Base"
Posted by Dustin on June 9, 2016 at 11:59 AM CST
After weeks of setting up, we have finally arrived at a tipping point for the rebels.

This week, we get some sweet 1980's style vibes, huge creepy bugs, some old school Captain Rex, and are left with a feeling that something big is about to happen.

WHAT WORKED:
This was an episode that made you feel like something big was right around the corner. You know when you have something big happening and you get butterflies in your stomach right before? This was the Star Wars version of that.

After AP-5 and Chopper found the fledgling rebellion a new base, the team is starting to set up shop in what feels like the permanent home for the rebels. I like that AP-5 is now part of the crew, and connective tissue like that makes this feel more chronological and each episode feels important.

The moments with Sabine and Rex were great, and I hope they start to explore more duos in the future. It would be great to see Zeb and Hera or Kanan and Sato get more screen time together. Having pairings beyond the obvious compatible ones leans itself to better storytelling.

The action in this one was pulled off well. After the rebel pilot was taken away by the giant spider, her assumed death made the stakes feel higher. When Rex was taken away you assumed the worse, as we know he doesn't play heavily into any of the future movies.

The way they turned it into a team up of all of the crew of the ghost was a fun throwback to the very first episode. I also hope to see the crew as a whole go out and kick butt together again in the next season.

The small intimate moments with Zeb and Ezra helped define their relationship. We've seen them be at odds since the very beginning. Now, yo definitely get that big-brother little brother vibe. You can feel the love they have for each other.

Ahoska showing up at the end means the finale is here. And it's going to be epic.

WHAT DIDN'T WORK:
The setup style of this episode was needed, but at times felt pointless. With the action and finale being so close, I found myself asking if we could hurry it up and move along. After having the Yoda episode, it feels like we have slowed down to the max. It may have been better to shuffle the order of these episodes because at times I was bored watching this.

FINAL THOUGHTS:
I understand why this episode was needed. We know have the future base of the rebels and it made the feeling that our three force-wielders are in for a world of trouble. It did get me excited for the finale, and in that regard it did its job.


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