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star-wars-rebels-season-four-blu-rayThe final season of Star Wars Rebels begins with the Rebels helping the Mandalorians rescue Sabine‘s (Tiya Sircar) father and ends with a final battle between the Rebellion and the Empire for Lothal. In-between, the season offers several highlights including the loss of a member of the Ghost, a large victory for Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen), the return of Ahsoka Tano (Ashley Eckstein), and episodes exploring how Lothal’s creatures are tied to Rebel’s fate against the Empire. I know there are those that prefer The Clone Wars (and I’m happy to see it return in limited form), but I’d much prefer more episodes featuring these characters.

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The two-part finale of Star Wars Rebels wraps us several ongoing storylines while foreshadowing possible new adventures for some of these characters somewhere down the line. In the final two episodes the siege of Lothal will come to an end, Ezra (Taylor Gray) will be tempted one last time by the Dark Side before firmly choosing the path that Kanan and his friends helped pave for him. Turning himself over to Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) to save the civilians of Lothal, Ezra buys time for the rest of the team to get control of the Imperial Dome and complete their mission. It’s an action-packed finale that, like several episodes of the series, features creatures connected to the Force playing an important role as Ezra calls on the Purrgil to help rid Lothal of Thrawn.

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With Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) on Coruscant updating the Emperor on the Outer Rim, Ezra (Taylor Gray) comes up with a risky plan to strike and retake Lothal from the Empire. With a little misdirection and the help of several old friends, and the Loth-Wolves, the Rebels eek out a narrow victory from the edge of defeat as the show moves one-step closer to the series finale. There are plenty of familiar faces here including Hondo (Jim Cummings), the clones, Vizago (Keith Szarabajka), Mart, and Kallus (David Oyelowo). As the series inches ever closer to the end it appears the battle for Lothal is just beginning.

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After the death of Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) and Ezra (Taylor Gray) spending time in the wilderness with the Loth-Wolves, Star Wars Rebels gears up in the race to the looming series finale. “Wolves and a Door” and “A World Between Worlds” continue the more spiritual focus on the Force as our Rebels continue in their fight with the Empire. The episodes also allow for the show to play some of its greatest hits (and steal a few lines from various other corners of the Star Wars universe) and offers the return of a fan favorite.

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Star Wars Rebels returns from hiatus with the rescue of Hera (Vanessa Marshall) from the Empire and a farewell to one of the show’s core characters. While ordering Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) back to the core feels like a bit of a cheat to keep the stench of failure off his hands, the small Lothal rebels do complete their mission in rescuing a drugged, tortured, but still spirited, Hera from the Empire. As to the loss, there is plenty of foreshadowing in the episode, such as giving control of the rescue mission to Ezra (Taylor Gray) and the emotional moments between the former Jedi and the Ghost’s captain, and actually even more in the episodes leading up to “Jedi Night,” that Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) may be the first Rebel to fall. That said, the show does the character proud with his heroic sacrifice to complete the mission and make sure that his friends made it out alive.

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The latest from Star Wars Adventures: Forces of Destiny, a series of single-issue adventures each focusing on different heroines of the Star Wars universe, centers around Phoenix Squadron‘s fearless leader Hera Syndulla and her contentious droid who run into some Imperial trouble while attempting to convince Fekunda Outpost to help supply the Rebellion in their fight against the Galactic Empire.

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After several episodes teasing Thrawn‘s (Lars Mikkelsen) military prowess and strategy, “Rebel Assault” finally delivers a major victory for the Grand Admiral with his troops thwarting the Rebellion’s attempts to destroy the Imperial factories on Lothal. After loosing an entire squadron of their best fighters and Hera (Vanessa Marshall) being taken captive by the Empire, but not before showing off some impressive piloting skills allowing the squadron to get past the first wave of Thrawn’s planetary defenses, things are looking bleak for our heroes. While the immediate path for the rest of the Rebels is uncertain, Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.) will stop at nothing to see Hera freed… even if that means making a bargain with his unusual new friends.

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On Lothal, surrounded by Imperials, the Rebels work quickly to get the stolen hyperdrive and TIE Interceptor plans off-world. Things are complicated by the arrival of Thrawn‘s (Lars Mikkelsen) assassin Rukh (Warwick Davis) whose tracking ability leads the Empire to the Rebels on multiple occasions. Following up from the previous episode, Ezra‘s (Taylor Gray) encounter with the Loth Wolves will be built upon, although the reasons behind it remain shrouded in mystery. As Hera (Vanessa Marshall) takes to the skies with her precious cargo, Ezra and the rest of the team follow the wolves deeper into the rocks leading them to a destination none of them could have expected.

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“The Occupation” marks the Ghost‘s return to Lothal. While the Rebellion is more concerned with an abbreviated communication from Ryder Azadi (Clancy Brown) concerning the the Lothal Imperial Factory, Ezra (Taylor Gray) is far more anxious to help his homeworld fight off its Imperial occupation. But he is unprepared for the destruction he finds; is he too late? Is there anything left fighting for? There are several callbacks to previous episodes including appearances by Ryder, Vizago (Keith Szarabajka), Jai Kell, Valen Rudor, and Puffer Pigs.

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The Fourth Season of Star Wars Rebels continues with a pair of episodes that bring back Saw Garrera (Forest Whitaker) and focus on the splintering of the Rebellion. It’s too bad that Garrera, the least interesting character from Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, is really the only character from the film that fits within the Rebels universe. The one-note crazy Rebel continues to take chances and put those around him in danger to prove himself right as a true Rebel.

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