Star Wars Rebels: Vision of Hope
February 3, 2015 7:11 AM - Season 1, Episode 11 - Subscribe

Young rebel and padawan, Ezra Bridger, experiences his first Force vision, which reveals that the popular dissident, Senator Gall Trayvis, will be coming to the rebels' planet of operations. The crew of the Ghost make preparations to meet the rebellious senator, who promises that the Empire can be overcome, while fearing an Imperial trap set to capture everyone involved.

Trivia from the episode!
  • The working title of the episode was "Lure."
  • The low powered laser bolts fired at Ezra as he practiced his parrying are based on the same type of bolts fired at Luke aboard the Falcon.
  • Brent Spiner voices Gall Trayvis.
  • The protocol droids who accompanied Trayvis were based on designs by Ralph McQuarrie and painted with Senate colors and symbols.
  • This was the first time Chopper revealed he had a circular saw.
  • The New Freedom mural in the old Senate building was inspired by the WPA or Work Project Administration artwork that was created in the 1930s and 1940s. The mural points out that in addition to farming, fishing was once an important industry on Lothal.
Star Wars Rebels can be watched on DisneyXD, WatchDisneyXD apps, and on instant video streaming and OnDemand services.
posted by Atreides (8 comments total)
I have to say, I didn't see it coming.

Hera calls it at the end though. Leaders aren't what keeps a movement going. It's hope.

P.S. Your tag killed me. I'm ded now.
posted by ob1quixote at 11:51 AM on February 3, 2015 [1 favorite]

My suspicions about Trayvis were heightened by the use of his broadcast by the Inquisitor to trap Kanan and Ezra, and to be honest, I agreed with Kanan again when he pointed out how simple the Senator's "code" was for meeting with the rebels on various planets. If he was a true threat to the Empire, the would have long ago put resources into deciphering his messages in case secret words/messages were transmitted through them. Thus, his betrayal, while not 100% expected, didn't come as nearly a surprise here.

What I did like was how Ezra misread his Force vision, spinning it into the story we all have been rooting to see - the formation of the Rebel Alliance. We also had a reference to Hera's contact, the much fan theory'd Ahsoka.

Khallous is easily running up points as the most useless major in the Imperial Army. If Vader was over him, he'd be joining the pile of bodies that Admirals Ozzel and Needa from ESB. It's growing a tad comical, like Gargamel.

And GEEZ, yes, Chopper totally knocked off that poor droid. His personality is making him one of the scariest characters on the show.

The overall animation in this episode was fine, but from memory, there really weren't any outstanding moments of direction. Which is a shame, as some of the earlier episodes definitely benefited from creative decisions in directing and cinematography.
posted by Atreides at 8:35 AM on February 4, 2015 [1 favorite]

When Trayvis did his heel-turn, my four year old was ready to flip a table. I don't think he realized the existence of the Long Con before.

After it was done, he did have his Lego Chopper kick other robots off the space station/dragon castle we built, so I guess this episode was 2/2 for educational content.
posted by robocop is bleeding at 11:15 AM on February 4, 2015 [3 favorites]

New Rebels, Awesome.

Thanks for the post, my usual TV acquiring systems seem to have missed this one.
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 5:49 AM on February 5, 2015

And GEEZ, yes, Chopper totally knocked off that poor droid.

Isn't R2D2 also known for excessive violence towards other droids?
posted by drezdn at 6:16 AM on February 12, 2015

Not in the original trilogy, I don't think, but in Revenge of the Sith, he lights the enemy droids on fire.
posted by Atreides at 8:17 AM on February 12, 2015 [1 favorite]

Aha, finally found it. The episode numbering on this show is messed up!

I really enjoyed this one. I liked Kallus referring to Ezra as Jabba as a call back to the first episode.

Ans just for fun here is some wacky fan theories about Ezra and Episode 7
posted by Just this guy, y'know at 2:28 AM on February 13, 2015

posted by Atreides at 5:45 PM on February 13, 2015

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