Star Wars Rebels: Always Two There Are
October 29, 2015 12:16 PM - Season 2, Episode 3 - Subscribe

In need of medical supplies, Ezra, Zeb, Chopper and Sabine, explore an abandoned Old Republic space station, only to encounter more than expected. A simple search turns into a life and death escape from Inquisitors intent on killing them and asking questions about the location of a former padewan of Anakin Skywalker.

  • Rex and Kanan play dejarik or holographic chess, as did Chewie and R2 in ANH, and an earlier version of the episode had more cutaways to the game revealing rules and gameplay developed but never released for it.
  • By coincidence of timing, this episode was developed as a 'haunted house' type episode concerning dangers lurking in the dark.
  • Admiral Konstantine's complaints about the Inquisitors were made to further cement the division between the military and those with spiritual sensibilities within the Empire - similar to Admiral Motti's regard for Vader in ANH.
  • The space station was based on the same design seen in the Clone Wars movie and the Kaliida Shoals Medical Center in Season One of the tv show.
  • The Seventh Sister (voiced by Sarah Michelle Gellar - wife of Freddie Prince, Jr. who voices Kanan) is a Mirialian. The species of the Fifth Brother has not yet been given a name or revealed.
  • The Seventh Sister reveals that Season One's Inquisitor was known as the "Grand Inquisitor" the leader of the Inquisitor order.
  • The Seventh Sister's droids are ID9 seekers. During the production process they were nicknamed "parrot droids."
posted by Atreides (10 comments total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I'm unsure of how the creative team that a few episodes ago infused Vader with such unbelivable menace did such a poor job of establishing these new inquisitors as a threat. The characters kept reacting as if they were a giant danger, but it didn't really play out that way. I'm not saying they should be as threatening as Vader - that would be silly - but they didnt survive the inquisitors, they beat them. And it doesn't help that they make a point of explaining how the group has already beaten their boss last season.
posted by humans are superior! at 6:29 PM on October 29, 2015 [1 favorite]

I wonder if the ID9 put a tracker on Chopper? If it did, the Rebels really need to get better at scanning for them.
posted by drezdn at 7:48 AM on October 30, 2015

This episode was particularly . . . "meh" to me. Nothing was even particularly memorable (except the eye-rolling I did at the ridiculous telegraphing of Zeb's position that would have been seen by any competent captor).
Usually, watching an episode with the 8 year old will make it interesting at least, but it wasn't this time. I didn't feel any emotional tension. There didn't seem to be any high stakes, even when Ezra and Sabine were taken captive. I might need to watch it again, but if this were the tenor of the show in general, I probably wouldn't be watching it.
posted by Seamus at 11:34 AM on October 30, 2015

The Fifth Brother definitely started out somewhat menacing with his introduction last week. This week, his character was definitely muted by the actions of the Seventh Sister. Unlike the introduction of whom I suppose we should call the Grand Inquisitor, where Kanan almost got it in the first encounter and it was only after a season's worth of kind of leveling up that Kanan was competent enough in his own abilities, did the Grand PoohbahInquisitor go down. Every interaction with the Inquisitor always came across as a pretty narrow escape.

This escape...was not that impressive, even if it was manufactured to show us Zeb has a bit more imagination to his ability to fight the bad guy rather than brute strength. In terms of directly fighting the inquisitors, everyone went down pretty quickly - but yeah, the Seventh Sister did not quite have the menace that should have accompanied a Force using villain in this show.

Animation wise, it was another pretty solid production.
posted by Atreides at 11:58 AM on October 30, 2015

Agreeing that two inquisitors ought to be a little tougher than that, though they didn't seem like they were trying very hard either. I thought from the title that we were going to get an Inquisitor and an attempt to subvert Ezra from the title.
posted by immlass at 10:54 PM on October 30, 2015

I think we see why they were merely Inquisitors and not GRAND Inquisitors. More like Upright Inquisitors, or even Spinet Inquisitors. It says something that the Imperials, who were so intimidated by the Grand Inquisitor, were all "Eh, we really don't need these guys."

Also hoping that the whole plot was a "catch and release" plan, letting them go in order to get a tracer into the rebel fleet.

Female Inquisitor had a weird flirty relationship with Ezra. Of course if this whole thing was a set-up, I can imagine her thinking the whole time "O-kaaay, you can escape any time now. Like right now. Come on, am I going to have t turn my back and walk a couple steps away?"

At least she seemed to be enjoying herself. Male Inquisitor seemed to me to be someone who really wanted to be an accountant when he grew up. How childhood dreams are crushed...
posted by happyroach at 1:29 PM on October 31, 2015 [4 favorites]

Male Inquisitor seemed to me to be someone who really wanted to be an accountant when he grew up. How childhood dreams are crushed...

Yes. One thing starwars has done a generally poor job of since Empire is living up to Yoda's "quicker, easier, more seductive" line. We don't typically see people tempted or drawn to the dark side, we see them 'become bad' and not really enjoying it. Being a dark force user is generally portrayed as a total bummer. Like leave algebra class, listen to the cure, pick up a red lightsaber, style bummer.
posted by French Fry at 7:19 AM on November 2, 2015

Being a dark force user is generally portrayed as a total bummer. Like leave algebra class, listen to the cure, pick up a red lightsaber, style bummer.

...please tell me more about this seductive thing called the Dark Side. Are there clove cigarettes? Please tell me there are.

Also, don't forget being allowed to wear skintight black leather. It's the little touches about the Dark Side that help.
posted by happyroach at 8:32 AM on November 2, 2015 [1 favorite]

Last season they touched on Ezra and the Dark Side, kind of hinting that he flirted with it during a fight. It kind of scared the bejezeesus out of Kanan at the time. It felt as if they were dropping a seed for a future story for Ezra. It fell much better into the quicker and easier aspect of the Dark Side.
posted by Atreides at 8:59 AM on November 2, 2015 [1 favorite]

In my prequels Anakin smokes cloves and gives no shits about what Greg says, because he's not his real dad anyway.
posted by French Fry at 11:52 AM on November 2, 2015 [1 favorite]

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