Saturday, 20 February 2016

Star Wars Rebels 'The Call' Review

This review WILL CONTAIN SPOILERS for the episode to be discussed, if you do not want certain plot points or story spoilt, please do not read further.

'The Call' is an entertaining episode, but it's a fairly standard story that has definitely been done before.

The story begins with the crew of the Ghost low on fuel and searching for a fuel refinery that's supplying the Empire.  Not only is the Ghost desperate for a resupply, but the rest of the rebels are running low too, which shows us an even more strung out and desperate version of the rebels then we've seen in any of the films.

Close to empty and running out of time the ship is found by a group of purgill, a type of huge space whale (yes, it would appear that every sci-fi universe has to have some kind of space whale).  Hera immediately recognises the creatures and warns the crew that they're a dangerous nuisance, that they destroy ships and have cost the lives of her friends in the past.  Having the normally kind and caring Hera being the member of the crew to be the negative voice for once is a nice change and shows a side to the character that we've not really seen before.  

Despite Hera's hate towards the purgill Ezra can feel a connection to them through the Force (the same kind of connection we've seen him use before) and gets the crew to follow the whales, who quickly lead them to the refinery.

Kanan, Ezra, Sabine and Chopper launch an assault on the facility in one of the episode's best scenes as the four of them free fall towards the refinery in their brightly decorated helmets.  During the assault on the refinery Ezra is knocked down into the gas filled pit.

Close to dying Ezra manages to reach out with the Force and communicates with the Purgill, using affinity for animal life to get them to not only save him, but to help the rest of the team pnd complete the whole mission.

The episode has some cool moments, the free fall and Ezra riding on the back of the purgill are all visually awesome, but the story feels very stand alone, there wasn't even a hint that fuel supplies were running low in the episodes leading up to this.  It's hard to tell how much this episode adds to the overall story, but from the mid-season trailer warning about Ezra's increasing power, perhaps his growing ability to control animals will be brought up again.


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