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- So in Empire Day the troopers are carrying around a picture of Tseebo to check against any rodians they find, but the picture doesn't have his cyber-thing. Wouldn't it have been easier to look for the one rodian around with the cyber-doodad instead?
- He could have removed it between his escaping and when they find him, so it's a good idea to have a picture handy just in case.
- What's with 3PO's silver leg? I'd assume it was a temporary thing between Revenge of the Sith and A New Hope but he has it back in the Marvel comic which takes place after EPIV. So did he have a silver leg in the original cut that was coloured gold in the special edition or are they pretending he never had a gold leg? It just seems odd to me.
- 3PO always had the silver leg in the Original Trilogy.
- No, he didn't. I honestly never noticed this, so I would assume that it was a temporary fix. It's possible that something is wrong with the original leg (although this seems unlikely given his maker), so it needs to be swapped out periodically, or just that whenever C-3P0's damaged they have some spare plating lying around just in case.
- Actually, 3PO does indeed have the silver leg in A New Hope.
- The way they introduced the info-carrying Imperial droids, I thought they were going to end up stealing one and selling it to the smuggler guy to pay off (at least some of) Erza's debt to him. Then they stole one, kept him around for a bit...and Chopper pushes him out. Did nobody think they could use that info somehow?
- Probably they did have plans, but Chopper got rid of the droid because he was jealous.
- Yeah, they basically had lots of plans, up to and including keeping the droid and using it themselves, all of it thwarted by Chopper being a murderous dick.
External landing pad
- In the same episode, one could wonder why the droid is sent through the city with a minor escort to an external landing pad instead of sent to the landing pad of the Imperial main complex.
TIE fighter size and life support
- During the season finale, did that TIE Fighter they capture grow in size, or what? There's no way it should have been able to hold so many people. Hell, they don't even have life support, how were they breathing?
- The "no life support" thing must've been considered non-canon after Disney nixed the Star Wars Legends Expanded Universe, and called it non-canon.
- TIEs still don't have life support, but that doesn't mean they can't be used for a short time without gear. Of course after a few more minutes it would've become pretty hostile in there, but for that short ride it was manageable. Also those cockpits are fairly large compared to real life fighter jets, so probably yes they can hold that many people, 'tho not comfortably. Sabine even noted that they were a bit cramped in there. Pablo Hidalgo addressed the crew space question in Rebels Recon #2.04.
- They're in the TIE Defender Elite in that, aren't they? The ship's probably bigger because it has to have room for the hyperdrive and shield generator... since it had to be bigger anyway they may have given it a bigger internal area so that it could have room for a maintenance droid or a couple of strike troopers for landing missions or something.
- No, they're in a standard TIE. The one that Sabine repainted.
Gall, Tseebo, and Ezra's parents
- Gall Trayvis had to be lying when he said Ezra's parents were dead. Otherwise, why would Tseebo be so excited to see Ezra after finding out what happened to his parents?
- Presumably he just wanted to demoralize Ezra, so he lied about their fates.
- He never said they were "dead", just "gone". Rebels averts Never Say "Die", so if they were dead he would have said "dead".
- "Legacy" reveals that Ezra's parents were killed in a prison break that occurred after "Call to Action", so as of our heroes' encounter with Gall Trayvis, they were still alive.
- Since Hera's father is Cham Syndulla from the Star Wars: The Clone Wars season 1 episode, "Liberty on Ryloth", why doesn't she have a French accent like her father?
- Most likely because she spent a lot of time away from Ryloth, amongst other people since she was young, and she learned to speak Basic without the accent.
- As of "Homecoming", it turns out she does have it, but she just chooses to hide it.
- It is also possible that the "all Twi'leks having French accents" has been retconned.
- Why does George W Bush not have a Connecticut accent? Not everybody has the accent of the place they were born in. Of course that does not preclude Brief Accent Imitation.
- When we see her in The Bad Batch, she does have the accent, so the explanation seems to be she spent enough time away from Ryloth that her accent simply faded.
Mole speaking out
- If you want to capture Rebel cells, why do so by making your Senator speak out against The Empire's actions? Wouldn't that just inspire more rebel groups to form in places you didn't think to look and leave you back at square one?
- Rebellion is inevitable. You're creating an oppressive, fascist, evil empire that basically spits on its citizens and keeps them down through threats of force. Better to trick them to rallying around a symbol you control with information you 'leak' to lead them into traps rather than have them be disorganized, and therefore harder to systematically track down.
Minister Tua and the Rebels
- How is the Empire blaming the death of an Imperial official supposed to turn the people against the Rebels? I think Season 1 already made it clear the people of Lothal hate the Empire, and there's no way people have overlooked the brutality of the Empire. If anything, people would CHEER the Rebels for killing one of their oppressors. Besides, the message Ezra sent would make it known they are on the people's side fighting against their oppressors, AKA the Empire. Plus, they don't know that Minister Tua is defecting, because if she announced it in public, she'd be dead even sooner.
- Minister Tua is a native of Lothal and is one of the nicer high-ranking Imperials (and a civilian Imperial official instead of military), genuinely believing that the Empire is doing good things for Lothal. She is never seen carrying out any oppressive orders like Kallus or Tarkin and her worst crime is secretly smuggling illegal weapons. Her death has a two-way effect to the people of Lothal: One, it makes it seem like the Rebels are killing Imperials indiscriminately rather than focusing on the real oppressors (which Tarkin mention previously that the lack of indiscriminate attacks is what makes Ghost crew a bigger problem than other Rebel cells), and second to is to send a message for Rebel sympathizers that if they continue to support the Rebels, Lothal's more reasonable Imperials will be replaced (brutally) by men like Vader and Tarkin and they will not be so merciful.
- What exactly is Aresko's job in season 1? He's teaching the cadets, he's manning blockades, he's seen on patrol arresting random dudes. he's leading convoys, he's chasing the rebels. It's like he's doing every job on Lothal that calls for an Imperial Officer. Doesn't he have an actual posting?
- Servants of the Empire says that he and Grint were substituting for the Sergeant (who is their subordinate) for those couple of days.
Phoenix Home and Vader
- It seems surprising that in "The Siege of Lothal", Vader is able to destroy Phoenix Home so quickly. As skilled as he is, he's just using TIE fighter guns and Phoenix Home should have a shield able to withstand more than a few hits.
- Wasn't it not just a regular TIE? It's Vader's personal fighter; it makes sense it would be upgraded.
- The TIE/x1 is indeed a mark above even other Tie Advances, which themselves are leagues more powerful than standard-issue TIE/LN's.
- Not to mention, dialogue suggests that the fleet didn't immediately raise their shields when they saw their opponent was one measly fighter. Hera gives the order to raise the shields by the time Vader closes in, but by then it's too little, too late, and he is able to cripple the ship. One Rebel even announces that the shields are gone after a few hits are taken. This was probably Vader's entire strategy — have the enemy underestimate him and strike them before they're fully aware of how dangerous he can be alone.
- There's also the fact that Vader has, canonically, Force-Crushed an entire squadron of X- and Y-Wings pursuing him in said TIE Advanced/x1. Vader is unbelievably powerful, remember.
- The band of farmers from "Fighter Flight" — how did they get out of their handcuffs?
- Also, they're free now, but what happens to them now? We never see them again....
- Mr. Sumar was supposed to show up in "The Siege of Lothal", watching the HoloNews and falling for the frame-up that the Ghost crew killed Minister Tua.
- The Sumars do join the Rebel cell on Lothal. Specifically, Mr. Sumar infiltrates an Imperial factory and sabotages the military equipment. Unfortunately, he's killed by Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Shooting while in blade lock
- Ezra's lightsaber is a combination saber + stun blaster. Yet, when he Blade Locks someone, he never thinks of simply squeezing the trigger to stun his enemy point blank before the latter can react. Does the mechanism of the lightsaber prevent the blaster from firing when the blade is live?
- He can only use one or the other at a time. So during a battle if he tried to shoot someone at close range he would have to deactivate the blade, leaving him a sitting duck for a counter attack if he misses.
- Adding support to this is the sound Ezra's blade makes. He may have found a kyber crystal to forge a lightsaber, but rather than the high-pitched "fzsh" sound perfected lightsabers have, Ezra's is more a low cracking sound similar to Kylo Ren's saber with a broken kyber crystal. Since Ezra literally cobbled together his lightsaber from spare parts that even Tony Stark in a cave would have a hard time with, it's very likely that the saber is barely able to output enough power to form the blade, and would require much better parts and a powersource to be able to be both a lightsaber AND a blaster at the same time.
- Further reinforcing this is when Kanan uses Ezra's saber against the Inquisitor, he has to switch off the blade before firing blaster bolts. Clearly it can only be used in blaster mode or saber mode at any one time, but not both.
Probe droid and the cat
- Why couldn't Ezra and co just smash the probe droid a second time immediately just to be sure it's completely offline after being attacked by the loth cat? Sure, they didn't know the camera would go back online but knowing the heroes, they'd want to be sure they can execute their mission flawlessly. Plus, the droid only saw the loth-cat attack it before disabling it the first time, so if one of them smashed it right afterwards, the Empire still wouldn't suspect a thing.
- If I remember correctly they were in a hurry and thought it was already disabled. Smashing or shooting the probe would leave evidence of hostile sentient activity that they were trying to avoid at the time.
- But I'm saying what if they shoot the probe AFTER the loth-cat attacked the probe. It only saw the loth cat attack it.
- If they shot the probe they might as well put up a sign saying "rebels were here". That would also defeat the point of trying to sneak past it in the first place. If they were going to shoot the probe anyway they wouldn't have wasted time trying to sneak past it.
- Bite marks or scratch marks from a loth-cat will look different from a blaster shot mark. Even the worst storm trooper will know the difference. True, it will take them a slight bit longer to find out than just shooting the probe to being with (they will have to get to it to look at it in more detail first) but it will have basically the same effect for no gain as the Ghost crew thought the thing was disabled anyway.
Shooting Kallus' Star Destroyer
- In "Wings of the Master", why did Hera not aim for Agent Kallus' Star Destroyer? It would've been a better use of her one shot. Why? If Agent Kallus' ship was destroyed, it would've led to a Decapitated Army, and the blockade would retreat.
- All the ships in the blockade were just cruisers, not Star Destroyers. They also didn't exactly have a sign with big letters saying "Kallus's flagship" on any of them. Hera was also going for the one blocking the vector on which the Ghost tried to make its break through.
Ahsoka and Vader's identity
- Why exactly is Ahsoka having a tough time figuring out Vader's identity? I know to the rest of the galaxy Vader is a mysterious figure who suddenly appeared out of nowhere, but the fact that his personal forces, known as Vader's Fist to the rest of the Empire, is the 501st Legion you'd think that would have gotten some mention by now. Especially now that the Clones from the previous series are part of the crew, I'm just confused that this hasn't been brought up in some way.
- Because as far as everyone knows, Anakin Skywalker died during Episode III, and then Darth Vader showed up later as the Sith general of the Empire's Army. The only ones in the galaxy who definitely know the truth are the Emperor, Obi-Wan, Yoda, and Bail Organa. Just because he now leads Anakin's old unit doesn't automatically mean he's Anakin; command changes happen all the time in real life. Plus Ahsoka probably remembers Anakin as the kind Jedi he was and not the brutal, mostly-machine Sith he is now.
- Ahsoka actually did figure out that her old master is the Sith Lord. Her statement that she doesn't know is "true from a certain point of view" (a.k.a. a lie).
- So, other than just being a familiar face from The Clone Wars, why is Ahsoka this awesome Jedi Master? She left the order as a teenager and never advanced past the rank of Padawan. She probably doesn't have much more training than Kanan himself does. Yet Rebels depicts her as this total badass who can effortlessly curbstomp enemies way out of his league.
- If she had returned to the Jedi Order, they said that she would be a Knight because of all that she faced. And she wasn't just anyone's Padawan, she was Anakin's, who was the chosen one and shown to be more powerful with the Force than any other Jedi. Not only that, it was also stated in one of the Clone Wars episodes that Anakin sometimes forgot how inexperienced and young she was because she had proven herself so quickly. I mean, it took a huge amount of clones and even some air fighters to try to bring her in, and she escaped all of them. And you can guess in between the time she left the order and joined the rebel cells that she only honed her skills even more.
- Besides, no one said she was a Jedi Master.
- Though it's not necessarily unreasonable for her to be equivalent in skill to one. She was effectively a Jedi Knight when she left the Order, having been formally offered the rank and turning it down. And a Jedi Knight doesn't get trained to become a Jedi Master, to achieve that rank comes from what they learn on their own. It's been 14 years; Obi-Wan achieved the rank of Master in a similar span of time after being promoted to Knight.
- There was also the still canon "lost twenty" — Jedi Knights who turned away from the order for philosophical reasons, while Dooku was one of these lost twenty, it isn't impossible to think that Ahsoka could have tracked others of them down in order to complete her training. There are (or, rather were, in the old canon) those who used the Force besides the Jedi, such as the Nightsisters or several other force monasteries, who she could turn to in order to complete her training.
- Plus, while Ahsoka is never stated to be a Jedi Master, in the Jedi Order, the rank of Master is awarded based on recognition of an individuals personal growth and accomplishments, with there being no minimum age or skill level to be granted it (although many Jedi are granted the title upon training their first Padawan learner). With all this in mind, it is possible that Ahsoka has reached the qualification to be a Jedi Master, but there are no Jedi left to grant her the title.
- Plus, the Inquisitors aren't true Sith. They're only partially trained and fairly weak compared to Darth Vader.
- At least in part this goes to show how much learning Kanan and Ezra still have to do. Ahsoka might be one of the most competent Force wielders still around, but that is only because there are not exactly all that many Force wielders still around. Obi-Wan is old, so is Yoda and everyone else who could claim to be better than Ahsoka is either evil, dead or hiding. When Vader does show up to battle Ahsoka, she has visible trouble holding her own — and Vader is likely distracted by her attempts to pull him to the Light Side.
- How exactly does the Phantom dock with the Ghost? Some episodes show it facing backwards, with crew members entering through the usual door (this also allows it to function as a rear gun position). Other episodes however show it facing forward with the cockpit and guns pointed inside the Ghost.
- Considering that the Ghost has managed to dock other shuttles that clearly don't go with it (TIE fighters, for one), it's likely that shuttle-docking is standardized in this world and made to be flexible in order to accommodate unique shuttles. So it may not matter which way you put the Phantom in, it can lock down all the same.
- The Ghost has never docked with a TIE fighter — in that, you are in error. The shuttle dock has only ever docked both Phantoms, never any other ships. The Ghost has never even docked with a TIE fighter on one of its side airlocks.
- What's up with Leia's age? She has the same height and body as in the OT, whereas she should be the same age as Ezra.
- While they may have been born around the same time, it isn't uncommon to see teenage girls that look like young adults while teenage boys don't. Same thing vice versa. People just go through puberty at different times and rates. Might also help that Ezra's growth was likely stunted from his malnourishment as a street-rat and that Leia is a political figure, a job that requires tons of maturity and professionalism.
- It's also quite possible that Ezra hasn't had a growth spurt yet. Women typically stop growing taller around age 19, while men can grow taller up to around 25. Age 15-16 is a common age for young men to suddenly shoot up in height. Given Ezra's father's height, it's possible he will end up at around Kanan's height by the time he's 20 or so.
- Ezra does get his growth spurt between seasons 2 and 3. He may be about Leia's height now.
Struggling with controls
- Why did Hera have to struggle with the controls of the carrier when its orbit was faltering to the degree that Cham had to help her wrestle the controls? Resistance like that only happens with mechanical control interfaces; one for a starship would surely be fly-by-wire.
- Coconut Effect, and probably a nod to Star Wars' original WWII inspirations, which is where a lot of the weird way things work come from.
- Why does the Jedi training room in Kanan's vision have wooden katanas? I get that Jedi are space samurai, but their lightsabers are neither curved nor single-edged, like a katana. What would training with a wooden katana accomplish?
- Because it would be foolish to hand dangerous weapons to an untrained student. Ezra demonstrates this in "Rise of the Old Masters" when he nearly impales Kanan in the face with a lightsaber. In real life, samurai used wooden swords to teach students and practice with.
- As pointed out above, lightsabers are neither single-edged, nor curved. Mastering wooden katana just wouldn't translate all that well into wielding a lightsaber. Wooden training swords for a Jedi should simulate the actual shape of a lightsaber's blade.
- In KOTOR, vibro-swords had single edged blades.
- In previous canon, at least, Jedi were trained using vibroblades first before making the jump to full lightsabers. Presumably the wooden ones were vibroblade stand-ins until they proved they could handle a real blade.
- This is also a vision. Arguably, not everything has to make sense.
- Not all Jedi used lightsabers, several used quarterstaffs or other exotic weapons, although they became rarer as time went on. Kanan would likely have only known them as above, training devices, usually for double ended lightsabers, as they were practically a forgotten art by his time.
Jettisoning the cargo hold
- In "The Forgotten Droid", why does Chopper's plan involve luring the Imperials into the cargo hold and jettisoning it? Surely the Rebels could use that cargo.
- How else is Chopper going to get rid of them? It's not like he has a lot of options.
- So how DO you blockade a whole planet with a dozen or so ships? Like, you can clearly see an entire canvas of unoccupied upper space away from the blockade. So why do the Ghost and Phoenix Squadron teams always approach from the direction that Kallus is waiting?
- Kallus would still be able to intercept them before they made it to the planet.
- Hyperspace lanes. There are set hyperspace routes, and the blockade is right where ships would enter/exit the hyperspace.
- Why were the people in Tarkintown starving, and needed the crew of the Ghost to provide food for them? They're FARMERS. Surrounded by open fields! How did none of them even think to try doing the thing they're experts at!?
- You need tools to farm land, especially now a days, and sometimes a permit. There's a whole slew of legal bindings around crop growing in America (patented seeds are an actual thing, and that's just the tip of the iceberg), and these are people who a government obsessed with utility has no use for. Lots of aliens, people they consider annoying and want to disappear. If the farmers tried planting enough food to provide for them all, they'd have to take up a lot of space (the amount would depend on the crop, but keep in mind whatever you're growing has to last you and your entire family an entire year until the next harvest). Considering how petty and vile the empire is, it seems pretty likely that they can and will make up some excuse to evict these people from their shacks if they draw too much attention. Remember how there was also a street vendor nearly arrested and harassed for not having a permit- these farmers might fear the same issue, and for all we know people have tried what you're suggesting and gotten arrested or killed for it. Alternatively, the empire might make up an excuse to confiscate their harvest (again, legalities and dictatorship BS), and for all we know could have laws set up already to do so. Remember we know from "Wings of the Master" that the Empire uses blockades and mass starvation as an intimidation tactic, so they probably have thought up ways to prevent people from feeding themselves and prepared legal excuses.
- Another aspect: Probably Tarkintowns sprang up in places where nobody wants to live. In a largely agricultural society that would be the places with crappy soil and/or unfeasible climate. Go ahead, try farming on granite or in the climate of Spitsbergen.
The Child, the Fool and the Warrior
- In "Legends of the Lasat" the prophecy mentioned three people: the child, the fool, and the warrior and that the child would save both. Zeb does end up playing all three roles near the end of the episode, but Kallus (warrior), Hondo (fool), and Ezra (child) play roles themselves. While Zeb would go on to save Kallus' life in a later episode, our heroes just leave Hondo with the Empire. So how's the prophecy fulfilled if the child hasn't saved the fool?
- I'm under the impression that Hondo was a Red Herring, not being the specific Fool the prophecy was referring to. Instead, maybe the Fool is in reference to someone who set the events in Kallus' life into motion ("the Fool will lead the Warrior to destroy the Child"), like Saw or the Lasat mercenary.
- Course by the end of season 3 Zeb has rescued both Kallus and Hondo from danger.
Hera's plan to evade Darth Vader
- So when Darth Vader realizes that Ahsoka is onboard the Ghost, he turns his attention to it and wants it taken intact. She seems to notice since the Star Destroyers didn't open fire the on the Ghost and notices where their tractor beams will aim for, and makes a jump to hyperspace at just the right moment so that Vader's ship gets caught in it.
This was all cool seeing her pull one over on Vader after he spent the episode steamrolling the Rebels, but was it really necessary? The rest of the fleet was getting ready to run away as they got closer to the Star Destroyers, Vader was completely focused on them, so unless she was hoping that getting caught between the tractor beams would rip his ship in half (which would be stupid since it was just supposed to take their ship without destroying it), why not make the jump sooner? It's pretty well established that when a ship jumps to hyperspace it moves to fast too track where it's going. The whole plan seems like it was done for drama and she could have made the jump sooner instead of waiting. Or am I missing something?
- She wanted to Troll him. Cause why the hell not? She knew what she was doing, Why not get some kicks in while your at it . . . Okay, seriously. Chances are that Vader could sense where they were (Ahsoka being onboard) Plus, his TIE fighter had a built in hyperdrive, so he could follow them. So she decided to stop him cold before jumping, breaking his focus.
- Specifically, in the second part of "Twilight of the Apprentice". Doylistically it makes perfect sense to me, why he'd wear it, but I can't quite figure out the in-verse reasoning. I mean, if he just put it on before going to Ezra that'd make sense, but... is there some reason he felt the urge to cover his face before fighting Maul?
- Maybe he wanted a slight bit of protection between his injury and the cause of that injury. If he could see anything at all, such as color flashes, putting on the mask would blot out any distracting light.
- it was probably a symbolic act of defiance as well, similar to waving your country's flag before a battle. Those masks were an icon of the Jedi sentinels; by wearing it, he was both honoring the dead order and taunting the Sith who was a former enemy of said order.
- At the time, Kanan's injury is not the scar and pale eyes it is later... it's still effectively an open wound, even if it is a cauterized one. He probably put on the mask to keep Maul from tossing any sand or grit in it... it also would have kept Ezra from being immediately horrified at the sight of him once they hooked back up. Remember that at this point Kanan is worried that Ezra's teetering on the edge of falling to the Dark Side... seeing Kanan's slashed eyes so directly would have brought up a lot of emotions that could put him over. The mask lets it get broken to Ezra a little more gently.
Red Shirt A-Wings
- So after losing most of their A-Wings to Vader in the premiere, and a bunch more over the course of the second season, where do they keep getting replacements for Phoenix Squadron? I mean sure, you could probably find willing pilots with a bone to pick with the Empire. There's bound to be a lot of them all over the galaxy. But what about the A-Wings? Canon article now says that A-Wings are manufactured by a subsidiary of Kuat Drive Yards, which is, you know, the single biggest Imperial-supporting weapons manufacturer in the galaxy? They don't seem to have any factories. Did they just order new fighters from Kuat through aliased accounts and have them shipped to Garel during their stint there, or something (that feels rather far-fetched and handwavy to me, frankly)?
- There is a healthy black market going on in the galaxy, enough so that entire underground criminal empires can be sustained off of it. Much of it is sinister, (even the republic would have considered it illegal) but other branches are more sympathetic, due to unreasonable imperial regulations and tariffs (remember that Han Solo himself was one such smuggler). In a galaxy spanning empire, more than a hundred thousand fighters are probably produced every single day, so a few could potentially slip through the cracks now and again.
Inquisitors finding the Jedi in "Shroud of Darkness"
- The trio make a big deal out of how the Inquisitors keep finding them as an excuse to go to the Lothal Jedi Temple... but they find nothing that answers their question (because it changes from "How do they keep finding us?" to "We need to know how to defeat Vader and the Inquisitors."), and we only get this throwaway line from the Seventh Sister about how she's the one that "sensed" them, which was never brought up in previous episodes and contradicts how the Fifth Brother is the one that's stronger in the Force while she's the one that's better at swordsmanship. So I guess I might've answered my own question, but since when did 7S be able to "sense" them? Is it through the Force or research or some other third thing? Why did the trio have to make a big deal out of it instead of just skipping right to finding out how to defeat them and Vader?
- Her methods of tracking them were probably far more mundane than being uniquely gifted in the Force. The Seventh Sister was pretty handy with all those probe droids at her disposal, so she probably used them to find their relative location and then relied on common force detection techniques after she got close. On top of being a superb fighter, she's an excellent spy to boot.
- It's worth noting that Rebels is not a show where characters remain static while not appearing in episodes. On this show, things happen offscreen, like Kallus' proper HeelFace Turn or Ezra getting piloting lessons from Hera. It's fairly clear that, by the time of "Shroud of Darkness", Kanan and Ezra have had multiple offscreen encounters with the Evil Duo.
- In Episode 1, season 3; to say that Ezra's recon mission got out of hand would be an understatement. Yet even though half a dozen things went wrong and his team came within inches of disaster (just like any other mission the Ghost crew has undertaken), the mission was still a resounding success. There were no friendly casualties (unless you count the phantom), the Ugnaught workers the imperials press-ganged into service were set free, an entire imperial installation was destroyed, and a squadron of bombers which the rebellion desperately needed was successfully captured. Had Ezra done the "smart" thing and just turned around, the rebellion would have lost a crucial asset. Instead, Hera chews him out and suspends his command, and Ezra's contrite attitude implies that he candidly agrees with her.
- Furthermore, both Hera and Kanan have launched similar gambits to acquire ships before. When hijacking the three cruisers on Lothal (S2E10), they ran into far more Imperial security than anticipated, but they improvised and persevered. When Hera's father tried to scupper the carrier over Ryloth rather than capture it (S2E14), they improvised and persevered. When Ezra saw that the bombers they were preparing to capture were being systematically destroyed, he improvised and persevered... and was punished for it.
- Part of it is because his reckless behavior put his team in trouble, but that happens all the time and so isn't as severe. The real reason he got punished so harshly is because he forced the cell to scramble their entire fleet right into an enemy Star Destroyer. This has the dual effect of risking major damage to the fleet if it had opened fire, and supplying the Imperials with valuable intelligence about their current composition and escape route. That last factor is probably exactly what Thrawn is counting on.
- What sets Ezra's mission apart from something Hera and Kanan would do is that Ezra lacked the forward thinking. He dropped an entire salvage station, nearly killing his entire team, and would have died himself had it not been for the timely intervention of Kanan. Hell, the suspension itself was actually a very light punishment, all things considered. It was basically the equivalent of a slap on the wrist.
- Ezra went against an explicit order. He was to do a recon mission. Instead he endangered his life and everyone else's, lost the Phantom (which for all we know may have been a much more valuable asset than those fighters he did capture) and might have alerted the Empire. True the Rebellion has a much loser command structure than regular armies, but there is no army in the world where going against a direct order in such a blatant way has no consequences, even more so because his promotion seems to have been conditional or at least "let's see if he proves worthy" and Ezra screwed up literally the first chance he gets. Plus it's during a "does he doesn't he turn to the Dark Side" arc and to me his behavior looked like it was yet another sign of his flirtations with the Dark Side.
Kanan's mask (a different thing this time)
- So, he takes his mask off while talking to the Bendu; where did it go? We don't see it in the next scene, and it's not like it could fit in his pocket; but he has it when he's on the ship with Hera.
- It was probably a different helmet; custom made equipment is expensive, and the rebels need to keep a low profile on top of that. The majority of their equipment is likely to be cheap and mass produced.
- Except for that at Celebration, Dave Filoni said it was the same one from Malachor just adjusted...
- Hammerspace works in mysterious ways. It's also worth noting that Sabine left her helmet on the Shadow Caster (or the shuttle that blew up) back in "Blood Sisters". Maybe Ketsu flew back right after she realized Sabine left her helmet, but the latter situation is justified for now since we don't know what exactly transpires in that episode yet. So basically, another answer to Kanan's mask is that he realized he forgot it and ran back to grab it.
Crystal colour changing
- Freeze-Frame Bonus shows that Ezra's new lightsaber was built at least partially out of parts from the old one, and since he wasn't exactly in the mindset to earn a new crystal after Malachor it can be assumed that it also uses the same crystal. Yet for some reason the blade is green instead of blue. Even Anakin's lightsaber stayed blue after he transformed into Vader, why did Ezra's change?
- I'm going to go out on a limb here and suggest that its because your assumption that the same crystal that was used in Ezra's first lightsaber was used in the second one is incorrect. As for Anakin's lightsaber, the color didn't change because the weapon didn't change. At all. He used the same weapon he made after his first one was destroyed Episode II all the way through the Clone Wars up to his fight with Obi-Wan at the end of Episode III. The blade colour never changed because the weapon was never damaged or destroyed
- The simplest explanation is probably that even if Ezra did recover his original lightsaber and scrap it for parts, the blue crystal inside was likely damaged or destroyed. So his new blade must have a new crystal to go with it. I agree that he probably didn't bond with a new crystal given the state of things, so I imagine he must have found a pre-existing green crystal somewhere down the line. For example, if he returned to Malachor to retrieve his original lightsaber, he could have just as easily grabbed that malfunctioning cross-guard sabre he had found earlier. Even if that blade didn't work, he could have salvaged the green crystal from it to use for himself.
- You're both wrong here. Dave Filoni has confirmed that in new canon, kyber crystals are naturally clear and can change colour based on their user's personality and alignment — but not when mounted inside a lightsaber. The reason the Skywalker lightsaber's blade stays blue is because the kyber crystal has never been removed. And Ezra's kyber crystal wasn't damaged — after Vader destroys it, there's a brief shot showing the pieces of the gunsaber lying on the ground, and the undamaged kyber crystal is clearly visible.
Ezra and Kanan's poor tactics
- Why when trying to extract Sabine and the defectors in "The Antilles Extraction" did the Jedi not use the guns on their ship. You get a rather neat look at them when it flies by the camera. What the heck were they thinking? Their ship got shot apart, and they did nothing to respond. Pathetic for absolutely no reason, especially with what we've seen them do previously.
- They most likely didn't want to risk hitting Sabine and the other defectors, who would be visually indistinguishable from the hostile ships and were right in the thick of the fighting.
- Correction, Sabine and the defectors were distinguishable because the hostile ships were TIE Interceptors, whereas the defectors were piloting regular TI Es and weren't firing their weapons.
- They didn't want to accidentally hit Sabine and company because regular TIE Fighters are notoriously lacking in any kind of shielding.
- Isn't it a bit sketchy that Kallus is the next Fulcrum and knows the Trust Password? Ahsoka invented the Fulcrum entity so that it's kept secret from almost every rebel, and especially from any Imperial. Plus, it's intended that the rebels make minimal contact with the bearer of the Fulcrum identity so as not to draw attention. Kallus didn't think of helping the rebellion until after Season 2, so there's no way whoever knows about the Fulcrum system would easily pass the mantle to an Imperial for any reason whatsoever. How could he have known about the Fulcrum system, and why would the rebel network let an Imperial in on the code phrase (regardless of the reason)?
- We don't know what Kallus has been up to ever since their last episode in Season 2. They could've come into contact with a rebel allied with Organa/Rebel High Command that determined that Kallus is trustworthy and genuine enough to become a Fulcrum sometime offscreen like during the Time Skip. And we don't know if the Trust Password is used for all Fulcrums either, because surely, if the Fulcrum program has existed ever since the Ahsoka novel, then a trust password idea must've always existed as well, but it sounds like Organa and Ahsoka never heard about Lothal until the events of Rebels in Season 1, so the password couldn't have always been "By the light of Lothal's moons" and/or been for all Fulcrums. But in the end, we simply just don't know what's going on yet, like how we don't know how Ezra got his second lightsaber.
Ezra and Kanan's infiltration of the Lothal Factory
- Ezra and Kanan could've avoided a lot of problems during their infiltration. For example, they disguised themselves as troopers because they mugged them. Shouldn't the disguises they have stolen have had ID cards on them, and they could have presented those when asked. I imagine all troopers have ID cards on them. Alternatively, why didn't they use the Jedi Mind Trick whenever they were asked for identification (whether disguised as workers or troopers)? It helped Kanan a lot in previous infiltrations.
- In order to get into the restricted section they didn't need just ID cards, they needed a correct card, a card belonging to someone who had authorization and a reason to be there. It was quite clear that not all the Imperial staff did, so the odds of a random trooper having one were minimal. Second, the cards weren't just examined by the guards; they were scanned, verified and logged by the security system and it opened the door for authorized personnel. The Jedi mind trick doesn't work on a computer.
- I'm not necessarily talking about getting into the restricted section, I'm talking about getting around in general. Even if the troopers Kanan and Ezra mugged didn't have the correct cards, they'd still have cards for Kanan and Ezra to present if troopers question their presence. Also, they could've used the Jedi Mind Trick when the three troopers approached them while they were waiting outside for Chopper, or while Lyste was inspecting and questioning the workers, could've used it on him to say "You don't need our identification" when it was their turn to be questioned.
- "Someone who had authorization and a reason to be there" doesn't just work for the restricted section but for heightened security measures can apply anywhere. Just because you're dressed in a US Air Force uniform doesn't give you permission to randomly wander around everywhere on an Air Force base. If someone was hanging around, for instance, the bunkers with the nuclear weapons, even if they didn't try to get into the bunkers themselves, security will be asking them exactly what they are doing there especially during a state of heightened security.
- Because at that point the Imperials had already discovered that two workers (Ezra and Kanan) turned up missing and Thrawn already correctly deduced that they'd disguise themselves as troopers. That's why he only had trusted men guarding the restricted area and anybody not supposed to be there would immediately be regarded as suspicious. The Jedi Mind Trick most likely wasn't use because both Ezra and Kanan were caught off guard, the troopers were already in a high state of alert and less likely to be fooled, and the squad leader seemed to show enough initiative that he'd be more resistant to mind tricks.
- But in "The Siege of Lothal", it was during a time security was tighter and all the troops were on high alert, yet Kanan was able to pull the Jedi Mind Trick flawlessly. As high alert as they try to be, they're just as susceptible. High ranking Imperial officers have wills of steel, but Stormtroopers (even Mook Commanders) don't, as is typical in the Star Wars Universe.
- That doesn't preclude Stormtroopers being able to resist mind tricks and officers being unable to. There are plenty of weak-willed, incompetent Imperial officers, and plenty of sharp, very intelligent Stormtroopers. Plus, the Jedi Mind Trick was never advertised as a foolproof infiltration method.
Fate of the Ryloth scout trooper
- We never see what happens to the imperial biker who boarded the Ghost in episode 3 of season three. I'm sure the rebels didn't just leave an unarmored, unconscious imperial lying around aboard their ship; did they dump him somewhere, ship him off to a P.O.W. camp sometime later, or something else?
- He was probably dumped somewhere. The crew doesn't have much reason to take POWs if they're mooks, since the Empire sees them as expendable.
Can only one Fulcrum be active until death/resigning?
- So we know the Fulcrum codename is a shared identity and there are several agents around, but during the series, it looks as if only one Fulcrum can be active until he/she dies or leaves. For example, Ahsoka was the first Fulcrum, but since she left, another Fulcrum, Kallus eventually took her place and has been the active Fulcrum ever since. I am under the impression that the Fulcrum Informants are a Secret Society of agents who maintain contact over an encrypted network without directly meeting. Is there a rule against Fulcrum agents taking turns? The whole point of a Collective Identity is so that if knowledge of Fulcrum's existence is discovered, there is no single source to be traced, creating a case of Plausible Deniability. For example Thrawn already suspects Kallus, so why doesn't he contact another Fulcrum agent to take his place so that Thrawn can't put two and two together and trace anything to Kallus? If one agent gets caught another takes his/her place, then the Empire will know there is more than one Fulcrum.
- It's very likely that if there are multiple Fulcrums, they're assigned to specific Rebel cells, which makes sense since if one Fulcrum is caught/killed, the other Fulcrums won't be compromised.
- Cassian is said to be Fulcrum of the Albarrio Sector, though we're not given information on when he held the title.
- But isn't the point not to get caught/killed by the Empire? For all the Empire knows, Fulcrum is one person. If they catch one Fulcrum and it slips out another is active, the Empire will know there are multiple Fulcrum agents and try to hunt them down. So why doesn't Kallus contact another agent to take over and guide Phoenix Squadron in order throw Thrawn off the scent?
- It's possible that Kallus can't contact another agent because he doesn't know any others and/or how to contact them. Again, we don't know the circumstances of Kallus becoming Fulcrum or even that much about the Fulcrum network besides Ahsoka and Senator Organa working closely together on it as well as there being implicitly Fulcrums for different cells/sectors, so we'll have to wait and see for now.
- It would be bad tradecraft to allow one agent to know the identity of another agent if they otherwise don't already know one another (such as one having recruited the other).
- Wouldn't all the Fulcrum agents were in touch via an encrypted network and operate like a secret society (ala Order of The White Lotus, with their connection being Senator Organa? I'd have thought that Organa and Ahsoka created a system where they can be in contact without knowing who the other is. I'd suspect that they would know each other via callsigns. We may not know much, but given the nature of the system, this would be logical.
The Homing Beacon on Atollon
- Maul planted a beacon not far from the Bendu's location that would alert the Empire if Maul gets killed. However, now that Maul is now far from the Rebels and focused on finding Obi-Wan, why not have Chopper scan the area near the Bendu's resting place for the beacon so that they can destroy it or get rid of it?
- Maybe they already did and it just hasn't been talked about onscreen?
- In "Visions and Voices" Ezra and Maul are attacked by creatures that claim to be the ghosts of the fallen Witches of Dathomir. Pretty sure Word of God once said that only whose aligned with the light side of the Force can become a Force Ghost. So what exactly were those things, a Nightsister trap?
- Not sure what word of god you heard, but Sith ghosts have been in other properties for quite some time. It's more like only lightsiders who are at peace and willing to accept their death can become benevolent Force spirits attached to individuals, providing them counsel and comfort... both individuals can still become "ghosts", as it were, but they're more often attached to places rather than people and, in the case of dark siders, have a tendency towards being violently insane.
Saxon "taking care of Clan Wren"
- How big is Clan Wren if Saxon says that killing all of the Wrens present on Krownest will mean the extermination of the clan? Surely, there may be some on Mandalore and other Mandalorian worlds doing other things, like how Sabine went to Mandalore to enroll in the Imperial Academy, unless there's something about clans typically staying together in one area.
- Decapitated Army? Take out the Clan's leadership, and remnants are absorbed into other Clans?
- Probably something like that. It's less that by exterminating the main household he'd be literally killing everyone that claims allegiance to the clan, and more like he'd be executing and destroying the seat of their power, and by forbidding anyone to speak the clan's name or wear their livery or whatever the Mandalorians consider their primary clan identifiers, he'd have effectively wiped them out. (Sort of like the English forbidding the Scottish clans to wear their tartans.)
- Decapitated Army? Take out the Clan's leadership, and remnants are absorbed into other Clans?
Why weren't the Bridgers and Azadi executed?
- Kallus states in "Through Imperial Eyes" that treason is punishable by death. Does that only apply to Imperials and rebel soldiers? What point was there to keeping the Bridgers and Azadi alive for almost a decade besides plot convenience for Ezra's descent and a leader for the Lothal Insurgency?
- He said it was treason by an officer. The Bridgers and Azadi weren't Imperial officers.
Why doesn't Thrawn just put a tracking device on rebel vessels?
- If Thrawn is trying to find the rebel base, he could easily accomplish that by putting the same tracker that the Grand Inquisitor used in "Gathering Forces" on their blockade runners because they're big enough that the tracker looks small by comparison such that it would take even Chopper a while to scan for it. Or, he could use a smaller tracking device similar to the one Darth Vader used on the stolen shuttle in "The Siege of Lothal". Thrawn encountered their ships several times, so he had that many chances to launch tracking devices on their ships.
- In "Gathering Forces", it actually didn't take Chopper that long and he could've easily removed it (so if Chopper can be relatively quick in the context of the situation in being able to find it and remove it, why can't the rebels?), and the tracker being on the Phantom shows that if only certain ships get tracked but they find out, then they can easily part from the rest of the fleet and remove the tracker before heading to the base. We also don't know what kind of tracking device Vader used on the stolen Imperial shuttle, it could've been installed into the ship or something instead of attached like the Grand Inquisitor's as well. Though this was raise the question of why Thrawn doesn't seem to have a tracking device on his shuttles on the Chimaera as seen in "Through Imperial Eyes", but maybe has to do with a similar idea of the shuttle meeting up with another rebel ship and abandoning that shuttle in the middle of nowhere, with the tracking device idea once again not making any progress.
- Chopper wouldn't have been able to scan for the device had they not have had someone like Tseebo to warn them about it, showing that a tracker can be landed on ships without anyone noticing, so by chance did Tseebo bring up the fact that the Empire developed taggers. Also, I mentioned the possibility of tagging an Alderaan Cruiser, which is far bigger than the Ghost. On a ship of that size a hit by a tracker would be unnoticeable and would take far longer to scan for.
- It's a plot point in one episode that Meilooruns aren't native to Lothal (and hence near-impossible to get). We also know that Ezra has never been off-world prior to meeting up with the Ghost crew. Ezra somehow "forgets" that Meilooruns aren't native to Lothal. How did this happen? Isn't it much more logical that a Lothalian street-rat would not know what this exotic fruit from another planet that hardly ever shows up on Lothal is? Or is this some kind of GDR banana situation, where everybody knows what it is, but it's still incredibly hard to get? Even then, wouldn't he be acutely aware of just how tall an order this is?
- He probably just didn't think very much about it at first when Hera asked for it. She asked for a particular fruit and he probably thought "Huh, I'm not familiar with that one. Well, if she's asking for it I'm sure I can find it somewhere", not realizing he was being sent on a snipe hunt because at that point he's not familiar with Hera's more... shall we say, devious side.
Rex vs. Pryce
- Why, when he's fighting Pryce in "Through Imperial Eyes", does Rex hold back like that? The thing is that the Star Wars universe has recently been portrayed as a Gender Is No Object society, for the most part. I find it rather odd that Rex would hold back like that against Pryce for no reason, especially as his cover's already been blown. I mean, it does help persuade Lyste that Pryce is the traitor, but otherwise Rex holding back against Pryce doesn't make sense with his character.
- Maybe over the years, he's developed a sense of not hitting women or being rude to them in anyway. I don't seem to recall him ever attacking women in The Clone Wars either besides maybe Ventress, who is more of an obvious threat than a seemingly ordinary and defenseless Imperial officer, which ended up being proven wrong.
- Given that he tried to shoot her immediately before that, it was probably just a taunt. As for holding back, it's more likely his age getting to him than anything deliberate on his part.
Why does PZ- 7 not have a restraining bolt?
- Isn't it a bit odd that PZ-7 does not have a restraint bolt like AP-5 had back when he was an inventory droid on the freighter? Aren't Imperial protocol droids supposed to have restraining bolts to prevent them from violating their protocols or from defecting from the Empire? Heck, this is the ISB we're talking about, and I don't think they'd want droids that have a chance at disobeying orders.
- AP's captain is a jerk, so chances are he just put it on him to be mean. It probably is odd that PZ-7 doesn't have a bolt, and considering that ISB base has security no less lax than the other bases in the Outer Rim, it's obvious that the Imperials there are just as incompetent at their jobs like everyone else in the show.
- This one recalls that when a droid's memory is wiped, they are re-programmed to follow their 'new' master to the letter, while a restraining bold keeps the current programming, just inhibits certain functions. PZ-7, being a security droid, probably has higher priority of receiving regular memory wipes, over an inventory droid who can easily be fitted with a cheap, mass produced piece of hardware to achieve a similar effect.
How did the Mandalorians know it was Ezra in the Nightbrother?
- How is it that Ezra flew to Krownest without being shot at? For starters, Maul's evil is known throughout Mandalorian space, it's not like he's welcome there anymore. This is Maul's ship Ezra was flying, and it's not like Maul wasn't seen with that ship in Mandalorian territory before, and he flew it with Death Watch. Considering the Nightbrother has Maul's unique color scheme, and the fighters could've easily (and mistakenly) identified it as Maul coming. It's not like the Mandalorians know Maul is dead.
- When the scene opens, Clan Wren explicitly give clearance to Ezra and escort the Nightbrother to the Wren stronghold, so it's reasonable to assume that upon arrival to Krownest, Ezra opened the communications line and declared his identity, which is something that happens in every Star Wars material whenever a pilot shows up and meets up with an ally. Easy answer.
Rebel shields and Star Destroyer guns
- This has really been bothering me. Why, during "Zero Hour", did Thrawn not order his Star Destroyers to open fire on the Rebel fleet? And don't say he was toying with them, those ships were clearly shown to be taken down by measly TIEs with ease, so its not like he could hold back. It's even more noticeable when he uses those guns to later assault chopper base. The guns must serve some purpose as otherwise the Star destroyer would be relying entirely on a fighter screen for defence, which, considering the low amount of Ties they appear to have, seems like a dangerous tactic. This brings me on to the second point- Rebel shields, the Ghost seems to be the only Rebel ship with them, and even then just for the point of so that someone can yell "The shields are down!" during dogfights. If the capital ships do have them they must be tremendously weak to fail against Ties, so what gives? If they do have them then they look absolutely superfluous, since they cannot stop anything, and if they do not, then how do the Rebels expect to stand a chance against the Imperial fleets, given that they lose at least 80% of a fleet in a single battle?
- For one, Tarkin told Thawne he wanted the Rebel leaders alive. Now see what Konstantine did the moment an opportunity for his own personal glory arose. Thawne might be worried that one of his other crews would be so consumed with their excitement at imminent victory that they fire on and destroy the leader ships. Notice how no ships target the vulnerable carrier? Its because Thawne knows Sato is on it. Second, we don't see the whole battle. Its clear, from how Erza arrived on Mandalore and had a long discussion with them,that the battle was raging for quite some time. Its entirely possible at some point in time Thawne ordered a very limited attack with the destroyers to destroy the shields, then ceased to continue with TI Es, so simply the shields were worn down by repeated attacks. Third, the Rebels DON'T expect to be able to win. That's the entire reason Mon Motha refuses to send help, she knows how enormously outclassed they are.
- As for Rebel shields, the Corvettes are clearly shown having shields on numerous occasions, most notably in the second season opener during the supply raid. The Corvette takes several direct hits from an Imperial cruiser without damage before a third or fourth hit breaks through and Sato announces that they are losing their shields. Later in the episode they also note that they are critically low on shield generators, which have to be repaired or replaced when the shields are brought down by enemy fire (they go down when they overload/explode as seen with the shield generator protecting Chopper Base). There's no reason to suspect the chronic shortage of shield generators has changed in any way since that episode, which easily explains why the Rebel capital ships seem more vulnerable than they should be. Besides, only the Mon Calamari cruisers seen in RotJ and Rogue One can actually go toe-to-toe with a Star Destroyer. The ships seen in Rebels are primarily armed transports and escorts, not originally intended to fight pitched battles.
"There is no friendship in war!"
- Seriously, Aresko? Aren't soldiers supposed to bond with each other and become Fire-Forged Friends so that they can support each other in battle? Why the hell would you teach cadets otherwise?
- Because the Imperial Academy is based on Sith teachings, just without the Force powers. The Sith don't have friends, they have allies that they haven't finished exploiting yet. And since the Republic didn't have an army for a thousand years and then scrapped the vast majority of their clone/Jedi army as they reformatted into the Empire, there isn't really anyone around to teach anything but the Sith way. Most of the honest soldiers defected to the Rebellion, and the rest would be outnumbered by the ones taught the Sith way and wouldn't make a big impact.
- They're instilling the Empire's "crunch all you want, we'll make more" philosophy in the cadets themselves. You don't have friends in war, because you're expected to die for the Empire/order your men to die for the Empire/witness your fellow soldiers die for the Empire. Forming bonds of friendship and comraderie with people whose lives can be thrown away at the drop of a hat is counterproductive.
Rebel capital ships suck — why does anybody use them and what for?
- So if you look at the season 3 finale, the Rebel capital ships seem to neither be able to take much damage, nor to have any guns (they certainly don't seem to be hitting anything). They might be carrying a handful of fighters, but clearly the Rebel Alliance can't even begin to hope to ever get the numbers the empire has to man all those TIE fighters to swarm the enemy like mosquitoes (yes, TIEs are shot down with one well placed hit, but they seem to be cheap to produce and the Empire has no shortage of pilots). So what's the point of them? It could be (partially) handwaved with them being an outdated model and the best thing the Rebels had on hand during any given battle, but there seem to be quite a few of them and they seem to have invested quite a few resources into them. Yet all we ever see doing any real damage are the letter-wing fighters/bombers. And as we've seen on Rebels, you can in fact install a hyperdrive in pretty small ships. In fact if the way the second Interdictor goes down is any guidance, the Rebel Alliance should rather train "marine infantry" to land on the hull of ships to disable them instead of spending scarce resources on capital ships.
- You might as well ask why the rebels even bother at all, since the Empire will always outnumber and outgun them. In-universe, their capital ships are old and outdated models that they could scrounge from wherever, and their usual strategy is to hyperspace those ships out whenever the odds are against them, a strategy they couldn't use in the finale thanks to Thrawn's interdictors.
- An outmanned and outgunned force can still win, but they have to avoid pitched battles or limit them to the few instances the numbers and/or location works in their favor. Capital ships don't seem good at guerilla style hit and run tactics. The Rebellion having capital ships kind of like the Viet Cong having tanks - they cannot possibly match their opponents and lack the speed and agility as well as difficulty to be detected to outrun the Empire in hit & run tactics. So why doesn't the Rebellion spend much more resources on weapons that actually work at hit & run tactics instead of trying to match capital ship against capital ship?
- Weapons such as? Capital ships still have their uses, including hit and run tactics. And the Rebels only tend to lose their larger vessels when the Imperials ambush them, so that's hardly their fault. Besides, they do tend to pick their fights carefully, not using any of their larger vessels unless they're sure they can make them work.
- Which uses do Rebel capital ships have? I mean we get to see Imperial capital ships do stuff. Star Destroyers blockading, or spitting out a mosquito swarm of TIE-Fighters, but neither of those seem very useful or practicable things for rebels to do. And a full frontal assault on an entrenched position is also not what rebels should do, so which conceivable purpose do they serve. And why do we never get to see it? If Star Wars can make a measly X-wing look awesome, surely it can do so for a capital ship?
- Well for one thing, Rebel capital ships are used as transports. Do you really think that everyone in the Alliance is capable of flying a starfighter, or that they even have enough starfighters for every individual person in the Rebellion? That's another reason why they don't use capital ships very often, since it's a massive loss of life if it ends up being destroyed. And since the Rebels have to scrounge for their vessels, they have to pick and choose carefully where they use their capital ships.
- The Rebellion has capital ships because it's relatively easy to steal capital ships (old Nebulon-B escort frigates, the Escort Carrier they acquire during the series) and/or retrofit existing ships into capital ships (Corellian Corvettes, Mon Cal cruisers). Not so easy to find steady sources of starfighters. Also, notice how many rebel ships are actually escort ships. These models were never intended to fight on their own. The only rebel ships we ever see that are capable of fighting a battle on their own are the Mon Cal cruisers, and these are kind of a precious resource considering how they're produced (i.e. Mon Cal buildings turned into unique ships).
Did Zeb get to eat the Joopa?
- So in the episode where the surviving clones are (re-)introduced they hunt a joopa and in the following episode they have to abandon it. Yet in "Zero Hour", Zeb (who in the episode where they go joopa-hunting claims he'd never heard of them) says they are delicious. Did they get to eat it, after all?
- Well, "The Lost Commanders" ends at nightfall, and "Relics of the Old Republic" picks up the following morning. I think it can be assumed they had a meal during that time.
- For that they'd have to cut up and in some way prepare the joopa. Did they? The joopa still seems to be pretty intact by the time they ditch it.
- Keep in mind that Gregor said the joopa would be able to feed the clones for an entire year. It's a big animal with a lot of meat. They don't need all of it at once.
- Actually, near the end of "The Lost Commanders", the members of the Ghost crew present are explicitly invited to stay for dinner.
- Also, it was actually Rex who said they were delicious.
- In Zero Hour it's Zeb who says they taste good. Rex agrees with him.
Kallus not reacting to Zeb in "Spark of Rebellion"
- In "Spark of Rebellion", Kallus has a few opportunities to see Zeb and recognize what species he is. Given Kallus' past, including being involved in the Lasat genocide, there is absolutely no good reason why he wouldn't have reacted to Zeb's presence — and yet he doesn't. Kallus doesn't seem to know that there's a Lasat member of the Ghost crew until "Droids in Distress", when Minister Tua describes the thieves that stole her disruptors. So what's up with that?
- Maybe he did recognize Zeb as a Lasat back then, but there wasn't an appropriate time to have a proper confrontation in that episode. And considering Kallus knows that the Ghost crew had just stolen several crates of disruptors, and guessing that the Lasat crew member might not be all too happy about that, he probably realized there was no better time to push Zeb's Berserk Button then while the problem is still raw and fresh.
The Sith Temple
- I understand that the Temple require two Sith or Force Users to enter the Temple and claimed the Holocron in "Twilight of the Apprentice". Why didn't Sidious and one of his Apprentices didn't do it long ago?
- Maul was fairly clear about that. Sith are backstabbers. It's not that they didn't have the means, it's that they couldn't cooperate long enough to do it.
- Because they didn't have the Sith holocron, and without it, you can't unlock the temple's ULLLLTIMATE POWWWERRRRRRRR!!!
Running in "In The Name of the Rebellion"
- When Hera and her group are crashlanding on Base One, why is apparently important that everyone runs? And why are they running towards where they're about to crash?
- When you crash-land it's likely you need some assistance on the ground; true a headscratcher would be why there is no fire fighter corps on the space port, but you can just handwave it by saying those people running is all the Rebellion can afford....
Spoiler question from the finale
- Near the end of the last episode we are introduced to Kanan and Hera's son, Jason Syndulla. Who has no traits of being half human, half twi'lek. HOW?!
- Half human hybrids are born near human most of the time.
- That still makes no sense. It's basic genetics that both the mother and father contribute to the genetic components of the offspring. How is it that the child of two different species has no traits of the mother?
- It's basic genetics that totally different species shouldn't be able to reproduce at all. Star Wars is not a realistic universe, so it's safe to assume Hollywood Genetics is fully in play.
- Jacen's ears have a green tint to them and his hair is naturally green, so he obviously does inherit some traits from Hera, probably because of skin pigments or something.
- The Force did it.
- Ezra's plan to destroy the blockade over Lothal was to summon the Purrgil with a frequency on The Ghost. Why didn't Ezra think of doing this during the Battle of Atollon? Would he risk the Purrgil destroying Rebel Ships?
- It's implied that Ezra had visions of the possible outcomes of the liberation of Lothal, hence why he told Mart about his backup plan in case Thrawn arrived earlier than expected. He didn't have the time to come up with this plan during the battle of Atollon, when Thrawn arrived within moments of them getting Fulcrum's warning, let alone fly the Ghost into the skies to call the Purrgil without being shot down by the Seventh Fleet.
- Additionally, the Purrgil probably weren't flying through hyperspace near Atollon at the time of the battle. The Purrgil were less summoned to the battle and more were flying in that area and responded to the call. The entire sequence of events starting just before "Jedi Night" is heavily implied to be 'the will of the Force' at work. Kanan and Ezra were both given guidance from the Force, including visions of things that might happen and paths to success. This included the fact that the Purrgil would be within hailing distance at a specific time and thus could be used as a counter to Thrawn.
- So, Pryce refuses to defect to the Rebels to save her own life, instead declaring she serves the Empire to the bitter end. Did it not occur to Ryder or Hera that instead of let her go they could Take a Third Option and just take her prisoner and turn over to Rebel custody? For obvious reasons, Pryce doesn't deserve an honorable death.
- Since they had to climb out the window and up the dome, taking her with them alive might've been harder to do, especially if she struggles.
- Taking Imperial hostages is pretty much pointless for the Lothal Rebel cell. Pryce had just made it clear she'd rather die than defect, and since the Lothal rebels don't torture captives they couldn't force her to spill information. (I suppose they could keep threatening her with the wolves but that might eventually amount to the same thing.) The Empire would also just disavow her and write her off as dead rather than negotiate to get her back, so add all that to the above, and yeah, no point to dragging her with them. And if it's a moral issue of saving her life, well, why her and not the hundreds (if not thousands) of other Imperial personnel they blew up with the dome?
Beginning of "Legacy of Mandalore"
- Neither Sabine or Clan Wren recognize each other, even with their distinctive armor. Yet Sabine only warns Kanan and Ezra not to hurt these Mandalorians because they might be family (who else would wear that silver and yellow grey armor with owl designs on their helmets?), and Tristan and the rest of Clan Wren don't recognize Sabine despite that her helmet also has the Clan Wren designs and that All There in the Manual says her helmet was passed down, and the fact that Sabine declared who she was on the comm. line as they entered the Krownest atmosphere. The whole fight could have been avoided.
- Since Kallus wasn't able to retrieve his Bo-rifle or the glowing rock he'd received while on Geonosis icy moon. Does the Empire now have them? Or are those items now in Thrawn's personal collection?
- Possibly? No real way to know.
- Okay, what the frick was going on with Zeb's spear in Legend of the Lasat. Like, was that some sort of Force magic like the Nightsisters or was it actually a computer that contained coordinates or what?
- Heavily implied to be some kind of Lasat Force Magitek, probably similar to how the Chiss use Force Sensitive navigators to see the path ahead and maneuver their ships around obstacles in hyperspace, just with an actual tool that interpets the wielder's visions into programmable coordinates it can upload to a navicomputer.