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Recap / Star Wars Rebels S1E02 "Fighter Flight"

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Hera, annoyed at how Zeb and Ezra are always at one another’s throats, kicks them off the Ghost. While giving them the boot she hands them a list of things they are supposed to buy, including an impossible-to-find meiloorun — a fruit not native to Lothal — and tells them not to come back until they have it. Well, one thing leads to another and Zeb ends up stealing a TIE Fighter.


Tropes in this episode:

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  • Armor Is Useless: Subverted in regards to Ezra's slingshot vs. Stormtrooper armor. They just power through it. One Stormtrooper even comments on this before being hit with a fruit.
  • Ask a Stupid Question...: Subverted. Ezra asks Zeb to fly after the prison transport.
    Ezra: What's the worst that could happen?
    Zeb: Well, we could both wind up dead.
    Ezra: Besides that.
  • Blatant Lies: When asked what they did with the stolen TIE fighter, Zeb and Ezra say they destroyed it, but it's pretty obvious they did no such thing.
  • Breather Episode: Aside from the scene of farmers being forcefully evicted from their land, this episode is lighter-hearted compared to the episodes it is set between: "Droids in Distress", in which we learned about Zeb's Dark and Troubled Past, and "Rise of the Old Masters", where the Ghost crew encounters the Inquisitor for the first time. For the most part, it's a character-driven episode full of goofy shenanigans and nothing particularly major happens (although that stolen TIE comes in handy later).
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  • By "No", I Mean "Yes": Although they got themselves in a deeper mess by trying to help some farmers, Zeb and Ezra did steal the TIE fighter over fruit.
  • Casanova Wannabe: Ezra tries to flirt with Sabine. Emphasis on "tries".
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The pilot that Ezra robbed back in the promo shorts shows up again, only for Zeb to steal his TIE fighter.
    • At the end of the episode, Ezra mentions that he already has a TIE pilot helmet. He stole (another) helmet from the very same pilot that he and Zeb stole the TIE fighter from in the "Property of Ezra Bridger" short.
  • Day of the Jackboot: Remember Tarkintown? We get to see why people end up there first-hand in this episode.
  • Debt Detester: Zeb hates that he owes Ezra for saving his life — though that's probably because Ezra won't stop reminding him.
  • Die or Fly: Ezra finally figures out telekinesis when he needs to save an old friend from the Imperial prison transport.
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  • Drives Like Crazy: Zeb learns how to pilot a TIE, and he nearly kills himself doing it by recklessly controlling it. Later, he's shown piloting the ship with his feet.
  • Exact Words: Sabine paints a mural of Ezra's bunk falling on Zeb in their room, on the grounds that Ezra said she could use him as inspiration.
  • Face Palm:
    • Ezra, when he realizes that Hera sent him on a Snipe Hunt.
    • Kanan, when he learns that Zeb and Ezra stole a TIE.
  • Fake Static: Zeb tries this when it becomes clear that he's not a convincing Imperial officer. It doesn't help much.
  • Falling into the Cockpit: Subverted. Turns out Zeb doesn't know how to fly a TIE fighter.
  • Foreshadowing: It's implied that Ezra and Zeb didn't destroy the stolen TIE. It returns in the season finale.
  • Fruit Cart: Zeb and Ezra blow up a fruit vendor's stall when they're fighting over the TIE's controls.
  • The Gadfly: Chopper kickstarted the conflict of this episode by not only "assisting" Ezra's Force training, but also zapping him and Zeb and removing the support bolts from Ezra's bunk.
  • Goomba Stomp: After Zeb gets knocked off a wall he was crawling up to escape stormtroopers, he falls with style and expertly lands on the ones that shot him down.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Downplayed in this episode — the Stormtroopers actually shoot Zeb's hand at one point, knocking him off of the wall he was climbing up.
  • I Owe You My Life: Ezra reminds Zeb that he owes him his life constantly, until Zeb saves his life later making them even. When Zeb saves Ezra again near the end, they decide to stop keeping score.
  • Is This Thing Still On?: Zeb assures Kanan that they disabled the locator beacon, then tells Ezra to cut the wire. While they argue over which wire, Kanan interrupts with the correct wires.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Ezra tries to invoke a life debt with Zeb. While this might have worked with a Wookiee, Zeb won't go for that.
    • "That's not the TIE you're looking for."
    • The farm house the Imperials destroyed is similar to the Lars farm from A New Hope. Only the tenants don't suffer the same fate of Owen and Beru Lars.
    • Kanan also appears to execute a Kintan Strider Gambit against Chopper while playing dejarik.
  • Never Live It Down: invoked Ezra won't let Zeb forget about saving him in "Droids in Distress".
  • Noodle Incident: Ezra implies he's flown a TIE fighter before.
  • An Offer You Can't Refuse: Sell your farm to the Empire, or the Empire eventually takes it by force.
  • Oh, Crap!: Three times. Zeb when he realizes that the TIE's about to crash, Ezra when his Force sense tells him they need to turn right now, and Kanan when he hears the TIE fighter's engine over the radio.
  • Pardon My Klingon: The Rodian fruit vendor shouts something at the TIE after it destroys his stand. You can bet it wasn't a friendly salutation.
  • Produce Pelting: Ezra throws fruit at the Stormtroopers to knock them off the transport.
  • Pun-Based Title: It's a pun on the phrase "fight or flight".
  • Snipe Hunt: Hera sends Ezra and Zeb off to find a fruit which does not grow on Lothal, reasoning that they'll waste some time together before figuring out that she played them. Instead, one thing leads to another and now they've stolen a TIE fighter. Defied by the end, as Zeb and Ezra actually do return with said imported fruit.
  • Spider-Sense: Ezra's goes off when the TIE's on a collision course with a hill.
  • Tempting Fate: Kanan and Hera are noting the peace and quiet aboard the Ghost when Zeb and Ezra call up in a stolen TIE fighter.
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Inverted with Zeb — while he is grateful that Ezra saved his life, he doesn't like that Ezra won't stop bringing it up.
  • Vitriolic Best Buds: Zeb and Ezra in full force. They get along better by the end of the episode, and they are both this with Chopper.
  • Who Names Their Kid "Dude"?: Ezra's reaction to Zeb's name of choice when communicating with Supply Master Lyste: Commander Meiloorun. "Meiloorun", as in the same fruit they were sent on a Snipe Hunt for, and which the transports they're chasing have a crate full of.
    Ezra: [whispering] Meiloorun?! Seriously?!
  • You Have Got to Be Kidding Me!: Pretty much the reaction of the stormtroopers when they find out what started the entire mess.
    Stormtrooper: [to Ezra] Wait, you did all this for fruit?


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