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Recap / Star Wars Rebels S2E03 "Always Two There Are"

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While searching for supplies for the fleet, Ezra, Sabine, Zeb and Chopper go on a mission to an abandoned medical station. But when two Inquisitors sent by Darth Vader endanger Sabine and Ezra, Zeb and Chopper have to find a way to save them.

Tropes in this episode:

  • Abandoned Hospital: The episode mostly takes place in an old Republic medical station. Fitting for the week of Halloween.
  • Adult Fear: Kanan and Hera are crushed when they learn that Ezra, Sabine and Zeb just ran into two Inquisitors, when they weren't there to protect them.
  • Air-Vent Passageway: When they need to get to Chopper quickly, Ezra suggests using the vents. He and Sabine do just fine, but Zeb gets stuck. When Sabine makes her way back, he's still stuck in there.
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: When the Fifth Brother manages to knock out Sabine and Zeb, he grabs Sabine but leaves the Mimic Droids to deal with Zeb. Predictably, Zeb destroys those and arranges a trap for the Inquisitors so he can rescue Ezra and Sabine. Although since the droids belong to the Seventh Sister, the Fifth Brother likely left Zeb to the droids on purpose so that the Seventh Sister takes the blame for not having competently programmed droids.
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  • Brick Joke: Early in the episode, Ezra and Zeb charge right by a room full of medical supplies, being too focused on their competition to notice. When the Fifth Brother uses Sabine's explosives to knock her and Zeb out, Zeb lands in that room. He nabs a crate on the way out.
  • Call-Back:
    • Zeb identifies himself as "Commander Meiloorun" when posing as someone from the Rebel fleet, the name he used when he and Ezra stole the TIE fighter back in "Fighter Flight".
    • Ezra blocks the Inquisitors by stabbing the door controls with Sabine on the other side, just as Kanan did in "Call to Action". And afterwards, the Seventh Sister pins him to the door with the Force, just like the Grand Inquisitor did to Kanan.
  • Can't Kill You, Still Need You: As lampshaded by Ezra, the Seventh Sister isn't willing to kill him until he's of no further use. The Fifth Brother was, but then he seems pretty shortsighted. Although the Fifth Brother may have simply been attempting to deny his comrade the credit for Ezra's capture.
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  • Curb-Stomp Battle: The Inquisitors make short work of Ezra, Sabine, and Zeb. It's only because the Fifth Brother was too lazy to finish Zeb himself that they escape.
  • Deadpan Snarker: The Seventh Sister has got this in spades.
    Seventh Sister: I've been searching for you for some time.
    Ezra: A bounty hunter?
    Seventh Sister: Guess again. [ignites her lightsaber]
    Ezra: [gasps] You're an Inquisitor?!
    Seventh Sister: Oh good, I won't have to explain it to you! [goes en garde] So, you know what comes next?!
  • Destruction Equals Off-Switch: Ezra stabs the control panel to a door so the Inquisitors can't follow Sabine, who's on the other side. The Fifth Brother just takes a detour and catches her anyway.
  • Don't Think, Feel: Played with. When Ezra is trying to lift Chopper with the Force while his eyes are closed, Rex suggests he do it with his eyes open, because then he would have noticed Chopper mag-clamping himself to the floor.
  • Do with Him as You Will: The Fifth Brother says this to the Mimic Droids when he leaves Zeb to them.
  • Dramatic Irony: Ezra is surprised that the Inquisitors already know about Ahsoka Tano. Vader realized she was with the Rebels in "The Siege of Lothal".
  • Evil Power Vacuum: The Inquisitor of Season 1 was the Grand Inquisitor, and with his death the other Inquisitors are taking advantage of the power vacuum left to try and get a better position.
  • Fantastic Light Source: Ezra uses his lightsaber as a flashlight.
  • Forgot About His Powers: Despite displaying great talents in using the Force to sense both people and traps in this episode, the Inquisitors walk straight into Zeb's ambush.
  • The Gadfly: When Kanan is testing Ezra on his telekinesis, using Chopper as the test object, Sabine encourages Chopper to clamp himself to the floor.
  • Grenade Hot Potato: The Fifth Brother uses the Force to disarm Sabine's grenades, then throws them back at her and Zeb, rearming them when they get close.
  • Gunship Rescue: Zeb uses the Phantom to distract the Inquisitors, allowing Sabine and Ezra to escape them.
  • Hold Your Hippogriffs: Ezra calls the Seventh Sister a "broken protocol droid".
  • Hypocritical Humor: After dumping some crates on Zeb, Ezra tells him to keep his head down. Ezra then turns around and walks right into a fallen support beam.
    Sabine: You were saying?
  • Irony: When they start competing over who'll find the supplies first, Zeb quips that Ezra will run right by them. Both fail to notice the crates in the room right next to them as they charge ahead.
  • Menacing Stroll: The Inquisitors are in no real hurry to capture their prey when they first encounter them, instead taking their time and savoring their prey's panicked retreat.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The episode's title is a quote from Yoda regarding the Rule of Two, though as no Sith appear in this episode, it instead refers to the two Inquisitors.
    • Rex plays a game of dejarik with Zeb, which is fitting considering the latter is based on an unused design for Chewie.
    • The Fifth Brother responding to go to the medical station is similar to Darth Vader's line about going to Hoth to find the Rebels in The Empire Strikes Back. A few moments prior, Konstantine whispers to Kallus that they don't need "mystics" to find the Rebels, much like the conversation about bounty hunters in that film.
  • Nice Job Breaking It, Hero!: Chopper powers up the whole station, which is detected by Kallus' Star Destroyer. Though he is ready to dismiss it, the Fifth Brother is able to sense that Ezra is on board and heads over to investigate. The Seventh Sister already had her droids there, but this resulted in two Inquisitors instead of one.
  • No One Gets Left Behind: Even though Zeb knows he's ridiculously outclassed, he refuses to leave Ezra and Sabine behind, mostly because he's well aware the Inquisitors will likely kill them if he does.
    Zeb: Truth is, I don't really stand a chance going in alone, much less with you. But if we leave this space station, we will never see those kids again; I came here with them, and I am not leaving without them!
  • No-Sell: Sabine leaves an explosive trap for the Fifth Brother, but he's able to use the Force to block the detonation until he's pitched the explosives back at her and Zeb.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • When the Inquisitors show up, Sabine and Ezra have this reaction.
    • Kanan is completely unprepared for the possibility of dealing with two more Inquisitors, as he was under the impression that the one he defeated was the only one.
  • One-Woman Wail: Used during the Inquisitors' first attack on Ezra and Sabine.
  • Percussive Maintenance: Zeb's solution to a deactivated Chopper is a solid whack with his fist.
  • Public Secret Message: "Commander Meiloorun" comes back again, first to protect Zeb's identity, and second, to cue Ezra in that Zeb's aware of their predicament. Also serves the purpose of being so obvious that the Inquisitors assume it's a Red Herring, allowing Zeb to take them by surprise in the hangar bay later.
  • Rhetorical Question Blunder: In reference to the two new Inquisitors.
    Ezra: How many of these guys are there!?
    Sabine: Two!
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here!:
    • When Kanan and Rex start squabbling with each other, Ezra decides to go with Sabine and Zeb.
    • Ezra and Sabine run for their lives rather than try to fight the Seventh Sister. Unfortunately, they run straight into the Fifth Brother.
  • Sensor Character: The Fifth Brother can sense Ezra's presence on the station when Kallus is ready to dismiss its reactivation as a glitch or scavengers. Later on, when he's hunting Sabine, he's able to sense her and Zeb hiding behind some crates.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The approach to the abandoned medical facility accompanied by a noticeable ambiance, as well as the ensuing exploration of the dark, mechanical station brings to mind the Alien franchise.
    • Chopper's Jumpscare-style attack by a probe droid while he's at the station's control hub is somewhat similar to an attack from Freddy Fazbear and pals.
  • Sixth Ranger: Rex has become something akin to this for the Ghost crew, even taking part in a discussion with the team's commanders at the end.
  • Stealth Mentor: It's mostly offscreen, but Rex tricks Kanan into demonstrating discipline by challenging him to a dejarik game.
  • Stunned Silence: Kanan's horrified reaction to learning there are more Inquisitors.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork:
    • Admiral Konstantine and Agent Kallus are clearly uneasy working with the Fifth Brother, the former even expressing the sentiment out loud. However, given his rank as an Inquisitor, they have little choice but to defer.
    • The Fifth Brother briefly attacks the Seventh Sister for keeping him from "his" kill, at which point she responds that he lacks any foresight for planning. It doesn't help he didn't know the Seventh Sister was on the case.
    • Kanan and Rex really don't get along, especially since Rex is also trying to mentor Ezra and is critical of Kanan's technique.
  • Tempting Fate: Ezra tags along on the salvage mission because he finds whatever danger they may face preferable to Rex and Kanan bickering. Sabine lampshades it:
    "You say that now."
  • Torture Technician: The Seventh Sister uses the Force to torture Ezra for information, but can't get him to crack. Ezra's gotten better at resisting interrogation.
  • Use Your Head: When one of the Mimic Droids grabs him by the head, Zeb headbutts the nearest crate to smash it.
  • Wham Line: Two in-universe examples:
  • Why Did You Make Me Hit You?: The Seventh Sister, to Ezra, while torturing him with the Force:
    "Why do you compel me to inflict pain?"
  • Would Hurt a Child: The fact Ezra and Sabine are just kids doesn't stop the Inquisitors from threatening the pair repeatedly with their lives. Examples include the Seventh Sister torturing Ezra with the Force, and the Fifth Brother threatening to slit Sabine's throat with his lightsaber if Ezra won't fake a distress call to lure in Kanan and Ahsoka.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: The Seventh Sister gleefully plans to torture Ezra and Sabine to death once she's caught Kanan and Ahsoka. She doesn't get to make good on it, of course.
    Seventh Sister: Once we have the others, we'll dispose of them both . . . very slowly.


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