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Recap / Star Wars Rebels S2E04 "Brothers of the Broken Horn"

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"No, I'm not running away from my problems. I am simply helping someone with their problems! There's a difference."
Ezra Bridger

Frustrated with his training and still stressed out over his encounter with the Inquisitors, Ezra answers a distress call from Vizago, only to find his ship has been taken over by Hondo Ohnaka.

Tropes in this episode:

  • Arson, Murder, and Admiration: When Ezra's lie about being Lando is revealed:
    Hondo: You lied to me? I knew I liked you!
  • Artistic License – Physics: One of Azmorigan's guards, as well as a hovercart, are flung outside on the conveyor, and in both cases float as if in zero gravity. This is taking place on an airless planet, where there is gravity and thus nothing should be drifting.
  • Betrayal Insurance: Ezra wisely nicks Hondo’s droid disabler in case the latter betrays him.
  • Breather Episode: After the harrowing experience the Ghost crew had with the Inquisitorius in the last episode, this episode deals with the comparatively mundane element of criminal life in the galaxy.
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  • The Bus Came Back: Hondo Ohnaka, most notably, but also Azmorigan.
  • Call-Back: This episode deals with the favor Ezra owes to Vizago, which was promised back in "Rebel Resolve".
  • Chekhov's Gun: Ezra steals the droid controller from Hondo's belt as insurance, then shows it to Vizago to explain how Hondo disabled his droids. Vizago steals it from Ezra's belt to turn the tides in his favor in the end.
  • Continuity Nod: Hondo is listening to the music from his bar when Ezra finds him on the bridge.
  • Cover-Blowing Superpower: Ezra only resorts to using the Force to save Hondo from getting sucked into space.
  • Denser and Wackier: Hondo is less threatening and more silly here compared to The Clone Wars. Notably, he walks right into Azmorigan's trap and later is careless enough to allow Ezra to stumble upon and free Vizago. Oh, and he has no idea what to do when cornered by Imperials, leaving it to Ezra.
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  • Expecting Someone Taller: When Ezra introduces himself to Hondo as Lando Calrissian, Hondo says:
    "So, at last I meet the semi-famous Lando Calrissian! A little younger than I expected."
  • Foil: Hondo is portrayed as this to Vizago, who is more ruthless and malevolent. Notably, in an arc of The Clone Wars where he dealt with Jedi younglings, Hondo said he liked children. Vizago, on the other hand . . .
    Vizago: I hate children. [ejects Ezra's escape pod]
  • Friendly Enemy: Hondo remembers Obi-Wan as a friend despite all the double-dealing (at least, he's pretty sure Obi-Wan was a friend), and considers Ezra another friend. Ezra returns the sentiment.
  • Gambit Pileup: At the climax, Ezra betrays Hondo by freeing Vizago, who in turn betrays Ezra, while Hondo steals the Phantom and escapes, only to be forced to return to the Ghost due to autopilot. In the end, Ezra comes out on top by claiming the power generators and having his debt to Vizago paid.
  • Guns Akimbo: Chopper grabs a couple blasters and just starts shooting in every direction while rolling around on his front wheel, driving off Azmorigan.
  • History Repeats: Similar to Obi-Wan and Hondo’s relationship later in the Clone Wars, Ezra and Hondo part on relatively good terms.
  • How the Mighty Have Fallen: Hondo used to be one of the most successful criminals in the galaxy. Thanks to the Empire, he now has nothing more than the clothes on his back and his wits.
  • I Gave My Word: Ezra was willing to leave Vizago in the brig, but Vizago pointed out he still owed him a favor.
  • Jaw Drop: A variation; Chopper is holding a stormtrooper helmet for Ezra's target practise, but when Ezra says he doesn't want to be a Jedi any more, the droid drops the helmet to convey his shock.
  • Kevlard: Azmorigan gets shot in the ass with a stun bolt by Chopper, but apparently all that fat diffuses it harmlessly.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Hondo hijacked Vizago's ship and locked him in the brig. Given all the bad things Vizago did to the Ghost crew, he completely deserved this.
  • Large Ham: Hondo. Some things don't change.
    Hondo: You wound me!
  • Mythology Gag: Hondo responding in a fake cheerful manner to the Imperials reminds one of another scoundrel in trouble doung the same.
  • Ninja Pirate Zombie Robot: Hondo suggests with some excitement that Ezra could be a pirate-Jedi.
  • "Not So Different" Remark: Ezra points out that Hondo is specifically how Ezra used to be, and who he doesn't want to be anymore.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Hondo gets one when he sees the hangar catapult he's currently on is active:
      Hondo: Oh, no.
    • Then, moments later, Azmorigan's box full of credits flies into his lap as the catapult heads to the hangar forcefield.
  • Opposed Mentors: Rex and Kanan clash again over Ezra. Rex is giving the young boy "soldier training" and trying to get him to rely on his wits and a more military strategy during battle while Kanan wants to give him "Jedi training" and have him rely on the Force and his force-related abilities instead. To say Ezra is confused by what he should do would be correct.
  • Save the Villain: Ezra saves Hondo from getting ejected into space. Downplayed in that Hondo is something of a Nominal Hero for most of the episode.
  • Screw This, I'm Outta Here: Azmorigan wisely retreats when Chopper goes Guns Akimbo.
  • Shot in the Ass: Azmorigan gets a stun bolt to the rear courtesy of Chopper. Surprisingly, it doesn't knock him out. All that fat must be good for something, after all.
  • Thrown Out the Airlock: Azmorigan threatens to do it to Hondo and Ezra. One of his guards gets the treatment instead when Chopper provides a distraction. Hondo nearly gets it by accident when he lands on the malfunctioning conveyor, but is saved by Ezra using the Force.
    Hondo: I'm rich! [sees approaching hangar forcefield] I'm dead!
  • Ungrateful Bastard: Moments after Ezra frees Vizago, Vizago turns on him.
  • Unreliable Narrator: Hondo was the one who told the Ghost crew what Ezra had been up to. From what little we hear of it, he apparently framed the entire thing as Ezra and himself rescuing the generators from Vizago. When Ezra calls him on stealing the Phantom, Hondo dismisses it as "another version of the story".
  • You Owe Me: Vizago says this to Ezra while demanding his help in reclaiming the Broken Horn.
  • Your Mom: When Azmorigan calls Hondo a "washed up old relic", Hondo retorts that they shouldn't bring Azmorigan's wife into it.