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Recap / Star Wars Rebels S2E05 "Wings of the Master"

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The Rebels need to deliver food to an Imperial-blockaded planet, so Hera goes on a mission to acquire a new ship to break through it.


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  • Action Prologue: It starts with the Rebels trying (and failing) to break through an Imperial blockade.
  • Arson, Murder, and Jaywalking: When it's revealed that the multi-cannon firing drains so much energy that it disables the hyperdrive, Quarrie defends that it's only a prototype with a bunch of bugs that needs to be fixed . . . for instance the paintjob he didn't like.
  • Blatant Lies:
    • As they're flying/crashing to their destination, Zeb spots a ship which impacted one of the mountains and freaks out. Hera insists he imagined it.
    • Kanan tells Ezra that the Ghost's smaller profile and superior speed will allow it to slip by the blockade. When Ezra calls him on it, Kanan admits he only said it to make himself feel better.
  • Bunny-Ears Lawyer: Quarrie. Despite having absolutely zero piloting experience, using a lot of language that would discourage potential pilots from testing his inventions and acknowledging that he's putting his test-pilots at risk, he invented the prototype for what would become one of the most devastating assault fighters in the Rebel fleet.
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  • Coming in Hot: Hera's landing on Shantipole isn't exactly smooth.
  • Continuity Nod: Hera mentions the Battle of Ryloth, which was shown in The Clone Wars.
  • Converging-Stream Weapon: The prototype B-Wing has one with enough power to knock down a cruiser in a few hits.
  • Death World: Shantipole is actually a pretty nice place. Landing there, on the other hand, is made difficult by the storms in the upper atmosphere which drain the power of any ships passing through. It's more like hoping you crash on something flat. According to Quarrie, this actually makes it ideal for testing his new ships as the Empire won't even set foot on Shantipole, and if a ship can survive there then it can survive anywhere.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Invoked, as Kanan explains - La Résistance needs a new weapon that can take The Empire by surprise. In this case, a blockade-busting starfighter.
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  • Failure Is the Only Option: The run in the opening is doomed to fail, because there wouldn't be much of an episode if they made it through.
  • Got Volunteered: Kanan volunteers Hera to pick up the B-Wing, since no other pilot is willing to take the risk.
  • Gunship Rescue: Hera flies the B-Wing into battle for the first time, saving the rebels during the blockade run.
  • Irony: An expert spaceship designer who is afraid to fly.
  • Mid-Season Upgrade: Quarrie sticks a hyperdrive and astromech socket on the Phantom, reasoning that it's not much of a ship if you can't fly it far.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • In the Legends continuity (and the original West End Star Wars RPG), the Shantipole Project was set up by Admiral Ackbar to create the B-Wing starfighter. However, that Shantipole was an asteroid that housed a research base. And though Ackbar is not directly named as being involved in the project, the developer is still a Mon Calamari.
    • Quarrie is almost certainly named after Ralph McQuarrie, the chief concept artist for the original trilogy.
    • The B-Wing's Converging-Stream Weapon makes the same sound as the Death Star superlaser.
  • Rank Up: After Phoenix Leader is killed in the doomed first run, and following the successful second run, Commander Sato promotes Hera to Phoenix Leader on Kanan's suggestion.
  • Running the Blockade: The crew is trying to run past an Imperial blockade to deliver food supplies to Ibaar. Alas, they can't run it... so instead they opt to bust it.
  • Shout-Out: Quarrie is clearly named after the late Star Wars designer, Ralph McQuarrie.
    • The music that plays during the initial flight of the B-Wing is such a Suspiciously Similar Song to the opening theme of The Rocketeer, that if Disney didn't already own both properties there would be a legitimate case for legal action.
  • Super Prototype: Deconstructed. Though the B-Wing prototype has a really powerful laser canon that the final versions don't and a gunner turret that would be scrapped when the B-wing expanded years later, it also is noted to have a bunch of bugs that need to be ironed out, one of which almost causes it to be rendered useless. At some point, the designers eventually decided that a huge magazine of proton torpedoes and ion cannons were more practical than a bulky Converging-Stream Weapon. Though one has to wonder why such a powerful weapon was dropped from The Alliance's armory entirely. Considering the weapon could two-shot a cruiser, it seems odd that they apparently never tried to fix the flaws with its design. The rebellion could surely have made use of it, as the episode itself provides a workaround (strapping the B-Wing to a hyper-capable shuttle), unless it had some additional flaws which are not explored in the episode.
  • This Cannot Be!: Kallus is flabbergasted when the B-Wing blows away his blockade's right flank.
  • What a Piece of Junk: The B-Wing may not be much to look at, but it packs a mean punch.
  • Wounded Gazelle Gambit: Kallus deliberately cut Ibaar's rations to an untenable extent, knowing the underground elements would contact the rebels for help. Then he stationed a blockade large enough to make sure that the rebels would be incapable of breaching it. The rebels can't just turn their backs, so they would throw themselves against the blockade until they had no strength left. True to the type of gambit this is, there is a fail state: unexpected new assets that the Rebels availed themselves to.


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