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Recap / Star Wars Rebels S2E07 "Stealth Strike"

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When Ezra and Commander Sato are captured by the Empire, Rex and Kanan have to work together to rescue them.

Tropes in this episode:

  • Actually Pretty Funny: Kanan is upset that Ezra shot him and Rex during their attempted rescue of him. However, Rex instead begins laughing and admits to being impressed that Ezra managed to stun both him and Kanan rather quickly.
  • All There in the Manual: Admiral Brom Titus' name is not mentioned once in the entire episode, and he is only referred to as "Admiral". His name is mentioned in the episode guide and the credits.
  • Armour Is Useless: Kanan complains about the stormtrooper armor serving no purpose after Ezra stuns both him and Rex on sight, because they're disguised as stormtroopers.
    Kanan: Aah, this armour doesn't protect you from anything!
    Rex: Well, I told you.
  • Assurance Backfire: "Don't worry, I've been captured lots of times!" ... "Well, I've escaped lots of times, too!"
  • Back-to-Back Badasses: Sabine paints a picture in the shuttle depicting Kanan and Rex as this. Neither of them seem to appreciate it.
  • Badass Boast: Ezra casually informs the three stormtroopers about to stick him in a cell that he won't hurt them. They laugh this off, then Ezra takes out all three with minimal physical force, reiterating his claim before locking them all in the cell with an "I told you" gesture.
  • Blatant Lies: After realizing he accidentally stunned Rex and Kanan, both men wake up and ask what happened. Ezra tries to claim there was an epic battle that they barely won. At first, they both buy it... and then Chopper plays back a holo-vid of Ezra shooting them.
    Kanan: (groggy) What just happened?
    Ezra: Oh. Uh...Did you see them? We were so outnumbered. There was a firefight. A big firefight, actually. You guys fought great!
    Kanan: Thanks. All I saw was you.
    (Chopper shows a holo of Ezra stunning Rex and Kanan)
    Kanan: You shot us! I can't believe you shot us!
  • Bond Villain Stupidity: Ezra is able to easily take out the stormtroopers escorting him to a cell because one of them is carrying his lightsaber. You know, Admiral, when an experienced ISB agent warns you not to underestimate a prisoner just because said-prisoner is a scrawny teenager... perhaps there's a reason for it.
  • The Bridge: The Interdictor keeps the standard layout of a Star Destroyer, but the crew pits have the circular security consoles from the Death Star.
  • Call-Back:
    • Ezra once again gives the name "Jabba the Hutt". Admiral Titus then reveals that it's become a known alias of his.
    • Kanan finally returns Rex's salute.
    • The overall plot with the destruction of a ship otherwise capable of decimating fleets with the help of Rex, a Jedi and his padawan (not to mention an astromech droid) harkens back to the Malevolence arc of The Clone Wars.
    • After Kanan rescues Sato and the others, Sato is surprised that Ezra was correct, that he was able to escape like he claimed.
  • Call-Forward: There's plenty to A New Hope. Ezra sneaks around in the gravity room similar to Obi-Wan on the Death Star, the Headbutting Heroes dress up as stormtroopers to rescue someone who's perfectly capable of handling themselves, a stormtrooper walks into a cell only to reveal he's an ally, and the new major weapon gets blown up by the end.
  • Canon Immigrant: Interdictors show up for the first time in a Star Wars show, along with their gravity well projectors.
  • Cassandra Truth: Kallus' warnings about Ezra being a fairly significant threat go largely unheeded. As a result, he's not surprised to show up and find Titus in an Escape Pod, his ship already destroyed.
    Kallus: Had some... problems with the boy, I see.
  • Cliffhanger Copout: When Rex is captured and about to be executed by a probe droid, the scene shows the door closing and Rex screaming. When the episode cuts back to that, the droid is back where it was and Admiral Titus engages in some Evil Gloating so Kanan can save the day. However, this effect seems to have been created by events being shown out of order, since Kanan rescues Rex by getting inside the room in disguise, and therefore must have gotten on the bridge before the door closed.
  • Damsel out of Distress: Ezra counts as a Rare Male Example. Upon being captured, Ezra reassures Sato that he's been imprisoned and escaped many times. Kanan also lampshades that Ezra tends to get himself out of trouble. Sure enough, Ezra uses his Jedi powers to escape before he's even thrown in the brig.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Rex, when he's brought before Admiral Titus:
    Titus: A clone?
    Rex: You're a bright one.
  • Distress Call: Sato only transmits half of one before the Liberator loses power.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Kanan and Rex infiltrate the Interdictor disguised as stormtroopers. Rex isn't especially thrilled, because he hates stormtrooper armor. Chopper's along as well, in his Imperial paint job.
  • Father's Quest: While Kanan is not Ezra's biological father, he's made frequent jokes about Ezra being one of his and Hera's kids — including in this episode — he is Ezra's guardian, and he's completely dedicated to rescuing Ezra and uninterested in disabling the Interdictor in order to help the rebellion since his main interest is protecting his friends. Also, he really didn't want to get pulled into another war in the first place.
  • Fire-Forged Friends: Kanan finally accepts Rex as a friend after Rex nearly pulls a Heroic Sacrifice to ensure everyone else's survival. When Kanan calls Rex his friend, Ezra is all but stunned on the spot.
  • Friendly Fireproof: The gravity well generators on the Interdictor are set up in such a way that they only drag ships out of hyperspace. Chopper creates a spectacular crash when he sabotages the generators to affect everything, causing the Interdictor's escorts to crash into it and the Interdictor to collapse into itself not long after.
  • Friend or Foe?: Ezra mistakes Kanan and Rex for Stormtroopers and shoots them. Lucky for them, his blaster is set to stun.
  • Gilligan Cut:
    Rex: I would never be on [the Empire's] side, or wear their junk armor!
    Zeb: [dragging two unconscious stormtroopers] Here are your disguises.
    [cut to Rex wearing stormtrooper armor]
  • Going Down with the Ship: Inverted. Admiral Titus is the only confirmed survivor of the Interdictor's destruction.
  • Hand Stomp: Just to remind everyone that Chopper is really that petty, he runs Ezra's fingers over while Ezra is clambering back up onto the catwalk after Chopper's gravity hijinks.
  • Hyperspeed Ambush: The Imperial Interdictor makes its debut, pulling the Liberator out of hyperspace and grabbing it with a tractor beam.
  • Imperial Stormtrooper Marksmanship Academy: Lampshaded and justified. When Rex fails to hit the stormtroopers, Kanan snarks that he shoots like a stormtrooper. Rex then complains that the helmet restricts his vision, takes it off, and shoots just fine.
    Kanan: Wow, you really do shoot like a stormtrooper. Guess I don't have too much to worry about.
    Rex: It's this helmet. I can't see!
  • Instantly Proven Wrong: Ezra stuns Kanan and Rex coming to rescue him (since both were disguised as stormtroopers), and when they wake up, he tries to tell them they were knocked out in a big fight with Imperials, but they both fought valiantly. They seem about to buy it, until Chopper plays a holo of Ezra stunning them. Cue Kanan being furious that Ezra shot him and Rex thinking it's hilarious.
  • I Owe You My Life: Sato thanks our heroes for rescuing him and his crew.
  • It Won't Turn Off: How Ezra starts his escape. After taunting the stormtroopers walking him to his cell that he "won't kill them", he uses the Force to flip the power switch on his lightsaber, which is currently on the belt of the lead trooper. As the metre-long shaft of blue plasma causes the trooper who held it in confiscation to frantically flail about trying to turn it off, Ezra leaps into action.
  • Jedi Mind Trick: Kanan uses a Force suggestion on two stormtroopers after they board the Interdictor to convince them to allow Kanan and Rex to proceed into the Interdictor instead of repairing the ship they came in on.
  • Just a Kid: Admiral Titus takes this view of Ezra. Kallus warns him against it and tells him to take every precaution, including putting him under triple guard. To a lesser extent, Sato thinks this as well, until Ezra proves himself and he realizes that Ezra is also a competent soldier.
  • Lame Comeback: An Imperial officer tells a disguised Rex "Your armor's looking a bit tight, trooper." Rex's response?
    [under his breath] "I'll tighten your face... a little... tighter."
  • Lampshade Hanging: When Kanan and Rex see that they're being flown to the Interdictor in a Lambda-class shuttle.
    Kanan: How is it the Empire lets us keep stealing these things?
    Rex: Oh, I thought it was the same one we used before.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: Ezra's idea to both rescue Sato and sabotage the gravity well projector. Kanan objects, but Rex takes Ezra's side.
  • Manchurian Agent: Kanan thinks Rex, being a clone trooper, will be subject to this once they enter Imperial territory, believing that he will realize his "true" loyalty and turn on him. Rex is extremely insulted at the suggestion.
  • Mandatory Line: Hera, Sabine, and Zeb get in one or two during their minute of screen time.
  • My Significance Sense Is Tingling:
    • Ezra senses that something's about to happen moments before the Interdictor's gravity well pulls the Liberator out of hyperspace.
    • Kanan senses when Rex is being tortured.
  • Mythology Gag: Ezra activating his lightsaber while it's on a stormtrooper's belt could be seen as poking fun at the early idea of Stormtroopers carrying lightsabers as regular weapons.
  • Not Helping Your Case: Sato isn't reassured when Ezra mentions he's been captured numerous times, Ezra's obvious escapes notwithstanding.
  • No Gravity for You: How Chopper handles the workers in the gravity core room. He... may have neglected to inform Ezra of that part of his plan. Ezra still performed admirably in deflecting the blaster shots of the equally debilitated Imperial crewmen, while Chopper had the foresight to plant himself to the deck with his mag-clamps beforehand.
  • No Warping Zone: The Interdictor is designed to create one, preventing the Liberator from pulling a Hyperspeed Escape.
  • Offhand Backhand: At one point, Kanan deflects several blaster bolts without looking.
  • Oh, Crap!: Ezra when he realizes that he stunned Kanan and Rex.
  • Phlebotinum Overload: Chopper's sabotage appears to have been involved with disabling safety limits on the power levels of the gravity well projector. Once they tried to ensnare Sato's corvette again, the projector went so over the red line that the field was strong enough to draw in the other ships. Fortunately, the two escort cruisers were closer, and the cruiser collisions disabled the field before the corvette collided too.
  • Police Code for Everything:
    • Rex talks in numerical code to bluff his way onto the Interdictor. He then reveals that he and Cody practically invented those codes.
    • Played for laughs later in the episode when Kanan attempts the same thing, without actually knowing the codes as Rex does.
  • Running Gag: Kanan and Rex complaining about stormtrooper armor.
  • Scream Discretion Shot: The bridge's doors close just as Rex's torture starts.
  • So Much for Stealth: Said word-for-word by Rex when Kanan starts shooting and blows their cover.
  • Spider-Sense: Ezra senses that something's about to happen moments before they're pulled out of hyperspace.
  • Surprisingly Realistic Outcome:
    • Ezra, when he's captured, once again gives a cover name of 'Jabba the Hutt'; but by now the Empire has worked out that it's an alias (especially since he's clearly not a Hutt).
    • When Kanan and Rex catch up to Ezra, they're dressed as stormtroopers; naturally, Ezra shoots them. Thankfully, his blaster only seems capable of a "stun" setting, and Rex is impressed by Ezra's quick reaction.
    • When Chopper kills the gravity in the reactor room, one of the technicians manages to get a shot off at Ezra. Ezra deflects it, and is immediately sent spinning since he has nothing to stop the kinetic energy of the attack. He compensates for this by leaping off the wall at the technicians, using his own momentum to counter that of the blaster bolts.
    • Rex may have been an outstanding soldier in his prime, and he may still be capable now, but he's still old. He's unable to keep up for long periods of time without rest, which results in his capture.
  • Sword and Gun: Kanan does this for a bit after freeing Sato and his crew from their cells, before he goes off to rescue Rex.
  • Tempting Fate: Rex responds to Kanan's Manchurian Agent quip by saying that he "would never be on their side, or wear their junk armour." Immediately, cue Zeb with two unconscious stormtroopers, saying "Here are your disguises."
  • They Don't Make Them Like They Used To: Rex repeatedly grumbles about how much Stormtrooper armor sucks compared to good old-fashioned clone armor.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: The look on Ezra's face when Chopper reactivates the Artificial Gravity while he's still floating in mid-air.
  • Took a Level in Badass: Ezra demonstrates that he's done this when he takes down a hallway full of stormtroopers by himself.
    Ezra: Don't worry, I've got this.
    Sato: You've got this?
    Ezra: [Has this]
    Ezra: Come on!
    Sato: Let's go, he's got this!
  • Uncomfortable Elevator Moment: Kanan, Rex and Chopper wind up on an elevator with an Imperial officer who comments that the disguised Rex needs to lose some weight, prompting the Lame Comeback mentioned above. The entire scene is quite funny.
    Officer: Your armour's looking a little tight, trooper.
    Rex: [under his breath] I'll tighten your... face... a little... tighter.
    Officer: What was that?
    Kanan: [laughs nervously] Possible hyper-sickness. I'm taking 565 here... to the... 267.
    Officer: [derisive snort] The commissary? That's the last place he needs.
    [The elevator stops and the officer gets off, while Rex grumbles under his breath.]
  • Underestimating Badassery:
    • Admiral Titus doesn't think Ezra will be a problem given that he's only a kid, though he goes along with Kallus' orders anyway. Kallus needles him about his doubts when he arrives to find the Interdictor and its escorts have been reduced to debris.
    • Likewise: Commander Sato isn't convinced by Ezra's attempts to sell himself, and is genuinely flabbergasted that Ezra escaped without help. He learns to appreciate Ezra's skills after seeing him charge down a Stormtrooper-filled hallway and take them down without a scratch.
      Ezra: Don't worry. I've got this.
      Sato: You've got this?
      (Ezra takes out an entire hallway full of Stormtroopers)
      Sato: (to his soldiers) Come on! He's got this!
  • Vehicular Turnabout: Phoenix Squadron steals an Imperial Sentinel-Class Shuttle for the purpose of sneaking aboard the Interdictor where Ezra and Sato are being held prisoner. Lampshaded by Kanan for exactly how many times they had already managed to easily steal vehicles and equipment from the Empire for stealth missions without the Empire bothering to upgrade their security to prevent these sorts of thefts.
    Kanan: How is it the Empire lets' us keep stealing these things?
    Rex: Oh, I thought it was the same one we used before.
  • Veteran Instructor: After capturing Rex, Titus offers him amnesty and reinstatement as an instructor at a training academy. Rex tells him to shove it.
  • Villain Respect: Kallus knows exactly how troublesome Ezra is and warns Titus to keep him under triple guard. Titus doesn't agree, and Kallus is not surprised when he finds out that Ezra screwed things up for the Empire again.
  • We Need a Distraction: Chopper's plan involves using Ezra as bait for the technicians in the main control room for the gravity well projectors.
  • What the Hell, Hero?:
    • In a lighthearted version, Kanan is understandably annoyed that Ezra stunned him. Rex, however, is proud of Ezra for being quick on the trigger, his only criticism that Ezra should have shot to kill.
    • Ezra then yells at them for fighting with each other instead of working together, and tells them that he went on the job with Commander Sato specifically to get away from their bickering.
  • With My Hands Tied: Ezra non-lethally beats down the troopers escorting him to a cell while handcuffed.
  • Worthy Opponent: Kallus is fully aware of how much trouble Ezra can cause, warning Titus not to underestimate him. At the end, he's not at all surprised at how epically Titus failed at dealing with Ezra.
  • Would Hurt a Child: After Ezra escapes, Admiral Titus orders him found and eliminated.


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The Same One We Used Before.

Kanan lampshades how their small Rebellion is able to continuously steal Imperial vessels so many times without being caught, or the Empire learning already from the previous attempts to try upgrading their security.

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