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Recap / Star Wars Rebels S2E09 "Legacy"

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Ezra has a vision of his parents, which leads him back to Lothal where a prisoner known only as X10 escaped to.

Tropes in this episode:

  • Alice Allusion: Ezra's first vision, and later the chase to the former governor, involves following a white Loth-cat.
  • All Your Base Are Belong to Us: The Empire raids Garel, forcing the Rebels to flee.
  • Always with You: Kanan tells Ezra that his parents live on with him. This is reinforced by a vision of them standing by his side, reassuring him and telling him to be strong.
  • Attack Pattern Alpha: The rebels use "Escape Plan Delta" to flee Garel.
  • The Bad Guy Wins: The Imperials succeed in destroying the Rebels' Garel operations and chase the Rebel fleet off the planet, inflicting severe damage to it in the process.
  • Bullying a Dragon: Suffering from a case of clouded judgment with knowledge of his parents' fate in the balance, Ezra tries to take on the Inquisitors.
  • Call-Back:
    • The Imperials learned of the Rebels' presence on Garel at the end of the previous episode.
    • Ezra experiences a dream of the future much like he did during "Vision of Hope".
    • Hera finally reveals what they learned from Tseebo in "Gathering Forces".
    • Ryder says that Ezra's parents were inspired by his message at the end of "Call to Action".
  • Continuity Nod:
    • The Fifth Brother's less-than-stellar performance record since his debut is snarked at by Konstantine.
    • Lothal was ravaged by the Empire when Darth Vader himself brought down the hammer on it during "The Siege of Lothal".
  • Cry into Chest: Kanan hugs Ezra after he breaks down from learning the truth.
  • Dead All Along: Downplayed, but Ezra's parents have only recently died, rendering Ezra's quest for them meaningless.
  • Destruction Equals Off-Switch: Kanan shoots out the controls of a blast door, causing it to close, in order to prevent Ezra from fighting the Inquisitors.
  • Dream Within a Dream: Ezra has a dream about seeing his parents and a white Loth-cat in an Imperial prison. When he touches it, he starts Dreaming of Things to Come. When it ends, he tries to chase after the cat, but falls from his bunk and wakes up for real.
  • Freeze-Frame Bonus: When Ezra Force-pushes Kallus, he has quite a disturbing smile on his face for just a few frames, made easy to miss by the shot.
  • Friendly Sniper: Governor Ryder Azadi warms up to Kanan and Ezra once he figures out they aren't bounty hunters out to collect the bounty on him.
  • Ghost Town: Subverted. Lothal looks bleaker even without Star Destroyers, and we're led to believe Lothal was razed by the Empire, but as it turns out only the neighborhood of Ezra's old home was razed, there are still Stormtroopers and people in that area.
  • Heroic Sacrifice: Ezra's parents died in the prison escape making sure everyone else got out.
  • Holding Back the Phlebotinum: Subverted by Ezra, who in his rush to get to Lothal decides to just skip right to using his lightsaber instead of using a blaster like Kanan.
  • Hypocrite: The Inquisitors mock Kallus for being a failure in dealing with the rebels, even though they themselves kept getting beaten, not to mention that humiliating beating they got from Ahsoka Tano in the previous episode. Even Kallus subtly points their defeats out.
  • Ink-Suit Actor: Possibly accidental, but Ryder Azadi looks a lot like his voice actor, Clancy Brown.
  • It's Quiet… Too Quiet: Zeb notes how strange it is that he doesn't see any bucketheads near the spaceport - and Sabine realizes that they pulled out in preparation for a major attack.
  • Leeroy Jenkins: Once he gets his vision, Ezra wants to get to Lothal no matter what, ignoring the fact that it's still under an Imperial blockade. Lucky for him (though not for the rebellion), the blockade is diverted for the raid on Garel. When Kallus flanks them, he charges Kallus with his lightsaber, taking him out with a Force push. Then he tries to take on the Inquisitors, but Kanan saves him from a fatal mistake by sealing a blast door between them.
  • Mid-Season Twist: Ezra's parents are dead.
  • Missed Him by That Much: After a long search, it turns out Ezra's parents died just before the episode began.
  • Mythology Gag: Ezra staring at the setting moons of Lothal is similar to Luke staring at the setting suns of Tatooine in A New Hope. The title of the soundtrack cue is "Twin Moons", also in reference to "Binary Sunset" from the same scene.
  • Nice Job Fixing It, Villain: Turns out Ezra's mistake in the previous episode made Agent Kallus do this, by withdrawing all the Star Destroyers and ships from Lothal. Given how leaving Lothal was a challenge in "The Siege of Lothal", their trip back just got easier after escaping the Empire on Garel.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Hera has this reaction when Sabine tells her the Empire always pulls back patrols before a major strike only to look up and see the Star Destroyers of the Sector Fleet.
    • Zeb reacts appropriately when he realizes that Hera is preparing to ram the Relentless in order to take out the tractor beam and he is in an exposed gun turret.
  • One-Word Title: "Legacy".
  • Palette Swap: Ezra bumps into one of the deceased Maketh Tua on Lothal.
  • Parents Know Their Children: Ezra's parents, after eight years, were able to recognize him in his transmission. It's stated, however, that it wasn't so much the sound of his voice as the exact words he was saying, as he was repeating what they'd taught him about "standing up together" against the Empire.
  • Pet the Dog: Grumpy, acerbic, borderline evil Chopper pats Ezra's leg gently when Ezra starts crying.
  • Prophetic Fallacy: Ezra is warned of this, just like last time. To his credit, Ezra doesn't automatically interpret it as positive (this one is a lot more metaphorical), though he's still too excited for his own good. As it turns out, the vision of his parents was in the past, and they died in a prison break. The man he's led to was the former governor of Lothal, who escaped thanks to them.
  • Ramming Always Works: Hera manages to take out the Star Destroyer's tractor beam by knocking off the emitter with the Ghost, though she only risks it because they couldn't get a good torpedo lock while being strafed by TIEs. The heavier Ghost snaps the component right off, and Phoenix Home is able to escape.
  • Seeking the Missing, Finding the Dead: Ezra's search for his parents ends with him learning that they're dead.
  • Shining City: Ezra has a vision of Lothal as it was before the Empire arrived, and Capital City is shown as one of these.
  • Snark-to-Snark Combat: Konstantine and Kallus get some good snark in on the Inquisitors. When the Fifth Brother asks if Konstantine doubts him, Konstantine shoots back that he's waiting for the Fifth Brother to produce results. When Kallus admires how the Rebels hid on Garel, the Seventh Sister mocks him for respecting those who constantly beat him, only for Kallus to shoot back that they might succeed together where they both have failed alone.
  • So Proud of You: Ezra's parents tell him this in a vision.
  • That's an Order!: When Ezra doesn't want to leave until the fleet is safe, Hera orders him and Kanan to go. Interestingly, she then disregards an order from Sato to leave, instead turning around to save Phoenix Home.
  • Tracking Device: Ezra sticks one on the Loth-cat.
  • You Have to Believe Me!: Ezra says this word for word in regards to a vision of his parents.