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Recap / Star Wars Rebels S2E10 "A Princess on Lothal"

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Princess Leia has three cruisers to deliver to the rebels, but they have to get them off Lothal without the Imperials suspecting that Leia arranged the deal.


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  • Age Is Relative: Ezra and Leia are the same age, give or take a couple of days (Ezra was born on Empire Day, while Luke and Leia were born shortly after). However, the two could not look more different in maturity — Ezra still looks and sometimes acts like an older child, while Leia instead resembles and carries herself as a slightly younger version of the woman she will be in A New Hope. She is a princess as opposed to Ezra's former street rat, but it's still notable.
  • Best Served Cold: When Ryder tells Zeb to make Kanan and Ezra's supposed capture "look good", Zeb gets a wicked grin on his face, one that all but says "I've been waiting to do this for a long time." He then knocks out both Kanan and Ezra with the butt of his bo-rifle. Given the crap he had to put up with from Ezra and the friction of working under Kanan's command, there must have been a bit of pent-up aggression there.
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  • Call-Back: Sabine comforts Ezra after he comes back by telling him that at least he knows his parents' fate. She was the one most insistent that he learn what happened to his family in "Gathering Forces".
  • Call-Forward:
    • Leia gets stunned by a blaster bolt here, just like she eventually will in A New Hope four years later. This time, however, it's because it's part of her plan to make it seem like she's still a loyal Imperial subject.
    • Later, she bonds with Ezra partially because he's just lost his parents — a fate that will befall her in A New Hope.
    • In A New Hope, Vader calls Leia on her ruse by saying "You weren't on one of your mercy missions this time." In this episode, we get to see one of the "mercy missions" to which Vader refers.
  • Canon Immigrant: The three cruisers delivered to Phoenix Squadron look exactly like the Hammerhead-class Republic ships featured in the Knights of the Old Republic games, which are a part of the non-canon Legends continuity.
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  • Commonality Connection: After a rough start, Ezra and Leia bond over being too young for their responsibilities and their strong sense of justice.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Leia mentions she knows Ezra from his message back in "Call to Action".
    • Lyste has every reason to be shaking in his boots when Leia decries Lothal's Imperial presence, considering what Tarkin did to the last incompetent Imperial agents.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Lyste doesn't underestimate the rebels. When Leia's ships land, he immediately has gravity clamps attached to their landing struts, has an entire garrison present to guard them, and drops off a couple AT-ATs just to be safe.
  • Deliberately Distressed Damsel: A three for one deal. To free Ryder Azadi, Leia allows him to supposedly capture her, and then Kanan and Ezra, still in disguise, are supposedly captured by Zeb while trying to "rescue" her.
  • Didn't See That Coming: Leia's plan didn't count on Lyste being so thorough in his attempt to prevent the theft of her ships. The rebels still manage, but it takes a lot more effort than she anticipated.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Kanan and Ezra make liberal use of their Stormtrooper and cadet disguises to fool the Imperials.
  • Failed a Spot Check: Lyste and his stormtroopers completely fail to notice one of the ships taking off until Leia points it out.
  • Foreshadowing: In her journal, Sabine mentions that Lyste is much more competent than the average Imperial officer on Lothal, since he actually takes the time to make preparations and increase the number of guards on his operations in anticipation of rebel attacks. Guess what he does in this episode.
  • Gunship Rescue: When Ryder is captured by the Imperials, Hera shows up in the Ghost to provide support.
  • Heroic BSoD: Ezra spends the episode in a mild one. Getting back into action helps, but he's clearly still grieving.
  • Immediate Sequel: This episode starts a few hours after the last one.
  • I Owe You My Life: Ryder Azadi says this word-for-word to the Ghost crew when they help him escape.
  • Leave No Witnesses: Downplayed, but when Leia has to take up a blaster herself, she kills rather than stuns to avoid her cover being blown.
  • Make It Look Like a Struggle: First with Zeb, who knocks out Kanan and Ezra to make their capture convincing, then later with Leia, who struggles a bit with Ezra before letting him stun her to keep up her cover.
  • Never Going Back to Prison: Ryder refuses to help at first because he doesn't want to go back to prison. He gets over it when he realizes staying on Lothal isn't an option and the only way he's going back is if it's liberated.
  • Not Quite Dead: The Ghost torpedoes one of the AT-ATs, causing it to collapse. Then it gets back up less than a minute later.
  • Oh, Crap!: Lyste's reaction to Leia being "captured".
  • Plausible Deniability: Leia insists that the rebels steal the cruisers while they are in the hands of the Empire so that Alderaan can't be blamed for their theft.
  • Properly Paranoid: Not only does Lyste not underestimate the rebels, he also seems suspicious of Leia.
  • Rank Up: Supply Master Lyste is now a lieutenant and has his own command.
  • Reality Ensues: Lyste doesn't take any chances when trying to repel the Rebels, considering in the past Rebel activity was so strong on Lothal that Darth Vader was called in to handle it.
  • Rousing Speech: Leia gives one to the Ghost crew when they're discouraged by the heavy security.
  • This Is Gonna Suck: One AT-AT pilot gives a little "Uh-Oh" when he sees the cruiser angling its engines at him.
  • Weaponized Exhaust: Ryder disables the second AT-AT by hijacking one of the cruisers and using its engines to blow the AT-AT over.
  • Well, Excuse Me, Princess!: Ezra has this reaction to Leia when she starts giving orders the second she steps off her ship. They get on better terms once she learns about the death of his parents.
  • Would Hit a Girl: Ezra stuns Leia to deflect suspicion away from her. With her permission, of course.


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