Ezra's having a whale of a time.
crew is on their way to attack a mining operation to steal a fuel shipment meant for the Empire, which they themselves desperately need. On the way, they run into a pod of purrgil
. Hera, who has lost friends to collisions between the animals and starships, is less than pleased, but Ezra begins to empathize with the animals. Things take a turn for the complicated when the Rebels discover that their initial plan of blowing the whole facility up would do too much harm to the purrgil, forcing them to change their tactic to a more direct approach. But they only have enough fuel for one trip to the heavily guarded refinery, and once they land, they have to succeed at all costs, or they wont be able to leave.
Tropes in this episode:
- Ace Custom: The Mining Guild operates yellow TIE Fighters which have the two forward sections of the solar panels removed.
- All Myths Are True: Hera relates a story about how the purrgil inspired people to travel through hyperspace, but doesn't believe it herself because she sees them as pests. Turns out they really can travel through hyperspace and it's a rather mystical sight.
- All There in the Script: The lead purrgil is named the Purrgil King.
- Almost Out of Oxygen: Played with. The atmosphere of the mining field is breathable for some species, but the Clouzon-36 needs to be filtered out for humans. When Ezra is knocked into the crater, he loses his helmet and starts to suffocate. Thankfully, he manages to communicate with the purrgil, who grab his lost helmet.
- Amplified Animal Aptitude: Implied. After Ezra connects with the purrgil, one is smart enough to grab his helmet and give it to him when realizing he can't breathe without it. Later, they track down the foreman responsible for killing their pod. Of course, they're an entirely fictional species, so this level of intelligence could just be the norm.
- An Aesop: A very subtle, subtextual one that does apply to the real world, about understanding the natural behaviors of animals and learning working with & around that nature, rather than taking a combative approach.
- Asteroid Miners: The Mining Guild has a refinery set up on an asteroid to harvest the naturally occurring gas in a crater to turn into starship fuel.
- Asteroid Thicket: The refinery is located in one.
- Attention Deficit... Ooh, Shiny!: Ezra is so focused on the purrgil that he misses the plan to provide a distraction. Later, he wanders off to look at them when he's supposed to provide cover fire.
- Bioluminescence Is Cool: In addition to Glowing Eyes, the purrgil's tentacles light up before they go into hyperspace.
- Both Sides Have a Point: Kanan's completely right that the purrgil aren't trying to be malicious when they accidentally bump the Ghost, as they're the ones in the creature's way, and that they shouldn't shoot unless they absolutely have to. Yet Hera's completely right that while they're not actively malicious, they're still dangerous and could breach the hull. Ezra Takes a Third Option by getting the Ghost to fly with the pod instead of against it, after which the purrgil calm down and keep their distance.
- Breather Episode: This episode is less backstory/plot-building heavy than compared with the rest of the season. This is also the first episode without an appearance by the Empire outside of mentions.
- Exact Words: When Sabine reveals Kanan's redecorated Stormtrooper helmet, he complains that he only lent it to her to look at. Sabine replies that she did look at it, and it looked terrible.