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Recap / Star Wars Rebels S2E18 "The Mystery of Chopper Base"

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Kanan, Ezra and Ahsoka prepare to depart to unravel Vader's secret, while the rebels find a way to fend off the predatory creatures that occupy the planet.


Tropes in this episode:

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  • All Webbed Up: Happens to the Ghost, as the krykna are trying to prevent it from taking off. Averted with Rex; the one that grabs him simply nests with him still firmly trapped in its legs.
  • Artifact Title: The title is left over from when the plot of the episode was the rebels returning to their base to discover it had mysteriously vanished, and they had to find it.
  • The Beastmaster: Subverted with Ezra; despite two attempts, trying to connect with the krykna only enrages them.
  • Big Creepy-Crawlies: The potential rebel base is inhabited by krykna, giant, spider-like creatures that are immune to blasters.
  • Breather Episode: The calm before the storm, the storm being the season finale. Lampshaded in-universe by Zeb and Ezra, who decide to chill out together before they part ways.
  • Brown Note: The sensor beacons emit a frequency which drives the Krykna away. In order to protect the new base, the rebels set up a fence of beacons around the perimeter so they can't get close.
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  • Call-Back: We see Sabine watching Ezra and Kanan train, which she also did in the beginning of "Empire Day".
  • Chekhov's Gun: During the first krykna attack, Sabine is backed up to the sensor beacon and the creatures refuse to approach. She later uses this to keep them at bay so Ezra and Kanan can cut the webbing holding down the Ghost.
  • Dead Hat Shot: All Rex and Sabine find of Deiser is her helmet lying on the ground.
  • Eye Scream: Rex shoots a creature's eye off. Onscreen.
  • Face Palm: Sabine does this when Kanan fails to take the hint about Hera's opinion of his mission without her.
  • Fastball Special: Ezra and Kanan use the Force to toss Sabine over a group of krykna to the sensor beacon so she can bring it back. They overshoot it somewhat, but it works out.
  • Foreshadowing:
    • Failing to connect with the krykna at the end is highlighted by the Imperial March, indicating that they may be averse to Ezra because they sense the Dark Side in him.
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    • Kanan and Hera's last hug shares similarities to Han and Leia's hug in The Force Awakens. Neither of Leia's loved ones came back from that mission, and there's a strong implication that Kanan, Ezra, or both will not be returning to the Ghost.
  • Go for the Eye: The krykna are impervious to blaster fire, but a good shot to the eye will kill them. Of course, doing that is harder than it sounds, so not many die that way.
  • Immune to Bullets: The Krykna are immune to blaster fire, even the turbolasers on the Ghost. Their eyes, however, are much softer.
  • I Shall Return: While it's clear that he might just be deluding himself, Kanan promises Hera that they'll see each other again.
  • Mutual Kill: During Kanan and Ezra's sparring session, Ezra manages to get into a lethal attack position, only for Kanan to point out that he would kill Ezra in turn, courtesy of Kanan's lightsaber being pointed directly behind him and at Ezra. According to Ezra, this isn't the first time it happened.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • Sabine, a Mandalorian, laments the fact she doesn't have a jetpack.
    • This episode also has parallels to a plotline dropped from The Empire Strikes Back, in which Wampas were inside Echo Base.
  • Never Found the Body: Deiser. Sabine and Rex come across her pilot helmet before Rex is kidnapped. Though they manage to rescue Rex, she's nowhere to be seen and they're forced to retreat.
  • No-Sell: Krykna spiders are too ancient and strange for Ezra to tame with the Force.
  • Ominous Owl: The ending shot is a convor perched on a branch, with the Imperial March playing.
  • O.O.C. Is Serious Business: Downplayed, but Ezra seems unusually snappy towards most of his friends throughout the episode. Never mind the tension with Kanan during their training sessions, he even snaps at Sabine when she notes he's gotten pretty good, asking if that meant she thought he wasn't good before. Both Hera and Sabine look taken aback at his response before Hera calms him down. It happens again at the climax, when Ezra yells at Zeb for not wanting to go out to face the krykna to free the Ghost. Behind him, Sabine looks decidedly unimpressed, especially when Ezra refers to himself as "the last Jedi in the galaxy".
  • Red Shirt: Deiser. She even has the red pilot suit to go along.
  • Set Swords to "Stun": Kanan and Ezra turn down the power on their lightsabers during their sparring session so as not to hurt each other or the Ghost.
  • Tempting Fate:
    • Rex is glad that their new base has nothing trying to kill him. Naturally, that's proven wrong in short order.
    • Invoked by Zeb when Ezra considers that he might not come back from his mission to stop the Inquisitors; Zeb considers such thoughts bad luck.
  • Teeth-Clenched Teamwork: Downplayed, but Hera has some underlying emotional distance towards Kanan, who will be leaving shortly, and Ezra seems a lot more snappy with everyone than usual, probably for the same reason.
  • The Un-Smile: Kanan's "excited face" as he badly tries to convince Hera that he's excited about their new base.
  • Why Did It Have to Be Snakes?: Zeb hates multi-legged crawlers.


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