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Recap / Star Wars Rebels S4E05 "Kindred"

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Tracked back to their hidden base by a mysterious Imperial agent, the rebels must trust some seemingly dangerous native creatures, who are far more than meets the eye.

Tropes in this episode include:

  • Big Damn Kiss: After four seasons of Will They or Won't They?, Hera and Kanan finally get a kiss in. While not as big as other examples, the build up certainly makes it count. It's also a "Shut Up" Kiss, as Kanan is awkwardly rambling when Hera smooches him.
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  • Call-Back: The starfield that Ezra saw before in "Path of the Jedi" and "Shroud of Darkness" is revisited again, and the loth-wolves use it to traverse the planet.
  • Canon Immigrant: Possibly. Fate of the Jedi introducednote  a Force ability known as "fold space", where the user teleports/instantly travels from one place to another by using the Force to bend space. The travel sequence in this episode seems to fit the bill for this.
  • Chekhov's Gun:
    • The lothcat, lothwolf, and lothrat from the Lothal eeny-meeny-miney-mo rhyme that Ezra offhandedly used once earlier in the show suggests that it may be prophetic in nature, with the former two referring to two specific Force-related animals local to Lothal and the latter possibly referring to Ezra, who has been referred to as a lothrat several times before throughout the series.
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    • The jokes about Zeb smelling bad come back to bite the rebels in the butt when Rukh uses his scent to find the Lothal Resistance's base.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Rukh is a real person, not just a codeword.
  • Continuity Nod: Though not as important as the other three, lothbats are seen for the first time and have been established in the junior novels.
  • Cutting the Knot: Rather than waste time looking for them in the mountains, Pryce opts to just bomb the entire formation into rubble. It would have worked, too, if not for the loth-wolves.
  • Dark Action Girl: One of the TIE Bomber pilots has a distinctively feminine voice.
  • Dressing as the Enemy: Jai and Ezra are masquerading as Scout Troopers while they recover the hyperdrive with Zeb's help. Rukh isn't fooled.
  • Everybody Has Standards: Pryce is a little weirded out by Rukh in their first meeting, as the latter just ignores her and starts sniffing the air like an animal.
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  • Fade Around the Eyes: The white loth-wolf when it fades into the shadows. Dark Is Not Evil in this case.
  • "How Did You Know?" "I Didn't.": Zeb asking Ezra how he knew what the loth-wolves are capable of.
  • Hyperspeed Escape: Hera jumps the U-Wing through the hangar bay of an Imperial construction satellite, killing and/or destroying everything unfortunate enough to be inside at the time.
  • Internal Reveal: When the lothwolf repeats "Dume" to Kanan, Kanan explains to Ezra that Caleb Dume is his real name.
  • Moment Killer: Zeb once again interrupts a moment between Hera and Kanan, this time by driving up in his hijacked APC without warning anyone that he stole it, though Ryder is technically the one to get their attention. Hera and Kanan get to finish the moment after the hyperdrive is installed.
  • Moment of Silence: When the lothwolves travel through the starfield, most of the noise just stops except for their footsteps.
  • Mysterious Past: The Jedi were at one point associated with the loth-wolves, and followed them into the caverns long before.
  • The Nose Knows: Zeb's scent allows Rukh to track down the rebels. Also, he can distinguish between imperials and imposters.
  • Shipper on Deck: Sabine, Zeb, and Ezra are all grinning when Hera finally kisses Kanan.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The lothwolves are inspired by the wolf deities from Princess Mononoke, particularly the white lothwolf. The scene of them walking on the starfield with ripples around their feet calls to mind the Forest Spirit from the same movie.
    • The black lothwolves may be a reference to another Studio Ghibli movie, Tales from Earthsea, where a pack of black dire wolves attack the main character at the beginning.
  • Take My Hand: Since only the loth-wolves can use the tunnel, the white loth-wolf offers his tail to Ezra and then the rest join hands in a line.
  • Talking Is a Free Action: The Ghost crew are able to meaningfully part ways and say their goodbyes to Hera just as Imperial forces are closing in on them fast.
  • Teleporters and Transporters: The lothwolves lead the party deep inside their cave, Ezra sees a vortex and a starfield, and then the party wakes up in a mountain dwelling on the other side of the planet.
  • There Are No Coincidences: Kanan notes that no matter where the crew go they always seem to end up back on Lothal and believes it's more than just coincidence. While the reason why is still unclear, by the end of the episode it's pretty clear that the Force brought them to Lothal.
  • Tracking Device: Rukh tags Jai and Ezra's bike with a tracker just in case they manage to evade him, allowing the larger Imperial force to follow them to their rendezvous point.
  • Unfazed Everyman: Ryder isn't used to the gang's usual weirdness, but he takes it in stride.
    Ryder: (after everyone mysteriously teleports thousands of kilometers) I'm not even gonna ask how we got here.
  • Unusually Uninteresting Sight: The crew have no problem following lothwolves, much to Ryder's bafflement..
    Zeb: This is good. When things get strange like this, it's a good thing.
    Ryder: How have you people stayed alive so long?!
  • Vagueness Is Coming: Kanan believes something much more sinister than TIE Defender construction is taking place on Lothal, and that the lothwolves are trying to warn them of it.
  • Void Between the Worlds: The loth-wolves can travel through one, as can anyone holding on them. It looks like a starfield.
  • The Wonderland: The cave the loth-wolves take the crew into plays fast and loose with reality, starting with the vortex. When they arrive they first appear to be in one of Lothal's fields with the white loth-cat watching over them, then they appear to be floating in those fields as if they were water, then they appear in the cave itself. The white loth-wolf backs into the shadows of the cave, at which point they reveal a solid wall with a crack in it.
  • You Have GOT to Be Kidding Me!: Zeb's reaction to Ezra's advice regarding loth-cats — which, naturally, pays off.
    Ezra: When in doubt, follow the loth-cat.
    Zeb: You're kidding, right?


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