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Recap / Star Wars Rebels S4E06 "Crawler Commandeers"

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Desperate to contact rebel command, the Ghost crew steals a mining vehicle with long range communications gear, but the Empire arrives to spoil their plans.

Tropes in this episode include:

  • Air Vent Escape: Seevor escapes through the vents after being locked in a closet. Ezra is forced to go after him, despite his protests that he no longer does that.
  • Bond One-Liner: When Seevor dies, Ezra just says "Watch out" with a rather disturbing grin on his face.
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  • Breather Episode: While there are tense moments and the overall situation is serious, this is a more easygoing and humourous episode, with characters such as Vizago and even the antagonistic Seevor providing comic relief. It is ultimately the last light-hearted episode of the show, before Cerebus Syndrome kicks in for the rest of the season.
  • Call-Back:
    • Vizago has been enslaved by the Mining Guild after he was left behind for trying to grab a puffer pig instead of escaping with the Ghost crew when his ship was boarded by Imperials back in "The Occupation".
    • The Mining Guild is involved once again.
    • The song Seevor is listening to when they board is the same Zeb was playing back in "The Mystery of Chopper Base".
      Zeb: I like that song.
    • Ezra throws Seevor in the closet leading him to escape, recalling how Zeb threw Ezra in the closet and Ezra then escaped in the pilot.
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    • Zeb's resistance to electricity, first shown in "Droids in Distress", comes up again when the Trandoshan tries to shock him into letting go and it doesn't work.
    • Ezra's disturbingly nonchalant response to Seevor's death echoes his response to the Inquisitor in "Fire Across the Galaxy" and the station in "Steps Into Shadow".
  • Call-Forward: Hera is not impressed by the politics at play in the rebel council, which likely explains why she isn't present in important meetings in Rogue One despite being the same rank as fellow squadron leader General Merrick and Alliance Intelligence officer General Draven as well as being on base whenever those meetings are in place (as evidenced by when she gets called to the meeting room after the Alliance discusses the Death Star); she already knows the Vocal Minority wants to surrender. By the end of the episode, she's promoted to general, the rank that background chatter in Rogue One will confirm that she holds.invoked
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  • The Cameo: If one looks very closely at the establishing shot of Base One with the Ghost, Kallus and Rex can be seen standing next to the Ghost, presumably unloading crates. Mon Mothma and Semaj can also be seen walking down the airstrip before the camera cuts to them.
  • Continuity Nod: This isn't the first time Ezra has dealt with Trandoshans.
  • Contrived Coincidence: There happens to be an ore crawler within driving distance of the mountain the party ended up on, with a transmitter of sufficient power to contact the Rebels. Of course, the loth-wolves brought them there, so that may be intentional.
  • Cruel and Unusual Death: Seevor trips on Ezra's lightsaber and falls into a smelting tube.
  • Disney Villain Death: The foreman falls to his death after he and Zeb end up tumbling over a railing. Zeb manages to barely hold on to the catwalk, allowing Kanan to grab him in time.
  • Do I Really Sound Like That?: Seevor's reaction to Ezra's impersonation of him. He even gasps.
  • Family Business: Seevor says the one who spawned him served the Guild and so shall the ones thereafter.
  • Headphones Equal Isolation: Seevor misses the people coming into his control room because he's too busy listening to music. That said, they were being very quiet.
  • Implied Trope: The amount of close-ups on Ezra's lightsaber, as well as his smug, sardonic reaction to Seevor's death, seems to imply that he used the Force to make Seevor trip.
  • Karmic Death: Seevor dies by tripping on Ezra's lightsaber and falling into the furnace as he smugly charges towards Ezra.
  • Mythology Gag:
    • The design of the ore crawler is heavily reminiscent of the World Devastators from the Dark Empire comic.
    • It also looks slightly similar to the seismic tank from Star Wars: Clone Wars.
  • Oh, Crap!:
    • Kanan's reaction when he's told of the foreman in the refinery area.
    • The rebels when they learn that the Empire has ordered all its personnel off Lothal.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He's still one of the bad guys, but Seevor was expecting another day at the office instead of being raided by rebels.
  • The Reveal: Lothal's devastation was caused by ore crawlers stripping every last inch of land. They've finished with at least half the planet if not more.
  • Rousing Speech: Hera gives one to the rebel council to convince them to attack the TIE Defender factories on Lothal.
  • Sssssnake Talk: The Trandoshans, as usual. Ezra mimics it when he pretends to be Seevor.
  • Wham Line:
    • Mon Mothma revealing the Empire is temporarily evacuating all its people from Lothal, hinting that they're preparing for something world shattering.
    • Hera calling in announcing the attack on Lothal is starting in one rotation.
  • Whip It Good: The foreman has an electro-whip. He manages to disarm and knock out Kanan with it thanks to the element of surprise.


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