I’m honestly in shock at how much I liked the SWR season 2 premiere that aired this past weekend. Not that I didn’t like Season One (you can see my thoughts here and here), but I thought the beginning of Season Two blew all of Season One out of the water. I kind of wish I went to see it at SWCA with all the other fans now.
Here’s what was downright awesome about the premiere.
- Darth Vader. I was really, really nervous going into Season 2 that they would try to humanize Vader in some form because, well, this is a kid’s show at the heart of it. But they didn’t. He was evil and ruthless and whooped both Kanan and Ezra’s butt. When they fought him in the end, I thought there was no way the writers could have both escape without compromising Vader. They couldn’t defeat him (they are both not even close to strong enough in the Force or Jedi training to take him on); nor would he let them easily escape. Filoni and his team did a great job by letting Kanan and Ezra escape but still showing Vader as the complete badass that he is.
- Ahsoka did not have much screen time. Don’t get me wrong – I love Ahsoka and I’m so glad she’s back. But this is a new storyline with new characters. While I’m happy she’s back, I’m also extremely pleased to see she is less feisty and quieter, which shows character development and I’m happy she is not central to the Rebels team.
- There was dissention within the Ghost crew. Now, this was no mutiny but I think it’s smart to show children, and us, that working with a team is not always perfect. Kanan did not want to be part of the Rebellion…he wanted to be on their own again, whereas Hera wanted to be part of the larger cause. She spoke to Kanan about it quietly on the side and maturely. When he stormed off, she didn’t push the matter. I really admired that. Further, she later brought the subject up with the whole team to see what everyone thought. Stay with the Rebellion or continue solo as they had been? The vote was 3 to 2 to stay with the team. But it showed us an important lesson that working as a team means that sometimes there are disagreements on how to move forward and talking about it without getting angry is a good way to resolve matters.
- Ezra showed major character development. Ezra is an awesome character and those that disagree clearly don’t remember what it was like to be a child. He’s is slowly figuring out right versus wrong, good versus bad, just like many of the children watching the show. He wants to be a Jedi, but he struggles in grasping the Force and controlling his anger. Sometimes he’s unsure if he even wants to be part of the team, but in this first episode we saw him realize that there’s more to life than just him and his friends. There’s a bigger cause and sometimes it’s worth fighting for, even if it means helping someone who was once your enemy (Minister Tua) and you’re unsure if they can be trusted.
- It was good, classic Star Wars fun, very similar to the OT. Throughout this episode, there were moments where I was just nervous and on-edge, not knowing how it would turn out, especially when they were trying to get off of Lothal. Vader was this looming presence that seemed to guess their next move at every turn, something I was not used to with SWR. I’m used to the good guys winning and getting away with it, with their cocky assuredness. That was not the case with this episode. Yes, they got away, but it was not a victory.
- The Empire is cruel. In this episode we see Minister Tua blown up and killed as she enters her ship because she contacted the Rebellion for help. It’s also used as a trap to extract and possibly capture the Ghost Later, we see an entire town burned to the ground. Though the show was clear in pointing out that they had taken all the citizens out before burning it, I don’t think that’s what happened. I think that’s what they had to say because it’s on Disney but the sense I got from it was they burned the entire town, civilians included. It drives home the point that the Empire was an oppressive government and to take it on would be a huge undertaking.
- What about the people just doing their job? I always think I would be a character similar to Minister
Tua if I lived in the Star Wars universe. I would be good at my job, enough to get me promoted and make me think I have some power. I would probably help the Empire because I wouldn’t want any trouble and it is what it is. But when I failed or got sucked in too deep, what would happen then? Would I pull a Minister Tua and ask for help? Gosh, knowing my personality, I doubt it. I would just continue to hope for the best and that I’d be forgiven. And end up dead.
- “The apprentice lives.” This brought so many questions with it. Did Ahsoka know that her and Kanan’s connection was with Darth Vader? Vader definitely knew it was Ahsoka, hence those words. All Ahoska does is faint, yet she gets even more quiet for the rest of the episode and seems very unsettled. What does this mean??
I really wish most of Season One was like this first episode. I couldn’t help but love almost every minute…even Lando’s random appearance didn’t completely rankle me.
If you saw the premiere, what did you think? Share!