Star Wars Rebels Review: S01 E13 “Fire Across the Galaxy”

MustafarThe final episode from season 1 of Star Wars Rebels is out now. Join our Rebels host (@Hermann22) and read our review for “Fire Across the Galaxy” after the jump…



Here’s a small excerpt from the review:


Wow. I’m finding it hard to put this intro and review into words if I am being truly honest here. This first season of Star Wars: Rebels ended, I think, in the best way possible. We have resolutions and our heroes succeeding, which might end in their ultimate undoing. Makes sense who lived and died. (Judging by some of the new threads posted in the Cantina since yesterday, I think 90% of you already know who did.)



Throw down
The Clone Wars was an AMAZING series that pushed animation to boundaries that were never seen before and might be untouchable for some time. The story telling method wasn’t always consistent jumping around from different scenarios/characters or arc to arc. Rebels is the exact opposite of The Clone Wars. The animation is solid, but the overall structure of the series is all on the same page while moving forward. I’ve praised the series for doing this already, but are given MANY loose ends that end up paying off in this episode.



You can read the full review in The Cantina HERE.



The first episode from season two will first premiere at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim (April 16 – 19). So we’re actually only a month away from a new Rebels episode!!!


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29 thoughts on “Star Wars Rebels Review: S01 E13 “Fire Across the Galaxy”

  • March 4, 2015 at 5:40 pm

    I always felt Ezra and the Inquisitor were out of place in this show. One down, one more to go.

    • March 5, 2015 at 12:07 am

      Maybe you’ll luck out for the series finale, but probably not before then.

      I’m sure we’ll see Freddie Prinze Jr drop before then.

  • March 4, 2015 at 5:44 pm

    Viral, Any idea on when we can expect to see Rebels Season one on DVD?

    • March 4, 2015 at 5:54 pm

      You still buy DVD’s???

      • March 5, 2015 at 12:07 am

        Presumably Bluray will come out at the same time.

    • March 4, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      Nothing official about that one, but I’m sure we will find out soon. There could be an announcement on Celebration.

  • March 4, 2015 at 6:51 pm

    Told you Ahsoka comes back. Also note, Ezra will fall to the Dark Side. Ahsoka will face Vader but ultimately will make the sacrifice needed for the Rebellion to continue in ANH.

  • March 4, 2015 at 7:20 pm

    Okay this episode changes the original trilogy completely. Now you have asoka, Yoda, Ben, kanan and Ezra out there as Jedi. Why not band together and hunt down Vader? Are you telling me Vader could defeat Yoda, asoka, kanan and Ezra. Saying Ben is protecting Luke to play it safe. Okay Vader is now destroyed. Now you have the Jedi squad hunting sidious. Yoda nearly beats sidious in ros. You mean he couldn’t keep sidious busy enough so that kan an or asoka maybe even Ezra couldn’t deliver the death blow. There better be one hell of an arch to explain why the remaining Jedi didn’t or don’t do this.

    • March 4, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Exactly what I was thinking, which is why I think the death of either Ashoka or Kanan is imminent

    • March 4, 2015 at 7:25 pm

      Seeing as Anakin turned to the Dark Side, they were being cautious with Luke.

      Also, this is only season one of Rebels, set 5 years before ANH. People can and will die. It doesn’t necessarily change the OT, but it does expand the universe even more. Even if there were no jedi left, there are always people that have Force powers…

    • March 4, 2015 at 10:30 pm

      Did you see what sidious did to the four jedi masters that tried to arrest him?

      • March 6, 2015 at 7:34 am

        did you see what yoda did to sidious? he almost defeated him by himself. so you are saying with yoda,obi wan, asoka, kanan couldnt defeat vader? who is more machine than man. this group would easily kill vader. then this group could hunt down sidious as well. yoda himself is just as powerful as he is. the jedi sidious killed were not even close in power as yoda and obiwan. plus you’re adding asoka and kanan. sidious would loose that battle. yes some of these jedi would die as well but it is for the greater good. mace beat sidious… the only reason sidious won was the interference of anikin. so it would be game over. jedi order restored. no need to hide the twins. no epsodes 4 thru 6.

        • April 1, 2015 at 1:08 am

          I just watched the battle between Yoda and Sidious again. Yoda certainly did not “almost” defeat Sidious. Sidious clearly bested Yoda. That is why Yoda fled – he knew he couldn’t beat Sidious. The only time Yoda gained the upper hand in the fight was when he force pushed Sidious at the beginning of the battle. Then Sidious proceeded to mop the floor with Yoda.

    • March 4, 2015 at 11:45 pm

      Vader is basicly unstoppable. he single handedly hunted down every surviveing jedi after ordr 66. the only reason luke gets the upper hand in RotJ is becuase luke is vader’s son and vader didnt want to kill him. if vader was playing for keeps luke would have been torn to peices. all these characters in Rebels are going to get hunted down and killed one by one. (ya that is morbid) and to do that over a couple seasons they need a couple jedi around

      • March 5, 2015 at 1:56 pm

        You are so impossibly wrong it’s not even funny. Star Wars Rebels unequivocally states that the Empire had inquisitors to notably hunt down Jedi, so Vader therefore didn’t hunt down every surviving Jedi as you claim. It has been stated several times that Anakin’s accident on Mustafar greatly diminished his force potential. While very powerful, Darth Vader wasn’t as powerful as he could have been. Lastly, GL has stated that Luke is the most powerful Jedi there is and will ever be (much more powerful than Sidious as you’ll recall in ROTS that Sidious said that Anakin -before his accident- would be stronger than Yoda and him.)

        • March 6, 2015 at 9:36 am

          You are in the first half of your post saying “the EU is dead, Darth Vader didn’t hunt down the Jedi”, but then immediately proceed to cite EU sources that Darth Vader is less powerful because he has less body parts.

          • March 6, 2015 at 2:13 pm

            I specifically said that Vader did not hunt EVERY surviving Jedi. I’m sure you’ll agree that there’s a distinction between Vader not hunting EVERY Jedi and not hunting Jedi at all.

            Secondly, as a complement, here is a quote from Palpatine’s Wookieepedia article, specifically the Transformation of Vader section, which cites Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (junior novelization):

            “Even as he made his way to the body, Sidious wrestled with anger and indecision. Part of him wanted to leave what was left of Vader to burn to ashes in the rising lava; even if he had survived, his body would be crippled, as would be his powers. Even the dark side of the Force required living beings to generate it, and too much of Vader’s living flesh would have to be sacrificed in the act of saving him. Whatever the outcome, Vader would no longer be the perfect being to continue the Sith legacy, no longer be able to fulfill his promise.” (Emphasis added)

    • March 6, 2015 at 8:13 pm

      Band together to destroy Vader? Then who would destroy the Emperor? Vader must survive to do just that IMO. It was his “destiny”. A destiny knowingly cultivated by Yoda, Obi Wan, and Kwi Gon Jinn. Manchurian Candidate comes to mind.

  • March 4, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    Is Ezra Kylo Ren?

    Kanan imprisioned on a Star Destroyer…was this meant to foreshadow Poe Dameron and Finn’s impirisonment in the upcoming Star Wars movie, so when we see the movie the bowels of a star destroyer will seem familiar?

    • March 4, 2015 at 8:52 pm

      what about Leia imprisoned on a death star? Simply this is a usual archetype in star wars universe… no I don’t think Ezra’s Kylo Ren, Movies will always have a different story than the cartoon series to make them enjoyable also for viewers that didn’t see the cartoons, and I think that’ll be all right.

  • March 4, 2015 at 9:55 pm

    Still not liking the new look of Ahsoka. Major bummer that is. I’m leaning towards the dark side already. ^^

  • March 5, 2015 at 7:37 am

    It was all a very mediocre season of hoping things will get better for this show…… It didn’t the final episode looked good in the tv spots (don’t we all) but the episode looked rushed in the way the story was edited. Their were times when the characters seemed to be in another room while the action was taking place elsewhere, ex after fighting the inquisitor and Ezra was talking to Kanen I thought they were talking over coffee. But the background was telling me things were a bit more urgent for them.

    A second time this happened was when kanen said “Im getting a little worried about you” when ezra commented on the inquisitor being dead. I think that a padawan saying that should set of many many alarm bells for kanen but he brushed the comment off. I guess Im not the audience for this cartoon which is odd I am a SW fan but I guess not a SW fan of the mediocrity of Rebels. I would like to grow up and enjoy being entertained as an adult but the world wont let me be anything but a child and only sells me childish things and calls it quality programming.

    Some one needs to grow some balls bigger than the epcot centre and really rip into the source material and subject matter. The world has changed to much for SW to stay where it has been all these years/decades (commercial fat cow). All I see when it comes to SW is a bunch of people walking on franchise eggshells and blowing kisses to the fans of mundane story and plot hoping they will find success in being ordinary storytellers of a pretty cliche storyline.

    • March 5, 2015 at 2:45 pm

      Or they just didn’t feel that much compassion for the Inquisitor, because he tried to kill them several times and the last has been minutes ago.

    • April 1, 2015 at 1:13 am

      Overall, I’m a little disappointed with Rebels. It seems to be geared too much to the five year old viewer. However, I felt the same way when the Clone Wars started. It wasn’t until season three that it seemed to finally find its identity. I think it also became apparent that the vast majority of the viewers were older Star Wars fans. I think the same thing is happening with Rebels. I think it has been “dumbed down” for the younger audience they hope to get, and it will get more mature when they again realize who the viewers really are.

  • March 5, 2015 at 11:30 am

    Guys, I was thinking…

    There’s only one person who knows where ObiWan is, and this is Bail Organa.

    Bail Organa is close to Ashoka…

    Will we see Ashoka Tano visiting Obi Wan in Tatooine? 🙂

    • April 1, 2015 at 1:19 am

      I highly doubt that. Obi-Wan needs to keep his presence a secret in order to protect Luke. Note that Obi-wan never told Bail where he was going or who Luke was going to be entrusted to.

  • March 5, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    I was thinking that chances are Ashoka is going to die. And what better way than at the hands of her old master!

  • March 5, 2015 at 6:53 pm

    Rebels has been a major disappointment. Very uninteresting story lines. May be time Hang it up. Hope Abrams brings back the good Star Wars.

    • March 5, 2015 at 9:23 pm

      Have you seen the Clone Wars arc where she’s accused of terrorism? Those three episodes where like a movie and Ashoka was pretty interesting imo.

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