After a huge premiere event at the beginning of the summer and countless teasers, clips and press events, Rebels Season 2 is finally here with the first episode The Lost Commanders.
Going into this episode so much of it already felt familiar because of all the hype and build up we have had over the last 6 months, going all the way back to Celebration Anaheim in April. Now that it’s actually here, the episode was almost anti-climatic. We had been teased with so much involving the return of Rex, Wolffe, and Gregor that it’s hard to not want to immediately jump into the big stuff, but that is coming next week.
The Rebel fleet is hurting after the defeat at the hands of Darth Vader. The loss of their command ship has left scrambling. Ahsoka sends the crew of the Ghost off to get in contact with “an old friend” who has a lot of knowledge about secret bases and locations in the Outer Rim.
Turns out, Ahsoka’s old friend is Captain Rex. It seems he, Wolffe, and Gregor managed to remove their control chips and survive Order 66. They are now on the planet Seelos wandering the plains. We really don’t know what they are doing out there.
Ahsoka warned Kanan to trust them, but he immediately goes on the defensive after realizing what they are. Now that we’ve seen what Kanan went through in the aftermath of Order 66, it’s understandable that he wouldn’t be quick to trust the clones. Seeing each character react differently to the clones was great. Hera reminds Kanan of the good that the clone army did, even reminding him that they saved her life. Ezra doesn’t seem to understand Kanan’s distrust, but Kanan does confide in Ezra some of his past about Order 66 and what happened afterward. Zeb and Gregor’s bromance together is hilarious, I would love to see the adventures of these two together.
The majority of the episode surrounds a hunt for a joopa, basically a giant worm-like creature that the clones can use for food. Turns out they have a fondness for Lasats and he unwittingly becomes the bait to bring down one of the creatures.
While everyone is occupied with the hunt, they don’t notice a probe droid lurking about. Apparently not all of the clones are against the Empire. Wolffe seems to still carry some allegiance to the former Republic and sends a message to the Empire about a Jedi. I really hope we get a bit more about this in the next episode because his reporting and then Rex’s reaction and forgiveness all happen pretty quickly. There isn’t much time for reactions amongst the clones, and it’s hard to tell their feelings towards the Empire. Are they actively against it or are they simply retired?
This is the first part of a two-parter so it’s hard to judge it for unanswered questions when we still have more story coming to us. On it’s own this is a solid, fun episode and it’s great to see these characters again.