By Josh Melo
‘Star Wars: Rebels’ Review – S2 Ep.13 (Legends of the Lasat)
Following up on the Sabine centric, Mandalorian focused The Protector of Concord Dawn comes the Zeb centered Legends of the Lasat. Offering a solid balance between action and emotion, fun and gravity, Legends of the Lasat is a stand out episode with lasting implications that can be felt through the entire Star Wars canon.
Accepting a rescue mission from the unreliable Hondo Ohnaka, the Ghost crew stumbles upon Imperial forces trafficking two alien refugees. When Zeb gets a closer look at the two, he immediately recognizes them as fellow Lasat. For the longest time, Zeb thought of himself as the last member of his race, to see two more standing before him brought forth myriad emotions, which were choreographed extremely well in his expression and animation.
The initial escape sequence was a ton of fun. Hondo was his usual hilarious self, cracking jokes left and right, switching allegiances as it suited his needs and always keeping his box of credits, literally, close to the chest. Hondo has always been known for his one-liners, this week I was partial to his interaction with Ezra:
Combine that with Hondo’s raspy accent and you have comedy gold.
In addition to Hondo we also caught glimpses of each of the characters demonstrating their battle prowess. Hera and Sabine have always been crack shots with a blaster but here they tear through Troopers like paper. Ezra’s ability with a lightsaber is also on display, showing that his abilities as a Jedi are always growing, even when his training isn’t on full display every episode (you have to admit, if all we got to see of Ezra was him training things would get dull pretty fast).
Once away from the Empire, things tread dangerously close to overly kiddy territory. Chava, the elder Lasat, speaks of a prophecy foretelling the return of the Lasat and the voyage to their new home world, Lira San. The prophecy itself was interesting, offering plenty of room for fan speculation into which character fits which role (Warrior, Child or Fool). It’s when Chava and Gron (the other Lasat) break into gibberish chants over a chalk drawing on the ground that things get ridiculous. Fortunately, the scene was short lived.
Speaking of the ritual, huge kudos for the reintroduction of Ashla, a now Legends term for the light side of the Force. Repurposing Ashla as the Lasat deity adds a new understanding of the Force in this new canon. Not only the Jedi or Sith can bend the Force to their will, other beings have the power to manipulate energy and magic to be just as powerful (an example of which we’ll get to later).
While the two-rescued Lasat prepare their ritual, Zeb explains more about his past as the Captain of the Lasan High Honor Guard. His tale is tragic and adds a lot of complexity to the character, which is a huge plus considering he’s been the butt of jokes for the majority of the episodes not focused on him. His explanation also, in a round about way, explains his reluctance to use his Bow-Rifle. Ever since his first fight with Kallus went south, Zeb has only used the Bow-Rifle as a projectile weapon. Here, he activates the weapon to it’s full potential, and man was it cool. It is here that Zeb channels the Ashla through his staff and commandeers the Ghost. Witnessing Zeb harness force-like powers has me looking at the character in a completely different light. Has he always had this potential? Is it just a trick with the rifle? Can he control people with that thing? I want to know!
Fangasming aside, having Kallus chase down the Rebels also added a personal touch for Zeb. Kallus being the driving force behind the Lasat massacre and having lost to him once before, Zeb taking the lead in their escape felt like a successful attempt at redemption. They still need to face off one on one, but this served as a decent rematch for the two. So far, its one for Kallus and one for Zeb. Who will break the tie? We’ll learn soon enough (2 weeks).
Though the action was brief, it was exciting. Hondo delivered the perfect amount of humor and the emotional impact of Zeb’s history was powerful. The scene in which Zeb and the crew traverse an imploded star cluster was absolutely beautiful. The music takes on an opera-esque tone and the entire sequence had me floored. Everything from the sound, to the atmosphere to the visuals, it was all on point.
With that being said, if I had to complain about one thing, it’s the fact that it all ends so abruptly. Zeb finds Lira San and takes Chava and Gron to the surface; only, we never get to see the planet or the other Lasat. It came off as rushed and a tad anti-climactic. Zeb’s final words do imply that we’ll see the planet again, but with so much emphasis on the prophecy and finding a new home, it would have been nice to see what all of the fuss was about.
Overall, Legends of the Lasat gets an 8.5/10.