Talk about pulling it all together! The Honorable Ones is the strongest example yet of how Filoni is continuing to bridge the gap between the prequels and original trilogies, while at the same time making us think twice about a now familiar foe.
The episode opens with the Rebels sneaking in on an orbital construction site above Geonosis, the place where we first saw our first glimpse of the Death Star. Of course, this site was nothing more than a trap set by the Imperials to capture the Rebels. In the ensuing battle, Zeb and Kallus become separated and crash on one of Geonosis frigid moons, and that’s where the meat is for this installment of Rebels.
Zeb and Kallus have long been bitter enemies, but their predicament forces them to reluctantly work together, and it’s in that partnership where we see a totally different side of Kallus’ character. Until that moment, he’s a guy you simply hated, and felt was a one-dimensional thug with one thing on his mind. But it’s clear that he has a conscience and is just doing what he thinks he has to do. We now know that Kallus is much more than that, as evidenced by the final scene, where Zeb is recovered warmly by his Rebels family, while Kallus, once rescued, finds himself alone and truly nothing more than a cog in a machine.
- Chopper drop kick!
- Whether it’s Optimus and Megatron, Obi-Wan and Ventress, Newman and Seinfeld, or Zeb and Kallus, seeing enemies team up never gets old.
- How big does a fly-swatter have to be to take out all of the Geonosians?
- Nice to see ya, Rex! Talk about a convenient cameo!
- How considerate of the Empire to pack portable heaters in their escape pods.
- We know the Empire doesn’t believe in handrails or other safety measures at work, but does Kallus not get workman’s comp for his wrecked knee?
This episode will be known for it’s strong interplay between Zeb and Kallus, on a level that nobody had expected. And depending on how things play out with Kallus’ character, this could end up going down as one of the better episodes of the series. There’s no doubt that sentiment about Kallus has changed across fandom, and that’s a testament to strong execution from Filoni and everyone else at Lucasfilm. A great job by all. Final Verdict: 8.5/10.