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Oh Ken, getting Worf’d again! At this point I think we can all agree Ken is maybe not the end all/be all of badasses in the Bushido-verse. But hey, he’s easily the one with the biggest sword! But how long can that last in this crazy work a day world?
I don’t think I mentioned how much I LOOOOVVVVED the Star Wars Rebels finale. Oh, I bet I know what you’re thinking and, NO, my positive opinion is not tied to the reintroduction of a CERTAIN CHARACTER I’ve previously praised from a different Star Wars cartoon, although I did GREATLY appreciate that character’s inclusion in the finale, however brief. What I loved was the pacing, build up, and payoff. It was very reminiscent of the original films. The series has been so laser focused on one planet, with a small set of characters who have a narrow set of goals and challenges, and slowly they’ve introduced new elements over the first season that hint at a bigger universe, which is now mostly unexplored thanks to the jettisoning of the EU. It makes me want them to get involved in bigger conflicts and in the season finale they step in the proverbial hornet’s nest of big conflicts, leaving me pumped for season 2! I also love the arcs Kanan and Ezra complete here, finally bonding as true master and apprentice. I was almost certain they were going to have Kanan lean all Dark Side, but I’m glad the writers didn’t go that route, and instead showed how a Jedi SHOULD deal with a tragic loss without falling down an emotional dark path, as often seems to be the case in Star Wars lore. It was a strong character moment and I loved it! Also, that little maneuver he pulled using Ezra’s saber had me grinning like an idiot. Anyway, I may write about this finale in more spoilery detail later, because it’s worth the analysis, assuming you’re a decades long SW fan who’s starved for good in-universe storytelling!Published on by Alex Kolesar