Star Wars: Rebels – Brothers of the Broken Horn

In “Brothers of the Broken Horn,” Ezra receives the opportunity to wonder about what-ifs and in the process, fans of The Clone Wars, receive yet another gift of a familiar face from the past.  The episode does little to advance the overall storyline, but instead dedicates time to developing the character of Ezra Bridger.  It…

Star Wars: Rebels – Always Two There Are

“Always Two There Are” literally doubles down on the promise at the end of “Relics of the Old Republic,” expanding upon the members of the order overseen by the Grand Inquisitor, the fellow who Kanan bumped off in the last season of Rebels, by one with the introduction of the Seventh Sister.  The Seventh Sister…

Star Wars: Rebels – Relics of the Old Republic

“Relics of the Old Republic,” continues the story begun in “The Lost Commanders,” starting in media res shortly after the destruction of the Imperial probe droid.  It exchanges the beautiful horizon based shots of the clones’ tank against a blue sky and salt flat-like surface with the claustrophobic confines of a blinding sandstorm.  In both…

Star Wars: Rebels – The Lost Commanders

In the galactic wake of “The Siege of Lothal,” our rebels, the crew of the Ghost are still a part of the nascent Rebel Alliance and we find them ready, eager to assist or not, to further the cause of the rebellion.   At the moment however, they’re homeless but for the expanses of space…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Puppet Master

In “The Runaway,” the previous episode, the moral question of the episode, is it okay to cheat those who cheat, was completely abandoned in lieu of strengthening the bond between Toph and Katara. The validity of doing wrong to those who have done wrong returns in “The Puppet Master,” and in one of Avatar: The…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Runaway

It’s not often a television show allegedly targeted toward children will explore the moral, “Is it right to cheat the cheaters?”  Much less, then throw its proverbial hands in the air and evade the morality of the question all together, it’s unexpected.  It’s also exactly what happens in “The Runaway,” an episode which runs heavily…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Beach

“The Beach,” is an episode that’s inside out.  Four teenagers going to a beach and talking between themselves would normally be delegated to the B-story of any episode, if included at all past the waste bin of a writer’s room.  The story should have been exclusively focused on Aang and the gang encountering and dealing…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – Sokka’s Master

Commitment to character, story, dialogue, music and art, are four of the pillars that often support any argument as to why Avatar: The Last Airbender is a devastatingly enjoyable experience.  In virtually every episode, you’re guaranteed to see an impressive debut of at least one or two of these attributes, and in the best episodes…

Avatar: The Last Airbender – The Painted Lady

Remember the good old days when Team Avatar lazily made their way from village to village, resolving problems like errant spirits and misinformed villagers without significant deeper meaning?  Then the third episode of Season Three is the episode for you, “The Painted Lady.”  It’s an undersell of the episode, but only so much, as “The…