This review contains spoilers.
For those of us who have grown up with Star Wars, and have remained fond of the series into adulthood, it can be easy to forget that we’re no longer exactly the intended audience. That statement might ruffle some feathers but it’s true; Star Wars is, and has always been, primarily aimed at children. That doesn’t discount the cross-generational appeal it has always enjoyed, but as adults it’s important to have a certain level of self-awareness about the fact that we’re watching a cartoon made for seven-year-olds. So when Star Wars Rebels takes a break from the high-stakes emotional drama to go on a silly side-adventure with the rebels’ astromech sidekick, I’m totally onboard provided that they do a good job. And – I’m happy to report – they did!
Yes, this week’s episode is all about Chopper – the Ghost crew’s own crotchety old bucket of bolts – and on the spectrum of Star Wars Rebels episodes, this is definitely on the sillier side of things. After spending this entire season searching for a planet that can sustain a permanent base of operations, the rebel fleet believes they’ve finally settled on the perfect spot. In order to get there, first they’ll need to refuel. That’s where the Ghost comes in. The Lothal rebels make their way to Horizon Base to commandeer a shipment of fuel, and while the rest of the crew is off on their adventure, Chopper is left behind to make sure the ship is ready to make a quick get away. Chopper, however, is more preoccupied with a junk merchant on the landing platform who happens to be selling a replacement leg for Chopper’s mismatched struts. While Chopper attempts to haggle with, and eventually steals from the merchant, the crew returns to the Ghost and blast off into space leaving the aged astromech behind.