TV Club: Star Wars Rebels’ throwback to The Clone Wars is bogged down by a terrible middle

So, I’m trying to wrap my brain around this episode. It starts off very intriguing: Kanan, Ezra, Zeb, and Rex head onto a distant planet to check out an old Clone War transport ship for weapons, but run into a batch of Separatists battle droids that still function (barely) and still believe the Clone Wars are going on. Three things come to mind: 1) we’re getting a quirky, adventurous, throwback-type episode to The Clone Wars, probably with historical, references, and Easter egg nods to the old TV series; 2) we get to develop some novel connections between the past and the present within this take on the Star Wars universe; 3) we get a character-rich perspective of the old war through Rex (who shows signs of PTSD), and how that reflects the other three characters who knows nothing of the Clone Wars beyond vague stories. This episode has …

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