Star Wars Rebels: Different Show, Same Brilliant Hondo

Thursday, 05 November 2015 - 10:29AM
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Thursday, 05 November 2015 - 10:29AM
Star Wars Rebels: Different Show, Same Brilliant Hondo
We've known for a while that this Season of Star Wars Rebels would feature a host of fan favorites from Dave Filoni's earlier venture, Star Wars Clone Wars, and we've already been introduced to some of them. But while Ahsoka Tano and Captain Rex may have stolen most of the headlines, it was a morally questionable pirate that we were most looking forward to seeing return.

Hondo Ohnaka earned legions of fans during his time on Clone Wars, his inebriated wit and ability to get him out of countless confrontations with more powerful beings was impossibly endearing. Heck, the man even appeared to earn the respect of Obi Wan Kenobi by the time the show was over. The Weequay pirate made his return to our screens on Star Wars Rebels last night, and it was every bit as good as we had hoped it would be.


Throughout the early stages of this first season, Ezra has found himself with an increasing number of role models all insisting that their tasks are key to his development. In this week's episode, we see Rex, Hera and Kanan all vying for Ezra's time, causing the young Jedi to understandably question where his priorities lie and even yearning for the simpler times of being an orphaned street kid back on Lothal. While the crew of the Ghost are all excellent role models in his own right, it might just be that Ezra learnt some of his biggest lessons in a long time from the unlikely source of Hondo Ohnaka.

While Ezra might be learning responsibility from Hera, the art of being a Soldier from Rex, and crucial Jedi techniques from Kanan, this week's episode saw Hondo teach him a new lesson like only Hondo can. Staying alive against the odds.

But Hondo's appearance was important for more than just Ezra, it was also important for the show as a whole. After an explosive opening, Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels has been in danger of slipping back into its aimless bad habits that mired much of season 1. But Hondo's appearance felt like a breath of fresh air, and while we don't expect him to be used every episode (you really can have too much of a good thing), it's nice to know that the writers have his shenanigans to fall back on whenever the show comes close to getting stuck in a rut. Plus, if that fails there's always two-gun Chopper to break up the monotony. 


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