Monday, February 5, 2018

Rebels: "Legacy" (Ep. 2.11)

"Stay in the moment. Be in this place at this time."

Ezra has had a vision of his parents. His missing parents, taken away by the Empire when he was a kid. Did I mention that before? Anyway...
Everyone has mostly been operating under the assumption that they're dead because what else can you do? But Ezra has had a vision...

Hold on a moment...
Maybe I've mentioned this before, but why does every young hero have to be an orphan? Seriously, why?
Harry Potter
Peter Parker
Clark Kent
Bruce Wayne
The list on wikipedia for orphaned heroes is pretty extensive.
Anyway, just a thought. Visions of parents brings up this question for me.

Other than the vision, this was a pretty typical type of episode. There's a trap. There's an escape. There are tractor beams and there are Inquisitors. It's a fine episode within the sequence of things, just nothing special to make it noteworthy.

"You've grown powerful if you can track down a lothcat with the Force."
"The Force? I planted a tracker on it."


  1. "...Why does every young hero have to be an orphan? Seriously, why?"

    It's one of the plot points of "the hero's journey". The hero is alone in the world, so he must be either an orphan or somehow abandoned by his parents.

    (I was first introduced to the concept in some English class I was subbing for. The teacher was spending a lot of time on this archetype. He used The Lion King to demonstrate it.)

    Google "the hero's journey". I think you'll find it enlightening.

    1. Liz: I know all about the hero's journey. I have the book and got into it because of Star Wars. HOWEVER! In part, Campbell's idea of the hero's journey came from Gilgamesh, and there's nothing in that about abandonment, etc. The hero has to make that step alone, but that doesn't mean s/he has to be an orphan. I think that's just something that has happened due to the influence of Star Wars.

  2. I hear ya. I was kind of thrown for a loop a wee bit when (in my latest pathfinder game--think D&D but with more rules) the DM had us make characters and then told us we all had parents. I was like...w-what? So yeah, my character has a mom and dad and they have jobs. One's an herbalist and the other is a town guardsman. My character is a paladin. I don't know if any of that even means anything to you...but I thought it was kind of cool (the whole having parents thing).

    I talked about you on my blog today. Specifically, I talked about how you like Gotham more than other DC-related tv shows. I'm interested to hear what you have to say. It's all in good fun of course.

    1. Michael: Yeah, I know what you're talking about. That's cool that he made you have parents for your character.

      I've been out of town, so I'll try to get by the post tomorrow and take a look.