Star Wars Rebels, Episode 9 “Idiot’s Array” Broadcast on January 19, 2015
Written by Kevin Hopps
Directed by Steward Lee
In the local bar, Zeb is playing Sabacc against an unseen opponent. The Lasat is unwilling to take any advice on the gameplay from Chopper. Kanan’s at the bar trying to get a job, any job, from the bartender just to get food for the crew of the Ghost. He’s told that the stranger playing against Zeb is looking to a hire a ship and crew. Unfortunately, Zeb’s out of credits, so he uses Chopper for his final wager. He knows he can’t lose with his hand, until Lando Calrissian reveals he has a winning Idiot’s Array. “…introduce me to my new droid,” he says, smiling. Cue opening title card and first commercial break.
Having Lando in this episode was a lot of fun, making this really feel like Star Wars. Billy Dee Williams as Lando was the smoothest con man in the galaxy, making moves on all the ladies, getting up the dander of the men, and seemingly making up every move of his plan on the fly. Hopps wrote an entertaining story showing how the dynamics of the team were changed up with another man aboard, albeit a smooth talking man aboard. This is the first episode in a while where Hera actually got to do something other than fly the ship and she was great. Love her solo outing! James Hong (Big Trouble in Little China and Mulan) was the voice of gangster Azmorigan and he’s got to return for more dastardly deeds! There is also the greatest addition to Star Wars’ menagerie. I can’t say the name of this creature for spoiling what happens with it, but it is stupendous and has the best sound effects I’ve heard in a cartoon in quite a while that had me roaring with each of its utterances.
The good: The story, Lando, Billy Dee Williams, Hera, James Hong, Azmorigan, the new animal, and Chopper saving the day (and when don’t droids do that?)
Fun lines: “He is a member of our crew!”, “Smuggler is such a small word. I’m more of a galactic entrepreneur,” “I happen to be an impressionistic connoisseur,” “I don’t like that guy,” “Always,” and “Oh, you’re welcome.”
The bad: I’ve got nothing. This was winning in every possible way.
The final line: The best episode of the series yet. This show has hit its stride. Overall grade: A+