CotF Reaction Corps – Rebels: Season 1 and Siege of Lothal

You get a double-whammy this time around. We’ve been meaning to record a Rebels: Season 1 episode ever since the finale aired. Alas, places to go, people to see, other episodes to record…

So here we are talking about season 1 of Rebels on Siege-of-Lothal-morning (which is like Christmas morning, but better). And then, a few days later, we recorded our reaction to The Siege of Lothal.

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Our reaction to The Siege of Lothal starts at the 44 minute mark, which is right around half way through the episode. That’s right. This episode is over an hour and a half long, which makes it our longest episode yet by over half an hour.

This one took me a long time to edit. Liam had a lot to say, much of which, sadly, ended up on the cutting room floor. But there’s still plenty in there. I couldn’t bring myself to cut all of the ridiculousness out.

Also, summer. This summer has been great, aside from Anna breaking her arm.

I was certain I’d have more time to record, edit and publish this summer, but so far that hasn’t panned out. Oh well. Swimming and soccer and other fun stuff are good, too.

Anyway, back to the episode. The kids really loved season 1 of Rebels. Here’s an exchange that illustrates this love:

Me: If they do some other kind of show after Rebels – maybe Rebels is only going to go three or four seasons, we don’t know–

Anna: Waa.

Me: But whatever they do after that, I have full–

Liam: I hope it keeps going for seasons like the whole rest … until the universe blows up.

Me: Until the universe blows up. Wow, that would be a long time.

Liam: Well, until the earth blows up.

Me: OK. So you want there to be hundreds of millions of seasons of Rebels.

Liam: Um, until I’m dead.

Me: Oh, until you’re dead. Oh, OK. Because after you’re dead, who cares.

Liam: Until the whole earth blows up. But still, I’ll get all of it for my whole life except the rest. But I’ll be dead, so I won’t care if I don’t watch the rest. Because I’ll be dead, I can’t think.

Agreed, Liam. Agreed.

We all thought The Siege of Lothal was great, though I think all of us agreed that there was something just a bit less magical about it. The kids don’t count The Empire Strikes Back as one of their favorite Star Wars installments, and seeing how both Filoni and Kinberg have said that S2 of Rebels will have more of an Empire tone, it makes sense that they might feel just a little let down by that. But on the flip side, I think the story of Rebels is taking a pretty serious turn and is going to tell some fairly complex stories in season 2. In this way, my hope is that the kids can see the value in that, even if it might not be fist-pumpinly awesome and fun at every turn (because seriously, Empire is sort of a drag).

Don’t get me wrong, we all loved this episode and cannot wait to see what the rest of the season brings. More exciting than the answers we might get, are the new questions we can ask. Like:

Who’s your favorite Inquisitor?
Did any other clones survive Order 66?
Who’d win in a fight, Vader or every other living Force user in the galaxy all at once?

So much fun. Thanks for reading and listening! Send us a voicemail or email us at if you want to take part in the discussion or just give us some feedback.

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