I have never been particularly fond of Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This is something I’ve written about extensively in the past, but now that I’m writing here at Heroic Hollywood, I think it’s important to restate this bit of context. Because, you see, as much as I’m not fond of The Clone Wars, I adore Star Wars Rebels. This puts me in something of a unique position among fans – a position where the appearance of “fan favorite” characters from The Clone Wars on Rebels inspires trepidation rather than elation. In Rebels’ second season, we have seen no less than five Clone Wars characters show up so far, and the success rate for their integration into this new setting has been somewhat hit-or-miss. This week, Rebels brings that total up to eight, but you know what? Not only is this the most successful integration of Clone Wars characters in Rebels to date, it’s also almost certainly the show’s best standard-length episode.
The character in question is Cham Syndulla. If the name sounds familiar, it’s because he shares a surname with the Ghost’s illustrious pilot. Cham Syndulla is a war hero, a freedom fighter, a rebel provocateur, and most importantly (for our purposes, at least) Hera’s father. He fought alongside Mace Windu during the Clone Wars to liberate Ryloth from the Separatists’ droid army, and, as the Republic gave way to the Empire, he never stopped fighting. He even, at one point, attempted to assassinate Darth Vader and the Emperor, though that plan turned out to be less than successful. Now, with the rebel forces stretched thin and sustaining heavy losses as they search for a new base of operations, they turn to Cham Syndulla and his band of freedom fighters to help them capture an Imperial carrier currently orbiting Ryloth.