When it comes right down to it, 22 minutes is not a lot of time to tell a story. If you’re splitting said story up into three acts, and you want to, say, show a character having a major change of heart during the second act, you’d have at best ten minutes to do so. Herein lies the problem with this week’s episode of Star Wars Rebels.
In ‘The Honorable Ones,’ Rebels continues the trend it’s been following over the past several weeks by having an episode dedicated to developing one specific character, but instead of Sabine, Zeb, or Hera, this episode sets its sights on a much more unlikely character: Agent Kallus. As the episode opens, the Ghost crew arrives in Geonosis’ orbit to investigate reports of a massive construction project being undertaken by the Empire. If you’re thinking to yourself, ‘hey, I bet that’s the Death Star,’ you would be right! Unfortunately, by the time our rebels arrive, the Empire has already concluded this phase of the construction, and all that’s left are abandoned construction modules and debris. Stranger still, when Chopper does a scan of the planet, there are absolutely no signs of life. No Imperial forces, no Geonosians, nothing. A world that was once septic with life is now nothing more than a lifeless chunk of rock and sand.