Title: Flight of the Arrowhead Season: 2 Episode: 9 Original air date: August 9, 2017
Following the events of ‘The Pit and the Pinnacle‘, the Freemakers drop out of hyperspace to find the Rebel fleet under attack. Given the explosive nature of Kyber crystals, Quarrie tells the team that they have to finish the Arrowhead in a safer environment.
That takes them to Jakku, an isolated desert planet that was first introduced in Star Wars: The Force Awakens (which of course chronologically takes place later than The Freemaker Adventures), but they are not the only ones there. Fan favorite characters Ensign Plumestriker and Sub-Ensign Durpin return to make things difficult for the Freemakers as they attempt to complete the ship the Rebellion desperately needs.
Spoilers follow, so please watch the episode before reading the review if you wish to avoid them.
In order to get the ship to the desert planet, Quarrie turns to the pilot he thinks could do the job best. Unfortunately for Zander, it’s not him.
Instead, we get the pleasure of seeing more of Lieutenant Valeria in this episode. Voiced by Yvette Nicole Brown, we find that Valeria is just as brave on the ground as she is in the cockpit of her ship, especially when the Freemakers need Durpin and Plumestriker off their backs. Most of the time, when a character like her gets introduced at the beginning of the series, they tend to be left in the background, so it was great to see her included in the main part of the story.
Seeing Durpin and Plumestriker is always much appreciated, since the interactions and constant struggle between those two characters always provides plenty of comic moments. The happabore and AT-ST chase scenes are no exception.
After the Kyber crystal is put in place, the Arrowhead finally comes to life. Not only that, but Zander gets his wish and flies the starship into its first space battle, demonstrating how effective the Embersteel blade is against the Imperial forces. LEGO fans will also appreciate the sound of LEGO bricks breaking apart as the Arrowhead slices through enemy ships.
Rowan’s weapon to fight the Empire is, without a doubt, a masterpiece, but it also begs the question of whether it’s too powerful, like the Kyber Saber that came before it. It managed to tear an entire Star Destroyer in half. With great power comes great responsibility, so it will be interesting to see how it will be used for the rest of the season.
Although it’s a victory for the Rebellion, the Emperor is now aware of the existence of the Arrowhead. Having suffered a loss and still no Kyber Saber in his hands, the darkness that Rowan had been worried about in the previous episode is going to be an even bigger problem moving forward.
The award ceremony scene at the end was a great touch, especially since it was reminiscent of the medals that were awarded to Luke and Han at the end of A New Hope. In addition to receiving medals, each sibling received a promotion or title of some kind, making the event all the more special. Before, they were just mechanics for the Rebellion, but now, they’ve taken a much larger step into something bigger than themselves.
Rowan, in particular, becomes a Master Ship Builder, the same rank as Quarrie. The best part is that he’s only 12 1/2 years old and that sends such a powerful message to the younger audience. It’s a nice message to communicate, that no task is too hard to accomplish at any age as long as you put your mind into it.