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"Gathering Forces" is the ninth episode of the Disney XD animated series, Star Wars Rebels. It premiered on November 24, 2014, and is the second instalment of a multi-part storyline, continuing where "Empire Day" left off.

On November 17, 2014, the episode was made available on WatchDisneyXD.com before making its television debut.

Plot

Following where "Empire Day" left off, The Ghost flee into space with multiple TIE Fighters pursuing them. During the pursuit, Ezra presses Tseebo to confirm whether his parents were dead, but instead Tseebo pleads for his forgiveness for not protecting the Bridgers. Angered by Tseebo's role in his parents' disappearance, Ezra refuses to forgive the Rodian. With Chopper temporarily incapacitated, Hera summons Ezra to repair the navigation computer. As Ezra struggles to repair it, Tseebo enters the cockpit and directly signals hyperspace coordinates to the ship's computer; causing the Ghost to jump into hyperspace. Unknown to the Rebels, the Inquisitor has succeeded in implanting a tracker onto the Ghost's attached auxiliary ship, the Phantom.

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The Rebels find the tracking beacon.

While traveling through hyperspace, the Rebels discuss how to handle Tseebo. Due to his bitterness towards Tseebo for his role in his parents' disappearance, Ezra was unwilling to help; instead commenting that he did not know what to do nor does he care. Ezra's remarks prompt his master to warn Ezra that he will never advance as a Jedi if he is not honest with himself. Tseebo then abruptly interrupts the meeting to announce that the Imperials are tracking the Ghost. Using his cybernetic implants, he gives a holographic projection of a XX-23 S thread tracker. Under Hera's orders, Chopper scans the Ghost and detects the tracker on the hull of the Phantom. When Hera suggests dumping the Phantom in hyperspace, Kanan responds that he and his apprentice could use the Phantom as a decoy to keep the Imperials from their true target: Tseebo.

Ezra reluctantly acquiesces to Kanan's plan but is uncomfortable with Kanan's choice of destination: the asteroid base PM-1203, which was home to a species of aggressive nocturnal predators known as Fyrnocks. Kanan wants his apprentice to use the Force to bond with the Fyrnocks. After detaching from the Ghost in a dangerous move, the Phantom manages to land at PM-1203. Ezra is afraid and not entirely confident that he can connect with the Fyrnocks. Upon arriving and after much difficulty, Ezra succeeds in bonding with the Fyrnocks after confronting his worst fear: the truth of knowing what had happened to his parents. Ezra also makes peace with his fear by forgiving Tseebo, which reverberates through the Force and is felt by the Rodian, who also apologizes for betraying Ezra's parents. Having made peace with his fear and resentment, Ezra is able to bond with the fyrnocks. Back on the Ghost, Hera docks with Fulcrum's ship, who would take Tseebo into hiding. Before boarding, Tseebo informs Hera that his download of the Empire's secrets was an accident as he was just trying to find out Mira and Ephraim Bridger's fate. He tells her what he had found out so she can pass it onto Ezra.

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Through anger and fear Ezra summons a larger Fyrnock to attack the Inquisitor.

Shortly later, The Inquisitor and his forces show up at the old base. Upon entering, the Inquisitor and his Stormtroopers are immediately overpowered and attacked by the Fyrnocks. However, The Inquisitor hurls away any Fyrnock that tries to attack him, and engages Kanan and Exra in a Lightsaber duel. Both Master and Apprentice are unable to match the lightsaber skills and Force powers of the Inquisitor. In an attempt to defend his master, Ezra embraces the dark side of the Force, and uses it to summon the mother Fyrnock to attack the Inquisitor, much to Kanan's horror. Ezra's actions enable him and Kanan to escape the Imperials but in the process weakens Ezra, who slipps into unconsciousness.

Upon escaping the asteroid base, Kanan explains to a confused Ezra that he has to be careful not to let his emotions lead him to the Dark Side. They return to the Ghost safely, and just before Hera could share with Ezra what she learnt from Tseebo Kanan stop her, saying that he needs some time alone. Sitting alone at the forward turret, Sabine presents Ezra with a holodisk containing a holographic picture of him and his parents as a belated birthday present. Sabine wishes him happy birthday and leaves Ezra to enjoy his gift.

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Trivia

  • The Rebels return to the abandoned Republic Base, Fort Anaxes from the previous episode "Out of Darkness".
  • The moment between Ezra and the Inquisitor is similar to the climax of Return of the Jedi when Darth Vader tormented his son Luke with the fear of losing his sister to the Dark Side, as a result briefly giving into his hatred.
  • At the near end of the episode when Ezra regains conciousness, he says "I feel so cold" which is similar to what Luke said in The Empire Strikes Back before entering the cave on Dagobah.


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Media

Main Saga: The Force Awakens | VIII | IX
Star Wars Stories: Rogue One | Untitled Han Solo Star Wars Anthology film | Untitled Boba Fett Star Wars Stories film
Television: Star Wars: The Clone Wars | Star Wars Rebels/Videography
Video Games: Club Penguin Star Wars Takeover | Star Wars Battlefront | Star Wars: Tiny Death Star | Star Wars: Attack Squadrons | Star Wars: Assault Team | Angry Birds Star Wars | Angry Birds Star Wars II | Star Wars: Scene Maker | Star Wars: Commander | Disney INFINITY: 3.0 Edition | Star Wars: Uprising | Star Wars Rebels: Recon Missions | Star Wars: Mobile App
Books: Star Wars Rebels: Ezra's Wookiee Rescue | Star Wars Rebels: A New Hero | Chopper Saves the Day | Ezra's Gamble | Rise of the Rebels | Zeb to the Rescue | Ezra and the Pilot | Star Wars Rebels: The Visual Guide | Star Wars Rebels: Head to Head | Ultimate Sticker Collection: Star Wars Rebels | Star Wars The Adventures of Luke Skywalker, Jedi Knight | Star Wars Rebels: Meet the Rebels | Star Wars: A New Hope Illustrated Novel | Star Wars Rebels: The Inquisitor's Trap | Star Wars: Prequel Trilogy | Star Wars: Classic Trilogy | Star Wars: The Rise and Fall of Darth Vader | Star Wars: The Wrath of Darth Maul | Star Wars Rebels Servants of the Empire: Edge of the Galaxy | Star Wars: Escape From Darth Vader | Ahsoka | Star Wars: Bloodline | Catalyst | The Art of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Comics: Marvel Comics
Soundtrack: Rogue One

Disney Parks

Star Wars Land | Star Wars Weekends | Season of the Force | Carbon Freeze Me | Hyperspace Mountain | Rock 'n' Roller Coaster Starring Aerosmith | Star Tours | Star Tours: The Adventures Continue | Star Wars: Command Post | Star Wars: Path of the Jedi | Star Wars Launch Bay
Entertainment: Behind the Force | Disney Illuminations | Ignite the Dream: A Nighttime Spectacular of Magic and Light | Jedi Training: Trials of the Temple | Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular | Star Wars: A Galaxy Far, Far Away | World of Color: Celebrate!
Restaurants: BB-8 Snack Cart
Shops: Endor Vendors | Tatooine Traders | The Star Trader
Parade: Disney Stars and Motorcars Parade

Characters

Jedi: Luke Skywalker | Anakin Skywalker | Obi-Wan Kenobi | Yoda | Mace Windu | Qui-Gon Jinn | Shaak Ti | Kit Fisto | Ahsoka Tano | Depa Billaba | Luminara Unduli | Aayla Secura | Plo Koon | Ezra Bridger | Kanan Jarrus
Sith/Dark Jedi: Darth Vader | Palpatine | Darth Maul | Count Dooku | Asajj Ventress | Kylo Ren | The Grand Inquisitor | Fifth Brother | Sixth Brother | Seventh Sister | Eighth Brother
Bounty Hunters: Boba Fett | Bossk | Greedo | Jango Fett | Dengar
Clones/Stormtroopers: Clone Troopers | Rex | Wolffe | Gregor | Cody | Stormtroopers | Sandtroopers | Snowtroopers | Scout Troopers | Death Troopers | First Order Stormtroopers | Flametroopers | First Order Snowtroopers | Shoretroopers
Others from Prequel Trilogy: Padmé Amidala | General Grievous | Sebulba | Max Rebo | Clegg Holdfast | Bail Organa | Jar Jar Binks
Others from Star Wars: The Clone Wars: Hondo Ohnaka | Cham Syndulla | Cad Bane | Numa | Bo-Katan Kryze
Others from Star Wars Rebels: Garazeb Orrelios | Sabine Wren | Hera Syndulla | Agent Kallus | Cikatro Vizago | Zare Leonis | Maketh Tua | Valen Rudor | Cumberlayne Aresko | Myles Grint | Zare Leonis | Jai Kell | Tseebo | Azmorigan | Gall Trayvis | Imperial Combat Drivers | Kassius Konstantine | Quarrie | Ketsu Onyo | Brom Titus | Ryder Azadi | Ephraim and Mira Bridger | Thrawn | Arihnda Pryce | Chava | Gron | Fenn Rau | The Bendu | Gar Saxon | Jun Sato | Mart Mattin | Gooti Terez | Jonner Jin | Morad Sumar
Others from Original Trilogy: Leia Organa | Han Solo | Chewbacca | Lando Calrissian | Wilhuff Tarkin | Admiral Ackbar | Mon Mothma | Wedge Antilles | Wicket W. Warrick | Owen Lars | Beru Whitesun Lars | Bib Fortuna | Figran D'an and the Modal Nodes | Emperor's Royal Guard | Salacious Crumb | TIE Pilots | AT-AT drivers | Rebel Pilots | Nien Nunb | Jabba the Hutt
Others from Sequel Trilogy: Rey | Finn | Poe Dameron | Lor San Tekka | Captain Phasma | Maz Kanata | General Hux | First Order TIE Pilots | Supreme Leader Snoke | Sidon Ithano | Tasu Leech | Teedo | Unkar Plutt | Snap Wexley
Star Wars Stories: Jyn Erso | Cassian Andor | Bodhi Rook | Krennic | Chirrut Îmwe | Baze Malbus | Jebel | Galen Erso | Lyra Erso | Pao | Imperial Hovertank Pilots | Saw Gerrera | Edrio | Bistan

Droids

R2-D2 | C-3PO | RX-24 | G2-9T | G2-4T | Aly San San | R2-MK | Gonk droids | C1-10P | ROX-N | WEG-1618 | AC-38 | R5-D2 | BB-8 | Probe Droid | ID9 Seeker Droid | AP-5 | K-2SO | Battle Droids | C2-B5 | Kalani | Droidekas | R3-A3 | Imperial Sentry Droid

Creatures/Races

Wampa | Sarlacc | Tauntaun | Bantha | Ewoks | Wookiees | Gungans | Twi'leks | Jawas | Togruta | Gran | Rodians | Gamorreans | Ugnaughts | Tusken Raiders | Mon Calamari | Womp Rats | Dianoga | Dewbacks | Space Slug | Loth-cat | Fyrnock | Purrgil | Convor | Rancor | Krykna | Reek | Lasat | Rathtar | Mynock | Puffer Pig

Episodes

Star Wars Rebels
Shorts: The Machine in the Ghost | Art Attack | Entanglement | Property of Ezra Bridger
Season One: Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion | Droids in Distress | Fighter Flight | Rise of the Old Masters | Breaking Ranks | Out of Darkness | Empire Day | Gathering Forces | Path of the Jedi | Idiot's Array | Vision of Hope | Call to Action | Rebel Resolve | Fire Across the Galaxy
Season Two: Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal | The Lost Commanders | Relics of the Old Republic | Always Two There Are | Brothers of the Broken Horn | Wings of the Master | Blood Sisters | Stealth Strike | The Future of the Force | Legacy | A Princess on Lothal | The Protector of Concord Dawn | Legends of the Lasat | The Call | Homecoming | The Honorable Ones | Shroud of Darkness | The Forgotten Droid | The Mystery of Chopper Base | Twilight of the Apprentice
Season Three: Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow | The Holocrons of Fate | The Antilles Extraction | Hera's Heroes | The Last Battle | Imperial Super Commandos | Iron Squadron | The Wynkahthu Job | An Inside Man | Visions and Voices | Ghosts of Geonosis

Organizations

Rebel Alliance | Galactic Empire | Jedi | Confederacy of Independent Systems | Sith | Galactic Republic | Mandalorian | First Order | Resistance | Inquisitorius | Jedi Temple Guards | Church of the Force | New Republic

Objects/Weapons

Lightsaber | Blaster | Ezra's Energy Slingshot | Holocron | Bo-Rifle | Kyber crystal | Synthetic kyber crystal | Darksaber

Spacecrafts/Vehicles

StarSpeeder 3000 | Millennium Falcon | X-Wing | Y-Wing | A-Wing | B-Wing | U-Wing | T-70 X-Wing Fighter | Snowspeeder | Naboo Starfighter | Anakin Skywalker's Podracer | Imperial Shuttle | Imperial Star Destroyer | Slave I | TIE Fighter | TIE Advanced x1 | TIE Bomber | TIE Interceptor | TIE Advanced v1 | TIE Defender | First Order TIE fighter | First Order Special Forces TIE Fighter | TIE Striker | Jedi Starfighter | AT-ST | AT-AT | AT-ACT | Super Star Destroyer | Jedi Mickey's Starfighter | Blockade Runner | StarSpeeder 1000 | Ghost | Phantom/Phantom II | AT-DP | Imperial Speeder Bike | 614-AvA Speeder Bike | Imperial Landing Craft | EF76 Nebulon-B escort frigate | AT-TE | Imperial Freighter | First Order Star Destroyer | Imperial Interdictor | Hammerhead Corvette | Sato's Hammer | Nightbrother

Locations

Tatooine | Death Star | Alderaan | Yavin 4 | Hoth | Dagobah | Yoda's Hut | Cloud City | Bespin | Death Star II | Endor | Ryloth | Naboo | Coruscant | Jedi Temple | Kamino | Geonosis | Kashyyyk | Mustafar | Mandalore | Lothal | Lothal Jedi Temple | Jakku | Starkiller Base | Takodana | D'Qar | Ahch-To | First Jedi Temple | Atollon | Garel | Malachor | Malachor Sith Temple | Scarif | Jedha

Merchandise

Star Wars: Star Tours (toy line) | Star Wars Rebels Saga Legends

See Also

The Force

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