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"An Inside Man" is the forty-first episode of Star Wars Rebels. It is the eighth episode of the third season. It premiered on December 3, 2016.

Plot

Ezra, Kanan and Chopper had returned to Lothal after receiving communications from Ryder Azadi to meet him on the planet. They waited for him on the rooftops of a town, and Ryder eventually showed up in a speeder while being pursued by Imperial forces. Kanan, Ezra and Chopper jumped aboard Ryder's speeder and made a run for it, only for them to turn back the way they came due to a blockade. Ahead of them was a walker, which the two Jedi took down by slicing off its legs with their Lightsabers. They got onto the highway with two speeder bikes on their tail. Both Ezra and Kanan were concerned because they would not be able to outrun their pursuers in their speeder, but for some reason, Ryder was not at least a bit worried. All he said was they just needed to get them up to maximum speed instead of outrunning them. As both speeders reached high speed, the speeder bikes began to overheat until they suddenly exploded and crashed. According to Ryder, he had some people on the inside who had been sabotaging the Empire's assembly line. They left the highway and soon arrive at Ryder's hideout, where Ezra was greeted by Morad Sumar. After getting reacquainted, The Rebels got down to business. According to Ezra, Phoenix Squadron was enlisting help from another Rebel cell to take out the Imperial factory on Lothal. When the attack will happen depended on what they learn while on the planet. Ezra also noted that their contact "Fulcrum" had intel that the Empire was building a new type of weapon, and the other cell needed to know what it was before committing any attack.

In order to infiltrate the factory, Ezra, Kanan, Morad, and Chopper went in as factory workers. Assembled with the other workers, Agent Kallus and Governor Pryce arrived to welcome Grand Admiral Thrawn, who was conducting an investigation at the factory. He revealed to be aware that many of the vehicles assembled at the factory malfunctioned, and believed poor craftsmanship was to blame. Assuring that this would not be tolerated, he turned everyone's attention to Morad and a 614-AvA Speeder Bike that he last inspected. With no choice, Morad was forced to demonstrate for Thrawn how quickly it could reach full speed. As for Ezra and Kanan they could not risk blowing their cover and were forced to hold back. Morad got on the speeder and powered up the engine. As he began to accelerate, the speeder slowly began to overheat. Morad recommended they shut it down but Thrawn urged him to keep going. The speeder reached full speed and as it did so the overheating became critical until it finally blew up, killing Morad in the process. This left Ezra, Kanan and the workers horrified, and Thrawn noted that from now on whatever they built will be personally tested. He then turned to Lieutenant Lyste and gave him the order to have the factory on full lock down. He wished to inspect the line for sabotage. After Thrawn, Pryce and Kallus left, Lyster gave the word to have the facility locked down and held the workers for questioning, trapping Ezra, Kanan and Chopper in the process.

As the Imperials inspected the workers one at a time, Ezra and Kanan needed a plan to escape. Ezra instructed Chopper to create a diversion, and he did so by causing one of the speeder bikes to fly off its production stand out of control. It almost collided into Lyster and his troops, forcing them to get clear and allowing Ezra and Kanan the chance to escape. They made it to the corridors and started their search for the plans regarding the Empire's new weapon. But before they could go any further they needed to change outfits, and they did so by swiping the armor of a Stormtrooper and a Scout Trooper. Meanwhile back on the factory floor, Thrawn, Pryce and Kallus were discussing the possibilities that the Rebellion had infiltrated the facility in order to get their hands on their secret project. Thrawn also expressed his dismantlement for Pryce hiring locals to the factory, because it had now compromised security, regardless that the factory had quotas to meet. Kallus, who had no clue about what the project was, wished to know more about it unless he was successful in questioning the workers. The only thing he was told that the Admiral had a new fighter initiative at the factory. Kallus failed to see how one small fighter would change their efforts to destroy the Rebellion, Only for Thrawn to explain that victory and defeat were often determined by the smallest detail. Giving him an example, he instructed Kallus to remotely control one of the walkers to step forward, which suddenly malfunctioned and fell over. The Walker was no doubt sabotaged, which showed Kallus that the slightest error within their ranks could compromise the success of this new project. As for the worker who was responsible for overseeing the construction of that walker was apprehended and taken away for possible punishment.

Meanwhile, after rejoining with Chopper, Ezra and Kanan found where the Empire was keeping the plans for their new weapon. But in order to get past security and download the database, Chopper needed one of those security cards. Luckily an Imperial droid shows up. They got it show its clearance code, and as it did so Chopper disabled the droid with his shocker. Chopper went in and after the Troopers checked him out they let him pass. Once inside, he plugged himself into one of the terminals and started downloading the database. Meanwhile, Thrawn was informed that two of the workers that Lyste was inspecting had gone missing. He suspected they would impersonate as one of their forces and gather some information before making their escape, specifically the plans for the new fighter. On his orders, Thrawn had the area locked down just as Chopper returned with the database successfully downloaded. The Rebels soon caught the attention of suspicious eyes from Imperial forces, which forced them to run. They made their way to an elevator only for it to have Agent Kallus inside. With little choice, they were forced to enter the elevator with Kallus before the Stormtroopers could apprehend them. Ezra and Kanan restrained Kallus before he could make a move, only for him to reveal that he was "Fulcrum". He proved it by saying the Rebel code phrase "By the light of Lothal's Moons", bringing up the time Zeb trusted him on the Bahryn Moon, and how he helped Sabine escape the Skystrike Academy. He wanted to help escape them too, and despite their concerns, Ezra and Kanan reluctantly accepted his assistance with Chopper already showing complete faith in Kallus. They infiltrated a nearby office and managed to make contact outside the factory. They got word from Ryder that he was on his way get them out. Following Kallus' instructions, Ezra, Kanan and Chopper headed for the east vehicle pool where they took one of the walkers as Imperial forces were deployed to face a Rebel attack committed by Ryder. However, it appeared Thrawn was on to them and ordered one of the AT-ATs defending the east pool to attack the AT-DP that Ezra, Kanan and Chopper were controlling. They took cover behind the second AT-AT, only for it to get on top of them. Ezra and Kanan cut their way out and seized control of the AT-AT that was crushing them. They took out the other walker and then escaped with Ryder and Morad's wife, whom they told about her husband's fate.

After returning to Ryder's hideout, they transmitted the data back to Atollon which turned out to be plans for a new type of TIE Interceptor that was fitted with shielding. Knowing they may not stand a chance against these new type of fighters, the Rebels agreed they would need to come up with a better strategy in order to succeed in their Attack on the factory. When Hera asked how they were able to get pass Thrawn, Kanan and Ezra revealed that Agent Kallus was their secret contact "Fulcrum" and he helped them escape. They also learn from Zeb that he sort of recruited him after they were trapped together on Bahryn. Despite Kallus' support, Hera advised everyone to be cautious with their new ally.

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Trivia

  • The schematics Chopper steals from the Imperial complex are for a TIE Defender.
  • This is the fifth time Chopper is disguised as an Imperial droid, having been previously disguised in "Breaking Ranks", "Rebel Resolve", "Stealth Strike" and "Hera's Heroes".
  • Morad Sumar is killed off in this episode.
  • This is the second time Ezra disguises himself as a Scout Trooper, having previously disguised in "Hera's Heroes".
  • Production Numbers 311 ("An Inside Man") and 310 ("Visions and Voices") were swapped after production started, partially because of thematic connections between 310 and 312.
vedStar Wars Rebels Episodes
Shorts
"The Machine in the Ghost" | "Art Attack" | "Entanglement" | "Property of Ezra Bridger"
Season 1
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 2
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 3
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" | "Warhead" | "Trials of the Darksaber" | "Legacy of Mandalore" | "Through Imperial Eyes" | "Secret Cargo" | "Double Agent Droid" | "Twin Suns" | "Zero Hour"
Season 4
Star Wars Rebels: Heroes of Mandalore

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    • ObiWan6251sALT wrote: After seeing this episode, I'm totally calling that Thrawn knows Agent Kallus is the "mole". I me...
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