The search for the last remaining Kyber Saber Crystal turns into a race between the Freemakers and Naare (Grey Griffin) and her bounty hunter friends. Containing several nods to The Empire Strikes Back, “Showdown on Hoth” includes the Freemakers finding the abandoned Rebel base and running into a baby Wampa (whose angry mother will help secure the group’s escape). The episode also offers another appearance of Durpin (Richard Kind) by Plumestriker (Jeff Bennett) demoted to one of the most desolate locations in the Empire.
Never underestimate the power of the Dark Side. Vader has been defeated by Cylo-V and trapped within the mechanical body which the cybernetic genius has completely shut down. But just because the Dark Lord of the Sith is down doesn’t necessarily mean he’s out.
Taking place mostly inside the mind of Vader we see glimpses of Mustafar and the choices of Anakin Skywalker that continue to dominate his destiny. It’s an interesting issue to see the events played out from Vader’s point-of-view, we even see Vader responsible for destroying Anakin at one point. The point of the issue is Anakin is dead, and through the power of sheer will the presence that impossibly wills the dormant mechanical body into action belongs solely to Darth Vader.
Taking a break from their search for the Kyber Crystals, and following the advice from Maz Kanata (Grey Griffin), the Freemakers head to the barren junk planet of Zoh in search of the Maker who turns out to Jek-14 (Brian Dobson). Although the former Sith clone is welcoming to the group, his robots aren’t too happy with the Freemakers’ arrival. Afraid they will convince the Maker to leave, the bots decide take care of the trespassers… permanently.