Star Wars Rebels - Season 1, Episode 11 //
Call to Action Episode Guide
An ambitious, ruthless proponent of military power, Wilhuff Tarkin became a favorite of Supreme Chancellor Palpatine and rose rapidly through the Imperial ranks. Shortly after the Empire's creation, he was put in charge of the construction of the Death Star. Tarkin saw the Death Star as a way to crush all dissent to the Empire's rule -- fear of the station's planet-killing superlaser would keep the galaxy's star systems in line. He demonstrated the station's power by destroying Alderaan, but died soon afterwards when the Death Star itself was destroyed.
A different form of speeder bike, jumpspeeders were originally used as emergency transports for the Jedi and military patrols. Upon the end of the Clone Wars, however, jumpspeeders were repurposed for civilian use. Sabine of the Lothal rebels drove an Undicur-class model, manufactured by Kuat Vehicles and foldable, making for easy storage.
During the Clone Wars, security on Coruscant was bolstered with the addition of Republic patrol transports. Smaller, sleeker, and less heavily-armed than the military-grade Republic attack gunship, the patrol transport, sometimes referred to as the police gunship, was better suited to navigate the skyline and was less likely to cause costly collateral damage with its pair of ball-mounted laser turrets that flanked the cockpit, or the a fixed laser cannon that extended from the rear. Four arm-mounted solar gather panels helped power the repulsorlift vehicle. The control cabin had two stacked seats, with the pilot elevated and slightly behind the gunner. The troop bay had side doors that folded upward for entry, and rear ramp for rapid deployment of police forces. After the Clone Wars, the Empire made equally good use of patrol transports, using them to combat rebel threats from world to world.
Not much is known about the Empire’s Grand Inquisitor. A Pau’an male, he was tasked by Darth Vader to hunt down any surviving Jedi Knights. The Inquistor was an intimidating figure, dressed in all black and wielding a red, double-bladed lightsaber. After several encounters with Kanan Jarrus and his Padawan Ezra Bridger, the Inquisitor died in a lightsaber duel with Kanan – but warned the rogue Jedi that his victory had unleashed something terrible.