Who is Ezra Bridger?
Ezra Bridger was a force sensitive human from Capital City, Lothal (Outer Rim Territories) who later became a revolutionary leader in the early rebellion against the Galactic Empire (starwars.wiki). Ezra was left an orphan after his parents, Ephraim and Mira Bridger, were imprisoned and later killed for their crimes against the Empire. As an orphan for eight years, Ezra was forced to live off the streets, where he would constantly steal goods to later sale in the black market.
Although the first time we find Ezra, we wouldn’t consider him a “hero” per say, all of that changed the day a Star Destroyer flew over Capital City. Curious to find out what was going on, he took a speeder towards the city where he spotted three rebels attacking a group of Imperials. The rebels were trying to steal supplies that were on Imperial speeders.
During the chaos of battle, Ezra managed to jump from the rooftop, and stole one of the speeders that had crates on it. As he was making his escape, a TIE Fighter began chasing Ezra. Before it had the chance to kill him, a VZX-100, nicknamed The Ghost, appeared and shot the TIE Fighter down. The rebels on The Ghost let Ezra aboard, and they fled out of Lothal to escape the Imperial soldiers. It was here that Ezra first met his team, and his journey to becoming a leader of the early rebellion against the empire officially began.
Universalism (Postcolonial criticism):
Universalism is the concept that all human experiences are the same, in some way, and are connected to one another. We constantly see this in the Star Wars universe, especially when speaking in the context of the Force. In the Star Wars universe, there is an aspect of the Force known as Force vision. Force vision gives the user the ability to see into the past and into the future.
As Ezra’s knowledge in the Force increased, he began to gain the ability to have Force visions. Whenever Ezra had a Force vision, this experience was shared with Kanon, as well as other Force users in the area. A specific example is episode 10, season one “Path of the Jedi.”
In this episode, Ezra and his master, Kanan, travel to a Jedi temple on the planet Lothal. Kanan brought Ezra there to test his readiness to be trained as a Jedi. As they make their way through the temple, Ezra, alone, is forced to confront his fear of abandonment, which is manifested through visions of Grand Inquisitors killing his friends, the crew of The Ghost. Through the journey, both Ezra and Kanan shared similar experiences separately.
Interpellation (Marxist Criticism):
Interpellation is defined as a system where its participants feel that they have freedom of choice, but in actuality, everything is controlled and decided for them by some higher power. In episode 20, season three “Twin Suns,” we witness interpellation in action. Ezra Bridger believes that he is feeling the presence of Obi-Wan Kenobi, but in actuality, it is Maul, a Dathomirian Zabrak male who was the apprentice of Darth Sidious, who is manipulating Ezra’s Force vision. Here, because Ezra believes that the vision he is seeing is true, we see an example of when an individual believes they are in control, but in actuality, a higher power, in this case, Maul, is actually in control.
Ezra Bridger as a Hero:
Throughout the series, we see Ezra grow from the lost child he once was, to the military leader he was always meant to be. Despite being a criminal in his early life, we have seen Ezra grow into a confident, and mature, teen who now leads a part of the rebellion against the Empire. Ezra began his journey by walking it as a criminal. Towards the end, Ezra turns into this person who is not only cared about, but one who cares back, and does everything to ensure the safety of his crew, and the people around him.