When Vader engaged them on the landing platform, holy crap
. I was worried that the show would 'dumb him down' in order to service the story of the heroes, but they did an amazing job of making him a menace. That fight--Kanan and Ezra were just so
outclassed, it was clear that not only were they no match for him, but that he was almost toying with them. And bonus points for how he nonchalantly deflected Sabine's blaster bolts back at her, scoring both a chest hit and a headshot!
How they showed Lothal was really awesome too. Setting so much of it at night was maybe a little obvious, but it worked really well. Particularly with the massively increased Imperial presence. All those stormtroopers, and the Star Destroyers both in orbit and hovering over the capital area...wow. And to burn down Tarkintown, one of the first locations introduced in the series, was also a great choice.
Two complaints...first, that Tarkin didn't appear. Yeah I know he was discussed and alluded to, but a bit of Tarkin/Vader banter would have been appreciated. Second: even though Sam Witwer did a fantastic
job of playing the part, I was disappointed that we didn't get to see the show's take on the Emperor. It's vanishingly rare in SW for there to be an audio communication without the trademark blue hologram, so to me this stood out like a sore thumb.