Ranking Rebels: 10 Highlights From “Empire Day”

The Empire throws itself a parade on its fake holiday, and the rebels take action.

What do you do when you have more thoughts about Star Wars Rebels than you know what to do with? Make a list of your favorite moments — in no particular order, because that might fry your circuits. Welcome to Ranking Rebels.

It may not be a celebration for most, but the Empire celebrates “Empire Day” and that means everyone does…or else. “Empire Day” is the sixth episode of Season One, and it’s got a bit of everything: mystery, action, and a whopper of a cliffhanger hanging.

Here are my 10 favorite moments from the episode!

Star Wars Rebels - Ezra, Kanan, and a Lothcat
1. “Today’s not a good day. It’s never a good day.”

Right in the middle of a lesson about connecting, Ezra does exactly what his Master asks and lets his guard down. Sure, it happens after some Loth-cat wrangling and a little snark, but Ezra is learning how to open up. We don’t know why today is especially hard, but we know there’s something going on.

Star Wars Rebels - Republic Gunship

2. Old Jho’s Pit Stop

Every town needs a good watering hole and Jho’s is the spot for drinks, local gossip, possible work, and…Imperial stormtroopers? Well, you have to take the bad with the good. Any bar made from an old Republic gunship and owned by a cool guy like Jho is worth a few Imperial entanglements.

Star Wars Rebels - Empire Day on Lothal

3. Everyone loves a parade.

You have to admit, the Empire does know how to put on a parade. Everyone’s feeling so patriotic because of the “Imperial March” (and some not-so-gentle prodding). Plus Minister Tua’s so proud! How can you not appreciate this huge display of Imperial military might tromping through your city? It’s so nice that Kanan’s feeling all happy and “patriotic” and Sabine’s generous enough to provide lots of things that go boom.

4. You can’t go home again.

Ezra finds himself drawn back to his old home based on a feeling. It’s the first time the Ghost crew learns more about the self-confident and independent street rat who isn’t feeling all that confident right now.

5. Finding Tseebo.

The Empire’s been looking for Tseebo and Ezra just found him — not that he’s thrilled to see him, considering Tseebo’s role in the disappearance of Ezra’s parents. But what does Tseebo have that’s so important? What’s he carrying?

Star Wars Rebels -Ezra
6. Ezra and the Empire were born on the same day. How nice?

It’s bad enough when you have a birthday that falls on a major holiday, but how would you like to share a birthday with the ascension of Emperor Palpatine and the fall of the Republic? Especially after the Empire took your parents away? Like Ezra said in the beginning, “It’s never a good day.”

Star Wars Rebels - Sabine and the crew looking at TIE fighter plans
7. Tseebo’s intel.

No wonder the Empire wants Tseebo so badly. He’s carrying information that’s damaging info to the Empire (and we know how that works when it comes to the future Death Star). Not only that, but the Empire’s five-year-plan for Lothal and other worlds would be crucial to the burgeoning rebellion.

Star Wars Rebels - Aresko on Lothal
8. Oh, Aresko.

You have to admire Commandant Cumberlayne Aresko for commanding our rebels to stop — like that’s gonna work. He’s also so happy with his roadblock as he assures the Inquisitor he’ll stop them. Of course, Sabine’s got other plans.

Star Wars Rebels - Kanan fighting Kallus
9. Star Wars Rebels knows how to do a chase scene.

The chase scenes are always one of my favorite things about any episode and this one’s no slouch! It’s crashin’ thrashin’ troop transport time with Kallus climbing action and Kanan Jarrus jump power! From Hera swooping in for a mid-air rescue to a transport explosion and flip that would be welcome in a major action movie, this chase has it all.

Star Wars Rebels - Tseebo
10. “He says he knows what happened to your parents.”

This is one of my favorite and worst moments of the episode. Favorite because there’s finally a hint of hope for Ezra regarding his parents and worst because of the dreaded “To Be Continued.”

See you back here next week?

Those were my moments for this week’s episode. Tell me what your favorite moments were in the comments and may the Force be with you!

Geek Girl Diva is a longtime Star Wars fan and a diehard Rebels lover. She also thinks Poe Dameron’s hair has magical properties.

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