Ranking Rebels: 10 Highlights From “Fighter Flight”

Meiloorun, anyone?

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.

Stolen TIEs, daring rescues, mayhem, and meilooruns make for some great moments in Season One’s “Fighter Flight.”

Here are my 10 favorite moments from the episode, as we continue our Star Wars Rebels binge in the lead up to Season Three!

Star Wars Rebels - Kanan and Hera aboard the Ghost

1. Kanan facepalm.

This moment isn’t just my favorite in this episode, it may be in my top 10 moments of the series to date. Something about it is just so perfect and human and I can totally see Freddie Prinze, Jr. doing it during the recording session.

Star Wars Rebels - Ezra and Sabine
2. Ezra, the mack daddy.

Ezra thinks he’s sooooooo smooth. Yeah, no. I love Sabine’s face when Ezra says he could be her “inspiration.”

Star Wars Rebels - Sabine's drawing in Zeb and Ezra's room
3. Sabine’s “inspiration.”

This art. How can you not love it?

Star Wars Rebels - Zeb flying a TIE fighter with his feet
4. Zeb flying a TIE with his feet.

A daring rescue upside down while flying a TIE with his feet? Is there anything Zeb can’t do?

5. TIE flying and negotiations.

Zeb flying the TIE sideways while he and Ezra negotiate over whether they’re “even” on the whole life-saving thing cracked me up the first time I saw it and still does. I wish more TIEs flew sideways. I didn’t know they could do that!

Star Wars Rebels - Zeb holding onto a TIE fighter

6. Lasat v TIE: Dawn of Awesome.

There aren’t many people who can get stuck between armed troopers and a TIE fighter and live to tell the tale. Zeb not only lives, but steals that TIE, plucks out the driver, and shoots everything in sight.

7. Multiple meilooruns.

While Hera’s desire for a meiloorun may have been a deliberate wild goose chase, the fruit itself gets a lot of love in this episode. They’re used as projectiles, fake names (I want an Imperial Commander Meiloorun to be real!) and even as a family bonding moment. That’s a versatile fruit! Also, StarWars.com’s very own Jenn Fujikawa has a recipe for your next Star Wars party.

Star Wars Rebels - Ezra

8. Rebels to the rescue.

Armed only with a stolen TIE, their wits, some fancy moves, quick feet, and a little Force power, Ezra and Zeb take on three armored transports and save the prisoners. The entire sequence is a perfect example of what these two can do when they work together.

Star Wars Rebels - Ezra aboard an ITT

9. Ezra and the Force.

There’s the Force and then there’s Ezra’s use of the Force. Getting to see Ezra’s abilities and how they work when he’s trying vs. when he acts on instinct shows us a lot. He fights to lift a bowl because he’s “trying,” but he can unlock the prisoners because he focuses. “Seeing” the mountain and telling Zeb to bank is all about instinct. He has much to learn, but he’s stronger than he knows.

Star Wars Rebels - Ezra and Zeb

10. Buddies.

They may fight, they may squabble, they may prank one another, but Zeb and Ezra are buddies when it counts. Both of them, in their own way, are alone — one has lost his parents, the other his people — but they make their own brotherhood and it starts in this episode.

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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