Ranking Rebels: 10 Highlights From “Gathering Forces”

Inquisitor, meet the mama fyrnock.

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.

There comes a time when every Padawan faces the lure of the dark side in one form or another. In “Gathering Forces,” the seventh episode of Season One, Ezra finds a strength he didn’t know he possesses — but will it possess him?

Here are my 10 favorite moments from the episode!

1. Didn’t we just leave this party?

Continuing from last week, we pick up right where we left off and there’s a whole lot going on. With 9 TIEs (I counted) on their tail, Hera needs all hands on deck if they’re going to escape with Tseebo. Ezra has other feelings about Tseebo…and questions.

Star Wars Rebels - Chopper

2. Let me at ‘em.

Every time Chopper gets knocked out, he comes back ready for a fight and rarin’ to go. It reminds me of old cartoon characters saying “Let me at ‘em!” and putting their dukes up.

Star Wars Rebels - Sabine and Ezra have a talk

3. Ezra and Sabine.

You know Ezra’s got to be pretty upset because he completely misses the fact that Sabine (who he’s crushed on hard up to this point) is alone with him and actively trying to talk to him about how he feels and help him. It’s clear that Ezra doesn’t want to face his parents’ eventual fate, whatever it is, because of the possible implications.

Star Wars Rebels - The Ghost in hyperspace

4. Never tell me the odds.

As someone who’s through Season Two, I forgot about the Phantom not having a hyperdrive and the added level of difficulty in Kanan’s plan to detach in hyperspace. Like Han in The Force Awakens, Kanan never asks if it’s possible until it’s done, but he does look a little shook afterward.

Star Wars Rebels - Ezra and Kanan take on some Fyrnocks

5. Should we go over the plan again? I never told you what the plan was.

There’s something so heartwarming about Kanan’s complete confidence in Ezra as he sends him out to “connect” with a herd/flock/murder/horrorpack of fyrnocks. Kanan’s correct that Ezra does learn best when he’s put in survival situations, but clapping the kid on the shoulder with a hearty “You go make some new friends” may be a tad overconfident.

6. OnewiththeForce, OnewiththeForce, OnewiththeForce.

The first time I saw this scene, I cried. Ezra’s pain, fear, and frustration are so palpable and Kanan’s determination to teach his Padawan in the face of those obstacles shows a love and trust that gets to me.

Star Wars Rebels - The Grand Inquisitor

7. You make plans and the Inquisitor laughs.

Kanan and Ezra are just chilling with the fyrnocks and the Inquisitor rolls in with “Is that the best you can do?” like, let’s admit it, a boss. This isn’t the first time Kanan has underestimated the Inquisitor and the resulting fight puts both Kanan and Ezra at risk. There are times you just have to admire the skills of a good bad guy.

Star Wars Rebels - Ezra with a Fyrnocks

8. Don’t make Ezra angry. You wouldn’t like him when he’s angry.

If you thought the Inquisitor was only determined to seek out and kill Jedi, we now learn that he’s got a bigger plan as he intones, “Your Master will die, your friends will die, and everything you’ve hoped for will be lost.” However, this time, he’s the one who’s underestimated his foe, as Ezra digs deep and finds a power he didn’t know he had — and calls the fyrnock matriarch to his side.

Star Wars Rebels - Kanan talks to Ezra

9. Cold.

We’ll hear the word “cold” used again in the future to describe the feeling of the dark side, but the first time is the most painful to hear. Kanan’s gentle, ”I know, it’s okay, we’re leaving,” is filled with a realization that his Padawan has discovered a part of the Force he wasn’t ready for. Ezra’s first real lesson in the dark side didn’t go well and Kanan blames himself.

Star Wars Rebels - A photo of Ezra with his parents

10. “Happy birthday, Ezra Bridger.”

It never fails that Sabine’s use of these words reminds me of just how much has happened to Ezra in the span of such a short time. It also seems fitting that, when Ezra wants to be alone and away from everyone, Sabine manages to find just the right words and way to make it better.

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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