Ranking Rebels: 10 Highlights from “Ghosts of Geonosis”

The legendary Saw Gerrera meets the Ghost crew and the mystery of Geonosis deepens.

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.

In “Ghosts of Geonosis,” the Ghost crew is sent to the rocky planet in search of Saw Gerrera and his team. When they arrive, they find a lot more than expected. Here are my 10 favorite moments from the episode!

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1. What will he become?

No longer the young man we knew from Onderon, but still a few years away from the events of Rogue One, Saw Gerrera remains both unpredictable and passionate about the cause. Now a member of the rebellion, his methods, while extreme, are still providing results. But at what cost?

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2. Deep in the tunnels.

The Geonosian tunnels made for a versatile and beautiful set piece and the variety of caves, hallways, bridges, and air passages allowed for one of the best moments in the episode: the bridge crossing. Talk about epic. The maze of tunnels also shows both the industriousness and skill of the Geonosian species itself.

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3. Those aren’t rocks.

What starts as a fairly straightforward task to check out an energy source becomes a salvage mission and, from there, turns dangerous in hurry. I’ve lovingly dubbed it the “Battle of the Shields” and I found myself wanted to make a video of the sequence using classical music to make the most of the light, reflections, and distortion.

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4. Klik-Klak.

Once again, Ezra’s ability to communicate with other non-human species comes in handy. Ezra may be all over the place sometimes, but he’s got a real knack for keeping his cool and helping facilitate communication. We learn enough to know that the Empire did something world-changing on Geonosis, but the real question is what Klik-Klak’s drawing of a circle inside of a circle really means…

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5. Saw’s single-mindedness.

Throughout the episode, we see how driven Saw is in ways that leave an impact. When Steela’s holo fell to the ground and Ezra picked it up, you realize that Saw’s need to “get the bug” almost made him lose what little he had left of his sister. Even when Ezra returns it, Saw misses the point that his anger was the reason it fell to the ground in the first place. Partner that with the total lack of regard for Klik-Klak’s possessions and you begin to see how far gone he is.

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6. Far gone, indeed.

Whether it’s torturing Klik-Klak to make him comply or pointing a blaster at what’s very likely the last Geonosian queen egg in existence, Saw Gerrera crosses a line — and he’s pulled back by Ezra Bridger. Saw refuses to listen to anyone else, even lashing out at the Jedi, but Ezra’s willingness to stand up to Saw and his conviction are what ultimately break the standoff.

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7. Imperial rocket troopers.

The whole scene was great — Jedi, sabers, blasters, jetpacks, bombs, falling debris? This scene had everything. Here’s hoping we see rocket troopers again.

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8. Back from the brink.

In the end, and thanks to Ezra and the rest of the crew, Saw has a change of heart and realizes that even enemies suffer losses.

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9. The Ghost makes for a pretty good battering ram.

Bridges? Psh. Imperial cruiser in the way? No problem. Full throttle, power to front shields, and guns a-blazing, Hera Syndulla makes sure the Ghost makes it off Geonosis in one piece. Can’t say the same for the Imperial light cruiser.

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10. Baby steps.

In the end, the crew wasn’t able to retrieve the canisters that would substantively prove the involvement of the Imperial Weapons Division in the Geonosian genocide, but Bail Organa feels the pictures should help with recruitment. It’s a small step, sure, but one we know that’s important in a much larger fight.

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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