Ranking Rebels: 10 Highlights From “Rise of the Old Masters”

Kanan vs. the Grand Inquisitor, tibidees to the rescue, and more make up this landmark episode.

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.

Usually, a Jedi Master takes on a Padawan after that student has trained for years in the Temple and has already learned about both the Force and how to focus their minds to use it. What happens when you’re a Jedi who didn’t fully train as a Padawan and find yourself with a student who has no Temple training? A lot of on-the-job training. In the case of “Rise of the Old Masters,” the search for focus and knowledge lead to more than expected.

Here are my 10 favorite moments from the episode!

Star Wars Rebels - Ezra balancing on the Ghost

1. There is no try.

Both Kanan and Ezra start off the episode questioning Master Yoda’s wise words, as I’m sure many have before them. While they may both have learned from Yoda directly had things been different, they discover the truth of the statement in the end — and choose to stop trying and start doing.

Star Wars Rebels - Ezra almost hits Kanan with his lightsaber

2. The proper use and handling of lightsabers 101.

Just like Luke could have put his eye out examining his father’s saber in Episode IV, Ezra almost makes a Kanan Kabob.

Star Wars Rebels - Ezra falling off the Ghost

3. Falling up.

If you ever wondered how strong Kanan really is with the Force, the fact that he can stop Ezra from plummeting to his death and then lift him back up to safety is a big clue. Kanan doubts himself constantly, but there are moments his instincts take over and you see just how powerful he could be.

Star Wars Rebels - Brent Spiner

4. Senator-in-exile Gal Trayvis.

The very first time I heard his voice, I shouted “Brent Spiner. Yay!” I also thought something was hinky (because I’m suspicious like that), but that just was my first impression and saying more would be a spoiler.

Star Wars Rebels - Luminara

5. Luminara!

Hope springs — and then sadly fades when we learn of Luminara Unduli’s ultimate fate. Still, it was good to see her, however briefly, and be reminded of her contributions to the Old Republic, the Clone Wars, and Star Wars itself.

Star Wars Rebels - The Inquisitor

6. Kanan and the Inquisitor meet.

This fight (and all the trash talk within) is the first time we see Kanan up against someone with real lightsaber skills. It’s a demonstration of how rusty Kanan is and introduces the Grand Inquisitor. (For those of you on the rewatch, his insight on Depa Billaba makes so much more sense).

Star Wars Rebels - The Inquisitor

7. Does yours do that?

Both Ezra and Zeb ask the question and I laugh whenever they do. It’s a nice way to break the tension in a dire situation. It’s also the first time we all saw that spinning saber. I said “Ooooooohh.” Did you?

Star Wars Rebels - Kanan and Ezra working together

8. Ezra and Kanan make a pretty good team.

Another moment that lays the groundwork for a Jedi/Padawan team that work well together to overcome great odds. They may be unfocused, undisciplined, and still learning, but when they put their minds to it, Kanan and Ezra can move mountains (or doors).

Star Wars Rebels - The Ghost and a flock of tibidees

9. Tibidees, mating calls, and sending in the fleet.

If you’ve read the trivia for this episode, you’ll know that tibidees earned their name from the acronym for “to be decided” — but they’re way more than a common placeholder. Lured towards Hera due to an unfortunate frequency choice, they become heroes and fly in to save the day with Hera in the lead.

Star Wars Rebels - Ezra and Kanan sitting in front of the Ghost

10. “I don’t want the best teacher. I want you.”

C’mon. That’s just the best. Need I say more?

P.S. I know it’s cute to let that container miss Ezra and bonk a Loth cat, but let’s be fair. That Loth cat would have been squashed flat.

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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