Ranking Rebels: 10 Highlights from “The Lost Commanders”

Return of the clones!

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.

With the arrival of Darth Vader, Ahsoka sends our rebels to seek help from an old friend. Can “The Lost Commanders” help save the rebellion?

Here are my 10 favorite moments from the episode!

1. Trust him.

The nascent rebel fleet is engaging the enemy more directly and is in need of a base of operations in order to grow. When Ahsoka sends the Ghost crew to Seelos in search of an old friend, she has a very specific order for Kanan.

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2. Sabine’s in love with a Republic AT-TE.

Sabine’s in love with the tank, Ezra’s just being friendly, and Zeb’s being…Zeb. But Kanan’s reaction upon realizing Rex, Wolffe, and Gregor are clones is to ignite his saber. Suddenly, Wolffe is ready to shoot first and ask questions later. Gregor’s twitchy, but Rex is the calming influence, even after all these years.

3. Suddenly, Ezra’s the voice of reason.

With his Master ready to swing his saber at the slightest provocation, Ezra Bridger becomes the go-between. This young man, born after the end of the Clone Wars and with zero knowledge of Order 66, brokers a truce with sheer earnestness.

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4. We all have a choice.

In a scene that first aired on the same day the events Kanan describes were depicted in the Kanan comic book, Kanan tells Ezra how his Master died along with most of the Jedi. As he explains how Order 66 was executed, we pull back to see Rex. His face and subsequent explanation that he, Wolffe, and Gregor removed their control chips are filled with painful memories.

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5. Zeb, buddy. You’re the bait!

This whole sequence is priceless. There’s Zeb, walking along like a prize lure as Gregor loopily goes on about how joopa love Lasats. The truth and horror dawn across Kanan, Ezra, Sabine, and finally Zeb’s face, but it’s too late. The joopa took the bait.

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6. Big Bongo.

Once the joopa’s hooked, it’s all hands on deck because no joopa, no Zeb. Sabine, the mechanic, is a natural for her job and Kanan and Ezra prove, once again, just how well they work together.

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7. I was in that thing’s mouth!

When the joopa surfaces (in a shot Dave Filoni has said is a nod to Jaws), we’re not sure if Ezra’s about to get eaten… Luckily, the zaps on the line and Lasat indigestion cause the beast to keel over and spit Zeb up. Once he realizes the size of the beast he helped catch, Zeb’s all pride and smiles.

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8. From a certain point of view.

While Kanan wants off Seelos as soon as possible — and as far from the clones as possible — his talk with Hera is a reminder that clone troopers did a lot of good for a lot of people. Some things, only Hera can say. And she says exactly the right thing.

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9. All those men died. And for what?

While Kanan may think he and the clones have nothing in common, Ezra’s conversation with Rex reveals a view of the Clone Wars from someone with no knowledge of the repercussions of the Clone Wars. As Rex tells Ezra he thinks he’s a good leader, Kanan listens in and you can see him mentally concurring, as Rex wonders why so many soldiers died. Ezra answers honestly, saying maybe they died for what they thought was right, which leaves both Kanan and Rex considering Ezra’s unbiased view.

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10. The Empire is coming.

Just when things were looking up, we discover that Wolffe contacted the Empire to report our crew’s arrival. But there’s no time for discussion as an Imperial probe droid shows up and fires away before trying to escape. Rex is able to make a million-to-one shot to take down the droid, but the damage is done. The Phantom’s been hit and any chance of flying away are as dead as the probe droid. Now what do they do?

To be continued…

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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