Ranking Rebels: 10 Highlights From “Twilight Of The Apprentice”

Maul, Ahsoka, Vader... This was a big one.

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.

The Season Two finale of Star Wars Rebels blew me away and I can’t stop thinking about it. So many things about “Twilight Of The Apprentice” stand out, but since I’m limited…

Here are my 10 favorite moments from the episode. [Spoiler warning, obviously!]

1. Snips and Anakin face off.

How could anyone be prepared for that? I wasn’t ready for any of it. Not the battle, not the cracked helmet (omg the cracked helmet), not Anakin saying her name, not that yellow eye, not the breathing, not the hatred. None. Of. It.

And Ahsoka’s decision to stay? Not to abandon her Master? Dead. I was dead. My heart is still dealing with all of it.

2. The epilogue.

So much said without any dialogue and so many things conveyed. Rex’s face, Hera touching Kanan’s face, the sadness, Maul’s departure (so he’s alive…), Ahsoka’s descent deeper into the temple (what could that mean?) — and the owl. I need to know about that owl. Plus, Ezra’s eyes. WHY DO WE HAVE TO WAIT FOR SEASON THREE?

Star Wars Rebels - Ahsoka preparing to face Vader

3. I am no Jedi.

It’s fitting that she wore gray this season and carries white sabers into this fight, because both colors represent what Ahsoka is — on the side of the light and willing to dance in the gray if it’s for the greater good. By walking away from the Jedi Order, Ahsoka Tano found a way to be true to both her personal code of honor and the Master she so dearly loved.

4. Knowledge.

The word came up a number of times in a number of different ways and with different interpretations. The idea that knowledge means something different to each of the characters (even the holocron itself has a theory) intrigued me. It lends itself to the idea that knowledge isn’t the goal, but a means to an end, and how you interpret knowledge is more telling than anything.

5. Maul’s betrayal and Kanan, the Blind Master.

We knew, of COURSE we knew, but I still gasped when it happened. Especially the words, “You mean, my apprentice?” Maul’s ultimate reveal as exactly who we thought he was and just how far gone he is made me so angry because I knew I was right and then I trusted. Coupled with Kanan’s blinding and then his absolutely EPIC transformation and eventual win over Maul — I don’t even have the words.

Star Wars Rebels - The rebels fight the Inquisitors

6. 2 against 1 against 3 against 2 against 3 against 4?

The math here was all over the place as dynamics between Jedi, Inquisitors, apprentices, and Maul went back and forth — all with blades flying and the power balance shifting faster than you could process them. Allies and enemies and enemies of enemies…all of it was fascinating.

Star Wars Rebels - Maul and Ezra in front of the Sith holocron
7. Trust.

Ezra asks Kanan to trust him over and over (and has been asking all season), but Kanan’s worried and so were a lot of us watching. Ahsoka assuring Kanan that it’ll be alright because he taught Ezra is a small moment, but one that resonated, and she wasn’t wrong.

Star Wars Rebels - Maul and Ezra searching for the Sith holocron
8. Admit it, you thought Maul was going to drop Ezra.

That moment when Maul was “saving” Ezra from falling, I seriously thought Maul was going to snatch that holocron and let Ezra fall. His focus was completely on the artifact and I’m convinced he was going to let E fall pretty much right up until the last moment. I think Maul realized he might still need Ezra and that’s the only reason he saved him. What about you guys?

Star Wars Rebels - Maul and Ezra moving up the Sith Temple

9. Star Wars Donkey Kong.

One of the interesting bits of information to come out of the Q & A at the Star Wars Rebels screening was Dave Filoni’s admission that the design of the Sith Temple and its various moving parts were inspired by Donkey Kong. The idea behind it was to give people a logical path up to the top so you could picture other characters making the same moves without actually seeing it.

Star Wars Rebels - Maul as The Old Master

10. Old Master v. Maul (a.k.a. Sam Witwer is my Master now).

There’s not a single moment here, but a progression of moments that honestly blew me away. When we first meet him, this “Old Master” is frail, hesitant, even fearful. As the story continues, you see those traits melt away, but there’s a flow to it. The more Ezra trusts, the more Maul becomes himself until, finally, he’s at full strength and more powerful than ever.

Honorable mentions:

Rex and Ahsoka saying goodbye. OMG my heart.

Star Wars Rebels - Ezra with a trisaber

The trisaber. It was there for a flash, but that flash said so much.

Chopper being awesome. Seriously, how awesome was Chopper in this episode?

The Sith Code in Maul’s speech. I saw what you did there.

Nika Futterman as the holocron. If I had any doubt as to who that was, that laugh was all the confirmation I needed. Her voice gives me life.

“Part-Timer.” Sick burn, Maul!

Overall, I’m still reeling from this episode and I can’t stop thinking about what happened and what it all means for the future. There’s so much we don’t know, or think, or hope, or suspect — but we don’t have answers and that’s the real brilliance here, because it lets fans make their own decisions and leaves possibilities open for the future. 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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