Star Wars Rebels - Season 3, Episode 5 //
Hera's Heroes Episode Guide
In this installment of Rebels Recon, we take a look at the Star Wars Rebels episode "Hera's Heroes," in which Hera tries to recover a family heirloom from the Empire. Host Andi Gutierrez sits down with the show's creators, including Dave Filoni, Pablo Hidalgo, Vanessa Marshall (the voice of Hera), and more, to discuss the making of the episode.
The captain and heart of the Ghost crew, Hera Syndulla was a gifted pilot and leader. While Hera was a strong commander -- and especially adept at dogfighting with TIE fighters -- she was also warm and nurturing. The Twi’lek could bring out the best in her team, which consisted of very different personalities, making them believe in themselves, each other, and their struggle against the Empire.
When Governor Pryce of Lothal wanted a stronger commander to dismantle the rebellion, the Empire answered with Grand Admiral Thrawn. Thrawn was a male Chiss, with striking blue skin, red eyes, and an angular face, known for his brilliant strategic mind and ruthlessness. He was determined to “pull the rebels apart piece by piece.”
A Kalikori was a treasured artifact passed down through Twi’lek families. Each parent added to its artwork to include themselves in the family legacy, passing the heirloom down to their children. When the Empire occupied Ryloth, Grand Admiral Thrawn took possession of the Syndulla family’s Kalikori.
The home of the Syndullas, including war hero Cham Syndulla and rebel Hera Syndulla, was a beautiful, towering structure that seemingly rose from the plains of the Tann province on Ryloth. During the Empire’s occupation of the planet, Captain Slavin turned the home into an Imperial headquarters. When Hera attempted to recover her family’s Kalikori, a precious Twi’lek heirloom, from the premises, she and fellow rebel Ezra Bridger were captured. Cham agreed to turn himself over in exchange for her daughter and Ezra; ever the freedom fighter, Hera used the prisoner exchange as an opportunity to destroy her own home -- striking at the Empire and earning a rebel victory.
An Imperial military commander, Captain Slavin battled the Twi’lek fighters of Ryloth. He was mostly considered to be a clumsy strategist -- until Grand Admiral Thrawn arrived. Under Thrawn’s guidance, Slavin took the planet and remade rebel leader Cham Syndulla’s home into his headquarters. Cham’s daughter Hera, however, would seek justice, and ultimately sacrificed her home rather than see it in the hands of the Empire.