Ranking Rebels: 10 Highlights from “Droids In Distress”

The Ghost crew encounters an overweight glob of grease and a mindless philosopher in this memorable episode from Season 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.

This episode has a little of everything. A heist, a little subterfuge, some head-bashing, and some old friends become new friends in “Droids In Distress.”

Here are my 10 favorite moments from the episode.

Star Wars Rebels - C-3P0 and R2-D2
1. Well, hello R2-D2 and C-3PO.

If there’s one constant in Star Wars, these two droids are it. As are the chances that they have a “secret mission” and that Threepio will somehow make things more complicated without ever meaning to. However, they always manage to save the day when it really matters and that’s why we love them.

Star Wars Rebels - RX-24
2. Rex!

While the shuttle to Garel is no Starspeeder 3000, RX-24, a.k.a. Captain Rex, is ready to take you where you need to go. Good thing he’s learned to fly since we last saw him, because the last trip I took to the Endor moon was one heck of an adventure.

Star Wars Rebels - C-3P0, R2-D2, and Chopper
3. That droid looks familiar…

There’s something extra special about seeing little Easter eggs for the longtime fans, which is what makes the McQuarrie-style droid in the cargo bay with Artoo and Threepio so delightful. Especially with Chopper himself having a McQuarrie-esque look and features.

Star Wars Rebels - Zeb fights a stormtrooper
4. Zeb vs. stormtroopers = Blum on Blum violence.

First off, this fight is awesome. Zeb’s anger over the disrupters is channeled 100% into fighting a squad of troopers and he definitely kicks some Imperial butt. However, this was the first time I caught Steve Blum voicing a trooper in the same scene with Zeb and there’s something about Steve Blum as Zeb beating up Steve Blum as a stormtrooper that just makes me giggle.

Star Wars Rebels - Agent Kallus and Zeb fight

5. Kallus and Zeb – The Animosity Awakens.

Agent Kallus is already a pain in everyone’s collective neck, but his sheer glee at tormenting Zeb makes him even more loathsome. Zeb finally has a target for his anger about the loss of his people and he’s out for blood.

Star Wars Rebels - Agent Kallus
6. Agent Kallus is a seriously bad dude.

Part of what makes Kallus so wonderfully bad is the delight voice actor David Oyelowo seems to take in being a bad guy. If he had adopted the cooler indifference we’ve seen from many Imperial officers in the past, I don’t think it would be as effective. The amusement and disdain Kallus can have in the span of seconds really makes him a brilliant bad guy.

Star Wars Rebels - Vizago and Kanan
7. Vizago is awesome.

Citrako Vizago may the leader of the Broken Horn crime syndicate, but there’s no denying he’s got style. The Devaronian crime boss usually has a job handy for some good credits, but he’s never one to forget that credits don’t do a dead man any good.

Star Wars Rebels - Kanan aiming at an AT-AT
8. Rebels vs. walkers usually ends badly for the walkers.

Whether it’s Hera with a blaster, Kanan with a disruptor, or Sabine, Ezra, and Chopper making a lot of Imperials (and disruptors) go boom, our rebels aren’t afraid to fight things that are bigger than they are. The more I watch this show, the more I believe that the Rebellion has our rebels to thank for later versions of Imperial walkers being so heavily armored.

Star Wars Rebels - Ezra using the Force
9. Use the Force, Ezra!

Ezra may think all the time the crew of the Ghost spends stealing and sneaking around takes away from his Jedi training, but he sure does get to do some Jedi tricks in this episode. From his ability to jump across rooftops and spans that would be otherwise impossible, to saving Zeb’s life, Ezra’s time on this mission gave him some pretty helpful on the job training.

Star Wars Rebels - Senator Bail Organa and R2-D2
10. Bail Organa.

Senator Bail Organa may be Leia’s adoptive father, but something about his appearance in this episode makes him feel like the father to so many more people, and to the growing rebellion itself. Knowing that he’s taking an interest in our crew and this mirror-like moment with Artoo is a wonderful way to end this episode.

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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