Ranking Rebels: 10 Highlights from “Heroes of Mandalore” Parts 1 & 2

Star Wars Rebels returns with a major clash that can decide the future of Mandalore.

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.

Season Four begins with a fight for freedom as the “Heroes of Mandalore” battle against the Empire and Gar Saxon’s brother, Lord Tiber Saxon: a man who’s willing to do anything to rule over all of Mandalore and her people. Here are my 10 favorite moments from the two-part episode!

1. Jetpacks!

Bo-Katan is right when she says a Mandalorian with a jetpack is a weapon. Whether it fighting to save someone from a prisoner convoy or facing off against Jumptroopers, the multiple ways jetpacks can enhance a battle give Mandalorians a significant advantage. It’s always nice to see them in action. 

2. Bo-Katan and Clan Kryze.

Fans of The Clone Wars will certainly recognize Bo-Katan, but even if you’ve never met her before, you’re not going to forget her anytime soon. It was so nice to see her again. There’s a certain symmetry in her return, especially when you consider there’s another Saxon to defeat.

3. Alrich Wren: The rescue and reunion.

What can you really say about the multi-vehicle, multi-person, train robbery-style rescue of Sabine’s father other than, “That was AWESOME!”? Special shout out to the purple paint bomb and the over the cliff final moments.

Topping that off was Sabine’s reunion with her father. So much said in a short amount of time and we suddenly understand so much more about Sabine and her past. 

4. The Duchess.

Talk about a cliffhanger! It’s a really good thing we didn’t have to wait a week to know whether Ursa and Tristan Wren were safe. Still, the relief is overshadowed by the overall destruction wrought by the weapon Sabine helped create. As hard as she tried to destroy it, the weapon that led to her exile has been resurrected and how now killed more of her people. 

5. Mandalorian TIE Fighter Defense Squad.

Jetpacks vs. TIEs. Seeing it once makes me want to see it everywhere! Not only does Bo-Katan prove, once again, what a warrior she is, but Ezra destroys a TIE using a jetpack he’s still trying to get the hang of. Let’s be honest, for a minute there he looked like a bug on a windshield. 

6. Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Just in case you forgot how dangerous Thrawn is, he’s back to remind you. While Thrawn was able to locate the rebel base on Atollon and disrupt the work there, he’s still looking to both bring the rest of the galaxy under Imperial rule and take down the Rebellion. His conversation with Tiber Saxon isn’t just chilling, but it’s a reminder that Thrawn’s got multiple irons in the proverbial fire. 

7. Mandalorian armor gets cooler.

Both honor and tradition figure highly in Mandalorian culture and led to a discussion about how Mandalorian armor is made that hasn’t been widely known until now. Five hundred years of forging and reforging beskar iron — imagine the history worked into the metal as each new Mandalorian makes their own armor to carry on the fight. It’s not an easy thing to give up have a millennium of tradition. 

8. Bo-Katan champions Sabine.

Sabine is faced with the knowledge of her part in creating a weapon that is now a direct threat to all of Mandalore and she doesn’t back down from either the responsibility nor the job of making things right. Having Bo-Katan step up and vouch for her at such a time is so moving and shows both of their commitment to saving all of Mandalore. 

9. Turning the tables.

Tiber Saxon almost got away with it but he, like so many before him, has been corrupted by power and the Emperor. In the end, his fanaticism is his doom and Sabine is able to reconfigure the weapon to work against stormtrooper armor instead. But power and anger can seduce anyone and Sabine is angry. In the end, Bo-Katan asks the question that Sabine needs to hear and they destroy the weapon. 

10. Bo-Katan gets the Darksaber!

A moment years in the making: seeing Bo-Katan Kryze accept and wield the Darksaber brings closure to a story that resonates with fans all over the world. Satine Kryze dreamed of Mandalorian clans uniting in peace and gave her life for that cause. Once again, a Jedi and a Mandalorian worked to make that happen and, this time, it looks like it’s going to stick.  

Honorable Mention: The conversation between Fenn Rau and Bo-Katan about Sabine and why they both choose to support her. It’s a short conversation, but it speaks volumes about both Bo-Katan and Sabine.

Those were my moments for this week’s episode. Tell us what your favorite moments were in the comments and may the Force be with you!

Shana 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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