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.
Saw Gerrera returns to Star Wars Rebels in “In the Name of the Rebellion,” a two-part episode that finds Ezra and Sabine thrown into a mission against the Empire with the rogue rebel leader. At a time when Ezra’s questioning the best way to help the Rebellion, he and his Mandalorian friend face more than a few challenges. Here are my 10 favorite moments from the episode!
1. Welcome to Yavin 4.
We’ve heard the name in Rebels, but seeing the base on Yavin for the first time was something special. All the different ships, the people, the comm center. Couple that with Hera and her squadron’s emergency landing and this episode started off with a bang.
2. How we fight and who we fight for.
If there’s an overall difference between the Empire and the Rebellion, this question is at the heart of it. The easy path would be to make decisions on emotion. But Mon Mothma’s discussion with Ezra reminds us that this fight is much bigger than Lothal. Saw Gerrera, on the other hand, has other ideas about how things should be done.
3. The Jalindi relay.
Between the landing, the tilting, Chopper bouncing into the middle section, and the whole game of slip n’ slide, you have to appreciate this whole section. When you add in Ezra pretending to be Commander Bron Titus TO Commander Bron Titus (not to mention that little wave), this one definitely made the list. Alas, I fear we’ve seen Bron Titus for the last time. He’ll be missed.
4. Guided by fate, emotion, and the Force.
When the Jalindi job goes haywire, Sabine and Ezra find themselves in need of a pickup, which leaves Saw to scoop them up. Both young rebels make a choice to go with Saw because, after all that’s happened, they want to take action.
5. Human cargo.
The Empire has no problem with shipping people in containers and it’s interesting that Saw doesn’t seem to care much about them either. Both Saw and the Empire are only concerned with what they know, while Sabine and Ezra are having a hard time with the idea of just leaving them there. That leads to Chopper the Rescue Droid. Our new favorite superhero.
6. No matter his methods, Saw’s right about what the Empire is up to.
This is where we get into a problem area. Ultimately, Saw’s right. His intel is good. He’s right about the Empire’s cargo being connected to the superweapon that we know is the Death Star. It’s hard to argue that he gets results, even if you dislike his methods. Ezra recognizes it. The difference, however, is that Ezra’s more interested in saving people than attacking the Empire at the moment.
7. Death troopers!
We saw them briefly when they escorted Thrawn last season, but how great was it to finally see the death troopers in action on Rebels? Did you recognize Jennifer Hale as the voice of Commander DT-F16? It’s the most up-close and personal we’ve gotten with them to date. I’m definitely ready for more — especially the blasters they have. You can never have too many cool blasters.
8. Hello, giant kyber crystal.
We’ve seen them in smaller sizes and we’ve heard them mentioned. We’ve even seen one get blown up before, but this episode presented fans with their first look at a massive kyber crystal. Now we have an even better understanding of both the crystals’ properties and powers. We also know what happens when you shove a lightsaber through one: a reallllllly big explosion.
9. Saw shows his true colors. So do Ezra and Sabine.
First Hondo and now Saw Gerrera. Poor Ezra is learning the hard way that being against the Empire doesn’t mean you’re automatically a good guy. Like Saw says, he’ll do anything to be the victor, including stunning both Sabine and Ezra to keep them from sabotaging the hyperdrive so he can see what the Empire is up to.
10. Chopper, Sabine, and Ezra to the rescue!
In the end, both Ezra and Sabine save the prisoners and manage to stay in one piece long enough for Hera to come in pick them all up. Not only is everyone alive, but the prisoners have decided to join the Rebellion. A special mention of Ezra’s little wave to Hera because it was a great bookend to his earlier wave to Titus.
Honorable mention: Both Jedha and Krennic get mentions in this episode. Our journey closer to the events of Rogue One continues. Also, seeing that U-wing in action was great.
Those were my moments for this week’s episode. Tell us your favorite moments 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.