Ranking Rebels: 10 Highlights From “The Mystery of Chopper Base”

Two words: Giant. Spiders.

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.

While looking to set up their new base, our rebels learn “The Mystery of Chopper Base” and discover that there are more than just spiders buried under the surface.

Here are my 10 favorite moments from the episode.

Star Wars Rebels - Hera and Kanan hugging

1. Kanan and Hera!

The first time Hera called Kanan “luv,” a ship was born for many fans. The conversation and hug between Kanan and Hera at the end of this episode exploded my heart and I’m sure I’m far from alone.

Star Wars Rebels - Kanan and Sabine
2. Facepalm.

Picard couldn’t have done it better. Sabine’s facepalm at a fundamentally clueless Kanan is one of those moments I expect to see in pretty much every Rebels fan vid and gif collection for the foreseeable future.

Star Wars Rebels - Ezra and Kanan

3. “We’d have joined each other in death.”

This little exchange would have been cool all on its own, but it totally made me think of the scene in Dune where Gurney Halleck and Paul Atreides find themselves in the same position. Ezra needs to know there’s more to fighting than attacking, but that’s a tough lesson.

Star Wars Rebels - The Mystery of Chopper Base
4. Lights!

This was more of a series of moments than a single one, but I was just amazed by the flashlights and sabers in the spider caverns. From the way the light hit the walls to the light beams to the illumination cast across faces, the animation was beautiful. 


If I saw even one of those spiders, I’d run, get in a ship, and nuke the site from orbit (only way to be sure) — so the fact that both Sabine and Rex can keep their cool and do this much damage is pretty amazing.

Revenge of the Sith - Anakin and Obi-Wan

6. Feels like Anakin up in here.

“You always change the subject when I start winning!” Ezra and Kanan are clashing a lot this episode and there were several moments where the Padawan was definitely pushing the Master. Building frustration is something we’ve seen before and it doesn’t end well.

Star Wars Rebels - Hera
7. Hera Solo.

Hera’s “I’m not giving up without a fight!” was reminiscent of another Corellian freighter pilot and got a full throated “Whoop!” out of me when it happened. Add the fast thinking between she and Sabine and the zap to the crawlers and this felt wonderfully old school.

Star Wars Rebels - Sabine
8. Sabine to the rescue.

Sabine not only makes the connection between the sensor and the spiders, but she gets Force pushed through the air, rescues herself from falling off a cliff, and runs that sensor through a mass of crawlers. Sabine was awesome throughout, but this scene was a highlight.

Star Wars Rebels - Spider trying to get into the Ghost

9. Teamwork.

From Rex going one-on-one with a crawler to the literal sensor sweep of the Ghost, it took everyone working together to get to safety. While each member of the team has their own individual ideas about things, any time they work together it’s seamless.

Star Wars Rebels - Ahsoka and Ezra
10. Understanding the Force.

The conversation between Ezra and Ahsoka about understanding the Force felt prophetic and powerful without being heavy handed. My concern is that both Ahsoka and Kanan are missing Ezra’s very real frustration and questions –– and answering in koans isn’t going to do the trick. Of course, that leans into my concerns with Yoda as a teacher overall, which is a theory for another day.

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.