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.
Maul returns to Tatooine in search of Obi-Wan Kenobi in “Twin Suns,” one of the series’ most highly-anticipated episodes. It brings several stories and journeys full circle and gives us a look at things to come. Here are my 10 favorite moments from the episode! Plus, spoiler warning!
It ends where it began. In the vast deserts of Tatooine. No longer the young, angry Sith apprentice, Maul’s madness bubbles up as he walks the sands talking to himself, tortured and seeking his lifelong nemesis. Whatever plan he may have had, Maul knows Kenobi won’t be easily found and he needs a way to lure him out.
2. The holocron speaks.
First things first — Ezra in his PJ’s! Also, I thought Zeb would snore louder? There’s something about the glitchy nature of the holocron’s recording that made this scene so much creepier and goose-bumpy. You can tell how torn Ezra is. Hera says he’s vital to prepping for the Lothal battle, but what if Kenobi’s alive?
3. Ezra pulls a total Maverick move.
We all saw it coming the second Ezra rolled up with the crates, but his trick to get into the A-wing was perfection. The whole “Can’t hear youuuu” hand gesture elevated it. Plus, you knew Chopper had hitched a ride, right? Not that it made the moment any less funny. Extra credit for navigation guidance by the holocron.
4. Sand People!
I don’t think Tatooine has ever looked more beautiful. What about you? The flight in, the dunes at night, just gorgeous. Of course, that beauty is deceptive and hides all manner of dangers. Ezra learns too late that he’s been lured into a trap. Maul’s determined to put Ezra at risk as bait to draw out Kenobi, and the Sand People are definitely a danger. So is the destruction of the A-wing.
5. Chopper’s siiiiigggggh.
Poor Chopper. He went along with Ezra to help keep him out of trouble and now Ezra wants to go trudging across all that gear-choking sand to who knows where. There’s a Threepio/Artoo vibe to the conversation about which way to go, but Ezra’s determined, and Chopper’s not going to let him go alone. Not that it stops him from grumbling about it after that adorable sigh.
6. Pushed to the breaking point.
Kanan warned him. So did Hera. But, it’s not until Ezra finds himself trapped in the sandstorm and STILL goaded on by Maul that Ezra realizes just what a mistake this was. Even when Chopper’s power goes and Ezra gives in to the fear, Maul continues to torment him by saying he’s killed Kenobi. Maul’s determined to heighten every emotion Ezra has in order to make him irresistible to Kenobi’s ingrained nature to help people.
7. Obi-Wan Kenobi.
Ezra’s pain does indeed attract Kenobi, but he’s is not the same young Jedi he was when last we saw him. Ezra wakes up to find a newly powered-up Chopper, a dewback, a warm fire, and Obi-Wan Kenobi. Those first words… “You’re in the wrong place, Ezra Bridger.” Can you have a flashback to a moment you’ve never seen? Kenobi knows Maul is coming and he’s ready to face him. But first, he sends Ezra home. No damn-fool idealistic crusades for Ezra — at least, not on Tatooine.
8. Emotion, yet peace.
It feels like we’ve been waiting for this Maul/Kenobi face-off for decades and yet, this meeting was not what many would have expected. Kenobi is calm to Maul’s scorn. When Maul figures out why he’s on Tatooine, Kenobi ignites his saber, but even then he’s the embodiment of focus. When Maul attacks, Kenobi is ready. With three strikes, Maul is down and their final sentences speak volumes. After all this time, Maul dies in Kenobi’s arms, finally at rest.
9. Ezra returns to his family.
Ezra returning with Maul’s ship was a nice touch. It says so much about what Ezra has faced. However, there’s no time for celebration. Ezra’s apology to Hera is genuine and heartfelt as he finally understands why was wrong and where he’s supposed to be. With his family. Fighting for Lothal.
Each time I watch this moment I cry. Every single time. Obi-Wan Kenobi overlooking a very familiar homestead, Aunt Beru’s voice, and that still-growing boy running across the sand as Luke’s theme plays…just so many feelings!
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!
Geek Girl Diva is a longtime Star Wars fan and a diehard Rebels lover. She also thinks Poe Dameron’s hair has magical properties.