Ranking Rebels: 10 Highlights from “Warhead”

A cautionary tale about taking in stray droids.

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.

When Zeb is left in charge of Chopper Base, he expects nothing but boredom and irritation with AP-5 and Chopper. He gets a lot more excitement than he bargained for in “Warhead.” Here are my 10 favorite moments from the episode!


1. That droid looks familiar.

Any episode that starts with a Ralph McQuarrie-inspired droid is always going to win points with me. It looks so calming with those blue tones. So innocuous and friendly and unthreatening, right? Nothing to see here.


2. Someone put Zeb in charge.

Hera’s taking Phoenix Squadron out for training exercises and Zeb’s not happy about being left with AP-5 and Chopper. Of course, Zeb’s pain is our gain, as both AP-5 and Chopper pile on. Writer Gary Whitta definitely had fun with the banter. It’s also nice to see Wedge and Hobbie again, even if it’s just for a second.


3. Chopper, the serial droid killer.

When you think about it, it’s amazing AP-5 has lived this long. Chopper’s default setting seems to be “kill it” when it comes to other droids being around. In this case, his murderous dreams will have to wait because Zeb’s in charge. Grumble grumble, poor Chopper.


4. Looks can be deceiving.

Wow, this memoryless, dropped-out-of-the-sky droid sure is useful. AP-5 is already drafting him as an assistant. Zeb’s feeling good about picking up a stray. But Chopper’s not too sure about this thing. I mean, Chopper doesn’t like droids, but he really doesn’t like this one.


5. Listening to Fulcrum is so much cooler now.

You can’t help but enjoy the idea that Agent Kallus is working against the Empire. Also, it’s easy to recognize him as Fulcrum now that we know who he is (at least, this Fulcrum). Of course, in this case, the news isn’t good. We have a problem. A very dangerous problem.

6. Step away from the killer Imperial droid.

Knowing you have an infiltrator is one thing. Watching it transform from a protocol droid into a nightmare killer droid with super strength and super fast reflexes is something else entirely.


7. For a minute there, this feels like a totally different space franchise.

Show of hands. Who got a creepy chill looking at the droid hand in the fluid? Someone had a lot of fun creating this unsettling scenario and making this droid even more terrifying than we thought possible. Also, who hurts a harmless GONK droid? I mean, really!


8. That’s gonna leave a mark.

There was a point in the fight where the crazy killer droid threw Zeb, and he landed on his back against a crate in such a way that I physically winced. This was an all-out brawl and it took Zeb, Chopper, and AP-5 to finally subdue the thing.


9. With explosions, it’s all about timing.

In the end, Zeb, AP-5, and Chopper have to work together to figure out a plan and you have to admit — it’s a great one. Plus, you have to appreciate the genius in sending the Empire’s own droid back to destroy other infiltrators and do some decent damage to one of their ships. Kallus saved the day and the rebels are safe.


10. Or are they?

Kallus may have kept the rebels from being blown up or captured for now, but Thrawn has still scored a win for his team. A search that included thousands of systems has been narrowed down to 94 possibilities. To Thrawn, this is just a pawn lost in a much bigger game — and he’s got a much better idea of the landscape than ever before.

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.