Ranking Rebels: 5 Highlights from “A Fool’s Hope”

The beginning of the end.

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.

The penultimate episode of Star Wars Rebels proved that “A Fool’s Hope” is still hope — and hope can change the galaxy. As the ultimate fight for Lothal gears up, Ezra and the Ghost crew gather old friends and allies as they plan for their direct assault on the Empire. Here are my five favorite moments from the episode.

1. Hondo!

It’s always good to see the old pirate, isn’t it? Hondo may be all about the profit, but his own words about Ezra say it best: “For that boy, there is nothing I would not do.” As Hondo and the clones find themselves fighting under the Jedi once more, they throw themselves headlong into the plan because they see this moment as a reminder of a time there was something you could believe in. I also love Hondo’s unique plan to get through the Imperial blockade and his (cough) modest reaction to it working.

2. The gang’s all here.

The clone commanders, Vizago, and the crew rescued on “Crawler Commandeers.” Kallus, Hondo, Melch, Ketsu, Mart, Ryder, and Jai Kell. Think of how many people our crew has met over the four seasons and how they’re all here and ready to help in their own way. That said, even when you know a battle’s coming, nothing says you’re ready for it once it starts — and this is one heck of a fight. It takes all of them working together and they still find themselves at a disadvantage. But Ezra has a plan for that…

3. Rukh and the double cross.

While he’s technically a bad guy, you have to admit that Rukh is kind of a badass. Unlike Pryce, who’s failed multiple times, Rukh gets the job done and takes the rebels prisoner. On top of that, he takes multiple falls that should kill him, but he uses his strength and wit to survive. In this case, however, his success is short-lived as Ryder’s double cross and Ezra’s plan is revealed — and the Ghost comes to the rescue!

4. Loth-wolves!

Just when we think the fight is over and the Empire has won, Ezra walks into the cave, which forces Pryce and her troopers to follow. Talk about getting them right where you want them. Ezra’s lightsaber ignites and reveals his secret weapon: the Loth-wolves. Up until this moment, we’ve seen the wolves as allies, but watching them leap into battle, we were reminded that these are true predators; all teeth and growls and overwhelming strength. It was beautiful to watch.

5. It’s just the beginning.

The fight we just saw feels like a huge win, but Ezra’s not celebrating. In the past, Ezra would have let his enthusiasm get the best of him or he might have gone off on a tangent during the battle that put him in need of saving. Ezra Bridger has matured. He sees the value of planning and of allies and he knows the time to celebrate is when the mission is done — this is not that time. Ezra wants the Empire off Lothal for good and you get the feeling he can actually make it happen this time.

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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