Ranking Rebels: 5 Highlights from “Wolves and a Door”

The Ghost crew has a new enemy: the Emperor.

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.

Spoiler warning! Really, a major one! This article discusses plot points from the episode. 

From the first time we met them, the Loth-wolves have been something special. When the Ghost crew needs to find a way from their new base to the Jedi Temple in “Wolves and a Door,” they again encounter the beasts…and so much more. Here are my five favorite moments from the episode.

1. Loth-Wolf travel partners.

If you have to travel a long distance, this is the way to go. It’s fast, it’s convenient, and you even get Force memories as in-trip entertainment. I have to give a special mention to Chopper’s travel accommodations and the little whup whup whup he does in time to the music.

2. The Empire excavation.

Dave Filoni was clearly inspired by Raiders of the Lost Ark with this scene and I loved it. Ezra and Sabine’s undercover skills may need a little work and Sabine may need to brush up on her Imperial rules and regs, but they did a great job when you consider how little time they had to plan all of this.

The organization of the dig and the focus on the mystical aspects of the Temple are also a nice connection to the Indiana Jones stories. In this case, I think that makes Sabine Indy, how about you?

3. Master and servant.

Ian McDiarmid returns as the Emperor and his scene with Minister Hydan, voiced by the legendary Malcolm McDowell, gave me chills. As the action unfolds, we realize the ripples caused by the death of Kanan Jarrus. The Emperor himself says it’s caused a great disturbance in the Force and it has altered the fate of Lothal.

The fact that both the Temple’s contents and Kanan’s death seem to unsettle the Emperor is enough to let us know how important he thinks this project is.

4. The puzzle and the key.

To decode a message you need the right key. The stone the Loth-wolves gave Ezra is the key to the mural and Sabine’s artistic knowledge and code-breaking abilities provide the answers both need. Watching these two work together using all the skills we’ve seen them hone over the last four seasons was a joy to watch.

5. The mural in motion.

One of the beautiful things about Rebels is that it’s always pushing the boundaries of animation and story. The show has a particular animation style and seeing the mural come to life was another look at how far this show has come since its first episode. Watching the painting shift and change, the turn of the Daughter’s head, the movement of the Father’s hand, the Loth-wolves literally running out of the mural to guide Ezra to the gateway — all of it was masterfully done and breathtaking to watch.

Honorable Mention: Kanan’s hand on Hera’s shoulder as she considers letting Ezra and Sabine keep trying to get into the Temple. It was a quiet, simple, but powerful moment and one Kanera fans will likely find themselves moved by.

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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