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.
We learned back in Episode V that Jedi visions can be hard to interpret and unreliable, but when Ezra has a vision that involves his parents, all he sees is “A Vision Of Hope”.
Here are my 10 favorite moments from the episode.
1. Ezra can’t hit the broadside of a barn.
Between his inability to focus and Kanan’s frustration, Ezra’s deflecting blaster bolts everywhere but the intended target. His first vision not only pulls him deep enough into the Force to finally do what Kanan’s asking for, but it signals the depth of his abilities. What the vision means, however, remains to be seen.
2. At last, we meet again.
Seeing Zare again is a relief because now we know he was successful in convincing the Empire he was a true cadet. It’s also heartwarming when Ezra tells Zare his real name. The meeting is cut short, but Zare’s ability to help Ezra while making the stormtroopers believe he’s on their side saves the day.
3. We need to discuss Kanan’s ponytail.
I’ve said it before, but I’m convinced that Kanan’s ponytail has its own animator. The strategy planning on the walkway is great and all, but watching Kanan’s ponytail swing all over the place never ceases to make me laugh.
4. Street rat life lessons.
It’s easy to forget that Ezra’s lived on the streets longer than he has on the Ghost. His reminder that he survived alone against the empire for 8 years is both sobering and deserving of respect –– even if it means ending up in the sewers.
5. Chopper doesn’t play well with others.
Watching Chopper take out the Empire droid and almost decapitate Kanan when he tries to lecture him is a very good reminder that Chopper is very much his own droid.
6. Our rebels cornered. Oh no!
Kallus thinks he has the upper hand but not so much. Watching Agent Smugface Muttonchops’ smile fade as he realized he’s been outmaneuvered is extremely satisfying.
7. Your eyes can deceive you. Don’t trust them.
Seeing certain parts of his vision coming to life along with his insistence that his vision means good things about Trayvis and his parents makes Ezra so trusting when Trayvis is asking him for information about their activities and the extent of the rebellion on Lothal. It’s both heartwarming and painful as you come to realize who Trayvis really is.
8. Hera Syndulla = Ellen Ripley
Mama bear protects her youngling against a life or death threat and she does it with a punch. It may not be an exact correlation, but watching Hera lure Trayvis into betraying himself and then punching him is close. It makes me wish someone would give Hera a gun with a grenade launcher and a flamethrower.
9. “Move it, Rebels”
What a heroic moment! From Kanan stopping the fan as the rest of the crew has his back to the pure defiance in Ezra’s look back at Trayvis, there’s so much going on that reminds us of why Trayvis was shocked that this small cell could do so much –– because they’re just that good.
10. You gotta have hope.
Kanan, Sabine, Zeb, and Chopper all tend to crack jokes instead of admitting their feelings, but Hera’s right there when Ezra needs a little comfort. As street smart as Ezra is, he’s wounded by Trayvis’ betrayal because he had hope. His hopes were dashed, but Hera’s reminder than they both have hope that things can and will get better is what he needs to hear most.
Those were my moments for this episode. Tell me what your favorite moments were in the comments and may the Force be with you!