We’re getting ever closer to the highly anticipated second season premiere of Star Wars Rebels. In the first season, young Ezra Bridger joined the crew of the starship Ghost, and together, they went up against the forces of the Empire in an effort to do good. The team eventually discover they’re part of a larger rebellion, and with Darth Vader and a set of new Inquisitors on their tracks, the stakes are even higher. With ten days left in the countdown, now is a good point in time to look back and pick out my top ten favorite scenes from season one.
10: The Zeb and Kallus Fight
Zeb Orrelios is one of the many who holds a grudge against the Empire for what it did to his people and home planet. He takes satisfaction in knocking Stormtrooper heads together, but his most impressive encounter with a member of the Imperial ranks was in “Droids in Distress,” when he faced Agent Kallus. The emotional and intense fight would have claimed Zeb’s life were it not for Ezra’s intervention. The rivalry was pushed to the side as the series progressed, however, so I hope the two will come face to face again to settle the score in season two.
9: Sabine and the Zygerrian Slave Master
The rebel crew also experience adventures outside of the main television series, and this particular canon scene happened in the latest Star Wars Rebels magazine comic by Martin Fisher. Sabine let herself get captured by slave traders in an attempt to start an uprising against a Zygerrian slave master, MaDall. Unwilling to give up her place of power and prestige, MaDall challenges Sabine to best her in close combat, which Sabine happily accepts in order to win her freedom. “Return of the Slavers” was the first time Sabine confidently took up a mission on her own, and needless to say, she rocked it.
8: Chopper Rocketing Towards the Ghost
Despite being highly opinionated and always in your face, Chopper is a vital member of the Ghost crew. Sure, he may take things to the extreme, but at the end of the day, Chopper has the team’s best interests at heart. He’s been the hero on several occasions, often taking initiative to save his fellow team members. In “Rebel Resolve,” Chopper infiltrated an Imperial vessel in the hopes of finding Kanan’s location. Without a doubt, his quick exit from that situation goes down as one of the coolest scenes in season one.
7: Hera Punching Lando
Lando Calrissian is a smooth talker, using his unlimited supply of charm to get what he wants, but Hera sees right through him. After being left behind in the grubby hands of Azmorigan in “Idiot’s Array,” Hera single-handedly rendered her captors unconscious and made her way back to the Ghost, just as Lando had planned all along. Not about to let the action of trading her as a slave go unpunished, she socked him in the gut and made it plain and clear that she was a force to be reckoned with.
There were several familiar faces that made appearances throughout the first season, and even though we didn’t get to see his true form, Yoda’s presence in “Path of the Jedi” remains a favorite among the fans, especially because Frank Oz returned to voice him. Yoda took his lessons and training from the final season six arc of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and appeared as a disembodied voice to Kanan and a cluster of lights to Ezra, guiding them both along their paths. It was a significant episode for Ezra’s growth as well as a powerful demonstration of Yoda’s unmatched wisdom.
5: Rebels Coming to the Rescue
The rebel crew finally get a hold of Kanan in “Fire Across the Galaxy” and escape the destruction of the Imperial Star Destroyer, but with Chopper gone and incoming TIE fighters behind them, time is quickly running out. That is, until a small fleet of blockade runners, with Chopper leading the way, show up to give the crew enough time to dock and leave the Mustafar system. It’s one of those moments you can’t help but clap and cheer as the heroes live to fight another day!
4: The Fate of Luminara Unduli
Luminara’s ultimate fate sends shivers down the spine, especially when you think about how her bones served the Empire as a way to capture and eliminate remaining Jedi. “What you see in that hologram, is her sitting, waiting to be executed. It’s a recording of that event,” Dave Filoni said in an interview with IGN. “So when they walk in and see her, they’re actually standing where the Inquisitor was standing [when it was recorded]. And so when she walks up and looks at them kind of distantly and not very friendly, she’s looking at the Inquisitor and that’s what the recording is of. Then she steps over into that chamber and obviously she gets killed there. It’s really wicked when you think about it.”
3: Kanan’s Reveal
“Kanan began to reach for his secret weapon–but then he paused,” John Jackson Miller wrote in Star Wars: A New Dawn as Kanan moved to fight against Count Vidian. “Something, somewhere told him: No, not that. Not now. Not yet.” Kanan’s time to draw his lightsaber and reveal his true nature wasn’t meant to happen until this very moment in “Spark of Rebellion.” When he connects the two pieces and turns it on, fully embracing who he is, I can’t help but get goosebumps every time I watch it.
2: Ezra’s Dark Moment
Near the top of my list is Ezra’s brush against the dark side in “Gathering Forces,” where he let the hate and anger control him in response to the Inquisitor’s goading. He opened himself up to those emotions, bringing into question his current path of becoming a Jedi. Is that really his fate? Or is Ezra’s growing abilities with the Force and attachment to his brand new family pushing him ever closer to a dark edge? As someone who is heavily invested in Ezra’s future, I can’t wait to find out how he’ll grow further in season two.
1: The Return of Ahsoka Tano
Nothing beats the return of Ahsoka Tano! When she climbed down that ladder, the Star Wars fan community exploded with praise and sheer joy. It feels right that Ahsoka is behind the early stages of the rebellion alongside Bail Organa. She left the Jedi Order all those years ago, but her will and desire to bring peace and justice to the galaxy was something that was always naturally part of her.
The season two opener will keep you on the edge of your seat, while the rest of the season promises a lot more background into the characters we’ve come to know and love. We’ll also be seeing brand new connections (e.g. Phoenix Squadron) and some old faces (e.g. Captain Rex). Are you ready?
“The Siege of Lothal” will air Saturday, June 20, 2015, at 9PM ET/PT on Disney XD.