The remaining half of Star Wars Rebels season two returns this month on Disney XD, but in the meantime, let’s look back at some of my favorite moments from the first half of the second season. (This post contains spoilers.)
The Padawan Lives
Ahsoka tags along with the Ghost crew, using the Force to learn more about the mysterious Imperial pilot. In the process, she comes in contact with Darth Vader and the connection overwhelms her. Vader now knows the existence of Anakin Skywalker’s former Padawan, making Ahsoka even more of a prime target. Sitting in a dark room with hundreds of ecstatic Star Wars fans at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim made this moment in “Siege of Lothal” all the more special! Fans gasped and cheered when Vader said, “The apprentice lives,” and during the summer, even more fans turned to social media to share their mind blown reactions.
Without a doubt, one of the best moments from the first half of season two was the return of Captain Rex. I still remember the exact moment at Star Wars Celebration Anaheim when I heard Dee Bradley Baker’s voice during the premiere of the trailer. It still gives me chills to know that my favorite character is back in action. Also, how beautiful was that Rex and Ahsoka hug at the end of “Relics of the Old Republic”? Hearts melted and tears were shed. I love how Rex has been part of Ezra’s growth and training, and I can’t wait to see how else he’ll contribute to the fledgling rebellion.
Hera Takes Flight
Hera taking flight as the first person to try out the B-wing prototype is not only an amazing moment from the second season, but it’s also one of the most significant moments in the series so far. Just think about it! She was the first pilot ever to fly the B-wing, a ship that originally appeared in Return of the Jedi. Although the animated series focuses on this particular group and their struggles, it’s great seeing how their actions affect future events. Plus, seeing Hera exercising her skills and being recognized for her contributions made my own heart soar!
Ezra has a bad habit of getting caught, but he’s also pretty skilled at wriggling his way out of a tight situation. In “Stealth Strike”, he was placed under triple guard and moved to a separate cell. Seeing his only way out, he took it and he did it with style. Not only was he confident and skillful with his lightsaber, but he also told the stormtroopers that he wouldn’t hurt them and stayed true to his word (even though Chopper had something totally different in mind at the end).
Mira and Ephraim Bridger
Deep down inside, we all wanted Ezra to be reunited with his parents. It would have made for an interesting storyline, if you think about it. His parents could have assisted with the growing rebellion and Ezra would have kept training under Kanan. In reality, that didn’t pan out. Ezra found out the truth about his parents, making for an emotional and heart-wrenching episode. The moment that broke me? When Ezra stood at the top of his comm tower with his mom and dad beside him, all three staring out at a pristine Capital City.