Season two was a big season for character background stories, and although there’s still a lot about him that we don’t know, we learned a fair amount about Zeb Orrelios. We discovered that he was the protector of the Lasat royal family, that his signature weapon held a secret that surprised us all, and that he’s an honorable individual. Even though he often blends with the background, especially when the story revolves around Kanan and Ezra, Zeb knows how to stand out when the time is right. And although he’s an underrated character, he has both the strength and the skill to get out of a tight situation, making him a resourceful member of the crew.
Here are some of my favorite Zeb moments from season two of Star Wars Rebels:
Knocking Elbows (“Relics of the Old Republic”)
Before crash-landing on an icy moon with Agent Kallus, Zeb made friends with ex-clone commando Gregor. Granted, it got off to a weird start, since Gregor and the others led the team to believe that Zeb was a “hunter” in searching for the joopa–when he was actually the bait! Despite being swallowed up whole by the worm-like beast, he came to respect Gregor and recognized that he and his brothers are great warriors (“for older gentlemen,” according to him). Knocking elbows with Gregor sealed the friendship for me, and I hope we get to see Zeb and Gregor working side-by-side again in the future.
Commander Meiloorun (“Always Two There Are”)
We know Zeb is the muscle of the group, capable of single-handedly taking down a squad of stormtroopers, but what happens when he’s not in the position to use his fists to get out of a situation? He has to improvise. Up until this point in the series, we hadn’t seen Zeb approach a dilemma strategically. Although Zeb is usually included in meetings, he’s hardly ever asked to add to the plan, since the ideas tend to mostly come from Sabine, Kanan, Ezra, and Hera. So when Sabine and Ezra end up being held captive by the two new Inquisitors, it’s up to him to come up with a plan. In the end, he successfully saved them and proved that he’s not just the brawn of the group, but he’s also more than capable of thinking outside the box in the heat of the moment.
His Past (“Legends of the Lasat”)
More often than not, Zeb is a grumpy guy who prefers to keep to himself. When Ezra approached him about his past, he finally opened up and spoke about how he had survived the disaster that befell his planet, that he felt guilty for failing to protect the royal family, and that Kanan was the one to find him and take him in. It was a heartbreaking moment, beautifully voiced by Steve Blum, where Zeb’s walls finally came down and he showed a vulnerable side that we hadn’t seen before. We’re so used to seeing him in action, banging stormtrooper heads together and being a force to be reckoned with, but this was the first time we saw a softer side of him.
Unlocking his Bo-rifle (“Legends of the Lasat”)
“Legends of the Lasat” had a handful of surprising and jaw dropping moments, one of them being Zeb unlocking the secrets of his bo-rifle. None of us ever suspected that there was another function to his primary weapon, and even more surprising, neither did the other members of the Ghost crew. We still don’t know what kind of power source is contained within Zeb’s bo-rifle, but it was powerful enough to envelope the entire ship and safely transport everyone through the anomaly. Could a kyber crystal be at play? Either way, it’s an intriguing weapon and I wonder what other functions it may possess that we have yet to see.
The Honorable Thing To Do (“The Honorable Ones”)
Despite trying to best one another throughout the series, Zeb and Agent Kallus astonishingly came to an understanding. We don’t know what it will mean for the future, but at least now, Zeb has a clearer idea of why Kallus does what he does and vice versa. At the time, Zeb also had the opportunity to bring Kallus in to pay for his crimes. The ISB agent was both wounded and exhausted, so it would have been an easy thing for Zeb to do, especially when the rest of the group arrived to rescue him. Instead, Zeb left him with the meteorite and quietly parted ways, never mentioning a word to his team. It was, of course, the honorable thing to do.
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