While Star Wars Rebels is on break, I like to think back on the scenes that made me laugh, feel emotional, or made me cry out, “I love these characters so much!”
Over the next couple of weeks, I’ll be highlighting some of my favorite character moments.
Last week, I wrote about Kanan. This week, it’s time to take a look back at my favorite moments featuring Spectre-2, Hera Syndulla.
Surrounded by Family, “Hera’s Heroes”
Hera going on a personal mission to recover a family heirloom instead of focusing on the Rebellion’s efforts? It almost sounds out of character for someone like her. Not only did the mission expose them to Grand Admiral Thrawn for the first time, but she ended up losing both the Kalikori and her childhood home. All that aside, she came away realizing that she can keep her mother’s memory alive in other ways. As long as she holds onto the family she’s created over the years, the memory of her mother will continue to live on.
Experienced Pilot, “Ghosts of Geonosis”
We know Hera is an expert pilot and seeing her in action always leaves us in awe. Her flight out of the deep tunnels of Geonosis was no different, and even with sand and rock falling over them, threatening to bury them alive, she knew exactly what to do in the heat of the moment. “Their captain is showing their inexperience,” she said before shooting her way out and breaking the Imperial ship in half. Hera always finds a way out, even when the odds seem impossible.
Not About You, “Trials of the Darksaber”
When it came to training Sabine with the darksaber, Kanan was holding back and being too cautious for her own good. Hera, on the other hand, kept telling him to give Sabine the darksaber and to let her own it. Still hesitant, Hera stepped in again and said the words that he needed to hear, “This isn’t about you.” She understood where Sabine was coming from and she helped Kanan see that he was going about it the wrong way. Because of her, Kanan customized his training, which allowed Sabine to finally embrace her past.
Whatever It Takes, “Secret Cargo”
One of the season’s biggest highlights was seeing Mon Mothma and Hera talk about the state of the galaxy and confiding in each other during a time of great need. Mon mentioned that, unfortunately, the fight can’t be won in the Senate, forcing her to continue the fight elsewhere and to gather the scattered rebel cells. Throughout the episode, they were presented with several obstacles, but Hera continued to have faith, confidently stating, “The Rebellion is worth it, whatever it takes,” a sentiment that is felt time and time again in the fight against the Empire.
Don’t Mess With Her Droid, “Double Agent Droid”
“Oh oh, Hera’s mad,” Ezra said when Hera discovered that Chopper had been reprogrammed by the Empire. When Hera gets mad, it’s best to steer clear. Although I still don’t agree with her method of using Chopper to get back at the intelligence officers, she made her point quite clear—if you mess with her droid, you mess with her. Lesson learned!
What are your favorite Hera Syndulla moments from season three? Share them in the comments section below.
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