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“Sounds like a ship full of Ezras.” Favorite Zeb Moments From ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season Three

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.

I’ve already written about KananHera, and Chopper, and this week, I’m going to highlight some of my favorite moments featuring the toughest member of the crew, Spectre-4 a.k.a. Zeb Orrelios.

Loyal and True, “Steps Into Shadow”

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During the season three opener, Ezra and the team had been assigned a scout mission to Reklam Station. Desperate to get the Y-wing bombers for the Rebellion and not wanting to let them go to waste, Ezra gave the order to steal the Y-wings. It was a reckless move, even though they escaped with the remaining starfighters that were eventually handed over to Genera Dodonna’s group. When Hera reprimanded Ezra for his actions, Zeb—loyal and true—took a step forward and stood up for Ezra, “You suspend him, you should suspend all of us. We all went along with him.” Like Hera said, his loyalty is admirable and it certainly didn’t go unnoticed.

Not in a Mood, “Iron Squadron”

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Although Zeb didn’t have much action in season three, he definitely had some memorable lines. When the Ghost aided Mart Mattin and his crew in “Iron Squadron,” the crews exchanged some introductory words. Zeb, like the others, picked up on the young and rebellious vibe from Mart and his group, “Sounds like a ship full of Ezras,” he said. Knowing that one Ezra was enough and that he wasn’t in a mood to encounter others like him, he assisted Kanan with the evacuation of Mykapo instead. Had Zeb stayed, I bet Iron Squadron would have driven him crazy!

Getting the Job Done, “The Wynkahthu Job”

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While we know now that Zeb is Hera’s Chief of Security on Atollon, we hadn’t seen much of him in terms of leading a mission. Hera assigned him the lead in “The Wynkahthu Job” not only because she didn’t trust Hondo and Ezra in the same mission working together, but she had also assigned him the task because she knows Zeb would put the crew’s interests first and would get the job done. Despite a few hurtles along the way, Zeb accomplished the mission, and thankfully for the crew, they got the proton bombs they needed and had been looking for in previous episodes.

Thinking Under Pressure, “Warhead”

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Was it a smart move to bring an unidentified droid back to home base without giving it a thorough inspection? No, not really, but Zeb was determined to right his wrong before the situation got any worse. What I love most about this episode is that it demonstrates once again that Zeb’s not just the muscle of the group. He’s fully capable of coming up with effective solutions under pressure and with little resources. Go Zeb!

Friends Now, “An Inside Man”/”Zero Hour”

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Something that’s not acknowledged often is the fact that Zeb is responsible for changing Agent Kallus’ perspective and essentially recruiting a valuable Imperial officer to their ranks. Thankfully for the crew, Kallus came through for them throughout a variety of missions, providing them with accurate and important intel at the risk of his own life. So when Kallus needed some rescuing at the end of the season, the Ghost crew was there to save him. What I adore the most about this particular moment is that Zeb saw the Fulcrum symbol and immediately recognized it to be Kallus. They are friends, after all!

What are your favorite Zeb moments from season three? Share them in the comments section below.


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1 comment on ““Sounds like a ship full of Ezras.” Favorite Zeb Moments From ‘Star Wars Rebels’ Season Three

  1. Zeb is my very favorite character on Rebels, and one of my very favorite characters in all of Star Wars, and it disappointed me that he got a short shrift this season, in terms of screen time, story inclusion, and character development. But there were two moments of what I thought was pretty good character development for him if you look hard enough for it.

    The first is in The Wynkathu Job, where, even though Ezra is repeatedly being a brat and insulting him, Zeb refuses to stoop to his level and instead tells Ezra he can bring it up with Hera if he has a problem, or just reasserts his command and moves on. He’s clearly angry, but he doesn’t lose his cool and strike back, like he might have in Season 1. He just does his job dependably, which is something that’s always made him invaluable.

    The second instance of growth that I appreciated is in Warhead, when he is addressed as, and even introduces himself to the droid as, “Captain Orrelios.” After that scene in Legends of the Lasat in Season 2, where he sadly told Ezra that he didn’t deserve that title, seeing him embrace it again really speaks volumes about how his confidence has grown.

    It’s not much, and I hope he returns to more equal footing with the rest of the crew next season, but those scenes made me proud of his development.

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