Star Wars: Rebels had a number of new and familiar characters. Of course there is the Ghost team, but there is also a wealth of characters that are seen less often, even in just one episode, which fills this show with excitement.
Lots of episodes in Rebels characters that leave a lasting impression. There are also short arches that show what some loved Star wars characters are up to in this tumultuous era. Despite appearing in only one episode, these characters all had a huge impact on Rebels.
10 Quarrie (Season 2, Episode 7: “Wings of the Master”)
In this episode, the Ghost crew is after a ship made by old and crooked Quarrie, a Mon Calamari who lives on a ship’s shipyard planet. Quarrie is memorable and charming. He’s witty and intuitive, humorous (e.g., one of his reasons Hera can’t take the ship because he doesn’t like the painting job), and saves the day by upgrading Ghost.
Despite not being seen again, Quarrie and his ship played a role in supporting the uprising. Quarrie also gives Hera the chance to tell what flying means to her, as he wants to know she’s worthy of his ship. He gives viewers the gift of knowing Hera much better.
9 Yoda (Season 2, Episode 18: “Shroud of Darkness”)
As Ezra meditates in the temple and faces Master Yoda, it is an exciting moment. As the Inquisitors approach, Kanan faces temple guards, and Ahsoka faces a vision of what Anakin has become, Yoda offers peace and wisdom. As they flee the temple, Ahsoka sees Yoda and he smiles and waves. This small moment has strong significance for them, and shows Yoda’s acceptance of her decision to leave the order and the path she has followed since.
While Yoda is only seen in this one episode, that’s enough. Rebels is in a new and complicated era, and the Jedi Order is no longer. Kanan, Ezra and Ahsoka must join new paths, but without Yoda’s leadership. By getting short to them, Yoda shows that he is still here and supporting them, but also that he knows it is their path and their story now.
8 Mira and Ephraim Bridger (Season 4, Episode 15: “Family Reunion- and Farewell”)
The belly-wearing series finale holds a lot of punches, including Palpatine’s tempting of Ezra with a vision of his parents. Ezra’s parents are in their kitchen, urging Ezra to join them before they see him on the other side of the gate. It’s an emotional moment after four seasons, where Ezra longs for and misses her parents, and it shows the full extent of his growth. Despite being a short scene, watching Ezra prepare to let go of his parents prepares the audience for the fact that he can let go of everyone else he cares about in the service of the greater good.
7 Leia Organa (Season 2, Episode 12: “A Princess on Lothal”)
Princess Leia shows up Rebels acts as an aid to his father and works to support the rebels in secret. Young Leia is spunky and commanding and exhibits excellent leadership. She is only in this episode because the imperialists are suspicious of Organas’ loyalty, and she must continue to serve as a member of the Imperial Senate so that she stays away from the action.
This episode shows how good Leia is at thinking fast. It is full of wonders and hopes, and it shows why Leia is truly a princess of the people. Her actions also show that the cause of the rebels is growing in reach and support; Princess Leia is involved now, it’s not just some friends on a ship who are doing what they can to thwart the empire. They are becoming a true rebellion.
6 Bo Katan Kryze (Season 4, Episode 1: “Heroes of Mandalore”)
The Season 4 premiere reintroduces Bo Katan Kryze. However, Bo Katan is not the same fiery redhead she was as a member of Death Watch – now she’s quieter, changed by Mandalore’s downfall. This bow shows so much of Bo Katan’s pain and remorse, as well as the growth and commitment of her people.
The Season 4 premiere is focused on Mandalore and the clans and power struggles inside, so once that is resolved, there is no reason for the show to return to Mandalore or Bo Katan. This bow is enough to show a brief but important moment in her story and to give Sabine a mentor from her home. The Ghost team moves on from here, but now viewers know what happened to Bo Katan.
5 Wulff Yularen (Season 3, Episode 17: “Through Imperial Eyes”)
Admiral Yularen is now Colonel Yularen. His performance shows viewers a bit about the transition from republic to empire, as Yularen is one of the only republic leaders who has been shown to serve the empire. Although he was an important character in The Clone Wars, his role has changed and he has made room for young blood like Thrawn to climb the ranks.
Yularen is surprised when Thrawn reveals that Kallus is a spy. This shows that even though the Yular may be imperial, he still sees the best in people and has a soft spot for his students. He is depicted in stark contrast to mistrust and calculate Thrawn; a great demonstration of the difference between the republic and the empire, as the Yular was a ranking official in the republic, whereas Thrawn is the sole agent of the empire.
4 Click Klak (Season 3, Episode 13: “Ghosts of Geonosis”)
This episode shows a different perspective on Star wars film’s Geonosian conflict through Click Klak, a Geonosian and the only survivor of his kind. Although Click Klak may immediately seem like an enemy, he has a gentle voice as Ezra talks to him and he tries to help.
Click Klak shows the implications of war and how far the empire is willing to go to achieve its goals. He is also a reminder that individuals are not representative of an entire entity. While the Geonosians were once enemies of the Jedi, Click Klak is not an enemy. He is just an individual who does his best to protect his home and his people, scared, but does not give up.
3 C3PO (Season 1, Episode 3: “Droids in Distress”)
A beginning of Rebels, the Ghost crew encounters some familiar “faces” in C3PO and R2D2. His performance here may be brief, but it’s a big bit of nostalgia for C3PO’s jokes and whining. He’s only in one episode because Rebels is about the new characters forming a rebellion and growing their ranks, and like Organa’s droid, 3PO stays pretty much out of the way. However, he still does his best to help, and this episode shows that the uprising has more friends than they know.
2 Obi-Wan Kenobi (Season 3, Episode 20: “Twin Suns”)
In his performance in rebels, Obi-Wan ends a decades-long battle. It’s in this episode that Obi-Wan and Maul have their last face-off and Maul is killed by Obi-Wan for the last time. When Maul became an important character in Star wars: Rebels, no one but Obi-Wan could come in to finish things off.
“Twin Suns” shows Obi-Wan older and more withered than he was in prequels, but not yet the old Ben Kenobi from A new hope. This Obi-Wan is thoughtful, influenced by his experiences, but focused on his purpose, and he gives Ezra guidance on his own purpose. In all the reruns of Star Wars, Obi-Wan Kenobi has been a friend and a voice of reason, and that includes this appearance in Rebels.
1 Anakin Skywalker (Season 2, Episode 22: “Twilight of the Apprentice”)
This episode is the only time Anakin is seen after Father’s birth. In the Sith Temple at Malachor, Ahsoka and Vader go toe-to-toe, and viewers can see how uniform they are, how much of Anakin’s fighting style Ahsoka has. It’s as beautiful as it is heartbreaking, and Anakin’s appearance answers a question that has lingered ever since. Clone War: Does Ahsoka know what happened to Anakin?
As the temple collapses, Ahsoka Vader’s helmet breaks and reveals his face. Up to this point, Ahsoka was unsure whether Anakin could have become Vader, but when he saw his eye stare at her, he heard his voice shouts to her, the truth is almost too painful. This episode is one of the greatest moments in Star wars canon and it shows that Ahsoka is the only person who can break through to Anakin until Luke.
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