Best Star Wars Rebels Episodes
Here are our picks for the best episodes of Star Wars Rebels!
Honorable Mention: A World Between Worlds
In this strange episode from the series' final season, Ezra Bridger discovers a place where time is relative allowing him to right the wrongs of the past. It's an unimaginable power that's tempting to use for personal gain, making it one of his greatest challenges as a young Jedi. The visuals in this episode are unique and creative making for an interesting watch that showcases the animators at the top of their game.
10. Fire Across the Galaxy
The season one finale ends with an epic lightsaber battle between Ezra, Kanan, and the Grand Inquisitor. The Inquisitors were a new addition to Star Wars lore, but it makes sense that Vader and the Emperor would steal Force-sensitive children and force them into the service of the Empire. It's an emotional fight that ends with an ominous warning. This episode also has the rebel crew of the Ghost working together which is an important aspect of the series. Also, that surprise reveal at the end is stunning.
9. Empire Day
On Empire Day, in which the galaxy celebrates the formation of the Galactic Empire, we find out that it's also Ezra's birthday. This is upsetting for Ezra as his parents were arrested by the Imperials and so our rebels decide to wreck havoc during the Empire's special parade. It's ones of the most emotional episodes of the show and helps us understand Ezra's backstory and one of his biggest obstacles in his journey toward becoming a Jedi.
8. The Honorable Ones
Deep into the series' second season we get this poignant episode featuring Zeb and Kallus, two arch-enemies who want nothing more than to kill each other but must rely on one another to survive. While they are trapped in a freezing cave, the two learn unexpected things about each other that give each of them a new perspective. It's a touching episode in which we also find some of the show's more frightening and suspenseful scenes.
7. Trials of the Darksaber
Season Three's episode Trials of the Darksaber focuses on Sabine Wren as she learns how to wield the dangerous, titular weapon. We learn the history of the saber and how it was made by the first Mandalorian Jedi who used it to unite his people during the Old Republic. In order to reunite her planet, Sabine trains with Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus and discovers new things about herself, her place among her people, and her potential future.
6. The Seige of Lothal
Having our heroes face off against Darth Vader was a shocking and thrilling way to kick off the second season. As the Empire closes it's iron grip on Ezra's homeworld of Lothal the rebels make a daring escape, but not before encountering the Dark Lord of the Sith in an intense battle that leaves our heroes wounded, frightened, and broken. In the ensuing chase Vader destroys many rebel ships and finds out about the survival of his old apprentice, making him more determined than ever to find and annihilate the remaining rebels. Bringing back James Earl Jones as the galaxy most feared villain made this a must-see for all Star Wars fans.
5. Zero Hour
Grand Admiral Thrawn made a great addition to the series as his strategic mind brought audiences an interesting and unique villain. In this one, Kallus finally defects to the rebels but is captured before he can warn them of a trap Thrawn has set for them. In an epic battle on Atollon, the Imperials decimate the rebel cell, but the crew of the Ghost escape thanks to the efforts of the Force-sensitive creature known as the Bendu. It's another tragic defeat for our crew of misfits, but one that spurs the rebels to fight harder than ever against the tyranny of the Empire.
4. Family Reunion and Farewell
The series finale is a wonderful episode full of surprises and extremely emotional moments that impact these characters in meaningful ways. With Thrawn and his assassin Rukh looking to crush the rebels on Lothal once and for all, our heroes must band together to destroy the Imperial headquarters in the city. When Thrawn's Star Destroyer arrives over the command center, Ezra turns himself over to the Grand Admiral to buy the rebels time. While not everything goes according to plan, the finale shows how our heroes can adapt to even the worst situations and thanks to team work, can come out on top, even though it means one must sacrifice everything for the others. The final scenes also set up intriguing possibilities for the future of these characters.
3. Twin Suns
One of the few standalone episodes of the show, Twin Suns finds Ezra called to the barren deserts of Tatooine by his would-be master Maul. The final showdown between Kenobi and the former Darth is an intense and swift samurai-esque duel for the ages. Stephen Stanton is fantastic as Old Ben and Sam Witwer brings pathos and passion to Maul's final stand. The animation is gorgeous from the intense opening sequence to the heartbreaking ending. It's a must-see for fans of these characters which brings their complex relationship to a satisfying and surprisingly emotional conclusion.
2. Jedi Night
Jedi Night features our rebel heroes on the brink of devastation. When Hera is captured by Imperial Governor Pryce and tortured for information, Kanan leads a stealth mission to break her out. After their emotional reunion, the rebels also try to get rid of the Empire's fuel deposits, but stromtroopers fire near them causing an explosion which Kanan is able to hold off by using the Force just long enough for his fellow rebels to escape. It's the most affecting episode as it pays off Kanan and Hera's relationship in profound ways with beautiful animation, moving music from Kevin Kiner, and brilliant voice acting by Freddie Prinze Jr and Vanessa Marshall. It all works together to bring a great character the heroic end he deserves.
1. Twilight of the Apprentice
The best episode of Star Wars Rebels is Twilight of the Apprentice. Here we find Kanan, Ezra, and Ahsoka on the planet Malachor discovering an ancient Sith Temple. Soon, they find out an Imperial Inquisitor is hunting someone on the forbidden world and it turns out to be Maul who tempts Ezra to the Dark Side. When two more Inquisitors arrive, Maul helps our rebels battle them only to betray Kanan, blinding him with his lightsaber. Maul then activates the Temple with a holocron Ezra helped him retrieve, and soon Darth Vader shows up to finish off the rebels and his former apprentice. In an epic and emotional lightsaber duel, Vader is badly wounded by Ahsoka and barely escapes with his life, but she is left behind as the others escape, leaving her fate unknown. We later find out that Ezra secretly stole the Sith holocron which he manages to open, hinting at his temptation with using the Dark Side. Everything from the animation to the music to the voice acting is done so well and this episode presents a darker tone that works well for this amazing series which features some of the best Star Wars storytelling we've ever seen.