Star Wars is a long-running sci-fi franchise that revolves around the adventures of the Jedi, a group of Force-sensitive beings who hope to bring peace to the galaxy. Since the release of A New Hope in 1977, Star Wars has gained a cult following, with fans going above and beyond to express their love for the franchise in any way they can. Thanks to the massive following and the buy-out of Lucasfilm by Disney, the amount of content produced has exponentially increased, bringing us gems like The Clone Wars, The Mandalorianand the newly completed series Obi-Wan Kenobi.
One such show that is a must-watch for any Star Wars fan is Star Wars Rebels. in the Star Wars timeline, Rebellious takes place after the events of The Clone Wars and Revenge of the Sithand five years before A New Hope. Revolving around the beloved Ghost Crew, the animated series takes on adventure after adventure while the crew fights for freedom against the newly founded Empire. The series features appearances from fan-favorite characters like Ahsoka Tano, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and even Darth Vader. About the course of four seasons, Rebellious showed viewers what they’ve never seen before in the Star Wars universe. These are the best episodes of Star Wars Rebels to watch, ranked.
8 Twin Suns (Season 3, Episode 20)
An underrated gem in Rebellious is “Twin Suns.” When Ezra wishes to fix a horrid mistake he’s made, he meets an aging Obi-Wan Kenobi on Tattooine, warns him of Maul’s presence, and asks him how to defeat him. While some would expect wise words from the Jedi Master, Kenobi tells Ezra to go home, which essentially extinguishes Ezra’s flame of interest in Maul. The upturn of the episode comes when Maul and Kenobi have their final showdown after decades of rivalry, first seen in The Phantom Menace and detailed through The Clone Wars. While many were disappointed with the fact that the battle between the pair didn’t last very long, as outlined by Screen Rant, it was a tragically appropriate way for Maul to reach his end, finally gaining closure from his encounter with Kenobi.
7 Fire Across The Galaxy (Season 1, Episode 15)
The episode “Fire Across the Galaxy” follows the Ghost Crew as they head off on a journey to rescue Kanan Jarrus from the Empire. Part of what makes this episode one of the best is the standoff between the popularly hated Grand Inquisitor and Kanan. Their battle with every expectation of the fans, given the tension and build-up to the point of final release when Kanan shows off his skills as he manages to take on the Grand Inquisitor. On top of this, the ending of the episode reveals that the Rebels’ contact referred to as “Fulcrum” is, in fact, Ahsoka Tano, former Jedi and Padawan of Anakin Skywalker.
6 The Siege of Lothal (Season 2, Episodes 1-2)
In season 2’s dual-episode premiere, “The Siege of Lothal,” the Ghost Crew makes the transition from a small team of rebels to becoming a part of the Rebel Alliance with the help of Ahsoka Tano. As the first episode of the second season, “The Siege of Lothal” really brings the heat, taking what was done in the first season and improving upon it. The episode kicks off revealing that a lot has changed since the first season, including the fact that Ezra’s house was completely destroyed and that Darth Vader has landed on Lothal, making him the number one threat to the Rebels.
5 Legacy (Season 2, Episode 11)
“Legacy” is a gut-wrenching Rebellious episode to say the least. While many episodes revolve around action and fight scenes, this one instead focuses on Ezra’s family. In this episode, Ezra discovers the fate of his parents. The episode is particularly poignant as it accurately depicts the personal sacrifice one often pays for fighting evil and standing up for what you believe in. Moreover, the episode also reinforces the fact that while Ezra has lost his biological family, he has become a part of a new family that shares his beliefs and will look after him just the same way.
4 Shroud of Darkness (Season 2, Episode 18)
“Shroud of Darkness” is exactly what it sounds like. When Kanan, Ahsoka, and Ezra go to the Lothal temple in search of answers, Kanan becomes a true Jedi Knight. At the same time, Ahsoka is forced to face-off against the new version of her old Master Anakin Skywalker AKA Darth Vader while Ezra speaks with Master Yoda, seeking his wisdom and guidance. Part of what makes this episode one of the best episodes of Rebellious is the multi-layered storyline. Not to mention the fact that the interactions between Vader and Ahsoka are few and far between in the Star Wars franchise, so this episode really allows us a glimpse into their relationship.
3 Twilight of the Apprentice (Season 2, Episodes 21-22)
Much like any other Star Wars series, there is no excitement without the danger. Danger levels in “Twilight at the Apprentice” are off the charts as Kanan, Ezra, and Ahsoka head to Malachor to explore a forbidden Sith temple. During the episode, Ezra stumbles upon Darth Maul who no longer identifies as a Sith and wishes revenge against Darth Sidious AKA Emperor Palpatine. Ahsoka comes face to face with her old Master, while Kanan suffers an injury that sticks with him for the rest of his life — all while Ezra is forced to witness the things that surround him, stripping him of what was left of his innocence. The ending of the episode, per Cinema Blend, leaves viewers wondering what will happen to the rebels, providing little hope for the future.
2 Legends of Lasat (Season 2, Episode 14)
“Legends of the Lasat” is less intense than many of the other episodes on this list, but it is still deserving of a spot. While we get to learn more about the Force, we also learn more about Zeb. Zeb is forced to finally accept his past as an Honor Guard, guiding his people back to their homeworld. “Legends of the Lasat” may not be an action-oriented episode, but it is heavy on spirituality, an important aspect in understanding the way that the Force works within the Star Wars universe.
1 Trials of the Darksaber (Season 3, Episode 15)
One of the most quintessential episode of Rebellious is “Trials of the Darksaber.” This episode revolves around Mandalorian Sabine who ends up with the legendary darksaber. When discovering the saber with a long history, Sabine’s thoughts become muddled. Between her past at the Imperial Academy and her family that abandoned her, Sabine struggled with herself throughout the entire episode. While Kanan tries to teach Sabine how to wield the Jedi-Madalorian weapon, his Jedi ways of fighting clash with Sabine’s Mandalorian stubbornness.