The third season of Star Wars Rebels came to a close with another explosive and action-packed hour long finale, boasting both space and ground battles, sacrifices and one angry storm cloud. Over the past 22 episodes, Rebels has treated us to the return of legacy characters from the original trilogy, such as Wedge Antilles and General Dodonna, the legitimisation of the TIE Defender and Grand Admiral Thrawn, and connections to Rogue One in the form of Death Troopers, Mon Mothma, and of course Saw Gerrera.
Now that the timeline is getting closer and closer to the events of A New Hope and now Rogue One, we are seeing more and more connections and references being made which demonstrates how this new cinematic universe connects all its formats, not just its big-screen debuts.
We have also seen some incredible character arcs for the recurring characters, including an end to Maul’s story arc that branched over from The Clone Wars, the defection of Agent Kallus and Sabine’s journey home.
Trying to put together a list of “Best Moments” is painfully difficult, because it could easily list so many events that have happened this year. But alas, I have narrowed it down. Some are moments that were near perfect, some that had much more potential, and some that were just outright strange.
12. Ezra's Temptations To The Dark Side
Coming out of the door, Steps into Shadow shows just how far Ezra has come since we last saw him. Since the events of Twilight of the Apprentice, Ezra feels responsible for all that has happened and, fearing he doesn’t have the power to protect his friends, has been using the Sith Holocron to learn more about the dark side, and use it for good. But as we all know that is a slippery slope.
Leading the charge out of the prison block, he’s cutting down Stormtroopers without a second thought, and that’s even before their encounter with the AT-DP, which was brilliantly put together.
The music that underscores the moment is hammering and powerful and showing Zeb and Sabine’s concerned expressions as Ezra uses the walker to merciless kill the rest of the Stormtroopers brings the message home. This is not the same Ezra that we were left with. Finished off with Ezra sending the walker over the edge, as he opens his eyes there is something much darker beneath that character, one that we have seen before, but never quite like this.
This isn’t the first time we have seen Ezra sway towards the dark side. Back in Season One’s Gathering Forces, the Grand Inquisitor forces Ezra to give into his anger and hatred, which then backfires when Ezra summons a giant fyrnock to fight for him.
It’s been a recurring problem for Ezra and hopefully in Season 4, we’ll see it getting out of hand.