*SPOILERS* ahead if you haven’t seen the latest edition of Star Wars Rebels: Hera’s Heroes.
Ok Star Wars fans, last night another episode of Star Wars Rebels aired on Disney XD and even earlier for those that have the Disney XD app on their handheld devices. And Whoa! Finally, we got to see a Hera centric show, and for me, as a huge Hera Syndulla fan, this was everything I was hoping for and more. So let’s dive in!
“Our will to be free is what’s going to beat you.” — Hera Syndulla
Is it me? Or does Hera (Vanessa Marshall) seem to have the best lines and delivery throughout this series? Seriously, her quick wit and hint of sarcasm is simply nostalgic and reminiscent of the original trilogy films — I’m sure Vanessa’s fandom has a lot to do with this. Yes, she’s just as big of a fan as any of us.
Ok, so finally we see Hera at the helm and (for me) it’s a Homerun! It all begins with Hera zooming in with the Ghost to save the day and rescue her father, Cham Syndulla, (and her home, Ryloth) from the looming Empire.
As our feisty pilot said in season 2 of Rebels, “we’re stronger together.” And this episode definitely depicts that in every situation, not just with her direct bloodlines, but with her family crew as well.
This episode has it all! Hera and her band of heroes, Thrawn, Hera’s actual home, priceless family heirlooms, and the strength of camaraderie — a bond that’ll make 10 men feel like a 100! Yes, I stole that from the latest Rogue One trailer, guilty as charged. So, without further ado, here is my funatastical list of my Top 4 Favorite Moments from Star Wars Rebels: Hera’s Heroes.
Role Reversal — For the past two seasons, Hera has dedicated herself to keeping the Ghost Crew safe and now, the crew is taking care of her. Namely, Ezra. Seeing Ezra go undercover as a Scout Trooper, in order to assure Hera’s safety, gives Ezra that Luke-like quality of chivalry that we see in A New Hope. After all, he’s already lost one family, and he’s not about to lose another.
Hand-me-downs and Heirlooms — Star Wars seems to be a continuity of many things and one of those things is family — traditions that are passed down from generation to generation. It’s definitely not a Skywalker thing. Ok, if anyone can tell me the name of Hera’s family legacy (and correct spelling) I’d be ever so thankful. Anyways, moving on …
Temper, Temper — Grand Admiral Thrawn: “Slavin, please. You embarrass me in front of our host.” Well, we were shown an interesting side of our blue foe, Thrawn — he has a temper. Could it be that he isn’t as a calm and cool as he plays out to be? Perhaps, we, the viewer, have stumbled upon a weakness that might just come in handy or assist in his future undoing. Only time will tell, but intriguing nonetheless.
“My home is my crew and family.” — Hera
Once again, it all comes back to family and love. It’s a Wizard of Oz lesson but shown in a Star Warsy way — the best journey always takes us home and only love can make a home. Hera is full of life and love, and she’s not afraid to make sacrifices for those she loves. No wonder she is my favorite Rebel pilot of the Rebellion, she stands for everything rebellions are built on — Hope.
The Cantina Cast
The wretched hive your Jedi Master warned you about!