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Recap / Star Wars Rebels S3E10 "Ghosts of Geonosis"

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The rebels return to Geonosis in search of a missing rebel team sent to investigate suspicious activities, and are surprised by what they discover.

Tropes in this episode:

  • Always Someone Better: Rex feels this way about Anakin Skywalker, believing that no Jedi can compare to him. Kanan is not amused.
  • Big Damn Heroes: Kanan's team is cornered by battle droids using a destroyer droid as cover, until Saw bombs his way in through an adjacent passageway and disables the destroyer's shield.
  • Break Out the Museum Piece: Klik-Klak has been maintaining a sizeable defense force of battle droids ever since his people were wiped out. They proved that they were still deadly effective when they wiped out all of Saw's team but the man himself.
  • Call-Back:
    • The good guys fight against droids. When their deflector shield fails, it looks like they're screwed, but the droids' remote is destroyed and they all plop down.
    • When asked about what it's like to come back to Geonosis years after the Clone Wars, Rex mentions that he was hoping that he'd never have to see the "dustball" of a planet again — a comment similar to the one Anakin made in regards to returning to Tatooine in The Clone Wars movie.
    • Rex and Saw remember each other, having met at the latter's debut appearance to the franchise and helping the Partisans train back in The Clone Wars.
    • When Saw meets Kanan and Ezra, he complements that he never thought of meeting "another" Jedi survivor, let alone two. In Jedi: Fallen Order, he met Cal Kestis, who helped Saw and his troops save the Wookie slaves from the Empire on Kashyyyk. Saw first believed all Jedi to have been killed about eight years ago prior, until he sees proof that some of them survived.
    • Geonosis and the mystery of what the Empire has done to it was first touched upon in "The Honorable Ones". The facilities in orbit have since been removed.
    • The crew once again face off against battle droids isolated from the war, having previously done so earlier in the season in "The Last Battle". Unlike the droids on Agamar, however, these ones have been well-maintained.
    • The episode plot continues off from "An Inside Man" in regards to the Empire's mysterious plans.
  • Call-Forward: Saw would later appear in Rogue One, passing on vital information that would lead to the theft of the Death Star plans.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Saw Gerrera, previously mentioned by Kallus in "The Honorable Ones", appears in person.
  • Comically Missing the Point:
    Hera: How's it going out there?
    Sabine: Uh! This storm is seriously going to damage my paint job!
    Hera: I meant with the mission?
  • Dead Hat Shot: The only thing left to find of Saw's team is their helmets lying in a tunnel.
  • Deadly Dust Storm: The Ghost lands in the middle of a sandstorm. Part II shows that the cannons ended up getting clogged with sand, which is not a problem you want to have in a firefight.
  • Deflector Shields: Sabine and Zeb find a shield generator, which they use to protect themselves from droidekas.
  • Dope Slap: Sabine does this to Ezra when he asks about the secret mission, despite having already been told that it's a strict "Need-to-Know" basis.
  • En Route Sum-Up: The Ghost crew learn the details of their mission while en-route to Geonosis.
  • Fastball Special: Kanan pitches Ezra across the chasm On Three so he can chase the Geonosian. Rex and Saw, however, doubt they can be thrown that far.
  • In a Single Bound: Kanan pulls a really impressive jump across the shaft. It's especially impressive because we're initially led to think he can't jump that far, since Ezra needed a boost.
  • Let's Split Up, Gang!: Ezra's plan to catch the Geonosian.
  • Mythology Gag: I guess Anakin was right.
    Sabine: Ug. Stupid sand. Gets everywhere.
  • Oh, Crap!: The battle droids' reaction to seeing two Jedi. And then the Jedi's reaction to the droideka.
  • On Three: Kanan, regarding throwing Ezra across the shaft.
  • The Remnant: The heroes find yet another battalion of Separatist droids, these controlled by Klik-Klak.
  • Saved by Canon: Saw appears in Rogue One, so he cannot die here. He's quite a bit worse off in Rogue One, though, so he isn't guaranteed to be invincible, either.
  • She Didn't Make It: Used verbatim by Rex about Saw's sister Steela, making a reference to a Clone Wars episode where Ahsoka failed to save her during battle.
  • Shoot the Builder: Taken to an extreme by the Empire, who killed every last Geonosian, except one, and one queen egg, after they began construction (unknown to the heroes) on the Death Star.
  • Shout-Out: A superpowered individual helping his allies across a narrow stone bridge over a bottomless pit, with them jumping off sections of the bridge which collide with each other.
  • That's No Moon: When Zeb and Sabine are informed of the droids in the area, Zeb initially dismisses the problem, as the only thing in sight is a bunch of rocks. The "rocks" are actually destroyer droids, as Sabine discovers when she brushes off the sand.