Star Wars: Rebels has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and that makes all of the sense in the world. It’s amazing! I learned this last month when I binge-watched the series and fell in love with this story and characters that felt like the greatest thing that had come to the Star Wars universe since The Empire Strikes Back.
Three of these characters–Hera Syndulla, Kanan Jarrus, and Ezra Bridger, felt like the ultimate combination of the franchise’s greatest characters in an impactful and non-derivative way. And so, for the last few weeks, I have been retaining this idea to highlight these three characters and how their storylines echo the plot threads created for other important characters in the franchise. Well, in this eternal wait before I can talk about The Rise of Skywalker spoilers, the time has come to share this mini-series with you that I like to call Reflection. And, of course, the first character highlighted is Hera Syndulla. Enjoy!
Hera Syndulla: A Pioneer of the Rebellion, a Tremendous Pilot, a Terrific Leader
When we first meet Hera Syndulla in the opening episodes of Star Wars: Rebels it becomes very clear very fast that she is a leader, in fact, the leader of the Ghost crew. Everyone looks to her for not only the next mission but for guidance and support. Like a foster mother for the crew, she does just that, support them to the end. But that’s not all that makes her special.
Imagine Poe Dameron and Princess Leia wrapped into a Twi’lek gift box. That’s Hera Syndulla.
Like Poe Dameron, Hera is most uncomfortable when she’s behind the controls of a ship. She feels most alive when she’s in the sky, twirling and feeling free against the forces of weightlessness and gravity.
But like Princess/General Leia, she’s grounded in the reality of leading the Rebellion. She knows that building a Rebellion large enough to take on the likes of the heart of the Empire takes time, sacrifice, but most importantly, hope.
Like Leia, she never shrugged away from being on the front lines, even when it was dangerous to do so. And like Poe Dameron, she was always reliable as one of the greatest fighter pilots in a battle against the Empire.
Hera’s story in Star Wars: Rebels is inspiring because she never backed down from a challenge. Even when she lost the man she loved, like Leia lost Han, she kept moving forward, choosing to fight instead of run, hide and wallow in her grief.
Hera can easily be considered as one of the greatest heroines in the entire franchise.
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a beautiful day. May the Force be with you.