With its fourth and final season underway, Star Wars Rebels is closer than ever to reaching the timeline of Rogue One and A New Hope. The connections to the films grow more frequent and meaningful as the Ghost crew's significance in the Rebellion increases. A crucial confrontation between Saw Gerrera and Mon Mothma was already teased leading up to the latest two-part episode "In The Name of the Rebellion" — a clip that further clarifies the animosity between the two individuals in #RogueOne. Beyond this rebel clash, "In the Name of the Rebellion" featured three Rogue One Easter Eggs that further enrich and clarify elements of the film. Let's take a look at them.
During their mission, Saw, Sabine, Ezra and Chopper stumble upon prisoners of the Empire. They learn that these individuals are imprisoned for their roles in a top-secret energy project, which, unbeknownst to them, is the Death Star. One of the prisoners overheard Stormtroopers mentioning the Jedha system, thereby believing that the cargo the ship is carrying (later revealed as a gigantic kyber crystal) came from there. Of course, #StarWars fans know that the Empire stripped Jedha of its ample supply of kyber crystals to power the Death Star's weapon, an undertaking that is completed just before Grand Moff Tarkin and Director Orson Krennic destroy Jedha City in Rogue One.
This discovery explains how Saw learned of the Empire's work on Jedha, and why he set up shop there along with his Partisans. The novel Rebel Rising and now #StarWarsRebels show how Saw obsesses over what the Empire is building, knowing it relates to Galen Erso and kyber crystals. He knows the intent of the mysterious project is devastating, but is unable to place his finger on the complete picture. "In the Name of the Rebellion" shows how Saw was able to take the steps towards Jedha, a planet whose kyber crystal supply is invaluable to the Empire, but also the first world that the Death Star fires on.
2. Death Troopers
Rogue One received much praise for portraying a more complicated, morally ambiguous Rebel Alliance. However, the standalone film also enriched the Empire. Fans learned that the Empire's soldiers extended far beyond just Stormtroopers and Imperial pilots — among these new additions were Death Troopers. In their imposing black armor, these elite units followed and defended Director Krennic for much of the film. On Krennic's command, they murdered Jyn's mother Lyra, and during the Battle of Scarif, managed to kill several members of the Rogue One crew. Stormtroopers became the butt of many jokes after years of poorly aimed shots and facing defeat at the hands of the Ewoks. In comparison, the Death Troopers succeeded at actually making the Empire's soldiers fearsome and deadly.
These elite soldiers first appeared in the Season 3 finale of Star Wars Rebels while following and defending Grand Admiral Thrawn. "In the Name of the Rebellion" brought them back to guard the giant kyber crystal. It's intriguing to see what the Death Troopers did for the Empire beyond serving Krennic. What's even more fascinating is the revelation that Death Troopers can talk normally and some are even women. Until now, the Death Troopers always talked in garbled voices, even leading to theories that they were zombies. Now, audiences know they can speak normally, as evidenced by the commander guarding the kyber crystal. Her unit is wiped out by Saw, Sabine and Ezra, but she manages to survive for a while and tries to salvage the situation.
3. Two Tubes Flying A U-Wing
The unique appearance of Two Tubes made him an unlikely fan favorite in Rogue One. Physically crippled and wracked with paranoia, Saw could no longer be the active rebel seen in The Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. Two Tubes took charge by taking Bodhi Rook and his urgent message to Saw. He also led the attack on the Empire in Jedha City and took Jyn, Cassian, Chirrut Imwe and Baze Malbus to Saw. "In the Name of the Rebellion" reveals that Two Tubes has been a longtime close associate of Saw's. The two individuals first worked together to blow up Imperial communications and ships, and then tried to uncover the secrets leading to the Death Star. Two Tubes sticks around when things get ugly with the kyber crystal and helps Saw escape. Their trust explains why Two Tubes is Saw's foremost lieutenant in Rogue One.
Moreover, Two Tubes flies a U-Wing. The U-Wing debuted in Rogue One and is the ship that Jyn, Cassian and K-2SO fly to Jedha. It's exciting to see the ship included in other ways in the Star Wars universe.
These Easter Eggs are just a sample of the rich, meaningful connectivity within the current Star Wars canon. As Star Wars Rebels gets closer and closer to Rogue One and A New Hope, expect even more compelling Easter Eggs.
Did you spot any other Rogue One Easter Eggs from "In the Name of the Rebellion"? Share in the comments below!