"Shields down. Chopper, fix them."
―Hera Syndulla to Chopper[3]

"The Machine in the Ghost" is the first of four prelude shorts[4] released in promotion of the animated series Star Wars Rebels. The three-minute short was released online on August 11, 2014,[5] and aired on Disney XD the same day. A new short premiered in the same time slot every Monday afterward on the channel.[4]

Publisher's summary[]

As the Ghost is pursued and pummeled by TIE Fighters, Hera & Kanan give Chopper contradictory orders, driving the little droid to an unusual extreme.

Plot summary[]

In the aftermath of a raid on an Imperial supply convoy, the Ghost and its crew—Hera Syndulla, Kanan Jarrus, and C1-10P, also known as "Chopper"—are pursued by a group of four TIE fighters. Jarrus makes his way into the Ghost gun turret, while Syndulla pilots the ship. A dogfight ensues between the Ghost and the TIE fighters, with the TIE fighters initially having the upper-hand.

During combat, the shields on the Ghost fail, and Syndulla orders Chopper to begin repairing them. The TIEs continue their assault, while another shot from a TIE fighter knocks out the communication system on the Ghost. Syndulla, unable to coordinate the defense with Jarrus, orders Chopper to stop working on the shields and instead repair the communication system—and to tell Kanan to improve his accuracy. Chopper leaves the cockpit and tells Jarrus he is working on the communication system, but Jarrus contradicts Syndulla's order and tells Chopper to continue repairing the shield generator—and to tell Syndulla to fly better.

Hera Chopper Machine in the Ghost

Hera and Chopper in the Ghost

Chopper returns to the cockpit and tells Syndulla what Jarrus said, causing Syndulla to take the fight into her own hands. She quickly maneuvers the ship behind the TIE fighters, and destroys one of the two remaining TIEs. Syndulla again tells Chopper to talk to Jarrus, this time telling him to handle the last TIE fighter, but Chopper is done following contradicting orders and makes his way to the Phantom's gun turret. From there, Chopper destroys the remaining TIE fighter on his own, bringing an end to the fight—and the arguments.

With the battle over, Chopper returns to the cockpit, where he overhears Syndulla and Jarrus jokingly taking credit for the outcome of the battle. With Chopper annoyed at the lack of credit, they admit they were kidding and know that Chopper destroyed the last TIE fighter. Syndulla and Jarrus tell the droid to fix the shields and the communications system, as the Ghost jumps into hyperspace.


This short was adapted into a young readers book, Chopper Saves the Day, and was adapted into a short story by Michael Kogge in the chapter book Rise of the Rebels.


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Notes and references[]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 1.6 1.7 SWInsider "Star Wars Rebels Recounted" — Star Wars Insider 156
  2. Star Wars Rebels Exclusive Clip Spotlights Conflict in Space on www.ign.com (archived from the original)– states that "The Machine in the Ghost" takes place five years before the events of Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope, which begins in 0 BBY according to Star Wars: Galactic Atlas, meaning that "The Machine in the Ghost" takes place in 5 BBY.
  3. Rebels-mini-logo Star Wars Rebels — "The Machine in the Ghost"
  4. 4.0 4.1 Star Wars Rebels Exclusive Clip Spotlights Conflict in Space on www.ign.com (archived from the original)
  5. Disney The Machine in the Ghost on Disney Video on Disney.com (backup link)

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