"The Machine in the Ghost" is a Star Wars Rebels short. It originally aired on August 11, 2014, on Disney XD. It was the first short released to promote the show.


The Ghost is being pursued by some Imperial TIE Fighters, after it's rebel crew raided an Imperial supply depot. A dogfight eventually ensues between the two factions. After being hit, the Ghost loses its shields. Moments later, the ship also loses its comms.

The crew's astromech droid, Chopper, is then sent to repair the comms, by the ship's pilot Hera. On his way to the comms, the ship's gunner Kanan orders him to go back and fix the shields, as well as to tell Hera to fly better.

Back in the cockpit, Hera is frustrated by Kanan and decides to use the nose turret to take out a TIE Fighter, leaving only one remaining. Hera then sends Chopper to fix the comms. Frustrated by the conflicting commands, Chopper decides to use the Phantom's turret to destroy the last TIE Fighter. The crew then rendezvous in the cockpit, where they praise each other's shooting.





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The dogfight in Episode IV (top), and in The Machine in the Ghost (bottom)

  • There are several sequences that resemble the dogfight between the Millennium Falcon and the TIE Fighters in Star Wars IV: A New Hope.
  • The story was adapted into a short story, in the book Rise of the Rebels.
  • The episode's title name is an allusion to Gilbert Ryle's philosophical term "Ghost in the Machine".
  • In Polish version his name is Duch i Maszyna (ang. Ghost and Machine).
vedStar Wars Rebels Episodes
"The Machine in the Ghost" | "Art Attack" | "Entanglement" | "Property of Ezra Bridger"
Season 1
Star Wars Rebels: Spark of Rebellion | "Droids in Distress" | "Fighter Flight" | "Rise of the Old Masters" | "Breaking Ranks" | "Out of Darkness" | "Empire Day" | "Gathering Forces" | "Path of the Jedi" | "Idiot's Array" | "Vision of Hope" | "Call to Action" | "Rebel Resolve" | "Fire Across the Galaxy"
Season 2
Star Wars Rebels: The Siege of Lothal | "The Lost Commanders" | "Relics of the Old Republic" | "Always Two There Are" | "Brothers of the Broken Horn" | "Wings of the Master" | "Blood Sisters" | "Stealth Strike" | "The Future of the Force" | "Legacy" | "A Princess on Lothal" | "The Protector of Concord Dawn" | "Legends of the Lasat" | "The Call" | "Homecoming" | "The Honorable Ones" | "Shroud of Darkness" | "The Forgotten Droid" | "The Mystery of Chopper Base" | "Twilight of the Apprentice"
Season 3
Star Wars Rebels: Steps Into Shadow | "The Holocrons of Fate" | "The Antilles Extraction" | "Hera's Heroes" | "The Last Battle" | "Imperial Super Commandos" | "Iron Squadron" | "The Wynkahthu Job" | "An Inside Man" | "Visions and Voices" | "Ghosts of Geonosis" | "Warhead" | "Trials of the Darksaber" | "Legacy of Mandalore" | "Through Imperial Eyes" | "Secret Cargo" | "Double Agent Droid" | "Twin Suns" | "Zero Hour"
Season 4
Star Wars Rebels: Heroes of Mandalore | "In the Name of the Rebellion" | "The Occupation" | "Flight of the Defender" | "Kindred" | "Crawler Commanders" | "Rebel Assault" | "Jedi Night" | "DUME" | "Wolves and a Door" | "A World Between Worlds" | "A Fool's Hope" | "Family Reunion - and Farewell"
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