One of the strongest aspects about Star Wars Rebels is its ability to develop its characters and strengthen our connection to them in the process. Nearly every crew member of the Ghost has had episodes which mainly focus on them whether it is Zeb in an episode such as ‘The Honorable Ones’ or Hera in ‘Wings of the Master’. This latest episode, titled ‘Trials of the Darksaber‘, heavily focuses on Sabine, a character who I believe is one of the strongest that Rebels has and should be in the spotlight more.
My Thoughts on ‘Trials of the Darksaber’
After this episode, my desire for Sabine to be utilised more than she has been is now even more enhanced. For me, this is one of the richest episodes of character development we have ever had in Star Wars Rebels. We gained so much insight on Sabine’s past and the conflict she has within herself and it really made her more of a character with depth and layers. Moreover, seeing Fenn Rau back after we last saw him in ‘Imperial Supercommandos‘ was great as he contributed a lot to Sabine’s arc in this episode.
In addition to Sabine’s development, Kanan was another character in this episode that got some attention and it was interesting to see his struggle to embrace the role of teaching Sabine as it was a very different situation to his teaching of Ezra. It was also really cool to learn more about the darksaber in terms of how it, and lightsabers in general, connects with its user. Additionally, we also found out about the darksaber’s legend within Mandalorian culture through a nice piece of animation which reminded me of the telling of the Deathly Hallows in Harry Potter.
The calibre of voice acting in this episode was another strong aspect of this episode and it ranks among the best this show has offered so far and credit goes to Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Tiya Sircar, who voice Kanan and Sabine respectively, in achieving this. The voice work they did for their characters was exceptional, particularly towards the end of the episode.
As you can see, I think that this episode was pretty great and it just furthered my belief that Rebels is going from strength to strength as a show and that this season is the best we have had so far. The next episode is set to continue where we left off with Sabine and I cannot wait for it.