Mon Mothma is a very important figure in the Star Wars universe. Our first introduction to this character was in Star Wars: Return of the Jedi as one of the leaders of the Rebel Alliance. She also recently appeared in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. She has also made appearances in Star Wars: The Clone Wars and novels such as Lost Stars, Aftermath, Aftermath: Life Debt and Aftermath: Empire’s End. Now, she has made her first appearance in Star Wars Rebels in this latest episode, titled ‘Secret Cargo’, where she must be led to safety by the Ghost crew after speaking out against the Emperor in the Imperial Senate.
My Thoughts on ‘Secret Cargo’
While I would say that there are better episodes in this season of Star Wars Rebels, this is probably one of the most important stories which has been told within the canon of Star Wars. Certainly, Mon Mothma openly rebelling against the Empire is a critical moment in the war between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire and it was shown in a very entertaining episode of Rebels.
Links to Rogue One
There were a lot of things I liked about this episode. For instance, having Mon Mothma voiced by Genevieve O’Reilly, the actress who played Mon Mothma in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, was a nice link to the films. Additionally, seeing Gold Leader was another great tie-in to the films and it added to an episode which really ushered in the birth of the Rebel Alliance as we know it.
We also saw a new iteration of a TIE Fighter in this episode which was cool to see. Those battle scenes involving that TIE Fighter were elevated with an especially great piece of music which was used during the action scenes in the nebula. Overall, while I would say that episodes such as ‘The Holocrons of Fate’, ‘Visions and Voices’ and ‘Trials of the Darksaber‘ are the best episodes that we have had so far this season, ‘Secret Cargo’ ranks amongst the most important. This is due to its relevance within the lore of Star Wars and this critical story was well executed.