Star Wars Rebels: Season 4 Episodes 3-4 (Television Review) – Saw Gerrera vs. Mon Mothma Delivers

Season 4 of Star Wars Rebels started off in a great way with ‘Heroes of Mandalore’ and, thinking back, I think I underappreciated how great it was to get two episodes back-to-back. Obviously, the more Rebels we get, the better. I’d love to watch the whole season right now but that is not going to happen so getting to watch two episodes last week instead of one is fantastic. The good times seem to be continuing because the next instalment of Season 4, titled ‘In the Name of the Rebellion’, was also a two-parter.

Clearly, the focus of this episode would shift towards the formation of the Rebel Alliance and I was excited about this. It was a great opportunity to strengthen the links that this television show has with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: A New Hope. Moreover, with Saw Gerrera returning, I was eager to see this character continued to be developed. I was also very intrigued to see what state the Rebel Alliance was in at that time because, as we know, the Rebel Alliance as we saw it in the Original Trilogy is not formed at the time this episode takes place.

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Certainly, there is still division within the Rebel Alliance about how the fight against the Empire should be waged in terms of the methods used and how far they should go to overthrow the Empire. Having both Saw Gerrera and Mon Mothma in this episode of Star Wars Rebels was a great way to showcase this clash in styles when it comes to what the Rebel Alliance stands for and how it should fight.

My Thoughts on ‘In the Name of the Rebellion’

‘In the Name of the Rebellion’ was a very good continuation of Season 4 of Star Wars Rebels and what really impressed me in this two-parter was how well it dealt with the meaning of the Rebel Alliance. As I mentioned above, part of this purpose of ‘In the Name of the Rebellion’ was to showcase the contrast between Saw Gerrera and Mon Mothma and their belief in the direction that the fight against the Empire should be fought.

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This was done brilliantly in a scene between the two where Saw manages to rattle Mon Mothma who has always been portrayed as being a calm presence. To see Mon Mothma take Saw Gerrera’s words to heart to such a large degree was fascinating to see. Indeed, seeing Mon Mothma label Gerrera as a criminal rather than a rebel showed how much Gerrera’s words affected her and, to be honest, she is not wrong.

Certainly, we saw a glimpse of Gerrera’s mentality towards war in Rogue One and he did not seem to have much of a moral compass or a limit to how far he would go to defeat the Empire. I have also been reading books such as Guardians of the Whills and Rebel Rising which give further insight into how Saw has no boundaries and will do whatever it takes to bring the Empire down. This itself is driven by guilt and regret for the death of Stella, his sister, and the loss of his home planet of Onderon to the Empire.

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Saw and Ezra

These events changed Saw and they really came to the forefront in ‘In the Name of the Rebellion’, especially as it was a parallel with what Ezra was dealing with in this episode. Indeed, Ezra wants to liberate Lothal from the Empire and he was taken in by Saw’s ability to get things done and strike at Imperial targets. In the first part of ‘In the Name of the Rebellion’, an Imperial relay station was the target and the hijacking of Imperial cargo stored on a civilian vessel was the target in the second part of this episode of Star Wars Rebels.

The approach that Saw Gerrera took in this episode showed both his willingness to fight the Empire and the contrast in style that he has with the Rebel Alliance under Mon Mothma. Yet, it also showed how he will do anything to hurt the Empire, even if it means betraying Ezra and Sabine which he eventually did. Moreover, he showed a complete disregard for the prisoners they found and all of this led Ezra to the point where, while he sympathised with Saw about the loss of Onderon and his own way in fighting the Empire, he finally decided to side with Mon Mothma’s approach to fighting the Empire.

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I appreciated that Ezra came to this decision as it is proof of his development and maturity as a character. Still, he still acts like an idiot sometimes and that was evident in this episode of Star Wars Rebels. Instead of completing the mission at the Imperial relay station, he was clowning about and trying to impersonate an Imperial officer. By doing this, he jeopardised a mission which could have helped the Rebel Alliance gain an important advantage over the Empire.

Return of Kallus

Still, that is a small nit-pick and it did not take away from how well ‘In the Name of the Rebellion’ dealt with the meaning of the Rebel Alliance, the methods it should employ when fighting the Empire and the way that Saw Gerrera continued to be developed as a character. I also liked that Agent Kallus appeared for the first time in Season 4.

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I am so pleased that he is now a fully-fledged member of the Rebel Alliance. His arc in Rebels has been great to watch and episodes in Season 3 that dealt with his story such as ‘An Inside Man’ and ‘Through Imperial Eyes’ were very good. Now, he is back in Season 4 and he has a cool look now as well. Indeed, some fans of Star Wars Rebels are now referring to him as “Hot Kallus”!

Ties to Rogue One and A New Hope

Nonetheless, Saw Gerrera was arguably the main focus of this episode and he was one element of many in this episode of Star Wars Rebels that strengthened the ties that this show has with Rogue One and A New Hope. Seeing Mon Mothma and Wedge Antilles were nice tie-ins to the film series and we also returned to Yavin 4. It was great to see this iconic location in an animated form. It was awesome to see Y-Wings and to have Bail Organa make a cameo appearance was cool given his role in Rogue One which itself made me appreciate this character to a much larger degree than I had before.

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Before Rogue One, Bail Organa was not someone I really liked or cared about, largely because the Prequels are awful. I always associated Bail Organa with those films and the part he played in them but seeing Bail in Rogue One, reading about him in the novels and the appearances he has made in Star Wars Rebels has helped me come around on this character. Instead of groaning about his appearances, I enjoy them because his character has been executed in a much better way than it was in the Prequels.

Yet, the ties to the film series that were my favourites were found in the second part of ‘In the Name of the Rebellion’. While Saw, Sabine and Ezra were on their mission to hijack Imperial cargo, they ran into Death Troopers and there was a mention of Jedha which could only mean a couple of things; the cargo was of importance to Director Orson Krennic (who also gets a mention in this episode) and it had to do with the Death Star. Indeed, this turned out to be the case when we saw that the cargo was a giant Kyber crystal.

Kyber Crystal in Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Episode 3-4 In the Name of the Rebellion

Kyber crystals were used to give the Death Star the power to destroy planets and to see this episode of Star Wars Rebels have so many links to the events of Rogue One and A New Hope was brilliant. I mentioned in my review of ‘Heroes of Mandalore’ that I expected Season 4 to move towards and have strong links with the events of Rogue One and A New Hope. ‘In the Name of the Rebellion’ is absolutely a great step in that direction. The only question I have from this episode is how and when did Saw sustain the horrendous injuries that we see he had in Rogue One? Hopefully, we will find out in the future.

Star Wars Rebels: Season 4 Episodes 1-2 (Television Review) – A Mature Season Premiere

To say that the wait for Season 4 of Star Wars Rebels has been difficult is an understatement. A big reason why the wait was so unbearable is because Season 3 was, for me, the best season of this television series. If you read any of my reviews for Season 3, you will know that I consider that season to have some of the best episodes, best character moments and, in Grand Admiral Thrawn, the best villain we have had in Star Wars Rebels.

Moreover, I believed that the finale of Season 3 set up Season 4 in such a brilliant way that it could successfully accomplish many feats. These include, but are not limited to, giving us closure to the uncompleted story arcs from Star Wars: The Clone Wars, closing out the journeys of Kanan and Ezra as well as tying into the film series. Indeed, before I watched the two-episode premiere of Season 4, titled ‘Heroes of Mandalore’, I was expecting this season of Star Wars Rebels to have an abundance of links with Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: A New Hope.

Kanan and Hera in Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Episode 1-2 Heroes of Mandalore

I could not wait to see what was in store for this season and to have ‘Heroes of Mandalore’ focus on Sabine and, obviously, her home planet of Mandalore really excited me. Indeed, episodes in Season 3 of Star Wars Rebels that focused on Sabine and Mandalore such as ‘Trials of the Darksaber’ ranked amongst the best episodes of that season and of Star Wars Rebels in general. I hoped that ‘Heroes of Mandalore’ would be on the same level of quality as those episodes.

My Thoughts on ‘Heroes of Mandalore’

‘Heroes of Mandalore’ was an excellent start to Season 4 of Star Wars Rebels and I was very impressed with how the tone of this season feels much more darker and serious than previous seasons. As I said earlier, the focus was on Sabine in ‘Heroes of Mandalore’ and we see how her troubled past with the Empire comes back to haunt her in a big way.

Sabine in Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Episode 1-2 Heroes of Mandalore

The reason for Sabine and other characters such as Kanan, Ezra, Chopper and Fenn Rau to be on Mandalore was to rescue Alrich Wren; Sabine’s father. This itself was a mission approved by Mon Mothma (or, as Saw Gerrera may see it, an “errand” rather than a mission). In the process of rescuing her father, Sabine has to deal with the fact that the Empire used the weapon she built when she was younger to kill Mandalorians.

The weapon, known as The Duchess, wiped out a lot of Mandalorians from Clan Wren by using their own armour against them. They were turned to dust in a matter of seconds and it made for some quite striking and mature imagery, especially as I initially believed that Sabine’s mother, Ursa Wren, and Sabine’s brother, Tristan, had died.  This did not turn out to be the case but I was shocked and also pleased that the show went so far in its depiction of this event.

Bo Katan and Sabine in Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Episode 1-2 Heroes of Mandalore

I also liked the fact that Mandalorian Armour, which is sacred to all Mandalorians, was what made The Duchess so effective; what was once their strength now became their weakness. To see how Sabine reacted to this heart-breaking situation was proof of how far Star Wars Rebels has come in terms of its maturity and depth.

Return of Bo Katan

Moreover, it demonstrates how much Sabine has been fleshed out and grown as a character throughout the run of this show. Obviously, this situation was incredibly tough to take for both Sabine and for those around her which included a returning character from Star Wars: The Clone Wars. This was Bo Katan. In my review of ‘Legacy of Mandalore’, I mentioned how I believed that Bo Katan would be the ruler that Sabine sought to find. This leader would unite the clans of Mandalore against the Empire.

Sabine and Bo Katan in Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Episode 1-2 Heroes of Mandalore

It was therefore interesting to see that Bo Katan initially rejected the offer of leadership and ownership of the Darksaber. I liked Bo Katan’s role in ‘Heroes of Mandalore’, especially her relationship with Sabine which was not plain sailing. Indeed, learning of Sabine’s role in the creation of The Duchess infuriated Bo Katan who believed this to be an act of cowardice that went against Mandalorian culture.

In fact, I would argue that a huge strength of ‘Heroes of Mandalore’ was how it dealt with the ideas of what it means to be a Mandalorian. Themes such as honour, freedom and history are essential to the culture of Mandalore and to get more insight into this fascinating culture was great to see. Bo Katan is the embodiment of these ideals which made it even more satisfying when she embraced her role as leader and wielder of the Darksaber at the end of ‘Heroes of Mandalore’.

Bo Katan wielding the Darksaber, Sabine, Ursa Wren and Mandalorians in Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Episode 1-2 Heroes of Mandalore

Comedic Moments

There were other highlights too. For instance, even with the brilliant mature, darker moments that were in this episode, humour is essential to what makes Star Wars Rebels such an enjoyable TV show to watch. In ‘Heroes of Mandalore’, a lot of the comedic relief came from Ezra whose struggles with his jet pack made for some very funny moments that included crashing into a TIE fighter with awkward grace.

It was also cool to get a cameo from Thrawn in ‘Heroes of Mandalore’ and his cameo was devoted to The Duchess and how he focused on the artistry of the weapon. From what we saw of Thrawn in Season 3 of Star Wars Rebels and in the book Star Wars: Thrawn, his appreciation of art is key to his character and it was cool to see his take on what made the weapon so special.

Thrawn in Star Wars Rebels Season 4 Episode 1-2 Heroes of Mandalore

Overall, ‘Heroes of Mandalore’ was a great way to start Season 4 of Star Wars Rebels. It successfully established the tone for this season which seems to be much darker in nature while still having the moments of comedic relief that make this show so fun to watch. I am really excited to see the future episodes build upon what was established in ‘Heroes of Mandalore’ and for this final season of Star Wars Rebels to close out the main story-lines in a fulfilling way.

Star Wars: Thrawn (Book Review) – A Great Origin Story

Star Wars: Thrawn is a canonical Star Wars novel published by Del Rey Books and written by Timothy Zahn. This book takes place before his introduction in Star Wars Rebels but in the period between Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith and Star Wars: A New Hope. The story focuses on the discovery of Thrawn and his rise to power in the Empire alongside his aid; Ensign Eli Vanto.

My Knowledge and Expectation of Star Wars: Thrawn

I have been highly anticipating this novel ever since it was announced that Thrawn would be returning to the Star Wars universe in this new Expanded Universe. My excitement was enhanced because this book would be written by Timothy Zahn who is a notable figure in the Star Wars franchise. Indeed, Zahn was the author who created the character of Grand Admiral Thrawn in the old Expanded Universe. Thrawn was the central character in Zahn’s critically acclaimed Heir to Empire Trilogy and he quickly became a fan-favourite.

But, most of the material in the old Expanded Universe were re-branded as Legends and were no longer canon after Lucasfilm redefined Star Wars continuity in 2014. This included Zahn’s Trilogy and, consequently, Thrawn. Consequently, Star Wars fans were unsure whether Thrawn would return as a character in the new Expanded Universe. However, at Star Wars Celebration 2016, it was announced that this book would be released in April 2017. This announcement came alongside the news that Grand Admiral Thrawn would be re-introduced into the Star Wars franchise in Season 3 of Star Wars Rebels.

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While I knew how revered Thrawn was by Star Wars fans, I never had an affinity with that character. This is because I never read any material from the old Expanded Universe. However, I have read a lot of the material from the new canon that Lucasfilm has released since 2014. On the whole, I have been impressed from what I have read and watched in this new Expanded Universe.

Moreover, if you have read my reviews of the episodes in Season 3 of Star Wars Rebels, you know that Thrawn is one of my favourite things about Rebels. I love how suave, confident, methodical and calculating the character is. Thus, I was fascinated to learn about how Thrawn became part of the Empire in this novel and I had a lot of faith in Zahn to meet my lofty expectations.

My Thoughts on Star Wars: Thrawn

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Overall, Star Wars: Thrawn gave me everything I wanted. I loved the fact that we got to delve into the mind of Thrawn. It was brilliant to see how he meticulously studies everyone he meets in terms of there mannerisms, body language and tone. It was also fascinating to learn more about his philosophy on warfare, his love of art and the loyalty he has to his race; the Chiss. This added more layers to a character that already has a lot of depth and it expanded on what we saw from Thrawn in Season 3 of Rebels. In fact, certain tactics that we saw from Thrawn in Rebels are in this book which was a nice tie-in.

Furthermore, I liked Thrawn’s relationship with Eli Vanto. Eli starts out as Thrawn’s aide but he quickly develops into a protégée. Eli learns about the art of warfare from Thrawn and Thrawn learns from Eli too. Indeed, Thrawn lacks political nous and he relies on Eli to guide him through the pitfalls of the Empire. Thrawn also has Governor Arihnda Pryce as an ‘ally’ to school him in political matters.

Pryce’s Backstory and Thrawn’s Motives

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Arihnda Pryce is also a character in Star Wars Rebels and, like Thrawn, we also see her rise to power in this book. We get to know more about Pryce’s backstory and we see how far she is willing to go in her quest for power. This was good to see and it was also cool to see Colonel Wullf Yularin appear in this book. He too is a very influential presence and factor in Thrawn’s rise to power. Still, while Pryce and Yularin are necessary to allow Thrawn to rise through the ranks in the Empire, Thrawn does not fully commit himself to the Empire.

Throughout Star Wars: Thrawn, we piece together what Thrawn’s true intentions are. While he seemingly pledges his allegiance to the Empire and the Emperor, he is loyal to the Chiss and the Chiss Ascendancy above all else. Essentially,  Thrawn sees the Empire as a tool to safeguard the Chiss from unknown threats in the galaxy. This was a fascinating revelation and I hope it is developed in future stories in the Star Wars universe.

Overall, Star Wars: Thrawn is another fine addition to the new narrative that Lucasfilm is telling in the Star Wars universe. While a very dense book, it is a much easier read than a similarly dense book in Star Wars: Tarkin. Yet, Star Wars: Thrawn is not my favourite canonical book. It does not reach the same level of quality as Lost Stars or Star Wars: Bloodline do. Still, it is a great read, a great character study of both Thrawn and Pryce and it leaves me excited for Season 4 of Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Episode 21-22 (Television Review) – A Good End to the Season

We have come to end of Season 3 of Star Wars Rebels and this two-part finale, titled ‘Zero Hour’, has been highly anticipated by fans of the show. One of the main reasons why this is the case is because we have been building towards Grand Admiral Thrawn’s master-plan to deal a crushing blow to the young Rebel Alliance. In ‘Zero Hour’, we would finally see it unfold. In addition to this, we would see whether this finale could live up to the finales of Season 1 and Season 2 of Rebels.

My Thoughts on ‘Zero Hour’

While I would say that the finales of Season 1 and 2 are better, this finale was a good end to this season of Rebels. Moreover, it capped of a season which, in my opinion, is better than Season 1 and 2. One of the strongest elements of ‘Zero Hour’ was its cinematic feel. Truly, watching the space battles in this season finale felt like watching the space battles in the Original Trilogy and I have to give a huge amount of credit to the animators of Rebels for this achievement.

Battle of Atollon in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Finale Zero Hour

I also liked how both sides suffered a defeat in their own way in this finale. The Rebel Alliance suffered a lot of casualties, including the loss of Commander Sato which was a very poignant moment in the episode. On the side of the Empire, Thrawn, while dealing a blow to the Rebel Alliance, failed to realise his complete vision for victory which he would have achieved if not for the failure of others to follow his calculated orders.

Thrawn Lives

Yet, the important thing is that Thrawn lived to fight another day which was my main hope from this finale. He has been one of my favourite parts of this season of Rebels and I cannot wait for his character to be developed further in this series and in the upcoming book. The book will in fact be written by Timothy Zahn who originally created the character in the old-Expanded Universe, i.e. Legends.

Hera at the Battle of Atollon in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Finale Zero Hour

While I was pleased that Thrawn survived, I was surprised that more characters on the side of the Rebel Alliance did not survive. True, Sato sacrificed himself but I did expect members of the Ghost crew such as Zeb to die too. Still, this was not a big disappointment because, by the time this series is finished, I expect most, if not all, of our heroes to die.

Speaking of the Ghost crew, we saw Sabine return to help her friends and it was great to see her back as she is one of the strongest characters in the show. Seeing Agent Kallus join the Rebel Alliance was a relief to see as I feared he would die in this season. This would have been disappointing as his arc in Rebels has been great to watch. Thankfully, we now get to see him as a fully-fledged member of the Rebel Alliance once Season 4 premieres later this year.

Building for the Future

In fact, this finale set up the next season of Rebels very well. With Kallus joining the Rebel Alliance, Thrawn living and continuing on as an antagonist in addition to the mention of Yavin 4 at the end of the episode, the foundations for Season 4 have been laid. What is even more exciting is that we are now in a position where we are getting closer to the events of Rogue One: A Star Wars Story and Star Wars: A New Hope.

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This is why I expect Season 4 to be the last season of Star Wars Rebels and the arcs which have been established throughout the series will come to a close. Moreover, I expect to see Ahsoka Tano return and for Darth Vader to return in a limited capacity too. I am really excited to see what is next in store for this show and this season finale is a big reason why as it did a great job at laying the foundations for the next season. It’s just a shame that we have to wait so long!

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Episode 20 (Television Review) – A Swift End to Maul

Whatever your opinions of the Prequels, you cannot deny that Maul, formerly Darth Maul, is an iconic figure within the Star Wars universe. We were first introduced to him in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace where he was killed off too quickly. This was a shame because, for me, he was one of the few decent elements of an otherwise terrible film. He should have been an antagonist throughout the Prequels.

Maul was brought back to life in the animated series Star Wars: The Clone Wars. It was on this show that he was fleshed out as a character. He returned again in Season 2 of Star Wars Rebels. Since his introduction in Rebels, he has appeared in some of the best episodes of this current season. Because of this, I was going into this latest episode, titled ‘Twin Suns’, with high expectations as we would finally see Maul confront his oldest foe, Obi-Wan/Ben Kenobi.

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My Thoughts on ‘Twin Suns’

I liked this episode a lot. It does a good job of building the anticipation for the re-uniting of Maul and Kenobi and, before that, seeing Alec Guinness’ Obi-Wan/Ben Kenobi in animated form. When Kenobi finally appeared, I was blown away with the quality of the voice work. Stephen Stanton was the actor who voiced Obi-Wan/Ben Kenobi in this episode and he sounded just like Alec Guinness. It was truly uncanny and it was a brilliant element of the episode.

The confrontation between Maul and Kenobi itself was….very….swift. To be honest, I was surprised how quickly their fight ended. I really liked the dialogue that they had with each other before they clashed but I expected a bit of a longer fight. Perhaps the reasoning behind such a short duel was to emphasise how far Maul has fallen as a warrior and how in tune with The Force Kenobi is at this stage of his life. Still, I was satisfied with the final outcome which was the death of Maul. He died with a bit of grace and acceptance of his fate. It was a fitting way to say goodbye to the character.

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We Saw Luke!

I also liked how Ezra went through some important character development in this episode by realising where he is needed the most and that is with the Ghost crew and the Rebel Alliance. Yet, while there were a lot of things I liked, it was the final scene which really got me. We see Kenobi looking in the distance towards Luke Skywalker at the Lars homestead. This was an emotional tie-in to Star Wars: A New Hope, especially as Binary Sunset played in the background.

Overall, this episode was very good at bringing Maul’s journey in Star Wars to an end. Additionally, Ezra was developed as a character and the team behind Rebels achieved the difficult task of respecting Alec Guinness’ portrayal of Obi-Wan/Ben Kenobi by nailing his voice and staying true to the essence of the character.

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Episode 19 (Television Review) – Unnecessary Filler

Before this latest episode of Star Wars Rebels, titled ‘Double Agent Droid’, there were only two episodes in Star Wars Rebels that, in my opinion, were not worth watching. The first is Season 1’s ‘Fighter Flight’ and the second is Season 2’s ‘The Call’. To me, they are filler episodes that do not further the story in any way, shape or form and you can skip them without degrading your experience of watching Star Wars Rebels. After this latest episode, there is now a third.

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The Story of ‘Double Agent Droid’

The story of ‘Double Agent Droid’ focuses on Wedge Antilles, Chopper and AP-5 who infiltrate an Imperial station to steal Imperial codes. But, an Imperial specialist turns the droids against the crew and chaos ensues. Now, I have liked AP-5 since he was first introduced in Season 2 in ‘The Forgotten Droid’.

His interactions with Chopper and the dry delivery of his dialogue which I find to be very funny make him a very underrated character in the show. I like Chopper too and to see these two in their own episode with a legendary character like Wedge Antilles should, on paper, really entertain me.

My Thoughts on ‘Double Agent Droid’

Overall, this episode disappointed me because, in the end, none of the various story arcs within Star Wars Rebels were developed. Nothing happened. There was no character development either and this makes me believe that this episode did not need to be made. Still, I did find moments of it to be funny thanks to AP-5.

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However, the episode was completely ruined at the end when it turned into a musical (No, I am not joking). My disbelief about what happened was then followed by uncontrollable laughter at just how bad it was. This prequel-esque moment cemented ‘Double Agent Droid’ as one of the weakest episode of Rebels. Along with ‘Fighter Flight’ and ‘The Call’, it is an episode which is not essential viewing and you never need to watch it. I certainly never will again.

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Episode 18 (Television Review) – An Important Story

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.

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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.

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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.

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Episode 17 (Television Review) – A Tense Hunt for Fulcrum

We are edging closer and closer to the final episodes of this season of Star Wars Rebels and, as a result, the stakes are being raised with each new episode. We saw this in the previous two episodes which focused on Sabine, the future of Mandalore and what its role will be in the fight between the Rebel Alliance and the Empire. In this recent episode, titled ‘Through Imperial Eyes’, the stakes are raised in relation to Thrawn and how the Empire is getting closer to both exposing Agent Kallus as Fulcrum and finding the Rebels’ secret base.

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My Thoughts on ‘Through Imperial Eyes’

I thought this episode was great right from its distinctive beginning. Indeed, we start ‘Through Imperial Eyes’ from the view of Agent Kallus and the use of the camera being shown from a first-person perspective made me feel like I was playing a video game. It was a very unique and cool way of starting an episode and unlike anything we have seen in Rebels so far.

It was great to have Agent Kallus as the focal point of this episode because, ever since ‘The Honorable Ones’, he has become a much more layered character. Additionally, to see him try and manipulate the Imperials around him in an effort to not get caught and be exposed as Fulcrum was very entertaining and humorous at times.

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Thrawn and Wullf Yularin

Certainly, the whole episode was a game of cat and mouse with Thrawn as the puppet-master. This episode once again highlighted how methodical Thrawn is at playing the long game in terms of his plans to annihilate the fledgling Rebel Alliance. Additionally, seeing the return of Wullf Yularin, who served Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, was great to see. Yet again, it was a nice tie-in to The Clone Wars.

Overall, this episode did a great job of furthering the story of Rebels with some unique elements helping it standout from the rest of the episodes we have had in this series so far. The focus on Fulcrum made for some tense moments with some occasional humour and, more importantly, everything served Thrawn’s masterplan which will begin to unfold once we near the climax of this season.

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Episode 16 (Television Review) – A Good Continuation of Sabine’s Arc

It has been one month since the last episode of Star Wars Rebels which itself ranked among the best of this season, and the television show as a whole, so far. Moreover, it raised our expectations for the remaining episodes of this season and made the wait for this latest episode, titled ‘Legacy of Mandalore’, even more arduous, especially as we would begin where we left off last episode and continue Sabine’s story.

My Thoughts on ‘Legacy of Mandalore’

While I would say that this episode is a step-down from ‘Trials of the Darksaber’, it is still a good episode that continues Sabine’s arc in a compelling way. Certainly, this episode delves deeper into Sabine’s tumultuous relationship with her family by introducing her mother, Countess Ursa, and her brother, Tristan. This provided us some with some intriguing insight into how Sabine’s actions really affected her family and their status on Mandalore.

Countess Ursa and Sabine Wren in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 16 Legacy of Mandalore

Furthermore, learning more about the politics of Mandalore was another strong element of this episode. Indeed, Mandalore and Mandalorian culture has provided us with some of the strongest stories within the Star Wars universe, especially in Star Wars: The Clone Wars. I believe that the legacy of The Clone Wars episodes which focused on Mandalore will play a big part in Sabine’s story going forward in Rebels.

Who will rule Mandalore?

Mandalorians in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 16 Legacy of Mandalore

Indeed, this episode ends with Sabine staying on Mandalore in order to search for a new leader who will unite all of Mandalore. This is me speculating, but I believe that leader will be Bo Katan. Bo Katan was a character that was first introduced in The Clone Wars and she is the sister of Satine Kryze who once ruled Mandalore. Her family ties to Mandalorian leadership and her strength as a character make her an obvious choice to unite the clans of Mandalore. Regardless of my theories, I am sure we are in for something special as we edge closer to the end of this season of Star Wars Rebels.

Star Wars Rebels: Season 3 Episode 15 (Television Review) – Sabine Shines In The Spotlight

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.

Sabine and Ezra in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 15 Trials of the Darksaber

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.

Kanan and Sabine in Star Wars Rebels Season 3 Episode 15 Trials of the Darksaber

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. 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.