Returning from it’s short hiatus, Star Wars Rebels picks up pretty much where we left off. The last episode “Trials of the Darksaber” was fantastic and “Legacy of Mandalore” is an extension of that in every way. It’s an excellent episode and by the end it feels like the arc Sabine has been on is over and a new chapter is about to begin. After learning more about Sabine in the last episode, we actually get to see her confront her family as she tries to recruit them to the Rebellion.
The scenes between Sabine and her mother, Countess Ursa Wren, are especially fantastic. Sharmila Devar and Tiya Sircar really carry the scenes brilliantly as Ursa and Sabine, respectively. It becomes clear that Sabine gets a lot of her stubbornness from her mother as the two argue with each other for most of the episode. We’ve been seeing Sabine really come into her own and in spite of the fact that everyone around her sees it, she doesn’t seem totally self-assured until confronting her mother.
While it definitely holds a lot of truth in real life, this episode is a great example of how confronting one’s parents is vital to growing as a character in the Star Wars universe. Think about it, the other instances like Luke confronting Vader or Kylo Ren killing Han. You could even make an argument that in previous seasons of Rebels Ezra had to confront his own parents and their fate.
In any case, their visit doesn’t go very well initially as Ursa has no intention of disobeying the Empire, even if her own daughter is wielding the Darksaber. One of the things the episode does really well is showing Ursa’s perception slowly change through the episode. She’s momentarily surprised by the Darksaber, but after Usha learns that Sabine didn’t win it from anyone in combat, she says she has no claim on the blade. You can later see Ursa is visibly surprised when Ezra tells her that Sabine had already fought Gar Saxon once and held her own. She seems to momentarily regret her decision to tell Gar about them after Kanan and Ezra tell her about the woman that Sabine has become.
However, it’s too late to change that as Gar shows up shortly thereafter. Predictably, once Gar is given the Darksaber he decides that Clan Wren is guilty of treason for harboring wanted fugitives and needs to be punished. A pretty cool skirmish breaks out between the two factions of Mandalorians but more importantly, it leads to Gar and Sabine crossing lightsabers.
Honestly, it’s one of the better lightsaber duels in either of the animated shows. Though neither of them are as flashy as Jedi and Sith, it has a more brutal feel to it with many of the strikes being heavy blows. Plus with both being Mandalorians each of them have numerous tricks up their sleeves, which we see them both show off during the duel.
Interestingly, in spite of being so vocally supportive of Sabine when talking to Ursa, Kanan and Ezra seem to contradict those sentiments once Sabine and Gar are dueling. It’s understandable to be worried, but would have been nice if someone on the balcony gave some kind of encouragement. Regardless, Sabine is able to best Gar but she doesn’t kill him, leaving that to Ursa who finally puts him down after he tries to pull a blaster on Sabine.
Now the big juicy surprise ending! Sabine is leaving the team for a while, which is definitely a bummer. It’ll be interesting to see how this impacts the rest of the season considering she’s become such a vital part of the team. While the show will probably focus mostly on the team, it would be cool to see Sabine lead Mandalorians on a raid on an Imperial base to rescue her imprisoned father, another tidbit Ursa reveals to ehr daughter.
Lastly, here are a couple of other quick notes:
- Sabine also has a brother named Tristan.
- With Sabine wielding Ezra’s lightsaber in the duel against Gar using the Darksaber, she now has a legitimate stake to the blade having bested Gar in combat.
- It honestly deserves mention every week, but the score by Kevin Kiner is really outstanding here.
Overall, it’s a fantastic episode and probably one that will go down as one of the most important of the season. We can’t wait to see what’s in store for all of them with Sabine gone for the time being.
GEEK Grade: A–
Be sure to check out this week’s Rebels Recon for a sneak peek at next week’s episode, “Through Imperial Eyes.”
Star Wars Rebels airs on Disney XD on Saturdays at 8:30pm.
Images: Disney XD, Lucasfilm
Written by Christopher Yost
Directed By Mel Zwyer