Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Star Wars Rebels - Heroes of Mandalore

Star Wars Rebels opens its fourth and final season with Sabine Wren (Tiya Sircar) leading Ezra (Taylor Gray), Kanan (Freddie Prinze Jr.), Chopper, and several Mandalorians first in a rescue mission to save her father and then in destroying the weapon she designed as an Imperial cadet. Sabine gets much of the internal turmoil and glory here, enough that the final scene of her stepping aside to let another lead Mandalore feels a bit... off. Sure, we know Sabine has no real interest in the job, but given her actions in these two episodes I doubt the other Mandalorians would seem so willing to allow her to step aside in favor on another, even for someone like Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) who has the legacy to rule. While this frees the character up for more stories with the her friends, it also feels like a forced and unnatural detour in Sabine's arc.

The introduction of Sabine's father as an artist rather than a warrior is one of the nice surprises of the episode. However, Ezra's slapstick use of the Mandalorian jet pack grows old rather quickly. With Sabine choosing her planet's new ruler, her mission on Mandalore appears to be done allowing for her return to the Ghost and the Rebellion. Thrawn's (Lars Mikkelsen) forces may have been thwarted thanks to Sabine and her friends, but it's likely the Grand Admiral has plenty of tricks up his sleeve for the Rebellion this season.

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