It may have only been a week, but did I ever miss Rebels in its hiatus. My Saturday just didn’t feel as complete and satisfying without it and it’s great to be back at it. This season of Rebels has been incredibly entertaining and intriguing. For a “kids show,” it has a tremendous amount of depth and character development, especially this season. I’m happy to say that after a week off, Rebels continues to impress.
Imperial Super Commandos once again puts Sabine front and center, filled with a lot of Mandalorian lore throughout. After being MIA since last season’s The Protector of Concord Dawn, Fenn Rau finally returns. Rau’s clan on Concord, who is allowing the Rebels to pass through aren’t responding to any transmissions. Fearing the worst, the rebel leadership send Sabine, Rau, Ezra, and Chopper to investigate. Rau, of course, is still technically in Rebel captivity, and it’s no surprise when he tries to escape at the first opportunity. After successfully escaping, he finds that his entire crew has been killed and their killers are still nearby. The Ghost crew and Rau play a cat and mouse game with these Mandalorians who serve the Empire and chaos ensues.
The more they focus on Sabine, the more I like her. She has quickly become one of my favorite characters on the show and she has such a rich backstory. The Mandalorians are always fascinating to explore and they play such a pivotal role in who Sabine is. Her interactions with every Mandalorian, from Rau to the Imperial Super Commandos themselves are must-watch Star Wars canon. You can see her inner conflict about joining with these commandos and they offer her something truly tempting — a chance to see her mother again. A mother who is looking for her. Sabine continues to get more of a focus this season and Dave Filoni and the rest of the Rebels team are doing an incredible job with her.
The Imperial Super Commandos themselves make for a pretty compelling villain for Sabine. Their designs are heavily inspired by the original designs of Boba Fett in The Empire Strikes Back. Having an entire battalion of Mandalorians that serve the Empire is menacing and adds a new wrinkle in the storied lore of their people. The leader of the commandoes, Gar Saxon, is the perfect antagonist for Sabine. This viceroy of Mandalore is a puppet for the Empire and insists that they will make them strong again. It’s a really fascinating dynamic between the these two factions of Mandalorians, as both claim they are honorable and both have different views.
Finally, the standout moment this week was the epic chase at the end of the episode. Sabine is shown, with her new jetpack, flying through the air while barely hanging on to Ezra. Chaotic fun at its finest. Ezra’s use of his lightsaber throughout the chase was something I don’t think we’ve ever see in Star Wars before.