• Mattie Stu

Ups and Downs From Star Wars Rebels: “Trials of the Darksaber”

Star Wars Rebels Season 3, Episode 15 is out! And it was really good. It developed the character of Sabine Wren a great deal, all while adding even more depth to the darksaber and lightsaber combat. So, with that in mind, let’s look at the ups and downs from “Trials of the Darksaber”.

We kick off today's video with an up. Why? The darksaber, that's why. The weapon's awesome in every single way, so it was great to learn more about its backstory and how exactly it fell into Mandalorian hands. I mean, we already had a rough idea, due to Star Wars Legends. But now we know definitively! Furthermore, the animation style for the darksaber's backstory was beautifully executed. To me, it was very reminiscent of the Three Brothers Tale from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which is a compliment. It's great to see Rebels incorporate a different animation style to enhance the overall value of the darksaber's origins.

The final up for today relates to Sabine Wren and her training. I've mentioned before my appreciation for Sabine's rise in relevancy this series. She now feels like a big deal and a character who can lead the Mandalorians against the Empire. However, this episode cemented her status as a badass. With the aid of her tools, such as her incredibly awesome lasso, you really feel like Wren can take on a Jedi, or an equally skilled opponent, and win. I can't wait to see what the rest of Season 3 has in store for her!

The only negative I have for the episode is the cliché training. It never brought anything new to the table. We've seen it before: the protagonist reluctantly accepts the training, they struggle for a bit, they then temporarily quit, before coming back and achieving success. I guess it's difficult to diverge from this classic TV and cinema trope, but - hey - this series is called ups and DOWNS for a reason.

As displayed by the three ups and one down, “Trials of the Darksaber” was a solid episode, to say the least. I'm sure some out there would have found it to be boring, as it purely focused on lightsaber training. But this episode brought out the best in Sabine Wren, introduced us to the darksaber's backstory, and sprinkled in some additional lore about lightsaber combat. What more could you have asked for? But what do you think? Did you enjoy “Trials of the Darksaber”? Let me know in the comments below.

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