Ups and Downs From Star Wars Rebels: “Legacy of Mandalore”
In this week's Star Wars Rebels episode, Sabine Wren heads homeward in hopes of uniting the Mandalorians against the Empire. Her welcome isn't warm by any means. In fact, Sabine's very own brother and mother try to arrest her. However, after besting Gar Saxon in a lightsaber duel, Wren proves herself as a worthy leader, a position she seems reluctant to accept. The episode, overall, is really good, but it's not perfect by any means. So, with that in mind, let's take a look at the ups and downs from “Legacy of Mandalore”.
To no surprise, we kick off today's episode with an up! I've mentioned before my appreciation for subtle humour and everyone's favourite sadistic droid, Chopper, so when he raised his extendable arms at gunpoint, to indicate his surrender, I couldn't help but crack up. I also thoroughly enjoyed the climactic battle sequence and lightsaber duel between Sabine Wren and Gar Saxon. Both fights felt important, and each contained a great deal of suspense. In saying that, however, there was one element of predictability about the lightsaber confrontation: it was a little too obvious that Sabine hadn't been shot. Of course, she's an important character, but this is a trope we've seen time and time again. I'm 99.9% sure I'm not the only who sat there knowing all too well that Saxon was actually the one about to bite the dust, which entirely removed the scene's suspense and twist. On the contrary, Legacy of Mandalore's climax was great. It capped off Sabine's recent character arc to end on a somber note. I never cried, because I'm a man! Or something... But it was sad to see one of the rebels depart the crew, even if it's only for half a season or so.
As displayed by the three ups and one down, Legacy of Mandalore was a solid episode. It gave us some funny moments, an excellent lightsaber duel and an impactful ending. I sure hope next week's episode delivers just as much as this one did. Speaking of which, Star Wars Rebels Season 3, Episode 17, titled “Through Imperial Eyes”, will center around a mission to rescue a rebel spy before the Empire realises their true identity. So, let know your thoughts on that somewhat filler-sounding plot, as well as your opinion on the Legacy of Mandalore in the comments section below.