Mandos, and blasters, and bombs, oh my! This week's Star Wars Rebels has them all.

Imperial Supercommandos

 

Spoiler Warning: If you haven't seen the most recent episode of Star Wars Rebels or don't want to know what happened, turn away now. Or, y'know, go watch and come back so we can talk about it. 

 

Season three, episode seven gives Mandalorian-loving Star Wars Rebels fans what we've been hoping for since we learned Sabine Wren was a Mandalorian: multiple Mandos in armor and jetpacks, more on the Mandalore story, and more of Sabine's Mandalorian backstory. We've had glimpses before this, but "Imperial Supercommandos" fills in the gaps on a number of things and promises to tell us more as the season goes on.

First and foremost, we now know that Sabine's departure from the Imperial Academy on Mandalore shamed her family and especially affected her mother. I think it's the first time we've heard her mother mentioned (I could be wrong), and the idea that Sabine's mother has joined Gar Saxon's side because of her actions has to sting. The mention of her mother also has people buzzing with theories about whether Bo Katan might be Sabine's mom. Personally, I don't think it's Katan, but I do think she'll make an appearance (plus it would be great to have Katee Sackhoff back).

The plot of this episode came down to the relationship between Fenn Rau and Sabine. Sabine wants Ren as an ally, Ren sees Sabine as a traitor to both her family and Mandalore itself. I would have been interested to see this episode play out with only Sabine and Rau traveling to Concord Dawn, but I also liked what Ezra brought to the episode. 

I also find it interesting that Rau and Saxon call Sabine a traitor for leaving Mandalore and Sabine calls Saxon a traitor for essentially handing Mandalore to the Empire. TBH, I'm with Sabine on this one.

I like what Ray Stephenson did with Saxon. It's hard to sound imperious, cocky and dangerous at the same time. Well played, sir.

The real fun in this episode, of course, is the flying/fighting scenes. Sabine getting a jetpack was great. I know it got shot at, but I really hope she kept it and can fix it because I'd love to see it in action again. Ezra's simultaneous skill and mistakes make the whole thing more fun and add authenticity. Ezra's always been a better Jedi when he's not thinking or he's just thrown into a situation. The only time he wavers is when he starts thinking and that's the kind of thing that gets you dropped unceremoniously onto a droid. (Extra points for Chopper's comment that catching Ezra was an accident.)

I do have one complaint. Mandalorians are supposed to be about honor, aren't they? Even if they're living by a different code, they do have a code, right? Both Fenn Rau and Gar Saxon are throwing the word "traitor" around but both men openly admit to betraying others to better their position. Saxon deals with the Empire, Rau makes deals to save his skin, he's even willing to throw the Rebellion under the bus and he flies off with the Phantom 2 even after he calls a truce with Sabine. Sure, Mandalorians can become mercenaries and they can change allegiance, but they sure do like throwing that word around. Insert Mandalorians and glass houses comment here.

(I should add that the above paragraph is certainly open to comment and feel free, just keep it friendly. I really do want to understand, so no flaming, okay?)

Overall, it's not my favorite episode, but it worked in the sense that it did what it was meant to do: deliver a new alliance, fill in Sabine's backstory, and open up the possibility of a deeper dive into all things Mandalore. That's 100% okay with me.

Let's do this again next week, shall we?

 

Star Wars Rebels airs Saturdays at 8:30 PM ET/PT on Disney XD

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