Star Wars: Rebels (2017) – Heroes of Mandalore: Parts 1 & 2, and In the Name of the Rebellion: Part 1

The fourth and final season of Star Wars: Rebels got underway with a double episode on 16 October, 2017. Heroes of Mandalore: Part 1 was written by Henry Gilroy and Steven Melching and is basically one long action sequence.

Clan Wren, of which Sabine (Tia Sircar) has recently rejoined are joined by Kanan (Freddie Prinze jr.), Ezra (Taylor Gray) and their droid, Chopper (Dave Filoni) in an attempt to rescue Sabine’s father, Alrich (Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa) from the Imperials, and the Mandalorians who are working for them.

A travelling battle ensues as they assault Imperial troop transports, while Sabine’s mother (Sharmila Devar) and brother (Ritesh Rajan) lead their own attack against forces led by the Empire loyal Mandalorian, Tiber Saxon (Tobias Menzies).

The battle is waged on two fronts, and even as our heroes rescue Alrich, the Empire unleashes a new weapon on the other team… a weapon that sounds very familiar to Sabine… but will she arrive too late to save the other members of her family?

As the episode draws to a close, Alrich shares the fact that the weapon they heard, is based on a prototype that Sabine, herself, designed.

An interesting start to the season, lets see how this one plays out, and if that familiar sound ties in, and how, with the rest of the Star Wars universe…

Heroes of Mandalore: Part 2 was written by Christopher L. Yost. Sabine and the rest develop a plan to break into an Imperial stronghold and destroy the weapon she created; one that can specifically target Mandalorian armour.

Through the course of the episode, we see how the character has grown and changed over the past three seasons, becoming a smart leader, who wants to do what is right and best for her people.

But before the episode is over, in the heat of battle, she’ll have to decide what kind of person she really wants to be. Much like the previous episode, this one is very much a running battle from the get go, while also continuing to move the Mandalorian storyline forward.

As things progress, Sabine recognises who should really lead the Mandalorian people in their fight against the Empire, and consequently who should carry the darksaber, which she discovered last season.

The story comes to an end with a united Mandalore, ready to fight for, and be led by, Bo-Katan (Katee Sackhoff). They’re ready to confront whatever comes, as the war is just beginning.

In the Name of the Rebellion: Part One, debuted on 23 October, 2017 and was written by Gary Whitta.

We join the rest of the rebellion on Yavin 4, and we get the reveal of Kallus (David Oyelowo) working there. There is some friction going on with the leadership as Ezra is upset that the rebels aren’t going to help out Lothal like they were supposed to. But a dialogue with Mon Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) helps him keep things in perspective, even as they are assigned a mission which won’t actually do any good.

Reunited with Hera (Vanessa Marshall) and the rest of the Ghost crew, they ruminate over whether their way of doing things is actually going to help win the war, or if the more aggressive tactics of someone like Saw Gerrera (Forest Whitaker) should be followed.

Mothma points out that Saw kills civilians and prisoners in his actions, but Ezra also realises he gets things done.

As he, Sabine and Chopper carry out their mission, things start spinning out of control, but they find themselves being rescued… by Saw, which plunges us into a To Be Continued, as we’re left wondering what his influence on the two characters will be.

We’ll have to wait until next week to find out. Until then, may the Force be with you…

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