Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched ‘Iron Squadron.’
Only time will tell if this episode will actually have an impact on the overall Rebels narrative. On the surface it seems like “Iron Squadron” may just be a side story or what some refer to as “filler.” But there are enough threads here that I think this story may have more importance than some people expect.
We were introduced to a rebel cell completely disconnected from the larger rebellion. A rebel cell consisting of teenagers. In a galaxy so large it makes sense that there would be little pockets of rebellion that have yet to join the larger cause, or maybe don’t even know there is a larger cause. I liked how this episode explored that idea. In order for the rebellion to completely defeat the Empire they need the support of rebel groups on all planets. Even if that rebel group consists of just three kids.
The most interesting part of this episode to me was the hints at Thrawn and Sato previously knowing each other. I am in the middle of reading the novel Catalyst which is a prequel to the upcoming film Rogue One. Reading the novel I am reminded that many of the officers we know in the Empire were once Republic officers. It makes me wonder if Sato and Thrawn were once on the same side. This could make for some interesting future storytelling.
The standout character in this episode was the leader of the Iron Squadron, Mart Mattin. He was basically a younger Ezra except maybe a little more cocky and reckless. His interactions with Ezra really highlighted how much Ezra has grown. Ezra got to be the mature voice of reason. Maybe the Ghost crew should bring on Mart full time just to keep Ezra in this mind set.
Mart turned out to be more a liability than anything else. His reckless confidence caused many of the most important people in the rebellion, including Sato and the only two Jedi they have, to be put in harms way to save his life. If he shows up in future episodes, I hope he will have learned from this experience.
Poor Admiral Konstantine. He is in way over his head. I fully expected Thrawn to execute him or leave him to die at the end of this episode. It is only a matter of time until Thrawn devises a way to be rid of this incompetent imperial.
The shots from space and the space battles in this episode were amazing. The animation really stood out. The scene where Mart was sitting in the cockpit of his disabled ship and you could see the islands on the surface of Mykapo had so much beautiful detail.
I also enjoyed the inclusion of the YT-2400 ship design that was made popular by the Legends character Dash Rendar. It is a very cool looking ship and what better way to highlight a great ship design than to include it in the amazing animation in Star Wars Rebels.
- “Sounds like a ship full of Ezras. Let’s get out of here.” – Zeb
- “How we choose to fight is just as important as what we fight for.” – Ezra