Rebels Review: Legacy of Mandalore

Spoilers ahead if you haven’t watched “Legacy of Mandalore.”

Story/Plot

After a long break of waiting, we finally got the continuation of Sabine’s story. Something that has stayed consistent from Legends to canon is the strong sense of Mandalorian culture. We are definitely getting a different flavor in Rebels, but it seems rooted in similar themes of what has come before. I am really enjoying the idea of clans and houses. Different families with strong traditions vying for power. It’s almost like a kid-friendly, Star Wars version of Game of Thrones.

It was good to finally meet some of Sabine’s family. We had seen her mother in trailers and kind of knew what to expect, but the reveal of her brother was surprising to me. I never even considered the possibility that she would have a sibling close to her age. It was an interesting look into what things might have been like for Sabine if circumstances had kept her with her family.

Other than the introduction to her family, this episode also gave us some nice closure on the conflict with the character Gar Saxon. The lightsaber battle between him and Sabine was exciting and he met a fitting end.

And then there are the mysteries of who will eventually lead Mandalore and who is Sabine’s father. So much left to be revealed!

Characters

Sabine and Ezra have come a long way in their relationship. What started out as a one-sided crush has become a mutual respect for each other. They still bicker, but you can tell they truly appreciate each other when it comes down to it. Ezra was there to support her. The scene where he almost jumped the railing to help Sabine in her fight against Saxon was evidence of this. He was ready to jump into the fray without his lightsaber to defend her.

Sabine’s family was interesting. Her mother was harsh yet still caring. Her brother was strong yet a little cowardly. Both of them seemed hesitant to side with Sabine initially, and her mother even betrayed her to the Empire. In the end though, they fought side by side and came together when it counted. Sabine’s choice to stay with her family instead of rejoining her crew was surprising. Hopefully it is just temporary.

Outstanding Moments

With an episode full of Mandalorians, Jedi, and lightsabers it is hard to pick just a few outstanding moments. I loved the opening scene where the Mandos flew up to face the Phantom head on. There were some great visuals as the warriors flew by the viewports with their jetpacks.

Fenn Rau is so great. The scene where he infiltrated the stronghold to steal back the lightsabers was a standout. With little effort he punched out another Mando while the warrior still had his helmet on.

I normally am not a fan of non-Jedi having extended lightsaber matches, but this one was so fun to watch. Sabine used her wrist mounted flame-thrower. Saxon flew around with his jet-pack. And it all happened over a frozen lake. Check out the image below. You couldn’t have framed a better shot.

Favorite Quotes

  • “That might be the Mandalorian way, but it’s not my way.” – Sabine
  • “Perhaps Mandalore needs chaos if it’s to be strong once again.” – Ursa Wren
Aaron Goins
Aaron has been active in the Star wars fan community for a number of years and has featured on a variety of sites and podcasts including Star Wars Bookworms with Teresa Delgado and Star Scavengers with Johnamarie Macias.