Star Wars Rebels - Season 3, Episode 8 //
Iron Squadron Episode Guide
In this installment of Rebels Recon, we take a closer look at the Star Wars Rebels episode “Iron Squadron," in which the Ghost crew meets a band of scrappy rebels with plans to defend their homeworld of Mykapo from the Empire. Host Andi Gutierrez (or Gooti Terez if you like nicknames) sits down with the show's creators and stars, including Justin Ridge, Taylor Gray, Henry Gilroy, and more to discuss the making of the episode.
Iron Squadron, a trio of young rebels, used Sato’s Hammer – a ship that once belonged to the famed rebel leader, Jun Sato – as their means of transport. The craft was a YT-2400 light freighter, beat-up and without a functioning hyperdrive, but it served them well. The Ghost crew encountered Iron Squadron and the Hammer above Mykapo, where the ship took on and defeated a small Imperial fleet.
Leader of Iron Squadron and captain of Sato’s Hammer, Mart Mattin was a creative, if somewhat reckless, young rebel. When the Empire invaded his homeworld, Mykapo, he initially refused to leave, even though his ship had a broken hyperdrive. Eventually, Mart and Iron Squadron joined forces with the Ghost crew, handing the Empire a defeat and escaping to fight another day. He was reunited with his uncle, the famed Commander Sato, and his friends.
Temperamental and territorial, R3-A3 served the Iron Squadron crew aboard Sato’s Hammer. The astromech droid maintained the ship, and while initially bristling at help from the Ghost, came to form a strong duo with Chopper. The two worked together to restore the Hammer’s hyperdrive, and later removed a magno-mine from the ship’s hull.
Mykapo was the homeworld of Jun Sato, a commander in the rebellion. As the Empire solidified its hold on the planet, the rebels evacuated sympathetic citizens off the world. The Empire later used Sato’s nephew, a young rebel named Mart Mattin, as bait to draw the commander and his fleet out. While neither were captured, and the rebels disabled an Imperial light cruiser in an impressive display of battlefield creativity, the Empire maintained control of Mykapo.