Looking for a way to introduce Star Wars Rebels to your friends? Or perhaps you’d like to revisit key moments from the series before it returns? Look no further than Rebels Revisited.
Over the next four weeks, we’ll be providing five episodes worthy of a re-watch (or a first watch) all centered around the journey of one member of the Ghost crew — to get you back into that Rebels state of mind. In case you missed it, check out the first post on Ezra Bridger.
In this installment… Sabine Wren, whose art helped accelerate the spark of rebellion across the galaxy and whose heart helped her to overcome a difficult past. Sabine has become the very model of a modern Mandalorian over four seasons of Star Wars Rebels, and these episodes depict her growth beautifully.
1. “Blood Sisters” (Season 2, Episode 8)
Sabine’s murky past begins to clear up when she encounters her old friend Ketsu Onyo. They soon find themselves on opposite sides when Sabine discovers they’re after the same droid…for much different reasons. For the audience, it’s the first time we’ve really gotten details about Sabine’s past. And for the character, it’s the first real indicator that she won’t be able to run from that past forever.
2. “The Antilles Extraction” (Season 3, Episode 4)
No episode of Rebels better showcases the versatility of Sabine Wren than “The Antilles Extraction.” Artist, pilot, soldier, spy…her Mandalorian upbringing truly shines as she infiltrates the Empire’s Skystrike Academy on a mission to help three pilots defect to the Rebel Alliance and delivers what has become my favorite Sabine line from the series (and a great GIF): “That’s cute.”
3. “Trials of the Darksaber” (Season 3, Episode 15)
For three seasons, Sabine Wren had been a character on the run from her past. In this episode, she stops running. In one of Star Wars Rebels’ most emotional scenes, she finally allows herself to feel the weight of what she left behind on Mandalore and emerges ready to face what lies ahead.
4. “Legacy of Mandalore” (Season 3, Episode 16)
Sabine’s future begins here, with her return home to rally Mandalorian support for the rebellion. That also means mending her relationship with her mother and brother, who are struggling over the Imperial-led government of Mandalore. It all leads to a fantastic lightsaber duel between Sabine and Gar Saxon over a frozen lake, with the fate of their world hanging in the balance.
5. “Heroes of Mandalore, Parts 1 and 2” (Season 4, Episodes 1 and 2)
From my point of view, “Heroes of Mandalore” is one episode (don’t let anyone ever tell you that you can’t pull the same trick twice). Sabine fulfills her destiny on Mandalore and leads her people to a great victory that provides them hope that the Empire’s grip on their planet can be shaken. She also demonstrates incredible strength of character in her final act there, accepting her place in the galaxy while giving Mandalore a fighting chance to live.
See where Sabine’s journey takes her next when Star Wars Rebels returns for its final episodes. Premiering Monday, February 19 on Disney XD.
Justin Bolger is Lucasfilm’s Star Wars social media strategist and he doesn’t like the Empire…he loves it. Catch him occasionally on The Star Wars Show and talk Star Wars with him on Twitter @TheApexFan.