Star Wars Rebels: “Imperial Supercommandos” Season 3 Episode 6 Review Credit:

Of the main crew of the Ghost, Sabine tragically remains the biggest mystery. With the fate of Ezra’s parents revealed, Zeb’s kin finding a new home, and Hera’s new truce with her father, the secrecy surrounding Sabine’s backstory has been incredibly frustrating at times. “Imperial Supercommandos” takes steps to remedy this, acting as a sequel of sorts to last season’s “The Protector of Concord Dawn.”

We start with Sabine playing a hologram game with Rau, the Mandalorian they made a deal with in that episode that allowed the Rebels to pass through. It’s a small detail to have them playing a game, but an important one. Sabine still feels connected to her Mandalorian culture, and showing her grasping at it wherever she can get it is a rare moment where Rebels takes time to develop Sabine. This character has so much potential, the show just needs to let it out.

From there, Sabine, Ezra, Chopper, and Rau head to Concord Dawn to investigate possible Imperial activity where their truce says there shouldn’t be any. After some trickery from Rau, we see that his clan has been slaughtered by the Empire, with a clan of Mandalorians loyal to the Empire then showing up to attack. They succeed in capturing a lightsaber-less Ezra, forcing Sabine to get Rau on her side to save him.

It’s great to see Sabine spend so much time alone with one of her people. We see the mentality she was raised in, which makes it all the more understandable that she tried to escape it. It’s also just great to see her get to use a jet pack.

The escape itself was a showstopper of a sequence, but so has every animated Manadlorian jet pack chase been. The sequence invokes the same playful sense of sheer awesomeness that Star Wars: The Clone Wars‘ “The Lawless” did, where Obi Wan and a clan of Mandalorians fought against the Mandalorians loyal to Darth Maul (one of Clone Wars‘s finest moments). This fight is smaller and messier, with Ezra falling all over the place, but Rebels sports a messier tone in general, to its benefit.

But after Rau leaves them, we get to hear Sabine face off with leader of these Imperial Mandalorians, who has ties to her mother. As a part of Clan Vizsla, Sabine’s parentage has always been fascinating. These tiny snippets of information seem to be leading to a reveal, but it doesn’t come. Sadly, “Imperial Supercommandos” keeps a lid on Sabine’s full backstory, but we do feel a hell of a lot closer.

Rau eventually turns back to save them, going on to formalize his position in the Rebellion once they all escape. For a while, I was hoping there might be a cliffhanger and we’d get more dealings with Mandalore next episode, but it wasn’t meant to be. But at least the show is finally taking strong steps to flesh out Sabine and her backstory. And I can’t help but be excited about a jet pack chase involving lightsabers. It all made for one of the better episodes of the season so far. Grade: B+

Some Other Notes:

  • Sabine’s mother has to be Bo-Katan, the Mandalorian who led the rebellion against Maul’s rule of the planet in Clone Wars‘ “The Lawless.” She’s an awesome character, voiced by none other than Katee Sackhoff. Hopefully she’ll be showing up sooner rather than later.
  • This episode was so much better for Sabine than “The Antilles Extraction” was. Either way, having her in the forefront more often is only a good thing for the show.

By Matt Dougherty

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