Star Wars Rebels: “Wings of the Master” Season 2 Episode 6 Review

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Hera is one of the most underdeveloped characters on this show, so “Wings of the Master” was a real treat. What could have been just another filler episode wonderfully told the story of a woman and her dream.

As a complete package, “Wings of the Master” was one of the simpler episodes Rebels has produced lately, but that only contributed to its emotional power. Rex has heard from an engineer that there’s a new ship that should be tested. Kanan naturally thinks of Hera, and she, Zeb, and Sabine take a trip to visit the quirky Quarrie.

Hera has typically been reduced to being the Ghost’s pilot and spouting motherly advice to Ezra. But here, she had history, dreams, and courage. When Quarrie denies her the chance to give the B-wing a test run, she gives a subtle push. Hearing her talk about the battle that came to her home planet of Ryloth during the Clone Wars gave a great sense of connectivity to the larger Star Wars universe as a whole. But it’s Hera’s passion for being in the skies that lands like a simple farm boy staring off into the binary sunset dreaming of the larger universe. Suddenly, one of Rebels‘ weakest characters becomes a symbol for that initial connection we made to this story in A New Hope. Quarrie is won over, just as audiences were in 1977.

Then she gets to give it a test run. There’s a lot of joy in Hera’s first flight in the B-wing. As she whips around mountains and fires the fighter’s impressive weapons, Hera is more than the woman telling Ezra to clean the Ghost.

The climax is just as rewarding. Jumping to hyperspeed with her new ship, Hera assists the Rebel Fleet in a heated skirmish in space. Even Agent Kallus is impressed with the B-wing’s sheer power.

To top off the episode, Commander Sato promotes Hera to captain of Phoenix Squadron. This hopefully means that when the Galactic Civil War officially kicks off, Hera will be leading fighters in the front lines against the Empire.

So as simple as it was, “Wings of the Master” was a very strong episode of Rebels and among the best of the season. By finding a way to both give Hera significantly more depth and continue to push the Rebellion forward, this was a well-rounded entry that got nearly everything right. Grade: A-

Some Other Notes:

  • Hera refers to the Battle of Ryloth when talking about her past. This was actually a three episode arc in the first season of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and is on Netflix right now if you’re interested. They’re solid episodes.
  • B-wings only appear in the movies once and don’t really do a whole much. We see them flying into battle at the end of Return of the Jedi, but the focus remains on the X-wings and the Millenium Falcon.
  • Is Rex officially a crew member of the Ghost now? He’s been the gunner on the ship since they picked him up. I’m okay with it.
  • Next week looks to be Sabine’s (relatively) solo outing. Being another character that could use some development, I have high hopes after what the writers have done with Hera here. After that though, I’d like to see Ahsoka or the Inquisitors again. Or both. Or Vader.

By Matt Dougherty

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