TV Show Review: Star Wars: Rebels, Season 3 Episode 15, “Trials of the Darksaber”

A while back I decided to stop writing reviews for individual episodes because there were just too many and there aren’t really that many developments between episodes. This review is an exception because the episode was unusually good.

In this episode, the rebel crew discuss the discovery of the Darksaber, an ancient weapon that symbolizes vast political power on Sabine’s home world, Mandalore. With the saber, Sabine can rally her people can gather an army with which the rebels can use against the Empire. To do so, Kanan must train Sabine to use the Darksaber so as to defeat those who would challenge Sabine for the political power the Darksaber grants.

This was a great episode for many reasons. Firstly, they went into aspects of Jedi and Star Wars history that go as far back as thousands of years. This was such an Easter egg for fans of the Knights of the Old Republic video games because references are made to the Jedi- Mandalorian war, arguably turning a large portion of the video games into canon.

Secondly, we get to learn about Sabine. Sabine’s back story has not truly been delved into to this degree and her story is heartbreaking. It’s the story of how those you love ignore you and abandon you no matter how loudly you try to protect them. It’s a story of how your family ignores you. It’s explained in a few lines, but I found it moving.

Lastly, I enjoyed the relationship between teacher/mentor/master and student/mentee/apprentice. I love these types of stories. Most of the time when you think of relationships between people it’s familial or romantic. The relationship between a master and an apprentice is so similar yet so different. There is nothing romantic or sexual about it. The relationship is in a big way selfless. This is a relationship where one person tries to truly teach and help someone else. Unlike many relationships, it’s a relationship that tries to grant power rather than take it. And through this training, both teacher and student perhaps learn truths about themselves. It’s a unique bond that I enjoyed watching very much.

Overall, a great episode and I can’t wait for the next one. I’ll still write an overall review for the season, but I just wanted to comment on my enjoyment of this episode.

Score: 8/10

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