As it has been with the last few episodes of Star Wars Rebels, we are learning more about our lead characters. Last week, we got better insight into Hera (Vanessa Marshall), The Ghost’s captain (see review). This week, fan favorite, Sabine (Tiya Sircar), has the spotlight shined on her.
Hera sends Sabine and Ezra (Taylor Gray) off on a mission to pick up a courier with top secret information. On the way to their destination, Ezra points out to that Sabine is usually alone. It is obvious that Ezra likes her and has been trying to get to know her better. Her solitary lifestyle seems to be all that he does know about her. That changes for Ezra and the audience when they encounter Ketsu Onyo (Gina Torres). It seems that the top secret information and courier is also known to the Black Sun. Star Wars fans will know this as the Crime Syndicate from previous Star Wars novels and The Clone Wars TV series. Ketsu is out to collect the bounty on the courier and bring back his information. Ketsu is also a former friend of Sabine, who, years ago, left her for dead.
In the classic fashion of storytelling, we are told that all this happened “years ago”. I have to wonder exactly how long ago it was. Sabine, the character, is clearly somewhere between 16 and 19 years of age. She speaks of being at the Imperial Academy with Ketsu and that the two of them had left. I don’t doubt her skills, clearly, it is just hearing the term “years ago” that always makes me cringe. I suggest “that was another life” or “that’s not who I am anymore”. Years ago implies taking her back to what? About 10 years of age?
The story picks up when Sabine steals an interplanetary shuttle (yes, the same kind from the Star Tours with an RX pilot at the helm) and makes a break for the rendezvous point with the courier. Sadly, Ezra, who only got a brief history to Sabine’s previous life, is separated from her. The conflict comes from Ketsu and Sabine battling over the courier.
Since this is the dawn of the rebellion, the Empire is making enemies into old friends again. Ketsu sees that there is a chance to have friend again as she and Sabine work together to get out of their predicament. Much of the mystery for Sabine, as it pertains to Ezra, is still there for him. For the audience, however, we are given a little more backstory to this character that has been waiting in the wings since “Spark of the Rebellion”. This episode also introduces another strong female character into the Star Wars mythos, which now, there seems to be an over abundance of. With less than 30 days until The Force Awakens hits theaters, it was also great to have a character cameo from one of its stars as well. [review]
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