It’s been almost a month since the excellent “Trials of the Darksaber” aired, setting up the new arc of Star Wars Rebels. The show is shifting focus over to Sabine Wen, and it’s up to her to unite the Mandlorians against the Empire. “Legacy of Mandalore” also ended with a surprise that audiences couldn’t have seen coming.
Sabine embraced the Darksaber by the end of “Trials” and now we finally get to see how she will use it. Hera, Kanan and Fenn Rau believe Sabine can not only gain her family’s respect again, but can also convince Mandalore to fight the Empire and join the Rebellion. Let’s see how that works out.
Here’s a look at all the action in “Legacy of Mandalore.”
There’s No Place Like Home
The episode starts off Sabine, Ezra, Kanan and Rau on Phantom II, approaching Krownest, a planet her family has a stronghold on. Sabine is convinced that even her mother will not welcome her with open arms, but Rau is not. He believes that Sabine’s mother’s true loyalty lies with Mandalore, not the Empire. Sabine reminds Rau that her mom thinks she’s a traitor, but he’s still optimistic that she can enlist her family’s help.
Sabine tries to communicate with the surface, telling a control tower in Mando’a that they are arriving. But just like those nasty Cloud Car pilots on Cloud City, they aren’t happy and they jam the comms. A group of Mandalorians are in the sky to meet the group.
Another Happy Landing
After the title, the Clan Wren commandos start shooting at the Phantom II. “Didn’t you tell them who you were?” Ezra asks. “That’s probably why they’re shooting at us,” Sabine replies. The troopers shoot out their thrusters and all Sabine can do is try to crash-land the ship without killing anyone aboard. “Looks like recruiting the Wrens will be more difficult than I thought,” Fenn “Captain Obvious” Rau points out.
Kanan tells Rau to stay on the ship, since he might be useful later. Then, the commandos meet them at the crash site, and an impatient Ezra lights up his lightsaber. The commandos see that he’s a Jedi and start firing. But when Ezra mentions Sabine’s name, the commander has them stop shooting.
The commander is Tristan Wren, Sabine’s brother. She explains that the Jedi are her friends and he leads them to the stronghold. Meanwhile, Chopper heads into the ship, where Rau readies his blaster.
On the way to the stronghold, Sabine asks Tristan how he can wear armor with the Imperial insignia. “You shouldn’t have come back, Sabine,” he says, avoiding her question.
When they arrive at the stronghold, Sabine’s mother is prepared to lock her away. Sabine stops her troops though. “Mother, we need to talk,” Sabine says as she lights up the Darksaber.
Mother Knows Best
Following the break, Sabine introduces Kanan and Ezra to her mother, Countess Ursa Wren. Her mother asks what she thought would happen. She reluctantly agrees to let her daughter and her friends in their home, but only if the Jedi give up their lightsabers. Ezra is skeptical, but they agree to give up the lightsabers.
Inside, the Wren home, Ursa tells Sabine that the Darksaber isn’t going to magically help her unite the Mandalorians. Ursa reminds Sabine (and the audience) of the current situation within Mandalorian circles. The other families want to destroy Clan Wren because they think Sabine was a traitor for designing a weapon the Empire used against them. Sabine insists that she didn’t know how the Empire was planning to use the weapon, but that doesn’t matter. Tristan now serves for Gar Saxon just so the Wrens can prove their loyalty. Sabine says Saxon is the real traitor as the Imperial Viceroy of Mandalore and a killer. (Yes, this is a really plot-heavy episode.)
Sabine and Ursa go leave the main room, while Ezra tries to have a conversation with Tristan. “Ezra, less is more,” Kanan says.
Outside, Sabine asks her mom how she could possibly align with the Empire after all they did to Mandalore. Ursa says that she didn’t have much of a choice. She either had to support Saxon or watch Clan Wren be destroyed. She also reveals that Sabine’s father is alive on Mandalore, but if the Wrens move against the Empire, he will be killed.
Sabine still can’t understand why Ursa didn’t try to find Sabine after she ran off. “Find you? Sabine, when you ran away, it saved you,” she says. Now, she’s put herself in danger, her mother reminds her.
When the topic turns to the Darksaber, Ursa asks her daughter if she won it from Maul in combat. As we know, that’s not the case and Sabine doesn’t try to fudge the truth. Her mother said that she has no claim to it. “Anyone can hold the Darksaber. The trick is keeping it, along with your head,” Ursa says.
Ursa calls Sabine selfish and always putting herself ahead of others, but then Sabine hits right back. She accuses her mother of putting politics and power ahead of family. But Ursa says she does it all to protect the family. Sabine doesn’t buy it. Her mother tells her that she is as stubborn as her father. She sees a warrior in her daughter. “Not the one I’d hoped, but still…”
“Well, I am your daughter, how could I be anything less?” Sabine says.
After a breather, Sabine tells her mother that the Rebels are planning something big and they need her help. Sabine says the Rebels’ numbers are growing each day and Mandalore needs a strong leader. “I want to save Mandalore too, but it needs a strong leader. You have to trust me, just like I’m trusting you,” she tells Ursa as she hands over the Darksaber.
Tristan interrupts the conversation to tell his mother that Sundari (Mandalore’s domed capital city) is calling. Ursa leaves and Tristann suggests he and Sabine have some sparring practice. They don’t know it, but Rau is watching all this from afar.
In her conversation with Saxon, Ursa reveals that Sabine has come home. Ursa agrees to give up the Jedi, but she wants to keep her daughter. “Don’t worry. Clan Wren will be taken care of,” Saxon says. When she leaves the room, a trooper tells her that the Jedi want to meet with her. As she leaves, Rau comes into the room to take the lightsabers! But a trooper sees him. Rau quickly knocks out the trooper.
In the main room, Kanan insists that Ursa start taking her daughter seriously. “I believe you’re underestimating the woman she’s become,” Kanan says. Ezra butts in and tells Ursa all about the events in “Imperial Super Commandos,” when Sabine had to fight Saxon. “Then I’m afraid what I have to do is unfortunate,” Ursa says as her guards draw their weapons.
Tristan wins a sparring session against Sabine and he doesn’t help her up. Even he blames her for Clan Wren losing their power, respect and honor. He hopes to restore the family’s honor by serving Saxon. Sabine says Saxon can’t be trusted, but he doesn’t care. He tells her of the plan to trade the Jedi to Saxon in exchange for her safety.
Sabine rushes into the main room and sees the blasters focused on the Jedi. “Mother, you can’t do this!” But then, Saxon walks into the room. “Yes she can,” he says. “Because she is loyal. Just not to you.”
Duel on Ice
Ursa also agreed to give Saxon the Darksaber. She tosses it over to him. “I’ve held up my end of the bargain, Saxon,” she says. But, just as Sabine said, Saxon cannot be trusted. He says that, in giving up Jedi to the Empire, Ursa was “harboring” rebels and is a threat to the Empire. Tristan reminds Saxon that everyone in the room (except for Kanan and Ezra) are Mandalorians. So, Saxon gives Tristan a choice: he can either join him or die with his family.
Surprisingly, Tristan draws his blaster and points it at Sabine. But then he turns around to point it at Saxon. “I choose family,” he says. “Then Clan Wren ends here.”
But then Rau crashes through the big window, tosses the Jedi their sabers and starts shooting at Saxon! The main room erupts into chaos and Saxon sees a chance to kill Ursa with the Darksaber. Ezra tosses his lightsaber over to Sabine, and she uses it to stop Saxon. He grabs Sabine by the waist and launches into the air and through another giant window. The two crash onto the ice sheet in front of the Wren home.
This starts a duel between Saxon and Sabine. Ursa stops Ezra from interfering, citing Mandalorian custom. “Are your customs more important than the life of your daughter?” Kanan asks.
Unfortunately, Sabine’s jetpack doesn’t work, making the fight more challenging. However, she quickly uses the gauntlets Rau gave her to disable Saxon’s jetpack. The fight gets more heated on the ice and Sabine gets Saxon on his knees. She frees the Darksaber from his hand, but even then, Saxon refuses to yield to Sabine. “You’ll have to kill me,” he says.
“That might be the Mandalorian way, but it’s not my way. Not anymore,” Sabine says. But as she walks away from him, Saxon pulls out a blaster and fires… or did he. No, it was a blast from Ursa, who shot Saxon.
“No one threatens our family,” Ursa tells her daughter.
Rau says that, even though Saxon was a traitor, his death will cause chaos. “Perhaps Mandalore needs chaos if it’s to become strong once again, and so that we may find a leader worthy of our people,” Ursa says as she turns to Sabine.
Later Chopper brings Phantom II over to the Wren stronghold to pick Kanan, Ezra and Sabine up. Kanan offers to help the Wrens and Mandalore, but Ursa explains that Mandalore must rise again by itself. Surprisingly, Sabine decides to stay on Mandalore. “Right now, I can do more good here,” she says.
“I am so…” Kanan starts.
“Do not say you’re proud of me,” Sabine says.
“Me? Never… but I am going to miss you.”
Sabine rushes over to give Kanan a hug and Ezra assures her that everyone will miss her.
“Thank you, both of you,” Sabine says as Pahntom II leaves. Rau tells her that she could be the one to lead Mandalore, but she says it’s not her. “I’m not Mandalore’s leader, but I will find the person who is.”
What’s Next For the Ghost Crew
This can’t possibly be the last of Sabine. The Mandalorians have a lot of work to do to unify themselves against the Empire. We also don’t know who Sabine thinks could be a better leader for Mandalore than herself. Hopefully, we find out before the end of the season.
Thankfully, we don’t have to wait another month for the next new episode, although it doesn’t appear to be directly related to Sabine’s story arc. By the looks of it, Agent Kallus’ time as Fulcrum might be coming to an end soon.
“Through Imperial Eyes” airs on February 25 at 8:30 p.m. ET. Here’s the episode description: “Fearing that the Empire will soon discover the identity of a rebel spy, the Rebels launch a plan to rescue him before his capture.”
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