If you’ve been itching to see more Mandalorians in Star Wars Rebels, then you’ll definitely want to tune into season three when it returns later this year. Until then, take some time to re-visit the second season, where we discover a few more details about our favorite Mandalorian in the Ghost crew, Sabine Wren. Although she didn’t have a large role to play this season, she did have some memorable moments and helped pave the way for more Mandalorian action in the future.
Here are some of my favorite Sabine moments from season two of Star Wars Rebels:
Taking a Shot at Vader (“Siege of Lothal”)
Earlier in the season, the Ghost crew came face to face with Darth Vader and barely escaped with their lives. As Kanan and Ezra tried to hold him off, Hera and the others went to prepare the ship to leave. Seeing that her fellow crew members were in danger, Sabine joined in the fight from a distance to provide assistance. With her expert aim, she shot at the vital areas, but Vader was no match for her as he deflected the blaster bolts with his lightsaber and sent them back towards her. Had it not been for her Mandalorian armor, Sabine would have died. The blaster damage and the experience brought about a new artistic change, resulting in a new paint job. What makes Sabine interesting is that nothing appears to faze her, not even an encounter with Darth Vader. She could let the experience strike fear in her or she could take what happened to her and her friends and rise above it–an important lesson for us all!
Life as a Bounty Hunter (“Blood Sisters”)
Sabine is one of the most mysterious characters on the show. So far, we know that she comes from a long line of Mandalorians, she likes things that go boom, and she spends her time working on her art. In the second season, we also discovered that she was a bounty hunter. After leaving the Imperial Academy, she and Ketsu Onyo embraced the profession and dreamed of working for the criminal organization Black Sun. Although it was primarily a means to survive, things started to shift between them. Sabine and Ketsu ultimately parted on bad terms and the lifestyle (and Ketsu’s betrayal) nearly got Sabine killed. The fact that Sabine would take up bounty hunting as a way to survive makes me think she has no close relatives–or at least, none with which she wants an association. It’s an interesting tidbit of her life, and given some recent news, we’ll definitely get to learn more about Sabine in the next season.
Mandalorians and their Weapons (“Wings of the Master”)
“Never get between a Mandalorian and a weapons package,” Sabine said to Quarrie in the episode “Wings of the Master”. Sabine is good at many things and repairing the targeting system of any ship is one of them, so when Quarrie got between her and his blade wing prototype, she had no problem telling the master engineer that she had the situation under control. It just proves, once again, that Sabine knows her weapons and the systems that target those weapons and it’s primarily due to her heritage. Even Kanan later on said, “What is with you Mandalorians? Can’t solve anything except through the end of a blaster!” And that’s a pretty accurate assessment, since Mandalorians always carry the finest of weapons and armor.
Artistic Expression (“Stealth Strike”)
Although we didn’t get to see Sabine’s artistic skills as much in this season, there was evidence of her art scattered here and there. My favorite, of course, is the one that features Captain Rex and Kanan fighting side by side. Rex is all business, while Kanan has a sweet smile. What I love most about it is that Sabine did it knowing that it’d annoy Kanan, sort of like how she painted Kanan’s helmet with a Loth-cat design in “The Call”. She takes pride in her art, and even though Kanan isn’t as appreciative of it as everyone else (Hera had a drawing of Kanan on her A-wing), I love that she sometimes does it to get a rise out of him–which is pretty much what she does when it comes to the Empire and her graffiti art.
Challenging Fenn Rau (“The Protector of Concord Dawn”)
The best Sabine moment, by far, was when she challenged Fenn Rau by invoking an ancient code that would allow her to seek justice through single combat. She wanted to settle the score for what the Mandalorian Protector did to Hera, and although she tried to follow Kanan’s plan, her eventual discovery gave her the opportunity to speak out against Fenn. She not only bested him in a duel to the death, but she also proved to Kanan that she had the situation under control the entire time. And although she takes pride in her Mandalorian culture, she also recognizes that she’s been influenced by Kanan and Hera’s leadership. She’s not like the Mandalorian Protectors who would shoot first without questions. She’s a Mandalorian with the skills necessary to rise above any situation and stamp out any thoughts that would paint her as anything less.
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