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A Reckless Crew Attack the Empire Head-On in “Iron Squadron”

Before the Ghost crew joined Phoenix Squadron and the Rebellion, they were off on their own, fighting it out against the Empire. In the next all-new episode of Star Wars Rebels, we discover a different crew who’s operating much like the Ghost crew in the old days, but the three young rebels are biting off way more than they can chew.

It’s up to the members of the Ghost to tame this reckless crew who continue to risk their lives as they fight to defend their homeworld from Imperial occupation.

Right off the bat, it’s great to see the entire Ghost crew working together again. For the past few episodes, we’ve seen different team-ups and a focus on particular characters. In this episode, it looks like the gang is back and taking matters into their own hands. It’s a crew-meets-crew type of scenario, so it wouldn’t have felt right to have one member of the Ghost crew handle the dilemma without the assistance of the others.

I especially love seeing Kanan taking his usual spot at the top cannon. It really goes to show how much stronger he’s gotten with the Force.

There are a few things I love about this clip. First, I love how Ezra is just casually leaning on the controls of the gunner that he operates. Second, it’s interesting to think about Commander Sato having made connections with people from this planet. It just reminds me that I’d love to know more about that character and what he’s been through over the years. Third, we get to see Kanan’s powerful connection to the Force again. By using his keen senses, he’s able to tell that there’s trouble brewing up ahead before anyone else catches it.

Reckless with a dash of arrogance, this hotshot pilot does possess skills that impress and unusual (but effective) ideas on how to take out an Imperial freighter, but there’s no doubt in our minds that this crew is in way over their heads. There’s a reason for that, though, and it’s because they’re young teenagers with the “it’s us against the world/galaxy” mentality. It’s also clear that they don’t think about the consequences of their actions. They are rebels through and through. They just need a bit of guidance, so I hope joining the Rebellion is something that they choose to do in order to apply their skills to a bigger movement.

What was it that Fenn Rau said in the most recent episode? “Pawns are meant to be sacrificed.” Most Imperials think they’re doing right by the galaxy, but a vast majority don’t realize that the Empire views them as pawns. So when Grand Admiral Thrawn sends Admiral Konstantine to handle the rebel problem by himself, you can’t help but feel like this may be Konstantine’s final appearance.

It’s also important to note that in the process of apprehending rebels and putting an end to the Rebellion, the Empire also seems to be thinning out those incapable of doing their job correctly, like Aresko and Grint in season one.

Whatever happens, I’m sure this is going to be another great episode of Star Wars Rebels, featuring a beautiful Theelin character who I want know more about.

“Iron Squadron” airs Saturday, November 19, at 8:30PM EST on Disney XD.

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