Sabine goes through some rigorous testing and training—being challenged in ways we haven’t seen—in the next all-new episode of Star Wars Rebels.
In “Trials of the Darksaber,” Sabine reluctantly agrees to learn how to wield the ancient Mandalorian weapon she found on Dathomir, having turned over the saber to Kanan for safekeeping. However, she finds that the challenge is far more difficult than what she expected, and the effort to recruit her people to join the Rebel cause begins to take an emotional toll on her.
This is a story line that many fans have been waiting to see for some time now, and without a doubt, viewers are in for a stirring performance on Saturday. Some of the creators have even shared their thoughts on social media!
“No joke, this week’s episode of Star Wars Rebels is my favorite of the series, due to the amazing work of Tiya Sircar and Freddie Prinze, Jr.,” wrote Lucasfilm’s Pablo Hidalgo on Twitter.
Writer and story editor Steven Melching added, “This week’s Star Wars Rebels is powerful and unique, written by Dave Filoni. Great performance by Tiya Sircar.”
When Dave Filoni spoke about the structure of Mandalorian Houses and Clans in an episode of Rebels Recon and described how he had created this elaborate history for Mandalore, I knew right there and then that we would be getting some sort of history lesson in one form or another—and what a beautiful history lesson it turned out to be! From Fenn Rau’s narration and the visuals that played out on the wall of Kanan’s room to the chanting that followed, the entire story and how it played out reminded me of “The Tale of the Three Brothers” from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2. What a masterfully crafted sequence that showed us the inception of the darksaber!
Although it had me fully captivated and wanting for more, there’s one character who seems to have shied away from its meaning. Sabine gave the darksaber to Kanan, and according to him, she hasn’t spoken a word about it. Fenn thinks that she doesn’t want the responsibility, but he insists that her wielding the saber will help unite one of the most powerful Mandalorian Houses. This would not only help in gaining the respect and support of the other Clans to take Mandalore back from the Empire, but it would also prove useful in bringing Mandalorians over to the side of the Rebellion.
Now, the weight of responsibility and leadership falls on her shoulders, but why hasn’t she proudly taken up the darksaber and kicked things off on her own? What’s holding her back and preventing her from moving forward?
Last year at Star Wars Celebration Europe, Tiya Sircar excited the crowd when she said that Sabine would be getting new gadgets throughout the third season. The Mandalorians are well-known for carrying an array of tools and instruments that make them fearsome opponents, but Sabine is in for a rude awakening. Contraptions and other devices don’t make the warrior, and Kanan makes certain that she understands that. The result, however, pushes her to lash out at him, something we haven’t seen before. Kanan and Sabine haven’t shared that many scenes together since the start of the series, but we have seen their mentalities and ideologies clash. While we have seen her talk back to him, the reaction he elicits from her is somewhere on the same level as a child yelling at a parent.
While I do understand Sabine was trying to make a point, she had it coming when she used that light whip on Kanan. Not only was that a shock to his system, given that he can’t see, but it was completely uncalled for. Sabine, as skilled as she is when it comes to fighting and strategy, suffers from her own set of faults. She’s not perfect, and while it does come across that way in the amazing things that she does from episode to episode, it’s about time she gets a good challenge to knock her (instead of Ezra, as Fenn had told her) down a few pegs.
That, right there, is a hair-raising performance! Say want you want about Kanan’s teaching abilities, but he’s truly come far since the early days of season one. He’s testing her, poking and prodding and telling her that she’s not committed and that she should give up. That only fuels her desire to prove him wrong and that she isn’t one to give up on a challenge. I have no doubt in my mind that she will overcome her own insecurities and take him down as he’s been training her to do, but what I’m really looking forward to seeing (and I hope this happens) is a heartwarming moment between the two. A moment where she sincerely thanks him and where he reinforces the fact that he will be there to support her along the way.
Watch Sabine wield the darksaber this Saturday, January 21, at 8:30 PM EST on Disney XD.