Star Wars Rebels S3E15: “Trials of the Darksaber”

This show is damn good.

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This week’s episode of Star Wars Rebels felt surprisingly “right” in spite of the fact that it’s dipping back into an old Clone Wars plotline about the Darksaber and the Mandalorians. We’ve complained a lot here that Rebels has an overreliance on nodding to the future of the Star Wars saga or riding too much on leftover Clone Wars plots. “Trials of the Darksaber” doesn’t suffer from that overreliance, though. Instead, it uses an old Mando artifact as an opportunity to expand on a few of the characters, especially Sabine, who to date has been pretty underdeveloped.

Picking up from the midseason finale of “Visions and Voices,” “Trials of the Darksaber” reveals that Sabine turned the eponymous blade over to Kanan and she hasn’t touched it since. Consulting with Fenn Rau, Kanan comes to understand that the Darksaber is a sort of Excalibur to the Mandalorians, a symbolic weapon which…

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