*Possible spoilers for those that haven’t seen the latest installment of Star Wars Rebels: “Iron Squadron.”*
Last night, episode 8 from season 3 of Star Wars Rebels: “Iron Squadron” aired on Disney XD. Star Wars Rebels has been nothing short of life lessons and last night’s episode continued that pattern. Only, it’s a lesson already learned.
The Ghost Crew intersects a young teenaged band of rebellious insurgents, as Zeb so eloquently states, “a ship full of Ezras.” He’s not wrong. In fact, it took a lot for me to overlook this redundant lesson and find the positives that highlighted this 22 minute segment. So without further ado, here we go!
Admiral Thrawn — need I say more? Seriously, his character only grows each time we see him. His tactical skills and unyielding patience makes him a force to be reckoned with. Unlike most of the Imperial Command, who are overly eager to engage with every passing Rebel cell, Thrawn is meticulously observant and indulges on “getting to know you” before he strikes — even if you happen to be on the same side.
YT-2400 — cue the nostalgia — Dash Rendar, anyone? Ok, so no, this isn’t his ship, just another YT-2400. As Pablo Hidalgo says, just another Chevy. Granted I’m paraphrasing, but you see my point. Must admit, among all the grunts and groans of enduring bratty teenagers, the imagery is magnificent! Honestly, Star Wars Rebels recreates the galaxy far, far away in an almost perfect way. Simply put, it’s beautiful. So yes, seeing this particular ship was a great addition to the show, as it adds to the even flow of continuity throughout Rebels.
The Iron Squadron got schooled — this team of rug-rats, Mart, Gooti, and Jonner are far from Imperially educated. While their intent is pure and good-hearted, they lack the knowledge and basic know-how of engaging their enemy in a real fight. In other words, you cannot expect to make progress if your actions are continuously monotonous. This is something Mart, Sato’s nephew struggles with, only, I’m not sure if it’s something more internal than it is personal. Interestingly enough, this dovetails back to Admiral Thrawn, and he’s the one who picks up on this tidbit of useful information. I’m sure he’s holding on to it for later …
Teamwork makes the dream work — Chopper to the rescue! Honestly, this little guy makes up for the lackluster of this entire episode. His ability to put bygones aside and work with whoever is thrust his way speaks volumes about his character. Seriously, hands down, Chop takes the win for “Iron Squadron.” Gotta say, he’s growing on me.
There you have it! My Top 4 Takeaways from Star Wars Rebels: “Iron Squadron.” What were yours?
The Cantina Cast
The wretched hive your Jedi Master warned you about!