“The Jedi won the war with Mandalore.” — Kanan Jarrus
That wasn’t the only factoid that became canon last night on the latest installment of Star Wars Rebels: “Trials of the Darksaber.” In fact, it seems that Dave Filoni and the rest of the amazing team over at Lucasfilm and Disney may have delivered one of the most, in-depth, and lore-packed episodes to date. Quite possibly, of all time, even on the movie screen. Now, I gotta tip my hat to Dave Filoni here, after all, he did say at Star Wars Celebration London that it was time to “Expand the Star Wars Universe.” He’s definitely doing just that. From character crossovers to canonizing legendary lore, he’s connecting the continuity in such a way that even George Lucas would be giddy watching it all unfold. That said, let’s dive into last nights’ episode of Star Wars Rebels and explore the lure of the lore, in other words, the “Trials of the Darksaber.”
Now I’m not a big “Knights of the Old Republic” fan, but I am aware of Revan and how he comes into play during this era of Star Wars. So yes, knowing that the Jedi did, in fact, win the war against Mandalore, makes one wonder if there are plans to revive the Revan character as they have with Admiral Thrawn. Even if just to show us, in flashback sequences, his lore, and legacy. It’s possible that his character could be of some importance to the future of Star Wars, especially in the new sequel trilogy that is still being written and pieced together. I mean, this is Star Wars, and anything is possible, right?
Speaking of Mandalore and the lore behind that, well, we now have an actual Mandalorian Jedi Knight! And not just any Mandalore, but one from the same clan as Sabine Wren, “House Vizsla.” All right, so we do not know exactly how that fits in with Sabine and her lineage. Meaning, we don’t know if they are directly related through actual bloodline or just affiliated by clan. So that is something to consider. After all, we do hear Kanan speak to Hera about Sabine and the Force. He mentions how she denies the Force, basically, she flat-out refuses it. This definitely stuck out for me and got my mental gears churning. Is it possible that Sabine may indeed have some Force sensitivity? Ok, that may be a far stretch, but Kanan did say she is a better warrior than Ezra at times. Hmm…
Another interesting new note is the fact that the term “liberated” was used to describer how the Mandalorians were able to regain possession of the Darksaber from the hands of the Jedi. Now, if that didn’t strike a chord with you then you must be stuck in the old dogmatic ways of the Jedi. Just saying, anyways, moving on. Hearing the word “liberated,” followed by the tale of the sabers’ history made me wonder, just how powerful is this sword. Better yet, how powerful and sacred and unknown is the crystal that energizes the blade? I say that because in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story one of Galen’s Death Star files is titled “Darksaber.” Curious, isn’t it?
Speaking of crystals and lightsabers, we hear Kanan lesson Sabine in the ways of wielding the lightsaber and how it connects with its user. The more connected the two become, the lighter the saber becomes, and the more fluent their movements become. What’s intriguing is that Sabine is not a Jedi so the question remains, is she a Force-sensitive? We do hear Kanan talking to Hera about this, he says that Sabine denies the Force, basically, she refuses it. If you think about it, this makes sense because the Bendu is there, but she doesn’t see him. Is that because she is refusing the Force? Let that sink in for a moment then think about when Kanan challenges her to quit, to give up, what happens? She becomes angry and fights back, remembering her family’s betrayal, and how they abandoned her for the Empire. Her anger takes over, and her abilities heighten, and she actually overpowers Kanan in the duel. Now, I’ll ask again, is Sabine Force-sensitive?
All-in-all, a great episode with a lot of new canon materials to ponder over. I kinda like the idea of episodes that are specifically character driven and enhance the overall lore of the galaxy far, far away. I’ll take Hokey Religions over blasters any day because, for me, the lure is the lore when it comes to Star Wars.
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Becca Benjamin is a Medical Receptionist for a Retina Specialist, and the Editor-in-chief for The Cantina Cast, an innovative and thought-provoking Star Wars podcast and website, with a down-to-earth approach. She is also a host (with co-host Mark Sutter) on Tarkin’s Top Shelf, a literary Star Wars podcast and the personal author for Lucasfilm artist Steve Anderson. Becca is a monthly blog contributor for Coffee with Kenobi.