Recap / Star Wars Rebels "Heroes of Mandalore"

The rebels work together with Clan Wren to free Sabine's father from the clutches of the Empire on Mandalore. However, deadly consequences await them at the end...

Tropes in this episode include:

  • Absentee Actor: Zeb doesn't appear in this episode. Hera briefly appears in a holocall, but is otherwise absent for the rest of the episode.
  • All Too Easy: Clan Wren is approached by a lone walker in the distance. Pft, is that all the Empire has left to throw at them?... except a lethal superweapon is attached to it.
  • Back for the Dead: Ursa, Tristan, and some of Clan Wren return in what is their third episode on Rebels, only to be killed halfway through the premiere by Sabine's Imperial weapon. Though, not really; Ursa and Tristan somehow escaped and survived, according to the season trailer.
  • Call Back:
    • Ezra complained about wanting a Jet Pack back in "Ghosts of Geonosis" and "Zero Hour". He gets to use one in this episode, but he's having trouble using it.
    • Bo-Katan says that the Jedi instated her as leader of Mandalore as intended when the Siege of Mandalore was over. This is a part of the What Could Have Been Series Finale for The Clone Wars.
    • The rebels journey to Sundari to save Sabine's father from public execution. As stated in "Legacy of Mandalore" and shown in The Clone Wars, Sundari is the capital of Mandalore.
    • Ursa mentioned in the previous episode that Clan Saxon is being backed by the Empire. Gar Saxon has been succeeded as governor by another Saxon.
  • Call Forward:
    • The weapon that Sabine designed causes the death of her family (or so she thinks), much as Jyn Erso is killed by the weapon her father was forced to create in Rogue One.
    • Sabine leaves the Mandalorian Resistance in the care of Bo-Katan, allowing her to return to the main Rebellion. Sabine is seen with the rebels on Yavin 4 in a Forces of Destiny short.
  • Continuity Nod:
    • Ezra exits a hallway with his lightsaber still ignited as the door opens behind him, entering a chaotic battle scene, in a similar shot composition as when Obi-Wan entered a war-torn Sundari in "The Lawless" in The Clone Wars.
    • The reason why Sabine knows quite a bit about art besides doodling despite her age (like saying she based her art off of Janyor of Bith's works when talking to Lando in "Idiot's Array") is likely related to her father being an expert in art himself.
  • False Flag Operation: The Imperial outpost is a decoy; Sabine's father is actually being transported to Sundari for a public execution.
  • Foreshadowing: Ursa has a portrait of herself in the Wren household, likely created by a professional formal artist. Since Sabine probably got her love for art from someone, we find out that Sabine's father is that person, also implying that he made that artpiece of his wife.
  • God Save Us from the Queen!: The new Duchess is a supporter of the Empire and authorizes use of Sabine's pseudo-nuke on the girl's own family as a dose of cruel irony.
  • Headbutting Heroes: Sabine and Bo-Katan get into a fight with each other.
  • Missed Him by That Much: Sabine's father is freed, but shortly after, his wife and son are seemingly killed before they can reunite.
  • No Body Left Behind: One of Sabine's Imperial weapons causes an area to explode in a bright light, causing anyone caught in it to turn to ash, only their most durable clothing (such as armor) left behind.
  • Oh, Crap!: When Sabine realizes the Empire is about to deploy one of her superweapons on her family.
  • Passing the Torch: Despite being reluctant at the beginning of the episode, Bo-Katan accepts the Darksaber and the mantle of leader from Sabine in the end.
  • Scream Discretion Shot: Sabine and the others only hear Clan Wren panicking over the comm when the superweapon is about to be deployed. It ends in a long beep, as the comm has been destroyed...
  • Refusal of the Call: Sabine tries to give Bo-Katan the Darksaber and the responsibility of leading the Mandalorian Resistance, but she refuses, saying that she doesn't believe she can rule Mandalore as the successor to her sister out of fear of an in-universe Tough Act to Follow as well as having lost some self-confidence after the Empire took away her position as leader of Mandalore despite the Jedi entrusting her as such during the Siege. She gets better.
  • The Reveal: One of Sabine's Imperial weapon is something akin to a nuke.
  • Shared Family Quirks: Sabine's father is well versed in the subject of art (likely being a political artist or an art professor), which is where Sabine gets her love for art from. When she breaks him out of prison, they talk a little bit about how Sabine's art has progressed since the last time they were together.
  • Ship Tease: Even more blatant between Kanan and Hera in their holocall.
  • Strong Family Resemblance: While Tristan looks more like Ursa, Sabine looks more like their father.
  • To Be Continued: When the episode premiered at Celebration 2017, only the first half of it was shown likely because the season is only fifteen episodes.
  • Trailers Always Spoil: While only the first half of the episode was shown early, the Season 4 trailer revealed that Ursa and Tristan are unharmed, the rebels and the Mandalorian Resistance head towards Sundari at night, and that Sabine and Bo-Katan get into a fight, which is eventually followed up by Bo-Katan taking up the Darksaber and becoming the leader of the Mandalorian Resistance once again.
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