In Review: Star Wars Rebels – Trials Of The Darksaber

To help recruit her people to join the rebels, Sabine reluctantly agrees to learn to wield an ancient Mandalorian weapon

Synopsis: To help recruit her people to join the rebels, Sabine reluctantly agrees to learn to wield an ancient Mandalorian weapon but finds the challenge more difficult the expected.

Review: This episode begins to bring some light on why Sabine has been so tightly wound and reveals the full extent of her backstory and why she is regarded as a traitor by her family.

When Sabine is asked to learn to wield the Darksaber in order to unite her people. She must both confront her personal demons and learn to fight like a Jedi Knight, but without the Force. To that end Kanan and Ezra set about teaching her to fight in the style of a Jedi.

This for me is perhaps the best episode we’ve seen the whole season. It was fantastic fun seeing Ezra in the position of helping Kanan to teach Sabine, which involved her having to unlearn much of what she already knew about normal weapons in order to form a bond with the Darksaber.

Kanan initially has Sabine practising with a wooden stick in order to learn the forms of the Lightsaber and this both frustrates and angers Sabine. It also brings us some insight about her characters personal demons.

It is only when Sabine is allowed to Practice with the actual Darksaber that all her anguish and feelings come to light and upon unloading with help from Kanan. She is able to start learning to be at one with the Darksaber.

Kevin McKidd makes a welcome return as Fenn Rau. Who is used to great effect in this story. 

We get some great duelling and training sequences and a lot of character growth for Sabine who has been waiting for this episode since she took the Darksaber during the last encounter with Darth Maul.

I look forward to seeing how this story pans out in next weeks episode.

Star Wars Rebels - Trials Of The Darksaber
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Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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