Star Wars Rebels: It's a Long Way To Alderaan

[This is a review of Star Wars Rebels season 2, episode 6. There will be SPOILERS.]


Star Wars Rebels showcased both its greatest strengths and weaknesses this week in 'Blood Sisters.' The lovely Sabine finally gets a story dedicated to her when she is reunited with an acquaintance from her past.

This episode excels in giving us a glimpse into Sabine's past life, as she and Ezra are tasked with picking up a droid who possesses vital information for the rebels. In perfect Star Wars fashion, something goes wrong when Ezra and Sabine are attacked by Ketsu Onyo (Gina Toress). Like Sabine, she is fearless and utterly dedicated to the task at hand. Both women are fierce warriors and it's a shame that Ketsu is playing for the wrong team.

Early on, we discover that Sabine and Ketsu escaped from an Imperial Academy at an early age. What caused their exodus is still unknown, but will hopefully be answered in a future episode. Like so many other story arcs in Rebels, Dave Filoni and his talented creative team only give us these small morsels to chew on as we anxiously await another 23 minutes (minus commercials) of story.

Animated programs, especially here in the United States seem destined to remain in the 30-minute run time category, but 'Blood Sisters' proves that a full hour with Sabine and Ketsu would have been a way to build upon an already interesting concept. There simply isn't enough time to tell a compelling story. To be fair, Rebels usually excels within these confines, but unfortunately fell short this week. Outside of these minor annoyances, this was otherwise a well-crafted piece of entertainment.

This is pure speculation, but towards the end of the episode it appeared that there may be more to Sabine's relationship with Ketsu than mere friendship. Now, before we get too carried away with this, it's important to remind ourselves that this is a Disney-owned series. For those of you who are fans of The Legend of Korra, you will remember a certain scene that hinted ever so subtlety at a same sex relationship. This was a huge step forward for a children's program on a network like Nickelodeon. Could Disney follow suit with Sabine and Ketsu down the road? Probably not; however, it was a joy to watch these incredible women working together with the Imperials hot on their trail.

By the end of 'Blood Sisters' we get a quick glance at Alderaan, so one has to wonder what vital information that droid was carrying. There are only four episodes left until Rebels takes a break for the holidays. Do you think we'll get another glimpse of Darth Vader before the mid-season finale? Stay tuned to see what happens next.

Star Wars Rebels continues with 'Stealth Strike' next Wednesday @9:30pm on Disney XD.

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