Star Wars Rebels: Iron Squadron
November 20, 2016 5:19 PM - Season 3, Episode 8 - Subscribe

In the course of evacuating a planet, the crew of the Ghost run into Iron Squadron, a trio of teens who fly a less than pristine YT-2400 light freighter in attacks against the Empire. Meanwhile, Grand Admiral Thrawn uses the opportunity to put Admiral Konstantine on the spot by sending him to deal with the latest irritation to the Empire.

"Iron Squadron" introduces Mart Matlin, Gooti Terez, and Jonner Jen, all named after Lucasfilm employees (Matt Martin, a member of the Lucasfilm Story Group, Andi Gutierrez, co-host to the Star Wars Show and host of the Star Wars After Show, and John Harper, a producer on The Star Wars Show.

For more about the episode, check out the episode guide on Monday, November 21!
posted by Atreides (5 comments total)
I love the space battle part of Star Wars the most, so the gorgeous space battles really sold me on this.

The light cruiser coming out of the smoke, so great.

I disliked nearly everything else. I think Mart says a lot about what Disney sees as the target audience. My 5 year old thought he was a heavy handed character.
posted by French Fry at 12:38 PM on November 21, 2016 [1 favorite]

The light cruiser moment was easily my favorite of the episode.

It was...entertaining, but not great. It suffers also from the fact that I'm wrapping up my Clone Wars re-watch with the final two 1/2 seasons just being amazing in multiple ways.

The build up for the Thrawn reveal (his awesome plan to wipe out the rebels) is taking forever, even if it got a nudge forward with this episode. With the exception of "Hera's Heroes," Thrawn really hasn't had a chance to Thrawn-IT-UP. His handling of Konstantine in this episode was fun, but minimal against Wolverines! Iron Squadron's time on screen. It was a real chance, I thought, to show what could have happened to Ezra had he never met the crew of the Ghost, but whereas I think CW writers probably would have written a much more disastrous end for Mart, he gets away with a pretty light slap on the wrist for being stupid in this show.

The quality of the episode is also upsetting because if you follow two of the Lucasfilm peeps whose names were used for Mart and Gooti, they were so super excited and hyped up - along with other coworkers...but the execution, eh. (You want to cheer with them, but it's subdued.)

We only have a few episodes left before the winter break, so I'm hoping they either A) Really push the Thrawn threat plot or B) Give us a great character episode. This season has been consistent, which is great, but I felt a bit more awed and blown away by this point last season. Given that next episode is a Hondo episode, it's questionable if it'll be ither of those two things I mentioned - so we may just have to bank on it being a really enjoyable episode.
posted by Atreides at 1:44 PM on November 21, 2016

CW writers probably would have written a much more disastrous end for Mart

I mean it's a lot of the same writers just a Y7 rating instead of a TV-PG rating. I think that's most of what's "wrong" with Rebels from my perspective.
posted by French Fry at 5:06 PM on November 21, 2016

I mean it's a lot of the same writers just a Y7 rating instead of a TV-PG rating. I think that's most of what's "wrong" with Rebels from my perspective.

That could be just it. I felt as if The Clone Wars kinda started under the same umbrella and slowly pushed the boundaries of what I'd expect from a "kids show." Rebels still has an enormous amount of violence, but rarely directed at anyone of central importance to the show. They kill off one of the defecting pilots in "The Antilles Extraction," they routinely kill off Phoenix Squadron pilots, and geez, the humans in those stormtrooper armor outfits are disposed off pretty regularly. So it's not a show that shies away from death, in that regard. Then, I do fully expect Sato to die thanks to Thrawn by the end of the season. Hrm.
posted by Atreides at 7:53 AM on November 22, 2016

Yeah they shy away from killing anyone with a name. Ezra even has these "I can't do it!" moments over and over with killing named enemies. Even tho dude will cut down 10 storm troopers without a second thought.
posted by French Fry at 10:29 AM on November 22, 2016 [1 favorite]

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