A new preview from the next episode of Star Wars Rebels, titled “Trials of the Darksaber” has been posted online. It will air on January 21, 2017, on Disney XD and will tell the story of Sabine, trying to recruit her people to join the rebels. To do so, Sabine will have to learn to wield an ancient Mandalorian weapon named the Darksaber – a task much more difficult than she initially expected…
The brief preview is really interesting adding some important Star Wars lore, by introducing the first and only Mandalorian Jedi – Tar Visla, who created the Darksaber more than thousand years ago.
In case you’re interested to find out more on the Darksaber, here’s Wookieepedia’s entry on the topic:
The darksaber was an ancient and unique black-bladed lightsaber created by Tar Vizsla, the first Mandalorian ever inducted into the Jedi Order, prior to 1032 BBY. The weapon was kept in the Jedi Temple after Vizsla’s passing, but members of House Vizsla stole the saber in a conflict with the Jedi during the fall of the Old Republic.
The darksaber was passed down, generation to generation, by the ancestors of Pre Vizsla, who held onto the weapon even after the pacifist ideals of the New Mandalorians replaced the warrior ways of Mandalore.
The last known Mandalorian to own the blade was Pre Vizsla, the leader of Death Watch during the Clone Wars. He used the blade during his conflicts with the New Mandalorians, including his successful coup of Mandalore. After the coup, Darth Maul killed Vizsla and took the darksaber as his own, becoming the leader of Death Watch. Maul’s old master, Darth Sidious, soon arrived on Mandalore to confront his former apprentice, and Maul used the darksaber against him. Maul was bested in combat and taken prisoner to the Separatist prison, the Spire, on Stygeon Prime.
Maul was soon rescued from the Spire at the behest of Prime Minister Almec, whom Maul had chosen as the public leader of Mandalore. After being freed, Maul returned to Zanbar, the location of a Death Watch camp, and was given back the darksaber, which had been recovered from the Sundari Royal Palace, the site of Maul’s duel with Sidious. Shortly after his return, Zanbar was attacked by the Separatist Droid Army, led by General Grievous, and Maul made use of the darksaber against the cyborg general. Maul continued to use the darksaber in several subsequent battles, such as the battle of Ord Mantell, the assault on Vizsla Keep, and the second battle of Dathomir.
The weapon would resurface years after the Galactic Empire rose to power, coming into the ownership of Sabine Wren, a member of the early rebellion and a descendant of House Vizsla.
Some really exciting stuff for all Mandalorian fans. If there is indeed a Boba Fett stand-alone movie in the works, there are limitless possibilities that could make it work, without just being a fan service. The Mandalorians have been very well developed as a story element in The Clone Wars and Rebels, and a potential feature film could easily farm ideas from there. Perhaps a story explaining how the human bounty hunter came to the possession of the Mandalorian armor? What do you think?