"The Antilles Extraction" is the fourth episode of the animated television series Star Wars Rebels' third season. It is the forty-first episode of the series overall. It first aired on October 8, 2016 on Disney XD.
A Phoenix Squadron transport ship carrying food supplies to starving civilians on Teralov is escorted by six A-wing fighters. The convoy is intercepted by an Arquitens-class command cruiser, which deploys several TIE interceptors. A dogfight breaks out and the TIEs wipe out the starfighters. They then proceeded to attack the transport ship despite the captain contacting the TIEs and offering to surrender. The leading TIE pilot, Captain Vult Skerris, simply fires a final burst into the transport's cockpit.
At Chopper Base on the planet Atollon, the Spectres entered the command center where Hera Syndulla informed them that they had lost the entire escort of six A-wings and all crew aboard the transport ship. Ezra asks how many pilots they still have and opines that at this rate there will be no one left to fly for the rebellion. Commander Jun Sato then replies that he has been working on a solution with Fulcrum. When Ezra asks whether it is Ahsoka Tano, Hera explains that Fulcrum is a code name the rebellion gives to their informants and that there are other Fulcrum agents.
Via hologram, Fulcrum informs them that there are Imperial cadets at the Skystrike Academy who are planning to defect to the rebellion. He tells the rebels that they require assistance to escape. Sato announces that this is enough information to act on. Hera then assigns Sabine Wren the mission and tells her that she has made arrangements to insert her into a squad of new cadets bound for the Academy. AP-5 will prepare fake credentials.
When Ezra asks why he is not involved with the mission, Sabine replies that she was a real cadet for several years. Hera explains that Ezra is too well known to the Galactic Empire while Sabine is the least known among the cell. Kanan Jarrus, Ezra, and Chopper are assigned the mission of dispatching Sabine to the Skystrike Academy while Hera and Zeb will escort the new supply convoy to Teralov.
Undercover at the Skystrike AcademyEdit
Sabine travels to the Skystrike Academy in an Imperial landing craft disguised as a TIE pilot cadet. She joins a queue of Imperial cadets who have to slot their ID cards into an Imperial astromech droid. The droid rejects Sabine's card, leading the Imperial officer to hold Sabine aside for questioning. However, Sabine takes off her helmet and tells the officer to give it another try. She blows on the card and then reinserts it into the droid's processor. The officer is satisfied and allows her to proceed.
Meanwhile aboard a rebel CR90 corvette, Ezra, Kanan and Chopper receive word that Sabine "is in." Ezra is unhappy about having to sit and wait but Kanan reassures him that she will be fine. Ezra makes it clear that he doesn't like solo missions. At the Skystrike Academy, the Imperial Instructor Goran addresses the cadets and tells them that only the best students will survive the Academy. He informs them of a combat practice simulation at 0600 hours before dismissing them. Sabine heads back to her bunk. One cadet is looking forward to the F-40s.
The following morning, Sabine (who has the com designation TIE-SS36) is on a simulated patrol. She is contacted by her wingman TIE-SS25, who tells her she can call him Wedge. Sabine identifies herself as Ria Talla. Instructor Goran then reminds the cadets only to use their com numbers. For the exercise, the TIEs have to intercept and destroy four simulated Y-wings. After destroying the Y-wings, Wedge and Sabine are ordered to proceed to new coordinates and destroy a rebel transport. When Sabine protests that Imperial protocol tells them to board a vessel, Goran repeats his orders to destroy the vessel. When Sabine voices her dissent, Wedge covers for her by claiming that the intercom is faulty.
Before they can destroy the rebel transport, the two pilots hesitate and are destroyed by the VCX-100 light freighter called the Ghost. Goran orders the two cadets to exit their pods and to report for a debriefing. Skerris exits the third pod and reveals that the transport was the Ghost. He warns SS-36 and SS-25 that insubordination will get them killed in real combat. Wedge tells Sabine that she is brave in breaking protocol but she replies that she follows her gut instinct and what she thinks is right. Wedge warns her that people at the Academy don't share her viewpoint.
Later, another Imperial landing craft and two TIE escorts arrive at the Skystrike Academy carrying Governor Arihnda Pryce and the Imperial Security Bureau Agent Kallus. They are greeted by Instructor Goran who inquires about their unscheduled visit. Kallus informs Goran, that the ISB has information that some cadets plan to defect to the rebels. Goran protests that his cadets are thoroughly well-trained and loyal. However, Pryce insists on going ahead with the investigation. Pryce warns him to cooperate before telling Kallus that she wants to teach him something today.
Flying into a trapEdit
While walking down the corridor, Sabine catches three cadets arguing about something risky. The cadets are Wedge and his two friends Hobbie and Rake Gahree. Later, Sabine meets Wedge in the TIE hangar bay. Wedge is troubled about the recent simulator exercise and tells Sabine that this is not what he signed up for. Sabine confides that shooting on unarmed transports was not what she had signed up for. Wedge reveals that he was once a cargo pilot. When Wedge expresses his desire to leave, Sabine tells him she can arrange that and reveals her true identity.
Sabine confirms that she is from the rebellion and Wedge is relieved that the rebels got his signal. Sabine tells Wedge to get his friends ready. When Wedge asks her what her escape plan is, Sabine replies that she will make up one. Back at the CR90 corvette, Ezra is anxious about Sabine's safety. Kanan tells him to calm down because he cannot control the situation. He asks Ezra if he trusts Sabine. When Ezra replies that he does, Kanan tells his apprentice to trust Sabine.
Meanwhile, Kallus reports that his investigation has found nothing on the "rebellious" cadets. Governor Pryce replies that perhaps it is time for her to take a more direct approach. When Instructor Goran complains that the investigation is interfering with his Academy's operations, Pryce suggests that they can reach a mutual agreement by getting the cadets back into space. Putting their plan into action, Goran orders the cadets to depart on their TIEs.
In the corridors, Sabine meets Wedge and his friends Hobbie and Rake. When Antilles expresses his surprise that the Imperials are letting them go, Sabine says that they have to take their chances. Sabine tells them that there is a rebel ship nearby but that they have to follow her lead and trust her. Hobbie asks whether she can trust the rebels to which Sabine says yes with her life. Rake says "Yeah and all of ours". Sabine then contacts Ezra ("Spectre Six") and tells him that they are ready to escape.
The TIEs fly into space and Instructor Goran orders the cadets to break formation and engage in a simulated dogfight. He tells them that their laser cannons have been nullified but that their scores will still register on the chart. At Goran's signal, the TIEs engage in a simulated dogfight. Hobbie shoots Wedge while Sabine waits for Ezra. The CR90 corvette arrives and Ezra tells Sabine he will open up his tube wing. The rebel ship's presence is immediately detected by Pryce, Kallus, and Goran.
At Sabine's signal, the four cadets break off from the main group and fly towards the corvette. Goran, Kallus, and Pryce detect this and Pryce deduces they have their defectors. Pryce orders the four cadets to return to base but Sabine replies that she has to come and get them. However, Pryce presses a button which disables the TiE's solar collectors, leaving the TIEs floating in space. Pryce then orders Captain Skerris to destroy one of the pods; killing Rake. Skerris' TIE Interceptors then target the rebel transport, inflicting serious damage on the top. Sabine tells Ezra to get out but he replies that he will not leave her. Kanan orders Chopper to get them into hyperspace.
Back at the Skystrike Academy, Sabine, Wedge, and Hobbie are brought before Governor Pryce. Pryce demands to know who is the rebel agent and proceeds to demonstrate a torture device. The stormtroopers are about to strap Wedge to the torture device when Sabine announces that she is the rebel agent. Satisfied, Pryce orders Kallus to escort Wedge and Hobbie to a cell. She intends to interrogate Sabine alone. As Kallus leaves, Sabine tells him "looks like they have found someone who can do your job."
Sabine says that she won't talk but Pryce then brings up a glyph of her file. Pryce recognises her as a runaway Imperial cadet and welcomes her home to the Imperial Academy. She grips the Mandalorian's chin. Meanwhile, Wedge and Hobbie are thrown into their cell. Hobbes is despondent but Wedge is determined to escape and help Sabine. Elsewhere, Sabine breaks free of her stormtrooper captors and fights with Pryce, who is trained in unarmed combat. Sabine knocks her out by getting her electrocuted with the torture device's stinger.
Back in the cell, Wedge and Hobbie debate their escape plan. Wedge suggests surprising the guards but Hobbie is skeptical that they will succeed without an escape plan. Before they can argue, Sabine opens the door and reveals that she has knocked out the guards. Sabine tells the boys that she hopes they are better pilots than soldiers. Sabine, Wedge, and Hobbie escape but are pursued by stormtroopers. They run down a corridor and dodge several blast doors. However, they are intercepted by Kallus who tells them not to shoot.
When Sabine asks him to give her a good reason, Kallus tells her and the boys to avoids Levels Three through Five and that Hangar 24 is their best possibility. When Sabine asks him why they should trust him, Kallus responds that he and Garazeb Orrelios are even now. Kallus lets them escape down the corridor. Sabine and the defectors flee in a TIE bomber before the stormtroopers can capture them. The cadets are pursued by Captain Skerris in his TIE Interceptor. Wedge flies the TIE bomber which takes several hits. Sabine can't signal to her friends because she is being jammed.
At the eleventh hour, Ezra's CR90 corvette arrives and Ezra tells them to head to the docking tube. Wedge docks the TIE bomber below the CR90 corvette's docking tube. Skerris' TIE Interceptor gives chase and the pilot disparages the cadets as fools. Once inside the command bridge, Sabine tells Ezra that she thought she told him to leave. Ezra replies that they stuck around just in case. The rebels then flee into hyperspace. Captain Skerris takes off his helmet and watches their escape with a deep frown.
Back at Chopper Base, Sabine presents Wedge and Hobbie to the other Spectres and Commander Sato. Wedge says that he heard they were looking for pilots. Sato confirms that this is the case and welcomes them to the rebellion.
- Taylor Gray as Ezra Bridger
- Vanessa Marshall as Hera Syndulla
- Freddie Prinze Jr. as Kanan Jarrus, Imperial Technician, TIE Cadet #1
- Tiya Sircar as Sabine Wren
- Steve Blum as Zeb Orrelios, Green Leader
- David Oyelowo as Agent Kallus
- Corey Burton as Bridge Officer, Instructor Goran, Rake
- Keone Young as Commander Sato
- Mary Elizabeth McGlynn as Female Civilian, Governor Pryce, TIE Cadet #2
- Dave Filoni as Green Five, Imperial Officer
- Trevor Devall as Hobbie, Rebel Captain, Transport Captain
- Mario Vernazza as Vult Skerris
- Nathan Kress as Wedge Antilles
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