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In 2 BBY, Imperial cadets Wedge Antilles and Derek Klivian were able to escape from Skystrike Academy with the help of Sabine Wren and the rebels of Phoenix Cell. The escape began after Antilles, Klivian, and Rake Gahree expressed sympathies towards the rebellion against the Galactic Empire, which was reported to Phoenix Squadron by Agent Alexsandr Kallus of the Imperial Security Bureau—and secretly a rebel informant who operated under the codename Fulcrum. Phoenix Squadron tasked Wren, a former Imperial cadet herself, with infiltrating Skystrike Academy and making contact with the would-be defectors.

Wren entered the installation while two other rebels, Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus and his Padawan, Lieutenant Commander Ezra Bridger, waited for a signal to help exfiltrate the cadets. Wren's mission encountered an obstacle when Arihnda Pryce, Governor of the Lothal sector, arrived with Agent Kallus to hunt the defecting cadets. During the first escape attempt, Rake was killed while Wren and the cadets were captured. Wren managed to free herself and the two others, however, and made their way through the facility with the covert help of Agent Kallus. Wren and the cadets were picked up by the Jedi and returned to Chopper Base on Atollon, where Antilles and Klivian joined Phoenix Squadron. Both went on to fight for the Alliance to Restore the Republic during the Galactic Civil War, with Antilles becoming a noted pilot in both the Rebel Alliance and the New Republic.



The Lothal rebels and Commander Sato listening to Fulcrum

In 2 BBY,[2] Imperial forces attacked a rebel convoy near Teralov. The Imperials ignored the rebels' pleas for mercy, and massacred the entire convoy. Around the same time, three disillusioned Imperial cadets at the elite Skystrike Academy, Wedge Antilles, Hobbie, and Rake Gahree, decided to defect from the Empire. They sent a transmission through the auspices of a rebel agent named Fulcrum, who relayed their message to Phoenix Cell.[1] Unbeknownst to the Spectres and Phoenix Squadron, Fulcrum was actually Imperial Security Bureau Agent Alexsandr Kallus, a former long-standing enemy of the Spectres, who had become sympathetic to the rebellion after an encounter with Spectres member Garazeb Orrelios on the Geonosian moon Bahryn.[3][4]

Reeling from the loss of the rebel convoy, Phoenix Leader Hera Syndulla dispatched Mandalorian former Imperial cadet Sabine Wren on a mission to infiltrate Skystrike Academy and extract the cadets. The former Imperial RA-7 protocol droid AP-5 prepared fake identification for Sabine, who adopted the persona Ria Talla. Jedi Knight Kanan Jarrus, his apprentice Ezra Bridger, and the astromech droid Chopper were assigned to dispatch Sabine to the Academy and to await picking her up.[1]

The mission[]

Going undercover[]

Sabine and defectors Antilles Extraction

Hobbie, Rake, Wedge and Sabine

Sabine managed to infiltrate Skystrike Academy with little problems. She met Wedge during a simulator training session, and the two quickly befriended each other. Sabine and Wedge shared an unease with the Academy's curriculum, which encouraged Imperial cadets to take no prisoners and to shoot unarmed, surrendering transports. Later, Sabine overheard Wedge and his friends Hobbie and Rake talking in secret about the message they'd sent, which gave her confirmation that they were the would-be defectors. While alone with Wedge, Sabine disclosed that she was a rebel agent and reassured him that the rebellion had received his transmission. She told Wedge and his friends to be ready to leave at a moment's notice.[1]

Sabine's plan to extricate the defecting cadets was complicated by the arrival of Governor Arihnda Pryce and Agent Kallus, who had received word about the defectors. Governor Pryce issued orders to Instructor Goran to lock down the Academy while Agent Kallus questioned the cadets. When Kallus' investigation yielded no evidence of defectors, Governor Pryce and Instructor Goran set a trap by ordering the cadets to engage in a mock combat exercise in space. Pryce had secretly had kill switches installed on the TIE fighters the cadets would be flying.[1]

Sabine and the cadets took their chance to escape, attempting to rendezvous with Ezra's CR90 corvette. However, Governor Pryce then activated the kill switches, detaching the four cadets' TIE fighters' solar collector panels; leaving them stranded in space. She then dispatched Captain Vult Skerris and three TIE interceptors into the fray. Skerris destroyed Rake's TIE fighter before leading an attack on Ezra's corvette, inflicting substantial damage to the hull. Despite Ezra's protests, Kanan and Chopper withdrew the corvette from the engagement.[1]

Second escape[]

Wedge TIE bomber

Sabine and the Imperial cadets escaping in a TIE bomber

Sabine, Wedge, and Hobbie were brought before Governor Pryce, who demanded to know which one of them was the rebel agent. To save Wedge from being tortured, Sabine identified herself as the rebel agent. Wedge, worried about Sabine, accidentally let her real name slip while he and Hobbie were led out of the cell. While Pryce prepared to interrogate Sabine, Kallus led the other cadets into a holding cell. After identifying Sabine as a former Imperial cadet and telling her that she'd come "home", Pryce ordered her stormtroopers to fasten Sabine to the torture device. However, the former cadet broke free of her captors and engaged Pryce in a fist fight. Despite Pryce putting up stiff resistance, Sabine managed to knock her out by pushing her into the path of the torture device's stinger.[1]

Sabine then went to Wedge and Hobbie's holding cell. After knocking out two stormtrooper sentries, she freed the two cadets. Together, the three fled down a corridor while dodging stormtroopers and blast doors. They encountered Agent Kallus, who, to Sabine's considerable surprise and suspicion, helped Sabine and the cadets escape by directing them to Hangar Bay 24. By way of explanation for his actions, he told Sabine to tell her Lasat friend Garazeb Orrelios that they were now even.[1] Due to Kallus' history with the Spectres, it did not occur to Sabine that he might be Fulcrum, as Zeb had not told the others about what had happened on Bahryn.[4] The trio managed to commandeer a TIE bomber, chosen because it could take a hit, and fled into the atmosphere outside Skystrike Academy.[1]

The cadets were pursued by Captain Skerris in his TIE Interceptor, which inflicted damage on the slow-moving bomber. Fortunately for Sabine and the cadets, they were picked up by Ezra's CR90 corvette. After being safely evacuated aboard the corvette, the rebels and the defecting cadets escaped into hyperspace.[1]


At Atollon's Chopper Base, Sabine presented Wedge and Hobbie to her commanding officer, Commander Jun Sato. When Wedge asked whether the rebellion had been looking for pilots, Sato confirmed that this was the case and welcomed the two young men into the rebellion.[1] Wedge and Hobbie both became rebel pilots, and Wedge, in particular, became a famous war hero, flying against both Death Stars.[5][6]

The Spectres and Phoenix Squadron did not find out that Kallus was Fulcrum until later, when Kanan, Ezra and Chopper infiltrated the Imperial Armory Complex on Lothal. When Kanan and Ezra informed the rest of the team about Kallus' assistance, they were shocked and suspicious. Zeb was as surprised as the others, reasoning that he had "accidentally" recruited the ISB agent, and was forced to admit that Kallus had been on Bahryn. Hera, suspicious that Kallus was playing a kind of long game, decided that they would use caution with their new ally.[4]

Sabine's experience with kill switches became useful later, on the Spectres' mission to Lothal the next year. She and Ezra wound up stealing the prototype TIE/D Defender Elite, which was equipped with one as an anti-theft measure. While deactivating the starfighter's homing beacon, Sabine discovered the switch and immediately advised Ezra, who was piloting, to land. When the switch was activated, the crash was not as bad as it would have been because the Elite was already being brought in for a landing, allowing Ezra and Sabine to escape with the fighter's flight data recorder and hyperdrive.[7]

Behind the scenes[]

The escape from Skystrike Academy first appeared in the Star Wars Rebels episode "The Antilles Extraction," which premiered on Disney XD on October 8, 2016.



Notes and references[]

Galactic Civil War
(4 BBY5 ABY)
Galactic timeline

Previous: Early rebellion against the Galactic Empire

Concurrent: Campaigns of Saw Gerrera's Partisans · Great Jedi Purge · Jedha insurgency · Mandalorian Civil War · Ryloth Insurgency · Virgillian civil war · Border skirmishes with the New Separatist Union

Next: Quest to find Ezra Bridger · Search for the Phylanx Redux Transmitter

Battles of the Galactic Civil War
4 BBY Mustafar (I) · Arkanis (I) · Quila · Imperial shield generators
Siege of Lothal (Lothal (I) · Phoenix Squadron (I)) · Seelos · Absanz · Ibaar · Thrad · Imvur · Garel (I) · Interdictor
3 BBY Phoenix Squadron (II) · Calderos Station · Onoam · Christophsis · Paucris Major · Garel (II) · Lothal Depot · Concord Dawn (I) · Concord Dawn (II) · Lira San · Ryloth (I) · Geonosis (I) · Horizon Base · Phoenix Squadron (III)
2 BBY Naraka · Lothal campaign (Yarma · Ryloth (II) · Mykapo · Imperial Armory Complex · Chopper Base · Chimaera · Archeon Nebula · Atollon) · Teralov · Montross · Agamar · Concord Dawn (III) · Konkiv · Geonosis (II) · Krownest · Killun Station
c. 2 BBY to 1 BBY Cianap
1 BBY Mustafar (II) · Jalindi · Faos Station · Lothal campaign (Lothal (II) · Lothal (III)Lothal (IV)Lothal (V)Lothal (VI)) · Crucival · Ring of Kafrene · Wobani · Operation Fracture (Jedha (I) · Eadu) · Scarif
0 BBY Tatooine (I) · The Disaster · Fostar Haven · Death Star · Yavin · Operation Mad Rush (Vir Aphshire)
0 ABY Taanab · Yavin 4 (II) · Operation Mad Rush (Vir Aphshire) · Alderaan survivors · Cyrkon · Andelm IV · Llanic · Rodia · Denon · Daalang system · Giju · Tertiary Usaita system · Devaron · Hradreek · Tatooine (III) · Operations on Tatooine (Atom Edge · Imperial Listening Station · Tatooine (IV) · Empire Shuttle Yard · Secret Base · Reinforcement Facility · Imperial Garrison · Fort Ironhead) · Dandoran · Kuat (I) · Imdaar · Cymoon 1 · Tatooine (II) · Skorii-Lei (II) · Monsua Nebula · Nar Shaddaa · Vrogas Vas · Grumwall · Sunspot Prison · Harbinger · Ghost Moon · Tureen VII · Ocean planet · Coruscant (I)
(Mid Rim Offensive)
Tibrin · Prison transport vessel · Akiva (I) · Star Destroyer · Ord Tiddell · Horox III · Jedha (III) · Mon Cala (I) (Mon Cala (II)) · Mako-Ta · Lucrehulk Prime · Hivebase-1 · Nebulon-B frigate · Pirate station · Accresker Jail
(Mid Rim Offensive)
Hubin (Approximate date) · Novka (Approximate date) · Shu-Torun (Approximate date) · K43 (Approximate date) · Lanz Carpo (Approximate date) · Sergia (Approximate date)
(Mid Rim Retreat)
Haidoral Prime · Kontahr sector · Coyerti (Imperial scout post · Imperial fort · Distillery · Imperial garrison) · Bestine IV · Metatessu sector · Enrivi system · Chonsetta system · Redhurne system · Trumpet's Call · Rebel flotilla · Hoth (I) · Cloud City (I) · Cloud City (II) · Malastare (I) · Rendezvous Point Delta-Three · Sixth Division · Cloud City (III) · Tempes · Elessia · Operation Starlight (Imperial Museum · Felucia · Ab Dalis) · Operation Ringbreaker (Mardona III · Najan-Rovi · Obumubo · Nakadia (I) · Naator · Xagobah (I) · Kuliquo belt · Inyusu Tor) · Blacktar Cyst · Mek'tradi · Trenchenovu · Rebel cell · Jekara system · Plot to assassinate Darth Vader
4 ABY Kudo system · Rebel convoy · Hudalla · Operation Yellow Moon · Platform M36 · Invincible Faith · Mordal · Endor (I) · Hosnian system · Sullust · Durkteel · Coruscant (III) · Endor (III) · Cawa City · Operation: Cinder (Fondor (I) · Naboo (I) · Nacronis · Abednedo (I)) · Tayron · Iron Blockade (Anoat (I) · The Crypt · Mataou (I) · Hoth (II) · Anoat (II) · Mataou (II) · Anoat (III)) · Malastare (II) · Jendorn · Jiruus · Oridol Cluster · Harrikos system · Abednedo (II) · Haldeen sector · Hunt for Shadow Wing (Pandem Nai) · Akiva (II) · Naalol · Geonosis (III) · Uyter · Sevarcos · Akiva (III) · Vetine · Var-Shaa · Bormea · Yavin Prime · Victorum · Hosnian Prime · Desevro · Esseles · Zavian Abyss · Remitik · Mon Cala (III) · Gorse · Onderon · Nadiri (I) · Ringali Nebula · Nadiri (II) · Galitan
5 ABY Iron Blockade (Cloud City (IV)) · Jarbanov · Edict · Parozha VII · Cerberon system (Verzan · Troithe (I) · Catadra · Cerberon · Troithe (II)) · Takodana · Hyborean Moon · Vorlag · Wild Space · Nag Ubdur (Govneh Ridge · Binjai-Tin) · Arkanis (II) · Kuat (II) · Kashyyyk · Chandrila (I) · Chinook Station · Sullust (II) · Naboo (II) · Fondor (II)
Nythlide Array · Xagobah (II) · Operation: Cinder (Dybbron III · Kortatka · Chadawa) · Hunt for Shadow Wing (Deliverance · Ciaox Verith
Red Yars · Yadeez (I) · Yadeez (II) · Ghonoath · G'Tep'Noi · Chadawa · Netalych)

Nevarro · Coruscant (IV) · Jakku
Other Allst Prime · Bamayar · Bar'leth · Beroq 4 · Bogano · Candor · Castilon · Chargona · Cilpar system · Crait · Criigo · Coruscant (II) · Derra · Distilon · Garel (III) · Garel (IV) · Garel (V) · Garel (VI) · Gorma · Heist · Iakar (II) · Kuat (III) · Kudo · Mennar-Daye · Corellian Sector · Nakadia (II) · New Valis · Ord Biniir · Outer Rim · Phorsa Gedd · Polis Massa · Operation Starlight (Panisia) · Perimako Major · Polaar · Primtara · Rand Ecliptic · Rebel Alliance · Rebel base · Rebel fleet · Red Planet · Rekkana · Skorii-Lei (I) · Space · Taris · Turkana · Valo system · Vulpter · Mission to reveal the Death Star II · Wecacoe · Xorrn
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