I don't know, maybe it's just me being a big fan of the EU, but I'm willing to let this happen a few times. What I think is that next time we see Thrawn, he'll have gathered enough data on the Rebels by now and he'll absolutely wreck them. I wouldn't be surprised if "Iron Squadron" was just a set up episode so they can kill off speaking characters without harming the Ghost crew. And kids, at that.
I've been really enjoying it, and have been thinking it's great.
But isn't that really a Star Wars trope in general?Main characters always get captured only to be freed by other main characters. It happened in I, II, III, IV, V, VI AND VII. That's every single movie so far.
Plus, the Hondo stuff is pretty on point.