Monday, September 11, 2023

Ahsoka - Fallen Jedi

While I have enjoyed moments in Ahsoka, the series has increasingly felt like world building for the next big Star Wars project rather than a standalone series with its own tale to tell. Glacially moving the plot incrementally forward, in a race to Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) neither side feels all that compelled to win yet, the fourth episode of the series does offer some individual moments of note. We get a lightsaber battle in the woods of Seatos with Ahsoka (Rosario Dawson) killing the nameless Inquisitor eliminating all the preposterous fan theories about the character's identity and importance to the series. We also get Ahsoka pairing off against Baylan Skoll (Ray Stevenson) who reveals he knew Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), without, of course, providing any helpful details to his character or past.

Sabine's (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) big moment comes in her decision not to destroy the map, which could have prevented our villains from finding Thrawn... but also eliminated perhaps the last chance ever to see Ezra Bridger (Eman Esfandi) again. Taken aboard the enemy ship as a prisoner, she makes her way across the galaxy as "Fallen Jedi" comes to a close. However, the actual ending of the episode suggests we may have to wait a bit longer to explore what they find as Ahsoka, after loosing to Skoll, finds herself back in the World Between Worlds introduced in the final season of Star Wars Rebels where she has an unexpected reunion.

Halfway through the series, the plot hasn't really advanced although the end of two threads does suggest (again) the show may finally be ready to stop treading water and move forward. We do finally get to see Hera Syndulla (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and the Ghost in minimal action, albeit to absolute failure. The return of the World Between Worlds is, in itself, interesting as it further cements one of the more out there ideas presented in Rebels as canon. Of course the appearance of Anakin is also interesting. Is he a Clone Wars version of himself who entered the realm sometime years prior, with his dark fall still far off, or is he some kind of Force ghost to provide insight on Ahsoka's path and/or to shed some light on Skoll and his goals? Only time will tell, although the show is quickly running out of that scarce commodity suggesting the second-half of the series could feel increasingly rushed.

  • Title: Ahsoka - Part Four: Fallen Jedi
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