“Star Wars: Ahsoka once again delivers with an amazing episode. It goes heavy on the action but also really focuses on the bond between Ahsoka and Sabine.”
Star Wars: Ahsoka premiered last week with its first two phenomenal episodes, giving fans what they wanted and so much more. New episodes are released every Tuesday at 6PM PT in the US, Wednesday at 2AM BST/3 AM GMT+2 across Europe, and 10AM in Asia. So, is this third episode as good as the first two?
TRAINING & PRACTICE
I will begin by saying a longer runtime doesn’t mean an episode is better and a shorter runtime doesn’t mean an episode is bad. What matters is the story these episodes tell. And ‘Time To Fly’ is another amazing episode of Ahsoka. Let’s be honest Dave Filoni never disappoints with storytelling. Plus, Steph Green is becoming a favorite director in the Mando-Verse. She surely deserves to direct more episodes!
This episode gives us a training sequence and I think we all love that in Star Wars. This allows us to further explore the bond between Ahsoka and Sabine. Their bond reminds me of how Anakin and Ahsoka were at the beginning of The Clone Wars. This Master-Apprentice relationship is one that will definitely evolve through time. This training sequence is very Jedi-like and with a heavy Japanese Samurai inspiration. After all, the Samurai were George Lucas’ inspiration for the Jedi. Even Kevin Kiner’s music takes inspiration from traditional Japanese music with how he uses his percussion instruments. The visuals, the music, the way the characters interact, the way it is filmed, this training sequence is an absolute joy to watch.
Furthermore, this episode is also heavy on the action with some great space dogfight. Ahsoka has some awesome moves! We always need a dogfight in Star Wars. And with the action just like with the training, it develops Ahsoka and Sabine’s bond. It makes them work together as a team. It’s through these experiences that they can move forward. This is what this episode is about – Ahsoka and Sabine. During the fight sequence, we get our first look at live-action Purrgils. These are space whales, yes. This was an easy transition from animation to live-action.
THE NEW REPUBLIC
The trailer had revealed Genevieve O’Reilly would come back as Mon Mothma. This is the episode we see her. I’m glad we keep seeing Genevieve as Mon. She wonderfully plays the character. It’s quite interesting to see her as the Chancellor now. Even though she is the leader of the New Republic, politics are still a complicated thing. And this episode shows that. You can tell Mon believes Hera but like in Rogue One her hands are tied because not everyone in the Senator Committee agrees. It’s these seeds of the New Republic’s inaction that eventually lead them to their doom in The Force Awakens. The senators don’t want another war but by not trying to prevent what’s happening they are leading themselves to one. This may be a small scene but it means a lot in the bigger storyline of the galaxy.
Moreover, Senator Hamato Xiono’s appearance as part of the Committee is a nice nod to Star Wars Resistance. Fans who know the character can tell Xiono’s stance on Hera’s request is not surprising at all. He is not exactly a likable character. I love how Dave Filoni can connect all the different animated series in live-action. For us fans who love this show, it means so much.
Finally, this episode features a cameo of Jacen Syndulla – Hera and Kanan’s son. We first saw him in the epilogue of Star Wars Rebels. His design in animation was weird, to say the least. For live-action, they decided to redesign him. He looks better in live-action. Sometimes, a design is needed and that was the case with Jacen. I don’t think he’s there just for a cameo with who his father was, Jacen’s story could take an interesting path, not necessarily in Ahsoka but in future stories.
Ahsoka once again delivers with an amazing episode. It goes heavy on the action but also really focuses on the bond between Ahsoka and Sabine. There are some nice surprises as well.
Star Wars: Ahsoka is now streaming on Disney Plus.
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