I loved this episode of Star Wars: Ahsoka. It could continue to set the dominos in motion and lead to a brand new perspective of Star Wars.
What I like about STAR WARS: AHSOKA is that it feels like an Original Star Wars adventure by Lawrence Kasdan and George Lucas. It isn’t afraid to go out of the box and flip the script, introducing brand-new elements to the mythos that we’ve never seen before. Much like George dropping the midi-chlorian bombshell on us in 1999, we are at the crossroads of a new frontier. Literally. especially with the introduction of true intergalactic travel. For over 40 years, we (along with the characters) had been confined to a single galaxy. And while other galaxies’ existence was vaguely acknowledged, we never got to see it with our own eyes. How might this new galaxy differ from the one we love so dearly? Hopefully, we’ll find out soon
TIME TO FLY
Ahsoka has matured as an individual. She is so calm and relaxed, like a true Jedi Master, and is very patient with Sabine, who is struggling to re-ignite her training. She practices with wooden swords and a head covering that resembles an Earth-similar fencing mask. It was a great homage to see Sabine express disbelief at fighting with her vision gone, much like Luke in A NEW HOPE. As of writing this review, I coincidentally had re-watched ANH and the dialogue is fresh in my mind. “I can’t see. How am I supposed to fight?” When dialogue from the Original Trilogy is echoed, I get goosebumps. However, it is still not clear whether Sabine IS force-sensitive like Luke.
However, it is implied several times that this is not the case. Hmmm? The Jedi Order is gone, so the rules are gone. Huyang even says she would not have been accepted by the Order. Does it make any sense for a non-Force user to train to be a Jedi? Is that even possible? Well, Grievous was trained in lightsaber combat and he didn’t have a lick of Force sensitivity, so Sabine’s chances are quite good. I admire Ahsoka for training Sabine even if that is the case.
A NEW HOPE
What stood out to me in this episode was yet another call-back to a New Hope. Sitting in a tail gun cockpit and trying to shoot down enemy ships with that revolving grid/targeter like on the Millennium Falcon. The dogfighting is smooth and streamlined and I like how the show depicts space combat laser bolts. They have a satisfying bleep-bleep-bleep sound that makes me think of Space Invaders for some reason. I also liked Ahsoka leaving the ship in an EVA suit to deal with the attacking ships personally when her ship was damaged. I recall that tactic from both Legends and Canon literature and it’s awesome to see it live-action TV.
Natasha Liu Bordizzo is a talented actor and she nailed the role of her character perfectly. Rosario Dawson continues to shine as Ahsoka and also gives off a very aesthetically pleasing vibe. However, my new favorite character is Huyang. He is as pompous and annoying as C-3PO but much braver and has essential things to say instead of just mindlessly spitting probability odds. I hope he survives this series.
Anyway, I loved the episode and feel like it could continue to set the dominos in motion and lead to a brand new perspective of Star Wars. I also have some speculation about who Marrok is, but I’ll save that for Part 4.
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Star Wars: Ahsoka is streaming on Disney Plus now!
Kazudo Xiono’s father appears in this episode! He is already a Senator in the New Republic at this time and it is likely many years before Kaz will be born. As goofy and cheerful as Kaz is; his father is not. He is kind of a jerk and needs to understand Hera Syndulla has experience in war while he is completely removed from the sacrifices of war.
Years ago, I speculated on the migration routes of Purgill. Now I learn I was correct. The Jedi have recorded the Intergalactic routes of Purgill to other galaxies, and it seems these majestic beasts can probably go to hyperspace even faster and better than ships like the Millennium Falcon. Perhaps? The Millennium Falcon has a 0.5 hyperdrive and it is unknown how that translates over to the Purgill speed and capabilities.
So apparently, bigger is better. In order to reach another galaxy, Morgan Esbeth and the other antagonists are building a hyperspace ring. However, it is ginormous compared to the ones the Jedi starfighters used in the Prequel Trilogy. Hyperdrive rings are like training wheels. They helped ships go into hyperspace before the tech got good enough to install hyperdrives on snub fighters. It is very logical they are using this approach to intergalactic travel as many ships in this era likely cannot travel outside the galaxy (yet) and need some assistance.
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Max Nocerino is a regular Staff Writer for The Future of the Force. He is a passionate Star Wars fan and loves the literature of the galaxy far, far away. Follow him on Twitter where he shares his love of the Force frequently!