My biggest joy in this week’s episode of Star Wars: Ahsoka was seeing Grand Admiral Thrawn in live-action for the first time. Lar Mikkelson has captured the Thrawn we know and love down to the smallest detail.
STAR WARS: AHSOKA has finally brought us to a new frontier that fans of the saga thought they would never see. Intergalactic travel! For the first time, Star Wars is taking place in a galaxy even further away. I must admit that I was salivating thinking about how many new story opportunities have now opened up with two galaxies on the table.
I was very pleased with how the new galaxy was portrayed. And in truth, I expected something so alien that even the aliens would find it foreign. But it was pretty much in the vein of countless other worlds and races that have been portrayed in the mythos. This is NOT a complaint at all, though. It makes sense that alien life in another nearby galaxy is similar to Star Wars galaxy life. Evolution often chooses the most efficient shape. Well, sometimes…
This episode was a Sabine tale. She sacrificed the safety of her home so she could be reunited with her long-lost friend Ezra Bridger. I don’t really fault her for the selfishness. I’m just so surprised she is this invested in Ezra. While both are human and in a similar age range, I always thought Ezra’s feelings for Sabine (possibly pseudo-romantic) were not always reciprocated by Sabine. Seeing how far Sabine goes to find him shows me that I may have missed something from Rebels. And perhaps the character growth was more than I originally noticed. Either way, I have to give Sabine props for making a deal with the devil (so to speak) to help her friend. Very Star Warsian
My absolute highest joy, however, was seeing Grand Admiral Thrawn in live-action for the first time. Lar Mikkelson has captured the Thrawn we know and love down to the smallest detail. The elegant British accented voice, the jet-black hair in contrast to his piercing blue skin, and his cold and emotionless approach to all manner of communication.
My only complaint is that we didn’t see a lot of Ahsoka in this episode. But I’m sure this will be remedied in the next one.
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The hyperspace simu-tunnel looks a tad different than what we are used to. Instead of a deep cerulean blue, we see bluish with some shades of red like when the Phantom disengaged from its parent ship the Ghost in the middle of hyperspace in Star Wars Rebels. Perhaps this is the real-world phenomenon of redshift here, and because they are traveling intergalactic, perhaps they aren’t using hyperlanes so the tunnel is a tad different. Who knows? Also when the ship emerged from hyperspace, it exited in a much more dramatic fashion as well. It looked like an electrical shockwave.
Huyang tells Ahsoka the history of the galaxy and even invokes in-universe, the famous phrase “A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away.” He also has cut up the history of the galaxy into three parts and this is perhaps, yet another nod to the franchise as the main story is cut into three trilogies. However, since we don’t get to hear Huyang tell the story, it is probably just an easter egg and the real history is far longer and cut up with events that even the hardest Star Wars fan does not know.
How long does it take to travel from one galaxy to another? It could have been several weeks or even months to get to Peridea, but Star Wars is infamous for inconsistent hyperspace travel times. Some trips (within one galaxy) take anywhere from several hours to several days BUT that was in one galaxy. Surely it must take longer to transverse the intergalactic void?!
Wow, the Witches of Dathomir are from another galaxy and were the first to ride the Purgill. This could mean they are potentially the first race to use hyperspace travel before even the Duros or the Rakata! Lots of delicious lore in the future I see.
Ezra is referred to as a Bokkan Jedi, as he is a young apprentice who was trained during the Dark Times after the Order fell. This is the first I’ve ever heard this generation of Jedi classified and it opens the question. How many other Force-sensitive youth were trained in secrecy as Jedi during the Imperial era? I’d love to hear some of those stories as well.
Yeah, I don’t think Sabine can use the Force and is beating a dead horse at this point. Oh well. At least she’s handy with a lightsaber.
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!