Episode 2 – Toil and Trouble
The second episode of Ahsoka was released along with the first, so I was able to watch them both which honestly made me even more excited. I understand why they released both episodes as they seem to work together as set up for what the larger story will be. It takes until the end of both episodes for all our main players to be in place soo that they can set out on their quest. So I am quite happy that we got both episodes on the first day, ensuring with episode three we can jump into the adventure.
The second episode only builds upon what the first episode established as we see the direct result of the fight between Sabine and the dark side apprentice. I think that Sabine’s character gets a lot of focus in this episode. We see her insecurities in regard to continuing her Jedi training and whether or not she should even try at all.
In her conversation with the droid, Huyang, we see that she was never the most complete padawan as she has a weaker connection to the force. Sabine also has a connection to Ezra which compels her to want to help Ahsoka in the first place as she hopes he is still alive out there. Her decision that comes at the end of the episode to continue her training is one that I think will be important, as I think she will be our secondary main character in the show. I predict we will see her develop as a Jedi to save Ezra, and she will also soften Ahsoka.
Ahsoka gets an interesting storyline as we see her and General Hera Syndulla explore a New Republic ship yard. We get to see how the New Republic has tried to re-purpose old imperial facilities. What really interests me in this episode is the proof that there are still many people in the galaxy loyal to the Empire or at least the life they had under the Empire.
The Empire did rule for quite a long time so it does make sense that there are some people with deep loyalty to the Empire with people who probably grew up under its reign. This also leans into why Ahsoka fears the potential return of Thrawn, as he would represent strength and a potential war would begin again. Her section of the story also includes two really cool action scenes.
The first one is a lightsaber fight between Ahsoka and a dark-side user who uses an inquisitor-style lightsaber. I enjoyed the fight because it highlighted her use of two lightsabers against an enemy using a dual-bladed lightsaber. The other action scene is a space battle with Hera and Chopper chasing down the ship of the dark side users and I feel that scene did feel quite like one of the many space battles in Star Wars Rebels complete with the use of a tracker.
I think that the second episode of Ahsoka builds upon every good aspect of the first episode as we get some cool action and more interesting developments for the plot. The episode left me wanting more and I feel it left off in a place where I am excited to see what happens next week!