The 4th episode of Ahsoka has been out now for the past couple of days, and I must say that it was the best episode of the season so far.
We get to see a theme that I think you will see play out through the rest of the season. That theme is sacrifice. Throughout the episode, we hear talk of sacrifice and what our heroes are willing to do for the benefit of the rest of the galaxy. We get to hear some tough conversations about the future of Ezra and what Sabine is willing to do to save them.
The motivational struggle that we see the characters go through is important and I think it will be an important part of the show and the characters will have to answer for many decisions made in this episode. On the one side, we have Ahsoka, who after seeing the hyperspace ring has already decided that she will do what she must to save the galaxy even if that means that they can’t save Ezra.
On the other hand, Sabine is struggling with the decision as she wants to stand by her master and do what’s right, but we also see she is loyal to her friend and feels responsible for bringing Ezra back from this unknown galaxy. This conflict plays out with large consequences in the episode as Huyang tells the master and padawan to stay together, as they are better when they work with each other. However, it is not long before they choose to split up which ends up being a detrimental decision as Ahsoka’s path forward is left uncertain and Sabine must make a tough choice.
Moving onto Hera, we see her disobey orders and set out with the Phoenix squadron to help Ahsoka. Her actions do have consequences as a couple of the fighter pilots get killed in trying to engage the hyperspace ring. This will obviously have an impact on her future decisions in the series and I also am curious how her role in the New Republic will change. They seem to already be falling into many of the same pitfalls as the original Republic. I can see Hera trying to find out if there are any imperial loyalists who still reside in the New Republic. I am interested to see where she goes from here.
In terms of our antagonists, they are certainly building up Thrawn a great deal. Every mere mention of his name causes fear in the characters and finding him is the main plot of the show. I know that Star Wars Rebels as well as Star Wars Legends fans already know what he is capable of. Even if you aren’t familiar with his character, the way in which they are hyping him up will make you excited for his appearance.
I am not super familiar with Thrawn, having seen only a few Rebels episodes with him in it, but it makes me curious as he is supposed to be a master strategist and I am interested to see how it plays out. Baylan, our other main villain seems to think that Thrawn represents a necessary evil of some sort so I am very interested in seeing what happens.
The action in this episode was the best yet with some really awesome and intense lightsaber fights, particularly between Sabine and Shin Hati, Baylan’s apprentice, and also Ahsoka and Baylan. Those fights have the spectacle as well being fights that are important for the emotional decisions and arcs of the characters. The space battles have been really good in this show overall and this week had another really cool one.
All in all, this week’s episode of Ahsoka was the best yet! It continues to build on the plot that has been set up to this point while bringing engaging action each week. Halfway through I still have many questions to be answered and with the last scene of this episode, you will surely be excited for next week.