Ahsoka episode 5 is a triumph for Star Wars as it was one of the most fun episodes we have had in the last couple of shows, and I was completely enthralled the entire time. Now I have tried to avoid spoiling any of the major elements of this show so far but I would be incapable of discussing this episode without exploring the plot which has a major return of a character. So if you haven’t seen episode 5 and especially if you haven’t seen episode 4 do not continue to read.
With that out of the way, holy crap Anakin’s return was so freaking awesome! I had no idea how they would utilize him after the reveal at the end of the 4th episode and I think the way that they used him so well gives us more insight into Anakin and Ahsoka as well. If you have yet to watch Rebels, we get to further explore the World between Worlds which is a relatively new concept in Star Wars lore.
The World Between Worlds allows characters to go to any moment in time and even alter the past. We get to see it utilized in this episode as a guide into Ahsoka’s psyche and her relationship with Anakin. There is much that is unresolved between them and we get to see a live-action master and padawan scene between Anakin and Ahsoka which I never thought we would get to see. The show delves into the Clone Wars and the effect that had on Ahsoka’s character as she trained to be a soldier instead of a keeper of the peace and the lasting impact this had on her. We see that Ahsoka is worried that all she knows how to do is fight and that she is fearful that she’ll pass that on to Sabine. We see that she is still unsure of herself and the thought that she too like Anakin could fall to the dark side. The fight between her and Anakin was really fun and we got a reminder of just how powerful Anakin is and how much Ahsoka learnt as well.
I can’t tell you how cool it was to see Hayden Christensen back as Anakin for the second time after he made a return for Obi-Wan Kenobi. I feel happy that he gets to be appreciated now for his performance as Anakin which he initially was not. He gets to act out an era of the saga that he only got to briefly see in the films he was in. The Clone Wars segments in this episode were really cool to see especially the references to the show such as Anakin’s outfit, him calling Ahsoka “snips” and even seeing Rex. It must have been exciting for the m to film those scenes and I am happy nothing was leaked.
The raw power that we see Anakin has in his fight with Ahsoka is so intense and satisfying. This would have been the Vader who conquered the galaxy, the one Sidious envisioned, if it hadn’t been for Obi-Wan.
The Hera plotline was not as interesting as the Anakin and Ahsoka stuff but it did have some moments I wanted to touch upon. For one I am once again glad to see droids show emotion with Huyang’s reaction to finding Sabine’s helmet. We also get to see more of Jacen and his connection to the force. I loved the scene where we heard the waves slowly become the sound of lightsabers clashing. I am continuing to be intrigued by the show’s political plot line which I think isn’t being discussed much. I am really curious if we are going to learn that there is someone trying to harm the New Republic from the inside.
So yeah, this week’s episode of Ahsoka was not only the best of the series but one of the best episodes of a Disney Plus Star Wars show! It had amazing action and managed to give important insight into our most important characters! This episode only built my excitement for the rest of the show.