Morgan Elsbeth, Baylan Skoll, Shin Hati and Sabine Wren finally reach their destination as Grand Admiral Thrawn and Ezra Bridger enter the fray in the latest episode of the Lucasfilm and Disney+ Original Series, “Star Wars: Ahsoka.” Ahsoka and Huyang continue their quest to find Sabine and try to stop Grand Admiral Thrawn. Plus, some new creatures help Sabine finally complete the mission she started at the end of “Rebels” and find Ezra Bridger.
It appears Lucasfilm is on a mission to make episodes of their series that push the stories of the supporting characters forward more than the protagonist, especially in properties helmed by either Jon Favreau or Dave Filoni. “The Book of Boba Fett” featured one episode where Boba Fett didn’t appear and a second episode where he was only there for nearly five minutes. The focus of those episodes was on Din Djarin and while being the best episodes of that series, they undercut the main character. In season three of “The Mandalorian,” one episode focused on the New Republic and the goings on at Coruscant. That episode felt more like an episode of “Andor” than “The Mandalorian.” It was pretty good and actually focused on a subplot of the overall season, but it still undercut the main character. While Ahsoka only shows up in the cold open, the rest of this episode builds on the story of the season. This is the best they’ve ever done when it comes to episodes focusing away from the main character. They finally figured out how to focus the story elsewhere without undercutting the main character.
The reunion of Ezra Bridger and Sabine Wren is a moment I’ve been waiting for since the finale of “Rebels.” I maintain “Rebels” is the best animated series and the special bond between Ezra and Sabine, whether it was his early crush or the close-knit, more mature bond they developed over time, was often the crux of that series. It shines here as Sabine is so happy to find Ezra, and Ezra is happy to be back with Sabine. Those two, along with the rest of the Ghost crew, could cause some major damage to the Empire, so I can’t wait to see what they do while fighting Thrawn, especially if they reunite with Hera and Chopper. Also, can we get Zeb back? Please?
While this is really good, Thrawn’s appearance was a little underwhelming for me. He was the big bad of “Rebels” and I hope he lives up to that hype, but the first episode featuring him didn’t do much. He has a star destroyer. He has stormtroopers that seem to have some Nightsister magic. He also has a distrust for Baylan and Shin. I’m hoping the ultimate animated villain is able to become the same villain in live action form as the season wraps up.
It also wouldn’t be “Star Wars” without some small creatures intending to be cute helping out the heroes in some way. These rock people Sabine finds aren’t really that intriguing for me. I like when “Star Wars” introduces new alien creatures, but these look like a cross between the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and the rock people who raised Kristoff in “Frozen.” They’re cute but not as cute as the Porgs and not as helpful as the Ewoks. Plus, all they’ve done so far is lead Sabine to Ezra and that could’ve been done another way. I don’t see a need for them, but I’m sure Disney and Lucasfilm will look to sell toys quickly.
While not as good as episode five, this is another strong outing from an excellent “Star Wars” show. “Ahsoka” has leaped past “The Mandalorian” on my hierarchy of Disney+ live action “Star Wars” shows. It’s second only to “Andor” right now. Let’s see how the final two episodes go. Hopefully it sticks the landing.
Rating: 4.5 stars
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