As Sabine Wren and Ezra Bridger are reunited, Grand Admiral Thrawn has come up with a plan to distract the pair of them and Ahsoka Tano while he work on his own evil scheme in the latest episode of the Lucasfilm and Disney+ Originals Series, “Star Wars: Ahsoka.” A Senate panel for the New Republic is holding a hearing on Gen. Hera Syndulla’s actions when an old friend pays a visit to help her out. And Baylan Skoll and Shin Hati continue playing their part in the battle between the Grand Admiral and the Light Side Force users.
This was an action heavy episode that worked well as a penultimate episode. Baylan Skoll is setting Shin Hati up for her own growth as a Force user. Meanwhile, Thrawn has a plan he is ready to enact, but he needs to keep Ahsoka occupied. He figures out how to do this by send Shin Hati to attack Ezra and Sabine. This led to one of the best Force battles of all time between Shin and Ezra despite Ezra not using a lightsaber. The Force is his weapon after all. This is something I’ve been wanting to see in live action since “Rebels” ended.
Outside of the heavy action, the best part of this episode, for me, was the C-3PO cameo. Throwbacks to other parts of “Star Wars” are welcome in they work, and this one makes sense. C-3PO worked closely with Leia Organa when she was a Senator in the New Republic, so him being sent to relay her message to the panel interrogating Gen. Syndulla makes perfect sense. We get an Original Trilogy throwback, a reference to Leia and a connection between two of my favorite characters in Leia and Hera. I just wish we could’ve had a scene with Carrie Fisher before her passing.
My one complaint is that Baylan Skoll and Shin Hati aren’t doing enough. Some complaints have said that they are being wasted. I think that’s partially true but only because of what we know in hindsight. As this series has developed, I think their sparing use was something that was well received. Unfortunately, Ray Stevenson passed away between filming and the series airing. Since we won’t get more of him, it feels like he’s being wasted but probably didn’t feel that way when he was alive. No matter what happens by the end of the season, there was always the potential for a Baylan Skoll and Shin Hati prequel series or special presentation. With that option gone, it’s slightly disappointing. Since no one could’ve predicted that, we shouldn’t be upset with how it was built, but I still want to see more of their master-apprentice relationship.
There is one more episode of this season and, most likely, this series. I’m really liking how it is building off the foundation set up in “Rebels.” It’s been a fun ride getting to see some of my favorite animated characters in live action. I’m excited for the finale next week.
Rating: 4.5 stars
What did you think of episode seven of “Star Wars: Ahsoka?”