The third (and extremely short!) episode of Ahsoka slows down and sinks into its characters and its Star Wars Universe — fans will either love or hate it.
We open with a familiar scene — a young Jedi-in-training sparring on a spaceship. Except this time, Huyang is there, looking for the all the world like another four-armed, lightsaber-welding mechanical being we know and love: General Grievous. Weird!
Ahsoka then enters and reaffirms the perennial Jedi lesson of feeling with the force while sparring blindfolded on a ship while in hyperspace. Sabine, it appears, is a little less adept than Luke Skywalker was (okay okay, a lot). But as Huyang keeps repeating: she's incredibly underqualified. (Is he negging her?)
Unlike the 45 seconds in A New Hope, this training scene fills up a few minutes, and the choreography is silent, nuanced, and utterly captivating. I'm really digging the slightly Eastern-sounding music of the soundtrack. It captures the feel of old kung fu movies for me.
Politics as Usual Back in the Senate
Call me an idealist, but one of the things that bugs me about the new Star Wars TV shows is how much they poop on the New Republic government. I know all governments have their issues, and no society has yet to figure them all out, but come on! Their quick reluctance to help is infuriating. I guess it helps the plot.
On Home One, Hera is in a virtual Zoom meeting with Chancellor Mon Mothma and several senators and they rebuke her for asking for NR backup to chase Thrawn, claiming she's just in it to find Ezra. Frustrated, Hera storms out, disappointed and dubious at the wisdom of the senators. She runs into her son, Jacen — and our collective heartstrings are tugged in unison. RIP Kanan!
Drinks with Sabine and Ahsoka
Ready for a Space Battle in Real Time?
The Eye of Sion Approacheth!
Spacesuit Ahsoka Takes on Starfighters
Lightspace Whale Ho!
Baseline score: 7.5
Bonuses: +3 So.Many.Purrgils. It was like watching space Moby Dick! Seeing Ahsoka take on starfighters was pretty badass, too. Also, all the throwbacks to A New Hope. Ahsoka so far is feeling very cinematic.
Penalties: -3 This episode flew by and was super short.
Nerd coefficient: +5 If you love classic Star Wars and Rebels, you're in for a treat.
Gonk droid count: 0 :(
POSTED BY: Haley Zapal, NoaF contributor and lawyer-turned-copywriter living in Atlanta, Georgia. A co-host of Hugo-nominated podcast Hugo, Girl!, she posts on Instagram as @cestlahaley. She loves nautical fiction, vidalia onions, and growing corn and giving them pun names like Anacorn Skywalker.