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That sound you heard final evening was the web breaking over simply how pleasurable the most recent episode of Star Wars: Ahsoka was. After three episodes of principally arrange, the story inched ahead, however that inch was stuffed with thrilling motion, main character beats, big revelations, and a cameo all of us knew was coming, however was nonetheless extremely thrilling to truly see occur. Let’s dig in.

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Episode 4 of Ahsoka is known as “Fallen Jedi,” a unbelievable title for just a few causes. Whenever you first noticed it, you bought very excited in any respect the probabilities—however by the tip, it’s not precisely clear who or what it’s referring to, which is type of a enjoyable dialogue level. We’ll circle again to it on the finish.

Issues decide up with Huyang and Sabine trying to repair Ahsoka’s T-6 after the dogfight within the earlier episode. Ahsoka senses one thing although and decides they need to transfer out and push the motion themselves. Earlier than leaving, the grasp has a heart-to-heart along with her apprentice. Ahsoka explains that, sure, the search for the map is a quest to search out Ezra—however extra importantly, it’s to search out and cease Thrawn. If issues go south and they’re compelled to decide on, they need to overlook about Ezra if it means stopping Thrawn. Sabine seems to be like she type of, kind of agrees, however hopes it doesn’t come to that… which, after all, everyone knows it is going to. “Can I rely on you?” asks Ahsoka. “You realize you’ll be able to,” says Sabine. It’s an announcement that can be put to the take a look at.

What was so nice about this scene was it felt like the primary time this season Rosario Dawson really received to point out some empathy along with her character. You noticed there was an individual in there with emotions and opinions. Ahsoka has beforehand been very stoic and affected person, however that shell began to crumble right here as she was speaking onerous truths along with her apprentice. That continued into the following scene because the pair put a little bit of a bow on that dialog.

My man has received abilities.Picture: Lucasfilm

As Ahsoka and Sabine talked, we noticed that Baylan’s minions had discovered the T-6. Simply as Huyang fixes the ship, one of many murderer droids assaults, and we get to see the droid put his generations of Jedi coaching to make use of. Huyang kicks ass, however the murderer droid appears as if it’s going to get one of the best of him. That’s when, utilizing brains over brawn, Huyang alerts his buddies by as soon as once more disabling the T-6.

Grasp and apprentice make fast work of the enemies and understand they’re operating out of time. Ahsoka tells Huyang to concentrate on bringing again communications to allow them to get in contact with Hera, and he tells them it doesn’t matter what occurs, they need to stick collectively. He says they have been at all times higher after they caught collectively. They agree however, properly, it wasn’t gonna final lengthy.

In the meantime, again with the New Republic fleet, Hera has had sufficient. She’s supposed to stick with the fleet however she and her son Jacen purposefully disobey and bounce on her ship, the Ghost (did you catch the Kanan cameo?), to move off and assist Ahsoka and Sabine. Plus, she’s not alone. She’s received a squadron of X-Wings along with her, led by the Nick Fury of Star Wars Disney+ exhibits, Carson Teva (Paul Solar-Hyung Lee), in addition to a short cameo by Brendan Wayne as Lt. Lander. Wayne, after all, is among the stunt individuals who primarily performs the Mandalorian.

Brendan Wayne, unmasked.Screenshot: Lucasfilm

Again on Seatos, Morgan Elsbeth and Baylan Skoll are locking within the closing calculations on their main, intergalactic hyperspace bounce, as Ahsoka and Sabine run via the forest hoping to thwart it. They’re stopped of their tracks by the formidable pair of Shin Hati and web darling Marrok. “Going someplace?” Shin asks in that chilly, evil tone we love. However Ahsoka and Sabine don’t hesitate. Sabine busts out her favourite weapons, her blasters, to interact Shin, and Ahsoka begins a lightsaber duel with Marrok.

At this level, I type of need to say I used to be a little bit stunned by the pairings. Marrok is clearly a formidable, mysterious, pseudo-Inquisitor however Shin’s virtually Sith apprentice standing isn’t something to scoff at. I believed perhaps the roles can be reversed however author Dave Filoni clearly desires to maintain the apprentices, Sabine and Shin, on one web page and elevate Marrok to Ahsoka’s degree. Which appears odd, particularly with what occurs subsequent.

The 2 battles begin. One with Shin operating away from Sabine’s blasters and the opposite with Marrok and Ahsoka finally slowing to a standstill. Then, in a second that Star Wars Rebels followers will acknowledge from the enduring episode “Twin Suns” (which itself was impressed by legendary samurai movies of the previous) Ahsoka takes her stance, Marrok takes his, and with one decisive swipe, Ahsoka kills the would-be Inquisitor—who explodes in a puff of smoke, very like the Inquisitor Ahsoka confronted in Tales of the Jedi. So no, he wasn’t anybody. Only a smoke monster. A narrative for an additional day, we expect.

Shin and Sabine have a rating to settle.Picture: Lucasfilm

Distracted by Marrok’s demise, Shin steps again and Sabine tells Ahsoka to run away and get the map. Ahsoka is aware of they shouldn’t separate but additionally trusts Sabine when she says she’s received this. It’s a troublesome resolution however she leaves and heads towards the cliff the place Baylan is defending the map as Morgan and her staff proceed to make the ultimate calculations.

Ahsoka approaches the map to search out the previous (perhaps fallen?) Jedi sitting there. Baylan senses her presence and, as we all know from earlier episodes, may be very cautious and anxious along with her powers. He even begins the dialog with a praise, saying that Anakin spoke extremely of her. Ahsoka, nevertheless, is having none of that and retorts that Anakin by no means talked about him. Diss! Baylan tries to push her on what it should be like realizing Anakin earlier than he grew to become Darth Vader, however she’s not there to speak in regards to the previous—she’s there to safe the longer term.

The dialog continues with Baylan tip-toeing across the truth he has some alternate plan past simply discovering Thrawn. He’s banking on Thrawn beginning a warfare as a result of it’s mandatory for no matter his plan is. As that is taking place, the 2 would-be Jedi circle one another, constructing stress, and sizing one another up. It would even go on too lengthy however the finish result’s value it. One other lightsaber battle begins with the 2 combatants flexing their completely different kinds. Baylan is sort of a house run hitter, swinging with energy. Ahsoka is sort of a surgeon, choosing and selecting her spots.

Now batting for the Darkish Aspect, Baylan (baylan baylan) Skoll (skoll skoll.)Picture: Lucasfilm

In the meantime, this complete time the battle between Sabine and Shin has continued. Shin appears as if she’s about to win as she knocks Sabine over and Sabine pushes out along with her hand, mimicking the Drive. Shin scoffs, telling Sabine she has no energy, which we all know is true. Sabine has one other energy although. One she has solely used sparingly, and it’s the ability of being Mandalorian. She shoots Shin with one thing from her armor, knocking her saber out of her hand, and Shin decides to create a distraction and go away.

Ahsoka and Baylan are additionally nonetheless preventing. Nevertheless, defeating him isn’t the mission. Ahsoka must get to the map earlier than the ultimate calculations could be locked in. She retains making an attempt to seize it unsuccessfully till lastly, she creates a small window and snags the map, stopping the calculations and shopping for them some extra time. The issue is that the power inside it in some way injures Ahsoka’s hand, adopted by Shin’s return with out Sabine. Ahsoka assumes Sabine is lifeless and it’s a devastating second for her, nevertheless it’s only a second.

Sabine returns, grabs the map, and Ahsoka figures it’s checkmate. They’ve received. All Sabine must do is destroy the map. She begins to however hesitates, and Baylan takes the chance to slash Ahsoka and ship her off the cliff. For all we all know, she’s lifeless.

Conflicted Sabine.Screenshot: Lucasfilm

And with that, Baylan sees his opening. He talks to Sabine. Appeals to her good nature. He is aware of about Ezra Bridger. He is aware of the sophisticated state of affairs along with her household. He appears to know every part. How he is aware of these items is unclear. By means of the Drive? However he guarantees that if she provides him the map, not solely will she not be harmed, she’ll be reunited with Ezra. Does that imply Baylan is aware of Ezra is alive? A lot stress, drama, and uncertainty is swirling each for the viewers and Sabine as she, lastly, begrudgingly, fingers him the map with out a combat. She selfishly, however perhaps understandably, chooses to see her good friend relatively than safe the security of the galaxy.

That was the second when this episode of Ahsoka stepped it up a notch. To see a personality like Sabine make such a foul resolution, but additionally for us to grasp it, is the kind of ethical ambiguity we don’t normally see with the Dave Filoni/Jon Favreau Star Wars exhibits. That type of stuff is relegated to Andor. However, for this one scene at the least, Star Wars was flawed. And it was lovely.

Shin assumes her grasp is mendacity although and the second Sabine fingers over the map, she tries to kill her. Baylan stops her and says, not like Sabine’s former grasp, he retains his guarantees. He places the map again, the calculations are full, and Baylan drives his lightsaber via it. “Nobody can be following us,” he says.

Syndullas to the rescue!Screenshot: Lucasfilm

Who even might comply with? Ahsoka is principally lifeless. Sabine is a prisoner. Oh, proper. Hera and Phoenix Squadron. They arrive within the system simply as Huyang is lastly getting communications again up. He explains the state of affairs however Hera can see it for herself. There’s a large ring that’s gaining power able to make a brilliant duper bounce to lightspeed. Baylan, Shin, and Sabine arrive on the ring ship and Morgan tells her staff to disregard the fighters in entrance of her. Make the bounce. Which she does.

At this second, I can’t be the one one who anticipated a replay of the Holdo Maneuver, particularly because the rushing ship destroyed a number of of Hera’s staff. Then I noticed it was a giant circle, so they only went via it. Both means, it’s a devastating blow that’s completely, albeit it a giant awkwardly, summed up by Jacen: “I’ve received a foul feeling.”

The episode involves a detailed with Ahsoka waking up in some type of alternate dimension, afterlife-looking place. A spot that, as followers of Star Wars Rebels will acknowledge, is sort of definitely the World Between Worlds, a crossroads of time and house. There she hears somebody name her “Snips,” a reputation just one individual has ever used. “Grasp?” Ahsoka asks. “I didn’t anticipate to see you so quickly,” the voice replies. Ashoka turns and confirms our suspicions, it’s Anakin Skywalker (Hayden Christensen), her former grasp, wanting a lot as he did when he educated Ahsoka throughout the Clone Wars. Not as he would on this time, after Return of the Jedi, when he was killed by the Emperor. That query is conveyed by the music which briefly teases John Williams’ “Imperial March” as Ahsoka exhibits extra emotion on her face than she has the entire sequence.

Hey Snips.Screenshot: Lucasfilm

What precisely Ahsoka and Anakin are doing within the World Between Worlds will certainly be answered subsequent week. But it surely was a terrific cliffhanger and the proper cherry on prime of one of the best episode of Ahsoka but, by a mile. The lightsaber duels have been nice. Hera and Jacen on the Ghost was thrilling. Sabine’s fall was unhappy but additionally stable storytelling. We received extra Shin, extra Baylan, the demise of Marrok, after which lastly, Anakin Skywalker. Who might ask for extra?

Which brings us, lastly, again to the title. The episode is known as “Fallen Jedi,” and on the finish, Ahsoka actually falls off a cliff. Does it imply her? Does it imply Anakin, who fell to the Darkish Aspect all these years in the past? Or does it imply Sabine, not but a Jedi, however definitely somebody who took a giant step off that path in aiding her enemies? It might, perhaps deliberately, imply any of these individuals. However don’t overlook Baylan Skoll. A personality who clearly was a giant a part of the Jedi Order, having recognized Anakin again within the day, who has now turned these powers to one thing else. He’s received quite a bit occurring in his head. He’s very perceptive, perhaps partially clairvoyant, and he’s cooking one thing up that not even Morgan is conscious of. Possibly Thrawn will determine it out. However, for us, he’s the fallen Jedi whose actions drive this specific story.

Who do you assume the “Fallen Jedi” is referring to? Do you agree that is one of the best episode but? Inform us within the feedback under. Watch the complete episode right here.

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