Fifteen years after the character was first launched and 5 years after her story got here to a standstill, Ahsoka Tano is again together with her very personal Star Wars present, Ahsoka. The primary two episodes are actually on Disney+; each week till the October finale, we’re going to run down what occurs, what’s vital, and simply usually dive deep.


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As we mentioned in our assessment of the episodes, the primary few moments of the primary episode, “Grasp and Apprentice,” actually sort of set the tone. To begin, the sequence has a gap crawl, main right into a full-screen picture of a starship flying throughout house. These two issues scream old-school, traditional Star Wars and nearly act as a promise: “That is the Star Wars you understand and love.” And it looks like that for a second too. We be taught a bit concerning the galaxy at the moment. We be taught a bit concerning the general purpose of the story after which it dives into specifics. Sadly, these specifics are that Ahsoka (Rosario Dawson) is in search of a map to Grand Admiral Thrawn, which has develop into one of the crucial boring cliches in fashionable Star Wars.


We noticed everybody chase after a map to Luke Skywalker in The Pressure Awakens. We noticed a map to Exegol on the coronary heart of The Rise of Skywalker. And now this. Who makes these maps? What’s the goal? The implication on this episode is that Thrawn has been banished or exiled—but when that’s the case, why undergo all the difficulty of creating a map, hiding it on this elaborate puzzle, telling an previous buddy the place it’s, and so forth.? Reader, I hate the map factor and hopefully it will get wrapped up earlier than later.

Anyway, Ahsoka fixing an enormous puzzle to search out the map on Arcana, adopted by an enormous battle with 5 murderer droids who then destroy the entire space as Ahsoka narrowly escapes, is the second factor we see on this first episode. The primary is the aforementioned starship, which is boarded by two individuals claiming to be Jedi. In fact, in pure Dave Filoni trend, “They’re no Jedi.” They’re Baylan Skoll (Ray Stevenson) and Shin Hati (Ivanna Sakhno)—an evil, Pressure-wielding grasp and apprentice employed by the prisoner Morgan Elsbeth (Diana Lee Inosanto) to interrupt her out. Which they do with ease, slaughtering an entire store of New Republic troopers.

Shin Hati (Ivanna Sakhno) is the coolest new character on Ahsoka.

Shin Hati (Ivanna Sakhno) is the good new character on Ahsoka.
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After Ahsoka finds the map together with her droid pal Huyang (David Tennant) and saves the day, they get an pressing name. It’s Basic Hera Syndulla (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), who apparently hasn’t seen Ahsoka shortly, however lets her know her prisoner, Elsbeth, has been damaged out by two would-be Jedi. This worries and puzzles Ahsoka however she tells Hera there’s excellent news: they’ve the map to Thrawn. Hera’s shocked. She believed Thrawn died within the Battle of Lothal (which we noticed within the sequence finale of Star Wars Rebels), however Ahsoka tells her it was by no means confirmed. At this level, we and Hera have the identical thought: “If Thrawn survived, does that imply Ezra…” she says, lastly confirming what most followers had lengthy since assumed. This present can be a direct follow-up to Rebels. Ahsoka tells Hera she hopes so, however is unable to unlock the map. The each know one one that might help, however for some purpose, Ahsoka appears barely reluctant.

Issues shift to Lothal, the place we see Governor Ryder Azadi (Clancy Brown, reprising his voice position from Rebels) honoring the heroes who helped save Lothal with a monument—the identical one followers noticed on the finish of Star Wars Rebels. There to speak about it, he thinks, is Sabine Wren, however Sabine is nowhere to be discovered. He calls to his group to search out her.

What follows is, arguably, one of many coolest introductions in Star Wars historical past. Only a flat-out mic drop of a scene that’s author/director Dave Filoni loudly asserting, “Prepare for a brand new Star Wars icon.” The icon is Sabine (Natasha Liu Bordizzo), driving a speeder bike with rock music enjoying as a pair of E-Wings attempt to observe her down. However Sabine is having none of it. She performs hen with one, sliding proper beneath it, whereas shading the opposite one. She doesn’t need any a part of the governor’s festivities. And we discover out why within the subsequent scene.

sabine on a speeder

What an introduction.
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Sabine returns dwelling, pets her cute Lothcat, and digs by means of some crap to discover a holodisc. As she does this, we see her Mandalorian helmet beneath a desk, displaying that she’s not fairly the individual we knew in Rebels. The holodisc is Ezra Bridger (Eman Esfandi), who tells Sabine he needed to sacrifice himself to defeat Thrawn however is relying on her to look over Lothal. Clearly, Sabine continues to be beholden to this and unhappy about dropping her buddy.

Skoll, Hati, and Elsbeth are on Arcana, strolling among the many rubble left by Ahsoka and the murderer droids. We be taught that the place was made by Elsbeth’s ancestors, the Evening Sisters of Dathomir, which is a really loaded reveal for followers of Filoni’s animated exhibits and the following video video games. Morgan Elsbeth is way more than we thought she was once we met her on The Mandalorian and he or she is aware of that Ahsoka has the map. She tells Hati to go to Lothal and Skoll reveals she’s in search of Sabine, the previous apprentice of Ahsoka Tano.

This can be a fast scene however it’s so vastly imporant. Moreover the reveal that Elsbeth is a descendent of the Evening Sisters, it suggests it’s widespread data all through the galaxy that, in some unspecified time in the future, Ahsoka took Sabine as a Jedi apprentice however that she’s not that. Followers who havent seen Rebels may assume that’s one thing on the present however it’s not. That is model new, frankly stunning data—made much more by the truth that these evil beings learn about it.

So every thing is aiming in the direction of Lothal. Sabine’s there, Hait is on her method, and Ahsoka arrives per Hera’s ideas. Issues between the previous grasp and apprentice are awkward so the grasp simply cuts to the chase. “I feel I understand how to search out Ezra,” Ahsoka tells Sabine, and that will get her consideration.

Ahsoka has lots of talking to do.

Ahsoka has a number of speaking to do.
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Again on Ahsoka’s ship, we subtly start to be taught extra about her and Sabine’s previous, as Sabine seems to be at drawings she made in what was clearly her bunk. Apparently, she lived with Ahsoka on her ship. The 2 have a tense dialog about their previous the place Sabine appears harm about how issues turned out. Nonetheless, Sabine agrees to assist unlock the map and asks if she will take it someplace else. Ahsoka says no and leaves to have a fast chat with Huyang. He’s traced the lightsabers of the evil would-be Jedi and recognized the grasp as Baylan Skoll, who disappeared after the Clone Wars. Ahsoka goes to move this data to Sabine however she’s gone, and he or she took the map together with her.

Sabine races dwelling once more and will get noticed by a probe droid, which then studies again into Shin Hati. (If the scene felt oddly acquainted, it’s as a result of it was extremely just like a Darth Maul scene in The Phantom Menace.) Hait has discovered her goal and, fortunately for her, she has precisely what she’s in search of: the map to Thrawn.

Sabine takes the map again to her place and begins working it by means of all kinds of devices and gizmos. Finally, after a number of considering and tinkering, she discovers an emblem and unlocks it. She’s extremely happy with herself and goes exterior to have a look at the planet she thinks her buddy is likely to be on, solely to be attacked by a pair of murderer droids. She stops considered one of them, and chases the opposite right down to the bottom solely to search out herself head to head with Shin Hati.

Sabine vs. Shin

Sabine vs. Shin
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We see that whereas Sabine was trying on the map, Ahsoka was speaking to a hologram of Hera. She too expresses remorse over how her and Sabine’s relationship went down, however admits that Sabine stays cussed and bullish, which was all the time the issue. Hera asks Ahsoka if her grasp possibly felt the identical method about her, which is how the present delivers the data to audiences who haven’t seen The Clone Wars {that a}) Anakin was her grasp, and b) she left him and didn’t full her coaching.

Again to Sabine. She requires backup, ignites her lightsaber and begins to battle Hati. She holds her personal for some time however is clearly outmatched by the highly effective, evil apprentice and will get stabbed within the intestine simply as Ahsoka and Huyang arrive.

Within the episode’s highly effective, ultimate, non-diegetic second, Filoni and group dedicate it to “Our Good friend, Ray” as a result of Stevenson, aka Baylan Skoll, handed away earlier this summer season.

Usually, that’s the tip of our recap however that is particular. That is the premiere and we now have not one, however two episodes to debate. So let’s get to the second, “Toil and Bother.”

Doesn’t Huyang look amazing?

Doesn’t Huyang look wonderful?
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After that rock star introduction within the first episode, clearly Sabine Wren getting a lightsaber by means of the abdomen wasn’t going to kill her. (Does that kill anybody as of late? Shouldn’t Qui-Gon Jinn be alive? I digress.) She awakes in a hospital and divulges to Ahsoka that she unlocked the map, however misplaced it to the murderer droids. Ahsoka is clearly upset that she disobeyed her by taking the map and heads again to Sabine’s place on a hunch.

There, she finds Sabine’s Lothcat standing exterior for some purpose and is blissful to find one of many murderer droids ready for her. She dispatches it rapidly and brings the pinnacle again to Sabine within the hospital. Now, with Hera watching proudly through hologram, Sabine makes an attempt to determine the place the droid got here from, in what turns into a enjoyable, tense little scene. Issues nearly go south however she will get her reply. The droid was created on Corellia (dwelling planet of Han Solo, final seen in Solo) the place Elsbeth apparently had some dealings. Ahsoka and Hera determine to satisfy there and whereas Sabine desires to come back, they don’t let her. Earlier than Hera indicators off although, she continues her position as mediator between the previous grasp and apprentice. Sabine tells her she regrets screwing every thing up.

In the meantime, with Skoll and Hati now in possession of the map, they go to the planet of Seatos. There, they’re reunited with Elsbeth who makes use of one other historical Evening Sister creation to make full use of the map. It opens into an enormous, spectacular show which reveals one thing referred to as the Pathway to Peridea. Apparently, it was a fable advised by younglings on the Jedi temple—however in truth, it’s actual, and it’s the way in which to search out the place Thrawn was banished to. Elsbeth says Thrawn is looking to her by means of house and time and that they should end the ultimate piece of the Eye of Sion, which is on its method. (And no, at this level, we don’t know what both of these issues are.) Hati is advised to go to Corellia and help their colleague, Marrok, with the duty.

bad guys looking at a map

The Pathway to Peridea is revealed. No matter that’s.
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Because it turns into clear that they’re going to assist Elsbeth discover Thrawn, Hati asks Skoll what discovering him means. He says to some it means battle. To others it means a brand new starting. However for them it means energy comparable to they’ve by no means dreamed. What, precisely, meaning and what, precisely, their intentions are right here might be an much more intriguing plot line than what occurred to Ezra and Thrawn.

So, once more, every thing is heading in the direction of one location—on this case, Corellia. Hera coming from one place, Ahsoka from one other, and Shin Hati for causes which might be clearly going to cross paths with the opposite two. Hera arrives first and Ahsoka finds her speaking to one of many ship yard leaders, Myn Weaver (Peter Jacobson). Myn performs dumb about Elsbeth’s former dealings on the planet, however Hera throws round her New Republic credentials and will get him to take them to a management middle. As they do, we get our first Ahsoka glimpse of Hera’s droid Chopper, in the most effective moments but for Rebels followers.

Alongside the way in which, we get a quick however essential little change about how despite the fact that the Empire has been disbanded, many who’re loyal to the Empire nonetheless stay, just because they needed to. There aren’t sufficient our bodies. Myn explains that he’s not apprehensive about their loyalty although as a result of to the common individuals, it’s not about politics, it’s about cash, and so long as they’re behind paid, they don’t care.

The journey additionally provides Hera an opportunity to lastly ask Ahsoka what she’s been getting at for an episode and a half. Will she take Sabine again as her apprentice? Ahsoka says no, although, as a result of Sabine just isn’t prepared. That revelation leads again to Sabine who continues to be within the hospital and hears from Huyang that he too thinks they might as soon as once more be collectively. We be taught an increasing number of about how Ahsoka in some way left Sabine and the resentment and ache it prompted them each. Now nonetheless, it’s as if each buddy each Sabine and Ahsoka have need them to work collectively once more. Even when, as Huyang says, Sabine has much less Jedi capability than any padawan he’s ever seen in historical past. (Which, fast apart, is a fairly tousled factor for him to say even when it provides Sabine that rather more room to develop.)

Welcome back, General Syndulla.

Welcome again, Basic Syndulla.
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On Corellia, Hera and Ahsoka attain the management middle the place they will see a big hyperdrive core being accomplished. Hera realizes the New Republic isn’t constructing any ships sufficiently big for that core and finds out that any additional data on its supply is assessed. Ahsoka then asks concerning the murderer droid that led them right here and when one of many protocol droids admits he was constructed there, all hell breaks free. The employees are, in truth, nonetheless loyal to the Empire and assault Hera and Ahsoka. The pair escape although and now have to trace down the hyperdrive core, which has begun to fly away.

The motion scene that adopted was the perfect second of the premiere. Hera jumped within the Phantom with Chopper and went chasing after the hyperdrive whereas Ahsoka was caught preventing Marrok, the Inquisitor sort working with Skoll and Hati. Apparently, that core was the piece Elsbeth was referring to. And so we now have a cool lightsaber battle on the bottom, and enjoyable house chase within the air, with Hera and Chopper simply barely getting a monitoring gadget on the ship as Ahsoka fights Marrok to a stalemate and he escapes.

On Lothal, after the center to coronary heart with Huyang, and presumably the close to demise expertise the place she was bested by a greater Pressure consumer, Sabine comes to a decision. She grabs that previous gear she’d been hiding beneath the workbench, slices her hair again right down to her trademark quick look, and sends a video message to Ahsoka who’s again on Corella cleansing every thing up with Hera. “I’m prepared,” says Sabine. Sure she is.

Sabine is ready to set off and find Ezra.

Sabine is able to set off and discover Ezra.
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Lastly, the episode got here to an in depth on a well-recognized however considerably complicated second. Sabine has her quick hair once more and Mandalorian armor, and is trying on the mural of her Rebels cohorts. Then, Ahsoka exhibits up and the 2 take off on an journey. “Take us out, padawan,” Ahsoka says. The second feels just like the true starting of this present—and likewise, the ending of Rebels, proper?

Whereas followers could have assumed Ahsoka would decide up on the finish of Rebels, the way in which this scene—not a precise recreation however shut—circles again to the long-lasting ultimate scene of Rebels makes it pretty clear that these two episodes have been earlier than that second. Now, lastly, after two episodes, grasp and apprentice have reuinted, a second we didn’t fairly absolutely perceive 5 years in the past, and might start their journey. (We’ll have extra on this tomorrow)

Absolutely, that would have been the tip of the episode… however no. We’re again to the unhealthy guys. The hyperdrive is positioned on the Eye of Sion, which is able to take Elsbeth down the Pathway to Peridea in the direction of Thrawn. However there’s one downside: Ahsoka Tano. Skoll is apprehensive about her and says that whereas her presence within the Pressure is elusive, her willpower is vivid. “She is coming,” he says. And she or he have to be handled.

When it comes to general ideas on the premiere of Ahsoka, I wrote all about it right here. However getting a bit extra spoilery, I feel framing the present round this Ahsoka/ Sabine grasp and apprentice relationship is probably very fascinating and wealthy. Juxtaposing that with an identical, but evil grasp and apprentice can be a pleasant contact and seeing all our favorites from Rebels is simply the icing on the cake. Are among the scenes too lengthy? Is Rosario Dawson a bit too aloof in her efficiency? Sure, however it’s early days. We’ve bought six extra weeks of Ahsoka left.

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