Ashoka Episode 3 Review - Time To Fly

30 August 2023
After a slow burn introduction of a live action Ashoka in Master and Apprentice & Toil and Trouble, episode 3, Time to Fly up the gears with lots of spaceship dog fighting. 

And Ashoka showing how to reallllly do Mary Poppins in space...

The episode is a treasure trove of Star Wars lore, character development, and tantalizing hints at the future of the galaxy far, far away. The episode continues the journey of Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) and Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) as they delve deeper into the mysteries surrounding Morgan Elsbeth (Diana Lee Inosanto) and her connection to Grand Admiral Thrawn. The episode is a rollercoaster of emotions, revelations, and action that leaves fans eagerly awaiting the next installment.

One of the most poignant moments in the episode is when Ahsoka takes over Sabine's Jedi training, introducing a practice style known as "Zatochi." This technique, which involves a masked helmet to block physical sight, is a direct callback to Luke Skywalker's initial training with Obi-Wan Kenobi aboard the Millennium Falcon in "A New Hope." The name "Zatochi" itself is a nod to Japanese culture, specifically a blind swordsman from Japan's Edo period, further emphasizing Star Wars' roots in Akira Kurosawa films and samurai culture.

Hera Syndulla's (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) plea to the New Republic for aid highlights the political complexities in the galaxy. Despite her impassioned arguments, the New Republic Senatorial Committee declines her request, citing a lack of evidence for an Imperial resurgence. This moment serves as a stark reminder of the bureaucratic hurdles that our heroes must overcome, even when the threat is as imminent as Thrawn's return.

The episode also introduces us to Hera's son, Jacen Syndulla, who expresses a desire to become a Jedi like his late father, Kanan Jarrus. This sets the stage for a new generation of Jedi and adds another layer to the rich tapestry of characters in the Star Wars universe.
The Force in All Things

Ahsoka's belief that Sabine can use the Force, despite her low aptitude, is a significant moment. It echoes Kanan Jarrus' teachings in "Star Wars Rebels," emphasizing that the Force resides in all living things. This opens up intriguing possibilities for Sabine's character development and her role in the larger Star Wars narrative.

Ahsoka's combat skills are on full display as she defends her T-6 shuttle from an attack in orbit around Seatos. Her acrobatics and lightsaber skills are a testament to her growth since her days as Anakin Skywalker's Padawan, solidifying her as one of the most skilled Jedi in the galaxy.

Morgan Elsbeth's "Eye of Sion" is revealed to be a giant hyperspace ring capable of intergalactic travel. This technology could potentially bring back Thrawn and his Star Destroyer, the Chimera, adding a sense of urgency to Ahsoka and Sabine's mission.

The episode confirms a long-standing Star Wars theory about Purrgil, the space whales, being the key to ancient hyperspace routes. This ties back to Ezra Bridger's storyline in "Star Wars Rebels," making the universe feel interconnected.

The episode also hints at underlying tensions between Morgan Elsbeth and Shin Hati, suggesting that alliances are fragile and could shift as the story progresses.

The episode ends on a light cliffhanger, with Ahsoka and Sabine's T-6 shuttle severely damaged, setting the stage for Hera's likely intervention in the next episode.

The final scene shows former Jedi Baylan Skoll sending troops and HK assassin droids to hunt down Ahsoka and Sabine.

Episode 3 of "Ahsoka" is a masterclass in storytelling, character development, and world-building by writer David Filoni. It successfully weaves together multiple storylines while introducing new elements that enrich the Star Wars universe. From the training of new Jedi to the political machinations of the New Republic, the episode sets the stage for an epic showdown that could change the fate of the galaxy.


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