Spoiler: But didn’t we all see it coming?
Ahsoka lives! Reports were added at the beginning of March Rosario Dawson would join the cast of “The Mandalorian, “Fans of”war of stars“Animated shows have been eagerly anticipating the lover’s live-action debut”Star Wars: Clone Wars” and “Star Wars rebelsCartoon character Ahsoka Tano. Well, on this week’s episode titled “The Jedi,” her wish finally came true when we finally see Ahsoka Tano come to life in live action and meet Mando and The Child, who officially have a name, the we will never use it.
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If you thought the episode was saving the Ahsoka reveal for a last-minute cameo – including the Boba Fett tease in Episode 1 – you’d love to see the episode writer and director Dave Filoni Don’t waste time focusing on your greatest creation. Ahsoka Tano is a key figure and a popular cartoon fan favorite – Anakin Skywalker’s padawan learner who fought alongside him and Obi-Wan in the Clone Wars. It was essentially during the events of “Attack of the clones, “See you through”Revenge of the Sith, ”But never seen in live action on screen. A key element of her story: She turned down the Jedi Order and left it after becoming involved in a terrorist conspiracy that led the Jedi to believe she had become a villain. Ahsoka’s heart was acquitted and still broken from all the accusations and suspicions so the Jedis could find their own way.
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Our introduction to Ahsoka is pretty perfect as it secretly slaughters a group of soldiers that has some parallels to Darth Vader’s hallway scene in “Rogue One“And serves as a reminder that the former Jedi Togrutan went through quite a bit during the Clone Wars. Dawson not only looks perfect as Ahsoka, but the way she moves and even talks about the past makes an impressive first Impression for Anakin’s former student.
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Season 2 of “The Mandalorian” has gone an easier way than the first season with Pedro PascalDin Djarin is looking for a Jedi who can train The Child / The Asset / Baby Yoda. As many had predicted, this ended the moment Ahsoka looked at the baby and immediately recognized it, not only as a member of Yoda’s species but also by name.
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Correctly; We finally found out the baby’s name: Grogu, a name no one will ever use. He is destined to be called Baby Yoda, just as Din Djarin will forever be known as a Mandalorian (or Mando), just like anyone who calls Daenerys Targaryen a “Khaleesi”. More important than Grogu’s name is the confirmation that he’s not a sick force experiment, or a clone, or a Yoda, but simply a child who grew up in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. This means that we finally meet a boy who is not from Anakin in “Revenge of the Sith, ”But it also means that Anakin tried to murder Baby Yoda once!
Of course, Ahsoka doesn’t just take Grogu with us since we still have a few more episodes in the season, but her reasoning can have ramifications down the line. Although she seems to connect with Grogu as another child who grew up in Coruscant, she realizes that the child is just too connected to Din Djarin, remembering all the pain he has experienced over the years them to their own master – Anakin Skywalker. She is afraid that breaking that bond would send Grogu on the dark side path, and she is not wrong to think that. Season 1 has already shown what Grogu can do when he’s angry, and it doesn’t get greener, but instead uses the Force to suffocate someone when he thinks he’s protecting Din Djarin. Don’t be surprised at the inevitable (so brief) separation between the child and Mando, which results in some other dark forces being used on evil.
The final, and certainly not the last, reveal of the episode comes towards the end (and we should exclaim the nice shot of Michael Biehn in a guest appearance). Ahsoka’s entire reason for being in the town where she and Din Djarin meet seems to be because she is hunting someone named “Grand Admiral Thrawn”. While Thrawn isn’t nearly as big as Ahsoka in the animated portion of the franchise, it has a decades-long history that is essential to the larger “Star Wars” franchise. Introduced in the 1991 novel “Legacy of the Empire” by Timothy ZahnThrawn was a Chiss Admiral, considered by many to be the Empire’s finest military strategist. After completing the original trilogy and the death of Emperor Palpatine (unfortunately, currently), Thrawn quickly became the next big bad guy in the Star Wars universe, reinvigorating fan interest in the franchise in a time when there were no new movies and the scene set the standard for the massive expanded universe.
Although Disney dumped all Thrwan-era books from the main Star Wars canon, Dave Filoni himself revived the character, ripped him out of oblivion, and put him back in the third season of “Star Wars: Rebels“In an important role, in which he served as a foil for the then new Rebel Alliance. Thrawn was last seen defeated by a young Rebel Jedi named Ezra Bridger, but then both were accidentally transported to an unknown corner of the galaxy.” Rebels “ended starring Ahsoka and another character on the show who searched for him in an indescribable story, fans dubbed “The Search For Ezra”.
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It seems that this episode of the “Mandalorian” is something of a backdoor pilot telling this story with Ahsoka and probably members of the “Rebels” team. From the start, it was said that Dave Filoni’s involvement in “The Mandalorian” could be to tie the show to Filoni’s previous animated work. This latest installment makes a strong case for this “Mandalorian” finally opening the door to tell this sequel to the “Rebel” story. It’s very likely that Ahsoka’s search for Thrawn would also lead to a live-action spin-off show “Search For Ezra” / Ahsoka Tano that would eventually debut on-screen Ezra (who could easily become Grogus’ teacher). In addition, there have already been many rumors and indications from “The Haunted Bly Manor ”actor Rahul Kohli that he’s playing Bridger.
Is it all bad? It depends who you ask. “The Jedi” may seem like a full episode of fan-service to many on the surface, but it was actually the best episode of the season to date, moving and emotional like the best Filoni-led episodes of “Clone Wars” and “Rebels” one is sure this season of “The Mandalorian” has done more to bridge different corners of the “Star Wars” universe than any other project in the franchise, and we’re just getting started.