Ahsoka was the most anticipated Star Wars series since Dave Filoni announced that the character from The Clone Wars and Rebels would have her own live-action show. Expectations were certainly high for an action-packed series where we would see the Jedi kicking butt and her team facing off against the galaxy’s toughest villains. And well, we could say that we finally have what we’ve been waiting for.
While the first six episodes of Ahsoka served to plant many seeds in a seemingly larger universe, including characters like Grand Admiral Thrawn, the Witches of Dathomir, Baylan Skoll, and Shin Hati, it unfortunately felt like a path that never led anywhere. Attempt after attempt to get somewhere without any clear conclusion. However, this has changed with Episode 1×07, but has it been too late?
Nothing has real consequences
While many of us appreciate that today’s series typically consist of eight to ten episodes on average, we cannot overlook that it is often in these episodes that the plot starts to get interesting. And even though this duration is perfect for short and concise narratives, in the case of Ahsoka and many other science fiction series, it feels rather short for what they aim to convey.
This is the case, seen in perspective, with Ahsoka. The world it presents is very interesting and full of possibilities, but it takes too long to tell everything it intends to… and up to now, we haven’t seen what we’ve been asking for so much. In the seventh episode, we finally have the reunion between Ahsoka Tano, Sabine Wren, and Ezra Bridger. It’s a meeting full of action, depth, and emotional moments.
The episode begins with Hera Syndulla, who is facing trial by the New Republic for disobeying orders from her superiors to help her friends and try to stop Thrawn. Hera is initially reluctant to their accusations and accuses the jury of not seeing the complexity of their situation. However, this doesn’t help her case at first, and it’s not until Leia (through C-3PO) saves her that she manages to get her way.
This scene blends emotion with passion but also highlights what seems to be Ahsoka’s biggest flaw: nothing seems to have real consequences. The protagonists roam freely, winning and losing battles against villains, but regardless of the outcome, no major character dies or truly suffers, giving the series a more childish tone compared to The Mandalorian. And in this episode, the same pattern repeats itself: despite the epic and depth, everything ends up feeling fake or irrelevant.
With only one episode left to reach the conclusion of Ahsoka, all we can do is hope that this trend will change, and we will get a finale that lives up to expectations. Undoubtedly, Thrawn’s threat could change everything, but we’ll have to wait one more week to find out.