In a galaxy not so far away, the latest episode of “Ahsoka” titled “Fallen Jedi” brings both excitement and revelations to fans. As the series reaches its midway point, Episode 4 proves to be a marked improvement over the previous installment, thanks in part to its extended runtime. Dave Filoni takes the reins once again, crafting an episode that delves deeper into the storyline while paving the way for the season’s intriguing second half, centered around the enigmatic Grand Admiral Thrawn, portrayed by Lars Mikkelsen.
The episode begins aboard Ahsoka’s ship, where Ahsoka (Rosario Dawson), Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo), and Huyang (David Tennant) work diligently to repair the vessel following their encounter with Morgan Elsbeth’s (Diana Lee Inosanto) henchmen. Ahsoka’s apprehension about the potential reunion of Morgan and Thrawn in another galaxy looms large, given the recent end of the conflict against the Empire. This threat prompts Ahsoka to change their mission.
The primary goal now is to secure the star map, preventing anyone from finding their way to this distant galaxy. Instead of holding this critical information for a dramatic reveal, Filoni opts to disclose it upfront. Ahsoka acknowledges Sabine’s emotional connection to Ezra and urges her to prioritize the greater good over personal feelings, setting the episode’s course. Their conversation is momentarily interrupted by a skirmish with easily dispatched droids and adversaries.
Ahsoka and Sabine embark on a quest to locate the star map, promising Huyang that they will stick together. However, their promise quickly shatters when they encounter Shin Hati (Ivanna Sakhno) and Marrok (Paul Darnell). The episode, like its predecessors, dedicates a considerable portion to lightsaber duels. While expertly choreographed and performed, the fights suffer visually due to Ahsoka’s white lightsabers blending into the murky settings.
Sabine eagerly faces off against Shin Hati once again, determined to prove herself. Despite Huyang’s guidance, Sabine struggles to gain an advantage against the skilled opponent. Meanwhile, Ahsoka engages in a rematch with Marrok, and this time, the Inquisitor seems more eager for combat. The duel takes an unexpected turn when Ahsoka dispatches Marrok in a rather unconventional manner, leaving the audience in stitches.
Before wrapping up the episode, one final duel unfolds, pitting Baylan against Ahsoka. The verbal sparring reveals Baylan’s motives and his allegiance to Morgan Elsbeth’s plan to resurrect Thrawn. This brief interaction hints at Baylan’s desire for order, perhaps influenced by his “Fallen Jedi” status.
Sabine intervenes during the duel, snatching the star map as planned but triggering an unexpected twist. The episode’s title takes on a literal meaning as Baylan sends Ahsoka tumbling over a cliff, seemingly to her demise. This shocking turn of events leaves Sabine vulnerable to Baylan’s manipulations, endangering their mission.
As the chaos unfolds, Hera Syndulla (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) attempts to rally X-wing pilots to thwart Morgan Elsbeth’s escape to another galaxy. Her heroic efforts, however, result in tragedy as one pilot loses their life in the battle, sealing Hera’s fate.
The episode takes a somber turn as Jacen (Evan Whitten) expresses his ominous premonitions. With mysteries deepening and danger escalating, “Ahsoka” keeps fans on the edge of their seats as the series hurtles toward its second half.