Episode 5 of Star Wars: Visions, “The Ninth Jedi,” encapsulates the purest of Star Wars lore: hope. Highlighting how those from the Dark Side use the shadows to gain their tactical advantage, this episode reveals the necessity to adapt and why the Jedi must use similar strategies to survive.
In this episode of the Disney+ series, after receiving a transmission from a mysterious Juro to unite any Jedi who answer the call, those who arrive are left wondering if this person can be trusted. While it’s uncertain if this call is a trap or not, they must wait for their summoner to arrive in a temple above the planet’s surface. While waiting, we see Kara and her father on the planet below. Zhima was tasked with creating lightsabers for all of those who answer Juro’s call.
As we see Zhima complete his work, two hunters arrive, and it’s clear their presence is not welcomed. In a moment, that connects with viewers — especially us parents. We see Zhima embrace his daughter, sharing with her how she’s “grown up so much.” Kara even recognizes this somberness with her own innocent reaction: “You’re all strange like this is the last time we’ll see each other.”
As with any protective parent, we see Zhima shout at his daughter to leave as the hunters begin shooting at her. The chase begins and we see how Kara is skilled with a lightsaber and speeder bike, as Production I.G brings “The Ninth Jedi” to life with iconic moments reminiscent of Return of the Jedi.
“The Ninth Jedi” ending explained
“The Ninth Jedi” produces a lot of similar feelings associated with the Star Wars franchise. We have a young Jedi-to-be with astounding talent, wrapped with incredible action sequences, and the laughable hypocrisy of the Sith who are angered by Juro’s strategy of hiding in plain sight to determine enemy from friend.
Kara makes a harrowing journey to reach the Jedi, which includes the reluctant help from a droid transporter, proving that humor is never lost in the Outer Rim. Kara sacrifices her father’s need for help to aid others in need, and when she arrives, she becomes a Jedi. There isn’t any question about this truth when we see varying vantage points, witnessing Kara take on multiple Sith. She might not have the same experience as those who are older, but her ability to make quick decisions and lead the charge to protect Juro is exactly what we expect from a great Jedi.
As the Jedi defeat the Sith, we see this group leave together on a starship with the goals of rescuing Kara’s father and then finding any other Jedi who will join their cause to liberate the galaxy. Much like Ben watching over Luke, Juro has known Kara since her youngest years and there’s a bond we want to see more of. These Jedi will depend on each other, and from what we’ve seen thus far, Kara will play a major role in their future.
“The Ninth Jedi” has the story, the character to believe in, and Star Wars is all about believing in something. Whether or not we’ll see more from any one of these episodes of Star Wars: Visions, it’s safe to say that “The Ninth Jedi” has a powerful storyline to continue from, with a defined mission in hand and a main character in Kara to root for — “a new hope” in her own right.
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