Ahsoka review: Episode 2 asks more questions than it answers — and that’s good

Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) in Lucasfilm's STAR WARS: AHSOKA, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved.
Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) in Lucasfilm's STAR WARS: AHSOKA, exclusively on Disney+. ©2023 Lucasfilm Ltd. & TM. All Rights Reserved. /

WARNING: This post contains SPOILERS for Ahsoka Season 1, Episode 2.

Who are we when we strip ourselves of the elements that have always defined us?

Once a Jedi, now something different. Once a Mandalorian, a sister, a daughter, now a commander with everything to show for it but none of the pride.

Then we’re pushed to our limits, humbled, reminded that we’re nothing when we’re alone. We’re nothing without the things that make us stronger. Maybe that’s friendship, trust, acceptance. Maybe it’s armor. Maybe it’s saying yes to a path we’ve long avoided taking.

It was very important that Ahsoka started off with its main characters in various states of questioning. The strongest story openings are the ones that leave us questioning what brought a character to a point of leaving everything behind — and what it might take for them to reclaim the parts of themselves that are worth keeping.

One of many things this show has done exceptionally well so far is hand us more questions than answers. Even as we learn what distanced Ahsoka and Sabine from each other, there’s still more we don’t know. That’s how you create intrigue in a series. You leave viewers begging for more, not withholding everything and never anything for too long. Never posing the question “where do we go from here” without the promise of a dozen possibilities and predictions.

I’ve mostly kept my disdain for two-episode premieres to myself — or I’ve tried to — and the second installment of this premiere, while wonderful, still hasn’t changed my stance. I would have much rather settled in for a 90-minute premiere event instead of the premiere being awkwardly split into two parts. The effort was there, and it was executed well enough. It just would have satisfied me so much more as one continuous journey.

But I’m not in charge and my opinions are nothing more than feelings that don’t impact how much I enjoyed this episode. Sabine is finally in her armor again, feeling most like herself with her short hair again. OUr two main characters, though they haven’t fixed everything between them just yet, are finally setting off to complete their long-standing joint mission.

A Mandalorian? And a Jedi? There’s no way this could possibly work. Never.

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