Warning: This breakdown contains spoilers for Ahsoka Episode 1, “Master and Apprentice,” and Episode 2, “Toil and Trouble.”
Ahsoka episode 2, “Toil and Trouble,” left a strong vision of what the following episodes will look like. The chase is on to the unknown galaxy, and both sides are firing on all cylinders.
After episode 1, “Master and Apprentice,” we witness the defeat of Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) as a result of her rebellious behavior (no pun intended). The conclusion of this episode brings that story full circle. After understanding the severity of her failures, Sabine decides it’s time she embraces Ahsoka Tano’s (Rosario Dawson) tutelage again.
After a swift cut to her hair, the Mandalorian looks to continue her padawan training under Ahsoka. Wren and Tano managed to squash the off-screen beef they had to prevent another war and save their friend. The reunited master and apprentice set out, hoping to find Morgan Elsbeth (Diana Lee Inosanto) after retrieving the map via Shin Hati (Ivanna Hati.) But while they search, their enemy plots.
Hera’s big victory
Ahsoka meets Hera Syndulla (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to track down a factory they believe may still be under the control of Morgan Elsbeth (Dianna Lee Inosanto.) After Hera pulls rank on the man in charge of the factory, the duo sets out for an inspection.
They discovered that the entire base remained loyal to the Empire and shut the operation down. As a last-ditch effort, Hera lands a tracking beacon on a transport that managed to escape the base. This now gets them closer to Elsbeth and, ultimately, closer to Ezra Bridger (Eman Esfandi.)
United with the map to Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelson.), Elsbeth and her mercenaries are preparing for a journey to Grand Admiral Thrawn. The episode officially concludes with Elsbeth conversing with Baylan Skoll (Ray Stevenson) and Shin Hati. Baylan expressed concern over Ahsoka’s presence in Corellia. He is bothered that the duo discovered remnants of the empire remaining on the planet and senses that Tano is coming for them. Now that Ahsoka has found their hidden factory, Baylan can sense the presence and momentum.
Baylan even displays a moment of mere sympathy for Ahsoka and Sabine. He says with remorse in his voice to Elsbeth, “To kill her will be a shame. There are so few Jedi left.” While Baylan hasn’t been officially classified as a Dark Jedi, it’s been reported that they are certainly not Sith. However, this sign of remorse for the Jedi displayed by Skoll is simply not the way of the Sith. Exploring the concept of Dark Jedi in live-action for the first time certainly opens up doors to various Force users throughout the galaxy (and maybe others.)
In contrast, Elsbeth doesn’t seem to be as shaken as Baylan displays. She’s determined to make the experimental journey to another galaxy far, far away. Elsbeth firmly believes that Nothing will stand in the way of her ultimately aiding Grand Admiral Thrawn to his throne.