Warning: This article contains spoilers for Ahsoka episode 3
The thrilling story of Ahsoka continues with episode 3, “Time to Fly.” Much like its predecessors, the conclusion planted vital seeds for the remainder of the eight-episode mini-series. As Morgan Elsbeth’s plan to reach Grand Admiral Thrawn has been revealed, Ahsoka Tano and Sabine Wren share a small victory.
Master and apprentice teamwork
After barely surviving a vicious attack led by Shin Hati (Ivanna Sakhno) and Marrok, Ahsoka (Rosario Dawson) manages to land the ship safely on Denab along with Huyang (David Tennant), and Sabine (Natasha Liu Bordizzo), a destination that crawls with enemies. As soon as the unscathed trio lands, they power everything off (including Ahsoka’s trusty yet sassy droid friend, Huyang) to avoid sending a signal and therefore being spotted by Baylan Skoll (Ray Stevenson) and his men.
Additionally, just before their landing on Denab, Ahsoka and Sabine fly past an unexpected pack of Purrgil. For those who may be unfamiliar, Purrgil is a species of space whales that contain intergalactic properties. They originally appeared in Star Wars Rebels and then again in season 3 of The Mandalorian. Sabine tells Ahsoka with hope sparkling in her eyes that she has yet to encounter these creatures since Ezra Briger’s (Eman Esfandi) disappearance. The two grin at each other, knowing they are one step closer to finding Ezra. Now in the heart of Denab, the trio must fight for their lives and work to save their friend.
Morgan Elsbeth’s big plan
Episode 2 concluded with Morgan Elsbeth aboard her massive vessel, what she called The Eye of Sion, preparing for her journey to restore Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) to the galaxy. While a full explanation wasn’t given then, Huyang was able to thoroughly scan the gigantic space structure to Identify it properly. After rebooting from an overload, Huyang gave a full synopsis of the highly intimidating spacecraft. Huyang’s scan confirmed Ahsoka’s belief that it was indeed a hyperspace ring, not just any hyperspace ring.
Huyang clarified that while the ring was not yet ready for any journey, it would be more than capable of jumping to another galaxy upon completion. Ahsoka and Sabine don’t seem terribly phased by this development. After all, one step closer to Grand Admiral Thrawn is also inevitably one step closer to Ezra Bridger. That is, if either of them remains alive.
What is going through Baylan’s head?
While we didn’t see much of Baylan in this episode, the final scene concluded with the camera slowly zooming up on Skoll as his guards followed his order and searched for Ahsoka. With a smoldering expression on his face, Baylan looks to Denab’s sky as he stands there and ponders. We already know Baylan is concerned about Ahsoka’s interference in Elsbeth’s affairs. Whether he’s heard stories or has seen for himself, Baylan doesn’t dare to underestimate Ahsoka or her force capability.
This conclusion could very well foreshadow a long-awaited duel between Baylan and Ahsoka from the trailers. However, one could speculate that Baylan is afraid to square off against Ahsoka. Once a Jedi himself, Baylan is well-trained in the ways of the Force. That being said, it doesn’t seem that Skoll got the tutelage that Ahsoka did during her time at the Jedi Temple. If this battle is to happen next week, the two Jedi runaways will surely put on a duel that will have every fan leaning in their seats.