As the ancient Jedi guide droid Huyang tells Ahsoka Tano in the fourth episode of Ahsoka, she does “come from a long line of non-traditional Jedi.”
That statement could not be further from the truth. That long line consists of legendary Jedi masters like Yoda and Obi-Wan Kenobi but also includes distraught and conflicted men who regretfully embraced the dark like Count Dooku and Anakin Skywalker.
Skywalker’s own padawan learner is indeed a reflection of all of those men. As her master Anakin tells her in the fifth episode of Ahsoka, “Within you will be everything I am, all the knowledge I possess. Just as I inherited knowledge from my master, and he from his. You’re a part of a legacy.”
Like all Jedi, Ahsoka is brave and kind, but she also struggles with fear and guilt, like her master before her and her apprentice after her.
This brings us to Sabine Wren, Ahsoka’s padawan learner who may just represent the “non-traditional line of Jedi” that she now belongs to the best. Like Ahsoka and Anakin, she is aggressive and full of attitude but also incredibly courageous and warm-hearted. Perhaps most non-traditional of all though, is that Sabine initially showed zero signs of any innate connection to the Force at the beginning of her Jedi training.
As we know, most young Jedi are discovered due to their experiences with the Force, typically connecting to it unknowingly. Ahsoka, now having spent most of her life outside of the Jedi Order, has had plenty of time to reflect on her experience within the Order and the Order as a whole, as her master’s son Luke eventually does too.
Having made the difficult choice to leave the Jedi Order, Ahsoka Tano truly understands that it clearly had its problems, perhaps most pertinent being a vast disconnect from what it truly means to be a Jedi. Ahsoka obviously understands this firsthand, having fought in the Clone Wars, becoming the absolute antithesis of what the Jedi are. As one of the Jedi Order’s most venerable masters, Mace Windu, once said, “We’re keepers of the peace, not soldiers.”
Ahsoka plainly understands that if the Jedi are to live on as the “guardians of peace and justice” in the New Republic, they must return to their roots, while also being prepared for the tumultuous galaxy, now galaxies, that they live in.
Sabine Wren represents this as perfectly as can be. Being a Jedi is not about midi-chlorian count, playing politics, or even “wielding a lightsaber” as Ahsoka tells Sabine in Ahsoka‘s season finale. All one must do to truly be a Jedi is to be a good person willing to help people at all costs. Fully dedicating oneself to that purpose, body and mind, Force-sensitive or not, anyone can be a Jedi.
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