Ahsoka Episode 5 Review: “Part Five: Shadow Warrior,” Dave Filoni‘s long-awaited Ahsoka show, is released. This episode showcases his passion for Star Wars: The Clone Wars. The transition is only sometimes successful, but it may be decisive. A beautiful tribute to the animation that popularized Ahsoka Tano and Anakin Skywalker, it delves inside Ahsoka’s mature thoughts. This episode may be the greatest of Ahsoka.
“Shadow Warrior” follows Hera’s hunt for Ahsoka, Sabine’s whereabouts on Seatos, and Ahsoka’s reunion with Anakin in the World Between Worlds. The first plan allows Hera and Captain Carson Teva more time to discuss and showcases Jacen Syndulla’s Force power. Real life doesn’t mention Rebels’ Kanan Jarrus. But Anakin and Ahsoka’s speech sticks out. Ahsoka’s difficulties become apparent when others observe their dysfunctional relationship in person. These include Darth Vader, Order 66, and her resentment at being a child soldier. Since the Clone Wars, when she shamefully left the Jedi Order and joined the Rebellion, this has been a problem. She hopes Thrawn won’t return to end another awful war.
This Clone Wars episode is the best since Ahsoka flashes back as a teen. Ariana Greenblatt skillfully performs teen Ahsoka. These Season 1 Battle of Ryloth and Season 7 Siege of Mandalore recollections feel like dreams. Director Dave Filoni uses fog and weird colors to bring Ahsoka’s visions to reality. These emotionally impactful moments feature animation callbacks like Christensen’s adorable use of “Snips” while suited for Seasons 1 and 2 of Clone Wars, Mandalorian super commandos, and Temuera Morrison’s Captain Rex’s brief visit. It has everything Clone Wars fans want.
Ariana Greenblatt transforms Ashley Eckstein’s Ahsoka in her brief appearance. Her sad, dry-humored chats with Christensen remind me of the initial episodes of The Clone Wars when Anakin and his Padawan had to negotiate their relationship issues with one other and with fans who were still getting used to Ahsoka. This is better since Christensen appreciates Matt Lanter’s great Chosen One.
The show is more dramatic because of its stunning graphics and powerful music, especially when Anakin and Ahsoka fight with lightsabers. Ahsoka and Darth Vader, who are more deadly, have passionate and tragic conversations. Anakin’s “Live or Die” instruction requires Ahsoka to realize he exists inside her. But she can’t stop thinking about how horrible she is and fears returning to that dark place. This story is well-written because Ahsoka’s anxieties about adulthood have been alluded to since The Mandalorian. She has learned a lot since leaving the Jedi Order but still has much to learn.
Despite not being as strange as Clone Wars reenactments, the show advances the heroes. Ahsoka uses Cal Kestis’ psychometry and the Thrawn map’s Force Echoes to predict Sabine’s fate. She then organizes a risky Purrgil star whale ride to Sabine. This sequence demonstrates Star Wars’ humor and coolness. Ahsoka’s newfound optimism may help her connect with her Master.
“Shadow Warrior” develops Ahsoka, honors her cartoon beginnings, and bonds her to Thrawn. Even though Ahsoka has many questions, this chapter of her journey could be a Star Wars classic.