This Star Wars: The Clone Wars evaluate comprises spoilers.
Coruscant’s Stage 1313 has lengthy been a delusion within the Star Wars universe. As soon as meant to be the setting of a Boba Fett online game that by no means noticed the sunshine of day, the situation is meant to be the seediest and most harmful of the city-planet Coruscant’s many ranges. In “Gone With a Hint,” the primary brand-new episode of The Clone Wars season 7, it’s a vibrant place plagued with graffiti and poverty. Ahsoka Tano returns on this episode, which finds her serving to out a mechanic and her sister whereas hiding her identification as a former Jedi.
Within the present’s timeline, Ahsoka has simply walked away from the Jedi Order and everybody she has ever liked, together with an in depth pal who framed her. Her angst is handled principally in a single longing stare towards the higher ranges. That second carries plenty of emotional weight, particularly since Star Wars followers (hi there) are conditioned to base lifetimes of affection on Luke Skywalker’s one craving stare at a binary sundown. However I additionally saved ready for extra Ahsoka introspection, or extra of a sign that she’s in shock, or … something to provide us a clue as to her psychological state.
As a re-introduction to the character, the episode isn’t unhealthy: Ahsoka’s speeder bike goes on the fritz, dropping her 1000’s of storeys right away. She talks to herself with a mixture of calm Jedi competence and pissed off teenage concern, and the scene paints a powerful image of her character. Her new mannequin and outfit are each very cool, too. I’ve at all times appreciated the design of Ahsoka’s Togruta species, and it’s enjoyable to see the best way the brand new costume compliments her look. When she meets down-on-her-luck mechanic Hint Martez, Ahsoka is sort and targeted on her mission. I actually recognize the short and easy friendship between them.
Requirements for feminine characters in animated exhibits have turn into a lot, a lot greater since I began watching The Clone Wars, however I nonetheless recognize that Hint clearly has her personal pursuits, expertise, and, character (principally). The plot requires that Ahsoka not discuss in regards to the different individuals in her life. She’s now distanced from Anakin, Obi-Wan, and Barriss Offee and isn’t going to spill that damage to an individual she simply met, for a lot of causes. It doesn’t assist that Hint says she doesn’t belief the Jedi.
In an fascinating addition to the anti-Jedi sentiment displayed by some members of the general public on the finish of season six, Hint lays out her issues. Jedi “begin wars, police individuals,” and don’t trouble to assist the individuals struggling proper beneath their toes on Coruscant. This has been on show all through the present, with Jedi typically not in a position to see the forest for the bushes in relation to the warfare. They’re doing what the Republic tells them to do, however is that basically what the “gentle aspect of the Power” calls individuals to do? Revenge of the Sith confirms it isn’t.
That brings us again to Ahsoka’s ethical quandaries. She isn’t the type of particular person to instantly collapse into her anxieties, however I did need some extra acknowledgment of what she’s going by means of. It’s cool that her unwillingness to make use of the Power is unstated. In an in any other case fairly unsubtle episode in relation to dialogue and scene-setting, this plot level is properly restrained. Ahsoka by no means outright expresses that to make use of the Power right here would create as many issues because it solves, nevertheless it’s clear from the context. She says she doesn’t perceive individuals, however what precisely she’s referring to is unclear. Is that this in regards to the Jedi Order as a complete? About Barriss or Anakin? Or about her emotions of isolation basically?
Perhaps Ashley Eckstein’s voice performing has one thing to do with it. She’s much-beloved, however one thing in her voice sounds a little bit too polished, her tone shifting between chipper and nervous with out a lot shading in between. Each Hint and her older sister Rafa are additionally carried out with chipper cartoonishness that generally felt prefer it belonged in a present for a a lot youthful viewers.
Hint and Rafa are each in monetary bother. Rafa is shaken down for her sister’s debt, solely to find that Rafa retains taking jobs that land her in over her head. (Or, not less than, I feel that’s what Rafa’s state of affairs is. It was a little bit unclear at first whether or not she owned the laundromat or was stealing from it or each. She has in some way acquired a fame for having the ability to repair droids, however doesn’t often accomplish that; asking her mechanic sister to assist appears to be a primary.) Their plotline is serviceable however unexciting, with the easy dialogue typical of The Clone Wars. Rafa and Hint really feel virtually extra like mom and daughter than sisters. Rafa touches Hint’s face in a patronizing, showy method which will or might not have been meant to look purely affectionate.
Then comes the compulsory motion scene, a chase that’s ingenious sufficient however feels oddly positioned. The demolition droid wrecks issues proper and left, giving the chase plenty of its humor and sense of journey. The enjoyable, skirling cartoon music performed alongside motion beats labored for me. However the scene doesn’t hook into the primary plot very effectively till the predictable finish, the place Ahsoka has to decide on whether or not or to not use the Power.
I wish to give a particular shout-out to the marina on the very finish of the episode. The music, crowds, animation, and lighting actually come collectively to make it really feel like an actual place. Followers know there are lakes and different waterways on Coruscant, however to truly see one surrounded by the town marina was satisfying.
This episode begins the season’s journey to the Siege of Mandalore arc, so there will probably be much more Ahsoka within the few weeks. I’m trying ahead to it, whereas additionally protecting in thoughts some inevitable truths: there will probably be stilted dialogue and a few obscure character relationships. Hopefully, there may also be some extra staring longingly on the sky and listening to music solely a Star Wars hero can hear.
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