This Star Wars: The Clone Wars assessment comprises spoilers.
Since “Gone With a Hint” aired final week, there was numerous dialogue amongst followers about whether or not the episode felt like filler. Though that is the primary time Ahsoka Tano has appeared on the present in years, her adventures on Coruscant don’t have a lot to do with the battle. As an alternative, she’s serving to a pilot and a gambler, two sisters from the dim alleys of the city-planet, keep afloat whereas they work on repairing Ahsoka’s getaway bike.
To me, this storyline doesn’t really feel like filler in any respect. It’s gradual and regular characterization, one thing that doesn’t occur sufficient in The Clone Wars. The present has all the time been informed in an anthology format and revisiting different components of the Star Wars galaxy circuitously pertaining to the battle suits in that format simply high-quality.
In “Deal No Deal,” Hint Martez and Ahsoka are bantering concerning the mechanic’s ship when Rafa is available in with a proposal for a job. She’s signed as much as fly a cargo of “drugs” from one planet to a different. She wants the cash and aspiring pilot Hint is raring to fly her home-built starship. After all, the “drugs” is definitely uncooked spice and the three ladies find yourself pursued by the Pyke gang, a bunch of organized drug-runners.
At first, it’s a bit unclear what the viewers is meant to really feel about Rafa. Is she manipulating her youthful sister out of malice? A few of her traces sound like she’s making an attempt to pit Hint towards Ahsoka. Or is Rafa loving however determined and prepared to danger all the pieces for a payday which may lastly free each sisters from their debtors? By the tip of the episode, that is cleared up. General, everybody had a really clear motivation, and whereas that seems like a low bar, it’s a giant accomplishment.
Hint is naive, overconfident, and deeply hooked up to her ship. Whereas Ahsoka jogged my memory of a younger Luke Skywalker in “Gone With a Hint,” this week Hint feels just like the farm boy from Tatooine. This smuggling job is the one likelihood Hint has ever needed to escape Coruscant, and her terror is half concerning the destruction of property she labored exhausting to get and half unwillingness to return to the dingy life she desires to depart behind. The gambler Rafa is prepared to take probabilities, however in the end loves her sister; it’s simply that her world has proven her she solely will get a handhold when she’s risking all the pieces. She additionally doesn’t need Hint to return alongside on this mission within the first place. Ahsoka desires to do what the Jedi Order taught was proper, particularly not smuggling medication, however outright ending the mission would put her new associates in peril.
Every character has to make exhausting selections primarily based on what they most care about. The banter between the three, every with a competing curiosity, makes for a enjoyable episode general. Even the low-stakes dialog between Ahsoka and Hint within the very starting feels extra pure than a dialog in The Clone Wars normally does.
Ahsoka additionally has to confront a harsh actuality: the Republic doesn’t cease slavery. Persons are stil enslaved on the planet Kessel, and Ahsoka remembers her personal captivity on high of her common disgust for the negligence of the folks she was purported to be serving. Sadly, the episode can’t but dig into how she feels concerning the Jedi since she’s nonetheless hiding her identification.
One explicit second does particularly tackle Ahsoka’s frayed connection to the Jedi. Her brush with Anakin Skywalker, whose psychic nod helps maintain Hint out of hassle, might have been tacky. It’s a bit handy that Anakin occurred to be stationed in the identical visitors lane Hint unintentionally steered into. However I discovered this scene surprising and refreshing, partially due to the way in which it acknowledges the refined consciousness Jedi are likely to have of one another’s whereabouts.
This was once extra prevalent within the Legends continuity, the place it was codified as each Battle Meditation, a weaponized capability that allowed a number of Jedi to behave as one, but additionally a extra passive capability for Jedi who had been shut with each other to speak with out phrases. The Clone Wars doesn’t usually painting Jedi like this, maybe as a result of it’s merely harder if you don’t have a close-up perspective on the characters’ inside ideas. I’d gotten used to Jedi with the ability to sense each other at a distance solely when it was very handy for the plot. So having it work as a passive sense that lightly reminds the viewers of the load of historical past between Anakin and Ahsoka was nice.
The 2 new areas, Kessel and Obah Dia, are each visually attention-grabbing. This isn’t the a part of the mining planet Kessel we’ve seen in Solo or Rebels earlier than. As Ahsoka factors out, it doesn’t appear to be “the Kessel from the tales.” However that’s okay. Planets can have totally different biomes, even in Star Wars. The costumes within the shady king’s courtroom and the up to date ensembles for the Pykes are each colourful and creative. (The king’s guards really look a bit bit like Excessive Republic Jedi idea artwork.)
It’s true this episode doesn’t have a lot to do with the battle. The form of operations the Kessel king and the Pykes run might occur anyplace. However the Pykes are linked to Maul, who now runs Mandalore. Ahsoka goes to finish up there within the subsequent arc, so it’s not even totally disconnected from the bigger galactic story. I don’t normally tackle fan dialogue immediately like this, but it surely’s exhausting to level out what the episode is definitely about (Ahsoka studying to navigate life exterior the Jedi and hassling the Pykes) with out gesturing to the way in which this story flows on to and from the bigger Jedi plot.
And “Deal No Deal” is simply…enjoyable. A extra direct connection to the Jedi would have been good, however the episode hasn’t forgotten that, both. Hint and Rafa are actually beginning to marvel the place Ahsoka discovered all the pieces she did. Her quip of “Skywalker Academy,” whereas pleasant, didn’t assuage the sisters’ suspicions. There are numerous potential methods this journey might and has gone unsuitable, which makes for good leisure.
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