The fifth episode of Ahsoka, "Shadow Warrior," is a stunningly emotional reunion between Ahsoka Tano and her former master, Anakin Skywalker. The episode picks up where the previous episode left off, with Ahsoka falling into the World Between Worlds after being attacked by Baylan Skoll. In the World Between Worlds, Ahsoka meets Anakin, who appears to her as he was before he turned to the dark side. The two of them have a heart-to-heart conversation, in which Ahsoka comes to terms with Anakin's fall, the pain that he caused her, and her own role in his story.
Hayden Christensen returns to Ahsoka, and the reunion between Snips and Skyguy is a sight to behold, even if the de-aging technology used to make Christensen look younger is a bit jarring in the dimly lit World Between Worlds.
The episode begins with Ahsoka falling into the World Between Worlds. Ahsoka then meets Anakin, who appears to her as he was before he turned to the dark side. The two of them talk about their past and their relationship. She is surrounded by swirling energy and sees visions of her past, including the Clone Wars.
Ahsoka returns to the real world. She is determined to find Ezra and bring him home, but she is also changed by her experience in the World Between Worlds. She has come to terms with her past and her role in Anakin's story, and she is ready to face the future.
The map is destroyed, and there is no way to get to them. Ahsoka looks to the sky in another awkwardly long staring sequence, she is inspired by the flying space whales. These creatures, called Purrgil, have migration patterns that Ezra followed years ago to isolate Thrawn. If they follow the Purrgil, they will have the best chance of finding Thrawn, Ezra, Sabine, Shin, and Baylan.
Then they follow the Purgils in an awesome-looking sequence and Ahsoka jumps out of their aircraft to connect with the biggest Purgil, however as the New Republic fleet is approaching, they will disturb the Purgils and ruin everything. Ahsoka succeeds and they get inside the mouth of a purgil who is supposed to take them to their desired destination.
The episode is beautifully made and emotionally resonant. The reunion between Ahsoka and Anakin is handled with great care, and the episode does a good job of exploring the complex emotions that Ahsoka is feeling. The visuals in the World Between Worlds are stunning, and the episode does a good job of conveying the sense of wonder and awe that Ahsoka feels in this place.
The episode also does a good job of exploring the past, present, and future of Ahsoka's story. The visions of her past help her to understand her own journey, the conversation with Anakin helps her to come to terms with her past, and the vision of her future gives her hope for the future.
The episode explored the relationship between Ahsoka and Anakin in a complex and nuanced way. The visuals in The World Between Worlds were stunning. The episode was a bit slow at times, but this was necessary to allow the emotional impact of the episode to sink in, unlike the supposedly ‘meaningful long conversations with long periods staring at each other’ in the previous episodes.
The part between Ahsoka and Anakin was good, or maybe my bar of expectations was quite low after the initial episodes. But the other aspects of the story, the other characters, their emotions, their development, etc. were completely ignored in the whole series, including this episode.
Their traits are not consistent, sometimes they are the smartest, and sometimes they are the dumbest. Their only purpose is to keep to plot going, nothing else. I was a bit disappointed that we didn't get a piece of full information about the World Between Worlds, what is it? How does it work? And many more. But I am confident that we will see more of it in future episodes. Until then, May the Force be with you!
Final Score - [6/10]
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