Review | The Mandalorian S2, Dave Filoni’s “The Jedi” Sets a New Standard with Ahsoka Tano

Review | The Mandalorian S2, Dave Filoni’s “The Jedi” Sets a New Standard with Ahsoka Tano

Ahsoka Tano makes her live-action debut in quite possibly the best episode of The Mandalorian to date. What were the best moments? How does Chapter 13 grade out? Believe me when I tell you, the Force is strong with this one.

As always…in case you didn’t know, this is a spoiler-laden review. If you haven’t seen the latest episode of The Mandalorian, please stop. Turn around. Bookmark this page. And then come right back after you’ve seen “The Jedi.”

Let me first start by saying this (in case you didn’t already know): Ahsoka Tano is my favorite Star Wars character of all time.

If you don’t believe me, check out my Five Reasons Why Ahsoka Tano is the Greatest Star Wars Character. From the moment the episode guide was released for Season Two, it was clearly obvious this Dave Filoni-written and -directed episode would feature the debut of the fan favorite, Ahsoka Tano.

To the delight of all Star Wars fans, Ahsoka Tano didn’t disappoint in this chapter of The Mandalorian.

The Dueling Presence of Ahsoka Tano

Beyond Ahsoka Tano, everything about Chapter 13 was beautiful. I loved the dark and gritty tones, which made Ahsoka’s duel white lightsabers that much more gorgeous and contrast from the surrounding environment.

From Ahsoka’s fighting style, attempts to save an oppressed colony from a tyrannical ruler, to her showing mercy during the last fight, it’s all perfect.

And speaking of perfect, Rosario Dawson looked fantastic. Dawson’s portrayal of Ahsoka Tano gave me this Gandalf the White vibe found within The Lord of the Rings. You could see the wisdom and knowledge flowing through her veins. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the Dawson casting, but wow… was I wrong!

There is a reason we Star Wars fans continually say, “In Dave Filoni we trust.” Chapter 13 cemented that statement and then some. For all Star Wars fans and TV in general, this episode was the single biggest event of 2020 because the hype delivered.

I especially loved the last fight scene, which triggered a lot of vibes that we’ve seen from previous Samurai and Western films.  The last fight scene felt like it was ripped straight out of a scene from Kill Bill.

There is simply too much to discuss and dissect from this episode. Dave Filoni dropped some of the biggest TV bombshells since the Baby Yoda reveal during the Season One premiere. There have been many nods to the original trilogy in The Mandalorian. From Yoda to Anakin, Dave Filoni spread the love this week. But let’s get to the one about Baby Yoda. We finally got a name drop for The Child.

Let’s Meet Grugo

With Din attempting to have Ahsoka train Grugo, she begins to tell us that Grugo was raised at a Jedi Temple on Coruscant. She explains he has received many masters during his training and that he was taken from the temple. Grogu’s memories have become lost and dark. She explains there is built up sadness and anger inside of Grogu, which is why the bond that has built is too important to break.

This was a direct nod to the relationship between Ahsoka Tano and her master, Anakin Skywalker.

Ahsoka was a major factor in Anakin’s final turn to becoming Darth Vader. Her decision to leave the Jedi Council is one of the most important events in Star Wars history as it had a ripple effect on so many different areas. Knowing this, Ahsoka pleads to Din Djarin that Grogu must stay with him and grow within a family of love.

If there is one thing to know about Ahsoka Tano–she’s a guardian and protector of the people she loves. I’ve discussed ad-nauseum the fatherhood subplots that have been growing between Din Djarin and Grogu. Those themes took center stage this week. Ahsoka Tano recognizing the strong attachment built between Grogu and Mando was well done.

There are so many similarities between these characters to breakdown in a single review. I adore the parallels between Din Djarin and Grogu. These are two characters that are one of the same. They are both lost and on the search for a bigger purpose. They deserve each other and so incredibly relatable.

Then we get to Ahsoka and Din, who are both very much the same as well. They don’t fight wars. They fight to defend people. That leads us to one small negative from Chapter 13.

Will Ahsoka Tano be Back?

Rosario Dawson as Ahsoka Tano was amazing, but will it last on the Mandalorian?

If there was one negative from this episode–and it’s more of a complaint–it’s the fact that all signs point to this being a one-off for Ahsoka Tano on the small screen.

With so many similarities between all three characters, I was truly hoping that Ahsoka would have joined Din and Grogu on Razor Crest for the remainder of Season Two. I hope this isn’t the end, but the fact is we got one more reveal that opened the door to so many more and amazing possibilities moving forward. Let’s dive right in.

Star Wars: Rebels fans, like myself, must be completely geeking out right now. Why is that? The biggest reveal, which was as incredible as it gets, goes to Grand Admiral Thrawn.

Ahsoka reveals at the end that she is searching for Thrawn’s whereabouts. Personally, I’ve always pushed for a live-action TV series featuring Ahsoka Tano chasing Darth Maul around the galaxy following the events of The Clone Wars. The dynamic between Ahsoka and Maul is pitch perfect.

The Thrawn reveal leads to a ton of talking points.

  • Why is Ahsoka Tano chasing Thrawn?
  • What does she want from him?
  • Could this lead to a spin-off series featuring Ahsoka Tano and Thrawn?
  • Most importantly though: The last time we saw Grand Admiral Thrawn was in the presence of Ezra Bridger.
  • This would also signal the upcoming small screen presence of one, Sabine Wren. You can’t have a search for Ezra without Sabine, period.

We know the outer rim area of the Star Wars galaxy will be heavily featured moving forward. The search for Ezra Bridger will surely take us to the very end of the galaxy and back. It all fits and I’ve got goosebumps on my arm just writing about it.

This was the best episode of The Mandalorian to date. Not just for what we saw, but for what it means for the Star Wars-verse moving forward. Chapter 13 was perfect. And I’ll say this one last time for the people in the back… “In Dave Filoni We Trust

MoviesMatrix Meter: 100%

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