“Deal No Deal” puts Ahsoka and the Martez sisters in a tricky situation

Episode five of Star Wars: Clone Wars continues Ahsoka’s adventures in lower Coruscant with she and Trace making the final repairs on Trace’s starship which she has named The Silver Angel (don’t worry; no one likes that name). When Rafa informs them she has a job off-world but her pilot flaked out (with their ship), Trace is quick to volunteer. As they make their way off Coruscant, Trace ends up in the military lane and is nearly caught by the Republic Forces. On board is none other than Anakin Skywalker, and it’s safe to say he felt Ahsoka’s presence, but thankfully he did not intervene. 

Only en route to the job does Rafa drop an almost literal bomb into Ahsoka’s lap: they’ve been hired to smuggle spice from Kessel (fans will recognize that name from Solo: A Star Wars Story, but hopefully first from Han Solo’s boasts about the Millennium Falcon’s claim to fame of making the Kessel Run in less than 12 parsecs). 

Trace is excited to be in space for the first time piloting her own ship, but Ahsoka doesn’t like where things are headed. When an argument leads to a heavy loss, the three must come up with a plan to both pay off Rafa’s debts, but also to survive.

I asked for more Ahsoka and I got it! Looks like we’ll get at least one more episode in this arc to wrap things up, and it looks to be an exciting conclusion. That being said, this is easily my least favorite episode of the season. It was a lot of arguing in the Angel’s cockpit and most of that was a sibling spat. Having Ahsoka and Anakin cross paths was a nice touch for fans of Clone Wars and Rebels alike, but I’m glad they’re allowing her to have her own life separate from his. I’m not sure how they’re going to get out of this one, but I’m hoping it will be action-packed with Ahsoka demonstrating more of her Jedi training (but not enough to get her in trouble). Trace and Rafa really feel like sisters and the writing of the two does deserve praise. I just wasn’t that into three characters arguing for 20-odd minutes and still having the episode end on a cliffhanger. This was clearly an expository stepping stone to get us to the next one (entitled “Dangerous Debt”) and they can’t all be winners.

Still, I’ll take an Ahsoka arc over anything with Jar Jar Binks any day. 

New episodes are available Fridays on Disney+. 

Lincoln L. Hayes is an actor and writer in self-isolation in NYC. Stay home, stop the spread, flatten the curve. 

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