Ahsoka and the Martez sisters find themselves between a rock and a hard place. The Pykes want their spice and clearly have someone breathing down their necks to get it back. Ahsoka strikes a deal: let Rafa and Trace leave Oba Diah to collect the spice and keep her as ransom. What the Pykes don’t know is they don’t have the spice at all and will need to procure more. Without giving away her secret, Ashoka tells the sisters to trust her and gives the Pykes a line of bantha doo-doo about not caring what happens to them as to avoid suspicion. The Martez sisters depart for Kessel while Ahsoka plans her escape from her cell.
On Kessel, Rafa is able to talk her way past a deck officer and get several crates of spice loaded onto their ship. She only runs into trouble when the officer’s manager arrives and confirms she is lying about a “special pickup.” He’s also twice her size and has no qualms about hitting a lady. Meanwhile, Ahsoka escapes from her cell and plants explosives all over the facility when she overhears a communication between the leader of the Pykes and the Sith apprentice Darth Maul who says he’s on Mandalore. What could he possibly be doing there? She nearly gives herself away when he appears to sense her presence.
Once the sisters return, Ahsoka reveals herself to be a Jedi, much to Trace and Rafa’s surprise. They are able to escape to Coruscant where they’re met by former members of Death Watch who implore Ahsoka to join them to investigate Maul’s intentions. After clearing the air with Trace and Rafa, she leaves with the Mandalorians for their home world.
This wrapped things up nicely for the mid-season arc and set up Ahsoka being present for the Battle of Mandalore which we’ve heard only stories about to this point. Also the return of Darth Maul is very exciting! That dude is like a bad penny…
While this arc wasn’t the strongest and, honestly, didn’t keep my attention nearly as much as others have, it did add two strong female characters to the Star Wars canon and brought Ahsoka back into the fold. Her departure from the series was bittersweet years ago and her arrival in Rebels was a welcomed surprise. I’m stoked for the last four episodes of the series. Battle of Mandalore?! SIGN ME UP. Mandalorians flying around, rockets and blasters, plus who knows how many Jedi and Darth Maul?! Not to mention further setup of Order 66. Ah! I can’t wait! Sadly, fans know what we’re ultimately leading up to and while we know it won’t end happily, it will hopefully provide closure to this great series and be an even greater lead up to the events of Revenge of the Sith.
And, for what it’s worth, this series makes Revenge a better film. There are such large gaps between the prequels (10 years between Phantom Menace and Attack of the Clones and three years between it and Revenge) and this series is quite honestly the saving grace of anything having to do with the Clone Wars. Otherwise they’re hardly worth watching.
Only four episodes remain and I don’t know about you, but having something to look forward to each week helps tremendously throughout this quarantine. New episodes drop Fridays on Disney+.
Rating: 3 out of 5 Snack Packs
Lincoln L. Hayes is an actor and writer living in NYC. The other thing that helps him get through the doldrums is playing Dungeons & Dragons. If you’re interested in playing, hit him up at his website www.lincolnlhayes.com/storytelling.