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Star Wars: Ahsoka Episode 8 Review – The Finale


The Ahsoka finale sets up the future of Star Wars in shocking fashion. Our recap…

Star Wars: Ahsoka Episode 8 Review
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This Star Wars: Ahsoka review contains spoilers.

Ahsoka Episode 8

“The Jedi, the Witch, and the Warlord” caps off Ahsoka with an ending that, when compared to the powerful cliffhanger in Rebels that set all of these events in motion, pales in comparison. The episode itself has its highlights as well as quite a few lows, but when you look at the bigger picture that was painted over the course of the eight chapters, this grand finale sadly doesn’t feel all that grand, and it certainly doesn’t reach the great heights of more thrilling, poignant episodes like “Shadow Warrior” and “Far Far Away.”

The heroes are left in precarious positions by episode’s end: Ahsoka, Sabine, and Huyang are stranded on Peridea, and Ezra has returned home to reunite with Hera and Chopper (where’s Zeb?!) and deliver the worst news ever: Thrawn is on his way back to raise the fallen Empire from the dead. The very thing our heroes risked their lives to prevent is coming to pass. But you know what the weird thing is? Ahsoka doesn’t seem to give a shit! With that unintentionally arrogant smile Rosario Dawson has been wearing virtually all season, she says calmly and confidently, “Ezra is where he needs to be, and so are we. It’s time to move on.”

Okay, so, her home galaxy’s doomsday is imminent because she and her friends failed, and her reaction to this outcome is, “It’s time to move on?” Her zen demeanor is, to be fair, completely on-brand, particularly since she gained her newfound, unbreakable faith in the Force following her inter-dimensional heart-to-heart with Anakin a few episodes ago. But shouldn’t we be shown someone—anyone—reacting in panic and horror to literally the worst case scenario unfolding before their eyes? Thrawn is back, but why should we care if none of the characters do? We don’t even get to see Hera’s reaction to Thrawn’s impending return. It’s what her entire story arc revolved around! Where’s the drama?

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