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Ahsoka and The Force In Star Wars Rebels–Part 1

Ahsoka and The Force In Star Wars Rebels–Part 1

*Spoilers* for the Star Wars Rebels season two finale, “Twilight of the Apprentice.”

Snips has grown up.  We saw Ahsoka Tano, former padawan to Clone Wars hero, Anakin Skywalker, grow up from a young, sometimes impetuous student to a cunning warrior and finally into a disillusioned Jedi who walked away from a life she had always known in the Jedi Temple because she believed that perhaps the Jedi Order had lost its way.  As she walked down the steps of the Jedi Temple, we may have believed that we would never see her again.  Once I’ve recovered from the season two finale of Star Wars Rebels I’ll tell you about how I came to terms with Ahsoka walking out of our lives, seemingly forever and then initially resented her return in the era of the original trilogy.  Ask me in about six month though; it’s going to take a while to get past the season finale, Twilight of the Apprentice.”

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So much happened in these back to back episodes that I have watched them over and over in order to make sense of the revelations.  Even though we have had earth-shattering events occur like Kanan’s blindness, the return of Darth Maul, the deaths of three Inquisitors, Darth Vader nearly killing Ezra and the tear-inducing reunion and battle of the former Jedi with his former apprentice that may or may not have trapped Ahsoka within the Sith temple (pause to catch breath) and Ezra apparently embracing the dark side as he opens a Sith holocron, I keep coming back to how Ahsoka has grown as a teacher and as a practitioner of the light side of the force.  With the dark side surrounding our heroes in the form of Maul, the Inquisitors, Vader and well, an entire Sith planet, Ahsoka’s maturity in the force was showcased multiple times.  In the dark times leading up to the arrival of Luke Skywalker at the Battle of Yavin, it appears that Ahsoka is providing a light and a hope for the galaxy that is as bright as the pure white energy of her lightsabers.

Twilight of the Apprentice opens with Ahsoka speaking via hologram with her old friend, Rex.  They share a moment that recalls their first meeting so many years ago on Christophsis which is touching to be sure, but then Rex, with a look of concern tells Ahsoka, “May the force be with you.”   Even though Rex was captain to Anakin Skywalker and even though the clones of the Republic Army worked closely with the Jedi Knights I would tend to believe that a clone would not believe in the force.  They were bred for war, to kill.  They may have seen their Jedi superiors do amazing things and maybe they could even agree that there is some power that the Jedi can tap into but I don’t see a clone actually believing in the force on a spiritual level.  There was no mistaking that he was wishing Ahsoka well though, that the force would be with her. It wasn’t said with a half-smile and a bit of smirk like Han Solo did in Star Wars: Episode IV A New Hope. Rex meant it.  I believe that after the horror of Order 66 Rex probably didn’t believe in much of anything apart from survival.  The time he has spent with Ahsoka since their reunion in The Lost Commanders from earlier in the season makes me think that he has finally experienced the light side of the force in a pure form; untainted by the dark side as his former masters were while under the influence of Darth Sidious.  When Ahsoka walked away from the Jedi Temple at the end of The Clone Wars she freed herself from this dark influence and was able to discover a truer essence of the light side. This woman is no “part-timer” as Maul sarcastically names her.

Screen Shot 2016-04-03 at 11.38.02 PMNext week I conclude my look at Ahsoka as I continue to examine her interactions with Ezra, Kanan and Darth Vader in the season two finale of Star Wars Rebels.

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I welcome your feedback! My email is MikeM@coffeewithkenobi.com. You can find me on Twitter @MikeTarkin and also at my website, MikeTarkin.com –“Star Wars In My Corner of the Galaxy.”

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