In the penultimate episode of “Ahsoka” Season 1, fans finally get the answers they’ve been craving as the legendary Grand Admiral Thrawn returns, along with the continued search for Ezra Bridger. Titled “Far, Far Away,” this episode takes us on a thrilling journey with Ahsoka as she seeks to rescue Sabine Wren, but it’s not without its challenges.
Director Jennifer Getzinger brings visual stability to the series, setting the stage for a captivating episode filled with new creatures, the vastness of Thrawn’s Star Destroyer, and creative storytelling. While Dave Filoni’s scripts have left some wanting more, the return of Ezra Bridger and the resolution of the MacGuffin search help recapture the essence of what made “Star Wars Rebels” enjoyable.
The episode opens with Ahsoka and Huyang discussing their previous encounter with Thrawn and Sabine’s crucial decision, leading to a mysterious chain of events. As they embark on their mission to rescue Sabine, little nods to the original trilogy add a touch of nostalgia for fans.
Sabine, left behind by Baylan and Shin, finds herself in a holding cell, questioning Baylan’s true intentions. The script acknowledges the underdevelopment of Baylan’s character, leaving audiences wondering about his true purpose.
The episode takes us to the intriguing planet of Peridea, once the Witch Kingdom of Dathomari, adding depth to the “Star Wars” lore. Thrawn’s live-action debut is impressive, with Lars Mikkelsen portraying him as a menacing figure. Accompanied by Night Troopers and Enoch, Thrawn is determined to capture Sabine and achieve his objectives.
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The Great Mother of the Nightsisters is displeased with Morgan’s surprise guest, Sabine. Thrawn, seizing an opportunity, crafts a heartless plan that sets Sabine on a quest to find Ezra, while Baylan and Shin are tasked with ensuring both their deaths.
Sabine’s journey on Peridea, including a lightsaber-centric fight and her interaction with the adorable Notis, feels like classic “Star Wars Rebels.” However, the series’ subdued color grading remains a missed opportunity for visually engaging storytelling.
In the episode’s final moments, Sabine is reunited with Ezra, their reunion carrying emotional weight. Their bond has evolved, leaving room for potential developments in the remaining episodes.
Thrawn’s plans to learn everything about Ahsoka set the stage for what’s to come. Baylan’s loyalty and Thrawn’s machinations keep viewers guessing about the galaxy’s future. With only two episodes left, “Ahsoka” promises to deliver more thrilling twists and revelations in the galaxy far, far away