Let's talk about the fifth episode of the second season of The Mandalorian, The Jedi, in which we finally meet Ahsoka Tano and discover new information about Baby Yoda's past, and her future.
New Thursday, new article on the second season of The Mandalorian! Today we talk about the fifth episode, that is de The Jedi, written and directed by Dave Filoni. As might be expected from the title and name of its author, this episode introduces us to the live-action version of Ahsoka Tano,
Before moving on to the actual article, I remind you that last year we wrote a series of lore insights on the entire first season of The Mandalorian! You can find these articles in the following links: 1 × 01, 1 × 02, 1 × 03, 1 × 04, 1 × 05, 1 × 06, 1 × 07 e 1 × 08. THU instead you can find the review of the first season. At the following links you can find my reflections on the first two episodes of the second season of The Mandalorian: The sheriff, The Passenger, The Heir e The Siege. In this articleInstead, we talked about the recent controversies that have arisen around the figure of Gina Carano.
ATTENTION: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS SPOILERS!
Short synopsis de The Jedi
The journey of Din Djarin and the Child towards Ahsoka Tano's search continues and, finally, comes to its conclusion. Landed on Corvus, which turns out to be a wasteland, the two ask for information in the village of Calodan, where the population is kept in conditions of terror and poverty.
Of course, finding Ahsoka won't be easy. In fact, the Jedi is currently wanted by the Magistrate (yes, it is said Magistrate, not Magistrate, when the contact person is a woman) of Calodan, Morgan Elsbeth. The Magistrate then hires Din to kill the Jedi, promising to pay him back by giving him one spear made in pure beskar.
The meeting with Ahsoka Tano
Obtaining information on Ahsoka's whereabouts, Din sets out on the trail of the Jedi, barely avoiding being beheaded by the latter when, finally, he manages to find her. Ahsoka immediately manages to communicate, through the empathy given by the Force, with the Child, thus revealing his name: Yellow. (Yes, that's why from now on we won't call him Baby Yoda anymore, for your joy.) (And for a level playing field, it seems right to call Mando by name too, so from this article on he will always be Din Djarin).
Ahsoka reveals to Din that Grogu was raised by several Jedi Masters and Masters in the temple of Coruscant, until the fateful Order 66. At that point, Grogu was rescued and hidden, living in secrecy and constant fear, until Din arrived. With help from Din, Ahsoka demonstrates how Grogu can use the Force, if driven by the right motivations. However, the Jedi admits that she is unable to train the little one. Din, however, does not give peace and offers her an agreement: Grogu's training in exchange for her help to get rid of the Magistrate and free Calodan from her grasp.
Ahsoka agrees and the two launch an attack that leaves the Magistrate's mercenaries and droids with little hope. As Ahsoka confronts the bulk of the enemy troops, Din frees the captive citizens, stealing her hostages from Morgan Elsbeth. Ahsoka then confronts the Magistrate in a duel, eventually managing to disarm her and have the position of the Imperial she's looking for revealed: Thrawn.
With the clashes over, Din prepares, obviously reluctantly, to part with Grogu. However, Ahsoka again refuses to train the little guy, because now the latter sees Din as a father and it would therefore be impossible to give him proper Jedi training. Ahsoka, however, before leaving, gives Din one last piece of advice: go upstairs tython, with one of the oldest Jedi temples, and there to see if Grogu will embrace the Force. In that case, perhaps another Jedi will be able to sense him and come and train him.
Positive elements de The Jedi
Where to start? Let's cut the bull's head and start with the most obvious question: Ahsoka.
How Ahsoka Tano was introduced
Well, what can I say? There are already dozens and dozens of sites that have pointed out very well as much as the Ahsoka's The Mandalorian is done well, from all points of view. The character is well characterized and over the de The Jedi showed her personality well, charting the full range of Ahsoka's typical behaviors The Clone Wars e Rebellious: pragmatic and with few scruples when necessary, but in the rest of the cases kind, patient and unselfish. I also found his refusal to train Grogu very interesting, as he expresses how much very well the trauma of having lost your teacher influenced Ahsoka and makes her suspicious of any Jedi training that deviates from the classic one taught by the old Order.
I didn't mind either aesthetic rendering of the character. In fact, ne The Jedi we see Ahsoka with shorter cranial appendages than she had in the series Rebellious, and therefore more closely resembles the aesthetics it had in The Clone Wars. While this aesthetic choice baffled many people, it wasn't a big deal for me, as I prefer Ahsoka's design of The Clone Wars to that of Rebellious.
Who will be the Jedi who will respond to Grogu's call?
Now, this question has already led to several discussions in my house this past weekend. There are many possibilities, all already fully explained in various articles on other specialized sites. Here we quote right this, from the Insolence of R2D2.
Personally, I would very much like Grogu to be trained by a Jedi who values human and family relationships more, and that recognizes the importance of having a family (whether acquired or not) to be linked to. In this way, in fact, it would be possible to combine Grogu's training with Din's stay.
In that sense, I think they would be very suitable Luke Skywalker ed Ezra Bridger. In fact, both of these characters have formed a solid network of relationships of friendship and affection around them, creating real acquired families, and therefore both fall short of the Jedi idea of prohibiting close ties (which in any case does not mean prohibiting the affection or even love towards others). Plus, both Luke and Ezra have had a strong bond with a father figure, respectively Vader / Anakin and Kanan, and have been able to manage this bond with maturity, without being led to the dark side.
In that sense, perhaps Ezra could understand Grogu's urges to protect Din at all costs even better than Lukeeven to the detriment of the health of the adoptive father's friends. In fact, Ezra has repeatedly flirted with the dark side, especially when he was put in the position of having to protect Kanan from someone or couldn't protect Kanan, as we saw happening in the first and second / third seasons of Rebellious.
Negative elements de The Jedi
While I enjoyed the episode a lot in general, there are a few things that made me think.
First, I have found enough Ahsoka's clumsy fight. This is certainly due to the fact that the production has not been able to hire a stuntwoman and a choreographer of serious fights, not to an oversight or naivety of another kind. However, switching between Ahsoka's fluid fights in the final episodes of season seven of The Clone Wars to these clumsy moves was a notable downgrade. Maybe next season Disney will give more stunt money.
Too many easter eggs suck
Also, I got the impression that as we move forward and increase the references to Dave Filoni's other works, The Mandalorian is becoming more and more cryptic for anyone who hasn't seen the animated series. While it's perfectly clear to me why Ahsoka is looking for Thrawn and why this is important, what a viewer who hasn't seen would understand about it. Rebellious? Also, what an impression one might make of Ahsoka a person who hasn't known her since The Clone Wars, but who meets her for the first time there The Jedi? I can't answer.
Plus, honestly, I really have too much by now the impression that The Mandalorian relies mostly on easter egg characters which are presented every two episodes. In fact, ne The Sheriff we had Boba Fett as the easter egg character, while the third was Bo-Katan, and finally the fifth we had Ahsoka. And while referencing previous (and later) products is important and helps to fit the series into a compact continuity, I get the impression that these easter eggs are in danger remove the focus of the series from the story of Din and Grogu. At this point, personally, I would like to see at least two episodes focusing only on the two actual protagonists of The Mandalorian, so that they can better see the evolution of their relationship.
Then, of course, the great thing about The Mandalorian is that every episode, however heavy the easter eggs are, use these quotes to better define Din's characterization and to evolve his character. For example, Bo-Katan helped Din better understand Mandalorian culture, while Ahsoka allowed him to evolve his relationship with Grogu.
There is little to say: The Jedi it's an episode that I really enjoyed.
I really enjoyed Ahsoka's surrender and the revelation of Grogu's identity and past. Also, I found Corvus very well done, with its dead forests, its huge spooky herbivores, and its sickly yellowish vibe. Me too'Calodan architecture it is very interesting and I really appreciated how its medieval atmosphere has been transposed into the technological world of Star Wars, creating that combination of technology and backwardness that characterizes this work so much.
I hope the next few episodes are more focused on Din and Grogu, on their relationship and their needs, leaving aside the easter egg characters momentarily.