Warning! This article contains SPOILERS for Ahsoka episode 6.
- Ahsoka episode 6 proves that the show can function without Ahsoka herself, showing she may not be as important as the title suggests.
- The supporting cast and their storylines are more interesting than Ahsoka’s, drawing viewers in and driving the narrative.
- Ahsoka’s transformation in episode 5 sets her on a path to becoming a more compelling character, bringing back the spark of enthusiasm and adventure that viewers love about her.
Ahsoka episode 6 revealed its hero isn’t really all that important, even in her own Disney+ TV show. No one can fault the Ahsoka Disney+ TV show on its ambition, as heroes and villains alike travel the pathway to Peridea in a distant galaxy. Even the history of the entire Star Wars galaxy has been rewritten, because it seems intergalactic travel was once commonplace.
As exciting as this may be, though, it is making Ahsoka feel a little discordant. Although Anakin Skywalker’s former Padawan is the title character, it’s clearly positioned as Star Wars Rebels season 5 – and its main villain, Grand Admiral Thrawn, was introduced in that animated show. With the exception of Ahsoka episode 5, the focus has rarely been on Ahsoka Tano herself – something confirmed by episode 6.
Ahsoka Is Barely In Episode 6, One Of The Best Episodes To Date
Ahsoka episode 6 is one of the best episodes to date, even though its hero only appears in the opening scene. This can be compared to The Book of Boba Fett, where Din Djarin took over in episodes 5 and 6; it’s not quite as intrusive, because at least in this case the characters have all been secondary in Ahsoka and are simply getting their chance to shine. Still, the fact remains that no viewers have protested over Ahsoka’s absence the way they did with Boba. This unwittingly makes it clear the story of Ahsoka can, and does, function just fine without her inclusion. Star Wars has therefore proved that Ahsoka may not be as important as the show’s title suggests.
Ahsoka’s Supporting Cast Are More Interesting Than The Show’s Star
The simple truth is that Ahsoka‘s supporting cast and characters are more interesting than Ahsoka herself. Villains like Baylan Skoll and Shin Hati are brand-new, and their motives and arcs have drawn viewers in much more than Ahsoka’s. Sabine Wren’s arc has seemed to drive the narrative, because she is the one who manages to unlock the starmap, and who ultimately betrays Ahsoka to allow the villains to get to Peridea. Ahsoka spends most of the time reacting to the stories of other characters.
Many have criticied Rosario Dawson’s Ahsoka Tano for being too stoic and withdrawn, lacking in the character’s iconic enthusiasm and her trademark sense of spontaneity. To be fair, Ahsoka episode 5 stressed there’s a reason for this; she is over-burdened by the weight of the past, withdrawn from those around her. But this has made it harder to connect to Ahsoka, to empathize with her and understand her reactions to events on an emotional level.
Will Ahsoka’s Transformation Make Her A More Compelling Character?
It likely won’t be this way for the rest of the series, though. Ahsoka underwent a transformation in Ahsoka episode 5 that set her on the path to becoming Ahsoka the White, a character change set up in Star Wars Rebels‘ epilogue and since retconned into this story. Viewers already got a quick glimpse of how this transformation has helped Ahsoka return to her old self; that episode concluded with her using the Force to empathize with an animal, returning to the first Force power she ever used, and there was a delightful sense of wonder around her interaction with the purrgil. Amusingly, Huyang even had to tell Ahsoka to come back inside their ship as they flew into the purrgil’s mouth. It was all so very reminiscent of the young, spontaneous Ahsoka seen in Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the Ahsoka everyone has wanted to see.
While Ahsoka will still remain changed by everything she’s gone through ever since the Clone Wars, there’s hope that Ahsoka’s character growth will bring back that spark of enthusiasm and adventure that viewers love about her. This will help to make Ahsoka more relevant in her series, and would make the future absence of her in an episode like this much more obvious. For now, Ahsoka episode 6 works just fine without her, and that’s not a trend Star Wars likely intends to keep. Ahsoka will need to continue showing how she’s changed in order to keep up with the intrigue of the support characters she’s surrounded by.
Ahsoka releases new episodes Tuesdays at 6 pm PT / 9 pm ET on Disney+.