After a long introduction (or reintroduction) from episode one. Ahsoka episode two titled ‘Toil and Trouble’ finds its footing.
Ahsoka Episode Two Recap: 8 / 10 : With much of the previous episode being heavily dependent on prior knowledge of Rebels and Clone Wars, we’re now able to spend more time with Ahsoka Tano, Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo), and crew to move the story forward, which is a good thing.
Warning: Spoilers Ahead.
Sabine takes center stage throughout the episode. The last we saw of her; she was wounded in battle against Shin. We open in a hospital, Ahsoka and Huyang (voice by David Tennant) were able to get her to safety. There’s obvious tension, but Sabine admits she was able to unlock the contents of the map right before she was attacked. Ahsoka wastes no time knowing Morgan Elsbeth and Co. could use it to track Grand Admiral Thrawn. Sabine protests that she can help but Ahsoka insists she stay and rest.
While she rests, Ahsoka visits Sabine’s house to find anything left to salvage. She’s attacked by a lone droid and is able to bring its remains back to the hospital for inspection. Sabine accesses its memory core and finds a location: Corellia, an old New Republic shipyard that was once commanded by Morgan Elsbeth (Diana Lee Inosanto) before the empire fell. Ahsoka, without much acknowledgment of Sabine’s help, marches off to Corelia for answers.
As Sabine is left alone once again, she questions her purpose. Huyang helps her out of this slump by handing her lightsaber over and giving a nice pep talk (kind of a therapy session too). Huyang calls out her excuses for not finishing her Jedi training and the blame she pins on Ahsoka; she’s holding onto the past and not focusing on the future. Claiming she has to want to be taught, not depend on others.
At the other end, as Ahsoka and Hera Syndulla (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) head to Corellia, Hera calls out Ahsoka for her unfair treatment of Sabine. Hera admits she’d like to see them as master and apprentice again, which seems to be an ongoing theme in the show for many characters. Ahsoka says she’d happily train her again, but it’s not her decision to make.
Power Such as You’ve Never Dreamed
Morgan, Baylan, and Shin have smaller roles this time around, but it’s effective, nonetheless. Morgan enlists an inquisitor mercenary to go to Corellia and find Ahsoka as she prepares to find Thrawn. Baylan tells Shin to go assist. Shin asks him what happens when Thrawn returns, and he replies “For some, war. For others, a new beginning. She finalizes by asking what that means for them, and he replies “Power such as you’ve never dreamed.”
The threat of Thrawn is the next ongoing theme covered, they seem to be really selling it, making sure audiences hold on for further episodes. It seems to be working so far; the writing, visuals, and score help with that.
Master and Apprentice
Ahsoka and Hera arrive on Corellia, they ask a shipyard boss for a tour around. They soon discover that some workers are former imperials and question their loyalty. When they notice a suspicious ship leaving the dock, they ask for identification and are denied. Hera asks if there are any HK-1 (assassin droids) here, the boss denies but a droid informs them there were a few that came in and blocked any filing with their high-security clearance. As the ship prepares to leave, a worker shouts, “For the empire!” and tries to kill them. As chaos ensues, Hera gets in her ship to chase and Ahsoka stays on the ground to battle the Inquisitor mercenary.
The fight is nicely choreographed but rather short-lived. The mercenary escapes on an aircraft with Shin and they overlook Ahsoka from above. There’s been a tease in both episodes when it comes to Ahsoka and Shin, maybe they’ll battle toward the end as a payoff, who knows? Hera, with the help of her droid Chopper, placed a tracker on the fleeing ship.
The Verdict: Ahsoka Episode Two Recap
Before the end, back on Lothal, Sabine chooses to leave her past behind and start her next adventure, joining Ahsoka on the hunt for Ezra and Thrawn. They fly off in the ship and Ahsoka says “Take us out, Padawan.”