April 20, 2024

Ahsoka Episode 5 Debuts Animal Connection Force Power In Live-Action


  • Star Wars: Ahsoka brings a lesser-utilized Force ability to the forefront, connecting it to the animated series it was inspired by.
  • The latest episode of Ahsoka introduces new live-action additions and connects the plot to the final act of Rebels.
  • Ahsoka’s ability to communicate with animals through the Force creates a powerful connection and adds to the overall theatrical experience of the show.

Star Wars: Ahsoka brought one of its protagonist’s lesser-utilized Force abilities to the forefront in a way that harkens back to the Rebels finale.

Created by Dave Filoni with an explicit connection to Star Wars: Rebels, the Disney Plus show Star Wars: Ahsoka follows its titular character, Ahsoka Tano, as she discovers new threats threatening the peace of the galaxy in the early years of the New Republic that formed from the ashes of the first Galactic Empire. Debuting to massive fanfare on the streamer, the show draws heavily from Filoni’s past work on animated Star Wars properties, setting the series up for some spectacular and well-appreciated live-action debuts of characters and concepts previously only seen in animation. There have also been a few new additions to the franchise’s canon.

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One such new addition to Ahsoka came in its latest episode, drawing another link between the live-action series and its animated predecessors. Ahsoka episode 5 played in select theaters as part of a mid-season fan celebration and debuted some of the best live-action additions to the series since its inception. In the episode, Ahsoka encounters Purrgils and realizes that they constitute her best bet of finding Sabine and potentially saving Ezra Bridger. Taking to the top of her ship, she uses the Force to connect to and communicate with the massive creatures, eventually hitching a ride into hyperspace by flying her ship into the mouth of one of the larger ones. This moment, which seems to be the final leap in connecting the Ahsoka plot with the final act of Rebels, mirrors Ezra’s power to connect with animals and his actions in the final episode of the latter.

While Ezra used the Purrgils to remove Thrawn from the equation during the battle for Lothal, Ahsoka will seemingly finally find him using the same method. Unlike the last change that Star Wars: Ahsoka made that upset some fans, this Force ability isn’t new. The more recent animated series, Tales of the Jedi, reveals Ahsoka’s backstory, giving fans the first instance of her using this ability to great effect. After being taken from her mother by a wild beast on her home planet and standing seconds away from becoming its next meal, the young Ahsoka touches the beast on the face and communicates with it through the Force, eventually riding it back home safe and sound.

While Ahsoka has already been shown to have the ability to communicate with animals through the Force, the brains behind the Disney Plus show are likely aware that most of the audience, even those intimately familiar with the Star Wars: Rebels continuity, would have never known or forgotten about it. With that in mind, using the ability that most fans associate with Ezra as the final key to his retrieval has poetry that fans might key into more so than the callback to Tales of the Jedi‘s debut episode. This powerful connection, alongside Star Wars character Captain Rex’s live-action debut in the same episode and many more similar surprises, has delivered what many consider an experience worth a theatrical release.

Star Wars: Ahsoka is now available for streaming on Disney Plus.

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