Friday, 18 March 2016

Ahsoka's meditations -- Star Wars Rebels: "Shroud of Darkness"



In the latest episode of Star Wars Rebels: “Shroud of Darkness,” many new plot-points were set into motion by means of ‘force vision’ or meditation. But before those foreboding instances even occurred, an intriguing, yet poignant revelation was revealed.
Ahsoka's Revelations

Upon entering the Jedi Temple on Lothal, Ahsoka insisted that Ezra and Kanan unlock the secret doorway that would allow them access to the ancient sanctuary – simply stating, “I am not a Jedi.”

Ezra’s facial expressions were priceless as he turned to face her and quizzically studying her anew. Eager with wonder and questionable curiosity, he prodded to know “why?” Ahsoka’s reaction was calmly expectant, as if she knew Ezra would want to know more. After all, she, herself, had had a master that was almost always … seeking more.

Again, she shows such grace in her composure and plainly explains that it was by choice, her choice that she left the Jedi Order. Oddly enough, Kanan remains quiet, but never takes his eyes off of her. It made me wonder, how much does Kanan know? Did he hear stories of her leaving and did he remember her standing trial during The Clone War? The ambiguity [within Star Wars] rages on …

Ahsoka stands trial -- Star Wars: The Clone Wars
An Uncertain Destiny

So here’s the thing, if Ahsoka is not a Jedi what does that mean for her future?  How does that change what we already think we know? As in: “you must unlearn what you have learned.”

The most epic impending moment of this timeline would be the clash between: Master and Apprentice i.e. Vader [Anakin] and Ahsoka. Almost everyone within the fandom is anxiously waiting to see how her fate plays out. The majority of the masses are dead-set on her dying at the hands of Darth Vader. Sorry about the pun, it was bad form, but you know what I’m getting at.

Honestly, I just don’t see it happening. As she said, “I am not a Jedi.” Therefore, she’s not “one of the hunted,” so to speak. Although, the only thing playing against her is the foreshadowing behind her force vision at the Temple: “you were selfish.” But was she? Maybe from a certain “point of view,” after all, many of the truths we cling to depend greatly on our own point of view. Perhaps, this is what Obi-Wan referred to, when he spoke these fateful words to Luke Skywalker in “Return of the Jedi?” It makes perfect sense to think that Vader would feel this way and it’s even fair to say, that Anakin may have had similar feelings as well. But still, does Vader really harbor “true hatred” for his former apprentice? Hmm … meditate on this I will and careful you must be when sensing the future.

"Why did you leave me?" Star Wars Rebels: "Shroud of Darkness"
Gesture of Affirmation

“No, Master Yoda was very specific. I’m assigned to Anakin Skywalker and he is to supervise my training.”- Ahsoka Tano [TCW movie]

In the last few minutes of “Shroud of Darkness,” we see Ahsoka stop dead-in-her-tracks as she’s leaving the Temple on Lothal. In the tunnel-like pathway, we see her pause and turn around, finding herself face-to-face with Master Yoda. Mind you, she hasn’t seen the tiny green Jedi since she left the Jedi Order [or so we presume], some fifteen [give or take a year] years ago. This scene has also been compared to very familiar and popular scene from Indiana Jones: “The Last Crusade.” The wave, a symbolic gesture of affirmation, is enough to bring anyone to tears! That moment was epic in itself, for finally, Ahsoka received the confirmation of trust she truly deserves and deserved from the beginning. I mean, why else did Yoda assign her to “the chosen one?”

Yoda's wave of "affirmation" Star Wars Rebels: "Shroud of Darkness"
We must be honest with ourselves, think about it. There’s more to her and her connection to Anakin Skywalker than we are led to believe. There’s a reason why Yoda specifically chose her for him. After all, it’s not typical procedure for a padawan to be assigned to a Jedi Knight. Maybe, the majority of the masses are right?  Or perhaps, the force has kept her alive so that she can die at the proper moment - waiting until Darth Vader is at his most vulnerable. Whether or not either of them know, as of yet, of this connection through the force is for now, unclear.

"Easy is the path to wisdom for those only not blinded by themselves.”- The Clone Wars: “Shadow of Malevolence” [1.03] 

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