If you’re a fan of Star Wars and you’ve opted to pass on the Ahsoka series, then you may want to reevaluate your position, because Episode 5, titled, “Shadow Warrior”, may be considered some of the best Star Wars content to ever be released. If anything, it offers up the best portrayal of live-action Anakin Skywalker, and confirmation that Hayden Christensen is a DUDE if he’s given good lines and direction.
This episode shines on all fronts, but the core of its excellence revolves around Anakin Skywalker’s lesson for Ahsoka in the World Between Worlds. Seeing the clone wars in live action with General Skywalker and Young Ahsoka is a treat this stubborn and at times ignorant fan base doesn’t deserve. Taking in Anakin’s brand of teaching again was nostalgic and very on point for how he trained her in The Clone Wars.
His lesson of live or die had double meaning. It both meant does she physically want to live, as well as does she want to actually live her life again instead of just being alive as a shell of her former self. He ultimately taught her that her legacy is valid, she’s done amazing and righteous things, and she also shares the legacy of himself and the Masters before them. While a part of that legacy was filled with war, it was also filled with a lot of good and amazing feats by both Anakin and Ahsoka.
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He also taught her that just because he became Darth Vader, it didn’t mean she would too, and that she could still put faith and even love into Anakin Skywalker and all of the great times they had before his fall. Her time with him did not taint her for life, so when she finally figures out the lesson and chooses to live by not striking down his Vader form, she was reborn as Ahsoka the White, and can now get back to living her life to her full potential versus the shell that Anakin’s fall and her guilt turned her into.
Nick and I will talk more about Shadow Warrior on next week’s episode of the SWTS, so don’t forget to tune into the Star Wars Time Show on a weekly basis via our podcast platforms or via YouTube if you prefer the livestream angle.