“Deal No Deal” sees Ahsoka pulled deeper into the underworld as a deal on Kessel quickly turns sour.
This recap of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, Episode 6, “Deal No Deal”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
Ahsoka (Ashley Eckstein) continues to plunge deeper into the underworld in “Deal No Deal”, mostly for having little else to do and nowhere else to go. Still taking shelter with Trace (Brigitte Kali) and Rafa (Elizabeth Rodriguez), and still keeping her true identity as a Jedi on the down-low, she doesn’t have much choice but to follow along when Rafa asks Trace to be in her pilot in an obviously illegal and dangerous journey to Kessel.
Kessel has been at least referred to for virtually as long as Star Wars has existed, and both Solo and Rebels visited the place, so anyone with even a cursory knowledge of the lore will have a suspicion of what Rafa’s “deal” is going to consist of. Her roping her little sister into the affair seems hopelessly naïve, though the fact she tried initially to keep her out of it implies that she does perhaps care a little bit – however, when there’s no other option, she’s clearly willing to put her family’s life on the line for profit. It’s a good job Ahsoka is around.
It’s a good job, too, that Ahsoka’s secret Jedi life has given her not only the skills and experience to keep them alive, but the relationships to get Trace’s ship the Silver Angel through a military flight lane; as they’re leaving Coruscant, Admiral Yularen (Tom Kane) wants to arrest them but is talked into allowing the vessel to pass by Anakin Skywalker (Matt Lanter), who clearly senses his former Padawan aboard. It’s a nice little scene and a reminder that Ahsoka, despite leaving the Order, didn’t just disappear from the galaxy until she was written into another show.
Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, Episode 6 quickly reveals that Rafa has agreed to pick up spice, mined from the bleak world by slaves at the behest of a fancy upper-crust reclining in a literal castle – don’t tell me you expected the franchise that dubbed its evil military force “Stormtroopers” to be subtle in its class politics. The ethics of this are argued over until Trace dumps the shipment, leaving them all indebted to the notorious Pyke Syndicate, who you’ll recall as part of Darth Maul’s Shadow Collective in previous seasons of The Clone Wars, as well as featuring in the Son of Dathomir comics series and Solo and being mentioned in countless other corners of the canon.
That’s more or less where we leave things at the end of “Deal No Deal”, with our “heroes” still in a bit of a pickle that even Ahsoka’s Jedi mind tricks can’t get them out of easily. With little to no action, this was a more character-driven episode, and a fine one to set up the remaining half of the arc, where one assumes things will get worse before they get better.
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