“Together Again” closes off Ahsoka’s arc well and sets her on a path towards the long-awaited Siege of Mandalore.
This recap of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, Episode 8, “Together Again”, contains spoilers. You can check out our thoughts on the previous episode by clicking these words.
“Together Again” brings Ahsoka’s solo arc to a close, which is probably just as well since it has been at least an episode too long. Nevertheless, Ahsoka (Ashley Eckstein) and her trademark selflessness got her into this mess with sisters Trace (Brigitte Kali) and Rafa (Elizabeth Rodriguez) and the dastardly Pyke Syndicate, and it’s her selflessness that’ll get them all out – with some help from her Jedi abilities, obviously.
The Pyke’s boss is Stephen Stanton’s Marg Krim, who makes a pretty mediocre villain since he’s blatantly terrified of a thus-far unseen overlord who Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, Episode 8 finally confirms to be Darth Maul (Sam Witwer), surprising absolutely nobody except perhaps Ahsoka, who overhears he and Krim as she sneaks around sabotaging the Pyke base on Obadia while Trace and Rafa go off to retrieve the spice that was dumped into hyperspace.
Everyone knew this was coming, obviously, but it’s still great to see Maul in The Clone Wars since his presence usually signifies awesome things. This is, you’ll recall, set during his leadership of the Shadow Collective criminal empire, so at the height of his underworld power – everyone is absolutely and hysterically petrified of him, and introducing him as a teasing hologram is a good move to whet appetites for the season’s final four-episode arc, the much anticipated Siege of Mandalore, in which he’ll factor heavily.
But before that, we have some business to handle with Rafa, Trace, and Ahsoka, who make their daring escape in a really well-presented action sequence after a subplot in which the sisters try to blag some replacement spice. What’s most surprising in “Together Again” is that the girls handle all of this without the help of the Mandalorians, who were introduced in the previous episode but don’t make their presence known here until the Ahsoka, Trace, and Rafa have already fled to Coruscant. It’s there that Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) asks for Ahsoka’s helping in wresting control of Mandalore back from Maul.
Of course, Ahsoka’s past as a Jedi is also revealed in the course of Star Wars: The Clone Wars Season 7, Episode 8, which goes surprisingly well considering the sisters’ established attitude towards the Order. Of course, Ahsoka isn’t representative of the entire Order in the same way that the Order’s overarching values aren’t representative of every individual within it. Rafa puts it best when she says that Ahsoka, whether she’s still a part of the Order or not, embodies the idealistic spirit of the Jedi, not their current ethically fluid status as a fighting force. Indeed.
Naturally, though, Ahsoka will be in the midst of the Jedi yet again for the final four episodes. Something to look forward to.
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