A beautiful-looking and emotionally-stirring climax rounds out Ahsoka’s arc perfectly.
This recap of Tales of the Jedi season 1, episode 6, “Resolve”, contains spoilers.
“Resolve” is a fantastic episode of Star Wars animation, with the same sense of cinematic majesty as The Clone Wars finale but a tighter emotional and character focus. Not to get hyperbolic, obviously, but this episode would be worth the price of admission for the entire anthology (helped, obviously, by the fact the price is nothing at all) on its own.
Tales of the Jedi season 1, episode 6 recap
This episode is only a few minutes longer than Tales of the Jedi episode 5, which felt much too short, but I guess that’s what happens when you cram so much story in. A lot of “Resolve” is taken from E. K. Johnston’s young adult novel Ahsoka, but some of it is new, such as the opening of Ahsoka at a candlelit vigil for Padme, this being set after Order 66.
Well, perhaps it’d be more accurate to say it takes place during Order 66. Exterminating the Jedi didn’t happen overnight. The Empire pursued them all over the place for quite some time, so Ahsoka is forced to go into hiding. We catch up with her later, when she’s relatively settled on a rural backwater amongst some ordinary blue-collar folks, not all of whom are to be trusted.
As is always the case with such things, Ahsoka’s true nature is eventually discovered, and different people do different things with the information. Unfortunately, someone rats her out to an Inquisitor, the Empire’s specialized Jedi-hunting unit, and said Inquisitor arrives to kill Ahsoka. And this turns out to be a mistake since Ahsoka dispatches him fairly easily.
But “Resolve” turns the production up to eleven for this sequence. It’s gorgeous, the soundtrack is stirring, and the choreography – it isn’t a fight really, more of a showcase – gets right to the heart of both Ahsoka’s power and how sick she is of having to use it.
The episode ends on a note of reassurance that she’s not quite done using it yet, though. After calling in a favor from Bail Organa to help the farmers who have been displaced by the Inquisitor’s attack, he asks if she’s ready to get back in the fight – and she is. The Empire isn’t going anywhere unless someone like Ahsoka stands up to them. It’s a perfect encapsulation of her journey through self-imposed exile and denial, and a wonderful way to cap off the anthology.