Except for Andor and Obi-Wan Kenobi, which capitalized on their captive audience’s streaming attention span, all of the Disney+ Star Wars programs have suffered from too-short episodes that snuffed out their promise.
After a two-episode launch, the Ahsoka series has fallen into the same trap as Episode 3, which is only thirty minutes long.
This format appears to mimic the model that viewers of The Star Wars Ahsoka (TV series) and Rebels are more familiar with; nevertheless, these programs always had seasons that lasted fifteen to twenty-two episodes.
Shorter episodes inside longer seasons made sense since the tales they wanted to tell needed time to develop over episode arcs. Dave Filoni does not have time to lazily meander through the Ahsoka series Season 1, and it is never clearer than in the hilariously named “Time to Fly.”
Following on from “Toil and Trouble,” the episode begins with Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) practicing with Huyang (David Tennant) onboard Ahsoka’s (Rosario Dawson) ship as they set out to discover more about Thrawn’s (Lars Mikkelsen) impending return.
The training session isn’t very novel or imaginative, especially for fans of Star Wars Ahsoka: Jedi Challenges or Jedi: Fallen Order, but Steph Green’s directing makes it aesthetically enjoyable to watch.
The Disney+ synopsis for “Time to Fly” says Hera (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) will “tangle with New Republic politics” in the episode, but that’s about it.
Hera meets with Chancellor Mothma (Genevieve O’Reilly) and a panel of disinterested senators at the Santhe Shipyards on Corellia to discuss her findings. She tries to warn the senators about the Imperial sympathizers she discovered there, but the senators argue that all of the former Imperials are loyal to their vows.
Mothma becomes genuinely concerned by Hera’s next revelation, that Thrawn may still be alive, but the rest of the tribunal is unmoved.
“Master and Apprentice” makes it appear as though Ahsoka and Hera had never discussed the hunt for Thrawn or Ezra Bridger, but the senators accuse Hera of attempting to divert New Republic funding for her desire to find Ezra through this interaction.
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