Next week is Star Wars Rebels final farewell, it’s going to be hard to say goodbye to this show. But before thinking about that, let’s talk about this week’s episodes!
Last week, the show gave us two mind-blowing episodes with Kanan’s death but this week was on another level, it added so much to the Star Wars lore and to the Force lore. “A World Between Worlds” is the best episodes this series has given us and some of the best storytelling Star Wars has ever given us, that’s how important and great they are! Plus it included some amazing guest stars! The show is giving everything they have with these final episodes!
The first one was Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, The Mentalist, Star Trek Generations) who voiced Veris Hydan, an advisor to the Emperor who had knowledge about the Jedi and Sith, he was a scholar. And McDowell’s voice was quite a good fit for the character! The design was like a cheap version of the Emperor’s advisors from Return of the Jedi, which I like!
The second guest star was Ian McDiarmid who returned to voice Palpatine! After four seasons, we finally got to see the Emperor and the team just nailed it unlike some previous legacy characters who appeared on the show. Visually, it really looked like the Emperor!
The final guest-star was the one that surprised me the most because I didn’t expect her to be back, I don’t think anybody expected her to be back now – Ashley Eckstein and Ahsoka Tano! AHSOKA LIVES! And I’m just so happy about it! I knew she survived that encounter against Darth Vader on Malachor, I knew it! I’ll talk more about this later but now I just need Filoni to tell us more of Ahsoka’s story and not in a book, I need either an animated movie or a mini tv series about her!
Back in season 2, we learned from Minister Tua that the Emperor had bigger plans for Lothal and it all paid off in these two new episodes revealing something quite shocking! Lothal Jedi Temple was a lot more than what it appeared to be. It contained something that no one could have imagined – a portal to another world. As Hydan would describe it “a pathway between all time and space!” Rebels did that yes! The access to that portal was a painting featuring the Mortis Gods – The Daughter, The Father and The Son. And also the convor who often followed Ahsoka in the series, the name of that bird was revealed to be Morai and as Hydan theorized it, it could be the Daughter, at least it’s connected to her. It also added a lot to the Mortis arc. The Father in that arc talked about a great power that his family had, now it makes sense the power they had – they had access to that world between all worlds, to this place where they could see everything that happened in the universe, past, present and future. The Mortis episodes were already some strange episodes (in the best possible way) but “A World Between Worlds” added even more to that strangeness and mythology. That portal opened so many possibilities. It made sense that the Emperor wanted access to such a place as he could control the universe if he did. There were hints he was looking for that power in the Tarkin novel with his researches in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant but it wasn’t clear what he was after at the time. Star Wars Rebels is connecting everything together.
So how Ahsoka survived? Thanks to the portals. Ezra who entered this world found the portal that was giving access to the Ahsoka vs Vader duel and at the last second, he grabbed Ahsoka and brought her inside this world! For her, her fight against Vader was just seconds ago while it was awhile ago but like on Mortis, Time doesn’t work the same inside this world. Ahsoka played a key role for Ezra in this episode as she helped him learned one last lesson – letting go. When Ezra realized he saved Ahsoka, he tried to do the same with Kanan but in the end he listened to Ahsoka. Kanan had found the perfect moment to die, he found the moment when people needed him the most and that’s when he sacrificed himself. In the end, Ahsoka returned to her portal with Morai. Back on Malachor, she returned in the Sith Temple as we saw it in the last moments of ‘Twilight of the Apprentice’. I just love when stories are playing with the notions of time and stuff like that.
Ezra having opened this world, also allowed the Emperor to find him, and saw the portal, even if it didn’t last long, Ezra and Ahsoka confronted him and that was an awesome scene! These blue flames/energy attacking the two Jedi, great moment!
In the end, you can guess that Ezra closed the portal that was giving access to this world and the Lothal Temple was destroyed … or gone, like it was never here in the first place, just the symbol on the ground. Just like what happened with Mortis. Lots of parallels between these episodes.
The final scene of “A World Between Worlds” was just as emotional as Kanan’s death. Dume, the wolf stopped for a moment, looking at Ezra saying goodbye to Kanan before disappearing into the haze. And that’s just Kanan saying goodbye and leaving this world. I just had tears in my eyes watching this scene It was visually outstanding, the show should win an Emmy award just for that sequence alone.
“A World Between Worlds” is Star Wars Rebels best episode and some of Star Wars best storytelling ever! It added so much to the Force lore, much like the Mortis arc did at the time. This episode hits you right in the feels and finally Ahsoka’s fate is answered! Thank you Dave Filoni for everything you’ve done for Star Wars!