Reflections on Chapter 13, The Jedi

With the Razor Crest fully functional, the Mandalorian is finally able to resume his quest. Upon arrival, he finds a forested planet and the subdued city of Calodan. It becomes clear to him that the city is under the thumb of a potentially despotic ruler, especially when he attempts to talk to one of the citizens.
The magistrate of the city compels Djarin’s presence. She convinces him to rid her of the plague of a Jedi. In exchange he would receive a spear of pure beskar. Djarin wisely does not reveal his true purpose for his visit to the planet and heads out on his new “mission.”
It does not take long for Ahsoka Tano to find Djarin. After a brief skirmish she realizes that he is not a foe. She is immediately intrigued by the child and begins to spend time with him. We find out that the child is named Grogu. He was trained by several masters before being hidden away for years due to the Empire’s rule. As their interaction progress, Ahsoka begins to realize that Grogu has formed a strong attachment to Djarin and that he carries much fear. She begins to reflect on her time with Anakin, and what fear did to him. This startles her and gives her great pause about training him.
Djarin convinces her to help her with dealing with the oppressive magistrate in return for ensuring Grogu is trained properly. A Mandalorian and a Jedi. They will never see it coming and they didn’t, until it was too late. Ahsoka bests the magistrate in a duel. As it turned out, the magistrate was quite adept with the beskar spear. In the end, she could not overcome Ahsoka’s mastery in combat. We also find out what Ahsoka’s true purpose on Corvus was about. She was hunting Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Ahsoka is humble enough to know she cannot train Grogu. Instead, she sends the Mandalorian and Grogu to the planet Tython for his destiny to be revealed. Ahsoka has changed. She is much more serene, reflective in calm. Her stormy, spunky nature that we have come to enjoy from the Clone Wars has been tempered with the trials of time.

There are several interesting easter eggs in this chapter. The first major easter egg is Morai. She is a female convor (owl) that is spiritually linked to the “Daughter” one of the force wielders of Mortis. Morai always keeps watch over Ahsoka wherever she goes. The HK-87 droids seem to be a reference to the HK-47 droids in Knights of the Old Republic. Finally, Ahsoka provides many references to her Jedi past that we are all familiar with. However, she never reveals that she herself is not a Jedi.

 

This chapter begins to tie together many aspects of the Star Wars universe that newcomers will want to explore. Dave Filoni and Jon Favereau have done an excellent job of carefully weaving the old established lore organically into a new and interesting story. The beauty of this approach is that you don’t need to know about the past to understand what you are watching. The weaving is so well done that you want to go back and watch what you missed in the original trilogy, the prequels, the Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels.

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