Every time an episode of The Clone Wars lands, Fantha Tracks will be giving their responses, and here are our initial gut feelings, deep dives and thoughts on the eighth episode of season seven – Together Again. Beware of spoilerific elements in here.
“You can change who you are, but you cannot run from yourself.”
Prisoners in peril! Former Jedi apprentice, Ahsoka Tano, befriended two sisters, Trace and Rafa Martez, who grew up in the underworld of Coruscant. After learning that the sisters blamed the Jedi Knights for the death of their parents, Ahsoka must decide if she’s willing to reveal her Jedi past and use her skills to aid in their escape.
Fearing her new friends will feel betrayed by this revelation, Ahsoka is left with a difficult choice….
Well, well, well, here we are again. I don’t know if this episode or the previous one was more needless, I think it would have been merged easily. I wrote in the review of the last chapter: “We are in the same situation at the end of the episode as in its opening seconds”. So Dangerous Debt should have been left out entirely, and its essential parts should have been outlined in Together Again.
Many people around the internet moaned about the portraying of the Martez sisters. I even read comments which said Trace behaves like a person with autism. But I couldn’t disagree more. We must not forget these two are kids, more importantly, adolescents. Everyone knows that age, the kids in that part of their life are annoying (mostly), but the Martez sisters are funny, quick thinking and cunning female characters. More interesting women for me than Ahsoka Tano herself. Through them, we even get to know how the ordinary people of the galaxy live their life, how they see the Jedi. The Martez sisters are excellent additions to the canon and a smart change from the unfinished episodes of the seventh season we saw years ago.
As I wrote before, this story-arc has many in-universe references and connections, which made me really happy because we see part of known things as never before. That’s the power of this story-arc, and I don’t even care about the story itself. In this episode, our offbeat heroines broke out from prison, and Ahsoka finally met the Mandalorians. This is the way – to connect the second and the last story-arc.
Well, Together Again makes connections between The Phantom Menace and The Clone Wars as we see more people from the Toong species which had a celebrated podracer, Ben Quadinaros in Episode I. These Toongs were an excellent source of humour in the scenes where they appeared.
This chapter also connects The Clone Wars and Solo: A Star Wars Story as well. Maul popped up in a holo message with the Pykes, and he spoke about his syndicate Crimson Dawn. We didn’t know before when the Crimson Dawn was established and how it has gained its power in the galaxy far far away. But now, we know a little bit more about the crime life of Star Wars.
Sam Witwer and Ashley Eckstein created a hype around the last story-arc (Siege of Mandalore) with their statements in the previous two months. After these Ahsoka stories (which were – we can confess – filler episodes), I hope we will get an epic four-episode finale which will follow the path of this season and will create interconnections between several projects.
The final episode of the Ahsoka arc has finished and it’s a solid ending to an uneven but satisfying 4 part story.
When this arc was announced I wasn’t sure how I felt about a 4 episode arc all about this trio, but now that we have seen it all, I’m very happy with it. Previously, we had gotten a view of Coruscant life that the Jedi, and we the audience, don’t normally see. This time we see how Trace and Rafa react to the final reveal of Ahsoka being a Jedi. Ahsoka says her story for leaving was complicated and I thought Rafa’s reaction was great “I don’t want to hear your complicated story.” I’m going to miss these characters and I hope we get a chance to check in on them in some future story.
The escape from the Pykes isn’t quite as bold as last week’s episode. This time around it’s a more dramatic conflict as Ahsoka seems to betray the sisters and then her Jedi past is revealed. The starship chase is fun. I especially liked Trace playing chicken with the patrol ship.
What really made this episode stand out for me was the ending. In the last few minutes of the episode, as the trio has made it safely back to Coruscant, the three of them have to deal with everything that happened between them. Rafa and Trace understand why Ahsoka was acting as she was and finally express gratitude for saving them. Then the Mandalorians enter the picture. Bo Katan asking for Ahsoka’s help and watching them all fly off together to Mandalore. This feels like just the first taste of what we have all been waiting for since the return of The Clone Wars was announced.
I’ve enjoyed our time with the Martez sisters and the Pykes and I can’t wait to see what’s next.
We’re back in the cell after the circuitous adventure of the last episode, but this time Ahsoka has a plan on how to get her newly found friends out of trouble. Thing is, her optimism has rubbed off on the elder Martez sister, making for a fun adventure that brings with it a variety of reveals and emotions.
Suggesting to the Pykes that Rafa and Trace leave to get the spice on the proviso that she stays, Ahsoka not only allows herself the space to use her powers unseen by the sisters, but shows them both – especially Rafa – that she is a friend to be trusted. Thing is, Rafa is impressed but determined not to let Ahsoka have one over on her (not that it matters, big galaxy, would they ever meet again after this?) and so crafts a plan to go back to Oba-Diah and break her out. Her plan – fool the Pykes into thinking they’ve delivered the promised spice after stealing said spice from the Pykes. It’s a smart and audacious plan, fraught with obstacles but vague enough for Rafa to riff her way out of it.
Faced with some obstinate Toong’s (the same species as Ben Quadinaros from The Phantom Menace) and a burly Trandoshan, they manage to escape with the spice while Ahsoka is leaping around the Pyke refinery like Spider-Man, laying down bombs to destroy the facility….until she is captured.
Throw into the mix a hologram appearance from Maul, threatening that Crimson Dawn could take over the Pyke syndicate if matters didn’t improve and the re-appearance of a post-Death Watch Bo-Katan who needs Ahsoka’s help and you have a fascinating episode. There are examples of the Jedi inability to connect with the populace, leaving the door open for the rise of Palpatine, rotting the Republic from within – how 2005’s Revenge of the Sith connects with 2020 is uncanny – and a hopeful future for Rafa and Trace (please let us see more of their adventures, great characters) and a change of destiny for Lady Tano, but not after leaving her swoop with the sisters to collect at a later date. The Siege of Mandalore arc is very highly anticipated as we prepare, once again, to say goodbye to this magnificent series.
We also discuss Together Again on Episode 31 of Making Tracks, “Wouldn’t It Be Cool If…”.
This week in Together Again, The Clone Wars concludes Ahsoka’s journey with the Martez sisters in an episode filled with action and intrigue. While the episode begins with our trio once again locked behind bars, it takes little time for a plan to be formulated that will put the newfound trust Ahsoka has earned to the test, as she proves that while she may no longer identify as a Jedi, the teachings, skills, and selflessness will always be a part of her.
The evolution of Rafa and Trace’s characters is apparent as we witness them reject the safety that Ahsoka provides them in order to mount a rescue operation, putting their own well-being aside to fly right back into danger, determined to rescue their new friend.
A fantastic job is done in wrapping up their journey together while providing tantalising moments of foreshadowing for the Siege of Mandalore, and the episode handles the reveal of a few truths unknown to our characters in a satisfying way.
With the re-introduction of Bo Katan and her Mandalorian rebels, the episode promises that the coming finale arc will be well worth the wait. The pieces are set and plans are in motion now that will lead to an explosive and likely emotional end to a show that has been a part of my life since childhood, and I look forward with caution to seeing just how it will all end. I only wish we could have spent more time with the Martez sisters, as their characters have begun to grow dear to me, although I understand that with the show’s immediate proximity to Revenge of the Sith they are likely better off being absent from the coming conclusion. I remain excited for the final arc and grateful that we were able to witness Ahsoka’s time outside of the Jedi order, before the purge.
Thanks to Ben Turfrey, Ben Földi, and Paul DePaola for their reviews.