The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 5 had so much more than an Ahsoka Tano reveal (although that was amazing!). Dave Filoni CRUSHED this episode.
From the moment the title of The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 5 was revealed — The Jedi — I knew it was going to be an incredible episode. Not to mention Dave Filoni directed it. But I truly was not expecting this to be my favorite episode of the entire series so far. We got so much more than “just” Ahsoka Tano.
Warning: SPOILERS for The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 5
Read on for my quick recap and review of The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 5. Be warned, there are MASSIVE spoilers ahead. Enjoy!
I think we all knew that Ahsoka would be making her live action debut in this episode, but I didn’t expect it to be right off the bat. I figured Dave would make us wait at least 10 to 15 minutes. But nope, he revealed her right away. Cloaked, two lightsabers, and more badass than ever. Because of this we end up with SO MUCH Ahsoka Tano in the episode and I loved every second of it.
I admit, I was very nervous about the voice. I am so used to Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka (still a little bitter she isn’t playing the live action version). But Rosario did a pretty decent job with it, not going to lie. It worked. Her version of Ashoka — works. She looks like she stepped right out of the animated shows. Incredible. She was everything I had hoped for, and so much more.
The Child’s Name & Backstory
One of the coolest parts about this episode is the solid two minutes we get of Ahsoka Tano and The Child looking at each other. They are clearly interacting through the force. They are literally having a conversation that we cannot hear and it is EVERYTHING!
Ahsoka then mentions The Child’s actual name. His real name. Grogu. We also learn that he was being trained on Coruscant when things went crazy. You know, Anakin becoming Darth Vader and killing all the younglings, and Order 66. That whole mess.
Anyways, Grogu was hidden and then taken away, but his memories are dark and he isn’t sure what happened. Ahsoka also feels that there is fear in Grogu, and doesn’t want to train him. We all know what fear can do to even the most powerful of Jedi, and Ahsoka indirectly mentions Anakin when she talks about this.
Thrawn Name Drop
A big part of this episode is Ahsoka versus Morgan Elisabeth. We know her as the Magistrate in this episode and she is… not nice, to put it simply. She is torturing the people she is ruling over. Ahsoka wants some information from her. Mando helps her fight and eventually Ahsoka and Morgan go head to head (an epic fight, honestly).
Ahsoka askes Morgan where her master is, then drops the name — Thrawn. WHAT! Talk about some major tie ins! The Mandalorian is not playing around with this episode. Ahsoka wins, but does not learn where Thrawn is, at least we don’t know if she does.
Ahsoka tells Mando that Grogu is too connected to him, and that she will not train him. She tell shim to head to Tython (you might recognize this from The Old Republic) and go to an old Jedi temple. A Jedi may hear Grogu’s call through the force, and come to train him. Who could that be? There are so, so many options!
Watch the video below for a full recap of The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 5 “The Jedi”.
Dave Filoni absolutely crushed this episode of The Mandalorian, which I totally expected. I knew it was going to be fantastic, but there were so many key moments that gave me chills and had me stunned. Ahsoka disappearing into the mist while fighting, the moment she stared with Grogu, and of course a Thrawn name drop was a nice cherry on the cake!
This episode is by far my favorite of the entire The Mandalorian series. I hope we get more Ahsoka. I need more live action Ahsoka. Rosario was brilliant in that role. But what is to come the rest of this season? There are only 3 episode left and I cannot wait to see what happens with Boba, the Darksaber, and Grogu!
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About The Mandalorian Season 2
The Mandalorian and the Child continue their journey, facing enemies and rallying allies as they make their way through a dangerous galaxy in the tumultuous era after the collapse of the Galactic Empire.
“The new season is about introducing a larger story in the world. The stories become less isolated, yet each episode has its own flavor, and hopefully we’re bringing a lot more scope to the show.” – Jon Favreau