Sabine’s Decision in Ahsoka Ep. 4: Senseless

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Season 4, episode 4 of “Ahsoka” has a flurry of Force-related appearances and lightsaber battles. Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) experiences a bad moment as well, giving in to her own desires rather than preventing Morgan Elsbeth (Diana Lee Inosanto) and her crew from carrying out their plan.

I should have seen this coming, but it’s still disappointing. In order to find Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) outside the “Star Wars” galaxy, Morgan is about to activate her massive hyperspace ring. She’s being chased by Sabine and Ahsoka (Rosario Dawson). When Ahsoka (Ray Stevenson) fights the ex-Jedi Baylan Skoll (Ivanna Sakhno), she gets knocked off a cliff, but she recovers quickly. When Baylan tells Sabine that she must choose between destroying Morgan’s plot and handing it over to him, she gives up. What gives? She feels terrible for Ezra Bridger, who is stuck with Thrawn as well. If the map were destroyed, the bad man couldn’t return, but Ezra would be lost forever.

That still doesn’t explain why Sabine made the decision she did. Because he sacrificed himself to defeat Thrawn, Ezra has gone missing. To save him by protecting Thrawn is to go against his will, and Sabine should know this. Being so self-absorbed is also not like her on “Star Wars Rebels,” where she is always focused on the bigger picture.

Sabine giving Ezra Thrawn’s map wouldn’t have gone over well with him.

In the final moments of “Star Wars Rebels,” Ezra makes the courageous decision to travel into hyperspace with Thrawn in order to save Lothal. He does this by establishing a connection through the Force with the Purrgil, the enormous space whales who roam the area near Seatos in “Ahsoka” and effortlessly traverse hyperspace. Ezra was aware of the consequences of his actions. Sabine goes against Thrawn’s goals and puts the entire world at peril to save him.

Sabine has a history of making decisive choices under pressure. When she was young, she fled Mandalore to save her family from Imperial attacks. Through the course of “Rebels,” she demonstrates the value of giving up small pleasures in pursuit of a greater good.

Sabine is ten years older in “Ahsoka,” yet she doesn’t seem any more mature or wise. Her loyal fanbase, who has been following her narrative since she was a cartoon, may perceive the final decision she makes in “Fallen Jedi” to be selfish and unlike her. The show doesn’t fully explain why she would act so selfishly and recklessly, but it does provide some context. The story follows Sabine after the events of “Rebels,” when her home was destroyed by the Imperial Purge of Mandalore.

Sabine was probably shattered by the purge in Mandalore.

After overcoming Ahsoka, Baylan Skoll turns to Sabine, who is pointing her gun towards Morgan’s map. Before she goes down, Ahsoka orders Sabine to destroy it, but Sabine is hesitant. This allows Baylan to do some mind reading and discover a vulnerability.

I understand how you feel; Ezra Bridger may be the only relative you have left. Your master didn’t trust you, so he had you and your family killed on Mandalore. Although this is fresh information, it hardly comes as a surprise. As punishment for their constant resistance, “The Mandalorian” claims that Moff Gideon and the Imperial soldiers glassed the surface of Mandalore during the original “Star Wars” trilogy. Those that stayed behind were forced into hiding, as everyone else fled the planet. Sabine has every reason to stay on Lothal after the deaths of her family. Baylan suspects that Ahsoka is to blame for the fact that she is stranded in space.

This may explain Sabine’s apparent transformation in “Ahsoka” and her willingness to betray her former master. Ezra may be the only person she still considers family if she truly believes that Ahsoka murdered them all. Sabine is a great illustration of how a person may change after years of isolation and never learning to cope with sadness. Still, it would have been lovely if her betrayal had been more organically developed.

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