Wren restarts her training under Ahsoka and Huyang’s guidance as she struggles with her inability to use the Force. Syndulla meets with Mon Mothma, the Chancellor of the New Republic, and a group of influential senators in order to gain permission to send Republic forces to Seatos. Despite Mothma’s support, the senators refuse to believe that Thrawn and Bridger are alive and deny Syndulla’s request. Having been informed of this by Syndulla, Ahsoka, Wren, and Huyang travel to Seatos where they discover the Eye of Sion, but are intercepted by a squadron of fighters led by Hati and Marrok as Elsbeth uses the lasers on the Eye of Sion to fire on them. The group escapes by flying through a pod of Purrgil and land on the surface of Seatos where they take refuge in the forest as Huyang gives his full analysis on the Eye of Sion which he classifies as a Hyperjump Gate. However, Hati is aware that they are hiding somewhere in the forest. As a result, Skoll dispatches his forces to hunt them down.
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The droids. They took the map.
This droid came here from Corellia.
HERA: The New Republic shipyard?
Morgan Elsbeth had factories on Corellia. Anyone check on that?
MYN WEAVER: Welcome to the control center.
From here, we keep track of the entire inventory being created from the dismantled Imperial Fleet.
Is that a hyperdrive core?
Stop that ship.
For the Empire!
Have you kept up with your training?
I have known many Padawans.
Your aptitude for the Force would fall short of them all.
Transport CT-05, stand down and return to port immediately.
We got a tracking device on that transport.
HUYANG: The transport was traced to the Denab system, around the planet Seatos.
Anakin never got to finish my training. I walked away from him.
Just like I walked away from Sabine.
HERA: I was wondering if you would consider bringing her back on as your apprentice.
SABINE: I’m ready.
Take us out.
(SOFT TENSE MUSIC PLAYS)
HUYANG: Kee-ray. Guy-kee. Kee-ray.
Kee-say. Kee-ray. Guy-kee.
Kee-ray. Kee-say. Guy-kee.
Kee-say. Kee-ray. Guy-kee.
But not good.
It’s been a while.
I see you still remember the basics.
Enough to get by.
Huyang, let’s try something else.
How about Zatochi?
I’m not certain Lady Wren is ready for that technique.
Thank you, Huyang.
Yes. Thank you, Huyang.
Your skill with a weapon comes from your Mandalorian upbringing.
Those skills alone will not be enough to defeat our enemy.
Yeah, I learned that the hard way.
AHSOKA: You’re training the body, but you must also open your mind.
Learning to wield the Force takes a deeper commitment.
That’s something you’ll have to discover.
Well, I discovered that according to Huyang, I’m the worst candidate to be a Jedi out of every Jedi he’s ever known.
You told her that?
AHSOKA: It doesn’t matter.
I think it does.
Here, put this on.
I can’t see. How am I supposed to fight?
I want you to see with more than just your eyes.
Okay, now what?
Listen to my voice.
Do you know where I am?
Next to Huyang.
Are you sure?
You’d be dead.
Not if I could see you.
AHSOKA: (WHISPERS) Exactly.
Now, lower your visor and concentrate.
Feel my presence.
Take in all that is around you.
Follow my voice.
Sense my intention.
(PENSIVE MUSIC PLAYING)
(WOODEN BOKKEN SABER WHOOSHING)
(BOKKEN SABERS CLASHING)
Anger and frustration are quick to give power.
But they also unbalance you.
Let’s go again.
(MAJESTIC MUSIC PLAYING)
She’s waiting. There are several Senators with her.
One of them is Xiono.
Chancellor Mothma, Senators.
Hera, you look well. How’s young Jacen?
Fine, Chancellor, in fact he’s on board.
(CHUCKLES) Causing trouble with Chopper, no doubt.
XIONO: Forgive me, Madam Chancellor, but if we could just hear the General’s report. We’re late as it is.
Quite right, Senator Xiono.
My investigation into the attack on the Vesper led me to the Santhe Shipyards on Corellia where I was attacked by Imperial loyalists still working for Morgan Elsbeth.
We have former Imperials working throughout every level of the New Republic government, and they’ve all taken oaths of loyalty.
“Long Live the Empire” doesn’t sound like the kind of loyalty we’re looking for.
It was my understanding that the offenders were arrested and the facility shut down pending further investigation.
Yes, but I believe their activity speaks to a larger operation.
It always does.
Grand Admiral Thrawn?
But how is that possible? He disappeared years ago.
I have reason to believe he is alive.
And that his allies are working on a way to find him.
You are certain of this?
If I could get approval to send a task force to the Denab system, I could find out.
XIONO: General, be honest.
Isn’t this just another attempt to gain New Republic resources to aid in what has ultimately been your personal quest to find Ezra Bridger?
Ezra vanished while fighting Thrawn…
And that you conveniently use the threat of Thrawn’s return to acquire those resources that could be put to a more practical purpose, helping the people of our fledgling Republic.
Were you ever in the war, Senator?
Just sat back and waited to see who came out on top?
General Syndulla, I’m sure we are all grateful for your service and role in restoring the Republic.
Now we, as Senators, serve the people of that Republic and I can tell you they want no part of any further conflict.
You act like we have a choice.
I see no enemy. The Imperial Fleet is scattered and broken.
They have no centralized command.
Unless Thrawn returns.
Make your point, General.
Thrawn is not your typical Imperial officer.
I know because I fought against him.
He killed friends, people who were like family to me.
I’ve spent most of my life fighting a war and that’s why I’m trying to convince you to help me prevent another one.
Grand Admiral Thrawn is dead, and I’m sorry to say it is my opinion that your friend, Ezra Bridger, heroically died with him.
You don’t know that…
MON MOTHMA: General.
Allow me a moment to speak with my colleagues.
(SOMBER MUSIC PLAYING)
That went well.
Hey, Mom! Mom!
Is it true Aunt Sabine is gonna be a Jedi?
Now, where did you hear that?
Chopper told me.
I wanna be a Jedi.
Yeah, I know you do, Jacen.
You did well today.
Then again, you were always a fast learner.
Well, like you said, weapons I can handle.
It’s the rest of it that’s a struggle.
Always has been.
It takes time.
I know. I just… I was… I was hoping that the urgency of our situation could… expedite my training a bit?
I’m afraid it doesn’t work like that.
I know. I just…
I can’t use the Force.
I don’t feel it.
Not like you do.
The Force resides in all living things.
If that’s true, then why doesn’t everyone use it?
Talent is a factor.
But training and focus are what truly define someone’s success.
(THOUGHTFUL MUSIC PLAYING)
Not everyone can handle the type of discipline it takes to master the ways of the Force.
(CUP LIGHTLY THUDS)
I’m going to give this my best.
Any word from Hera about our support from the New Republic?
No, not yet.
So, what do you think of her progress?
It’s still a challenge for her.
You both knew this wouldn’t be easy.
Well, what you said didn’t help.
I only spoke the truth.
The Jedi Order would not have accepted her.
She is not an acceptable candidate.
By their standards.
Standards which were proven over a millennium.
You realize, historically, there have been very few Mandalorians who ever became a Jedi.
I don’t need Sabine to be a Jedi.
I need her to be herself.
Well, I suppose you do come from a long line of non-traditional Jedi.
In that way, she fits right in.
(WHISPERS) The Force is in all of us.
(SOMBER MUSIC PLAYING)
AHSOKA: (OVER INTERCOM) Sabine, I’ve got Hera.
You win this round.
Hera! Great. How far out are you and the fleet?
Unfortunately, I won’t be joining you for this one.
And neither will the fleet.
The Senate Committee wouldn’t approve the mission.
The Senate Committee? What are you talking about?
I’m sorry, Sabine, but it’s not up to me, I have to follow the orders…
Huyang, what’s happened?
We’ve entered the Denab system, all comm transmissions are being jammed.
Drop from hyperspace.
Let’s see what Morgan’s been hiding out here.
(HYPERDRIVE POWERING DOWN)
Why’d we drop out of hyperspace so far from the planet?
Standard Jedi mission protocol when approaching an unknown situation.
In order to avoid enemy surveillance…
He’s still doing this?
In any case, my last scan indicates the transport was in orbit on the far side of the planet.
However, there also seems to be a second object. Something much larger.
AHSOKA: A Star Destroyer?
Negative. Whatever it is has a signature which is unknown to me.
(INTENSE MUSIC PLAYING)
I am tracking two squadrons of three crafts.
Tail gun, please.
AHSOKA: Tail gun check-in.
I see you got rid of my presets.
I never needed them.
So you say.
Tail gun ready.
Two and three, close range and engage.
SABINE: Hey! Hold it steady.
Remember, learn to anticipate.
Now’s not the time for a lesson.
You’re just a little rusty.
Huyang, anything yet?
On the object? No.
However, I have several thoughts on everything else going on.
Huyang, not now.
The way you’re both acting, there won’t be a later.
Sabine. Tell me what you need.
Move on my signal?
All right. Get ready.
Come on, come on.
Missed. I had them but missed.
Don’t worry about it, you’ll get another chance.
We got two more incoming. Dead ahead.
I’m gonna split them. Ready?
Whoo! I got one!
Two-Six, with me.
(SPEAKING ALIEN LANGUAGE)
They’re forming up.
Let’s roll them.
SABINE: Copy that. On my mark?
Tell me when.
Two more down!
We should be able to make visual confirmation…
If I had to guess,
I would say it is some sort of hyperspace ring.
I’d like to confirm that.
Morgan, they’re entering your sector.
I’m surprised you let them get this far.
Stay clear, I shall deal with them.
Marrok, form up on my wing and wait for my signal.
As you wish.
Fighters have broken off.
You better get up here.
Just keep the ship steady while I attempt to run my scan.
NAVIGATOR DROID: Turbolasers primed and ready.
I am starting to receive data.
Manage the deflectors.
(MACHINE POWERING UP)
How interesting. I would never have guessed that.
Get everything you need?
See if you can get (SLURS) a little closer.
SABINE: Are you cross-wired?
Steady, steady! This is intolerable.
AHSOKA: You wanted closer.
Deflectors at 10%.
Just a moment. Just a moment.
They are off our scope.
Huyang? Huyang’s down.
Leave him, I need you to run a full diagnostic.
We can’t help Huyang if we’re both dead.
Now, get on it.
SHIN: Morgan, congratulations.
You almost got them.
I have eyes on them.
We’ll take it from here.
Not much. Our backup kicked in, but we’re dead in space.
No hyperdrive, no cannons.
We have incoming.
Work fast, I’m going out there.
“Out there”? Out where?
Just keep working. I’ll distract them.
We have them.
AHSOKA: Come on!
I hope you know what you’re doing!
(TENSE MUSIC PLAYING)
She’s on the wing.
I see her.
The one time I could use your advice.
Sabine, did you fix the ship yet?
I got it! I got it!
That’s great. Now get me.
SABINE: Get ready.
(ADVENTUROUS MUSIC PLAYING)
AHSOKA: Go, go, go.
Nice trick. Got any more?
I’m tracking something up ahead.
SABINE: Another ship?
What? What is it?
(HOMING SYSTEM BEEPING)
(EPIC MUSIC PLAYING)
SABINE: I’ve got an opening.
Where are they?
That won’t lose them for long.
We’re in pretty bad shape. Better set us down.
(REENERGIZING) Scan complete!
Oh. Took my battery backup a while to cycle, I suppose.
What did I miss?
We almost died.
Ah, yes. Standard operating procedure.
Shut the power down.
I protest. I have a lot of work to do.
Standard Jedi protocol.
I suppose that’s (DRAWLS) true…
SHIN: Any sign of them?
SHIN: They must be hiding in the forest. Let’s regroup.
Think we can chance it?
Are you all right?
I haven’t seen those creatures since the day Ezra disappeared.
The good news is the enemy vessel is still under construction and not yet complete.
There are six hyperdrive engines in place with the final one being set into position.
So, it is a hyperspace ring?
Yes. But I have never seen one built on this scale before.
A craft with these power levels and configuration would be capable of a hyperspace jump of astonishing speed and distance.
Huyang, could a ring like that make a jump to a neighboring galaxy?
Theoretically, if one knew the coordinates and navigation, yes, I believe it could.
The Jedi archives speak of intergalactic hyperspace lanes between galaxies which used to follow the migration paths
of star whales named purrgil.
Like the ones we just saw.
(SINISTER MUSIC PLAYING)
The Jedi have taken refuge in the forest.
Hunt them down.
(SPEAKING ALIEN LANGUAGE)
(END THEME MUSIC PLAYS)