Ahsoka just aired Episode 3 and once more a delight with details for Star Wars fans to enjoy. Here’s a quick guide to the notable Easter Eggs of the newest episode!
Caution: This article has SPOILERS for Ahsoka Episode 3
George Lucas was inspired by classic Japanese cinema when he created Star Wars. That included wanting the Jedi to look more like samurai. The series finally shows this in Sabine’s training, using classic wooden swords and a face mask modeled after samurai designs.
Ahsoka wants Sabine to use a special method to fight sightless called “Zatoichi.” This is a classic character of Japanese lore created by Kam Shimozawa, a blind swordsman featured in a series of films. The show thus pays tribute to Lucas’ love of samurai culture.
The New Republic council
Hera tries to get the New Republic council to back her attempts to find Thrawn. This has the return of Mon Mothma, once more played by Genevieve O'Reilly, now Chancellor of the New Republic.
Another familiar face is Senator Hamato Xiono, whose son Kaz will be featured in the upcoming Star Wars Resistance animated series. Xiono is dismissive of Thrawn's return and refuses to help Hera. It looks like he's a version of the EU character Borsk Fey'lya, who was likewise ignoring the threat of Thrawn and the Empire until they nearly wiped out the New Republic.
As Hera leaves the meeting, she runs into her young son, Jacen, whose father was former Jedi Kanan Jarrus. The boy already has the ability to call on the Force and is eager to be a Jedi, even though his mother naturally worries about him there.
During his talk on Sabine, the droid Hyuang has two unique observations. First, he says there have been "few" Mandalorian Jedi, indicating somehow in the past, there were. He also says the current Jedi codes were changed a thousand years ago, right after the war with the Sith. These may play into the planned James Mangold film that explores the origins of the Jedi.
A great sequence has Shin chasing Ahsoka and Sabine in her own fighter, showing she's a great pilot. Interesting is that her headset is the same type worn by the Jedi during the Clone Wars. It's likely it was passed down by her master, as Shin prefers this old technology.
At last, these massive space whales show up in live action as Ahsoka and Hera see them. Interestingly, Ahsoka notes these creatures travel through previously uncharted galaxies, hinting the Star Wars universe is even broader and wider than previously believed.
The end credits map
As noted, the end credits show a star map with various wording in an ancient language. Translated, they point to familiar worlds like Yavin, Lothal, and Mandalore but also cite some worlds called Odyn, Ierne, and Sonna, which have never been mentioned in Star Wars lore before. Perhaps these are future locations for the show?
Ahsoka streaming on Disney+.