The Way Ahsoka Acted Towards Obi-Wan Kenobi In The Latest ‘Star Wars: The Clone Wars’ Episode Ties Back To Season 5
After months away from her duties as a Jedi, Ahsoka Tano has understandably changed. She’s on her own, individual journey, and she’s had experiences outside of the Order that has changed her view on many things. That’s why it’s no surprise that the dynamic between Ahsoka, Obi-Wan Kenobi, and Anakin Skywalker has changed too. However, the audience was taken aback when Ahsoka and Obi-Wan shared a tense conversation in the newest Star Wars: The Clone Wars episode. But, actually, if you look back to Season 5, it makes sense.
Ahsoka came back to ask Anakin and Obi-Wan for aid in a siege on Mandalore
Season 7, Episode 9 “Old Friends Not Forgotten” brought about so many reunions. Ahsoka has been in the Underworld of Coruscant for most of her time away, it seems. But after going to Oba Diah with the Martez sisters, Bo-Katan shared her mission against Maul and the Shadow Collective. She needed Ahsoka to help defeat Maul and possibly gain access to Republic troops for help with a siege.
It’s obvious that Ahsoka is trying to hide her feelings or calm them. Anakin is way more forthcoming with his emotions, as usual, but Ahsoka is guarded so her personal feelings don’t get in the way. But that all goes out the window when Obi-Wan refuses to help Bo-Katan and the Mandalorians.
Obi-Wan and Ahsoka have a tense argument, which can be linked back to Season 5 and her banishment
At first, it was Bo-Katan that chewed Obi-Wan’s head off for not wanting to help her with Republic Clone troopers. Obi-Wan has always been a by-the-book Jedi. So it makes sense that he’d be hesitant to use Republic troops for a mission on a neutral planet that would break a treaty. But then Bo-Katan brought up her sister, Duchess Satine, which was a low blow for Obi-Wan. Again, he’s just trying to follow orders and not let personal feelings change his actions.
But then Ahsoka had a tense argument with Obi-Wan, and it’s definitely a result of her banishment in Season 5. As Twitter user @thomasLharper tweeted out, “Ahsoka firing an icy cold dagger at Obi-Wan is a perfect moment in which she throws Kenobi’s conduct at her Jedi trial right back in his face and reveals just how deeply his perceived betrayal still stings her.”
This is when Chancellor Palpatine was kidnapped by General Grievous and Obi-Wan is trying to go to help him. Ahsoka is absolutely furious that he’d do that and help one person, as opposed to a planet of people suffering under Maul on Mandalore. This reminds Ahsoka of when Obi-Wan didn’t fight to prove her innocence when she was framed for bombing the Jedi Temple. Instead, when the Council voted unanimously to expel her, he didn’t say a word.
Why did the council choose to ban Ahsoka from the Jedi Order in the first place?
Now, as previously stated, Obi-Wan Kenobi is a model Jedi. He follows the Code to a T, and wouldn’t dare disobey the Jedi Council. However, if he did believe Ahsoka was innocent, why didn’t he deliberate more or cause more of a debate. That is what a trial is, correct?
But regardless, the Jedi Council’s trial of Ahsoka was stacked against her anyway, as Anakin angrily points out after they ban her. They had planned to do that with or without evidence, that way Ahsoka would go on trial in front of the Chancellor as a regular citizen and not a Jedi. Instead of standing behind one of their own, when there was already very little evidence that she had committed the crime.
“Despite Obi-Wan privately attempting to rally the Jedi Council to Ahsoka’s side, he sat silent as fellow Masters leveled their accusations at her,” user @thomasLharper wrote. “After all their time and battles together, that sort of conduct had to cut deeply.” They also write that this could also be why Obi-Wan was cautiously optimistic about their reunion.
Ahsoka’s experiences with Trace and Rafa Martez came in handy in this conversation
While some fans complained about Ahsoka’s arc with Trace and Rafa Martez being slow or boring, it was actually pretty important to this very conversation with Obi-Wan. Ahsoka was betrayed by the Jedi, but she still held a loyalty to their memory in her head. However, hearing about the Martez sisters’ parents’ death caused by the Jedi chasing Cad Bane, she saw a completely new point of view.
The people weren’t just losing faith in the Jedi because of the war. But the Jedi also chose higher missions over the people’s safety, which isn’t what Ahsoka values. She saw the very valid disdain for the Jedi through their eyes, and now with Obi-Wan choosing to rush off and save Palpatine instead of a planet of people, it all came crashing together for her.
Obi-Wan isn’t a bad guy; in fact, he’s one of the most honorable Jedi. But Ahsoka was so disillusioned with the Order that his decisions struck a chord with her. Unfortunately, we know how Obi-Wan’s story ends. This part of Ahsoka’s story is still a bit of a mystery.