Star Wars Ahsoka Easter Eggs: 9 Things You Missed In Episode 4, "Fallen Jedi"
This week on Ahsoka, the chase continues. In Episode 4, "Fallen Jedi," Ahsoka and Sabine have crash landed on Seatos and are now on a quest to prevent the bad guys from getting to Thrawn at any cost--by either stealing the star map or by destroying it and preventing anyone from ever using it. Though it could be that not everyone is completely committed to that plan.
Warning: The rest of this article is 100% spoilers for the fourth episode of Ahsoka, "Fallen Jedi."
This episode revolves around a ticking clock. The bad guys are downloading a hyperspace route from the magic witch orb, which apparently takes a while, and Ahsoka and Sabine have to interrupt the download before it finishes.
At first, they wait for the droid Huyang to repair the ship while they consider their options. But Baylan Skoll has sent some of those HK droids and other goons after them, and the repairs are interrupted by a fight scene. The attack sets back the repairs, so Ahsoka and Sabine set out on foot.
But they're met by Shin Hati and the mysterious Marrock on the way, and another fight ensues--Ahsoka vs. Marrok, which Ahsoka wins quickly, and Sabine vs. Shin, which lasts longer and ends in a draw because Sabine is now an expert swordswoman. She still can't use the Force with any power, but she may have managed to telekinetically push Shin in the shoulder.
While Sabine is stuck battling Shin, Ahsoka confronts Baylan, who mentions knowing Anakin. Baylan does a whole philosophical debate with Ahsoka, basically, and then they fight. Ahsoka manages to remove the orb from the downloader, but Baylan has her pinned when Shin and Sabine finally show up. Ahsoka uses the Force to send Shin flying out of the scene, and Baylan responds by knocking Ahsoka off the edge of a cliff.
That leaves Sabine, who is now holding the orb, alone with Baylan, who has a whole villain speech ready for her. He convinces her that the only chance she has at seeing Ezra again is to hand over the orb and come with them--and he promises to be honorable in dealing with her. So Baylan, Shin, and Sabine head to the big hyperspace ring in the sky and fly away.
But Hera Syndulla shows up at the last minute, going rogue to try to help. Unfortunately, she only just gets there in time to see the Eye of Sion jump to hyperspace.
And then Ahsoka wakes up. But she's no longer on Seatos or anywhere in the physical universe. She's in the World Between Worlds, where she meets a digitally de-aged Anakin Skywalker. He doesn't look great, but it's better than the CGI Luke that was last seen on The Book of Boba Fett.
And that cliffhanger is where things wrapped up this week. Let's look at the Easter eggs and, by extension, what some of this wild stuff might mean. And while you're here, don't forget to check out our previous Easter egg guides to Ahsoka.
1. The Empire Strikes Back vibes
At the start of the episode, we have a very quiet scene of Huyang and Sabine repairing the ship while Ahsoka weighs their options. The general vibe of this scene, and the musical score that accompanies it, is absolutely evoking when the Millennium Falcon landed inside the large asteroid in The Empire Strikes Back. It's the first of two scenes in this episode that evoke a major old movie scene.
2. Thrawn's return as Heir to the Empire
During that scene, Ahsoka tells Sabine they may need to destroy the star map if it comes down to it, because seeing Ezra again isn't worth all the bad stuff that will undoubtedly accompany "Thrawn's return as Heir to the Empire." This is a direct reference to the novel Heir to the Empire that introduced Thrawn more than three decades ago. That novel is no longer canon.
3. Carson Teva
One of the X-Wing pilots who accompanies Hera Syndulla to Seatos is Carson Teva, who we've seen pop up a bunch of times over the course of The Mandalorian.
4. Phoenix Squadron
Carson refers to his group of fighters as Phoenix Squadron, which was the fighter squadron under Hera's command on Rebels. But this is just a reference even in-universe--Carson Teva isn't stationed on Home One and doesn't answer to Hera normally. He's going rogue, just like Hera is, and the Phoenix Squadron moniker is honorary.
5. Lietenant Lander
One of Carson's pilots is Lieutenant Lander, who's played by Brendan Wayne. This guy is a two-fold reference, because he's both the grandson of John Wayne and also one of doubles for Pedro Pascal on The Mandalorian, a role he's filled in all three seasons.
6. Marrock the zombie
A lot of fans got it in their heads this week that Marrock was secretly Ezra Bridger. It was a very silly theory that made no sense whatsoever, and it turned out to be completely wrong and based on nothing, because Ahsoka killed Marrock this week when they fought. And it turns out Marrock is just Marrock--likely an old dead Inquisitor who was reanimated by Nightsister Morgan Elsbeth's witch magic, judging by the weird smoke that exploded out of him when he died.
7. "Lock s-foils in attack position"
When Hera and her little group of X-Wings approach the Eye of Sion near the end of the episode, we get another light vibe homage, with shots, editing, and dialogue that echo the sequence where the Rebel X-Wings and Y-Wings approach the Death Star in the original Star Wars film. What happens next is a subversion--these fighters do nothing except get knocked around when the Eye of Sion jumps to hyperspace.
8. The World Between Worlds
People like to think of Star Wars as sci-fi because of the spaceships and future-looking tech, but it's really more of a fantasy thing. And the World Between Worlds, which was inspired by The Chronicles of Narnia, is all fantasy--there are similar concepts in countless fantasy stories. As you might expect from the name, the World Between Worlds exists outside of space and time. On Rebels, where this place was first introduced, our heroes could get there through a temple on Lothal, and they discovered that it can be used as a shortcut to travel to any point in space and/or time.
It's hard to tell right now how Ahsoka got there, or why Anakin apparently lives there, but it's not hard to see where this is going--with Sabine with the bad guys in another galaxy, the World Between Worlds is going to give Ahsoka the means to follow. And probably to also get some kind of deep lore dive from Ani.
When Anakin greets Ahsoka at the end of the episode, he calls her Snips--this was his nickname for her on Clone Wars.