“He who faces himself, finds himself.”

Padawan Ahsoka must lead a group of Jedi younglings to the hostile planet of Ilum in this week’s episode, entitled “The Gathering.”  At first glance, this episode screamed “filler,” but then I realized how crucial it was in developing the mythology surrounding the Star Wars Universe.  Sure, I’ve read a few books from the expanded universe, but I’ve never read about how a young Jedi constructs his or her lightsaber.  From a technical standpoint, I thought the planet of Ilum looked gorgeous, with its unique frozen landscape and the glistening crystals found within the caves.  Yoda’s presence is always welcome on SWTCW, and I wish we could see more of the wise old master.  This was also a fascinating episode, because we were able to see Ahsoka in a leadership position.  For a while, I forgot that she is still a padawan learner under Anakin Skywalker.  I find it interesting that the last five episodes have been heavily focused on Ahsoka and her transition from a teenage girl, into a strong and confident woman.

As far as the younglings go, I hope this isn’t the last time we see these characters.  I don’t want to cast doom and gloom on this overly positive episode, but I couldn’t help myself from thinking that most of these young Jedi will be killed when Senator Palpatine initiates his “Order 66” in Revenge of the Sith.  Maybe it’s my sentimentality kicking in, but I grew fond of these younglings as the episode progressed.  From melting ice to monsters in the dark, each youngling learned what it meant to conquer their fears.  Petro’s story seemed like the most obvious, but he also reminded me of Anakin.  This is only wishful thinking, but it would have been awesome to see how Anakin constructed his lightsaber under the tutelage of Obi-Wan Kenobi.  All of that aside, “The Gathering” reinforced my belief that season 5 of SWTCW has the potential to be the best in the series.  What are your thoughts on this episode and the season as a whole?

-David Griffin (Follow @griffinde on Twitter)

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