We know what you’re thinking. “The Mandalorian is part of the Star Wars franchise, so characters from its wider universe are of course mentioned! “That’s right, but when it comes to the latest episode in the Disney + series, titled Jedi, it contains some pretty subtle references to the Jedi Sith lord, Anakin Skywalker, that only Starcore Star Wars fans could decipher can.
For weeks, The Mandalorian Season 2 and Disney + Ahsoka have been teasing Tano’s impending arrival in their own way, and while their introduction to Episode 5 couldn’t have been more perfect, those aren’t all plot lines. While there are plenty of Easter eggs and references setting the stage for more animated Star Wars characters to make their live-action debut, the episode continues to post references to Anakin Skywalker aka Darth Vader in ways that aren’t always obvious is.
[Spoiler Ahead for The Mandalorian Season 2 Episode 5, “The Jedi”]
After some really cool lightsaber actions, Ahsoka teams up with Mando (Pedro Pascal) and reveals a lot of important details starting with Baby Yoda’s real name and backstory. We learn that the child was brought up in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant and trained by many masters. After the rise of the Empire, it was hidden in the Jedi Temple for safety, but someone stole it. For years he lived alone, far from his people, hiding his powers in the knowledge that they would be like a beacon to those who tried to harm him. Ahsoka can’t see any further, as the fear of buildings made him repress his “dark” traumatic memories.
The “fully trained Jedi Knight” who went dark.
She tries to test his powers, but he only responds to Mando and cementing Ahsoka’s decision – she will not train him after feeling the palpable fear, anger and attachment issues he has. She fears that his overwhelming feelings may lead him down a dark path in the future, something she has seen before.
“I’ve seen what feelings like this can do to a fully trained Jedi Knight, the best of us. I won’t start this kid this way.”
Given Mando’s density in terms of Power and Jedi, it is evident that he has no idea who Ahsoka is referring to. But any Star Wars loyalist will find that while she doesn’t mention a name, she remembers the Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, whose vulnerable bond with his mother as well as Padmé Amidala set him on a path that ruthlessly turned Jedi Younglings killed and eventually became the dreaded Sith Lord Darth Vader. As Baby Yoda (that name doesn’t go anywhere) has already shown how ready he is to save Mando – do you remember him choking Cara Dune? – He seems like Anakin in many ways.
The Force test scene itself is a reference to Anakin Skywalker.
While the way Baby Yoda passes the Force Test is different, the scene closely follows the Jedi advice that rejects young Anakin Skywalker in Star Wars: The Phantom Menace. After sensing both fear in Anakin and his ever-present fear of losing his mother, Yoda became concerned that he was vulnerable to the dark side of the Force. Just as Ahsoka refuses to train Baby Yoda, Mace Windu imposed a similar verdict on Anakin, leaving the Jedi master Qui-Gon Jinn, a father figure and mentor of the boy, confused and outraged, which reflected Mando’s reaction in the episode.
Ahsoka and her “lightsabers”.
After the former Jedi refuses to train Baby Yoda, Mando makes a proposal – he will help her defeat the magistrate and liberate the city as she needs all the help she can get. To explain how Ahsoka must defeat several armed scouts, advanced droids and even a former military rifleman to get to the magistrate, Mando explains that even their “lightsabers” cannot withstand all that firepower. However, this is not the first time the lay term has been uttered by a Jedi noob.
The term was made first war of stars Anakin Skywalker’s canon in The Phantom Menace when he confided in Qui-Gon Jinn that he saw his “lightsaber” hanging on his belt. Just like Anakin, Mando is unaware of the Jedi and their “path”. Thus the lightsaber is actually an illuminated sword for him.
The tribute to Ahsoka-Vader’s duel in Star Wars Rebels
Towards the end of the episode, specifically at 3:55 p.m., Ahsoka appears behind two droids and lights their two lightsabers simultaneously in front of her. This is exactly how she activated her lightsabers in Rebels Season 2, “Twilight of the Apprentice,” after dropping the iconic “I’m Not a Jedi” line and attacking Vader in order to avenge Anakin’s “death”.
Following the Mandalorian’s tradition of picking up obscure references to the Star Wars universe, it’s always possible that there are more hidden clues about the Jedi that we missed. Check out “The Jedi” now streaming on the Official Disney Plus Streaming App and let us know in the comments if you find any!
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