Ahsoka’s Unconventional Approach to the Jedi Tradition
For decades, the Star Wars universe has reverently upheld the Jedi Order’s traditional teachings and philosophies. But Ahsoka Tano, having detached herself from the official teachings, now walks a different path. Her untraditional methods, including the training of Sabine Wren, a non-Force-sensitive individual, have raised eyebrows and whispers. Yet, these very methods could serve as the blueprint for the revival of the New Jedi Order, spearheaded by none other than Rey.
Rey’s Dilemma: A Decimated Jedi Pool
In the aftermath of events that nearly eradicated Force-sensitive individuals, Rey finds herself in a daunting position. With Order 66 and Darth Vader’s aggressive hunt for the remaining Jedi, the pool of potential students has dwindled significantly. The very few that remain, like Finn, Jannah, and the children of Canto Bight, are hardly enough to rebuild an order from scratch.
Ahsoka’s Trailblazing Insight: The Force in Everyone
But this is where Ahsoka’s groundbreaking approach comes into play. While the Jedi Order prioritized Force sensitivity, Ahsoka leans into a more inclusive understanding of the Force. The galaxy got a glimpse of this in “Star Wars Rebels” when Kanan Jarrus trained Sabine to handle the Darksaber, despite her lack of traditional Force abilities. Ahsoka’s decision to train Sabine in the Jedi arts, even in the face of skepticism, brings a fresh perspective to the table. She emphasizes that dedication, discipline, and rigorous training might just outweigh innate talent.
A New Direction for Rey’s Jedi Order?
As Rey contemplates the future of the Jedi Order, she might very well consider a more inclusive approach, one that doesn’t rely solely on Force sensitivity. The ancient Jedi texts she possesses hint at a time when even the first Jedi might have struggled with their Force connection. These texts, combined with Ahsoka’s teachings, could encourage Rey to embrace non-Force-sensitive individuals, potentially avoiding the pitfalls that led previous Jedi to the dark side.
Ahsoka and Luke: Bridging the Past and the Future
It’s noteworthy that while Rey sought guidance from Luke, her true inspiration may stem from Ahsoka. “The Book of Boba Fett” hinted at a connection between Luke and Ahsoka, suggesting that Ahsoka’s philosophies might have reached Rey indirectly. And, with Ahsoka’s fate post “The Rise of Skywalker” still in the air, thanks to Dave Filoni’s ambiguous comments, there’s potential for Ahsoka to play an even more direct role in shaping Rey’s understanding of the Jedi way.
The Future of the Jedi Order
As Ahsoka continues to challenge and redefine the conventions of the Jedi Order, her influence permeates throughout the galaxy. With new episodes releasing weekly on Disney+, fans are eager to see how Ahsoka’s legacy might mold the future of the Jedi and influence characters like Rey. Her pioneering spirit, combined with Rey’s determination, could pave the way for a Jedi Order that’s more inclusive, dynamic, and resilient than ever before.