‘Ahsoka’ Episode 2: What Is the Eye of Sion?

That sizable ring floating in space, what is it?

  • At the conclusion of Ahsoka Episode 2, a gigantic hyperspace docking ring known as “The Eye of Sion” may be seen.
  • To get to Grand Admiral Thrawn’s position outside the boundaries of the known galaxy, Morgan Elsbeth is in charge of building the docking ring.
  • To get to Thrawn and Ezra Bridger, Ahsoka and the rebels might have to rely on the purrgil, enormous space whales with hyperspace capabilities.

Even though there have only been two episodes, Ahsoka has already introduced us to several words that are unique to a galaxy far, far away. Although phrases like “Pathway to Peridea” and “Nightsisters of Dathomir” were already stated, the only one we really got to see was “The Eye of Sion.” In Episode 2, soon after she opens the orb carrying the map to Grand Admiral Thrawn’s (Lars Mikkelsen) supposed position outside the bounds of the known galaxy, Morgan Elsbeth (Diana Lee Inosanto) makes mention of it. When she talks about it, she makes it seem like it’s the stuff of legends, but when the Eye finally makes an appearance at the conclusion of the episode, we realise that’s not the case.

What Is the Big Ring at the End of ‘Ahsoka’ Episode 2?

We catch a glimpse of a massive, ring-like object floating in the planet Seatos’ orbit just as the show comes to a close. The reflection point of the orb, which is where Morgan Elsbeth gained access to the map and its projections, is situated there. This giant ring is a hyperspace docking ring, one of the enormous starships that Star Wars adores, along with Star Destroyers and even the Death Star.

In Attack of the Clones, as we were following Obi-Wan Kenobi’s (Ewan McGregor) inquiry into the development of a clone army for the Republic, we first encountered a docking ring. On his Delta-7 Jedi Starfighter, which needs this sort of technology to jump to hyperspace, the Jedi travels across the galaxy. Small starships like starfighters and interceptors could only reach hyperspace with one of those or inside a bigger ship with hyperspace capability at the time because they did not have their own hyperdrives.

These smaller spacecraft were designed with the ring’s ability to act as a hyperdrive in mind. Obi-Wan needed to travel alone since his task demanded stealth and secrecy; therefore, the ring. In Revenge of the Sith, when Obi-Wan is preparing to leap to Utapau to complete his mission to find General Grievous (Matthew Wood), we see an upgraded version of them as well. The anime series The Clone Wars also frequently features them.

But after a few years, docking rings ceased to be such a necessary aspect of hyperspace travel, at least for Rebellion starships. In The Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi, for instance, Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) repeatedly enters hyperspace in his X-Wing to travel from Hoth to Dagobah, Cloud City, and other locations. Similar to Hera Syndulla’s (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) Ghost and Han Solo’s (Harrison Ford) Millennium Falcon, Y-wings and freighters in general have their own hyperdrives.

However, it would take a lot longer on the Empire’s side. The Millennium Falcon is detected by what they believe to be a stray TIE Fighter in A New Hope. Luke first worries that it could be lost, but Han explains that since a spacecraft so small lacks a hyperdrive, it can’t be too far from a bigger hangar ship. It turns out that the TIE Fighter is really within striking distance of one of the Death Star hangars; this is the scenario in which Ben Kenobi (Alec Guiness) utters his well-known quote, “That’s no moon, it’s a space station.”

As we discover at the conclusion of the fantastic Lost Stars novel, the Empire did not equip certain of its starfighter classes with hyperdrives until the battle with the Rebel Alliance was over. TIE Fighters had hyperdrives by the time of The Force Awakens, and in The Rise of Skywalker, we even witness them travelling at lightspeed.

Why Would Morgan Elsbeth Construct a Docking Ring This Sizeable?

The concept of these first two Ahsoka episodes is to demonstrate how both the Light and the Dark are getting ready for Thrawn’s reappearance. For some time, Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) has been looking for the Imperial Grand Admiral since doing so would help her locate the missing Jedi Ezra Bridger (Eman Esfandi). Finally pointing her in the correct direction is the orb she discovers on the planet Arcana in episode one, but it is later taken by Shin Hati (Ivanna Sakhno) under Baylan Skoll’s and Morgan Elsbeth’s instructions.

The map reveals that Thrawn’s position is well outside the recognised galaxy’s boundaries. Elsbeth is in charge of overseeing the development of the enormous hyperspace docking ring known as The Eye of Sion since there is no way to reach there with an ordinary spaceship. Even a smaller hyperdrive is affixed to the superstructure, as seen. We see this specific hyperdrive being delivered off Corellia when Ahsoka and Hera are looking into Elsbeth’s links to the shipyard as a former Imperial warlord who assisted in the development of the Imperial Navy.

She can only reach Thrawn via a docking ring that size since no current hyperdrive can make such a massive jump. It’s important to keep things in perspective because when Morgan Elsbeth opens the map on Seatos, the known galaxy, a tiny form barely larger than the palm of her hand, is displayed in its centre. Then it indicates Thrawn’s position, which is at least 10 times farther away. Imagine entering the expanse of the unknown without any hyperdrives, if movement inside the known galaxy already requires them.

What Are the Rebels and Ahsoka Going to Do?

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They can’t win, but there are other options, as old Ben Kenobi would say. There is undoubtedly no hyperdrive with such powers in the New Republic. The other option would be to invoke the purrgil, as Ezra did at the conclusion of the Rebels animated series. We’ve already gotten a glimpse of Purrgil, enormous space whales with the ability to jump into hyperspace, when Grogu spots them in Season 3 of The Mandalorian. Thrawn and Ezra can return because the purrgil is likely what initially led them so far.

We can be certain that whatever effort Morgan Elsbeth is making to get Thrawn back is working because the teasers depict the Grand Admiral entering the same room with golden accents where we last saw her at the conclusion of Episode 2. The return of the Empire’s heir is now only a matter of time.

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