Ahsoka’s Dark Side Rivals Deserve More Attention


The Star Wars spin-off series Ahsoka has introduced two new villains who wield the Dark Side of the Force: Baylan Skoll and Shin Hati. However, the show has failed to explore their intriguing master-apprentice relationship and their motivations, leaving fans disappointed and frustrated.

Who Are Baylan Skoll and Shin Hati?

Baylan Skoll (Ray Stevenson) and Shin Hati (Ivanna Sakhno) are two Dark Side users who are hunting down Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) and her allies. They are not affiliated with the Sith or the Empire, but rather serve Lady Morgan Elsbeth (Diana Lee Inosanto), a warlord who rules over a planet called Corvus. Elsbeth is a former apprentice of Grand Admiral Thrawn, a notorious Imperial strategist who disappeared after the events of Star Wars Rebels.

Skoll and Hati are armed with their own lightsabers, which have red blades and curved hilts. They also have distinctive tattoos on their faces, which may indicate their allegiance to a specific cult or sect of the Dark Side. Skoll is the master and Hati is the apprentice, but their relationship is not based on the Sith’s Rule of Two, which dictates that there can only be two Sith at a time: a master and an apprentice who must eventually kill each other. Instead, Skoll and Hati seem to have a mutual respect and trust for each other, as well as a shared desire to learn more about the Force.

Why Are They Wasting Their Potential?

Skoll and Hati are a rare example of a successful and healthy master-apprentice dynamic among Dark Side users. Unlike the Sith, who are driven by fear, hatred, and ambition, Skoll and Hati appear to be more curious, adventurous, and loyal. They are also independent from the Emperor’s influence, which gives them more freedom and flexibility in their actions. They could potentially offer a new perspective on the Dark Side of the Force, one that is not necessarily evil or corrupted, but rather different and mysterious.

Ahsoka’s Dark Side Rivals Deserve More Attention

However, the show has not given them enough attention or development to make them compelling characters. So far, they have only served as minor antagonists who pose a threat to Ahsoka and her friends. Their backstory, motivation, and goals remain unclear and vague. They have not shown any personality or emotion beyond being cold and ruthless. They have not interacted with any other characters besides Elsbeth, Ahsoka, and Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo), Ahsoka’s on-again off-again Jedi protege. They have not demonstrated any unique skills or abilities that set them apart from other Dark Side users.

The show has also missed an opportunity to explore how Skoll and Hati compare and contrast with Ahsoka and Sabine’s relationship. Ahsoka was once Anakin Skywalker’s (Hayden Christensen) apprentice, but she left the Jedi Order after being falsely accused of a crime. She later became a mentor to Sabine, a Mandalorian warrior who wielded the Darksaber, a legendary weapon that symbolizes leadership among her people. Ahsoka and Sabine have a complicated history, as they have parted ways several times due to their different paths and priorities. They also have different views on the Force, as Ahsoka is more balanced and nuanced, while Sabine is more pragmatic and skeptical.

The show could have used Skoll and Hati as a foil to Ahsoka and Sabine, highlighting their similarities and differences in terms of their mentorship styles, their bond with each other, their connection to the Force, and their role in the galaxy. The show could have also explored how Skoll and Hati relate to Anakin and Thrawn, two influential figures in Ahsoka’s life who have shaped her destiny. The show could have also delved into how Skoll and Hati fit into the larger Star Wars lore, especially regarding the origins and nature of the Dark Side of the Force.

What Can Fans Expect From Them?

The show is halfway through its first season, which means there is still time for Skoll and Hati to get more development and attention. The show has hinted that they are after a star map that could lead them to Thrawn’s location, which could be a major plot point in the upcoming episodes. The show has also teased that they may have a connection to another Dark Side user who has been lurking in the shadows: Darth Maul (Sam Witwer), the former Sith Lord who survived his apparent death in The Phantom Menace and became a crime lord in The Clone Wars and Rebels.

Fans hope that Skoll and Hati will get more screen time, dialogue, action scenes, character arcs, backstory reveals, twists, surprises, or anything that could make them more interesting and memorable. Fans also hope that they will not be killed off too soon or too easily by Ahsoka or anyone else, as that would be a waste of their potential. Fans want Skoll and Hati to be more than just generic villains who serve as obstacles for the heroes. Fans want Skoll and Hati to be worthy rivals who challenge and inspire Ahsoka and Sabine, and who add something new and unique to the Star Wars universe.


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