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- "The young are often underestimated."
Following the younglings' successful test on Ilum, Ahsoka prepares to escort them back to the Jedi Temple on Coruscant. In the meantime, as part of their journey, the younglings are to be instructed in the proper construction of their lightsabers under the expert tutelage of the Jedi's prime lightsaber designer and engineer, Huyang. Huyang wastes no time introducing the younglings into the basics of determining the styling of their individual lightsabers and gives them the necessary instructions to assemble their lightsabers from the parts he provides.
Unfortunately, the Jedi training cruiser is intercepted by Hondo Ohnaka and his pirate band, who seek to convert the younglings' crystals into easy profit on the black market. They attack the ship, disabling its engines before R2-D2 can effect an escape, then board it in order to corral the younglings and gather their prize. As they come aboard, Huyang asks the younglings to surrender their crystals for safekeeping, and all do, except for Petro, who holds onto his own.
Just before the pirates can find them, Ahsoka manages to evacuate the younglings and Huyang into the ship's ventilation systems. Temporarily safe, Ahsoka sends Zatt and Ganodi to join R2 in securing the cockpit, while Huyang and the other younglings are to lock themselves inside the hold. Ahsoka first intends to rerout power to the engines, whereupon they will be able to rip loose of the pirates' boarding tube connecting the two vessels, thus blowing the intruders out into space. While Ahsoka, Zatt and Ganodi manage to achieve their respective targets, Huyang and the other younglings are smoked out of the ventilation system and cornered by the pirates. Petro slyly uses his crystal and his lightsaber, which he assembled bearing a serious flaw, and cons one of the pirates to activate it, causing it to explode and stun them.
Following this, the younglings decide to slow the pirates by employing their lightsaber training drones as part of a cunning trap. They manage to disable two more pirates this way, but just before the safety of the hold, they run into Ohnaka himself. Alerted by Zatt and Ganodi, Ahsoka arrives just in the nick of time to engage the pirates in a duel, allowing the younglings and a damaged Huyang to escape to safety. While still outside the safety of the hold, Ahsoka instructs Zatt to execute the last part of the plan, and as the Jedi cruiser ripps loose, the docking tube's sealing is broken and pulled out of the ship, managing to grab onto their own ship. But just as Ahsoka closes the outside hatch, a straggler pirate knocks her into the tube as well. As a result, she ends up as Ohnaka's prisoner. He intends to make his profit out of her hide instead, leaving the younglings alone to deliver this serious news to the Jedi Council.
- Ashley Eckstein as Ahsoka Tano
- David Tennant as Huyang
- Jim Cummings as Hondo Ohnaka and Pirate
- Dee Bradley Baker as Byph, Pirates and Navigator
- Jeff Fischer as Petro and Parsel
- Olivia Hack as Katooni
- Greg Baldwin as Gwarm and Pirate
- Greg Cipes as Zatt
- Georgina Cordova as Ganodi
- Tom Kane as narrator and Pirate
- Jason Spisak as Pirate
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"A Test of Strength" is the second episode in a four-part story arc, which was titled "Young Jedi" and previewed as a full-length 80-minute feature at Celebration VI in August 2012 to family viewers. It replaced "The Rise of Clovis," originally reported by Star Wars Insider 134, as the seventh episode in Season Five.
Notes and referencesEdit
- Star Wars Blog The Official