"Sphere of Influence" used a lot of characters but didn't "wow" me. Not sure what the point of some of these episodes are in the greater scheme of things, but that's me falling for the "preview made the season looks so great", like the opening credits of an 80's action show. (R.I.P. Stephen J. Cannell) It's true they can't and shouldn't be all epic battles. This one did almost spell out "THIS IS AN EPISODE 1 TRIBUTE".
All these non-combatant types experts with a blaster against people who should be better than them? Yeah, it's just a t.v. show. I know.
Ahsoka's a badass against droids but calls it quits when Nemoidian troops arrive. Not one to kill living beings? Heck, the Papanoida clan massacred a whole bar!
Also, our main heroes and villains are mostly bit players lately. That's okay, but I wonder if that reduces kid appeal.
Next week, yep, it's a Meg episode. I mean, a Padme/Duchess Sattee episode. Political intrigue. Taxation of trade routes. Citizen outrage. Debate. Hopefully more Lott Dodd. He's the main villain this year. Ha-ha. (Go ahead and ask Hasbro if they'll make a figure of him.