Ever since we saw the trailer of ‘Ahsoka,’ fans were quick to question whether or not Sabine Wren was sensitive to the Force due to the fact that she actually called Ashoka Tano her master. Of course, when the series was released, fans were waiting for Sabine to actually show signs of being sensitive to the Force, only for her to struggle to use this power. Nevertheless, she has shown her gifts as a lightsaber duelist. So, is Sabine Wren actually Force-sensitive?
Sabine Wren, in a way, can use the Force because it has always been believed that the Force resides in every living being in the galaxy. But the problem is that her sensitivity to the Force is actually quite weak to the point that she struggles to use its power and is not up to par with the standards of the Jedi.
The world of Star Wars has never been discussed in canon what kind of standards the Jedi are looking at when it comes to training people to be Jedi. Of course, we know that the Jedi need to train those who are strong in the Force, but that doesn’t mean that those who aren’t strong in it aren’t able to use it. One case in point could be Sabine Wren. Now, let’s look at what we know about Sabine’s sensitivity to the Force.
The Force resides in everyone
In the events of ‘Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace,’ we were introduced to the concept of Midi-chlorians, microscopic organisms that live within every living being in the galaxy. The Midi-chlorians are the ones responsible for communicating with the Force, and that is why those with high Midi-chlorian counts in their bodies tend to be stronger in the Force or are the ones who have the highest potential in terms of their Force abilities.
But the point of the matter is that every living organism has Midi-chlorians living in them. That means that, to some extent, any living being is connected to the Force, as Qui-Gon Jinn also said that the Force resides in every living being. This means that everyone has the Force in them and can communicate with this cosmic power.
The thing that needs to be taken into consideration, however, is that not everyone can easily use the Force. That’s because those with higher Midi-chlorian counts tend to be the ones who can use the power of the Force in an easier manner or, at the very least, learn how to control its power better than most people.
In Sabine’s case, we know that the Force resides in her because she is a living organism. The problem, however, is that she struggles to use its power for whatever reason. Kanan Jarrus once said in ‘Star Wars: Rebels’ that the Force indeed resides in everyone, including Sabine. But the problem is that she is too closed off to the Force for many different reasons, including the fact that her Mandalorian upbringing makes it harder for her to be open to the Force.
In that regard, we know that Sabine already had the potential to use the Force because she is a living organism that acts as one of the conduits of the Force. The problem is that she doesn’t have the innate talent or the openness to use the power of the Force, as this could be because Mandalorians have never been open to this power because of their history with the Jedi.
Nevertheless, the fact is that any living being in the galaxy can use the power of the Force because the Force resides in all of them. But the capacity in which they can use the power of the Force tends to vary, as those who are innately gifted in the Force can use powers and abilities that those who are weaker in it cannot use. Still, everyone is connected to one another through the power of the Force, which speaks to every person through the Midi-chlorians residing in their bodies.
Sabine falls short of Jedi standards
In episode 2 of ‘Ahsoka,’ Huyang once told Sabine Wren that she was the weakest out of all of the different Jedi Padawans he had ever met. That says a lot because Huyang is said to be over 25,000 years old and has seen his fair share of Padawans as he worked as a Jedi lightsaber professor throughout his entire lifetime.
What Huyang basically meant was that Sabine’s sensitivity to the Force was much weaker than the other Padawans he had met in his lifetime. He even expounded on this in episode 3 of ‘Ahsoka’ when he told Ahsoka that Sabine falls short of the standard the Jedi have set for over a thousand years. He even told Ahsoka that the Jedi Order would never have accepted Sabine to be trained in the ways of the Force due to her innate weakness in the Force.
In Legends, it was stated that the Jedi Order would only accept those whose Midi-chlorian counts are at least 7,000. That would mean that Huyang was basically saying that Sabine’s potential did not meet the minimum standards of the Jedi as far as her Midi-chlorian count is concerned. As such, we know that she doesn’t have the innate abilities and gifts to use the Force like other people do.
Nevertheless, Ahsoka believes that being a Jedi is not about standards, innate power, or potential. She still believed that Sabine could be a good Jedi despite her apparent weakness in the Force. Ahsoka even said that she didn’t need Sabine to be a Jedi because she only wanted her to be herself. And that means that she wanted Sabine to be true to her nature of combining her Mandalorian roots with her Jedi training.
In that regard, Sabine Wren may be able to use the Force, but her abilities tend to be quite limited because she falls short of the standards that the Jedi Order had in the past. This means she can still be a Jedi if trained well enough. But her abilities in the Force won’t be as strong as the other Jedi because she was never born talented as a Force wielder.