When it comes to all of the Star Wars shows that Disney is cranking out, I have mixed emotions. On one hand, I’m excited to see new stories in the Star Wars universe. But on the other, I always worry that these new tales might somehow overwrite or cheapen the adventures that I’ve come to know and love. So far, I’m been pleasantly surprised. I know that many fans have issues with shows like The Book of Boba Fett and Obi-Wan Kenobi. But personally, I’ve found both of those series to be of very high quality. So with that in mind, I was eagerly awaiting the latest Star Wars series; Ahsoka.
I’ll be honest and admit that when the character of Ahsoka was first introduced in the Clone Wars pilot-movie, I wasn’t a fan. The idea of Anakin Skywalker having an apprentice just seemed a little silly and out of place to me. But, over the course of the Clone Wars series, the character of Ahsoka became very well developed and my opinion on her changed considerably. By the time Star Wars: Rebels hit the air and Ahsoka’s character was revealed on that show, I found myself to be a full-blown fan of the character. Over the years, Ahsoka has also made her way into other media; books, comics, and of course her live-action introduction in The Mandalorian. Now, we finally have a series that focuses exclusively on her… or does it?
Be warned… I’m about to drop some serious spoilers below!
As you might guess from a series named “Ahsoka” – Ahsoka Tano is certainly the star of the show. But she’s not the only focal point. In fact, many characters from Star Wars: Rebels are also lead characters here. You could even say that Ahsoka is a continuation of the Rebels series. If you remember the end of that show, one of the lead characters, Ezra (accompanied by Grand Admiral Thrawn), is warped away to another galaxy and Sabine is seen setting out on a journey with Ahsoka in hopes of finding him. Well, this show finally ties up all of those loose ends. And, if do say so myself, it does so incredibly well. Seeing so many of the Rebels characters portrayed by real actors really brought a smile to my face… I mean, we have a live-action Thrawn! What more could an old-school Star Wars fan ask for? On top of that, we are also introduced to a handful of new and interesting characters. – Oh, and did I mention that Hayden Christensen is back as Anakin? (Settle down, it’s just flashbacks and recordings – but still.)
The thing that I appreciate most about this show is the way that it mixes two distinct eras of Star Wars together. The post-Return of the Jedi setting is appealing for fans of the original trilogy. But it takes this setting and adds in characters and events from the prequels (and related media). It’s the perfect mix for all generations of Star Wars fans and I love every second of it.
If you’ve been on the fence about this one, take my advice, give Ahsoka a serious chance. You won’t be disappointed.