The long-awaited series premiere of “Ahsoka” on Disney+ on August 22nd was a success with scoring highly on Rotten Tomatoes with a critic score of 93% and and audience score of 86% for the first two episodes.
With its perfect blend of nostalgia, intrigue, and fresh narrative directions, “Ahsoka” has undoubtedly ignited a new chapter of excitement in the Star Wars saga, leaving audiences eagerly anticipating what’s to come, especially the question – Will we see Hayden Christensen return as Anakin Skywalker in the series and if so, in what capacity? There is so much to love in the the premiere episodes but we have created a list of our 6 things we loved!
Star Wars Rebels Reunion
Star Wars Rebels was about a group of heroes who come together to resist the Galactic Empire. Set between the events of “Star Wars: Episode III – Revenge of the Sith” and “Star Wars: Episode IV – A New Hope,” the series explored the early days of the Rebel Alliance. The main characters, including Ezra Bridger, Kanan Jarrus, Hera Syndulla, Sabine Wren, Garazeb “Zeb” Orrelios, Chopper, and later joined by Ahsoka, go on exciting missions, forming a tight-knit family. Star Wars Rebels was an action-packed show with deep character development and lore and was a favorite in my home Sunday nights on DisneyXD so seeing (most) of the old gang together again in live action was like a homecoming for fans! You can see the continuation of that “family” camaraderie between the old crew in the episodes, although a little strained from drama off screen that has taken place over the years since the series finale.
Return to Lothal
Lothal is one of my favorite places in the Star Wars galaxy. With its diverse landscapes that range from serene grasslands to sprawling cities, Lothal’s visual appeal is matched only by its importance to the Rebel Alliance’s origins. The planet’s rustic charm is beautifully set against the backdrop of the Imperial occupation, creating a compelling narrative tension from the bustling markets of Lothal’s Capital City to the hidden bases where the Ghost crew hatches their daring plans. Episodes that took place on Lothal always felt soothing to me and my kids loved the wildlife, especially the Loth Cat – and we got to see one of them in the episodes! Who else wishes they were real?
Baylan is a complex character, with a confusing motivation in the series so far. Played by the late Ray Stevensen, he brought a commanding presence to the episodes. With his huge physique, stoic speech and fierce lightsaber skills, Baylan has become one of my favorite (maybe) villain of the saga! Through the episodes, I got the impression that Baylan is conflicted in his actions. He works as a mercenary which, would make him a dark Jedi but, it doesn’t seem that his first choice is for violence unless he has no choice. For example, in the opening scene where Baylan and his apprentice, Shin Hati, land board the New Republic ship, Baylan doesn’t immediately attack the crew but instead tries to pose as Jedi and break out Morgan Elspeth. Unlucky for the crew, the Captain’s arrogance had Baylan set Shin loose on the unsuspecting soldiers. I can’t wait to find out more about his background and why he is working for Elspeth.
The Nightsisters of Dathomir – Morgan Elsbeth
The Nightsisters of Dathomir are a mysterious all-female order of dark Force users. Hailing from the mystical planet Dathomir, these formidable and darkly attuned Force users possess a rich and intriguing history. Their connection to the dark side of the Force is intertwined with their unique cultural practices and powerful sorcery. Led by the enigmatic Mother Talzin, the Nightsisters employ a blend of dark arts, potent magic, and ancient rituals to wield their formidable abilities. Fans remember the Nightsisters in The Clone Wars and now we see them introduced in Ahsoka through Morgan Elsbeth. This brings some exciting story possibilities with such a dark group that can be formidable enemies for Ahsoka and the Rebels gang.
The Jedi Stuff
The Force is a mystic and unifying energy that threads through all living entities, binding them together. This profound concept unfolds into two distinct facets: the luminous Light Side and the enigmatic Dark Side. Among the captivating elements of the Jedi narrative, none resonate as intensely as the acrobatic clashes of lightsabers, and in this realm, Ahsoka found herself abundantly engaged. From the very outset, the prowess of Baylan and Shin came into full display, effortlessly sweeping aside the guards of the Republic during their audacious escape of Elspeth. Ahsoka engaged in an exciting skirmish against the HK Droids, demonstrating her saber skills and the tense battle between Shin and Sabine added another layer of electrifying drama. From what we’ve seen in the trailers, these duels will continue and get more exciting!
Ahsoka stands as one of the Star Wars universe’s most beloved figures, undergoing a remarkable evolution. Originating as Anakin Skywalker’s eager and headstrong Padawan apprentice in the Clone Wars animated series, and matured into a wise and skilled warrior. Her journey took a dramatic and emotional turn when she faced unjust accusations and ultimately decided to leave the Jedi Order. Yet, this wasn’t the conclusion of Ahsoka’s tale. The Book of Boba Fett marked her return in live action, directed by Dave Filoni in the episode titled “The Jedi.” Rosario Dawson in the role is the perfect casting. Her own love for the character and Star Wars has given her great insight in portraying the Jedi with a stoic and thoughtful personality. Dawson has also shown her hard work preparing as she has demonstrated amazing skill in her lightsaber choreography. I look forward to her re-match with Morgan Elsbeth!
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