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Review of Ahsoka: A Star Wars celebration of the old and new

Review of Ahsoka: A Star Wars celebration of the old and new

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In recent times, some fans may have perceived the Star Wars presence on Disney+ as becoming rather saturated. While the third season of The Mandalorian garnered appreciation, it was deemed by some as not quite matching the high standards set by its initial two seasons. However, a breath of fresh air arrives in the form of the latest series, “Review of Ahsoka,” a compelling addition to Lucasfilm’s roster of exceptional streaming originals.

In this new venture set within the expansive Star Wars universe, Dave Filoni, an accomplished figure in the

franchise, takes his revered Star Wars animated realm into the realm of live-action. Rosario Dawson

continues her portrayal of Ahsoka Tano, reprising her role from The Mandalorian’s second season. In

“Ahsoka,” Ahsoka Tano endeavors to thwart the return of Grand Admiral Thrawn from exile and his

ambitious efforts to rekindle the remnants of the Empire, offering fans a fresh narrative perspective.

Review of Ahsoka

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Reuniting with her estranged former apprentice, Sabine Wren (played by Natasha Liu Bordizzo), Ahsoka

Tano and the rebel group face considerable challenges. As they strive to achieve their goal, they

encounter opposition from two former Jedi who have turned to the path of mercenaries. These individuals

are assisting an ally of Grand Admiral Thrawn in their quest to unveil the elusive map leading to his

location. While it’s widely acknowledged that “Ahsoka” holds a special place for dedicated followers of

“The Clone Wars” and “Rebels,” the series also extends its appeal to a broader spectrum of Star Wars

enthusiasts. Its storytelling charm and accessibility make it an engaging experience for fans of the

franchise at large.

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A Star Wars celebration of the old and new: Review of Ahsoka

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An argument can be put forth that, despite the immense nostalgia associated with properties like Star

Wars, Lucasfilm is in need of progressing beyond the iconic Skywalker Saga. While “Ahsoka” may be

viewed as another attempt to fill in gaps within the Saga, Dave Filoni and his team adeptly blend the

essence of the revered Original Trilogy with their own distinctive storytelling, thus justifying the series as a

compelling narrative in its own right. Balancing between paying homage to the source material and

establishing itself as an independent live-action production, “Ahsoka” artfully navigates the potential

pitfall of excessive fan service, particularly evident in its first two episodes.

The inaugural sequences of the series, characterized by dramatic lightsaber battles and an evocative

musical score courtesy of Kevin Kiner (known for his work on “The Clone Wars” and “Rebels”), elegantly

pull on the strings of nostalgia. However, what truly distinguishes these scenes is Filoni’s earnest and

heartfelt presentation, solidifying his reputation as “George Lucas’ heir” within the fan community.

Filoni’s association with acclaimed works like “The Clone Wars” and, more significantly, “Rebels,” naturally

sparked curiosity about how heavily the series would rely on prior knowledge to comprehend the

narrative. Thankfully, those new to the franchise can find solace in the fact that “Ahsoka” doesn’t exclude

anyone from understanding the storyline. While the show ensures accessibility for newcomers, it’s

undeniable that the devoted followers of “The Clone Wars” and “Rebels” will derive the deepest

satisfaction from this Star Wars saga, considering their familiarity with its intricacies and lore.

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Despite encountering some unevenness in the third season of “The Mandalorian” and a degree of

dissatisfaction with “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” the series “Ahsoka” emerges as a triumphant vehicle that

masterfully showcases the diverse capabilities of the Star Wars franchise. Presently, the sci-fi realm of Star

Wars encompasses the likes of the sci-fi spaghetti Western atmosphere of “The Mandalorian” and the

captivating espionage-laden narrative of “Andor.” In this context, “Ahsoka” successfully reignites the

enigmatic allure of Jedi mysticism akin to the Original Trilogy, all while carving out its own distinct identity

without ever appearing as a mere imitation.

As the series unfolds, the forthcoming six episodes hold the key to how well the pacing of “Ahsoka’s”

narrative is managed. However, the initial two episodes set a promising foundation for what’s to come.

The anticipation surrounding Lars Mikkelsen’s portrayal of Thrawn adds an extra layer of excitement,

amplifying the potential dynamic between this character and Ahsoka, played by Rosario Dawson.

On the whole, “Ahsoka” stands as a prime example of a story that confidently stands on its own merits

while paying homage to the revered legacy of the Star Wars franchise. The titular protagonist, Ahsoka,

seamlessly asserts herself as a modern symbol of the Jedi tradition.

The first two episodes of Lucasfilm and Dave Filoni’s “Ahsoka” are currently available for streaming, with

subsequent episodes scheduled to be released every Tuesday.

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