The long-awaited Ahsoka show has finally premiered its first two episodes on Disney+. After making her debut in 2008, Ahsoka Tano has grown from a hated character to one of the most loved in the Star Wars franchise.
Ahsoka’s character started out in animation and remained that way until her live-action debut in The Mandalorian. Rosario Dawson led the iconic character in front of a camera which proved no easy task.
Fans were fierce over Ahsoka’s character, and some could not get used to seeing her played by an actor. Alongside this, there were small complaints such as her lekku that had been shortened to make fight scenes easier.
Appearing in The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett, fans have slowly been adjusting to Dawson’s version of Ahsoka. And after hearing that Dave Filoni would be the creator behind the show, viewers seemed to settle down.
After all, Filoni was the one who created Ahsoka’s character in Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated series. Filoni created a masterpiece from her character in that series and he has continued to build on her story.
Part 1: Master and Apprentice
The premier kicks off with a classic Star Wars style of scrolling text that recaps what has been happening in Ahsoka’s story since Star Wars Rebels. Immediately we transition into the episode with a nostalgic shot of a ship coming into the screen.
The pacing on this episode was set well and it didn’t take long before the fan-favourite character graced the screen. Within this episode a solid plot is set up as well as the introduction of several interesting characters.
Ahsoka’s focus is to find Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen) after his rumoured return spread throughout the galaxy. However, she is not the only one looking for him.
Baylan Skoll (Ray Stevenson) and Shin Hati (Ivanna Sakhno) will not make this easy for the former Jedi and they seek out Thrawn for a darker reason. Ahsoka must team up with her former apprentice Sabine Wren (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) and Hera Syndulla (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) to track down this threat to the galaxy.
One major complaint was fixed for this show as Ahsoka’s lekku seem longer and more accurate to her Rebels design. Alongside the satisfying pacing, we are treated to several badass lightsaber fights that are backed up with a powerful score from composer Kevin Kiner.
Kiner’s music brings in the very essence of Star Wars. It hits with a powerful punch of nostalgia from his work on The Clone Wars and Rebels.
Overall, it was a fantastic first episode that seems to be doing Ahsoka’s character justice. It’s shaping up to serve as a nice sequel for Rebels that looks further into Ahsoka’s character now that she is training her own apprentice. With Filoni at the wheel no doubt we are in for a memorable show with lots of heartbreak to come.
The first two episodes of Ahsoka are now streaming on Disney+.
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