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Ahsoka Review: Dave Filoni’s Star Wars Brilliance Shines Through

Ahsoka is a show about characters from Star Wars stories that have been around for 15 years. These stories are not just movies, but also animated and live-action shows. The person in charge of the show, Dave Filoni, is not only the one who comes up with the story, but also the main director. He adds a lot of details and makes the story more grown-up.

In this new adventure, Ahsoka, the main character, is on a very exciting journey. This journey is especially rewarding for fans who have loved Star Wars for a long time. The show starts with two episodes that are really amazing. These episodes take us to a place filled with excitement and not knowing what will happen next.

The story happens after a big change in the Star Wars universe. The Empire, which was a powerful and scary group, is no longer in control. But even though they are not in charge anymore, they still cause problems. Some of the Empire’s leftover members are causing trouble. And there are new dangerous people who are not like the ones we’ve seen before.

In the past, there were clear good guys (Jedi) and bad guys (Sith), and they had strict rules. But now, things are not that simple. The line between good and bad is blurry.

Ahsoka, the brave main character, needs to use her skills to fight enemies. These enemies are changing and getting stronger. But she also needs help from her friends to find someone important. This person could be a new leader for the old Empire. Ahsoka has to learn how to work with her friends and trust them.

In the first episode called “Master and Apprentice,” we see Ahsoka capturing a person named Morgan. Morgan did bad things, and Ahsoka caught her. Now Morgan needs to be taken to a place where she will be judged. But then, something unexpected happens. Another ship appears, and they seem to be pretending to be someone else. The captain of the ship doesn’t believe them and lets them come on the ship. He wants to catch them.

At the same time, Ahsoka is far away on a different planet. She is looking for something important. She learned a secret from Morgan that could be dangerous. She’s not the only one looking for it. Some robot assassins that can fight Jedi are after her. They will do anything to get what they want.

Ahsoka realizes that something big is going on. She gets a message from a general named Hera. The message says that the thing Ahsoka found is really important, and she needs to figure it out. But Ahsoka can’t do it alone. There’s an old Jedi robot called Huyang, but even he can’t help. Hera tells Ahsoka to visit her old student Sabine. Sabine is good with explosives and weapons. She’s sad because she lost someone named Ezra, but Ahsoka needs her help.

So, Ahsoka’s journey is full of danger and mystery. She needs to solve the puzzle and make sure the bad guys don’t win. She’s not alone though—her friends are there to help her, even when things get tough.

When I watched the first episode of “Ahsoka,” I couldn’t help but wish that George Lucas, the person who created “Star Wars,” was there during filming. He’s known for telling the cast of “A New Hope” to act with more energy and speed. This kind of advice is something that Dave Filoni, the person in charge of “Ahsoka” and also a student of Lucas, could learn from.


Filoni has a background in making animated shows. He started by drawing storyboards for “King of the Hill” before working on the animated series “Star Wars: The Clone Wars” with Lucas. Animation costs a lot, so every scene needs to move the story forward efficiently.

Filoni got to work on live-action projects like “The Mandalorian” and “The Book of Boba Fett,” where he had more freedom. In the first episode of “Ahsoka,” which Filoni wrote and directed, he takes his time a bit too much, and it hurts the episode. “Star Wars” can be many things, but it should never be boring.

It seems like Filoni is trying to be like Akira Kurosawa here, mixing slow and thoughtful moments with bursts of exciting action. He’s good at this in his animated “Star Wars” shows, where you might see characters thinking quietly or doing regular tasks between big space battles, lightsaber fights, and chases.

The issue is that in the “Ahsoka” premiere, he slows down the talking parts and thoughtful moments too much. Even some of the action scenes could be more exciting—especially the fights without lightsabers. Luckily, “Ahsoka” gets better when the lightsabers start clashing, thanks to the great choreography by stunt coordinator Ming Qiu.

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Disney is not ready to mess up like Star Wars:

Disney really can’t afford to mess up another Star Wars thing. They’ve had some successes like “The Force Awakens,” the first season of “The Mandalorian,” and “Andor,” but overall, their time with Star Wars has been a bit of a mess. From “The Last Jedi” to “The Rise of Skywalker,” Disney somehow managed to make almost every kind of Star Wars fan upset. This caused many fans to stop going to the movies out of fear and disappointment.

Even on their streaming service Disney+, things haven’t been smooth sailing. “Obi-Wan Kenobi” has its share of fans and even got some award nominations, but it wasn’t the big hit that people expected Ewan McGregor’s return to be. The excitement around “The Mandalorian” has gone down over time, especially as each new season tried to fit in more connections to the bigger Star Wars universe.

After the success of Season 1, Disney put a lot of hope into the show. They made spin-offs like “The Book of Boba Fett” and even tried to fix some of the issues from the sequel movies. Unfortunately, this approach ended up hurting the show. Season 3 didn’t capture the audience’s attention like before, and the story with Moff Gideon didn’t end with a big impact.

In simple terms, Disney needs a big hit. Star Wars can’t just rely on the popularity of “Andor” forever. If the franchise wants to become a major player in the movie world again, it needs to be exciting and something that families can enjoy. It needs characters and stories that make people really care. In short, “Ahsoka” has to be a success.

Ahsoka has a job to do: bring back that classic Star Wars feeling.

“Star Wars” has become a bit too complicated lately. Disney has been following the same formula as the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) and creating lots of connected content. But in doing so, they’ve lost some of the charm that George Lucas’ world used to have. When you get to the heart of it, “Star Wars” is a simple kind of adventure story.

It’s like an old-fashioned romance, where every new planet brings something exciting—strange landscapes, weird creatures, and hidden mysteries. Yes, there’s always been a big story that connects everything, but always looking back takes away from the fun. Just think about how many times Disney has gone back to Tatooine recently and how tired everyone is of seeing that desert planet.

“Ahsoka” has the chance to bring back some of that original “Star Wars” magic. It’s bringing new planets, new characters, and a true sense of adventure. Even though it continues some of the stories from “Star Wars Rebels,” the trailers show that it’s full of new and fresh ideas.

People really loved the first season of “The Mandalorian” because it was its own thing, separate from the main “Star Wars” story. But as the show went on, it started getting more tangled with everything else. Watching Din and Grogu’s adventures started feeling like a chore, with old characters coming in and setting up things for the sequels. If “Ahsoka” wants to be a big success, it needs to stand strong on its own. It should give fans the kind of pure adventure that made “Star Wars” famous in the first place.

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How Ahsoka Draws in Viewers Attention:

Rosario Dawson plays Ahsoka, and she brings a calm and thoughtful presence to the character. This version of Ahsoka is not the energetic and young ‘Snips’ from The Clone Wars, nor is she the secret agent ‘Fulcrum’ from Star Wars Rebels. Ahsoka is now older and wiser, but she’s also someone who prefers to be alone.

Her life has been shaped by battles, betrayals, and tough survival situations, which has made her cautious about getting too close to others. This is a big issue in her relationship with Sabine. At the end of Rebels, they teamed up to search for Ezra, but they didn’t succeed, and their relationship has been complicated ever since. We don’t know all the details of what happened, but it’s clear that their time together caused some deep scars.

A really interesting side story looks into different kinds of Force users for the first time. Not everyone has the same level of connection to the Force as the Skywalkers, Grogu, or Ahsoka. Sabine is an example of someone with limited Force abilities. There’s a funny conversation in the second episode, “Toil and Trouble,” that shows this. Sabine has to work on overcoming her stubbornness and willfulness to reach her full potential. Ahsoka is frustrated with how stubborn Sabine can be, and her tendency to ignore authority causes problems.

We also get to learn about Morgan’s backstory and see a glimpse of her power. Remember that she was able to fight Ahsoka using a Beskar spear. Morgan might not be the mastermind, but she’s definitely involved in some way.

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There’s Baylan Skoll (played by the late Ray Stevenson), a former Jedi who’s now a mercenary, and his dangerous Padawan, Shin Hati (played by Ivanna Sakhno). They’ve embraced the Dark Side of the Force for their own reasons. Baylan survived Order 66 and is after a certain “power” that requires him to serve Morgan for now. Baylan and Shin are both killers, but they’re not just random.

Their use of orange lightsabers is a bit mysterious in the beginning, but along with a former Inquisitor named Marrok (played by Paul Darnell), they’re the biggest obstacles to Ahsoka’s mission. Shin, who never seems to blink and looks absolutely fierce, is not to be taken lightly. She’s very different from any female Jedi we’ve seen before.

If we look at it in a certain way, “Ahsoka” seems like just another show in the long list of “Star Wars” shows. It’s a continuation of the “Rebels” story with some cool lightsaber fights. But from a different perspective, it’s actually one of the most important things Lucasfilm has done in a while.

Bringing back Thrawn and mentioning “Heir to the Empire” is a big deal. For fans who’ve been around for a while, it’s like getting a new story that’s as exciting as Timothy Zahn’s original trilogy. And for newer fans, it’s a chance to see a real Jedi adventure in the time of the New Republic.

But there’s more riding on “Ahsoka” than just making one good show or setting up Filoni’s movie. The person in charge of the show, Filoni, became known in the “Star Wars” world because of “The Clone Wars.” That show did a lot to fix the reputation of the prequel movies.

Back in the mid-2000s, the second set of “Star Wars” movies was thought of as not very good. But under Filoni’s guidance, “The Clone Wars” made those movies fit together better. Anakin became a hero, Obi-Wan had a sad love story, and Ahsoka was introduced, which made Anakin’s decision to leave the Jedi much more interesting.

Filoni now has a chance to do something similar for the sequel movies. With “Ahsoka” and the upcoming movie, there’s a way to change how people think about the time of the New Republic. But for that to happen, “Ahsoka” can’t just be an average “Star Wars” show. It needs to be better than Season 3 of “The Mandalorian.” It has to bring the fans back and get them excited again.

So, in short, “Ahsoka” is exploring different characters and their complex relationships, adding more layers to the Star Wars universe.

Finding Ezra Bridger Again

The show “Ahsoka” gets its main story from a big moment in Star Wars Rebels. Ezra Bridger did something really brave—he sacrificed himself to defeat Grand Admiral Thrawn (played by Lars Mikkelsen) in the Battle of Lothal. He crashed his ship into unknown space to do it. Hera, another character in the story, is really surprised to hear that Thrawn might still be alive. But that also means Ezra might be alive too.

This makes Hera, Ahsoka, and Sabine really determined to find them. The bad guys in the story, led by Morgan and Baylan, know that there are still people who support the Empire, even though they’re not working together. Thrawn was super smart, an expert at tactics, and really good at fighting. They need his leadership to bring all these different groups together and fight against the New Republic that’s just starting.

There’s something important to mention here that’s a bit like what happened in Star Wars: The Last Jedi. But don’t worry, it’s not done in the same way that felt forced. There’s a lot to enjoy in this show. The beginning is so exciting that it made my skin tingle with anticipation. The battles with lightsabers are super cool and will get you pumped up.

But they’re just one part of the exciting story. Seeing characters like Ahsoka, Sabine, Hera, and the world of Lothal brought to life in such a great way will make fans really excited. Filoni, the person behind this show, gives us a fantastic start to the world of Star Wars.

Remember, “Ahsoka” is made by Lucasfilm. The first two episodes will come out on August 22nd at 9PM ET on Disney+. In India Disney+ HotStar is going to stream Ahsoka from August 23rd.

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Written by Rajender Manda

Rajender Manda is an enthusiastic entertainment blogger with a deep passion for Hollywood. With a keen eye for the latest trends, releases, and behind-the-scenes stories, Rajender brings a unique perspective to the world of showbiz.

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