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Ahsoka Review

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Ahsoka is a refreshing addition to the Star Wars fanchise.

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away a journey begins with new faces, familiar faces, funny droids, and scary villains. Ahsoka, produced by Lucasfilm and Disney, just wrapped up, and it was a truly exciting Star Wars show.

Rosario Dawson reprises her role as Ahsoka for the show. She was previously seen in The Mandalorian, season 2, and The Book of Boba Fett, episode 6. Now she gets her own show, and it was definitely worth the wait.

Ahsoka aired on August 22, 2023, releasing two episodes that day. Every Tuesday after that Disney would drop one more episode on Disney+. The show finished its run on October 3, 2023 with its eighth episode. Each episode was a little over 40 minutes long, and quite entertaining.

Hera Syndulla, portrayed by Mary Elizabeth Winstead, is a familiar face that fans loved to see. Hera was an original character introduced in the animated series, Star Wars: Rebels. Fans hadn’t seen her since the end of Rebels in March of 2018. Seeing her in Ahsoka brought back so many nostalgic times for fans.

Hera became a General in the Resistance, since rebels. In Rebels she was just a small part of the Resistance, but now she has grown up. Ahsoka also introduces her kid, Jacen Syndulla, portrayed by Evan Whittan. It seemed like so much in her life had changed, but two things remained the same, the ship she flew and her companion Chopper.

The Ghost is Hera’s oddly shaped ship, and it is easily recognizable. It of course makes multiple appearances in the show, and it is good to see it back on the screen. Chopper is a droid that was a part of the Rebels team, and he hasn’t changed one bit. He is still his grumpy self, and he added so much humor and nostalgia to the show.

Sabine Wren, played by Natasha Liu Bordizzo, is another member of the Rebels team. She is a mandalorian, with some of the most colorful armor a fan will ever see. Not only is she a mandalorian, she is also training to become a Jedi. Ahsoka took her on as her padawan during the show, and it really adds more depth to Sabine’s character.

The show really focuses on Sabine’s Jedi journey whenever it can, which is good for the character growth and plot.

Sabine wields Ezra’s, her long lost friend, green lightsaber. She knows how to wield it, even without Ahsoka’s help, because of her training with the Darksaber with Kanan Jarrus. However, she can’t quite get the upper hand in fights without Ahsoka’s help. The show really focuses on Sabine’s Jedi journey whenever it can, which is good for the character growth and plot.

Perhaps the most recognizable face is that of Anakin Skywalker, of course portrayed by Hayden Christensen. He appears in a few episodes of the show, and teaches Ahsoka some valuable life lessons. He shows Ahsoka that she is not done learning and growing, and that he has more to offer her. Seeing this dynamic duo on the big screen again brings back a lot of nostalgia for fans.

Perhaps the best character is a new face and a hilarious droid, Huyang, voiced by David Tennant. He is an architect droid, which means he guides the Jedis and helps build lightsabers. Huyang is Ahsoka’s companion throughout the entire journey, and he proves to be more than a droid. With his humor and determination, Huyang is a great character to add.

Disney has become notorious for dumbing down lightsaber fights with fans complaining that the lightsabers weren’t as powerful in television series as they were in the movies. In shows it would take multiple strikes to take down a stormtrooper. Inquisitors would survive being stabbed through the stomach, making Qui-Gon Jinn roll in his grave. However, Ahsoka seemed to change this.

Intense lightsaber battles happened in every episode, and it always kept fans on their toes. Each fight was unique and intense. Watching Ahsoka and Sabine fight the villains with their lightsabers was always a joy. Since the villains were Siths they had lightsabers too, which made it so entertaining.

The plotline is also new and refreshing. Unlike previous Disney+ shows (like Obi-Wan Kenobi), it is not boring and the episodes flow. Even better, the Mandolorian does not make an appearance, he stays out of this show.

The plot of the show revolves around a familiar villain, Grand Admiral Thrawn, and his return. Thrawn is a villain from the show Rebels, and why his return is so important is because he was supposedly dead at the end. Rebels ended with Ezra fighting Thrawn in space, and winning. However, fans were not aware that he survived, making this a plot twist.

Ahsoka, Sabine, Hera, and Huyang set off on a journey to stop Thrawn’s return. Of course they run into trouble, whether it be Sith lords, inquisitors, and the Nightsisters. The struggles each character pursues makes the show very entertaining.

Overall, Ahsoka is a great bounce back for the Disney+ Star Wars shows. It is an entertaining watch, with great character, and a great plot. If you are a huge Star Wars fan, I highly recommend sitting back, relaxing, and turning on Ahsoka.

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