Monday, July 24, 2023

Ahsoka Binge List

After what feels like forever, we’re only a month away from the premiere of Ahsoka. This show has been teased ever since Ahsoka Tano appeared on The Mandalorian years ago. And it’s almost here! I went through all of Ahsoka’s Clone Wars stories and rewatched Rebels to get this highlight list together. So if you need to get to know Ahsoka (or reacquaint yourself with her), here’s what you need to know:

Tales of the Jedi

Season 1, Episode 1

So let’s start at the beginning… and I mean the beginning. This short features Ahsoka’s birth and her initial jedi powers manifesting. I covered this when the shorts first came out, but I would have loved to see that lead into her being taken by Master Plo as a youth. But anyway, it is what it is. So enjoy some Baby ‘Soka.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars (Movie)

If you’re going to check out where Ahsoka came from, you ought to watch this. This animated movie is her first appearance during The Clone Wars. The movie starts right on the tail of episodes 2.16 and 1.16 (in that order) and it introduces Ahsoka Tano as Anakin’s new padawan. While not my favorite story, it’s her first story and it begins to develop the relationship dynamic she takes with Anakin.

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Season 2, Episodes 6-8

This story brings us back to Geonosis and the droid factory. Ahsoka and her new friend Barriss take down the factory… but not before bringing a parasite back to the ship. All ends well and you’ll want to keep an eye on this character, Barriss.

Season 3, Episode 7

This is the perfect story to illustrate Ahsoka’s bond with Padme. There are hints throughout Clone Wars that Ahsoka might know of Padme and Anakin’s secret marriage, but regardless she ends up friends with both of them independent of the other. Plus this shows the epicness of Ahsoka’s trust in the force.

Season 3, Episodes 15-17

An accidental trip to the planet Mortis, leaves Ahsoka, Obi-Wan, and Anakin stranded. Though their memories of the adventure were erased at the end, this story showed Anakin’s draw to the Dark Side and his potential as a Sith. Also, the Father, Son, and Daughter seen on Mortis were later seen in a mural during the final episodes of Rebels, but we’ll get to the Ghost’s adventures in a moment.

Season 5, Episodes 17-20

This one was heartbreaking. After being accused of murder, seeing Ahsoka so totally abandoned and desperate, to the point of turning to Ventriss for help… my heart hurt for her. Even after her name got cleared, the damage had already been done to her faith in the Jedi Order.

Season 7, Episodes 9-12

Beginning right on the tail of the events of episodes 7.05-7.08, Ahsoka and Rex are off to finish what the Jedi Order couldn’t, bringing Darth Maul into custody. For episodes required to understand Maul’s rise to power on Mandalore, check out the list at the bottom of this point for the Mandalorian Conflict. But before the ex-Jedi and her Clone Troopers can safely deliver Maul to Coruscant, Order 66 begins. Long story short, she’s able to save Rex, but only they and Darth Maul survive the crash of their starship. Again, heartbreaking.

Tales of the Jedi

Season 1, Episode 6

After the events of Order 66, we see Ahsoka secretly attending Padme’s funeral. With two of her very best friends dead or presumed dead, she’s at an all-time low. But Senator Organa gives her a pep talk (and a communicator) which helps her know who to call when she decides to join the Rebellion.

Star Wars Rebels

I loved Rebels way more than I expected (especially after feeling meh about Clone Wars) and it seems the Ahsoka series is being set up as a direct continuation of this story, as we’ve had Sabine, Hera, and Chopper confirmed to appear. If you can afford the time to binge watch the whole series, I’d recommend it. If not, here are my highlights to hopefully prep you for more live-action Ahsoka

Season 1, Episodes 13-15

Under the codename “Fulcrum”, we hear Ahsoka’s distorted voice throughout Season 1. But in the finale, we get her back in person. We don’t see her until the very end of this story arc, but the whole trilogy of episodes is worth it.

Season 2, Episodes 1-2

Having just reintroduced Ahsoka in the previous episode, it was nice to the Ghost team working together with her during these episodes. All things considered, Ahsoka’s involvement in this story is pretty minor, but it’s the first glimpse that she or Darth Vader has into the force to realize the other is still alive.

Season 2, Episodes 3-4

Ahsoka only appears at the beginning and end of this story, so it may seem inconsequential. However, these episodes bring back Captain Rex, the Clone Trooper that Ahsoka freed from Order 66 in the Clone Wars finale. Is it too much to hope that we’ll get old man Rex in the Ahsoka series? That’d be cool. Supposedly he fought in the Battle of Endor, so he ought to still be alive I suppose.

Season 2, Episodes 18, 21-22

Kanan, Ezra, and Ahsoka go in search of a way to stop the Sith and the Inquisitors, first stopping at a Jedi Temple for direction and then to a daunting Sith Temple. They team up (temporarily) with Darth Maul against the Inquisitors. Until finally he shows up: Darth Vader. To see Vader fight his old apprentice and for her to realize who he is. WOW! And then everything goes crazy and Ahsoka is left to die in the temple… or maybe not.

Season 4, Episodes 13-16

A pair of two-part epics. Ahsoka only appears for a short portion of each, but the last four episodes of Rebels set the stage for (according to what we know) the plot of the Ahsoka series. “A World Between Worlds” explains how Ahsoka survived the battle against her former master at the Sith Temple in Season 2 and it kind of blew my mind the first time. To me, it said that nothing is off-limits for the Star Wars mythos. And then as Rebels closed up, Ahsoka appeared in the epilogue of the series finale, setting the stage for her mission in the Disney live-action era.

The Mandalorian

Season 2, Episode 5

The first time I watched this episode, I hadn’t watched Clone Wars, so I was kind of blind to who Ahsoka was. So re-watching this episode, after finishing Clone Wars and Rebels, was quite the treat. Only nine years after the main events of Rebels (four years after the epilogue), we rejoin Ahsoka. Being sent by Bo-Katan, the Mandalorian intends to leave the Child with her. Instead they team up against a local tyrant before sending Mando onward (to eventually meet Luke Skywalker). What excites me after watching Rebels is that she’s looking for Thrawne. And I assume Ezra, along with him. So this episode, which will lead into the Ahsoka series, would be considered a direct continuation of the Rebels epilogue. 

The Book of Boba Fett

Season 1, Episode 6

Ahsoka only plays a minor role in this episode, but just as Book of Boba Fett is the bridge between the second and third season of The Mandalorian, this episode serves as the bridge between Ashoka’s animated adventures and her new series. At the very least, it establishes Ahsoka as a “family friend” to the Skywalker clan (or at least Luke).

Now we wait. This is very possibly the Star Wars series I’ve been most excited for (except perhaps Obi-Wan Kenobi). Andor was fine and I was slow to get into The Mandalorian, but I have hopes for Ahsoka. Here’s to them being realized!

Mandalorian Conflict:

  • Season 2, Episode 12-14

  • Season 3, Episode 5-6

  • Season 4, Episode 14

  • Season 5, Episode 14-16

  • Season 7, Episode 9-12

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