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Is Ahsoka a crossover pleasure like Andor, The Mandalorian (just seasons one and two! ), and The Book of Boba Fett’s most recent episodes? Or is it a drudge that only appeals to aficionados, like the majority of Boba, recent Mando, and all of Obi-Wan Kenobi?


We don’t really know after an opening double bill that introduced us to Ahsoka Tano’s (Rosario Dawson) fresh exploits. There are many traces of what made Andor and the early Mandalorian such a thrill in Ahsoka, but it shares the same flaw as Bad Star Wars: it’s so in awe of the franchise lore that it keeps losing our interest.

Our protagonist is a former apprentice of Darth Vader’s father, Anakin Skywalker, who hasn’t joined the Dark Side. Ahsoka is a mentor/vigilante/fixer who can be difficult to pin down, which isn’t ideal for a lead character, but she cuts a cool but austere figure in a time of precarious progress. Despite the horrific Galactic Empire’s demise, there is good reason to be concerned about its impending resurgence.

Grand Admiral Thrawn is an exiled Empire stalwart who Ahsoka is on a mission to locate and destroy. She has learnt that an occult map may disclose where he is hidden.A race begins when two evil mercenaries show interest in the map and appear to be employing Jedi-like abilities for sinister purposes. But it’s not a race where anyone is moving quickly.


The galaxy where Ahsoka is set hasn’t heard of the classic screenplay adage about starting a scene late and ending it early. Take the scene where Ahsoka explores a planet’s deserted underground hub, for example. This dusty, creaky lair is lavishly designed, just like the rest of the series, and it gives off a pleasant Indiana Jones vibe as secret trapdoors are unlocked, artifacts are discovered buried in the sand, and stone obelisks are twisted into the ideal position to awaken their enigmatic power and spring open.


But since fans have spent more than a decade watching Ahsoka develop in the animated series Clone Wars and Rebels, everything happens at such a deliberate pace that if you haven’t come into the show prepared to enjoy every little thing she does, you might be left wondering why you just had to sit through several minutes of watching a woman find a map.

A gang eventually forms in spite of a lot of staring at CGI scenery that are undoubtedly amazing and numerous moments in which people loiter around before acting. Due to her need for assistance in deciphering the map, Ahsoka (Natasha Liu Bordizzo) decides to risk working with Sabine Wren, a gifted but unstable former pupil. Hera Syndulla (Mary Elizabeth Winstead), a commander in the benevolent New Republic, offers more trustworthy help.

As the mother Ahsoka and the auntly Hera work to develop Sabine’s wild warrior skills, this all-female trio has the potential to offer a sophisticated, character-driven perspective on space adventures. The dynamic is there even though Ahsoka seems a little too enigmatic at times, folding her arms in wordless disgust at the stupidity around her, while Hera’s only distinguishing feature thus far is that she has a green face.

A hoverbike duel or running chase are never far away thanks to Sabine’s impulsivity, while Ahsoka frequently demonstrates her amazing move of fighting with her lightsaber held in a reverse grip.



When it is discovered that not everyone running the country has realized the light despite the fact that it is no longer governed by the Empire, a fact-finding journey to a busy port gives the action some Andor-esque insight into how combating fascism is a never-ending struggle.

If the show can keep in mind that Star Wars is at its best quick and enjoyable, not plodding and somber, the foundations are set. Huyang, a droid spoken by David Tennant (resuming his role from the Clone Wars), represents another missed opportunity. Tennant likes making the robot sound like a kind but finicky butler, with echoes of Red Dwarf’s Kryten and PG Wodehouse’s Jeeves.

Tennant is frequently left having to utter unfunny lines in a humorous voice in a show where, when a scene needs to establish a thing, the characters frequently stand there immediately, drily discussing that thing. This is because “show don’t tell” is another writing rule that hasn’t survived the trip across the galaxy. He could be so much more enjoyable for us if he were given the freedom to be himself, as with everything in Ahsoka.

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