Ahsoka Tano is easily one of the most popular characters in the Star Wars universe, which is quite impressive considering most of her appearances have come in the animated form. Not that people haven't watched the animated shows such as Clone Wars and Rebels, it's just way more people would have seen the live action films and shows. Ahsoka sees her take centre stage in her own series and if the double episode premiere is anything to go by, we are in for an enthralling ride.

After the fall of the Galactic Empire, former Jedi Knight Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) investigates an emerging threat to a vulnerable galaxy.
The first episode opens with something that will bring a little bit of joy to any Star Wars fan. It's not even anything major but just that something special associated with the franchise. Much like The Mandalorian, Ahsoka is a show that embraces the old school feel of the franchise, lightsaber duels in particular not over-choreographed and heavily inspired by Samurai films. Just listen to Kevin Kiner's score during these moments and try telling me different.

Ahsoka may have appeared in episodes of The Mandalorian and The Book of Boba Fett however, it's Rebels that has the biggest presence in this series with characters like Sabine Wren and Hera Syndulla heavily influencing the narrative. Ahsoka's arc is one of the most impressive and emotional in the whole franchise and that looks set to continue here, her past as a Jedi Knight and present as a potential Jedi trainer explored in the first two episodes. Dave Filoni doesn't forget about the other characters he created either with Sabine Wren's arc also promising plenty of emotion in the search for Ezra Bridger.
Coming to the performances, everyone settles into their roles with ease, Rosario Dawson in particular comfortable with the physical side of the character while having the swagger Ahsoka possessed in the animated shows. Natasha Liu Bordizzo gets plenty of moments within these episodes to make Sabine Wren such a major presence already, her exuberance being something sure to both aid and hinder this band of rebels. The most intriguing characters introduced here are Baylan Skoll and Shin Hati, a Sith master and apprentice played with such sinister intensity by Ray Stevenson and Ivanna Sakhno. David Tennant's Huyang gets some scene-stealing lines that carries on the tradition of the droids being such solid additions to the roster in the franchise.

The premiere episodes of Ahsoka certainly build a solid foundation for the series to expand upon. Everything is set in place for this to be a character driven piece that solidifies Ahsoka's arc as one of the very best in the franchise.


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