Ahsoka Teaser Review

A live action Ahsoka series has been in the works for several years now. This series will capstone both animated series the Clone Wars and Star Wars Rebels. This series will also incorporate aspects of the Legends material from the original Expanded Universe, particularly Timothy Zahn’s portrayal of Grand Admiral Thrawn. Ahsoka herself cites the title of Zahn’s very first book, Heir to the Empire, as she describes the whispers of his return.
Hera, Sabine, Chopper, Ezra and the Phantom II appear in some way shape or form over the course of the new series. Additionally, it appears the World Between Worlds maybe featured in the series as well. Other characters featured include Morgan Elsbeth and Mon Mothma. Lastly, Lars Mikkelsen is set to reprise his voice role as live action Grand Admiral Thrawn.
It appears Ahsoka is searching for some ancient clue in abandoned ruins. This may or may not have something to do with searching for Ezra and Grand Admiral Thrawn. Note in the trailer she wields her lightsabers using the force. We also see that Ahoska reunites with Sabine who appears to be convalescing on Lothal. The story will also be told from Thrawn’s perspective. If you have read Zahn’s Heir to the Empire, the first chapter opens with Thrawn winning a battle against a New Republic fleet as a larger strategy to consolidate his fleet and obtain certain technologies on Wayland.
One intriguing aspect teased in the upcoming show is new force wielders. Star Wars welcomes Ray Stevenson back to the universe has he plays the role of dark side force wielder, named Baylan Skoll. Stevenson played Gar Saxon in the animated series Star Wars Rebels. Baylan’s character is accompanied by another force wielder, named Shin Hati. Both wield orange lightsabers, and it is unclear what their roles are in this overall story arc. However, what is clear is that Ahsoka will have to deal with both at various points in the story.
Though not featured in the teaser trailer, some Mandalorian connection will be made in this show. At Star Wars Celebrations 2023, it was announced that there will be a feature film which will culminate the stories of the Mandalorian and Ahsoka. I think we are all excited to see a live action series about some of our favorite animated characters. However, I can’t help but think about how this seems to marginalize Luke Skywalker’s role in galactic affairs. Skywalker himself lead the charge against Thrawn in the first Thrawn Trilogy of books by Timothy Zahn. Who was Ahsoka talking to in the forest? Why did she state there are not many Jedi left? Will Skywalker appear in the Ahsoka series at all? If not, how does Lucas Arts explain Skywalker’s absence from the galactic chaos that Thrawn will unleash…particularly when it involves two new Dark Side force users? Overall, the story looks to be intriguing, intense, and serious. Though I may have some reservations, I am looking forward to watching how all of this unfolds.

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