“I am no Jedi.” It’s a new day in the Star Wars Galaxy, and audiences are getting to know the character Ahsoka Tano through the brand new Disney+ series titled “Ahsoka.” While the Star Wars Universe has largely been following different Mandalorians (with three seasons of “The Mandalorian” and a season of “The Book of Boba Fett”), Lucasfilm has changed focus onto Ahsoka Tano, a character known only to devoted Star Wars fans. This is your guide to the new show, along with a Disneyland in-park experience and merchandise to celebrate the show’s release.
Ahsoka Tano, the sole Padawan of Jedi Knight Anakin Skywalker, was introduced to the Star Wars Galaxy in both the animated movie and animated television series each titled “Star Wars: The Clone Wars.” The years of galactic civil war in The Clone Wars were where Ahsoka went through her coming-of-age trials and we saw her elusive combat skill, high ethical integrity, and fearless independence.
This live-action series has been highly anticipated for years by all, including myself. Ahsoka’s story has been partially continued in novels, but most of the written stories with Ahsoka Tano are not officially canon in the Star Wars Galaxy. Therefore we pick up the story of Ahsoka after the events on the planet Lothal in the animated series Star Wars: Rebels.
After fighting for the Galactic Republic in The Clone Wars, Ahsoka becomes an outcast rebel when the Galactic Empire dominates the Galaxy. In these years of turmoil, she takes on the code name Fulcrum and assists in fighting against the Empire. In doing so, she encounters the Phoenix Squadron, a cell of rebel allies who are focused on Lothal. Ezra Bridger, Sabine Wren, Kanan Jarrus, Hera Syndulla, Gazareb Orrelios, and the droid C1-10P (nicknamed “CHOP”) are the protagonists of Star Wars: Rebels and we will see most, if not all, of these characters in “Ahsoka,” with possible flashbacks if needed.
The liberation of Lothal is the final story of “Star Wars: Rebels,” leaving Phoenix Cell broken after the loss of Jedi Kanan Jarrus and the missing Ezra Bridger. Lastly in the epilogue, we see Ahsoka Tano and Sabine Wren resolved to find the missing Jedi Ezra Bridger. For reference, these events occur approximately one year before Luke Skywalker destroys the first Death Star. Yet now with “Ahsoka,” we are over a decade ahead into the future, roughly the same time period as the events in “The Mandalorian” which is several years after the second Death Star blowing up and the Empire left scattered in remnants.
Last week, I attended an early screening of Episodes 1 & 2 of “Ahsoka” at Disneyland. Guests of the screening were welcomed into the Tomorrowland Theater with candy, soft drinks, and the ultimate treat…Disneyland popcorn!
Based on the 2-episode preview, “Ahsoka” has gotten off to a promising start. The feel of the show is vintage Star Wars with an updated intensity to the drama and characters. In Episode One, we find Ahsoka Tano searching for a map to find missing Jedi Ezra Bridger and needing the assistance of Sabine Wren. While there is a lot of exposition to bring these lesser-known pre-existing characters into greater familiarity with the Disney+ audience, director Dave Filoni provides an adequate balance of a forward-moving story. Other than a gratuitous explosion, a few melodramatic music accents, and character stereotyping, the “Ahsoka” creative team has set the stage for the rest of the season to bring interest and excitement to the entire gamut of Star Wars viewers. The casual fan will enjoy these characters and a fresh story, and Star Wars aficionados are already salivating at the reinvigoration of the Night Sisters of Dathomir, The Clone Wars callbacks like Huyang, and Lars Mikkelsen’s reprisal of Grand Admiral Thrawn. Moreover, the introduction of new characters Baylan Skol, Shin Hati, and Morgan Elsbeth has added new intrigue into the grey area between the light and dark sides of the Force that Star Wars really should explore for more diverse and distinct stories.
While there will be further explanation and backstory needed with the Master-Padawan relationship between Ahsoka Tano and Sabine Wren, Episode Two’s shot-for-shot recreation of the final mural scene of “Star Wars: Rebels” definitely has me feeling like the Force is with us. Altogether, “Ahsoka” writer and creator Dave Filoni has a long-game plan with his upcoming movie set to release in 2026 that will culminate the events of this time period in Star Wars. But what he has written so far for “Ahsoka” declares that live-action Star Wars is going to see something new, authentic, and a little bit rebellious.
The remaining six episodes of Ahsoka will release on each following Tuesday at 6pm Pacific/9pm Eastern on Disney Plus, however that is not the only Ahsoka to debut!
Ahsoka Tano will be jumping off your television screen and into Disneyland! Starting today, August 23, Ahsoka Tano will be greeting guests on Batuu at Galaxy’s Edge.
I had the opportunity to get a sneak peek at her as she had just landed on the planet during the fan event.
Here’s what you can expect to see when you come and visit Batuu. Ahsoka will roam the land (primarily the Marketplace area) and briefly pause to interact with the crowd. She doesn’t offer a traditional character meet & greet, but instead follows actions similar to how The Mandalorian strolls through Galaxy’s Edge.
We were able to see her out in the land on her first day out. She’s been brought to Batuu in spectacular fashion!
Are you jumping to lightspeed to come out and meet Ahsoka? Be prepared to wander and wait. It isn’t always clear when and where she will appear.
If a new show and a new character at Disneyland isn’t enough for you, then you’re in luck because ShopDisney.com has a slew of new Ahsoka-themed merchandise to help you celebrate your fandom. Disney+ subscribers get early access to most of this merchandise. Only four of the items (each of them apparel) are immediately available to non-subscribers of Disney+.
The biggest item is the newer version of Ahsoka’s Rebels lightsaber hilts that are revamped, lighter and brighter. These are priced at $319.99 and come with their own specific blades that will not work with other Disney lightsaber hilts. This item is a pre-order that is expected to be ready by Oct. 30th.
There are multiple apparel pieces with hoodies for women and kids, and shirts for men, women, and kids.
Ahsoka accessories abound with an enamel pin, Magic Band+, Loungefly Mini Backpack, Coffee Mug, Collectible Bust, plush, and Remote Control Interactive Droid C1-10P, AKA Chopper.
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Have you watched “Ahsoka” yet? If you’re a new fan, what do you think of these characters? If you’re a longtime Rebel, how do you think the crossover to live-action has started in these first two episodes? And did you seen any Ahsoka-inspired items that you want to add to your Star Wars collection?
Share your Jedi (or Sith) knowledge in the comments below! What is your favorite piece from the new Ahsoka Collection?
‘Til the Spire!
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