“You’re reckless, little one. You never would have made it as Obi-Wan’s Padawan… but you might make it as mine.”
Anakin Skywalker, Star Wars: The Clone Wars
Being Proven Wrong Never Turned Out So Awesome
When I first saw the trailer for Star Wars: The Clone Wars back in 2007 I was not happy about it, I believe my exact words were something like “For fuck’s sake, they’ve Hannah Montana’d Star Wars”.
This was in reaction to Ahsoka Tano, a new character to the Star Wars universe that was being introduced as Anakin’s Padawan during The Clone Wars (the war that takes place between episodes 2 & 3). This coupled with the strange animation style that was being used was enough for me to dismiss it as “childish rubbish” and I didn’t see the film and I didn’t go on to watch the TV show, The Clone Wars. This was all helped by the fact that I was going to University and completely forgot about all of this until some years later.
When I finally sat down to watch The Clone Wars (film and TV show) it was late 2012 and I believe I was in the middle of series 3 when Disney bought Star Wars and shortly afterwards announced that they were resetting the Expanded Universe of Star Wars. I was absolutely gutted, Darth Revan, The New Jedi Order, Thrawn, Kyle Katarn and way too many more to name were now “not official”, they hadn’t gone anywhere but they had all been lessened somehow. Ask any fan of the old canon of Star Wars and the reaction seems pretty universal, it was like something really important had died.
Anyway, this left me (and plenty of others) with a big question, what about The Clone Wars? It was still running at this point with series 5 just finishing being aired and series 6 being worked on (series 6 later did get released as “The Lost Missions” but only on DVD in Europe). Unfortunately it was cancelled soon after as it seemed Disney would be making their own shows, but one good thing did come of this, The Clone Wars would remain canon (it was the only pre-Disney content to remain so other than the films).
Anyway back to the topic at hand, the more I watched The Clone Wars the more I came to realise something. I couldn’t have been more wrong about the animation style and more importantly I couldn’t have been more wrong about Ahsoka, she started out being a tad annoying but quickly grew on me and I became really invested in her as a character.
Fast forward to series 5 and Ahsoka is accused of murder and has to flee her former allies in order to clear her name. After successfully doing so she is offered the chance to return to the Jedi Order as a full-fledged Jedi Knight as this ordeal could easily count as her “Great Trial” but to everyone’s surprise she refuses and leaves the temple and the Jedi Order forever (she also doesn’t appear at all in the final series “The Lost Missions“).
After The Clone Wars had finished Disney offered us Star Wars Rebels which much like The Clone Wars before it offered up an interesting animation style and focused on an era in between movies, this time it was the Imperial Era between episodes 3 & 4.
Now I don’t mind Rebels, it’s a good enough TV show and the characters are interesting and they brought back Captain Rex from The Clone Wars and even brought back Grand Admiral Thrawn from the realms of not canon.
But one returning character outshone them all. At the end of series 1 of Rebels it is revealed that “Fulcrum”, the mysterious agent who has been aiding the rebels, was none other than Ahsoka Tano!
Throughout series 2 Ahsoka aids the rebels in various Jedi challenges, and slowly Ahsoka discovers the horrific truth: the Dark Lord of the Sith who has been causing them so much trouble and slaughtered the Jedi at the temple is none other than her old master Anakin Skywalker fallen to the Dark Side.
Chasing tales of a Sith holocron the rebels, Ahsoka, the Inquisitors and Darth Maul are all led to an ancient temple on the planet Malachor. After fighting the Inquisitors and Darth Maul fleeing the planet, the rebels are at the top of the temple with the holocron within their grasp and then…
Darth Vader appears and overpowers Ezra and it looks like it’s all over. Ezra however is saved at the last minute by Ahsoka and she and Darth Vader proceed to duel. When me and my partner first watched this we were both misty eyed. We loved The Clone Wars and Ahsoka and seeing her have to face down her old master combined with the low-key music was a bit much. The line “I am no Jedi” still sends shivers down my spine.
The duel itself is great with Ahsoka gaining the upper hand on Vader at one point but upon seeing the face of her old master Ahsoka swears she won’t leave him again and that is the last we have seen of her. She is currently presumed dead but who knows, maybe the youngling that proved a lot of us wrong will surprise us once again.
Ahsoka showing two of the Inquisitors who’s boss.