Ahsoka: Hit or Miss? First Reviews Are In!

Ahsoka: Hit or Miss? First Reviews Are In!The animated character comes to life in her own series, “Ahsoka,” attempting to capture the essence of “Star Wars,” but its strengths are somewhat overshadowed by its weaknesses – notably, an occasional stiffness compounded by lengthy pauses. The show, starring Rosario Dawson as the grown-up Padawan of Anakin Skywalker, holds potential, though the initial two episodes lack the expected forceful impact.

Introduced in “The Mandalorian,” Dawson’s portrayal of Ahsoka has endeared her to fans. Dave Filoni, renowned for his work on “Star Wars Rebels” and “Clone Wars,” has paved the way for Ahsoka’s prominence within the “Star Wars” universe.

The narrative continues post-Empire era, with lingering imperial remnants posing a threat. These Disney+ shows effectively bridge the gap between the Ewok-celebrating finale of “Return of the Jedi” and the rise of the First Order.

The danger forces Ahsoka, now a world-weary loner, to reconnect with the “Rebels” crew, especially Hera (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) and Sabine (Natasha Liu Bordizzo).

Ahsoka is on a quest to find Thrawn, played by Lars Mikkelsen reprising his voiced role, a ruthless imperial leader whose resurgence might reignite conflict. Accompanied by headstrong Sabine, Ahsoka’s journey involves locating Ezra Bridger, a plot point from the conclusion of “Rebels,” implying unresolved conflicts.

The premiere, penned and directed by Filoni, aptly sets up the complex narrative and introduces Baylis Skoll (Ray Stevenson), a new foe wielding Jedi powers to challenge Ahsoka. The dedication to Stevenson, who passed away in May, adds poignancy.

The first two episodes provide ample lightsaber action, embracing the “Star Wars” essence, and feature a strong female cast. The primary issues lie in the languid dialogue and brooding gazes, symptoms of drawn-out limited series storytelling.

On a positive note, “Ahsoka” boasts cinematic production quality, suitable for the silver screen, with the second episode demonstrating a brisker pace. After the double episode launch, the show adopts a weekly release schedule.

However, given Ahsoka’s pivotal role in the “Star Wars” saga – including her memorable clash with Darth Vader – the initial episodes fall short of anticipated impact.

“The Mandalorian” owes its triumph to animated predecessors, enriching the storytelling foundation. This prompted the creation of “Ahsoka,” a no-brainer, though debate persists on whether a movie, like “Obi-Wan Kenobi,” might have better served the material.

Ahsoka remarks, “These days there are few who can wield the Force.” Similarly, few characters can evoke the fervor that Ahsoka does. It would be regrettable to squander this potential.

As dust settles, “Ahsoka” might evolve, but presently, an unequivocally positive outlook is hard to muster – echoing sentiments among devout “Star Wars” enthusiasts.

Catch the premiere of “Ahsoka” on August 22 at 9 p.m. ET, exclusively on Disney+.

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