In Review: Star Wars: Ahsoka (S1 – EP 1 & 2) Master and Apprentice & Toil and Trouble

Star Wars: Ahsoka is pretty much a sequel to the Star Wars: Rebels Animated series, which left off with Ahsoka and Sabine going off in search of Ezra Bridger.
Ahsoka

Synopsis: Star Wars: Ahsoka sees A valuable prisoner escape New Republic custody. The search reunites Ahsoka with an old friend.

 

The Story

When former night witch Morgan Elsbeth escapes New Republic Custody with help from former Jedi Baylan Skoll. Ahsoka Tano’s mission to find out what is on a secret map she has recovered becomes a matter of urgency. As the map leads to the location of Grand Admiral Thrawn, which also means that it may lead to the location of Ezra Bridger. In order to decipher the Map. Ahsoka visits her old friend and former Padwan Sabine Wren who has a gift for solving puzzles. However, when Sabine manages to crack the codex and open up the map. She is attacked by Baylon Skoll’s apprentice who takes the map from her. 

Disappointed with Sabine losing the map. Ahsoka sidelines her when she goes on a mission with Hera Syndulla to try and figure out where Morgan Elsbeth is in the hopes that tracking Elsbeth and Baylon Skoll will lead them to Thrawn and their old friend Ezra Bridger. 

 

The Acting

Rosario Dawson continues to inhabit the role of Ahsoka Tano in such a way that you’d think the role was made for her. Her opening scene is all-out action as she recovers the encrypted map that will lead her to Ezra Bridger. Mary Elizabeth Winstead is solid in the role of rebel leader Hera Syndulla and her friendship with Tano, which dates back to the animated Rebels series links her up with Sabine Wren who is played brilliantly by Natasha Liu Bordizzo

As far as the villains go. Diana Lee Inosanto channels a mysterious character in the form of Morgan Elsbeth who is a former Nightsister from the outer rim planet of Dathomir. It is very much Elsbeth’s plan to find Thrawn and reinstate him so that they can resurrect the Imperial Empire. Ray Stevenson, who sadly passed away earlier this year. Plays the role of former Jedi Baylan Skoll who seems to play his cards fairly close to his chest, but is in it for a share of power. His apprentice Shin Hati is played by Ivanna Sakhno.

 

Overall

Star Wars: Ahsoka is pretty much a sequel to the Star Wars: Rebels Animated series, which left off with Ahsoka and Sabine going off in search of Ezra Bridger. However, in this series. Several years have passed since they began their search and the Jedi and Padwan have parted ways. So the opening episode serves as a narrative to have Tano and Sabine reconnect and pick up their search again armed with new information that could well lead them to finding their old friend.

So, if you are only a casual Star Wars fan who hasn’t watched Star Wars: Rebels or any of the Clone Wars. Then much of the mythology might well be lost on you. But if you have been following Star Wars through its two best-animated incarnations. Then you will be rewarded with not only with seeing some of your favorite animated characters made flesh. But you’ll also be somewhat thrilled to see the story of Rebels continue. The series finale of Rebels always felt like a massive cliffhanger.

Overall. These first two episodes do a pretty good job of getting the story going successfully reuniting Ahsoka with Sabine and adding a degree of urgency to their mission. The lightsaber fights were fun as were the visuals. But it is the music score that really impressed me from the get-go.  I loved the sinister piano theme that introduces Baylon Skoll and his apprentice as they liberate Morgan Elsbeth from the New Republic.

The music throughout the two episodes is compelling and works well alongside the music scapes that were introduced by John Williams throughout the 9 Star Wars movies.

9.3
Star Wars: Ahsoka (S1 - EP 1 & 2) Master and Apprentice & Toil and Trouble
  • Story
    8.5
  • Acting
    9.6
  • CGI & Stunts
    9.3
  • Incidental Music
    9.8

Ian Cullen is the founder of scifipulse.net and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: www.scifipulseradio.com When he is not writing for scifipulse.net Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of scifipulse.net You can contact ian at: ian@scifipulse.net
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