In Review: Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi Season 1

Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi showcases animated shorts that feature Jedi from the prequel era.
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Synopsis: Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi showcases animated shorts that feature Jedi from the prequel era. And tells some stories that answer a few questions.

 

The Stories

Tales of the Jedi is made up of six stories, which are all sort of linked together. The series opens up with ‘Life and Death’ which gives us the birth of the future hero of the Clone Wars Ahsoka Tanu. In the story, Baby Ahsoka is born and very much celebrated amongst her people who live a simple life where they hunt for food and only ever take what they need. However when Ahsoka is taken by a big cat. Her people fear the worst. Until it is revealed that Ahsoka is Jedi.

‘Justice’ sees Future Sith Count Dooku and his Jedi Apprentice Qui-Gon Jinn on a diplomatic mission to negotiate the release of a Senators son from a planet, which has very much been neglected and left to ruin by their senator. This story is very much the beginning of Dooku’s journey from Jedi Knight to Sith.

‘Choices’ also explores Dooku’s character. Only this time he is partnered up with Mace Windu and sees the two Jedi investigating the death of one of their own. As the investigation unfolds we begin to see some of the differences between Windu and Dooku as the two mildly disagree with each other on how to deal with the situation. Windu is a little more by the book with his approach whereas Dooku is more for taking direct action.

‘The Sith Lord’ rounds out Dooku’s story and shows us the exact moment in which he is turned to the dark side. It also reveals what happened to Jedi Council Member Yaddle. The story takes place shortly after the events shown in The Phantom Menace. 

‘Practice Makes Perfect’ changes tack and shows us the very first meeting between Anakin Skywalker and Ahsoka Tanu. The episode begins with Anakin watching Ahsoka train using computer simulations, but not particularly impressed with these simulations. Anakin takes Ahsoka under his wing and introduces her to a more extreme type of training so that she can be better prepared for the war. The story ends with Ahsoka and Captain Rex as they are about to turn their backs on Order 66 and take down a bunch of Clone Troopers so Ahsoka can get away. 

‘Resolve’ picks up Ahsoka’s story immediately after the events of ‘Revenge of The Sith’ and sees Ahsoka trying to live a quieter life away from the talons of the Empire. But when a farming accident forces her to use her Jedi training she finds herself having to deal with one of the Empire’s Grand Inquisitors and having to call in a favor and join the Rebel Alliance.

 

Voice Acting

We get some solid voice-acting performances from the usual suspects such as Dee Bradley Baker as Captain Rex and of course the brilliant Matt Lanter as Anakin Skywalker. Corey Burton is quite good as Dooku, but the surprise package was Bryce Dallas Howard voicing Yaddle.

We also get a nice, but rather brief voice performance from Liam Neeson who reprises Qui Gon Jin for a brief flashback appearance in the episode titled ‘The Sith Lord.’

 

Overall

Tales of the Jedi pretty much does what it says on the tin. It gives us a few stories about the Jedi that fill in some of the gaps and story elements that never got fully addressed in the Prequel trilogy. We get a nice trilogy of stories that follows the adventures of Dooku and shows us how he slowly transitions from being a Jedi to becoming the Sith Lord that we first meet in Attack of The Clones.

However, it was the episodes that featured Ahsoka Tanu’s story that I really enjoyed. As they felt more like Star Wars to me than the Dooku ones.

Overall though. This was a pretty good series and I’d be really open to seeing more things like this in the future.

9.5
Star Wars: Tales of the Jedi Season 1
  • Stories
    8.5
  • Voice Acting
    9.8
  • Animation
    10
  • Incidental Music
    9.5

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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