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Ahsoka has just premiered in her own Star wars TV show, continuing her storyline form the Mandalorian and the Book of Boba Fett. This show is essentially a Season 5 for Star wars Rebels, and these first two episodes are FILLED with Easter Eggs tp the prequels, Clone Wars, original trilogy, and even the rise of Kylo Ren.
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0:00 Recap and Episode 1 Breakdown
22:41 Episode 2 Breakdown
We begin with the sound of tribal drums [clip]. Now the score for this series was done by star wars veteran kevin kiner, who did the clone wars, Rebels, and some s=os his best work on the bad batch. Because this series is a sequel to Star Wars Rebels, he returns a lot of themes from that show–for instance, we hear Hera’s rebel theme when we first meet here [clips, fade].
Then we go to the star wars logo opening, featuring several characters–Vader, a protocol droid, clone trooper, HK assassin droid, the sith inquisitor Marrok, Huyang, stormtrooper, chopper, and Sabine Wren–usually these alternate red and blue between good guys and bad guys, but not in this first episode.
So opening with the red font reminded me a lot of the final episodes of dave Filni’s clone wars–where the titles for the episode appeared in red, without the usual clone wars fanfare. And this opening crawl is more like a dour 70s fantasy movie than the flash gordon esque star wars crawl we’ve known before. Get away.
This immediately sets a darker tone for the series. It implies that while Han, Luke, and Leia are off having their bright adventures, Ahsoka is off to the side, fighting in the shadows. Though the crawl does follow the same rules as the typical crawl, with certain nouns, like EVIL GALACTIC empire being capitalized. And this phrase–sinister agents–is also how Lei’a pursuers were named in a New Hope.
His crawl does a good job of summing up where we’re at in the galactic story–but I frankly think they should have included another wine for people who haven’t seen Star Wars Rebels.
Doug: Yeah I’ve never seen Star Wars Rebels and I was totally lost.
You never saw Rebels? Well have a full recap up now, but basically [swat]. Oh my gosh!
Doug: What is it?
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Now, back to ashoka. So star wars Rebels followed a small rebel cell=–called the specters– in the years before a new hope. Ahaoksa, who had survived the Jedi purge, was the handler for this cell, handing them assignments from the rebel alliance leaders. The specters consisted Sabine Wren, Zeb, chopper, of a former padawan named Kanan, and his new apprentice, Ezra. and the series ends with extra facing off against the imperial grand admiral Thrawn, using hyperspace traveling whales called the purgill to whisk them off to parts unknown.
In season 2 of the Mandalorian, Din Djarin helped Ahsoka capture Morgan Elsbeth, leading to this question [where’s Thrawn], Thrawn is one of the greatest star wars villains ever, coming from the books, appearing in Rebels, and launching his own excellent canon novels. So we open on Morgan Elsbeth’s prison transport ship., and I gotta tell you, the new republic is terrible at holding onto their prisoners. Din liberated this guy in season one of the Mandalorian, and moff gideon escaped the ohio prison shuttle.
Now in the Mandalorian, the task force invaded an actual prison ship that was mostly manned by droids. As we see throughout this series, the new republic has whittled down 90% of its military, trying to restore the galaxy to the way it was before the clone wars–demilitarized. [not a great plan]. But it seems like the republic learned its lesson because their transporting Morgan Elsbeth on a battle cruiser that looks a lot like the medium transport the Rebels used to escape Hoth in empire strikes back.