Ahsoka Part One is the first chapter of an American scifi space opera miniseries created and written by Dave Filoni for Disney+. It is part of the Star Wars franchise and a spin-off from the series The Mandalorian, taking place in the same timeframe as that series and its other interconnected spin-offs after the events of Return of the Jedi (1983), while also serving as a continuation to the animated series Star Wars Rebels. The series follows Ahsoka Tano as she investigates an emerging threat to the galaxy following the fall of the Empire. (Wikipedia)
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Entitled “Master and Apprentice”, Ahsoka Part One serves to introduce us to the key characters and the key premise of the miniseries. There’s is quite a bit of setup involved as the miniseries is a continuation of events depicted in Rebels and The Mandalorian and so it has to find a balance between not confusing new views and not boring those fully in the know. In that respect, it gets the balance just about right. We quickly get a sense of Ahsoka’s quest to find the location of Grand Admiral Thrawn (and also former Rebel Ezra Bridger), Sabine Wren’s depressed state since the disappearance of Ezra and the conflicted relationship between the two.
Ahsoka Part One also brings the villains of the piece into play. Chief of which is Morgan Elsbeth (last seen in The Mandalorian) and her two Dark Jedis viz. Baylan Skoll and his apprentice Shin Hati. Both protagonists and antagonists are searching for the same goal – to locate Thrawn. Obviously, the appearance of the orange light sabre-wielding Dark Jedis have generated much excitement amongst the Star Wars fanbase, since they were introduced in the first teaser. Hopefully, we get more information about the duo in this miniseries.
This chapter ends with a light sabre fight between Shin Hati and Sabine, with the latter clearly not prepared to face such an encounter. She ends up losing a key asset and is run through by Hati’s sabre – though as we have discovered in the Obi-Wan series, such an injury is no longer fatal in this era. In the final analysis, a strong first chapter. Recommended.
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