It has seemed to be coming forever, but this August Ahsoka finally arrives on DIsney+ at something of a testing time for Star Wars. Obi-Wan Kenobi and The Book Of Boba Fett disappointed. The Mandalorian season 3 was largely underwhelming until the conclusion. Only Andor remains a bright spot, and that will end after season 2. The more adult-orientated, political, and espionage thriller with a limited run is the best Star Wars for decades. Maybe there is a lesson there if Lucasfilm isn’t too dumb to learn it. Even the announcement of three more movies was met with a resounding golf clap.

Star Wars: Ahsoka is based on a much-loved character from the animated Star Wars world. It features the return of other popular characters from Star Wars lore like Ezra Bridger and Grand Admiral Thrawn. Dave Filoni is showrunner. It has potential. Hopefully, it manages to rise above the current stench of the rest of Star Wars like Andor does. The animated output like Rebels and The Bad Batch gets good reviews.

We have known for a while that the show will serve as a sequel to the animated series Star Wars: Rebels. It takes place years after the events of that show as Ahsoka (Rosario Dawson) has been wandering the galaxy and is still searching for the missing Ezra Bridger (Eman Esfandi), last seen having disappeared into the unknown regions with Grand Admiral Thrawn (Lars Mikkelsen).




What we didn’t know is just how closely it will be following on. Rebels featured an epilogue of Sabine Wren and Ahsoka setting out on their quest to find Ezra. The pair have obviously separated since then, but Sabine returns for Ahsoka with Natasha Liu Bordizzo playing the popular character. A picture released exclusively in Empire magazine seems to show that epilogue scene in live-action, suggesting that we will see some of what happened next, at least in flashback form.



Filoni says he thought this day would come when he originally made that epilogue on the animated show, and now he’s going to make use of the groundwork laid some time ago:

“Even at the time I did the Rebels epilogue, I felt like, ‘If I go forward with this, this has to be challenging in another way’. And the challenge was going to be live-action. I wanted to resolve these things with [Ahsoka], but I wanted to do something new with it.”

Ahsoka releases the first of its eight episodes in August.

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