Somehow Dave Filoni managed to bring Star Wars fans together across generations in a way that even George Lucas never could. Filoni began his career in Star Wars directing the 2008 Star Wars: The Clone Wars animated film and was the senior director of that series before appearing as executive producer on Rebels – and eventually working side by side with Jon Favreau on The Mandalorian. Known as the « Lucas Encyclopedia, » it has the ability to please classic cars who have adored the 1977 original since it opened over the weekend, young people who grew up watching the animated series The Clone Wars and the prequels, the flame keepers who Have waited patiently for years between Timothy Zahn novels and Dark Horse comics in the 90s and even lovers (and haters) of the divisive sequel to the trilogy. He makes it look all too simple, and brings fans the action, mythology, and characters they crave as they breathe worlds into the Star Wars galaxy that were once familiar and like nothing that audiences see in the live Has seen action films.
At the premiere of The Mandalorian, it was exciting to see a Star Wars adventure that didn’t mention the power, the Jedi, and didn’t even have a lightsaber. And while that lasted an episode, Favreau and his team have skillfully blended Jedi mysticism with Mandalorian cultism, while also believing all the infidels, smugglers, villains, and outlaws in between. The show felt like it had been spinning its wheels for the past couple of episodes – desolate standard-edition Empire bases, desert planets – and with shoot-out after shoot-out, a lightsaber works at the opening of the latest installment, The Jedi. ”
These lightsabers are carried in the flesh by Ahsoka Tano (Rosario Dawson) – they mow gas-masked soldiers on the misty, exhausted forest planet Corvus, while Magistrate Elsbeth (Diana Lee Inosanto) with her right-hand husband Lang (Michael Biehn). It’s a bold move to start the episode as Ahsoka’s live-action debut has had fans for months, eyeing some yummy frog eggs like The Child. Ahsoka was introduced to Anakin Skywalker as a padawan apprentice in Star Wars: The Clone Wars in 2008 and has since appeared in The Clone Wars animation series Rebels and as a vocal cameo in Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker. While her looks may not carry that much weight to the casual Star Wars viewer, Ahsoka is undoubtedly an engaging character, and she watches a villainous Jedi mow down the magistrate’s troops with two white lightsabers and her Force abilities in a creepy woodland setting, like the wind howls may be the closest audience to the Star Wars slasher film . . . except that the killer is the hero.
When Mando came across Bo-Katan Kryze (Katee Sackhoff) earlier this season, the Mandalorian told him where to find Ahsoka and suggested that she might be the Jedi he is looking for to care for the child and train. On landing on Corvus, Mando meets Magistrate Elsbeth in their Asian-influenced building, reminiscent of the fortresses of the epics of the brothers Kurosawa and Shaw: hanging lanterns, bonsai, a koi pond, a massive castle door and prisoners walking along in electrified cages the main drag like something that Vlad The Impaler would use. The magistrate makes a deal with Mando: eliminate Ahsoka and she will give him a staff of pure Beskar that has come into her possession. As an accomplished samurai should, Mando decides to play both sides.
After meeting Ahsoka deep in the forest, the two enter into a brief fight, pulling every trick from Mando’s flamethrower to Ahsoka’s formidable strength abilities. Mando’s Beskar armor is not only insensitive to laser beams, but also to her dual sabers. Ahsoka speaks to the child and reveals his name as a grogu. He grew up in the Jedi Temple on Coruscant and was hidden after the Clone War. Mando is unaware of the Force, a nice throwback to the original film in which it wasn’t so ubiquitous in the galaxy. She tests his power skills and explains to Mando that she cannot train him because she feels great fear in him. She adds, « I’ve seen what feelings do to a fully trained Jedi Knight » – a reference to her former master, Anakin Skywalker. Mando makes a deal: he will help Ahsoka defeat the magistrate if she accepts Grogu as her padawan.
Ahsoka reveals that the magistrate’s people were killed during the Clone Wars and she helped build the Imperial Starfleet by pillaging worlds and explaining the desolate appearance of Corvus, whose trees were stripped of all green. The siege of the fortresses of the magistrate consists of a part samurai film and part spaghetti western, which is as perfect a distillation of Star Wars as possible. The duo storms the fortress walls when a massive gong alerts the magistrate and their troops to the attack. While Mando has a showdown with Lang in the common area of the fortress, Ahsoka and the magistrate fight: Lightsaber against Beskar staff. During their confrontation, Ahsoka reveals the information she sought from Elsbeth: the location of her master, Grand Admiral Thrawn.
Grand Admiral Thrawn was featured in Timothy Zahn’s 1991 novel « Heir To The Empire, » and while that book was now included in the Star Wars Legends franchise, the character saw « Rebels » in Filloni’s animated series, which he ran into , a new life -in with Ahsoka Tano. This episode feels like a backdoor pilot for a series where the Jedi is chasing Thrawn, who went missing with Ezra Bridger, the rebel leadership.
After Corvus is well again, Ahsoka still refuses to accept Grogu as her padawan, but explains that there is a temple on Tython that has a strong connection with The Force. She goes on to say that from there Grogu could contact the Force and a Jedi could look for him. « There aren’t many Jedi left, » she adds. But we certainly know one.
Mike Vanderbilt is co-programmer of the Music Box Of Horrors drive-in and co-host of the Halloweenies podcast. A bartender by profession, he will be happy to record Malort with you.
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