I agree though. In general Ahsoka feels like a continuation of the animated shows, but doesn’t make sense as a stand alone show. These last two episodes were heavy on the fan service for CW/Rebels fans. I’m not bothered by this but like @ThorKat said, I do wish they put in some effort to lay more background and make this appeal to a wider audience
Until very recently, I hadn’t seen any of the animated shows at all. But I watched the videos posted up-thread that gave background on Ahsoka and Rebels - what you need to know before watching Ahsoka, basically. That has really paid off when watching the show, at least for me. And I’m now watching all of the animated stuff.
I tend to agree with others who said it doesn’t hit with the full impact that would come with having watched it, but I can see that it’s supposed to. So that puts it in the middle of “moving” and “It’s missing me.” I think the actors sold the story enough for me to not be unmoved. (I really liked the ep, in case this sounds dismissive)
I tend to get wrapped up easily when I know something is a “holy shit this is awesome” moment for those with the background. I made my way through most of the MCU like that.
Theory time! I saw someone pose the theory that all of this (Ahsoka) is taking place concurrently with Mando and that specifically Grogu “sensed” Ahsoka when he saw the purrgills in Season 3.
I thought it was concurrent based on some of the other things going on, like the talk of post-Empire politics and the crossover characters. I didn’t go that deeply into it though with the Grogu stuff.
It’s true that it is roughly concurrent, but I hadn’t considered that connection! That is cool!
I just watched this week’s episode, #6. I’ll blur so no spoilers, or even hints of what I thought. A big letdown after last week. There were still a couple significant moments/reveals, but nothing much for action. Here’s hoping the last two remaining episodes really wow us.
I really enjoyed this week’s episode! Not as bombastic as last week but I like a mix. It had some great action sequences though.
I know not a lot of people like Hayden Christensen, but if you want to get a glimpse into how I feel, this video does a pretty good job of capturing it. (I don’t expect it to change anyone’s mind — just provide an insight. )
I love him! But I’m also really new to the prequels and still riding a Star Wars high from the StarCruiser! As a person, he gives me a very down to earth, humble vibe. I really like it. I don’t know much about him so I hope he’s not a creep! His acting in the prequels was a little stilted but the writing is also to blame.
The Clone Wars is making me love Anakin. I’m going to be like that crying little girl. I don’t want him to go bad!
He’s not! The only thing I’ve heard anyone say bad about him is that his acting was wooden and hammy in Attack of the Clones, and to a lesser extent in Revenge of the Sith. But I attribute that mostly to the cheesy dialogue, and poor direction / selection of takes. George Lucas is an awesome director, IMO, but his weakness is dialogue and character moments.
I liked this episode.
Finally found Ezra and Thrawn. Will I ever know why they were missing without watching the cartoons?
I’m also going to make a guess that Baylon switches sides. He seems to have different ideas than the rest of the baddies
If you watch these two videos, you’ll have a much better understanding.
and maybe this one too
I love Baylan! He’s so complicated. I am looking forward to the next two episodes so much!
(I can’t watch Ray Stevenson without sadness though. )
@ThorKat The first one gives you the most on Ezra Bridger, if I remember right.
That is a lovely video!! He is such a good Canadian boy
I have to stop watching these episodes so late at night. I keep dozing off in the middle of them. If my kids would go to bed earlier……
But anyway. Thoughts on the series in general so far: I love Ahsoka. Baylan and Shin are my favorite characters though. Love them. The night sisters are great. Morgan Elsbeth, so good. So yeah, basically Ahsoka and the ‘bad guys’ are my favorites
Sabine was annoying this episode. What sense did it make for her to be mad at the Howler for running away while blaster bolts are firing? What did she expect it to do? Was she going to walk to wherever she was going instead of riding a beast who could go 4x as fast and who also, btw, was still holding all her stuff? And yet she told it to go away. The tantrum felt unnecessary and, yeah. It bothered me.
My guess about a future occurrence, so this might be a spoiler of something that didn’t happen yet: the (way too long) scan of the turtle crabs transient village and culture probably means a bunch of them, or all of them, are going to die. They’re expendable and it would make the audience sad without affecting the universe, so I’m pretty sure they’re getting axed. And yes, I’m sure the long scene of their living situation was full of beautiful things (I caught the baby in the hammock, but kept dozing in and out so missed some) but this is 2023 and the audience’s attention span isn’t as long as it used to be
Back to this episode; It was great to see Ezra. So far I like him too.
and here it goes… sigh. Thrawn. Ugh. Ngl, that broke my heart more than a little bit. I’m trying to just be happy that he made it to canon. He made it to the screen in live action form. What a win for Timothy Zahn and then fans everywhere. But the casting… The voice… The hair piece… no, no, and no. They could have at least TRIED to make him look like Benedict Cumberbatch.
Sorry for my Debbie downer review
That actor, Lars Mikkelsen had already voiced Thrawn in Rebels.Maybe they were trying hard to keep the same actor. But I agree with you that he was a disappointment. To me, besides the hair and the not-so-creepy voice (not quite as icy as I’d expected), he was a bit heavier in the midsection. It looked like he packed on some weight in those 9 years while gone. He was about 59 when he and Ezra vanished with the purrgil, so that makes him about 68 in this episode. I expected him to be a bit crisper in movement. I’m eager to watch him in the remaining episodes. Maybe I’ll rewatch this one to observe him closer.
Oh yeah, I realized that! I did say to my husband “I got they don’t ruin the voice” and he said “they already did that with rebels.” I’d forgotten what his voice sounded like in rebels but this brought it all back
One of my favourite parts of Ahsoka so far was getting to hear that voice again! Gave me chills! I haven’t read the trilogy books, so I only know the Thrawn from Rebels and to hear the same voice “chefs kiss”.