So, for the last month I’ve been binge-watching all 7 seasons (minus 6 or 8 boring episodes) of The Clone Wars after The Mandalorian‘s second season came to an end. The initial plan was to watch The Clone Wars to occupy my days leading to WandaVision but what started as a mere pastime as I waited for the next original Disney+ series I was super excited to see became somewhat a personal mission.
Over the last thirteen years thanks in huge part to Dave Filoni, LucasFilm has been giving us top-notch storytelling via its television shows. Yeah, everyone thought us Star Wars enthusiasts were lame for watching the Star Wars cartoons but it turned out the cartoons were giving us some of the best Star Wars content ever made. A fact proved every time something pivotal happened that helped connect the dots or expand upon the characters in the movies.
Binge-watching all 7 seasons of The Clone Wars for the first time has been a real joy for me, as I have had the privilege of carefully following the evolution of the characters which all lead to a rather tragic (and tear-inducing conclusion) in the final episodes of the series.
Ahsoka’s growth from Season 1-7 is, in my opinion, the best evolution of any character in Star Wars. We see her grow from young and arrogant to become someone wise, powerful, and more knowledgeable of the true ways of the Jedi than the actual Jedi who were willing to cast her out of the Order based on a lie.
What I found most fascinating was her slow evolution with Anakin and how she began to notice his overly aggressive ways. A lot of times, she had to tell him to back down from doing anything too rash or she would simply give him the side eye when she thought he was behaving too harshly during an interrogation. It was those subtle moments that give us, the viewer, a hint that she, like us, is seeing Anakin slowly become someone dangerous, unhinged, and unknowingly dark. Oh, it’s fascinating stuff.
Now that The Clone Wars has come to an end, I’m moving on to Revenge of the Sith which is undoubtedly going to leave me sobbing quite a bit towards the end of the film. And then after that, I hit Star Wars: Rebels, my personal favorite Star Wars television show so far (The Mandalorian will have to have a killer third season for me to finally rank it as my favorite Star Wars show) which is going to be so fun. I love that Ahsoka plays a part in it.
And then, of course, once I’m done with Star Wars: Rebels, it’s onto The Mandalorian, the show that gave us Ahsoka frickin’ Tano in live-action! Just…wow!
I thank you for reading and I hope you have a spectacular day. May the Force be with you, always!